Written answers

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

  • Olympics

    • CompeteFor

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which companies tendered for the CompeteFor website contract.

    • CompeteFor

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the procurement process for the CompeteFor website contract took place in accordance with the European Union's competitive dialogue procurement procedure.

      CompeteFor

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the CompeteFor website will continue to operate after all the contracts for the London 2012 Olympics have been awarded; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Press Officers

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) her Department and (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the cost of her Office's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each year since its establishment.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her assessment is of the extent to which Aggregate Industries Ltd is meeting the contractually stipulated target of delivering 99 per cent. of aggregate...

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether companies tendering for contracts at the Olympic site are required to have business continuity plans in place as part of their tenders.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the likely effects of recent sterling exchange rates on budgetary provision for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Peterborough

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her latest assessment is of the legacy which will accrue to Peterborough constituency as a result of the 2012 London Olympic Games; and if she will make...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice English Heritage has provided in connection with the work in 10 Downing Street associated with Westminster city council...

    • Creativity and Business International Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) other activities are planned for the Creativity and Business International Network between now...

      Creativity and Business International Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on producing branded ampersands for the meeting of the Creativity and Business International Network in Liverpool on...

      Creativity and Business International Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on food and drink for the meeting of the Creativity and Business International Network in Liverpool on 20 November 2008.

      Culture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions Ministers from his Department have had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Innovation, Universities and...

      Departmental Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of his Department's outturn expenditure on administration for 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on ministerial hospitality in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08, expressed in...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid to ML-N for its work in creating the brand for the Creativity and Business International Network.

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the take-up rates were for digital television in each region on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of households in each region who will not receive a full service from Freeview after digital...

      Digital Switchover: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1085W, on Digital Switchover: South Wales, (1) whether the Core...

      English Heritage: Property

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

      Hotels: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the size of the regulatory burden for (a) bed and breakfast establishments and (b) hotels; and if he...

      ICT: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on increasing levels of digital literacy.

      Mass Media

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

      National Lottery: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many disputes between a National Lottery player and a retailer referred to (a) Camelot and (b) the Lottery Commission were...

      Public Bodies: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) buildings and (b) land is owned by (i) Arts Council England, (ii) the Big Lottery Fund, (iii) the Heritage Lottery Fund, (iv)...

      Public Libraries: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how long each local authority took to replenish to Public Library Service Standard 10 its library lending stock on open access or...

      Public Libraries: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to his answer of 21 January, Official Report, column 1456W, what statistical information his Department gathers relating to...

      South Bank Centre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding (a) his Department and (b) Arts Council England provided to the South Bank Centre in each of the last five years; and...

      Swimming: Elderly People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1073W, on swimming, which local authorities made...

      Swimming: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of local authorities he expects will take part in the initiative to provide free swimming for under 16 year olds.

      Tourism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what budget his Department provided for Visit Britain in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; what budget he proposes for...

      World Creative Business Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many firms bid for the contract to deliver the World Creative Business summit.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1521W, on apprentices, what progress has been made in increasing the...

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which ICT projects initiated by his Department were abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred on each...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 773W, on departmental ICT, what his most recent estimate of the (a) cost...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which websites his Department maintained other than its main departmental website in the last five years; and what the operating budget for each...

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 886W, on the Saville Inquiry, (1) which firms have worked for the...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 886W, on the Saville Inquiry, what the reasons are for increases in...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reasons Lord Saville has given for his discussions to set the date for delivery to him of the report of the Saville Inquiry in autumn 2009.

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the Answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 261W, on the Saville Inquiry, what the basis is for the estimate...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 261W, on the Saville Inquiry, what the reasons are for the...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answers of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 3W and 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 261W, on the...

  • Scotland

    • Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the future of the banking industry in Scotland.

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff in his Department were disciplined for (a) bullying and (b) harassment of colleagues in each of the last three years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Prime Minister how many civil servants in his Office have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately disclosing (A) data stored on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many young people in Iran the British Council have helped to learn (a) English or (b) about the UK.

    • Rashid Rauf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any official in his Department was given notice by any representative of (a) the Pakistan government and (b) the US...

      Rashid Rauf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he was first informed of the suspected death of Mr. Rashid Rauf following the US air strike on the village of Ali Khel on...

      Ukraine: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Ukraine on (a) levels of anti-Semitism and (b) anti-Semitic (i)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the cumulative effect on UK carbon dioxide emissions of returning to 2005 levels of emissions from...

