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Written answers

Monday, 2 February 2009

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit: Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to amend the 10 per cent. rule on savings when calculating pension credit.

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for future arrangements for assistance offered by his Department to long-term recipients of incapacity benefit.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps Jobcentre Plus is taking to help unemployed people find jobs.

      Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on levels of unemployment among 18 to 24 year olds; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what projection he has made of the number of people who will have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for over 12 months by October 2009.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged between 18 and 24 years are claiming jobseeker's allowance in (a) Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answers of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1997W, on jobseeker's allowance, what research analysis his...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the highest number of repeat claims made for jobseeker's allowance is; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of people...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed jobseeker's allowance for (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight, (e) nine and (f) 10 or more years.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the effects of the...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's estimate is of the cost to the public purse of introducing a withdrawal rate for carer's allowance of (a) 10 per cent.,...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve the performance of the child support system.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the level of child poverty; and what plans he has to reduce it.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the Government's...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 24W, on departmental data protection, what the names of the (a) Senior...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for his Department to achieve capability maturity model integration level 3 and beyond.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Answer of 17 July 2008, Official Report, column 640W, on departmental personnel, how many staff without posts there are...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bonuses to staff were paid by his Department in each year since 1998; how much was so paid in each year; and for what purposes these...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the two-year time limit on claims for income support for mortgage interest for jobseeker's allowance claimants will apply to existing...

      Jobcentre Plus: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices have closed in each of the last five years.

      Local Employment Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseekers in each region have found (a) employment and (b) sustained employment with employers who have signed-up to local...

      Local Employment Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the maximum amount of funding that businesses are eligible to receive when working with Jobcentre Plus in local employment...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 92 of the pre-Budget report (1) how much money his Department accrued in each of the last 10 years; and what...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of benefit claims maintained by post in each year since 1997; (2) in what circumstances a...

      Social Security Benefits: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work-focused interviews for each category of benefit were conducted in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he plans to take in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Treasury Minute entitled Progress in tackling benefit fraud, issued in response to the Committee of Public Accounts'...

  • Prime Minister

    • Lobbying

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will allow the recording and broadcast of lobby briefings given by his spokesman to lobby journalists.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Buildings Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of reinstating the agricultural buildings allowance.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will consult residents of Hadleigh before any decisions are taken on the development of Hadleigh and the surrounding area to facilitate the Olympic...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many civil servants working in the Government Equalities Office have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the budget for the Government Equalities Office is for ( a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Plain English Campaign: Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since its establishment.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of the dinner hosted by his Department at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool on 20 November 2008 was, broken down by...

    • ICT: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of the Digital Britain review has been to date; what estimate he has made of the (a) staff costs and (b) total costs of...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the cost of (a) venue hire, (b) travel expenses and (c) food and drink was for the tourism summit hosted by his Department...

  • International Development

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the Answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 329W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing...

    • Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 986, on departmental conditions of employment, what the (a)...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 510W, on departmental training, what personal training...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three...

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      International Economic Relations: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proposals his Department has put forward for the reform of international financial institutions to meet international development...

      Peace

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on (a) peace education, (b) mediation, (c) conflict prevention, (d) conflict resolution, (e)...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka following the recent offensive by government troops on...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Working Hours

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

    • VAT: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what estimate his Department has made of the administrative cost to businesses in Northern Ireland of the recent temporary reduction in...

  • Scotland

    • Homecoming Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what role the Scotland Office is playing in relation to the Homecoming Scotland 2009 initiative.

  • Transport

    • Channel Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the train access charge regime for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, with particular reference to his policy of...

    • Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that no changes affecting the terms and conditions of staff will be made to the contractual parts of any staff handbooks within his...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the status of the tender notice entitled UK-London: Reward Strategy and Benefits Project detailed on his Department's Procurement...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to recover funds due to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency identified in the Central London employment tribunal case...

      Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to refuse paper requests to the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency for the release of driver information unless such...

      Public Transport: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce an ombudsman system to deal with complaints concerning the transport system.

      Railways: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the specification of restaurant car services in rail franchises let by his Department, with particular reference to franchises...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilians have been killed in military action in Helmand province since February 2006.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of theft of British military equipment supplies during transit from the port of disembarkation in Pakistan to the final destination in...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers from the First Battalion The Rifles have been injured in Afghanistan since October 2008.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 23W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations (1) how long the training will take;...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many insurgents in Afghanistan were captured by British forces in each month in 2008; and how many (a) were subsequently released, (b) transferred...

      Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many multi-engine aircraft in service with the Royal Air Force have (a) navigators and (b) flight engineers as part of the crew.

      Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) navigators and (b) flight engineers are available to serve in multi-engine aircraft in service with the RAF.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) endorsed number, (b) actual number and (c) location was of all UK personnel deployed on operations on 1 January 2009.

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many women have been recruited into the General Duties (Pilot) branch of the Royal Air Force in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent removing asbestos from (a) single living accommodation and (b) service families accommodation since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the manning (a) requirement and (b) level was in each unit of each service in the armed forces in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel are based in Pakistan; and what their role is.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals in each branch of the armed forces have failed to complete successfully basic training in each year since 2000.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ridgback armoured vehicles have been shipped to (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq since 2001.

      Army: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on (a) heavy infantry, (b) heavy artillery, (c) light infantry and (d) light artillery in each of the last 10 years.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of land in the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia is given over the private ownership for the purposes of agriculture.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 65-7WS, on defence equipment, what assessment he has made of...

      Defence: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the material carrying capacity is of the A400M.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many training exercises have been (a) cancelled and (b) delayed due to the recent computer virus problem affecting his Department; (2) how...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 7 October 2008, Official Report, column 608W, on departmental...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Detainee Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will update the figures given on detainee numbers as set out in his letter of 17 November 2008 to the right hon. Member for North East Hampshire;...

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on sourcing the requirement for International Security Assistance Force's Operational...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the UK armed forces are working as part of NATO training forces in Iraq.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors he will take into account when making decisions on the number of troops to be deployed in Iraq.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq by July 2009 on the airbridge; (2) what estimate...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 35W, on Iraq: peace keeping operations, what assessment he has made of the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any of the C17 aircraft operated by the armed forces have been fitted with titanium parts manufactured by Western Titanium.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of helicopters of each type available for training purposes was in each year since 2001.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of aircraft of each type available for training purposes was in each year since 2001.

      Military Attachés

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many defence attachés work in UK embassies, high commissions and consulates overseas; and how many did so in 1998.

      Pirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rules of engagement apply to members of the armed forces when engaging pirates; and if he will make a statement.

      Project on National Security Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was given in grants to the Project on National Security Reform in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Service Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department provides to service families remaining in the UK while service personnel are on overseas operations.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1742-43W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations,...

    • Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many personnel there are on each of the four British research stations in the British Antarctic Territory.

      Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what research activity the UK is conducting in the British Antarctic Territory; and what the objectives of such research are.

      Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what international laws govern drilling and mineral extraction rights in the British Antarctic Territory; and what reports he...

      Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what areas in the British Antarctic Territories (a) are designated and (b) receive funding from his Department as sites of...

      Antarctic: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the sources of funding are for the UK's research stations in the British Antarctic Territory.

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ministerial or state visits to Belize there have been in each of the last 20 years; and what future ministerial or...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times Ministers of the government of Brazil have visited the UK in an official capacity since 2001.

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times Ministers in his Department have made official visits to Brazil since 2001.

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for reductions in British Council (a) posts and (b) capital works on its estates, as referred to on page...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the merits of granting full independence to (a) the British Virgin Islands,...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken through the United Nations on the arrests of democracy activists in Burma.

      Consulates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to improve consular services for UK citizens abroad.

      Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department will next lead the UK delegation to the meeting of the members of the Convention on the Conservation of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the government of Rwanda on its role in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e) sexual orientation and...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which British embassies have closed permanently in the last 10 years.

      Falkland Islands Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government operates any scientific research stations in South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands.

      Falkland Islands Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing around South Georgia and the...

      Falkland Islands Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the populations of (a) southern fur seals, (b) elephant seals, (c)...

      Falkland Islands Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department plans to provide funding to South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands to dismantle the former whaling...

      Falkland Islands Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's plans are for future provision of (a) medical care and (b) search and rescue facilities in South Georgia...

      Falkland Islands Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department is sponsoring schemes in South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands to promote biodiversity and conservation...

      Falkland Islands Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much revenue was generated in the South Georgia and Sandwich Islands from (a) sale of fishing licences, (b) harbour...

