Written answers

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

  • Leader of the House

    • Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House what mechanism she uses to monitor the number of occasions on which the media has been given information contained in Ministerial Statements before those statements...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 239W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in...

      Official Cars

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

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place for the offence of consuming alcohol in a designated public place in each of the last seven years.

    • Community Policing: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet a delegation of residents from Castle Point to discuss community policing and the return to use of Hadleigh police station.

      Crime: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the cost to UK businesses of (a) shoplifting, (b) fraud, (c) forgery, (d) e-crime, (e) theft...

      Extradition: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what offences British citizens have been (a) arrested and (b) surrendered to the authorities of another EU member state under the...

      Identity Cards: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 145W, on identity cards, what stage the legal case relating to...

      Police Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations have been closed to the public since 2001.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sworn police officers there are in England and Wales; and how many (a) occupy non-front line posts and (b) are on permanent...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent improvements have been made to the personal protective equipment for armed forces personnel in active theatres.

    • Defence: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent improvements have been made to the fleet of frontline UK aircraft.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to reply to letters from the hon. Member for Peterborough on the wearing of service uniforms off base by personnel at RAF Wittering.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 630W, on departmental ICT, what ICT projects...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ICT projects his Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1000W, on departmental public...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.

      Directorate of Management and Consultancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what Directorate of Management and Consultancy Services studies have been issued since 1997-98; (2) if he will place in the Library a copy of each...

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out-of-service date for HMS Endurance is.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid Sussex of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft,...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down his Department's Winter Supplementary Estimate 2008-09 on the same basis as in his answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report,...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the badger population in each of the counties of England in each of the last 10 years for which...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of dairy herds in each local authority area are under restrictions following a bovine tuberculosis breakdown.

      Carbon Neutral Newcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants his Department has given to Carbon Neutral Newcastle; on what dates those grants were made; and for what...

      Departmental Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations were (a) implemented and (b) revoked by his Department in 2008.

      Flood Control: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the EU Floods Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Control: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial and economic impact assessment has been made of the implementation of the EU Floods Directive.

      Flood Control: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the implementation of the EU Floods Directive; what response he made; and if...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plant breeding methods were used to produce the GM-contaminated oilseed rape seeds in Somerset in 2008; (2) at...

      Marine Management Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the cost of establishing the Marine Management Organisation, broken down by budget heading.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his counterparts and (b) farming industry representatives from (i) other EU member...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effects of a reduction in pesticides usage on levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking in its formulation of policy to take account of the impact which climate change...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Ofwat takes account of the effects of climate change in its periodic...

  • Wales

    • Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on levels of economic inactivity in Wales.

    • Job Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of job losses in Wales since 1 December 2008.

      Banking Assistance: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on policy to ensure banks in receipt of public support assist small businesses in Wales.

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the implications for Wales of the defence training review programme.

      Marine and Coastal Access Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will work with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the National Assembly for Wales to ensure the effective...

      Manufacturing Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the cash flow of manufacturing companies in Wales.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the levels of support from the Government available to small businesses in Wales.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the level of public expenditure per head of population in Wales was in 2008.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.

  • Transport

    • Airwave Service: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Airwave handsets issued to the Marine and Coastguard Agency have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many handsets issued...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many air passenger movements there were through the UK in each of the last three years; and what estimate his Department has made of the number in...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the research underlying figures 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 in his Department's publication UK Air Passenger Demand and carbon dioxide forecasts.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1166-7W, on bus services: concessions, what discussions the Disabled...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on its study on a second Dartford crossing; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Consultancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what payments the (a) Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (b) Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, (c) Driving Standards Agency, (d)...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licences were reported lost or stolen in the last 12 months; and how many valid driving licences there were in that period.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when meetings were held between (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (b) both Ministers and officials in his Department with representatives of BAA to...

      Heathrow Airport: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation (a) expressed support for, (b) expressed opposition to and...

      Heathrow Airport: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to publish the responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow consultation in full.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations his Department has received from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on the release of vehicle odometer reading data...

      Railway Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will commission research into the effects of the electrification of heavily-used rail services in major urban conurbations.

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers have travelled on rail replacement bus services funded by his Department over the last 10 years.

      Railways: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many assaults on (a) staff and (b) passengers on the rail network in each region were recorded in the last five years; and if he will make...

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many working days have been lost to strike action by workers on (a) the national rail network and (b) the London Underground in each year since...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train services have been cancelled in each year since 1997; how many scheduled train services there have been in each year since 1997, broken...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on building new roads in each region in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much capital funding his Department provided for road safety schemes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East...

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings (a) he and (b) officials from his Department have had since 12 December 2008 with potential providers to discuss the technology and...

