Written answers

Thursday, 29 January 2009

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from (a) brewers and (b) owners of public houses on the effects of alcohol duty on their businesses; and if he...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1630W, on banks: Government assistance, what the discount rates and maturities are of...

      Building Societies: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consideration his Department has given to modifying the allocation of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme levies to reflect the...

      Chelsea Building Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Chelsea Building Society approached the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for consent to establish a banking subsidiary in Guernsey; on...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to ensure that interest rates charged by high street credit schemes are reasonable.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the location is of each office occupied by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies which has been (i) newly occupied and (ii) refurbished in...

      EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his European counterparts he has met in the last two months.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much gold the Government has sold in each year since 1997.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many visits on official business he has made to Jobcentre Plus offices in the last 12 months.

      Mortgage Interest Deferral Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the number of households likely to (a) qualify for and (b) take up the mortgage interest deferral scheme; and what his estimate is...

      Tax Credits: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department provides to employers on whether employees on extended periods of sabbatical leave on part pay are eligible for tax credits.

      UK Financial Investments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff have been employed by UK Financial Investments Ltd in salary bands of (a) up to £25,000, (b) £25,000 to £50,000, (c)...

      Valuation Office: Rent Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) will be permitted to access data previously available to the Rent Service upon the transfer of the Rent Service's...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to businesses of re-pricing products as a result of the reduction in value added tax to 15 per cent.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure his Department incurred in promulgating the 15 per cent. value added tax rate.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Official Cars

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what cars are (a) owned, (b) leased, (c) hired and (d) otherwise regularly used by the House, broken down...

    • Parliament: Buildings

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) specifications and (b) cost of (i) carpets, (ii) office furniture, (iii) building materials and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Baseball: World Cup 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps (a) he and (b) Sport England have taken to ensure that the UK baseball team can compete in the 2009 World Cup; and if he...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which external organisations his Department have engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three...

      Film: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what grounds local licensing authorities may (a) amend the classification of a film classified by the British Board for Film...

      Playing Fields: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 244W, on playing fields: planning permission, for what...

      South Bank Centre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England paid to the South Bank Centre for managing its collections in each year since 1997.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much her office's media and communication unit has spent on public surveys since its inception.

    • Mass Media

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the cost of her Office's contracts with press monitoring services has been since it was established.

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether contractors at the Olympic site with business continuity plans are required to comply with BS25999 on business continuity management.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many hits the 10 Downing street website has received since its most recent redesign.

    • Employment Summit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the cost to the public purse of catering at the employment summit held on 12 January 2009 was; and what suppliers were used for...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which of the schemes outlined in the New Opportunities White Paper, Cm. 7533, will entail a Barnett consequential for Wales in (a) each year to...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 600W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public...

    • Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) 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)...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.

      Official Cars

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

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made in implementing the provisions of the National Carers Strategy, published in June 2008, which relates to...

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress has been made on commissioning Jobcentre Plus training programmes for carers; and if he will make a statement.

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made for the reasons for increases in expenditure on disability living allowance for children since 1992-93; and...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to undertake an assessment of employment retention assessments as referred to in his Department's White Paper, "Raising...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what allocation of funding the UK has received from the European Social Fund (ESF) for the next 12 months; and what allocations of funding from...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to (a) improve employers' understanding of deafness and (b) ensure employers do not discriminate on grounds...

      Jobcentre Plus: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the former Jobcentre Plus office at Wick lane, Christchurch, will be brought back into use; and what the liability of his Department is...

      Jobcentre Plus: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) used the services of and (b) found work through the Nairn Jobcentre Plus office in each of the five years before it was...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the percentage change in the number of jobseeker's allowance claimants in each local authority area has been over the last 12 months.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what courses his Department offered to claimants of jobseeker's allowance in Chelmsford in the last 12 months; and what the cost was per person...

      Pensioners: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate, on the basis of household surveys supported by his Department, how many people over state pension age are engaged in...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1685W, on poverty: children, how many children were living in poverty in...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for (a) grants and (b) loans from the Social Fund were (i) approved and (ii) refused in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Security Benefits: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the error rate in benefit system data; and what factors he has identified as the most common causes of such...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce instances of fraud and error in the benefit system which arise from cases where mail has been misdirected.