      Falkland Islands Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will bring forward proposals to improve transport facilities in South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands to...

      Falkland Islands Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the objective is of the research which is being conducted by the British Antarctic Survey's scientific and support team in...

      Holidays Abroad: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens died whilst on holiday abroad in each of the last five years.

      Ireland: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions in 2008 the President of the Irish Republic visited Great Britain; and which official UK representative...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the policy of Palestinian leaders on recognition of the state of Israel as a Jewish...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will refer the conflict in Gaza to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for investigation.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

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

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct the United Kingdom ambassador to the United Nations to make representations against the reported use by...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli government on the reported use of depleted uranium shells and projectiles in the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Israeli counterpart and (b) officials of the International Criminal Court on...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the alleged hijacking of aid convoys by Hamas in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of (a) women and (b) children who were (i) killed, (ii) seriously injured...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take of Article 13 of the Hamas charter in assessing Hamas's suitability as a...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role of Iran in relation to the (a) funding, (b) training and (c) arming of (i) Hezbollah,...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to report the Israeli Government to the UN War Crimes Tribunal; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) meetings, (b) telephone calls and (c) e-mails has he had with the Israeli ambassador since 27 December 2008.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the relevance of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty to applicants for membership of NATO.

      Rashid Rauf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any official in his Department had any contact with Mr. Rashid Rauf in (a) Pakistan and (b) Afghanistan during 2006.

      Russia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of progress on President Medvedev's commitment to end legal nihilism in the Russian...

      Self-Determination of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) the claim for independence of Kosovo from Serbia and (b) the claims of...

      Special Envoy for Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Conflict Resolution has had with (a) the United Nations, (b) the African...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress made by the technical ad hoc border committee in delineating the 1 January 1956 border...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress in the work of the National Land Commission and the Southern Sudan Land Commission...

      Sudan: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Sudan to encourage it to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the...

      Tibet: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the whereabouts of the Tibetan film maker Dhondup Wangchen; and what discussions he has had with...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Government has contributed towards the salary of Tony Blair for his work for the Quartet in the Middle East.

      Turkey: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations about reported attacks on the title and practice of the Christian Syriac Orthodox Church in...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken with international partners to seek to secure a settlement based on the rule of law and on...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken to process a child benefit claim has been in each year since 1997.

    • Child Tax Credit: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis it was determined that child tax credit is not a family allowance for the purpose of Article 77 of EU Regulations 1408/71.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what types of child trust funds each provider offers; and under what brand names each provider offers each type.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which child trust fund (a) type and (b) provider has had (i) the largest return in percentage terms since being established and (ii) the largest...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the economic downturn on the likely performance of child trust funds; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of child trust funds opened under (a) section 5 and (b) section 6 of the Child Trust Fund Act 2004 in each year since their...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the number and percentage of eligible children who have not had a child trust fund opened on their behalf in each year since their...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total monetary value was of all child trust funds in each year since their inception; and how many such funds there were in each year; (2)...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 15 July 2008, Official Report, column 228W, on council tax: valuation, what payments from the public purse have been made...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model makes of locality adjustment factors for council tax valuations in England.

      Deflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the risk of deflation in the economy.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions.

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Video Recordings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, columns 5150-51W, on the Valuation Office: video recordings, what training videos or digital...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy where an answer refers to material published on his Department's website to ensure that (a) a copy will be made available to...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons his Department declined to accept an extension on spending deadlines for England for European structural funding in England; what estimate...

      Government Departments: Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the energy efficiency rating of each government building for which figures are available, based on its most recent energy display certificate.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many homes have qualified for zero-rated stamp duty land tax on zero-carbon homes to date.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 912-3W, on housing: valuation, what the definition of a live locality is.

      Official Cars

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

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 378W, on planning permission, what planning...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the circumstances and extent of the overpayment of public sector pensions by Xafinity Paymaster.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will terminate the contract of Xafinity Paymaster in relation to the administration of public sector pensions; (2) what steps are being taken...

      Redundancy: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what year the redundancy pay tax-free threshold was set at £30,000.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on HM Revenue and Customs expenditure of closing its office in Aberystwyth, identifying (a) costs and (b) savings...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he plans to reduce the stamp duty threshold to £125,000; (2) what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will bring forward proposals to reduce levels of stamp duty for individuals in shared purchaser arrangements when they are purchasing the share...