      Rolling Stock: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the recent findings of the Competition Commission on the market for the leasing of rolling stock for franchised...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras have been installed on public roads in each year since 1997, broken down by police authority area; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on transport projects in each local authority area in England in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

      Transport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what transport projects have been announced by the Government and subsequently cancelled in each year since 1997; how much has been spent on each such...

  • Prime Minister

    • Adela Mahoro Mugabo

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to his answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 922, at Prime Minister's questions, what consideration he has given to the case of Ms Adela...

    • Baa

      To ask the Prime Minister what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence he and officials in No. 10 Downing Street have had with representatives from BAA since 3 October 2008; when each meeting took...

      Domestic Visits: Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost of hotel accommodation for the tour undertaken by Ministers between 7 and 9 January 2009 was; and in which hotels accommodation for the tour was booked.

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Prime Minister whether new procedures for (a) the analysis and (b) the publication of intelligence material have been put in place since he became Prime Minister; and if he will make...

      Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many staff in each pay grade work on the No. 10 Downing Street YouTube video platform; (2) how many staff work to (a) maintain and (b) supply content for the...

      Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) which websites are operated by his Office in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is; (2) which websites were operated...

      Ministers

      To ask the Prime Minister how many people whom he has appointed as Government Ministers in the (a) House of Lords and (b) House of Commons accepted their appointment on the basis that their...

      Ministers: Interests

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 470W, on Members' interests, what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the annual...

      Ministers: Pensions

      To ask the Prime Minister what the pension arrangements are for the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton.

      Opposition

      To ask the Prime Minister what arrangements the Cabinet Secretary plans to establish for talks between permanent secretaries of Government departments and the Official Opposition ahead of the...

      Sir Fred Goodwin

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will recommend to Her Majesty the Queen that the knighthood awarded to Sir Fred Goodwin for services to banking be withdrawn.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he has met (a) Ministers and (b) UK Sport to discuss the £100 million of private sponsorship for elite athletes announced in the 2006 Budget; and if...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Television

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many television sets are operationally available on the House Estate, broken down by building; and how...

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) by what date the House of Commons Commission expects the process of scanning and redacting the receipts...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission for what reason backdated details of hon. Members' expenses have not yet been published; what factors account...

      Parliament: Heating

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent steps the House authorities (a) have recently taken and (b) plan to take to improve the heating...

      Parliament: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate has been made of the cost of repairs to the gates on Derby Gate; what reports he has received on...

      Portcullis House: Fire Alarms

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on how many occasions since 1 January 2008 Portcullis House has been evacuated for fire-related reasons; on...

  • Justice

    • Cannabis: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he has issued on the referral of possession of cannabis cases to the magistrates' courts in circumstances where it followed the issuing of...

    • Conveyancing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) from what date the newly appointed charging fee for local authority property search regulations will be effective; (2) when he expects to publish...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) average length of time in days taken by coroners in (i) Leicestershire and (ii) the rest of England to hold...

      Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the remaining provisions of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 will be brought into effect.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to give powers to the Information Commissioner to audit data controlled in the (a) private and (b) voluntary sectors.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many...

      Departmental Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and the former Department for Constitutional Affairs spent on visits by their staff to Brussels in 2007-08; and how many such...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, (b) the Lord Chief Justice and Heads of Division and other judges of the...

      National Offender Management Service: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the participation of the National Offender Management...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate of the average cost per year of keeping an offender in (a) an adult prison, (b) a young offender institution and (c) a...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reparation orders have been issued by each court in each year since 2005.

      Repossession Orders: Uxbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in Uxbridge constituency in each year since 2001.

      Speed Limits: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) fined for speeding in (i) Stroud, (ii) Gloucestershire and (iii) south west England in each of the last five...

      Young Offender Institutions: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offender institutions have an in-reach mental health team providing tier 2 and 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders have been intensively supervised in the community in each year since 2001; and what the average cost of such supervision per...

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce the use of penal custody for child offenders; and how many such offenders are being supervised in the community.

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce the number of child deaths in custody.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2165W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, when he expects the...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department provides guidance to convenience stores with off-sales licences on the (a) positioning of and (b) promotion of...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 244W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing...

      Arts Council England: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England spent on (a) grants for the arts, (b) the Cultural Leadership Programme, (c) managed funds, (d) the...

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) public money and (b) lottery money has been spent per capita on arts services in each (i) region and (ii) local authority...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997;...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which ICT projects his Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Legacy Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Legacy Trust has raised since its establishment; and how much it has received from (a) trusts and foundations, (b) public...

      Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations his Department has received on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in each of the last three years.

      Sport England: Property

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

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will monitor the trends in the number of pay-and-play customers at sporting facilities during the economic downturn.

      Sports: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials from his Department have met representatives from (i) HM Treasury and...