      State Retirement Pensions: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that payments made by his Department in sterling to UK pensioners resident abroad can be made by direct...

      Take Up Taskforce: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent staff make up the Take Up Taskforce.

  • Transport

    • A435

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what investigations the Highways Agency has undertaken into the state of the culvert under the A435 in Ashchurch parish; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will reimburse local authorities for the full cost to them of implementing the national concessionary bus fares scheme.

      Charities

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

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the operator of the Dartford-Thurrock crossing has made under its contract with the Department in each year since 2002; and how much revenue...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many holding answers his Department has given in response to parliamentary questions for written answer in the last 12 months; and of those how...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of external legal services engaged by his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      M5: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what land the Highways Agency owns between junctions 8 and 9 of the M5; and if he will make a statement.

      M5: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies the Highways Agency has undertaken into possible improvements to the culvert of the Carrant Brook under the M5 between junctions 8 and 9;...

      M5: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent works to improve drainage have been undertaken between junction 8 of the M5 junction and junction 1 of the M50; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Rail: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age of the rail rolling stock operated by Northern Rail is; and if he will make a statement.

      Operon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department gave to Operon facilities management to supplement Operon employee wages in 2008.

      Railway Stations: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of staff presence at rail stations on rates of (a) ticket fraud and (b) other crimes at stations.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents resulted in a fatality in Crosby constituency in each of the last five years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) injured and (b) killed in road traffic accidents in the north-west in each of the last five years, broken down by police...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people (a) died and (b) were injured in road accidents where the cause of the accident was drink-driving in each of the last five years,...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which projects in the proposed public works schedule he proposes to bring forward as part of the programme of accelerating public works; and when he...

      Transport: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the up to 100,000 jobs the Government expects to be created he expects will result from transport capital projects; and if he will make a...

      Transport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in respect of which transport infrastructure projects with a forecast cost of more than £5 million the Highways Agency has carried out feasibility...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of levels of (a) PM10, (b) PM2.5, (c) O3, (d) NO2 and (e) NO in each of the 20 largest...

    • Birds: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of strengthening controls on the sale of those non-CITES species of birds removed...

      British Waterways Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the £5 million spending on the infrastructure of British Waterways announced in the pre-Budget report will...

      British Waterways Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of British Waterways' projected funding shortfall for 2010-11 in relation to the funding...

      Carbon Emissions: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions from (a) industrial, (b) commercial and (c)...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contracts to which his Department is a party continue beyond 1 July 2010.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) external contractors and (b) other non-departmental staff were employed by his Department in London in each of...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 9 October 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Floods: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Lancashire county council has bid for funding to protect against future flooding.

      Floods: Montgomeryshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effects of flooding on the Pylon development scheme in Kerry, Montgomeryshire; and...

      Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the latest English Condition Survey data on rodent presence in domestic dwellings.

      Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the size of the rat population in the country.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has made an impact assessment of new site area-based charges for surface drainage on (a) sports...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1626W, on water supply, for what reason the...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what Government Equalities Office assets are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what websites the Government Equalities Office (a) funds and (b) part-funds.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such...

      Domestic Violence: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many recorded incidents of domestic violence there have been in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last three years; and how...

      Domestic Violence: Victims

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government have taken to support women and children who are subject to domestic violence in the last two years.

      Females: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will work with the Secretary of State for the Home Department to bring forward proposals for a commissioner with the remit of reducing the...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on improving security in Afghanistan in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the date for the completion of the Royal Navy aircraft carriers has been delayed; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of personnel in each service who were (a) divorced and (b) separated in each year between 1997...

      Armed Forces: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of personnel in each service who were (a) divorced and (b) separated in each month in (i) 2006,...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits of each sex have joined each unit of each of the armed forces at each rank in each of the last 10 years.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the next stage in the Future Rapid Effects System procurement will be; and whether his Department has plans for off-shelf procurement of...