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet representatives of the bingo industry to discuss the levels of taxation upon their activities.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 963W, on Valuation Office: handbooks, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 138W, on council tax: valuation, if he will place in the Library a copy of each...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent advice given to Valuation Office Agency staff on health and safety in the field, including advice...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 989W, on the Valuation Office, at what intervals the Valuation Office Agency's...

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1218W, on Cole Layer Trumble, how much has been spent on payments to Cole Layer...

      Valuation Office: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations provided goods and services to the Valuation Office Agency in 2007-08; and what the address of each such organisation was.

      Valuation Office: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, columns 150-51W, on the Valuation Office: cameras, for what work the 690 cameras purchased...

      Valuation Office: Geographic Information Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1226W, on Valuation Office: ICT, whether the Valuation Office Agency's Geographic...

      Valuation Office: Geographic Information Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1688-89W, on Valuation Office: Geographical Information Systems, how mapping data...

      Valuation Office: Land Registry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1317W, on Valuation Office: Land Registry, whether the Valuation Office Agency...

      Valuation Office: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of each edition of the Valuation Office Agency's IT Services Division Newsletter to Billing Authorities produced...

      Valuation Office: Parking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether employees of the Valuation Office Agency whose office is located within the workplace parking charging zone being introduced by Nottingham City...

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum duration is of the renewed contract between the Valuation Office Agency, HM Revenue and Customs and Rightmove;...

      Valuation Office: Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have been seconded (a) to and (b) from the Valuation Office Agency in the last 12 months; and what divisions of the Agency such staff were...

      Valuation: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentations and handouts produced by the (a) Director of Council Tax and (b) Head of AVM Development at...

      Valuation: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation on Revaluation 2010 given by the Valuation Office Agency at the Royal Institution of Chartered...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made on the effect on inflation of the reduction in value added tax to 15 per cent.

      VAT: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the administrative cost to business of the recent temporary reduction in the rate of value added tax...

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of changes to value added tax revenues as a result of changes in domestic gas and electricity prices in the last 12 months.

  • Justice

    • Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there were for offences relating to the torture of animals in each of the last five years.

    • Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions were brought for offences relating to the illegal importation of animals into the UK in each of the last five years.

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many successful prosecutions for breeding a prohibited breed of dog there were in 2007.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 410W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of...

      Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) residential approved premises exclusively for (i) male and (ii) female offenders and bailees and (b) mixed-sex residential approved...

      Bail Accommodation and Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) defendants and (b) offenders have been placed in ClearSprings accommodation since the start of the Bail Accommodation and Support Scheme.

      Bail Accommodation and Support Services: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he expects the second bail hostel planned for Milton Keynes to be operational; and what its capacity will be; (2) what the capacity of the...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance under what title Her Majesty's Court Service has issued to bailiffs in the last 12 months; and when each was most recently updated.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) first estimate, (b) last estimate and (c) outturn cost was of each of the 30 largest IT contracts his Department has entered into with...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East, of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 870-1W, on departmental...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff his Department employs.

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 19W, on departmental...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Dundee East of 30 April 2008, Official Report, columns 511-14W, on departmental public...

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of reckless driving offences during their first 12 months as licensed drivers in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and...

      Fraud: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 150W, on fraud: elections, what progress has been made on the Government's plans...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to increase the budget of the Information Commissioner to assist the processing of reports under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 151W, on Freedom of Information Act 2000, which (a) regional chambers and (b)...

      Government Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column 166WA, on Government departments: public relations, for...

      HM Prison Rye Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken in response to the findings of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in April 2005 that HM Prison Rye Hill was at that time...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many domestic dwellings have been sold at a value of between £125,000 and £175,000 according to records held by the Land Registry since the...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many domestic property transactions there were according to Land Registry data in each local authority in England and Wales in each year since 1997-98.

      Information Commissioner: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels in the Information Commissioner's Office to deal with enquiries from the public and hon....

      Legal Advice and Assistance: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding his Department has authorised the Legal Services Commission to provide for legal advice and representation for Travellers through the...

      Legal Advice and Assistance: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding the Legal Services Commission allocated to the Community Law Partnership to provide legal advice for Travellers in (a) 2007-08 and (b)...

      Magistrates: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sitting magistrates there were in each of the last five years.