      Swimming: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds (a) the Amateur Swimming Association and (b) Sport England provide for (i) the teaching of basic swimming and (ii)...

      UK Sport: Property

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the change in expenditure on (a) disability living allowance (care component), (b) attendance allowance...

    • Child Support Agency: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the operational improvement plan in place at the Child Support Agency.

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will include RAF Benson as one of the meteorological stations used to determine cold weather payments in Oxfordshire; (2) if he...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the...

      Disability Living Allowance: Chronically Sick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed the higher rate care component of disability living allowance on the ground of terminal illness in 2007-08, broken down...

      Disability Living Allowance: 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, for what...

      Disabled: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the written ministerial statement of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 68WS, on disability benefits (European...

      Employment Schemes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which employment service contractors in each region did not have their contract for employment services renewed under each (a) New Deal, (b)...

      Employment Schemes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid to (a) private and (b) voluntary sector employment service contractors in each region under each (i) New Deal, (ii)...

      Employment Schemes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) agreed contract employment target, (b) award payment structure per client and (c) names were of each (i) private and (ii)...

      Employment Schemes: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to how many (a) UK citizens, (b) non-UK EU citizens and (c) others his Department and Jobcentre Plus offered an English for Speakers of...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of housing benefit in each London borough in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much incapacity benefit was overpaid due to (a) fraud, (b) official error and (c) customer error in each of the last 10 years; and what...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what employment support through Jobcentre Plus has been available to lone parents with children under the age of 12 since the changes to the...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Osteoarthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has plans to accept osteoarthritis of the knee as a qualifying condition for industrial injuries disablement benefit;...

      Jobcentre Plus: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many vacancies for positions within the Jobcentre Plus network have been advertised in each of the last 12 months.

      Jobcentre Plus: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the recent announcement to recruit 6,000 new Jobcentre Plus frontline staff positions includes the retention of those employed to...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (1) the value of unclaimed pension credit to which pensioners in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex are entitled...

      Pension Credit: Ashford Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Ashford constituency (a) were entitled to and (b) claimed pension credit in each year since 2005.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension schemes have applied for protection under the Pension Protection Fund in the last two years.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the increase in the size of the Pension Protection Fund's deficit was in (a) each year since 2004 and (b) 2009 to date.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provisions he has made in respect of the future of the Pension Protection Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to ensure that pensions are not withheld from pensioners whose mail has been returned by the Post Office for...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 42W, on the Post Office Card Account, if he will place in the Library a...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children in (a) Vale of York constituency and (b) England were born into families in relative poverty in (i) 2006 and (ii)...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire were considered to be in severe poverty in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2007.

      Redundancy: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what practical support and advice is provided by his Department and its executive agencies to workers in Dartford who are facing redundancy.

      Social Fund: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) at which locations Social Fund staff work; and how many such staff work at each location; (2) how many staff have worked on the Social...

      State Retirement Pensions: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received pension overpayments in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and...

      Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (1) how many people claiming jobseeker's allowance have been claiming support for mortgage interest payments for two years or more; (2) how...

      Territorial Army: Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming jobseeker's allowance are members of the Territorial Army.

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what demand there has been from employers for Train to Gain in each of the last five years.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people over the age of (a) 60 and (b) 80 years have claimed the winter fuel allowance in (i) the UK, (ii) the North East, (iii) Tees...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cold weather payments were made (1) to people living in Glasgow North West constituency in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; (2) in (a)...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of winter fuel payment applications which have been delayed owing to incomplete application forms in...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Wansdyke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for winter fuel payments were made by households in Wansdyke in each of the last five years.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Trade Unions: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the legal advice commissioned by the Office of Fair Trading on...

  • Women and Equality

    • Domestic and Sexual Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on steps to ensure that women are not discouraged from giving evidence in court...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which websites were operated by the Government Equalities Office in addition to its main website in each year since its inception.

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the policy of the Government Equalities Office is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at...

  • Treasury

    • Adjudicator's Office: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints were received by the Adjudicator's Office in each of the last five years.

    • Adjudicator's Office: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken to resolve complaints made to the Adjudicator's Office was in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Adjudicator's Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets his Department set for the Adjudicator's Office to respond to correspondence in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and what his assessment is of...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what restrictions he has put in place to prevent the payment of bonuses to bankers who work for those institutions in which the Government has a majority stake.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) guidance and (b) instructions he has issued to those banks in receipt of public money under the Bank Lending Programme announced on 19 January...

