Written answers

Monday, 26 January 2009

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Catz Club

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what records the Electoral Commission holds of donations by Catz Club to the (a) Labour Party...

    • Policy Development Grant

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how the policy development grant is uprated each year; and whether the allocation of policy...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what plans the Electoral Commission has to revise its guidance on regulated donees following...

  • Transport

    • A14: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the detailed plans for the widening of the A14 between junctions 7 and 9 around Kettering will be made available for public consultation.

    • Airports: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the policing costs for (a) East Midlands airport, (b) Humberside airport and (c) Bournemouth airport was met by the airport...

      Aviation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what oversight his Department has over the allocation and use of (a) route development funds and (b) other sources of support for air services.

      Aviation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's practice is with regard to the monitoring of (a) seat availability, (b) pricing and (c) competitive behaviour of individual...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the percentage of biofuel produced from used cooking oil; (2) what steps he has taken to encourage production of...

      Cars: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many sales of (a) petrol- and (b) diesel-fuelled cars there were in each of the last three financial years.

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five...

      Driving Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many appeals were made to traffic adjudicators against fixed penalty notices in each of the last five years.

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons his Department decided to implement the new motorcycle test on 30 March 2009; and (a) how many and (b) what percentage of...

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the maximum distance learner drivers and motorcyclists should have to travel from their homes in order to take their...

      Great Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the time frame is for the construction of a connection between the Great Western main line and Heathrow Airport from Bristol and the west country.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what additional risks have been added to the Heathrow Expansion Risk Register since 9 October 2007; and what the (a) inherent risk, (b)...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the proposed high-speed link from Heathrow to Scotland to come into operation.

      Level Crossings: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is encouraging Network Rail to take to reduce injuries and fatalities to pedestrians and cyclists at level crossings through the...

      Level Crossings: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to ensure a full record is kept of all incidents at level crossings involving injury to pedestrians and cyclists but...

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new vehicles were licensed in each of the last five years; and how many licensed vehicles were sent for scrap in each year.

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles were the subject of a statutory off-road notice but not sent for scrap in each of the last five years.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cars are (a) owned, (b) leased, (c) hired and (d) otherwise regularly used by his Department, broken down by cubic capacity of engine.

      Parliamentary Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) on which routes parliamentary trains within the meaning of the Railways Act 1844 are running; (2) how many rail replacement bus services are...

      Public Transport: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people using public bus services in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Public Transport: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the funds previously earmarked for public transport improvement in Manchester as part of the Transport Innovation...

      Public Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what grants his Department and its predecessor provided to subsidise public transport in rural areas in England in (a) 2001, (b) 2005 and (c) 2008;...

      Railway Stations: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will investigate car parking charge increases which have taken place over the last three years at railway station car parks; and if he will make...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department gives to rail maintenance companies with regard to (a) damage to highways and (b) disturbance to residents during...

      Railways: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been paid in subsidies from the public purse to the rail network in each financial year since privatisation.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department (a) has recently produced and (b) plans to produce for local authorities on their enforcement of box junction offences;...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the duties are of (a) traffic managers and (b) local traffic authorities with regard to (i) responding to and (ii) preventing traffic gridlock;...

      Road Traffic Control: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) locations and (b) roads in (i) the Metropolitan Police area of London, (ii) Essex and (iii) Hertfordshire are where box junction cameras...

      Road Works: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people working on roadworks have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in each of the last five years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians have been (a) injured, (b) seriously injured and (c) killed in collisions with (i) cars, (ii) all motor vehicles and (iii)...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much rolling stock operates on (a) Northern Rail, (b) London Midland and (c) franchises providing commuter services in London and the South East.

      Sea Rescue: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for the time taken to initiate a consultation process following the suspension of the Hope Cove lifeboat by the Maritime and...

      Speed Limits: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evidence his Department holds on the effectiveness in reducing accidents of (a) 20 miles per hour zones and (b) other speed restrictions.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will commission research into the effects of public spending on capital projects and programmes in respect of different modes of...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects platform 20 at Waterloo Station to re-open for train services; and what services will be provided from that platform.

      Written Questions: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to reply to Questions (a) 246918, (b) 246917, (c) 246775 and (d) 246919, on the Heathrow Expansion Risk Register, tabled on 18...

  • Olympics

    • Offenders

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many former prisoners are employed by her Office; and what her Office's policy is on the employment of former prisoners.

    • Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library a copy of the most recent edition of the Olympic Delivery Authority's (a) register of board member interests and (b)...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 879W on Olympic Games 2012: construction, what RAG rating has been applied to the (a)...

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics on what date construction began on (a) the Olympic Stadium and (b) the Olympic Village.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 879W on Olympic Games 2012: finance, what level of contingency was (a) requested and...

      Olympic Lottery

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much the Olympic Lottery scratch cards had raised at the latest date for which figures are available; and when she expects the operator to reach its...

      Olympic Park: Roads

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

  • Scotland

    • Navy: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on the future use of Scottish ports by the Royal Navy.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many members of staff are employed in his Department's media and communications team; when each member of staff was recruited; what the...

    • Departmental Pay

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in each court area in Northern Ireland in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008.

    • Charities

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Ireland: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions in 2008 the President of the Irish Republic visited Northern Ireland; and which official UK representative met her on each...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what quantity of (a) firearms, (b) ammunition, (c) explosives and (d) detonators was discovered in Northern Ireland in 2008.

      Reparation By Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what methodology is used to (a) monitor the progress made by and (b) measure the outcome for those participating in community restorative...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Weapons: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons the Government has extended the deadline for loyalist paramilitary decommissioning.

      Witnesses: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget for the Key Persons Protection Scheme in Northern Ireland was in each of the last two years.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, columns 738-39W, on Iraq and Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what the reasons...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to replace the Harrier aircraft currently operating in south west Afghanistan.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration has been given to the deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles from the future aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) actual personnel medically fit for purpose total is for (i) each battalion of the infantry (ii) 1 Rifles,...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 17, what the evidential basis is for his statement that there has been an overall...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent (a) military and (b) civilian personnel are employed at the headquarters of each UK-based regional brigade.

      Armed Forces: South Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy stations any vessels in the region surrounding South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands.

      Army: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow rates of each army infantry battalion were in each month of 2008; (2) what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow...