      Army : Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what occasions the (a) heavy and (b) light artillery regiments have been deployed in each of the last 10 years; and (i) to which locations and (ii)...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) estimated monetary value, (b) location and (c) size is of each land asset owned by his Department.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1000W,...

      Gulf War: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will commission further research into the diagnosis and treatment of Gulf War veterans' illnesses; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will seek to provide an open berth for HMS Plymouth in a British port.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether HMS Richmond will be deployed to duties pertaining to the arms embargo on the Gaza Strip before Operation Telic ends.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Lockheed Martin have been asked to postpone the completion date for the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Joint Strike Fighter to enter service.

      Mass Media

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

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of helicopter pilots did not undertake the required 15 hours individual flying training per month in the last year.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Royal Navy assets will form the UK contribution to CTF-151, broken down by asset type.

      Submarines: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have received (a) wet training and (b) dry training at the submarine escape training tank at Gosport in (i) each year...

      Territorial Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number of personnel in each corps of the Territorial Army is; and what the percentage shortfall for each corps is.

      Territorial Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of the trained strength personnel complement of the Territorial Army were unavailable for deployment under his Department's...

      Tristar Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 554W, on TriStar aircraft, when the process of fitting glass cockpits to the RAF...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bosnia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the terms of the Odzak agreement signed on 8 November 2008 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    • Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken in (a) the UN Security Council, (b) the UN Human Rights Council, (c) the UN General...

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the access of Red Cross officials to political prisoners in Burma following the partial...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1794W, on departmental training, what personal...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the...

      Diplomatic Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK (a) embassies, (b) high commissions and (c) other overseas missions have a politically-appointed head of mission.

      India: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 532-3W, whether the next EU-India Human Rights...

      Iran: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on holding high-level direct discussions with the government of Iran.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings Ministers in his Department have had at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with groups of British Muslims on...

      Palestinians: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government on the detention without trial of elected members of the...

      Sri Lanka: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on the development of independent human rights reporting in...

      Sri Lanka: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment of press freedom in northern Sri Lanka is; and what recent reports he has received of threats to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Catering

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

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 882W, on departmental travel, how much was spent by his...

      Fire Services: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons five officers resigned from the proposed dedicated road rescue team of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service to be...

      Offensive Weapons: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to hold a knife amnesty in Northern Ireland.

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with (a) political representatives and (b) the Parades Commission on the 2009 parades season in Northern Ireland.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2009, on police recruitment in Northern Ireland, whether the 50/50 recruitment policy will be ended when...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners in Northern Ireland have absconded in each of the last five years; and how long each spent at large either (a) to date or...

      Sexual Offences: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people who had been convicted of a sexual offence in Northern Ireland since 2005 were subjected to MASRAM supervision after release and...

  • Leader of the House

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House what her Office'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.

    • Mass Media

      To ask the Leader of the House what the cost of her Office's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Belize: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department provided to Belize in each of the last 20 years, expressed in today's prices.

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of British aid to Burma is delivered via cross-border mechanisms.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds his Department contributed to local authority Preventing Violent Extremism projects in 2008, broken down by local authority;...

      Corporate Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Selby of 6 February 2007, Official Report, column 767W, on public relations, if...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department is providing for (a) research into and (b) prevention of malaria; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Cars

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

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much official development assistance was (a) pledged and (b) spent by the Government in each year since 2004; and if he will make...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 30-31WS, on Sri Lanka, when he expects a...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on access for an independent group to carry out an assessment of the...

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister what the staffing costs of No. 10 Downing Street were in 2007-08; and what the budget for such costs is for 2008-09.

    • Cabinet

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what estimate he has made of the costs of policing provided for the Cabinet meeting in Liverpool on 8 January 2009; (2) how much was spent from public funds on...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister what No. 10 Downing Street'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.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 30-31WS, on Sri Lanka, if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of witnesses in court on Merseyside (a) applied for and (b) were granted special measures in giving evidence in the last...

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will publish the results of his Department's consultation on weekend voting.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1299W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Damages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times employment tribunals awarded costs to a successful applicant in each of the last five years; and what the average award was over that period.