      Child Trust Fund: Wansdyke

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in Wansdyke constituency have been eligible to receive a voucher to open a child trust fund account in each year since the scheme's...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the full-year cost to the Exchequer for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 of reducing the main corporation tax...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress the inquiry into the premature disclosure of information from his Department in 2008 has made.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which ICT projects initiated by his Department were abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred on each project; who the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 428W, on departmental ICT, what his most recent estimate is of (a) the cost and (b)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which websites were operated by his Department in addition to its main website in the last five years.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and what was spent on such...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many departmental identity cards have been reported lost or stolen by staff in HM Revenue and Customs in the last 24 months.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many flat screen televisions his Department has purchased since 1997.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1096W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of hon. Members' questions for written answer on a named day his Department has answered on the day named in the 2008-09...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role his Department played in discussions leading to the recent decision of the Financial Services Authority to remove its prohibition on short selling...

      Foreign Exchange

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of sterling traded on each day of the last two months.

      Foreign Exchange

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projection he has made of the prevailing exchange rate between the pound sterling and the (a) euro, (b) Thai baht and (c) US dollar in each of the...

      Fraud: Currency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made representations to (a) the euro area authorities on the abolition of the 500 euro banknote and (b) the United States administration on...

      Government Shareholding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) in relation to the preference shares taken by the Government in (a) Lloyds Bank, (b) HBOS and (c) Royal Bank of Scotland, whether non-payment of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland's letter to him of 20 October 2008 on petrol prices in Orkney and Shetland.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs the Government plans to create through expenditure on eco-friendly projects; what estimate he has made of the proportion of such jobs which...

      Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the HM Revenue and Customs website does not give a postal address for complaints.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many pre-surplus staff there were at HM Revenue and Customs and its agencies at the end of each quarter from March 2007 onwards; (2) with...

      Revenue and Customs: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Customs' public service agreement and associated targets are for quantities of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) crack cocaine seized...

      Valuation Office: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) name, (b) address and (c) size is of each (i) used and (ii) vacant space for each entry on the e-PIMS property database, excluding sensitive...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what targets his Department has set for the time taken to process (a) a notification of a tax credit claimant's change of circumstances and (b) any...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times bailiffs have been deployed with respect to the recovery of tax credit overpayments (a) in each year since 2003-04 and (b) in each month in...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions his Department has used the services of a private debt collecting company with respect to the recovery of tax credit overpayments (a)...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) sector skills councils and (b) individual employers on the revised...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprentices there were in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in his Department have used their discretion to rule that a...

      Educational Institutions: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which colleges have submitted applications (a) in principle and (b) in detail as part of the Building Colleges for the...

      Educational Institutions: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of (a) the adequacy of the Learning and Skills Council's capital budget for further education...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of A level entrants were (a) 19 and (b) over 21 years of age in each year since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter of 3 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North on the Learning and Skills...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made on the first annual review of the list of subjects exempt from the restrictions on funding for...

      Vocational Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) adults and (b) adults over 25 years received Skills for Life funding in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to involve Afghan nationals not resident in Afghanistan in his Department's efforts to...

    • Armed Conflict: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on achieving improvements to post-conflict stabilisation policy at the UN and EU; and what...

      Charities

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

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has to publish a climate...

      Commonwealth Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the right hon. Lord Morris of Manchester of 14 October 2008, Official Report, House of Lords...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been made to his Department since 2005; how...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 7 of his Department's Autumn 2008 Performance Report, which 130 UK-based policy slots are in the process...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the planned allocative efficiencies for CSR07, set out in the Table of Value for Money Projects on page 26 of his...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b)...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public...

      Diplomatic Service: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1272-3W, on ambassadors (education), where his...

      Diplomatic Services: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ambassadors and high commissioners are (a) male and (b) female and identify themselves as (i) white and (ii) from...

      Faroe Islands: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to hold discussions with Faroese representatives on the recent slaughter of whales in the Faroe Islands; and if...

      Gaza: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government are assisted in the repatriation of any UK citizens from Gaza during the conflict in the region.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many individuals working for private military security companies registered in the UK have been killed on duty in Iraq since...

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 883W, on Iraq: weapons, what reports he has...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 9 July 2008, Official Report, column 1660W, on languages, how much has been paid in the...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budget allocation his Department has made for the services of foreign language training providers in (a) 2008-09 and (b)...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) the UK and (b) other countries through the UN (i) have organised and (ii) plan to organise medical aid to assist...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations on discrimination against Jewish communities in Arab...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) Arab states and (ii) the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to allow the sale of arms to Israel; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations on the rights of Jewish refugees from Arab states; and...

      Nigeria: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in the Niger Delta; and what discussions he has had with the Nigerian...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Nigeria on action against the perpetrators of the violence which took...

      Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timescale has been agreed for the International Atomic Energy Agency to approve the conditions and modalities for a nuclear...

      Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's contribution will be to the 25 million euro the European Union is planning to contribute for the creation...

      Nuclear Weapons: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the statement by the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the right hon. Member for...