    • Carbon Emissions: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what each of the offsetting projects is that EEA Fund Management subsidises as part of the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund; and what...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to which 100 firms of solicitors his Department and its predecessors has paid the most in costs in respect of the coal health...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which 20 firms of solicitors are handling the most unresolved claims under the coal health compensation scheme; and how many unresolved...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the amount to be paid by his Department to solicitors in costs under the coal health compensation scheme...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many unresolved surface worker coal health claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease there are relating to men who are (a)...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department and its predecessors have paid Nabarro Nathanson in fees for cases relating to industrial disease claims in the...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on behalf of how many individual miners Beresfords Solicitors have submitted claims under the coal health compensation scheme.

      Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the number of miners who developed beat knee while working in the mining industry.

      International Renewable Energy Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons the Government has not supported the proposal for an International Renewable Energy Agency; what assessment he has...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter to him dated 3 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr....

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter of 27 October 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mrs. Doreen Henley,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter of 3 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr D J Fraser.

      Warm Homes Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of paragraphs 34 and 35 of the adjudication of the High Court on 17 October 2008 in respect of a case...

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department, (c) special advisers and (d) officials in his Department have had with each UK bank since...

    • Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Services Authority was first informed of risks associated with investing in Icelandic banks.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much household debt there was in the UK in December 2008.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters he has received on the subject of his Department's package of assistance for banks.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable he has agreed with Sir John Chadwick for presentation of (a) an interim report and (b) a final report of his investigation into the scope...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many localities there are in each billing authority area in England.

      Northern Rock: Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information (a) his Department and (b) the Financial Services Authority holds on the number of people who have a mortgage with Northern Rock at its...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a public authority advertising a contract in the Official Journal of the European Union may specify that preference will be given to a bidder who...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings Ministers in his Department held with (a) staff and (b) directors of the Royal Bank of Scotland in (i) each month in 2008 and (ii)...

      Taxation: Self-Assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to reduce HM Revenue and Customs' 6.5 per cent. interest charge for late returned self-assessment tax returns.

      Thoresen Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration his Department has given to the findings of the Thoresen Review of Generic Financial Advice.

      Valuation Office: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Weybridge of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1889W, on departmental electronic equipment,...

      Valuation Office: South East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 682W, on housing: valuation, if...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps the Government have taken to increase the uptake of tax credits by those entitled to them.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

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

  • International Development

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff posts (i) have been and (ii) are planned to be ended in each division as part of the...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of his Department's underspend for the financial year 2008-09.

      Developing Countries: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with CDC on its role in private sector investment in developing countries during the global economic...

      International Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department will attend the forthcoming Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in Gaza; what continued financial contribution the UK plans to make;...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he has made available to the population of Gaza in the last two years.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to provide assistance to the people of Zimbabwe in the next 12 months.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department's local offices to assist people made redundant.

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the target processing period is for applications for bereavement benefit.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many parents with care were owed Child Support Agency maintenance arrears in each month since May 1997; (2) what the average amount...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the largest amount of maintenance arrears outstanding on a single case with the Child Support Agency was in each month in each year...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were subject to (a) a county court claim by his Department and (b) a county court judgement as a result of such a claim...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a housing benefit claim was in each year since 1997.

      Pension Credit: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioners in (a) Castle Point constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England claim pension credit.

      Pension Disability and Carers Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions he has met with representatives of the Pension Service to discuss its performance; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in each constituency in the North East claimed pension credit in each year since its introduction.

      Post Office Card Account: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what compensation he has agreed to pay to the unsuccessful bidders for the Post Office Card Account tendering process.

      Recovery from Estates Debt Management Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was recovered by his Department's Recovery from Estates Debt Management Unit in each year since 1997 for which information is...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support is available through the benefits system to parents with disabled children between the ages of 16 and 18 to help them with...

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were subject to (a) a county court claim by his Department and (b) a county court judgement as a result of such a claim...

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the monetary value was of repayments of overpayments requested by his Department following the death of a claimant in circumstances...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account is taken in calculating pensions of working years additional to those required for a full state pension if they occurred prior to...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in (a) Eastbourne, (b) East Sussex and (c) the UK in which more than one...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in which more than one individual...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

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

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) individuals and (b) establishments have been prosecuted for selling alcohol to under-age people in each year since 2003,...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in (i) Southampton, (ii) Test Valley borough and (iii) the...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the anti-social behaviour units within police authorities.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Iraqi and (b) Syrian refugees were included in the resettlement quota agreed with the United Nations High Commissioner for...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of travellers through UK ports and airports she estimates will be covered by the e-Borders scheme by August 2012.