      Inquests: Armed Forces

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

      Juries: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the restrictions which prevent people with mental illness from serving as jurors.

      Legal Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the legal services ombudsman plans to respond to the application of Mrs. Yvonne Randles of Birkenhead made in January 2006.

      Magistrates Courts: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1126W, on magistrates courts: Welsh language, what the (a) estimated cost,...

      Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what target he has set for the maximum duration between a court awarding a maintenance payment and that payment being made; what steps he plans to take...

      Offenders: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will introduce systematic screening of offenders for (a) learning disabilities and (b) learning difficulties; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Radio Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's expenditure on the Prison Radio Service was in 2008-09; and what estimate he has made of such expenditure in (a) 2009-10 and (b)...

      Rape: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the existence and effect of prejudice among (a) the police, (b) the Crown Prosecution Service, (c) criminal lawyers,...

      Reparation by Offenders: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the merits of proposals for (a) appealable community penalties and (b) reparation fixed penalty notices for minor crimes.

      Sentencing: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of public attitudes to prison and alternative sentences.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) original estimated cost and (b) most recent estimated cost of the new Supreme Court building in London was.

      Weights and Measures: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) convictions and (b) acquittals there have been in cases where people have been prosecuted for using imperial weights and measures at...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1345-6W, what means are used to assess the effectiveness of witness intermediaries.

  • Health

    • Accidents: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to hospital following road traffic accidents in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Health 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 Health 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 Expenditure

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy where an answer refers to material published on his Department's website to (a) make a copy available to the hon. Member...

      Departmental Written Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what time of day his Department makes written ministerial statements available to (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the press; and if he will make...

      Health Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to reply to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee report on the provision of cross-border health services for Wales.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of emergency readmissions to hospital in each NHS hospital trust in England occurred within 28 days of discharge in each of the last five...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for a hospital appointment in each primary care trust in Merseyside in each year since 1995.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legal advice he has received on the issue of access rights to summary care records.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money due to each local service provider in respect of delivery of care record systems has been withheld owing to delays in delivery.

      Mental Health Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much is spent per head of population on the provision of mental health services (a) on average and (b) in each primary care trust area in England.

      Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there were in the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust area in (a) May 1997 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available.

      Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of beds in the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust area were in mixed sex wards in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the capital budget for the NHS in 2008-09 is; and what proportion of this budget has been spent to date; (2) how many (a) private finance...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of reducing the scope of Choose and Book to operate only as an electronic booking service.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of medicine use reviews to meet local health priorities.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how he plans to assess the value for money of the £26 million allocated to primary care trusts for programmes to reduce teenage pregnancies;...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what was the total value of military equipment supplied by the UK to (a) Israel and (b) Palestine in 2007-08.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy that temporary and permanent employees of his Department employed at the same...

      Furniture: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many items of unsafe furniture have been seized by scambuster teams since 2005.

      Furniture: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the scambusters programme has spent in each year since 2005, broken down by category of expenditure.

      Mining: Bangladesh

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department is providing to the proposal by the UK company Global Coal Management Resources...

      Newspapers: Regulation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether (a) he and (b) the Office of Fair Trading plans to make an assessment of the implications for the...

      Regional Development Agencies: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding each of the regional development agencies has given to trades union bodies in the last 12...

      Russia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 955W, on official visits: Russia,...

      Unfair Practices: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government are taking to protect consumers from unsolicited mail offering loans without...

      Video Games: Canada

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made in investigating whether Canadian subsidies to the video games industry breach...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Caravans: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 29 October 2008, Official Report,...

    • CMPi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 961W, on CMPi, what payments have been made since...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will commission research into the incidence of local authorities issuing court summonses for non-payment of council tax...

      Council Tax: Discounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose is of her Department's (a) council tax discount grant, (b) performance reward grant and (c) restoration fund...

      Council Tax: Non-Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of summonses issued by each local authority for non-payment of council tax were subsequently withdrawn in the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1315W, on council tax: valuation, whether the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by her Department and its...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of her Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1265-6W, on eco-towns, which external companies...