      Rashid Rauf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the United States Government on the suspected death of Mr. Rashid Rauf following a US air...

      Russia: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his French counterpart the termination of Russian language broadcasts by EU member states to (a)...

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green...

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance the Government have provided for the deployment of the African Union force in Somalia in the (a) last...

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on access to St. Helena after the planned retirement from service in 2010 of RMS St. Helena;...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) grants and (b) loans his Department has given to student organisations in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department has made available for the Government's counter-radicalisation agenda for each year until 2010-11.

      Thailand: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has made representations to the Thai government on the recent anti-government protestors' blockade of...

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plans to restart its contingency preparatory work for implementation of the Lisbon Treaty should it come...

      Ukraine: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he (a) has had since July 2008 and (b) plans to have with EU counterparts on levels of anti-Semitism in (i)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental consultants, how much his Department, its...

    • Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and...

      Official Cars

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

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many former Royal Ulster Constabulary police officers have been recruited by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners in Northern Ireland were detained as a result of non-payment of fines in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the budget of his Department's provincial reconstruction team in Helmand province has been in each year since 2002; how much has...

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department have allocated to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium for 2009-10.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department funds the use of oral mouth swabs to diagnose acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the grade and salary range was of each member of his Department's staff seconded to support the Quartet Middle East Envoy in (a)...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much direct aid his Department has provided to Gaza in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how grant aid from the Government to the Palestinian Authority was used over the last three years, broken down by project; (2)...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the proportion of his Department's direct aid to Zimbabwe which has reached its intended recipients in the...

  • Health

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the annual number of premature deaths caused by air pollution in England; and if he will make a statement.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned or assessed on the levels of (a) PM10, (b) PM2.5, (c) ozone, (d) nitrogen dioxide and (e) nitrogen...

      Brain Tumours: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding the National Cancer Research Institute provided for (a) brain tumour and (b) leukaemia related research in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnosed cases of malignant neoplasm of the breast there were in (a) Essex and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding the National Cancer Research Network has provided for paediatric oncology in each of the last five years; and what proportion of this support...

      Clinical Physiologists: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to implement his proposals for the statutory regulation of clinical physiologists.

      Colonoscopy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many colonoscopists are employed by each primary care trust.

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 444W, how much the second homes allowance for David Nicholson and Bill Kirkup were;...

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 193W, on departmental personnel, how many staff without posts there are in (a)...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Devizes of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1218W, on departmental public relations,...

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06.

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dispensing GP practices are registered in (a) Stroud constituency, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) England; and what percentage of the total...

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of inappropriate dispensing of hospital prescriptions in community pharmacies were reported by each primary care trust in the latest year...

      Health Services: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by (1) what means his Department provides access to (a) detoxification services and (b) primary health care for homeless people in Merseyside. (2)...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average capital cost is of major hospital capital building projects initiated under (a) the private finance initiative and (b) other funding...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts have (a) declared and (b) been unable to declare that dieticians had confirmed that hospital menus would deliver nutritional...

      Knee/Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a (1) knee operation in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency...

      Maternity Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 875W, on breastfeeding, what steps are being taken to promote the UNICEF Baby Friendly...

      Medical Treatments: EC Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many European Health Insurance Cards (a) his Department and (b) other issuers within the UK have issued to non-UK nationals in each of the last 11...

      Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the report of Interphone.

      NHS: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS hospital and community health services which will be in deficit at the end of the financial years (a)...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to issue guidance on the availability on the NHS of (a) Sutent, (b)...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local involvement networks are not yet operational; and on what date each is expected to become operational.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the full set of quality measures for acute patient care as referred to on page 50 of High Quality Care for All, Cm 7432.

      Oxygen: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England were dependent on a domiciliary oxygen system in their homes in each of the last 10 years.

      Oxygen: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by (a) his Department and (b) each health trust on each type of prescribed domiciliary oxygen therapy in each of the last 10 years.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of first outpatient appointments made through Choose and Book in the latest period for...

      PatientPak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with representatives of PatientPak Limited to discuss the use of its products by patients in...

      Pharmacy: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what dispensing pharmacies there are in Hampshire; and what volume of products each dispensed in each of the last five years.

      Pigmeat: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the labelling scheme for pork products.

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) magnetic resonance imaging and (b) dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scanners there were in the NHS in each year since 1997.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business Community Safety Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the chair of the Business Community Safety Forum has received in allowances in respect of his chairmanship in the last...

    • Chief Fire Officers' Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are represented on the board of the Chief Fire Officers' Association.