      Offenders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have a record held on the Government's Offender Index database.

      Operation Safeguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum amount is that police forces may charge for the provision of meals to prisoners held overnight in police cells under Operation Safeguard.

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the workplace parking charges being introduced by Nottingham City Council will be required to be paid in whole or in part by staff in (a) Land...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases of prisoners being held in short-term police custody cells owing to insufficient prison capacity there have been in each of the last...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prison officers and (b) staff HM Prison Service employed in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released having served no more than a quarter of their sentence for offences of each type in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released on end-of-custody licence since 29 June 2007; how many of those were foreign nationals; and how many such prisoners...

      Prisoners Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of transferring prisoners (a) from one prison to another and (b) to and from court was in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which companies were contracted by his Department to provide training for (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made towards its objective of increasing the prison capacity in England and Wales to 86,000 by September 2009.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders placed on the end of custody licence scheme have been recalled to custody since the scheme's inception; and how many of the alleged...

      Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal were made by a local authority children's services department on behalf of a...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people per 10,000 of the population in each region of the UK were prosecuted for non-payment of television licence fees in each of the last...

      Valuation Office: Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 153W, on Land Registry Direct, what property data the Land Registry Direct...

      Valuation Office: Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1317W, on the Valuation Office: Land Registry, how much the Valuation Office...

  • Health

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults were admitted to hospital due to asthma in the last five years.

    • Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) current and (b) planned capacity in each of the next five years is for the number of breast screenings in each primary care trust;...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government plans to spend to modernise health service equipment for cancer treatments over the next three years; and what types of equipment...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what scheduled capital expenditure in the NHS his Department is planning to delay.

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the new General Dental Council to be in place.

      Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) qualified nursing, (b) midwifery and (c) health visiting staff were (i) male and (ii) female in each year from 2006.

      Hospitals: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many complaints his Department has received on prices charged in retail outlets within NHS hospitals in each of the last 12 months; (2) what...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards ensuring that GP care record systems will be compatible with the Summary Care Record.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of patients in each (a) acute trust, (b) primary care trust, (c) mental health trust and (d) GP practice have had their care...

      Medical Treatments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department has on progress made recently in implementing the Medicines Directive in (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey; (2) when he...

      Midwives: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects on independent midwifery of the implementation of Article 5 of the draft European Directive on the...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of MRSA infections in hospitals.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department have been employed (a) on the Connecting for Health project and (b) in roles relating to press and public relations...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total premium payable to the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts has been in each financial year since 2000-01; and what estimate he has made...

      Official Cars

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

      Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the timetable is for the application to orthopaedic hospitals of amendments to the HRG4 national tariff; (2) whether he plans to provide...

      Prescriptions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the development of the electronic prescription service.

      Stroke: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what strategy he is pursuing to ensure that the maximum number of patients in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust area have...

      Thalidomide Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance his Department has provided to the Thalidomide Trust since May 1997.

  • Children, Schools and Families

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for breaches of the Civil Service Code in each of the last...

    • Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the (a) highest, (b) lowest and (c) average pro-rata compensation of board members of non-departmental public bodies associated with...

      Government Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants in Government departments and agencies have a title of head of messaging according to records held by (a) Government...

      Members Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version of the model declaration letter provided for Ministers to declare their interests.

      Public Service Forum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) who the members of the Public Service Forum are; (2) on what dates the Public Service Forum has met; and what the criteria for determining...

      Public Services Forum Task Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 870W, on Warwick Task Force Group contact,...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Chichester of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1185W, on trade unions, whether...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of working age households in each parliamentary constituency in which no-one was in work in...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of children in each parliamentary constituency lived in (a) households claiming out-of-work benefits and (b)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Cemeteries: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints the Local Government Ombudsman has received relating to the administration of cemeteries in the last 24...

    • Community Centres: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 962W, on community centres: valuation, how many...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the speech made by the Minister for Local Government to the Local Government Association on 2 July 2008, what...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of new homes built in each year since 1990 have been in each council tax band.

      Council Tax: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has for the electronic sharing of council tax information across public sector bodies.

      Council Tax: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 575W, on...

      Council Tax: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place to compensate local authorities which report a reduction in their council tax base because of an...

      Council Tax: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report , column 484 W, on council tax: floods, which local authorities...