      Burglary: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of property crime was attributable to the misuse of class A drugs in Merseyside in each year since 1997.

      Civil Servants: Secondment

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

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to seek to achieve reductions in levels of (a) burglary, (b) vehicle crime and (c) violent crime since...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many electronic and computer files her Department and its agencies lost in transit in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breath tests were taken in each year since 1997; and how many accidents were caused by drunk drivers in each police authority in...

      Entry Clearances: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of processing visa applications has been in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and its agencies have received in fees for visa applications in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and its agencies have received in fees for unsuccessful visa applications in each of the last five years.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much on average it has cost her Department to manage a request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since 2006.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 136-8W, on genetics: databases, how many and what proportion of...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by the Security Industry Authority on its feasibility study of options for the regulation of vehicle...

      Internet: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are to introduce a content filtering scheme for the internet.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answers of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2253W, to questions 226398 and 226400 on entry clearances:...

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government have taken in co-operation with its international counterparts to encourage the closure of overseas-hosted...

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to ensure that 100 per cent. of internet service providers demonstrate their use of filters against child pornography; what...

      Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals there were on the Sex Offender Register in each of the last five years.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what devices are used by police forces to measure the speed of motor vehicles.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and which police forces use hidden speed enforcement cameras; and how many are planning to use such cameras in the next two years.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the efficiency of caseworkers in the UK Border Agency in terms of numbers of cases dealt with is monitored.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent caseworkers there are in the UK Border Agency.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual cases are with caseworkers at the UK Border Agency.

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects a reply to be sent to the letter of 23 October 2008 to the UK Border Agency on behalf of Rizwan Aslam (Home Office...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken by the Criminal Records Bureau to process an application for clearance is; and if she will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Baby P

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who the members were of the panel for the serious case review for the child known as Baby P.

    • Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for care proceedings have been made since 1 November 2008; and how many were made in the equivalent period...

      Children in Care: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care in each local authority area have had more than (a) three, (b) five, (c) 10, (d) 20 and (e) 30...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare settings have closed in each quarter of the last five years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the oral answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, columns 10-11, on child abuse, what steps his Department is...

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department has taken to encourage internet service providers to practise greater self-regulation in the area...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the viability of children's centres in circumstances where local authorities comply with guidance...

      Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average (a) primary and (b) secondary school per pupil funding is in each local authority area in 2008-09; and if he...

      English Language: Pre-School Education

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

      GCE A-level: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of free school meals pupils were entered for A-levels in 2008.

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families at how many maintained, mainstream schools (a) 75 per cent. or more and (b) 90 per cent. or more of pupils eligible to receive...

      Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made towards the targets for e-inclusion set by the Riga Ministerial Declaration in June 2006.

      Languages: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers with a language specialism in Mandarin Chinese qualified in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.

      Nurseries: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time vacancies there were in local authority maintained nurseries in each year since 1997; and what the rate of such...

      Offences Against Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many notifications to List 99 there were in each of the last five years.

      Pupil Exclusions: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children between the ages of four and 11 years were (a) suspended and (b) suspended more than once from school in (i)...

      Schools: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what national challenge schools are in or near the principal seaside towns of England.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained special schools there were in each local authority in each year since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with special educational needs were given a fixed-period exclusion from a pupil referral unit in the last year for...

      Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the provision of information to parents about changes to...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to prevent 17 to 19-year-olds becoming unemployed during the current economic downturn.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Waste Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the charging of fees for agricultural waste licences; and what the evidential basis for that policy is.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to establish an arm's length body responsible for animal health; and if he will make a statement.

      Animal Welfare: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the responses to the consultation on codes of practice for the welfare of (a)...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of circadian disruption on bee populations in England.

      Birds: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take during the 2009 breeding season to monitor the effects on wild birds of the recent...

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of vaccinations against bluetongue disease among (a) sheep and (b)...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the effects of bovine tuberculosis on (a) monetary value and (b) tonnage of meat exports from...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which international agreements to monitor and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from underground fires and forest fires the...

      Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1594W, on civil proceedings, how many of the...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what costs were incurred by his Department in (a) legal fees, (b) court costs and (c) expert witness fees in the defence...