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate her Department has made of the receipts (a) each of her Department's executive agencies and (b) each...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress the Equality and Human Rights Commission has made in convening forums with employers' networks, the CBI and the...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has her Department has provided on whether reports produced by local authorities under their new tension...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on tension monitoring and the activities of political parties.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Ministers in her Department plan to organise seminars on issues identified in the National Community Forum's report on...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure her Department incurred on the (a) research for and (b) production of the National Community Forum report,...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 46W, on local authorities: community relations, what...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 46W, on local authorities: community relations, what...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in...

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 52-7WS, on the departmental...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 786W, on departmental ICT, what her most recent estimate...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which ICT projects her Department and its predecessors initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons her Department engaged (a) Band and Brown, (b) Connect PR and (c) Blue Rubicon PR in 2008 to undertake...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department's executive agencies spent on services procured from each of the external public relations and marketing...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) public affairs (i) companies and (ii) consultants and (b) external public relations firms have been commissioned by...

      Departmental Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many...

      Deprivation Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the geographical barriers score of each local authority in the Indices of Deprivation for (a) 2004 and (b) 2007 was,...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of levels of brownfield development in (a) England, (b) the South East, (c) Hampshire and...

      Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department issues (a) guidance and (b) instructions to local authorities on the monitoring of household waste for...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 125W, on fire...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 340W, on fire...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 487W, on fire services, if she will place in the...

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance her Department has given to fire and rescue authorities on whether private contractors (a) can and (b)...

      Fire Services: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the armed forces will provide emergency fire cover in the event of (a) a local and (b) a national fire strike, with...

      Fire Services: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place to provide antiviral medicines to firefighters in the event of an influenza pandemic.

      FiReBuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Gateway Review of the Firebuy integrated clothing project was completed; and what the outcomes of that review were.

      FiReBuy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what remuneration each board member of Firebuy receives.

      FireGuard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) her Department and (b) its agencies were represented on the board of FireGuard.

      Green Belt: Windsor and Maidenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) representations and (b) instructions the Government Office for the South East has given to the Royal Borough of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 952W,...

      Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to extend the opportunities for social tenants to purchase and part-purchase their homes; and whether Social...

      Homelessness: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homelessness applications were made in (a) Test Valley borough, (b) the ceremonial county of Hampshire and (c)...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the most recent demolition output targets are for each housing market renewal pathfinder.

      Interreg Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which European Union Interreg (a) IVA, (b) IVB and (c) IVC projects have been approved for implementation in the United...

      Land Use: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will request that Castle Point borough council sends local residents full documentation relevant to the Core Strategy...

      Land Use: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will request that Castle Point Borough Council publishes details of brownfield sites in Castle Point.

      Land Use: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will hold discussions with Castle Point borough council on procedures for development of green belt land in Castle Point...

      Land Use: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will request that the Chief Executive of Castle Point Borough Council publishes the authority's plans to develop land...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of external legal services engaged by her Department was in 2007-08.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what circumstances a local council may transfer assets to community organisations.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects elections for directly-elected mayors to take place in each of the next 10 years.

      Local Government: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) planning and (b) other powers the interim authority established for Shrewsbury in the period between the abolition of...

      Mortgages: First-Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 446W,...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates (a) the hon. Member for Eastleigh and (b) Eastleigh Borough Council made submissions to her Department in...

      Rented Housing: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the effect of the use of credit scoring by the private rented sector on households who have had...

      Rented Housing: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of buy-to-let landlords in each region who have had property repossessed in each of the...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Government has for the future of the Supporting People initiative.

      Urban Areas: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 978W, on...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether consideration for compensation payments for householders whose bins are not collected on time falls within the scope of...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department carried out checks with Companies House before awarding Greensward Charitable Trust the sponsorship of...

    • Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking programme.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent by his Department on the Building Schools for the Future programme since its launch; and how much funding...

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average cost of obtaining a care order.

      Castle View School: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on discussions which have taken place between (a) officers, (b) Members and (c) actual or...

      Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in each local authority area were (a) looked after and (b) adopted in (i) 2006, (ii)...

      Children in Care: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what programmes his Department has put in place to provide one-to-one reading tuition for looked-after children.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were abused whilst subject to a child protection plan in each of the last five years in (a) Hemel Hempstead and...

      Children: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health on the flexible education provision for childhood...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on ContactPoint in the last two years; (2) what the...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who is responsible for entering children's data into the ContactPoint database; and whether such individuals are required to have...

      Children: Day care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment, based on the local authority childcare sufficiency assessments, he has made of the adequacy of standards of...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what initiatives the Government has introduced for children of pre-school age to reduce childhood obesity in (a) England, (b)...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress his Department has made in its communications campaign on children's safety; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department has had with Reading Local Education Authority on the level of protection it provides for...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the target for annual efficiency gains by 2007-08, referred to on pages 107-108 of his Department's Annual Report, was...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of contractors and suppliers to his Department has reported compliance with the Government's security standards...