      Athena Mechanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made to the Athena mechanism in the last six months.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evidence his Department holds on the safety of airborne particulate debris arising from the functioning of the Main Process Facility at AWE Burghfield.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the risk from activity in the gravel gerties to (a) building workers, (b) other on-site workers and (c) the general public is below the basic...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the McKinsey and Co study, "Transforming the UK's Defence Procurement System".

      Defence Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Defence Board (08) Paper 03, Strategic Risk—Making The Defence Case, (b) Defence Board (08),...

      Defence: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fixed-wing aircraft serve as (a) transport and troop carriers and (b) air refuelling craft; and where each such aircraft is based.

      Defence: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft are on order for (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Japan and (c) the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 253W, on departmental air...

      Departmental Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what volume of (a) petrol, (b) diesel, (c) aviation fuel and (d) other fuels derived from petroleum his Department consumed in (i) 2005-06, (ii)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008 to the hon. Member for Chesterfield, Official Report, columns 897-8W, on departmental ICT, (1) how...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1176-77W, on departmental manpower, whether civilian staff who are...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many mobile telephones (a) were reported as lost or stolen from and (b) have since been recovered by (i) his Department and (ii) each of its...

      EC Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes in EU defence policy took place during the 2008 French Presidency.

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department of providing Britain's commitment to the EU Battlegroup was between July and December 2008.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received from veterans who were present at the nuclear tests which took place in and around Malden Island in the...

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations his Department has received from the British Nuclear Test Veterans' Association (BNTVA) over claims for compensation from...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what progress has been made on the position of the A400M project; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the expected delivery dates for the...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of co-operation between his Department and the Department for International Development in Operation Telic.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on procurement of the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Met Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Meteorological Office has spent on (a) public affairs firms and consultants and (b) external public relations companies in the last five...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters were available for deployment by each service in each year since 2001.

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made in the review of catering and other ancillary services provided to military bases in Northern Ireland; and if he will...

      Navy: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what Royal Navy assets will form the UK contribution to Op Atalanta in the (a) second quarter, (b) third quarter and (c) fourth quarter 2009;...

      Nuclear Weapons: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many settlements have been made by his Department of claims made by British nuclear test veterans; (2) for which medical conditions his...

      Pirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made towards reaching an international agreement on a legal framework for the detention and trial of pirates.

      Small Scale Focused Intervention Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which regiment or battalion forms the Small Scale Focused Intervention Force (SSFIF); whether it is fully equipped; whether the present SSFIF is...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles deployed by the Royal Air Force are fitted with precision munitions.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1053W, on unmanned air vehicles, what drone systems were procured prior to the...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual level of spare part availability is for each (i) frigate, (ii) destroyer and (iii) submarine type in the Royal Navy.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to increase public understanding of agriculture and horticulture.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 485W, on agriculture: subsidies, how the £10,000...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims were made under the single farm payment scheme in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the administrative cost of processing an individual claim under the single farm payment scheme was in the latest period...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims of under (a) £5, (b) £10, (c) £20, (d) £50, (e) £150, (f) £200, (g)...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to introduce a de minimus level for single farm payments; and what the smallest such payment was in 2008.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of single farm payments in respect of (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09 remain outstanding; and...

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns 1070-1W, on animal welfare: prosecutions, what steps...

      Badgers: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards establishing a team to manage the implementation of the badger vaccine deployment project.

      Bluetongue Disease: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of a bluetongue outbreak on agricultural livestock in Copeland...

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of doses of bluetongue vaccine available to protect agricultural...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of whether there is a correlation between the numbers of reported cases of bovine tuberculosis in...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence there is of any link between the incidence of bovine tuberculosis herd breakdowns and the intensification of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made towards distinguishing between vaccinated and infected (a) cattle and (b) wildlife in...

      Compost: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether compost heaps at (a) allotments, (b) schools, (c) churches and (d) grounds of voluntary organisations will be...

      Disease Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to announce his policy on animal health cost sharing following his Department's consultation on the matter;...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Kennel Club on plans to improve dog breed health.

      Farms: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities have disposed of smallholdings in each year since 1980; and on what date each such smallholding was...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of food consumed in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008 which was produced...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) vegetables and (b) fruits consumed which was produced domestically in...

      Gamebirds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the welfare of gamebirds.

      Landfill: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in meeting the UK's recycling targets under the EU Landfill Directive; and if he will make a...

      Landfill: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many waste disposal plants (a) have been built and (b) will be needed in the future to comply with the proposed...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date the (a) sale and (b) use of iridescent light bulbs will end; and if he will make a statement.

      New Technologies Demonstrator Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the New Technologies Demonstrator Programme in diverting...

      New Technologies Demonstrator Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had regarding the participation of Scarborough Power Ltd. in the New Technologies Demonstrator...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of recycling markets and (b) the impact of volatile commodity...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) the cost of operating all recycling programmes in the country and (b) the value...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance his Department has made available to local authorities which have decided to develop biogas projects.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many municipal collection vehicles collected from the kerbside (a) food waste, (b) recycled waste, (c) domestic waste...

      Waste Disposal: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account he has taken of (a) the provisions of the Waste Incineration Directive and (b) the decision by Corus to cease...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Aerials: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations transmit from the Winter Hill transmitter.

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual growth rate of the creative industries was in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Arts: Reviews

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

      Big Lottery Fund: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) buildings and (b) land are leased by the Big Lottery Fund; and what estimate has been made of the value of these assets.

      Broadcasting Programmes: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to increase the use of audio description on television broadcasts; and if he will make a statement.

      Catz Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the charity Catz Club has received from each of the Lottery funds to date; and on what dates each of the payments was made.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the (a) staff costs and (b) total cost of the Byron Review.

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Angus of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1737-8W, on departmental...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department completed its review into its relationship with its non-departmental public bodies; and if he will publish its findings.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make an assessment of the extent to which the functions and services currently carried out by his Department could be carried...

      Digital Broadcasting: Selkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date the national help scheme for the digital switchover process in the area around Selkirk was initiated; and on what date...

      Digital Radio Working Group: Manpower

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

      Horserace Betting Levy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to begin the process of appointing a new chairman of the Horseracing Betting Levy Board; and if he will make a statement.