      Departmental Legal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value was of each settlement his Department made as a result of legal proceedings naming his Department as...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to his Department of validation of invoices was by (a) (i) Mr. De Kock and (ii) Davis Langdon Everest before...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what costs were incurred by his Department in the validation of invoices submitted by Ruttle Plant Hire Limited relating to...

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of illegal tail-docking prosecuted since April 2007 have resulted in a conviction.

      Dogs: Electric Shock Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made on the research commissioned by his Department into the use of electronic pet training...

      Dogs: Electric Shock Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider the merits of the effects of imposing restrictions on the advertising of electric shock training devices.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, columns 29-30W, on floods, whether the Environment Agency's...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times officials from his Department have met representatives from the National Farmers Union to discuss food...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund provides support for schemes which protect forests or peat lands from...

      Forestry: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many accidents involving members of the public foraging for wood from forests under the regulation of the Forestry...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 804W, on genetically-modified organisms, what...

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 886W, on horse passports, what his latest estimate is...

      Incinerators: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1052W, on incinerators: hazardous substances,...

      Incinerators: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times the permitted level of harmful substances in incinerator bottom ash has been exceeded in the last five years.

      Livestock: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to require livestock keepers to enter into a compulsory registration scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Marine and Coastal Access Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the Northern Ireland Executive in relation to the Marine and Coastal Access Bill;...

      Marine Management Organisation: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the reasons are for the time taken to announce the location of the Maritime Management Organisation Headquarters;...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times officials from his Department have met representatives from the UK dairy industry to discuss (a) milk pricing...

      Nitrates: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to assist farmers to meet the requirements of the EU Nitrates Directive; and what recent...

      Official Cars

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

      Pets: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 808W, on primates, who he has appointed to (a) advise...

      Recycling: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote community battery recycling schemes.

      Rivers: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what dredging has taken place of the River Avon between Tewkesbury and Eckington in the last five years; and if he will make...

      Rivers: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what dredging of the River Severn between Gloucester and Tewkesbury has taken place over the last five years; what the...

      Rivers: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been collected in licence fees from users of (a) the River Avon and (b) the River Severn in each of the last...

      Rivers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Government department and Minister has overall responsibility for ensuring that the (a) River Severn and (b) River...

      Rural Areas: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which measures outlined in Articles 20 to 65, Title IV of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1698/2005 on support for rural...

      Rural Enterprise Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Government funding was allocated to the Rural Enterprise Scheme in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

      Set-aside Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of the abolition of set-aside on farmland bird numbers.

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering...

      The Code of Good Agricultural Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to his Department was of producing and distributing The Code of Good Agricultural Practice.

      Veterinary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many marketing authorisations are extant for veterinary vaccines in the UK; and how many authorisations have been granted...

      Waste Disposal: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what process of consultation he plans to undertake to inform the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive.

      Waste Disposal: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the application of Article 3 (1) (b) (i) of the 2006 Waste Directive.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent to date on (a) research, (b) preparation and (c) planning for the new charges for the collection...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of apprenticeships which have been interrupted by redundancy in the...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff has...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1406W, on departmental training, what personal...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2047W, on economic and monetary union, whether...

      Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made since December 2008 of incidents of intimidation of Jewish and Israeli students on university...

      Higher Education: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students whose places were co-funded with employers have been admitted to English universities in each of the past...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost was of external legal services provided to his Department in each of the last five years.

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what information his Department holds on the financial performance of the London Metropolitan University; and if he will make...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his most recent estimate of the amount of overpayments made in repayments of student loans is.

      Vocational Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department has undertaken research into the efficacy of Government funding to businesses to move staff on to...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House whether hon. Members whose constituency offices are located within the Nottingham City Council workplace parking charging zone will be able to claim the costs of...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the average annual cost to small and medium-sized enterprises of...

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small businesses have ceased trading permanently in each quarter of the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Department of Resources: Contracts

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many contracts of employment for staff working for hon. and right hon. Members lodged with the Department...

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 542-43W, on Members: allowances, (1)...

      Public Relations

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will list the external public relations consultants or contractors who are employed or commissioned by...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans (a) to assess and (b) publish the performance of ambulance trusts at district-by-district level; and if he will make a statement.