      Departmental Higher Civil Servants

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

      Departmental Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to which budget he has allocated the £2,500,000 moved from non-voted unallocated provision for Sure Start in his written...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the reasons are for the time taken to make education maintenance allowance payments in Kent in 2008-09.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Wansdyke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many residents of the Wansdyke constituency were in receipt of education maintenance allowance during 2007-08.

      Education: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the ranking of Newcastle upon Tyne Local Education Authority in relation to the other local education authorities in the...

      GCSE: Cleethorpes

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

      Mathematics: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the innovative Key Stage 3 mathematics lesson materials funded by his Department and the Bowland Trust have been made...

      National Assessment Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time officials worked at (i) the National Assessment Agency and (ii) the Qualifications and...

      Parents: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the provision of interpreters for deaf parents attending parents' evenings.

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the early years foundation stage specification included guidance on how and when children should learn to grip a pen or pencil.

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans the Government have to assess the effects of the introduction of the early years foundation stage on childcare settings.

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department have made of the number and proportion of local authorities which did not meet their requirement to...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1495W, on pre-school education, how many and what...

      Pre-School Education: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average staff turnover rate in daycare settings in England in the last 12 months.

      Pre-School Education: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of people who worked in the childcare sector in each year since 1997.

      Pre-School Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department provides for the training of childcare staff to level 3.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to amend the primary education syllabus to reduce the workload of (a) children and (b) teachers.

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues to schools on administering of insulin to pupils with diabetes during school hours; what steps...

      Pupils: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in each local authority area have been referred to an educational...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much Government funding was provided per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in each local authority area in 2007-08.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to develop a national curriculum for religious education; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reason the words in paragraph 1.65(d) of the School Admissions Code requiring parents' preferences for the school of...

      Schools: Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of 5 to 16-year- olds in each School Sport Partnership participated in a minimum of two hours of high quality...

      Schools: Wansdyke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on the salaries of (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff in Wansdyke constituency in...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary schools there were at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green...

      Social Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many complaints were made against children's social services departments in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools have (i) two to four per cent., (ii) four to six per cent., (iii)...

      Special Educational Needs: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many looked-after children have a statement of special educational needs.

      Young People: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the management of those under 16 years who become homeless as a...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Birth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many births there were in England in each year since 1979.

    • Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of children lived in families claiming out-of-work benefits in 2008, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Death: Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in (a) Southampton and (b) Test Valley borough in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much has been spent on designing 10 Downing Street-branded (a) mouse mats and (b) desktops in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of (a) the Cabinet Office's and (b) No. 10 Downing Street's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) terms of reference are and (b) timescale is of the review by the right hon. Member for Darlington into social mobility and elitist...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in employment aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 are employed by (i) small and medium-sized employers, (ii) large private employers...

      Government Departments: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his Department has issued guidance to other departments on the practice of holding departmental away days outside departmental buildings.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent estimate he has made of the life expectancy of (a) men and (b) women in (i) the North East and (ii) the UK; and what the life...

      Public Bodies: Lobbying

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1364W, and the Answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 13 October...

      Risk Capital Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effect on social enterprises of the Risk Capital Fund; and what steps his Department is taking to draw the...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the non-military risks and benefits of the Afghan Social Outreach Program and its effect on rural development projects and local governance.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider the United Kingdom's military presence in Afghanistan in light of the number of service personnel killed there.

      Afghanistan: Air Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have made to the comments of the United Nations Special Representative in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, on 17 December regarding the revision of...

      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....

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the first Hawk 128 will be delivered to the Royal Air Force; how many are expected to be delivered in 2009 and each year thereafter; and what the official...

      Armed Forces: HMS "Endurance"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the present status of HMS "Endurance"; and whether the circumstances that led recently to the flooding of her engine room while under way have been resolved.

      Azerbaijan: Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of Azerbaijan about the proposed discontinuance of local transmission of BBC broadcasts, Radio Free Europe,...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that magistrates, Her Majesty's Courts Service fines officers and bailiff companies are implementing page 9 of the National...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to proceed with regulations under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 allowing bailiffs to use force against persons.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 November (WA 295), whether they will review the amount of funding for bee research in the light of...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of people receiving benefits has increased in the past five years; and, if so, by what percentage.

      Charities: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases involving allegations of fraud in charities have been investigated by the Charity Commission in each of the past three years; and how long was taken...

      Child Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue guidance on the vetting and barring scheme to be introduced in October 2009.

      Common Travel Area

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Ministers in Northern Ireland regarding the reform of the common travel area.

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities regularly hold multiagency risk assessment conferences to identify victims of domestic violence; and how often.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs to local authorities of undertaking checks with the Criminal Records Bureau since the bureau's inception.

      Department for Transport: Staffing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the anticipated employment costs, indicating all emoluments, of the franchise managers, finance managers and contract managers in the Department for...