      National Lottery Commission: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by (a) the National Lottery Commission and (b) the Gambling Commission on recruitment consultants in each of the...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 880W, on non-departmental public bodies, on how many occasions...

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on the future prospects of local newspapers; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance his Department plans to provide to local authorities to improve public access to library services.

      Royal Parks: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Royal Parks Agency is taking to protect wildlife in London's Royal Parks.

      Sport England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1226W, on Sport England: public appointments, on what date...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's 20 public service agreement 3 targets to increase the take-up of cultural and sporting opportunities by...

      Swimming: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authorities in Greater London have indicated that they have a short-fall in the funding awarded to them for the provision...

      Swimming: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of representations received by his Department from the Amateur Swimming Association on making two...

      Tourism: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to provide additional funding for tourism in respect of the London 2012 Olympics.

      VisitBritain: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much VisitBritain spent on recruitment consultants in each of the last five years; and which companies provided these services.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by the Government Equalities Office had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much has been spent by the Government Equalities Office on staff reward and recognition schemes since its inception.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many permanent staff within the Equality and Human Rights Commission are (a) staff without posts, (b) part of a people action team, (c)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Sir Fred Goodwin

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) on which dates and at which venues he has met Sir Fred Goodwin in his capacity as (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Prime Minister since 1997; (2) how...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Political Levy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what information the House of Commons authorities provide to Commons staff on workers' rights to opt out of...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to the public purse has been of the Afghan Social Outreach programme; and how its performance is assessed.

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many copies of the Morning Star publication his Department receives on subscription each week; and at what cost.

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department is providing to the Ogaden area of Ethiopia in 2008-09.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made in sub-Saharan Africa towards meeting targets on the provision of bed nets by World Malaria Day...

      Sudan: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions he has visited Darfur to assess the humanitarian situation in the region in the last 12 months.

  • Leader of the House

    • Debates: Tourism

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will make it her policy to provide for an annual debate on tourism on the floor of the House.

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions she has had with members of the 1922 Committee on the exemption of hon. Members from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in...

      Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House what guidance she gives to Ministers on making statements on Government policy to the House.

      Right of Search

      To ask the Leader of the House what meetings she has attended with Mr Speaker on the arrest of the hon. Member for Ashford and the search of his office; what was discussed; if she will place in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1368W, on the Child Support Agency, if he will place in the...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what value of child support arrears has been categorised as (a) collectable, (b) possibly uncollectable and (c) probably uncollectable by...

      Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to make his Department's customer information system compliant with Cabinet Office rules; and when he expects this...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment of value for money he has made of his Department's IT contracts with (a) BT and (b) EDS.

      Departmental Languages

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2008 to question 245661, how many days staff took as sick leave from (a) his Department and (b) its...

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants received awards of disability living allowance on the basis of drug or alcohol dependency in each of the last 11 years.

      Employment Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the £1.3 billion funding announced in the Pre-Budget Report 2008 to help people find work will be allocated to (a) the...

      Health and Safety Executive: Bootle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the Health and Safety Executive's equality impact assessment carried out for its move to a single headquarters in Bootle.

      Health and Safety Executive: Bootle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the planned size and structure is of the new Health and Safety Executive Policy Group in Bootle.

      Health and Safety Executive: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the 326 Health and Safety Executive staff in London, identified in How and Where We Work, were still working in Rose Court at the...

      Health and Safety Executive: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) replacement and (b) temporary staff have been recruited in Bootle to fill the positions vacated in Rose Court by the Health and...

      Health and Safety Executive: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have left the Health and Safety Executive at Rose Court premises since July 2007 (a) on permanent transfers to other...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1382W, on incapacity benefit, what the total monetary value of the...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed the minimum income guarantee in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough...

      Jobcentre Plus: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 619W, on employment, how many staff he...

      Jobcentre Plus: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the list of responsibilities, (b) the job description and (c) the personal specification used...

      Jobcentre Plus: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have left their post in Jobcentre Plus in each region in each month of the last five years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants waited longer than the target average actual clearance time for Jobseeker's Allowance in the most recent available period;...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people flowed on to (a) contributions-based and (b) income-based jobseeker's allowance in each of the last 12 months.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people flowed on to (a) contribution-based and (b) income-based jobseeker's allowance in each of the last 10 years for which figures...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 2-4WS, whether he plans to revise the (a)...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to respond substantively to (a) Question 241441, on provision of emergency support for Jobcentre Plus customers, tabled on 4...

      Pension Protection Fund: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed pension payments from the pension protection fund in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the...

      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) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire.

      Sick Leave: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the number of working days lost due to musculoskeletal conditions in the last three years.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individual applications to the Social Fund for (a) community care grants, (b) budgeting loans and (c) crisis loans there were in...

      Social Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of regulation of private sector contracted welfare services for incapacity benefits claimants at a...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women he estimates will begin claiming the basic state pension between the end of the first full week in December...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what methodology was used to calculate the additional entitlement to the state pension for those over 80 years of age.

      State Retirement Pensions: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of recent exchange rate fluctuations on UK pensioners resident abroad.

      United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which constituencies are covered by each weather station used for the calculation of cold weather payments; (2) how many (a) payments...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information pensioners are required to provide to his Department to receive winter fuel payments.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 17 September 2008, Official Report, column 2226W, on sight impaired: disability living allowance, how much...

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents at work have occurred involving individuals who have been exposed to high temperatures at work in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices were issued to persons who were drunk and disorderly in Essex in each of the last five years.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what materials are used by her Department and its agencies to ensure young people are aware of the implications of alcohol abuse for their...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged (a) under 16 and (b) between 16 and 19 years old received penalty notices for disorder for being drunk and disorderly...

      Crime: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce levels of car theft in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) burglaries, (b) violent crimes and (c) thefts were reported in the Metropolitan Police Force area in each of the last 10...

      Crimes of Violence: Hillingdon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violence against the person were recorded (a) in total and (b) per 100 population in (i) Uxbridge constituency and...

      Driving Under Influence: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink driving offences have been recorded in the area served by the Northern Basic Command Unit of Cambridgeshire Constabulary in...

      Driving Under Influence: Hillingdon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of (a) drug and (b) drink driving were recorded in (i) Uxbridge constituency and (ii) the London Borough of Hillingdon in...