    • Asthma: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the rates of asthma in (a) children aged four years and under, (b) children aged five to 14 years and (c) adults in each...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidelines his Department has issued to local authorities on incentives to care homes to achieve three stars under the Commission for Social...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to assist those with childhood diabetes in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley district and (d)...

      Diazepam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to control the illegal re-sale of diazepam; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the sale of donated organs to non-UK citizens who have transplant operations in NHS hospitals.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to replace the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of the targets set under the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease have not yet been met.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 402-3W, on heart diseases: medical treatments, at which hospitals the treatment is...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds are available for (a) men and (b) women in (i) maximum security health services and (ii) medium secure mental health facilities; what...

      Measles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of confirmed cases of measles in children aged under 18 years in (a) London and...

      Measles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce differences between the regions in the number of confirmed cases of measles recorded each year; (2)...

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in respect of how many overseas organisations with contracts to provide services to NHS patients his Department has been informed that they have been...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information campaigns have been undertaken by his Department to encourage uptake of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in each of the last five...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average (a) cost and (b) duration of a call to NHS Direct was in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      R. Channing Wheeler

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Mr. R. Channing Wheeler (a) commenced and (b) finished working in his Department.

      R. Channing Wheeler

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department paid to Mr. R. Channing Wheeler in remuneration and expenses for his work in his Department.

      Watford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the proposed private finance initiative redevelopment of Watford General Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Wheelchairs: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long on average wheelchair users wait to obtain a chair with different specifications in (a) West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust, (b) Hemel Hempstead...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 328W, of the 38 personnel who were very seriously injured in Afghanistan in 2006...

    • Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, columns 327-8W, of the 42 personnel who were seriously injured in Afghanistan in 2006 and...

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in discussions with the Scottish Executive on the repatriation of members of the armed forces killed in action abroad and...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost per track/road mile, excluding crew costs, of operating the (a) Warrior, (b) Bulldog and (c) Mastiff armoured...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence since the creation of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, how many Cypriot civilians have been forcibly resettled in the region.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken to protect the infrastructure in the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia against risks of (a) earthquakes and (b)...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy maintains a permanent presence in the Mediterranean.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the future of the medical facilities of Princess Mary's RAF Hospital at Akrotiri.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Cypriot civilians inhabiting the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often he has met the Foreign Secretary in the last 12 months to discuss events in the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

      Departmental Training

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

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what European Security and Defence Policy missions are in the pre-operational planning stage.

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to increase the number of its (a) military personnel and (b) civilian staff attached to the (i) European Union military...

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of providing (a) military personnel and (b) civilian staff attached to the (i) European Union military staff, (ii)...

      EU Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 39W, on the Small Scale Focused Intervention Force, what the difference in...

      EU Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 20 October 2004, Official Report, column 712W, on the Helsinki Headline Goal, what the expected maximum percentage is...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent in total by his Department on operations in the Falkland Islands in each of the last five years.

      Future Rapid Effect System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's expenditure to date has been on each variant on the Future Rapid Effect System programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Injured Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department makes available to service personnel injured on operations.

      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: peacekeeping operations, what assessment he has made of the...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of external legal services provided to his Department in each of the last five years.

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of Merlin helicopters have been fit for service in each year since 2003.

      Minesweepers: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department receives information on the work and research of the US Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organisation; and if he will make...

      Morocco: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1301W, on Morocco: armed forces, for what reason a news article of 24...

      Netherlands: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many joint training exercises involving the UK and the Netherlands were conducted in support of the UK/Netherlands Amphibious Landing Force in 2008;...

      Personal Protective Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to improve the standard of personal protective equipment issued to service personnel.

      Service Personnel: Fitness for Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence How many (a) officers and (b) personnel in other ranks in each regular infantry and Royal Marine battalion were unfit for duty at the latest date for...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many force generation conferences have there been for Operation Atalanta; and how many are planned.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-UK owned or operated unmanned aerial vehicles transited through UK airspace in 2008.

  • Transport

    • Aircraft and Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many safety inspections have been carried out on ( a) aircraft at airports and (b) ships in port in each of the last 12 months.

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the National Policy Statement on airports to be published (a) in draft and (b) in its final form.

      Aviation: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) have taken place and (b) are planned to take place within the EU on widening the responsibility of the European Aviation Safety...

      Aviation: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what risk registers (a) are in use and (b) have been in use in the last two years in relation to projects within his Department's Aviation...