      Emergency Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which communications systems used by the different emergency services are not inter-operable.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effects on (a) the environment and (b) those buying or renting houses of making...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether staff employed in regional fire control rooms will be eligible for the Fire Brigade's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

      Fire Services and Local Government: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment the Audit Commission has made of the preparedness of (a) the fire and rescue authorities and (b) local...

      Fire Services: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) advice and (b) guidance (i) her Department and (ii) the Fire Service College have given to fire services on diversity...

      Fire Services: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department classifies the withdrawal of armed forces' emergency fire cover and the associated obligation to pay for...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which programme budgets were administered by the Government offices for the regions in 2007-08, broken down by sponsoring...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the administration costs of the Government Offices for the Regions were in 2007-08; and what the budget for each is for 2008-09.

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 23 October 2008, Official Report,...

      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 (Mr. Pickles) of 28 October 2008, Official Report,...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 321W,...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which members of the Homes and Communities Agency board have made a declaration of political activity.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Homes and Communities Agency has to buy land.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the Homes and Communities Agency's national affordable homes budget for 2008-09 has been (a) allocated and (b) spent.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planned capital expenditure on housing in future years by her Department and its agencies she is bringing forward.

      Housing: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to Lord Berkley of 13 January, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA132, what assessment she has...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether householders are required to obtain a certificate of lawfulness when paving over their front garden with permeable...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the mix-adjusted average price of a property purchased by a first time buyer was in the most recent period for which...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department provided to each Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder area in 2007-08.

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties were (a) demolished, (b) acquired and (c) refurbished in each housing market renewal pathfinder area in...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning policy guidance or circulars have been issued which address issues relating to student housing.

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how student halls of residence are treated for (a) planning policy purposes and (b) valuation purposes.

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account is taken of (a) student halls of residence and (b) houses of multiple occupation in the process of establishing...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood (Mr. Pickles) and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report,...

      Interreg Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 29 October 2008, Official Report,...

      Interreg Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 29 October 2008, Official Report,...

      Liverpool Corporation Act 1902

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers she has to refer to the courts an alleged breach of the provisions of the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902.

      Lloyds TSB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the meeting held by the Minister for the South West with the Chairman...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued on the designation of billing authorities in areas with two executive tiers of local...

      Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements parish councils must meet in order to be able to use the new well-being power under the Local Government and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice her Department has provided to local authorities on placing money in government bonds.

      Local Government Finance: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the effect of inward migration on the level of funding for local authority services in each...

      Local Government: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1659W, on local government: billing, whether her...

      Local Government: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Local Government Association on the payment of supplier invoices within 10 days...

      Local Government: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial penalties local authorities may incur in circumstances where they do not meet their carbon dioxide emissions...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what effect she estimates the recent stock market downturn will have on the funding of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Local Government: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been given to local authorities on the use of public funds to campaign in local referendums.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to reply to the letter of 25 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of homebuyers took out mortgage payment protection insurance in respect of new mortgages in each...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the most recent editions of guidance and rating manuals that the Valuation Office...

      Optimisa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 353W,...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Government office for the East Midlands has to make budgetary provision for payment of the workplace parking...

      Public Bodies: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which public bodies she expects to (a) inspect and (b) audit local authorities in 2009-10.

      Tenant Services Authority: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Tenant Services Authority has spent on (a) branding, (b) external public affairs consultancies and (c) external...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology her Department uses to determine whether an unauthorised Travellers' camp is (a) tolerated and (b) not...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made towards the target of having half of all young people experience higher education.

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to announce a timetable for the proposed review of higher education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress is being made on his Department's University Challenge programme.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent progress has been made in the higher education debate; and if he will make a statement.

      Skills Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what support his Department provides to businesses, community leaders and training providers for them to work together to...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of capital funding for further education colleges; and if he will make a...

      Research Funding: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has for research funding for universities in the next three years.

      Economic Downturn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had with higher education institutions and universities on assistance they can provide to people and...

      Further Education: Capital Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans his Department has for funding capital projects in further education.