      Drugs: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the announcement on her Department's Research, Development and Statistics website, why the National Statistics bulletin...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which agencies outside the United Kingdom are permitted to undertake remote surveillance of the use of an individual's computer in the UK;...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been extradited from the UK to (a) Zimbabwe, (b) Colombia, (c) Cuba, (d) Iraq, (e) Israel and (f) the Russian...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department is using to ascertain the number of people who have been trafficked into the UK; and if she will place in the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what protocols her Department operates when managing people deemed to have been trafficked.

      Identity Cards: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether identity cards will be produced (a) in English and Welsh, (b) in English only and (c) in Welsh only when asked for by an...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of appeals against determination by the UK Border Agency and its predecessors were successful in each of the...

      Offensive Weapons

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

      Offensive Weapons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) prosecuted for attempting to purchase a knife under age in each of the last 10 years; (2)...

      Organised Crime: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the European database of dangerous offenders to prevent homicide associated with organised crime is expected to be operational; and what...

      Police and Community Support Officers: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in Crosby in each year since 1997.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her statement of 4 December 2008 on police targets, Official Report, column 158, which targets have been removed.

      Proceeds of Crime: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse of operating the suspicious activity reports regime has been since its creation.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department's definition of a prostitute working for another person's gain applies where the other person is (a) a receptionist,...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department's definition of a prostitute working for another person's gain applies in circumstances where the prostitute has...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) undertaken, (b) commissioned and (c) evaluated on the average age at which people first enter...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what services and schemes are available to people working as prostitutes to assist them with (a) housing, (b) poverty, (c) childcare, (d)...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what schemes and services are available to people working as prostitutes to assist them in reporting incidents of violence and abuse.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for incidents of prostitution-related activity in each of...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions there have been for soliciting for prostitution in each year since 1997.

      Prostitution: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there were for violent offences in cases where the victim worked as a prostitute in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and...

      Prostitution: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what schemes and services there are with the objective of increasing the number of convictions of those who have committed violence towards a...

      Prostitution: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will visit New Zealand to assess the effects of the legislation which decriminalised prostitution in that country.

      Prostitution: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there were for rape in cases where the victim worked as a prostitute in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008.

      Theft: Hillingdon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) theft and (b) burglary have been reported in (i) Greater London, (ii) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (iii)...

      Tobacco: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) were prosecuted, (b) were cautioned and (c) received a penalty notice for disorder for selling cigarettes to an under...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff are employed in managing the Refugee Integration Strategy; how many she estimates will be employed in 2009-10...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Catz Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) her Department, (b) its predecessor and (c) its agencies have provided funding to the charity (i) Catz Club and...

    • Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the £3 million innovation and challenge fund she announced on 10 December 2008 will be allocated in 2009-10...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving departmental buildings in each year...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets her Department and its agencies provide for staff.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008;...

      Departmental Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 948W, on departmental personnel, what the current...

      Fire Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 10 December 2008, Official Report, column 196W, on public...

      Fire Services: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious false alarm fire emergency calls have been received in (i) the non-metropolitan county...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters there were per 100,000 residents in each fire and rescue authority area in England in (a) 1997, (b) 2004...

      Fire Services: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the national implementation of the FireLink project; and if she will...

      Fire Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which fire and rescue authorities did not meet the public service agreement sub-target of having an annual fatality rate from...

      Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many electrical fires occurred in (a) newly rewired and (b) newly built properties in England in each year from 1997 to 2003.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1047W, on home information packs, if she will make gas...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer from the Minister for Housing in the Communities and Local Government Committee on 23 October...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish a breakdown of the interim budget of the Homes and Communities Agency.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the start-up costs of the Homes and Communities Agency were; and if she will give a breakdown of the cost of its...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role she has in monitoring increases in salaries of staff of the Homes and Communities Agency.

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the composition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission will be announced; how it will be determined; and what...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Railfreight Interchange Investment Group on the composition of the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1049W, on local government finance, what estimate she has...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what local authority revenue was provided from (a) central Government, (b) council tax revenues and (c) special grants for...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the economic downturn on the income of local authorities; and if she will...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to bring forward payments to local authorities in order to mitigate the amount of interest...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines are used to determine business rates for companies placed into administration.

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what bookings the QE2 Conference Centre has arranged at commercial rates for Whitehall-based government departments and agencies...

      Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that the enforcement concordat in respect of the principles of good enforcement is used by...

      Street Cleaning: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money her Department granted to Wolverhampton City Council in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 for street cleaning in...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (a) how many and (b) what percentage of children lived in workless households in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

    • Departmental Catering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets his Department and its agency provides for staff.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office have been (i) investigated, (ii) suspended and (iii)...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people who have made requests to his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been waiting for longer than (a) four,...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working in the Cabinet Office and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how much was...

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what contribution to population change in the UK was made by (a) natural growth and (b) net migration in each of the last 20 years.

      Immigration: Poland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of (a) the number of Polish persons living in the UK in 2007 and 2008, (b) the number...

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Ministers from each Department have received severance payments on leaving their Ministerial role in each year since 1997.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff employed by non-departmental public bodies earned over (a) £100,000, (b) £200,000, (c) £300,000, (d)...

      Parliamentary Questions: Commercial Secrets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance his Department has issued about the rules on commercial confidentiality and disclosure of information in response to Parliamentary...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his estimate is of (a) the population of the United Kingdom and (b) the percentage of the population who will be senior citizens in (i)...

      Public Bodies: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps are being taken by the Contact Council in relation to public sector bodies that do not charge fees for the use of their services and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK personnel are working for the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan.

    • Brazil: Overseas Students

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

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has held discussions with the government of Thailand regarding the treatment of Burmese boat people near the Andaman...

      Czech Republic: EU Presidency

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

      Czech Republic: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will invite the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus, to make an address to hon. Members on achieving better...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the implementation of the ruling of the International Court of Justice of 19 December...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 7 of his Department's Autumn 2008 Performance Report, what the risks are which remain to deploying and...

      Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 7 of his Department's Autumn 2008 Performance Report, what the meaning is of (a) laptop diplomats and...

      Diplomatic Service: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of those who were made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in each of the last 10 years...