      Aviation: Type Approval

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Civil Aviation Authority first received an application for the ELA O-7 gyroplane to be approved for use in UK airspace; what the reasons for...

      Coaches: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to increase the accessibility of national and international coach travel to people with a disability.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the risk of contamination from (a) bubonic plague, (b) anthrax and (c) other biological agents as a consequence of...

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on the (a) rate and (b) severity of cyclist casualties of legal requirements for cyclists to wear helmets.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Dartford River Crossing DART tags have been issued (a) in total and (b) to businesses since 1 November 2008.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Consultants

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what websites his Department has operated other than its main departmental website over the last five years; and what the operating budget for...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Transport with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 835W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public...

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Transport 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)...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has a statutory duty to issue an acknowledgement letter following receipt of a statutory off road...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people (a) took and (b) passed their driving test in (i) Ribble Valley, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the UK in each of the last five years.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government spent on campaigns against drink-driving in the last year for which figures are available.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure that people are aware that photocard driving licences need to be renewed every 10 years.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on regular health checks for holders of driving licences; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date the euro changeover plan of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies was last updated; and if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) volume and (b) weight of freight was transported within the UK by (i) road, (ii) rail, (iii) inland water, (iv) coastal water and (v)...

      Government Car and Despatch Agency: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times a written warning has been issued to a member of staff of the Government Car and Dispatch Agency following misuse of the Government...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Statement of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 358, on transport infrastructure, when he plans to lift the cap of 125,000 on...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which models of plane will qualify to use the green landing slots at Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of additional passengers using Heathrow Airport each year which would result from an increase of 125,000 in the...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence on Heathrow expansion (i) he, (ii) other Ministers in his Department and (iii) officials in his Department,...

      Heathrow Airport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the Government plans to provide guarantees in relation to the financing of construction of a third runway at Heathrow; (2) what estimate...

      Heathrow Airport: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to publish a national policy statement on expansion of Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a planning application for a third runway at Heathrow would fall to be decided by the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

      Humber Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue has been generated by tolls on the Humber Bridge in each year since its opening; and if he will make a statement.

      Humber Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of people exempt from Humber Bridge tolls; and if he will make a statement.

      Humber Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider the merits of holding an inquiry into the application to revise tolls charged at the south bank of the River Humber; and if he will...

      Local Government: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to include plans to improve urban design and regeneration in their next local transport plans.

      Mass Media

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

      Merseyrail: Park and Ride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many park and ride spaces serving the Merseyrail network there were in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirement there is for insurance of vehicles in storage or under repair and declared under statutory off-road notifications regulations.

      Newhaven Marine Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date the last passenger train departed Newhaven Harbour Marine station.

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what restrictions exist on how local authorities may spend money raised from (a) on-street parking charges and (b) parking fines.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes have been made to the guidance issued by his Department to local highways authorities on the design of pedestrian crossings since 2005.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he is making on increasing integration of public transport (a) timetables and (b) ticketing.

      Railway Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many manned railway stations have been permanently closed in each of the last five years.

      Railway Stations: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to improve standards of (a) seating, (b) shelter and (c) passenger facilities at rail stations in Merseyside.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to require the Association of Train Operating Companies to introduce railcards for persons over 25 years of age for...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has allocated for new railway infrastructure in each year since 1997 and in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to establish a regional rail budget to allow local transport authorities to (a) re-open closed rail stations and (b)...

      Railways: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average level of ridership on rail services in Merseyside in each of the last two years.

      Railways: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of trains in Merseyside ran no more than five minutes late in the last 12 months.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent assessment is of the performance of train operating companies against their targets; and if will make a statement.

      Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train service on the (a) Trans-Pennine and (b) Northern network was the most overcrowded in 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued on the procedure to be followed by (a) police forces in England and Wales and (b) prosecutors in England and...

      Transport: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much his Department has spent on improving the transport infrastructure in Crosby since 2003; (2) what (a) grants and (b) other assistance...

      Transport: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) transport and (b) transport infrastructure in the Luton Borough Council area in each...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for the Vale of Clwyd of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 360W, on...

    • Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what categories of records (a) her Department, (b) the Planning Inspectorate and (c) Government regional offices hold on...

      Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed Social HomeBuy transactions there had been at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of households to be assisted under the Rent to HomeBuy scheme in each year; and how...

      Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been sold under each HomeBuy scheme in each month since their commencement.

      Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what circumstances planning permission is required to demolish a building.