      Council Tax: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to right hon. Friend the Member for Tonbridge and Malling of 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Council Tax: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place for her Department to review (a) provision for student discounts on council tax and (b) the...

      Council Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1441-2W, on council tax: tax allowances, what types of...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 298W, on council tax:...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) her Department's executive agencies, (b) the non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department and (c)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by her Department, its agencies and...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much expenditure her Department incurred under general ledger account number 40001 (advertising) in the last year for which...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of its nine public service agreement targets from the Comprehensive Spending Review her Department has met.

      Deprivation Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government further to the answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 760W, on deprivation indicators, which lower layer super...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 41 W, on...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 315W, on the...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 316W, on the...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what consultations she had with (a) local authorities, (b) regional development agencies and (c) other stakeholders...

      Fleishman-Hillard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments English Partnerships (a) has made and (b) is contracted to make to Fleishman-Hillard; and for what purposes.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what monitoring her Department undertakes on the number and type of house sales involving home information packs.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of its growth budget the Homes and Communities Agency has allocated for expenditure related to eco-towns.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to announce (a) the results of the Housing Revenue Account Subsidy Review and (b) the Government response to...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 767W, on...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 24WS, on home buying and selling,...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1322W, on housing: valuation, whether a material...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on night time street lighting and efficiency savings.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) remit and (b) specification is of her Department's research project into unitary and pathfinder councils; and which...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of the Central-Local Concordat on local government since its introduction.

      Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 have not yet been brought into force.

      Local Government Delivery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the membership of the Local Government Delivery Council is; and when the Council was established.

      Local Government Delivery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) budget and (b) remit of the Local Government Delivery Council is.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what government funding is related to local authority achievement of local area agreement targets.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any local authority which has increased council tax revenue through reviewing or reducing the number of households...

      Local Government Finance: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities will be compensated under the new burdens principle for costs arising from the introduction of the...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice (a) her Department and (b) the Audit Commission has given to local authorities on depositing funds with financial...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects local authorities to recover funds which they had deposited in Icelandic banks; and what proportion of those...

      Local Government: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what restrictions there are on the sharing of (a) electoral roll and (b) council tax data between departments within a local...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the administration costs of each individual scheme within the Local Government Pension Scheme were in the last year for...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 343W, on local government: pensions, if she will place...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate of the unfunded liability in present value terms of the Local Government Pension Scheme was made in each valuation...

      Local Government: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 912W, on surveys, whether a report on the Place...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many charters conferring the status of a borough have been granted by Her Majesty the Queen through the Privy Council Office...

      Local Government: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the political affiliation of each member of the interim authority established to run...

      Local Government: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many items of data local authorities are required to collect for the purposes of (a) compilation of the national indicator...

      Local Government: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on severance packages given to local government officials who are...

      Microgeneration: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology the Valuation Office Agency uses to calculate the value of microgeneration equipment within (a) a domestic and...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much additional revenue the higher multiplier on large and medium-sized businesses raised in England in (a) 2005-06, (b)...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an impact assessment has been undertaken of the effect on local businesses of the change in the rate of national...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the change in revenue accruing from supplementary business rates as a result of the 2010 rates...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons were for the time taken in (a) publishing and (b) laying before Parliament regulations on (i) empty property...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effects of the economic downturn on local authority revenues from business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what way the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme is being built systematically into the business rates system.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable for publication of the new rateable values for each local business based on the 2010 rating list arising from...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assumptions on the number of non-domestic properties affected by recent changes to empty property business rate relief were...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many non-domestic dwellings are liable for empty property business rates.

      Non-domestic Rates: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on business rate revenue should the retail price index measurement of the rate...

      Non-domestic Rates: Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a licensed premises is eligible for exemption from empty property business rates in circumstances where the licence has...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the new business rate valuation lists for British ports.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of applying transitional relief to lower retrospective increases in business rates...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the statement of the Minister for Local Government of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 600, (1) whether...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the statement of the Minister for Local Government of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 600, whether the...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 773W, on public houses: non-domestic rates, whether...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many non-domestic dwellings are (a) eligible for and (b) claiming small businesses rate relief.

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's documents for the 2010 rates and revaluation (a)...

      Parish Councils: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 353-54W, on parish...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which month she expects the Infrastructure Planning Commission to start considering planning applications.