      European Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the European Commission on the European Court of Auditors' disclosure of a 12 per cent. error...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which officer in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU (UKRep) determines which (a) reports and (b) e-grams (i)...

      Iran: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts in advance of the forthcoming Council of Ministers meeting on the...

      Iran: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs following the recent decision of the Court of First Instance, if he will make it his policy to vote against the continued...

      Iran: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision by Ethiopia to withdraw its troops from Somalia on (a) the security...

      Iran: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in deploying a police component to the African Union force in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with the Inter-Government Authority on Development on co-ordinating international efforts to...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department has made against its policy objectives regarding Tibet since 1 January 2008; what specific...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of governance structures in place in Ukraine; and if he will make a statement.

      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.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average it took the Child Benefit Centre to process a (a) change of circumstances notification, (b) new application for benefit and (c) new...

    • Consolidated Fund: Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 689W, on the Consolidated Fund: fines, which part of Government holds the...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008 to my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East, (James Duddridge) Official Report, column...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received in support of not taking the UK into the euro zone without a referendum.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what applications for approval of state aid made to the European Commission by his Department are awaiting determination; and on what date each such...

      Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Government organisations and departments are responsible for investigating fraud; what the procedures are for (a) co-ordination of their activities...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum value of transactions is that can be made using the Government Procurement Card.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 261W, on the Government...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 261W, on the Government...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional revenue he expects to raise from the proposed 45 per cent. income tax band over the next three financial years.

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK citizens he estimates have lost their savings as a result of the collapse of Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Isle of Man bank.

      Knowledge Network Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answers of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2134W, and 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 124W, on the Knowledge...

      Local Government: Waste Management

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effects on local authorities' expenditure on landfill waste of reductions in recycling levels in the current economic situation.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letters of 16 October and 15 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Billericay on a constituent, Mr. Tony Lowe.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many national insurance cards were reported lost or stolen in the last 12 months; and how many valid national insurance cards there were in that period.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people ineligible to purchase voluntary national insurance contributions in respect of tax years (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2001-02 were sent...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of stamp duty; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Financial Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the functions of UK Financial Investments are.

      UK Financial Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the budget of UK Financial Investments is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; (2) how many staff UK Financial Investments employs at each pay...

      UK Financial Investments Ltd.: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether UK Financial Investments Ltd. will be subject to the provisions of (a) the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and (b) the Environmental Information...

      UK Financial Investments Ltd.: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants have been assigned to work for UK Financial Investments Ltd.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of value added tax due to the Exchequer between the date of the reduction of the rate to 15 per cent. and the latest...

      VAT: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policy of the European Court of Justice ruling on value added tax liability and local...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Informal Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued on levels of informal pupil testing in schools.

    • Testing and Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the testing and assessment regime for schoolchildren; and if he will make a statement.

      National Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of transience on strategies for National Challenge schools.

      National Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent progress has been made on agreeing proposals for improvement plans in connection with the National Challenge; and if...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the future of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to announce the results of the latest round of bids for funding under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for spending on the Building Schools for the Future programme in the next three years.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proposals he has to bring forward spending under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Children's Services: Transparency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to promote transparency in provision of children's services.

      Entrepreneurs and Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage links between entrepreneurs and schools.

      Children's Centres: Hastings and Rye

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

      Secondary School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on Government policy on admissions to secondary schools.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on future legislation on child poverty.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of levels of educational achievement of pupils eligible to receive free school meals.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the serious case review system in contributing to the protection of...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each region had not been allocated a health visitor in each year...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on co-operation between children's services and housing authorities...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2008 to Question 244554, what the definition is of emotional abuse.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in each local education authority area provide wraparound school care.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the level of English spoken by staff in childcare settings.

      Children: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Children: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the final report on the review of child and adolescent mental health services to be published.

      Children: Obesity

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of his Department's performance against its Objective 1 to safeguard children and young people, to...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for the education maintenance allowance are awaiting processing; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate the amount of funds from the education maintenance allowance owed to students but not paid out as at 31...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of young people in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire have received a weekly (i) £10, (ii)...

      Foreign Languages: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      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) German, (b) French and (c)...

      GCE A Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in (a) England and (b) South West Bedfordshire constituency achieved A level passes in 2008.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils achieved GCSEs grades A* to C including English and mathematics in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in (a) England and (b) South West Bedfordshire constituency achieved five A* to C GCSE passes...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of 16 year olds achieved at least one GCSE at grade (a) A*, (b) A, (c) C and (d) D in (i)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils achieved five GCSE grades A* to C including English and mathematics in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in (a) England and (b) South West Bedfordshire constituency who entered for one or more GCSE...

      Head Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the likely level of take-up of the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

      Headteachers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what circumstances Ofsted may be required to inspect a school in the event of a suspension of a headteacher or other senior staff.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 511W, on home education, and the subsequent...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage positive home learning environments.

      Improving Information Sharing and Management Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Improving Information Sharing and Management Programme; and if he...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to reply to the letter of 17 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mrs. R. Campion.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what risks the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has identified in Key Stage 2 test delivery in 2009; and if he will...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of schools will be taking the Key Stage 3 tests in 2009; and on what date a communication was sent to...

      Performing Right Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions (a) he and (b) his Department has had with the Performing Right Society (PRS) on (i) the way in which they...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of low educational attainment on employability and life time income.

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how frequently early years settings must apply for exemption from the early years foundation stage to sustain exempted...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has evaluated into factors which contribute to disparities in achievement and attainment between...

      Pupil Exclusions: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) male and (b) female pupils receiving free school meals received (i) one or more, (ii) five or more and (iii) 10 or...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which primary schools in England have 70 per cent. or more of their pupils for whom English is not their first language; and how...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding per pupil he expects his Department to have provided for education in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in...

      School Meals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the updated regulations on food-based standards for school lunches have been implemented.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings in (i) Hemel Hempstead, (ii) Hertfordshire and...

      Schools: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will agree to include a no detriment clause within the agreement on assimilation in the National Pay and Conditions...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the schools budget of each local authority was for each of the last five years; and what proportion of that budget was...

      Schools: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools built under the Building Schools for the Future programme (a) have and (b) have not included sprinkler systems as...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the evaluation of reduced-tariff inspections of schools; and if he will make a...

      Schools: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside...

      Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons Paul Gray has been appointed as Interim Director of Children's Services in Doncaster; what Mr Gray's job...

      Social Services: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1123W, on social services: Haringey, what assessment he has...

      Special Educational Needs: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the planned net expenditure on the provision of education for pupils with special educational needs is in each local...

      Special Educational Needs: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special...

      Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has allocated to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust in the next three years; and if he will...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers took a primary (a) Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Arts and (b) post-graduate certificate in...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what is the cost to the public purse of training for teaching staff at schools in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees...

      Teaching Methods: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department provided for the Next Generation Learning campaign in the last 12 months; and what funding it has...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils have had (a) one, (b) two and (c) more than five unauthorised absences in the latest...

      UK Council for Child Internet Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date the UK Council for Child Internet Safety came into operation; and what funding his Department has allocated to the...

      Young People: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) males and (b) females under the age of 25 years who used Class A drugs in 2006-07.

      Youth Services: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the budgeted net expenditure on youth services was in the south east (a) by each local authority and (b) per young person...

      Youth Sport Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has allocated to the Youth Sport Trust over the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) minimum and (b) maximum fine may be imposed by a penalty notice for disorder for (i) possession of cannabis, (ii) being drunk or disorderly in...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of penalty notices for disorder which remained unpaid (a) six and (b) 12 months after issue in each of the last five years...

      Cannabis: Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum quantity of cannabis of which an individual may be found in possession is before it would be considered appropriate to issue a penalty...

      Cannabis: Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department's consultation on the use of penalty notices for disorder for cannabis possession offences was launched; and to whom the relevant...

      Corporate Manslaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to bring into force immediately the remaining provisions of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007; and...

      Corporate Manslaughter: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) charges and (b) convictions there have been in (i) Essex and (ii) England under the provisions of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate...

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have reported that they are compliant with the Government's...

      Departmental Languages

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

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's internal guidance for officials on the drafting of answers to parliamentary questions.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many forms are required to be completed by a practitioner supervising an individual on a drug rehabilitation requirement.

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) custodial sentences, (b) fines, (c) community sentences and (d) cautions there were in respect of (i) drug use and (ii) drug dealing in...

      Firearms: Convictions

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

      Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for fraud were brought in each of the last five years, broken down by investigating agency; and how many such prosecutions brought...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 511W, on freedom of information, for what reasons the time taken by Freedom of...

      House of Commons: Right of Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings he has attended with Mr. Speaker on the arrest of my hon. Friend the Member for Ashford (Damian Green) and the search of his office; what...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what public services are available to people deemed to have been trafficked.

      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 (i) Reducing Re-offending Operational...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the pilot on the use of FP10 prescriptions for those leaving prison will be assessed; and when the Prison Service plans to introduce the use of FP10...

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many female prisoners gave birth whilst in prison and subsequently (a) requested and (b) requested and were refused a place in a mother and baby...

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many female prisoners (a) applied for and (b) were refused a place in a mother and baby unit for a baby born before they were received into prison...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms the Prison Service has in place to ensure continuity of care for people on a methadone or other opiate substitution prescription leaving...

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many adult (a) male and (b) female prisoners there are detained in prisons in Wales.

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many places for adult (a) male and (b) female prisoners there are in prisons in Wales.

      Probation Service: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has made an assessment for benchmarking purposes of the Japanese system of recruitment of volunteer probation officers; and if he...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to increase awareness of the public and the judiciary of offender programmes in the community and prison which have the...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of reductions in reoffending that have been achieved by offender behaviour programmes among those in (a) the...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of reductions in reoffending that have been achieved by the drug programme among those in (a) the community and...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of the (a) sentence handed down to and (b) period served in custody prior to being released on home detention curfew was by...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the consequences of the absence of lock-out times in the juvenile estate, with particular reference to its effect on the...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Brazil: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the monetary value of direct foreign investment by UK companies in Brazil has been for each year since...

    • Brazil: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the monetary value of goods (a) exported to and (b) imported from Brazil has been in each year since...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of EU institutions on the introduction...

      Manufacturing Industries: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will review the Government's manufacturing strategy to increase support to manufacturing industry in...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many newly incorporated (a) hotels, (b) restaurants, (c) bars and (d) bed and breakfast...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the monetary value of trade between the UK and (a) India, ( b) China, (c) Russia, (d) Brazil, (e)...

      Wines

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what measures his Department is taking to promote the production and commercial sale of English wines.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely effect on UK carbon dioxide emissions of replacing all UK household lightbulbs with compact...

    • Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which (a) food and (b) drinks companies have supplied his Department since its inception; and how much was paid to each of those...

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent by his Department on staff reward and recognition schemes since its inception.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many bonuses have been awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department in each year since its inception; and what was...

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the merits of a joint initiative undertaken by Kettering Borough Council and E.ON to reduce domestic energy...

      Energy Supply: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts on the liberalisation of the energy market in the European Union.

      Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will estimate the percentage of fuel above that required to heat a house in Bristol which is required to heat identical...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding is available to people between the ages of 60 and 70 years to help them insulate their homes; for what reasons 70 is the...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the Government has spent on legal fees relating to claims made by miners with osteoarthritis of the knee caused by their work...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letters of 14 October 2008 and 28 November 2008 from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare on behalf of...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average number of days of gas supply in storage in December of each year since 2005.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many days of gas supply were added to gas stocks by gas storage projects which became operational in (a) 2008 and (b) 2007; and...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much electricity has been generated from renewable sources in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the potential contribution of energy generation from domestic waste towards meeting the UK's...

      Renewables Obligation: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on the full inclusion of plastics in the Renewable Obligations Certificate system.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of the rebate for contractors participating in the Warm Front Scheme is withheld for administration costs.

      Wylfa Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects Wylfa nuclear power station to cease to generate electricity.

  • Health

    • AIDS: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce an oral swab for diagnosing acquired immune deficiency syndrome to effect rapid diagnosis.

    • Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average recorded ambulance response time for (a) the town of Bridlington and (b) England was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Aphasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with aphasia in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department holds on the incidence of (a) asthma and (b) asthma in children; and if he will publish details of the incidence...

      Back Pain: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that manual therapies recommended in draft guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Cancer: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the national communication campaign to improve the public's understanding of units of alcohol in...