      Department for Transport: Staffing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether compensating savings are planned in the staffing costs of the Department for Transport as a result of filling the posts advertised in the Times on 16...

      Energy: Reserves

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are proposals for the "mutualisation" of energy reserves in the European Union; and, if so, what is their position on such proposals.

      Fishing: Vessels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many small fishing vessels received an unannounced inspection in the past 12 months for which figures are available; and what percentage resulted in the vessel...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to Israel about the alleged use of white phosphorus shells in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether compensation will be payable by Israel for damage to United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been killed in (a) the Gaza Strip; and (b) Israel as a result of the current conflict between the two territories.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the women and children seriously injured as a result of the current conflict involving Israel and the Gaza Strip have received appropriate medical care...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women and children from the Gaza Strip have been transferred to Egyptian hospitals as a result of the current conflict involving Israel and the Gaza Strip.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure Israeli compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will recall the British Ambassador to Israel until the Israeli Defence Force has fully withdrawn from Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they received from the Government of the United States about their decision not to vote in favour of the latest United Nations Security...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports in the New York Times about military fragments collected in Gaza which contained white phosphorous and were fired over...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Hamas were willing to extend the six-month ceasefire when it expired in December 2008.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the force being used in Gaza by the Israel Defence Forces is proportionate; and what discussions they have had with the...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Israel the alleged misuse of white phosphorus shells by the Israel Defence Forces in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children and women were (a) killed, and (b) wounded by Israeli weapons in Gaza since 27 December 2008; and how many of those injured are still in hospital.

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the register of those with diabetes mellitus prepared under the quality and outcomes framework lists only those 17 years old and over; and whether they will...

      House of Lords: Annual Report

      To ask the Chairman of Committees further to the House of Lords annual report 2007—08, whether in future he will publish the cost of maintaining the heritage and integrity of the House's...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the housing benefit review.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making about the violation of human rights in West Papua, and in particular the arrests of Buchtar Tabuni and Sebby Sambon for...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in deciding how to abide by the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v United Kingdom, they will have regard to (a) the reasoning in...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 15 January (WA 168—74), whether they will be able to ratify the Fourth Protocol to the European Convention on...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the remit of the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

      Interception of Communications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 28 February (WA 136), why they do not know how many interception warrants were refused when the Answer...

      International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 January (WA 111—12), what is the nature of the evidence they wish to obtain from the United Kingdom's...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the document or documents specifying the five options presented for consideration to the United Kingdom and...

      Internet: Service Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether persons working for internet service providers are prohibited from giving information as to the persons sending datagrams, recipients of them, and the...

      Iran: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the most recent replies they received from the Government of Iran concerning persecution of and discrimination against Sunni Muslim, Bahai and Christian...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what action they are taking to prevent attacks on ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq; (b) what representations they are making to the Government of Iraq...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to contribute to a peaceful settlement between Israel and Palestine.

      Israel and Palestine: Quartet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they and the Quartet will take concerning the proposed demolition of 88 dwellings, housing some 1,500 residents, in the Al-Bustan neighbourhood of East...

      Israel and Palestine: Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Israel has paid to the Palestinian Authority the tax revenues for 2000—02 which were withheld because of the intifada; and, if not, what action the...

      Israel and Palestine: Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider a full embargo on weapons sales to Israel.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statements by Mr Robert Serry, United Nations Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, made on 2 and 4...

      National Security Forum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to set up the National Security Forum as a non-departmental public body; and what its budget will be. To ask Her Majesty's Government who chairs...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 18 December 2008 (WA 71) concerning bonus payments to staff of the Northern...

      Northern Ireland Office: Overtime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether overtime payments are made to officials in the Northern Ireland Office; and, if so, how much was paid in each of the past five financial years.

      Olympic Games 2012: Football

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the stadia chosen to host football events at the 2012 Olympics comply with the Accessible Stadia Guidance.

      Police: Shootings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is or has been a shoot-to-kill policy by police in (a) Northern Ireland, and (b) London; and, if so, in what circumstances.

      Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they will provide to local authorities to assist them to dispose of recyclates in the present market conditions.

      Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated loss to local authorities in the current financial year and the next financial year due to the decline in the market for materials collected...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Sri Lanka urging them to set up an independent public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will hold discussions with the Government of Syria to secure a cessation of the firing of rockets into Israel.

      Transport: Integrated Transport Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities have registered an interest in establishing an Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) under the Local Transport Act 2008; and when they...

      Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where joint waste authorities are planned or have been set up under Part 11 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

      White Phosphorus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have received from medical professionals in the United Kingdom regarding alleged injuries from white phosphorus.

      Wine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why European Union wine producers are not required to declare the chemical content on wine labels. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with...

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