      University Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many university places were available at the start of the academic year (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the number of people taking up apprenticeships.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what work his Department is undertaking with the further education sector to provide training or retraining for those who...

      North Notts College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to modernise the buildings of North Notts College.

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he next expects to meet representatives of the construction industry to discuss skills levels in that industry.

      Employment-related Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps he has taken to improve the employment-related skills levels of people with low skills.

      Departmental Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the total amount of compensation claims in respect of which legal proceedings are complete made against (a) his...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental...

      Graduates: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will assess what effect the introduction of a graduate tax would have on university students.

      Higher Education: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many advertisements to attract students were placed by each university in each year since 1997; which universities placed...

      Higher Education: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what consideration the Higher Education Funding Council for England will give to the effect on local area regeneration of...

      London Metropolitan University: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make it his policy to minimise the number of redundancies at the London Metropolitan University; and if will make...

      Research: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what proportion of research projects commissioned by the research councils in each of the last five years are...

      Students: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) full-time and (b) part-time students attending higher education institutions with...

      Students: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people from Manchester, Withington constituency were admitted to universities in England in 2008.

      Technology Strategy Board: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many offers of financial support by the Technology Strategy Board have not resulted in grants being awarded because...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the target animal batch safety testing of veterinary vaccines (a) is not taking place...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to issue new guidance to the Association of Chief Police Officers on the issuing of penalty notices for disorder; and if...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the asylum support budget was in each of the last five years; and what it is projected to be in each of the next five years.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the e-borders programme to cover all passenger movements in and out of the United Kingdom.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of domestic burglary there were in (a) England and Wales, (b) the South East, (c) Hampshire and (d) Romsey...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in each of the last three years she or her predecessor was informed that an individual was about to be arrested.

      Crime: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported cases of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary, (e) theft, (f) fraud and...

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 each of the...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average her Department took to provide a substantive response to correspondence from members of the public in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average her Department took to reply to correspondence from hon. Members in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Languages

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 962W, on departmental personnel, what the current figure is for...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence police in each police authority have dealt with in each year since 1997.

      Domestic Violence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has evaluated on the link between cases of domestic violence and subsequent murders.

      Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1241-42W, on demonstrations: Parliament Square, when the...

      Drugs: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the budget for her Department's drug control programme was spent on (a) enforcement and (b) treatment in each year since...

      Drugs: Hillingdon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crack house closures there were in (a) Uxbridge constituency and (b) the London borough of Hillingdon in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to staff for the purposes of determining tourist visa applications from...

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for visas from mainland China were refused visas in each of the last three years, broken down by category of refusal.

      Entry Clearances: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times application of the two-year rule has resulted in the removal of the right of a spouse to remain in the UK in the event of...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, columns 706-07W, on foreign workers, if she will break down the figures by...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 994-96W, on genetics: databases, how many new profiles have been...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will reduce the length of time for which the police retain DNA samples of people who have not been convicted of any offence.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy that incidents of graffiti be recorded separately from other criminal damage.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals resident in Peterborough constituency have been (a) arrested, (b) charged with and (c) found guilty of offences...

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to use the receipts from foreign nationals from charges in respect of (a) identity cards and (b) registering biometric...

      Identity Cards: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of visits to the mylifemyid website had originated from Government internet addresses between the establishment of the site...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) educational facilities and (b) health care facilities have been (i) raided on suspicion of and (ii) fined for providing a...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suspected illegal immigrants were discovered as lorry stowaways at motorway service areas, broken down by location, in each month...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have registered at reception centres in (a) Liverpool and (b) Croydon following detection as lorry stowaways in...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) analysis has been commissioned and (b) research has been carried out by her Department on the likely number of illegal immigrants...

      Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been deported from the UK in each year since 2004.

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those who have taken the English language test for immigrants have (a) passed and (b) failed the test since its introduction.

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons her Department has decided to exempt foreign footballers bought by British football clubs from completing the English...

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what score is required to pass the English language test for immigrants; and what the procedure is when an individual fails the test.