      Care Quality Commission: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many copies of the consultation document have been downloaded from the website of the Care Quality Commission since its consultation on proposals for...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in each year from 2000 to 2008.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions in the last 12 months each of his Department's Ministers visited (a) an NHS dentist, (b) a private dentist and (c) an optometrist...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have received dental treatment under the NHS in each primary care trust in England in each of the last 12 months.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were per head of population in (a) England and (b) each region in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population was treated by a dentist under the NHS in each primary care trust area in each strategic health authority in (a) 2006,...

      Dentistry: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students (a) started and (b) graduated from dentistry courses in England in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of privately-funded eye examinations paid for by an individual's employer.

      Food: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public food analyst laboratories his Department operated in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information (a) his Department and (b) NHS agencies collect on the number of patients not registered with a GP.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the GP patient survey has cost in each year since its inception; how much it is costing this year; how many surveys were sent out in each year...

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who were unable to obtain an appointment at a genito-urinary medicine clinic on the day they presented...

      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) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been claimed from the NHS by each other EU member state through the European Health Insurance Card and its predecessors in each of the...

      Health Services: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in the provision of a new health facility in the Cam and Dunley area in Stroud constituency; and whether he plans to re-use...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role the National Service framework has played in helping to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts performed between one and 24 revision hip replacements in the latest year for which figures are available, as recorded by the Hospital...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome in England.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the NHS of treating a HIV positive patient with antiretroviral medication.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received publicly-funded home care during the September sample week during each of the last 11 years; and at what cost in each of those years.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the most recent HH1 returns.

      Hospitals: Capital Investment

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

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of NHS patients on waiting lists in Gloucestershire was in (a) 1997, (b) 2001, (c) 2005 and (d) 2007, broken down by category...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible patients have received the influenza vaccine in each primary care trust in the last 12 months.

      Injuries: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes there were for injuries from assaults by a sharp object, including knives, in each NHS trust where the patient was...

      King's College Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the new designated space at King's College Hospital for the former emergency clinic of Maudsley Hospital will be completed.

      Knee Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts performed between one and 14 revision knee replacements in the latest year for which figures are available, as recorded by the Hospital...

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the incidence of (a) respiratory diseases and (b) cardiovascular disease; and at what levels of disaggregation...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2094W, on maternity services, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students (a) started and (b) graduated from medical degree courses in England in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to (a) promote the use of cognitive stimulation therapy and (b) provide assistance to the cognitive help and therapy...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of supply of mental health services to meet demand for such services over the last 12 months.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) emergency and (b) elective hospital admissions for musculoskeletal conditions were recorded by the Hospital Episodes Statistics database in...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many episodes of care entailed (a) a shoulder replacement, (b) an ankle replacement, (c) an elbow replacement and (d) a scoliosis correction...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time has been since 1997-98 for an inpatient appointment with a diagnosis of pain associated with...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS of treating musculoskeletal conditions.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of changes in demand for NHS musculoskeletal services over the next 10 years; what proportion of NHS bed days he estimates...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) primary total hip replacements, (b) revision total hip replacements, (c) primary total knee replacements and (d) revision total knee...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) admitted and (b) non-admitted patients were treated within 18 weeks following GP referral in each month since January 2007 in the...

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the gross value of the provisions held by the NHS Litigation Authority was for each category for which provisions were made in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have awarded contracts to private companies to operate walk-in centres; and which company has been awarded the contract in each case.

      NHS: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 169W, on NHS: finance, what proportion of undisputed invoices for goods and services...

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) of 10 December 2008, Official Report, column 164W, what the (a) actual...

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) of 10 December 2008, Official Report, column 164W, on NHS: buildings,...

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been convicted of abusing NHS staff on (a), one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four or more occasions in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers he has in existing legislation to make directions requiring NHS bodies to publish information relating to the quality of NHS services which...

      NHS: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision there is for exempting NHS organisations from full compliance with (a) fire safety standards and (b) health and safety standards in...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in piloting integrated care organisations as referred to in his Department's NHS next stage review, "High Quality Care for...

      Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished episodes of care for elective orthopaedic surgery there were in each year since 1997-98.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions for (a) all osteoporosis-related conditions and (b) osteoporotic fractures there have been in each year since 1997-98, as...

      Pain: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of pain management services provided by the NHS which offer individual psychological therapy; and if he will...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of hospital appointments were made in each primary care trust using choose and book in the last period for which figures were available.

      Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many post mortems were held in each of the last 10 years; and how many of those followed deaths (a) in hospital, (b) in care homes and (c) under...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1202-3W, on prescriptions, what reporting process for an error involving a...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a regulatory requirement for a patient to be examined before a prescription for a controlled drug is issued to that patient.

      Rheumatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many rheumatology admissions to hospital there were in each year since 1997, as recorded by the Hospital Episodes Statistics database, broken down by...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met (i) tobacco companies and (ii) representatives of and lobbyists acting on behalf of...

      Wheelchairs: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how long on average existing wheelchair users wait for a chair with different specifications in (a) Southend Hospital Trust, (b) Essex and (c)...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether the Higher Education Minister received briefing from departmental officials before his television appearance on...

    • Foundation Degrees

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

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of those who have received a foundation degree have gone on to enrol on an honours degree course since the...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many foundation degrees were awarded in each employment sector in each of the last five years.

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had with higher education institutions on levels of graduate employment in the current economic...

      Graduates: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the Prime Minister's plans to introduce a Government- funded intern scheme for university graduates,...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what information his Department holds on the work of British higher education institutions in promoting transnational...

      Higher Education Funding Council: Consultants

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

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects to meet the target of 50 per cent. participation rate in university education for young people aged 18 to 30...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what information his Department holds on which universities and higher education institutions have received over...

      National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what relevant specialist qualifications the head of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of...

      Overseas Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of non-UK EU domiciled students who graduated from an English university in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006...

      Research: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department proposes that multi-disciplinary research should be assessed in the Research Excellence Framework...

      Student Numbers: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what records he holds of the number of Newcastle-based further education students who are at university in the city.

      Students: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of UK students admitted to universities in England left university before completing their course in each of...