      Regional Assemblies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) budget and (b) administrative costs were of each regional government office in each of the last five years; and...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's timetable is for the implementation of conclusions arising from the consultation on the Sub-National Review.

      European Charter of Regional Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what response the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has made to the Recommendation by the Congress of Local and...

      Reposessions: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications were received for the Mortgage Rescue Scheme in December 2008, broken down by individual Fast Tracker...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 1681W,...

      Valuation Office: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) domestic and (b) composite properties in England have an entry on the Valuation Office Agency's automated...

      Valuation Office: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what legal costs were incurred by (a) the Valuation Tribunal and (b) the Valuation Office Agency in relation to the legal...

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency utilises property data from estate agent industry organisations other than Rightmove.co.uk plc.

      Waste Management: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership for the South East has given to the Waste Improvement Network.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what their criteria are for achieving sustainable security in (a) Sangin, and (b) Afghanistan.

    • BNFL: Sale of Assets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the full terms on which British Nuclear Fuels Ltd agreed on 17 December 2008 to sell its one-third share in the management company of the Atomic Weapons...

      Common Travel Area

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the common travel area; how extensive it is; what its origin is; whether it has any status in domestic or international law; when the term was first used;...

      Common Travel Area

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are seeking to reform the common travel area; which departments are responsible for developing the reforms; and whether their proposed reform will...

      Common Travel Area

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland regarding the common travel area; which Ministers and officials represented the...

      Common Travel Area

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for reform of the common travel area; when consultations on their proposals will take place; and when they propose to legislate.

      Counterterrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £6 million funding announced on 15 December 2008 as part of the United Kingdom's counter-terrorism assistance programme with Pakistan is...

      Crime: Offender Behaviour Programmes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will promote offender behaviour programmes in the community and prisons in order to reduce re-offending.

      EU: Israel Association Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had in the European Union regarding the review of the conditionality clauses in the European Union-Israel Association Agreement.

      Finance: Economic Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current economic circumstances require comprehensive economic regulation, in addition to market mechanisms.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their non-ratification of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families is compatible...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the obligations of the United Kingdom under Article 34 of the European Convention on Human Rights where the European Court of Human Rights issues an...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions they have not complied with a decision on interim measures handed down by the European Court of Human Rights.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken account of the decisions of the South African Constitutional Court in Minister of Home Affairs v NICRO (2005 (3) SA 280 (CC)) and the High...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 protect United Kingdom residents and British National (Overseas) passport holders who...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many charter flights were used to remove persons from the United Kingdom under immigration statutes in 2008; and what was the total number of passengers...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the relevant authorities concerning persons detained without trial in Iraq by the Government of Iraq and United States...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will bring to the attention of the Government of Israel comments made by leading members of the Jewish community in the United Kingdom about the...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will work with the United Nations to establish a multinational inquiry into alleged war crimes committed in Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose the prosecution before the International Criminal Court of Israelis who may have committed war crimes in Lebanon in 2006 and subsequently...

      Legal Profession

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the proportions of men and women entering the legal profession in the United Kingdom in each of the years 2003—07.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what Libyan assets are currently frozen in the United Kingdom; and what is their estimated value.

      National Offender Management Strategy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the Offender Management Strategy 2008; and what are the predicted re-offending rates for the future.

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose the abolition of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which categories of British nationals currently enjoy a right to a United Kingdom passport; and what are the circumstances in which that right may be revoked.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many valid United Kingdom passports are in circulation; and how many United Kingdom passports have been revoked in each of the past five years.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in light of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund's sale of NZ$37 million worth of shares in companies associated with manufacturing cluster munitions and...

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new duty to promote gender equality or existing sex discrimination legislation or both allow differential treatment for women prisoners.

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide additional financial resources to women's penal policy; and, if so, whether they will publish the amount to be provided (or the date when...

      Schengen Area

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered joining the Schengen area; whether they have discussed doing so with the Government of the Republic of Ireland; and whether the...

      War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the United Nations General Assembly to establish a special tribunal, with the ability to hear individual cases, if impartial investigations...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recommendation of the Independent Asylum Commission that destitute Zimbabweans should be allowed a temporary and revocable permit to...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are deporting Zimbabwe citizens to Malawi, in view of the possibility that they may be immediately sent on to Zimbabwe; and To ask Her Majesty's...

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