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents in Peterborough constituency who are (a) Afghan, (b) Iraqi and (c) other non-EEA nationals are awaiting determination...

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals applied for a marriage visa to enter the United Kingdom from (a) Pakistan and (b) other non-EEA countries whose...

      Legal Opinion

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

      Lunar House

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to provide facilities at Lunar House for all queuing to take place indoors.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer question 243517 on identity card verification at her Department's agencies, tabled on 9 December 2008.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer question 243274, on identity card charges, tabled on 9 December 2008.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 27 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, sent on behalf of Mojtaba...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 25 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Tracy Betty Gororo.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 1 December 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Abdul Awal...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 1 December 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Shazaib Tufail.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 1 December 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. Tariq Aziz.

      National Identity Card Scheme Strategic Suppliers Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 296-97W, on the National Identity Card Scheme Strategic Suppliers...

      National Identity Scheme Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what salary range is proposed for the National Identity Scheme Commissioner.

      National Identity Scheme Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff will work in the office of the National Identity Scheme Commissioner.

      National Identity Scheme Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the National Identity Scheme Commissioner to start work.

      National Policing Improvement Agency: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacant posts there are in the National Police Improvement Agency.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) warnings were given, (b) cautions were issued and (c) prosecutions were brought for the illegal possession of knives in each...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations there have been into instances of persons without permission to work in the UK working on the Olympic site; and how...

      Overseas Visitors: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much has been accrued in fees paid by foreign visitors obliged to register with the local police service in each of the last five...

      Parliamentary Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials at each grade (a) are employed and (b) were employed in each of the last five years in her Department's Parliamentary Unit.

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) processing and (b) issuing passports which arise from fraudulent applications in the most...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants had been refused a passport as a result of decisions consequent on an interview carried out at a passport interview...

      Police: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers per head of population in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary area there were in the Northern Basic Command Unit in each...

      Police: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) first aid training and (b) first aid training relating to diabetes is provided to police officers; how often police officers are...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) expenditure on policing and (b) her Department's resource budget allocation for police spending was in each year since 1997-98.

      Police: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued to senior police officers on security and non-disclosure of their personal details.

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to prevent children and young people from accessing pornographic material made available through file...

      Prostitution: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis is for her Department's position that 80 per cent. of women working as prostitutes have been trafficked into the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the extent to which persons (a) convicted of and (b) suspected of terrorist offences in the United Kingdom...

      Terrorism: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what quantity of (a) weapons and (b) explosives is estimated to have been supplied to IRA terrorists by Libya between 1980 and 2000.

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals the UK Border Agency employs.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Child Minding: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether childminders working two hours or less a week have to pay a fee to Ofsted to become registered.

    • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many industrial tribunal cases there have been involving Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff in each...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment has been made of the current level of backlog of work in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what procedures are in place to request that a child's personal data be shielded on the ContactPoint database; and what...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on ContactPoint in each year since 2003; what its projected spend on ContactPoint is for each of...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of childcare in each local authority area.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities have (a) completed their childcare efficiency assessment and (b) identified gaps in their provision...

      Children: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has implemented a national policy for safeguarding children at risk of forced marriage.

      Children: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent progress has been made under the (a) Every Child a Reader and (b) Every Child Counts programmes; and if he will make...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were (a) on an at-risk register and (b) taken into care in each local authority area in the Government Office...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1701W, on children: protection, when Ministers plan to make...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who is responsible for writing the executive summaries to reports on serious case reviews.

      Children's Centres: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will issue guidance to children's centres on increasing awareness of domestic violence.

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on plans to ensure that the target for full-time equivalent headcount reductions, referred to on page...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff his Department employs in each of its divisions.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors spent on entertainment and hospitality in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress his Department has made against its Action Plan; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much sickness absence there was among staff in his Department in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Departmental Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the written ministerial statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 49WS, on departmental...

      Departmental Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the written ministerial statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 49WS, on departmental...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what use (a) his Department and (b) service providers under contract to his Department make of (i) 0844 and 0845 telephone...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 628W, on economic and monetary union, when the updating...