      Students: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals progressed to higher education in the last year for...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he has taken to establish a mechanism for annual review of the new funding regime for equivalent or lower...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of writing off unpaid student loans has been in each year since such loans were introduced.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his latest estimate is of the amount overpaid in student loan repayments in the last 12 month period for which data are...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent representations he has received on the difference between market interest rates and the interest rate charged on...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Incineration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Farming and the Environment, Jane Kennedy, on 24 November 2008 (Official Report, House of Commons, cols....

    • Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of suggestions that the planned Heathrow third runway and sixth terminal will infringe local residents' human rights in respect of...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where in Europe the A400M heavy lift aircraft will be assembled.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which nation will make the A400M heavy lift aircraft wings; and in which locations.

      Armed Forces: Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans there are to update the Chinook fleet to a common standard; over what timescale; and at what cost.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they retain full ownership and control of all the assets of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, notwithstanding the appointment of a consortium...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards they have put in place to control bailiffs' use of force when entering homes to recover outstanding personal debt.

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have to monitor use of force by bailiffs when enforcing debt recovery against moveable goods on private property.

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what new powers they propose to make available to bailiffs when enforcing debts against moveable goods on private property.

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult on any extension of powers available to bailiffs.

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set up a regulator to oversee the use of powers of recovery by bailiffs.

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of guidelines issued to bailiffs when enforcing debts against private property.

      Benefits: Incapacity Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to a report in the Sunday Times on 7 December 2008, why the areas of (a) Breckfield in Liverpool, (b) Castle Swansea and (c) Central and Falinge in...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last raised the case of the imprisoned blind human rights lawyer, Chen Guangcheng, with the government of China; what is known about his present...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many appeals were lodged against proposals in provisional maps as part of the mapping of access land under Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of appeals against proposals in provisional maps as part of the mapping of access land under Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000...

      Energy: Reserves

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the President of the European Commission will have the legal authority to take over European Union energy reserves following the commencement of the Lisbon...

      Fishing: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fishermen died in accidents between 1992 and 2006; and how the rate compares with the general workforce ashore.

      Football: Ticket Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances on ticket prices were given by the present owners of Manchester United Football Club, at their meetings with ministers in May 2005; and whether...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Government of Israel has responded to the European Union presidency statement of 14 November on Gaza; and, if so, in what terms.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the European Union presidency will take to ensure that the civilian population of Gaza does not suffer collective punishment, contrary to international...

      Gulf War: NAPS Tablets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many personal medical records of British troops deployed to the 1990—91 Gulf conflict have details of the use and administering of nerve agent...

      House of Lords: Tips

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the House of Lords' policy in relation to tips and how they are distributed.

      House of Lords: Weighing Scales

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will arrange to have the weighing scales in the Peers' lavatories on the Bishops' corridor, and in other locations in the House of Lords, display...

      Houses of Parliament: Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any warrant was executed on or behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in October,...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not complied with the decision on interim measures of the European Court of Human Rights that Faisal Attiyah Nassar Al-Saadoon and Khalaf Hussain...

      Israel and Palestine: Detained Parliamentarians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made towards releasing detained Palestinian parliamentarians, following their recent representations to the Government of Israel.

      Legal Aid: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what circumstances within the legal aid system in Northern Ireland led to the withdrawal or suspension of services to some who had qualified to receive legal aid;...

      Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which access authorities in England include coastal land that will be subject to Part 9 of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill.

      Modernising Scientific Careers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what technical difficulties have led to the consultation document The future of the healthcare science workforce. Modernising scientific careers, the next steps: a...

      National Probation Service: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 January (WA 114—15), whether any disciplinary action has been taken by the National Offender Management...

      National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Cabinet Office or the Home Office supplied the Metropolitan Police with a list of the instances of considerable damage that had been caused to national...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proportion of male to female nurses working in the National Health Service. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proportion of male and female...

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Policing and Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether responsibility for historic enquiries involving the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC and the Police Service for Northern Ireland will come within the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 10 December 2008 (WA 5) concerning the payment of bonuses to certain officials...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the criteria to determine which staff of the Northern Ireland Office are awarded a bonus in D2 to A grades.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 17 December 2008 (WA 54) concerning payments to the Northern Ireland Parades...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the tender specifications for hosting the 2012 Olympic shooting and equestrian events.

      Olympic Games 2012: Safety and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department and Minister have responsibility for the design phase of the Olympic safety and security programme. To ask Her Majesty's Government what work will...

      Olympic Games 2012: Safety and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the Olympic safety and security programme.

      Olympic Games 2012: Safety and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a costed security plan for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been delivered to Ministers.

      Police: Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 January (WA 119), what are the annual grants paid to (a) the British Association of Women in Policing;...

      Police: Menezes Inquest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following the verdict on 12 December in the de Menezes inquest, what assessment they have made of the responsibility of senior members of the Metropolitan Police...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to announce publicly that the Omagh bomb murders, the McCartney murder and Northern Bank theft were...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision of the Police Service of Northern Ireland not to pursue their investigation of the Omagh bomb murders, the McCartney murder and the Northern...

      Railways: International Passenger Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the definition of an international passenger service to which the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 will apply.

      Railways: International Passenger Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, under what circumstances international passenger trains will...

      Railways: International Passenger Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, whether they intend to implement the legislation allowing...

      Railways: International Passenger Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, whether they will refuse rights to operate within the United...

      Railways: International Passenger Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the draft Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, who will fix and approve access charges for international...

      Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much material collected by local authorities for recycling is being stored owing to the present market conditions.

      Residential Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount was paid in grants under Section 55 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 (which allows a local authority to take a charge on a person's home rather...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Action for Smoking on Health Group (ASH) or other anti-smoking organisations have received Government funding in 2006, 2007 and 2008; and, if so, how...

      Sudan: Darfur

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report Abductions, Sexual Slavery and Forced Labour in Darfur, published on 17 December by the Darfur Consortium.

      Telecommunications: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have in place to prevent the compromise, by covert surveillance by criminal and hostile agents, of critical telecommunications infrastructure...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the judgment of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities of 4 December in Case 284/08, representatives of member states in the...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) children and (b) adults in each police authority in England and Wales have been stopped and searched by police officers in each of the past five years...

      Turkey: Leyla Zana

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Union Enlargement Commissioner about the compatibility of the conviction and 10-year prison sentence imposed on...

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