      NVQ: Teaching Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching assistants have reached National Vocational Qualification level (a) 2 and (b) 3 of the Training Development...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the statement of 20 November 2008, Official Report, columns 372-74W, on safeguarding children, when he...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what cars of what engine cubic capacity are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department.

      Parents: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of deaf parents of children of school age.

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the findings of the Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey in 2007, what assessment he has made of the...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that Building Schools for the Future schools which are required to display...

      Schools: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) teachers, (b) classroom assistants and (c) school volunteers are waiting for Criminal Records Bureau clearance...

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have received a grade one for safeguarding in their joint area reviews by Ofsted in the last 18 months.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many places there were in maintained special schools in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils classed as persistent absentees were absent from school for more than (a) 100, (b) 150,...

      Young People: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps he is taking to ensure young people are equipped with personal finance skills; and if he will make a statement;...

  • House of Lords

    • Avian Flu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the stockpile of vaccines for avian influenza H5N1.

    • Avian Flu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which occupations and sections of the population will be the priority for receiving the vaccines for avian influenza H5N1.

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of whether the right of a bailiff to break in to domestic premises to enforce a fine, granted to bailiffs in the Domestic Violence, Crime...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will release the redacted parts of the magistrates' courts guidance to bailiffs about the procedures for breaking in as a last resort.

      Belarus: Universities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing for university education in Belarus.

      Benefits: Conditionality Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, James Purnell, on 4 December 2008 (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 19WS),...

      Child Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who has authority to approve or disapprove an organisation's child protection policy.

      Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consultations they have initiated in the past five years in which the consultees knew in advance that the consultation would be on a non-attributable...

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their annual budget for removing and escorting detainees from the United Kingdom by air to foreign countries; and how that compares with spending in 2008.

      European Humanities University

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Belarus about the future of the European Humanities University, including the safety and security of its...

      Gaza

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

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have in place to ensure that where enforcement action is taken by local authorities against unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller sites children...

      Immigration: Detention and Removal Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants who wish to return to their own countries voluntarily are currently held in detention centres.

      Internet: BT and Phorm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any department has received an enquiry concerning Phorm or 121Media advertising systems; and, if so, on what date a department first received such an...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they and the Quartet are making to the Government of Israel concerning (a) attacks on and damage to Palestinian houses by Israeli settlers...

      Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which islands off the coast of England qualify as being accessible under the definition in Clause 290(3) of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff Sickness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of officials in the Northern Ireland Office citing stress as a reason for taking sick leave.

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 18 December 2008 (WA 73) concerning expenditure on taxis by the Northern...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission represents the community in Northern Ireland; and, if so, which commissioners represent which sections or...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 17 December 2008 (WA 55) concerning the membership of the Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 18 December 2008 (WA 74), what is meant by being independent of Government...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 18 December 2008 (WA 74), (a) which non-departmental public bodies other than...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a legal obligation on United Kingdom passport holders who obtain a passport from another country to report that they have done so to the Identity...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in light of the number of company failures, and the findings of the recent Holden report on pension fund governance, whether they will take steps to review the...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the Fair Pensions' report Investor Responsibility? UK Fund Managers' Performance and Accountability on 'Extra-Financial' Risks, what steps they are...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 18 November 2008 (WA 186) and the letter from Assistant Chief Constable Roy...

      Prisoners: Tagging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the differences between the proposed Northern Ireland tagging of prisoners regime and that used in England; whether a convicted person's religious beliefs...

      Roads: Dartford Crossing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many vehicles have used the Dartford crossing in the past four months; and what were the numbers for the equivalent months in each of the previous four years.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 4 December 2008 (WS 20—21), how the revised codes concerning the school admission system...

      Schools: A-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 20 January (WA 194—95), whether future issues of Outcome Indicators for Children Looked After...

      Transport: Lorries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many lives could be saved by installing class 6 forward facing mirrors on United Kingdom lorries not currently covered by European Union legislation.

      Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had discussions with other European and African nations to devise a plan to replace Robert Mugabe's regime through militarily supported action;...

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