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons there is an entry for Overtime Ministers in her Department's Chart of Accounts 2008-09.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last...

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

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

      Departmental Information Officers

      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 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her plans are for the number of staff employed by her Department in the next three years.

      Departmental Mass Media

      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 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether staff in her Department's division handling eco-towns have received bonus payments in the last 24 months.

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of derelict land and buildings there were in each Government Office region according to the National Land Use...

      Disabled Facilities Grants: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many payments her Department made to Castle Point borough council under the Disabled Facilities Grant scheme in each of the...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire, of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 948W, on...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a property with a power shower is capable of achieving Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

      Fire Services: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire authorities participate in co-responding schemes enabling firefighters to administer first aid emergency treatment.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1267-8W, on greenbelt, if she will publish the...

      Green Belt: Planning Permission

      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 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1144W, on...

      Home Responsibility Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government has taken to raise awareness of the home responsibility payment.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the policy of the Homes and Communities Agency is on the circumstances in which it will use its powers to act as a local...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the expected (a) level of Housing Revenue Account Subsidy and ( b) number of households in social housing is in each local...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to improve accessibility to plots of land for use by self-builders.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on housing...

      Land Use: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on discussions (1) which have taken place between (a) officers, (b) Members and (c)...

      Local Government: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have applied for PFI contracts in each of the last five years; and what the value of each of these...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what cars of what engine cubic capacity are (a) owned and (b) leased by her Department.

      Ordnance Survey: Datasets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what datasets Ordnance Survey collates on (a) access and (b) proximity to public transport.

      Ordnance Survey: Photography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Ordnance Survey uses (a) aerial and (b) satellite photography to develop its (i) 1:10,000 raster, (ii) 1:50,000...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

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

      Planning Permission: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals against refusal of planning permission for unauthorised traveller...

      Planning Permission: Hammersmith and Fulham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what grounds she called in the planning application for the G Gate Hotel in Olympia in the London borough of Hammersmith and...

      Planning: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to introduce a requirement for a 500 metre buffer zone around opencast mines through the Minerals Planning...

      Planning: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 696W, on...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for a partial review of the South East Regional Spatial Strategy.

      Regional Planning and Development: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities in Yorkshire (a) have and (b) have not received funding from Growth Area Fund programmes; and how much...

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable she has set for the agreement of each regional spatial strategy.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing association tenants have (a) the right to buy and (b) a preserved right to buy.

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to respond to the hon. Member for Truro and St Austell's report on rural economy and affordable housing; and if...

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding has been made available to each local authority for shared ownership schemes in each month since May...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the economic turndown on the number of new social homes to be provided through the...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of new social housing has been provided under section 106 agreements in the last 12 months.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report columns 632-3W on stamp duties, how many of the 200 planned...

      Tenant Services Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget for the Tenant Services Authority is for its first full year of operation.

      Tenant Services Authority: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of the Tenant Services Authority's pink camper van campaign.

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many unauthorised Traveller caravans were recorded in each Government Office region in the summer of each year since 1997.

      Zero Carbon Delivery Unit

      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 369W, on Zero...

  • Justice

    • Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the percentage of the sum imposed in fines under penalty notices issued in 2007 and 2008 which has not been paid.

    • Use of Restraint: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to end the use of restraint on young offenders in secure accommodation.

      Prison Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new prison places he plans to provide by 31 December 2009.

      Civil Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on piloting new ways to provide civil legal aid.

      Titan Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects construction of the first Titan prison to begin.

      Custody Licence Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to end the end of custody licence scheme.

      Court Cells: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will allow Bournemouth's court cells to be used by Bournemouth police to detain suspected offenders.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to support during judicial processes those who have undergone domestic violence.

      Forced Marriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 in enabling the courts to prevent forced marriages.

      British Statement of Values

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to consult on a British statement of values.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of differences between magistrates courts in their use of custody for remand and for sentences.

      Custodial Sentences: Single Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effects on dependent children of custodial sentences for single parents.

      Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) offenders on home detention curfew and (b) defendants on bail have used the Bail Accommodation and Support Service since June 2007;...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the running costs have been of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) in 2008-09; what budgets for CAFCASS have been...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders receiving a community sentence in 2007 had (a) more than five, (b) more than 10, (c) more than 15, (d) more than 25 and (e) more...

      Community Orders: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library (a) a copy of the full schedule of questions and (b) a breakdown of results from the research on community punishments...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which coroners' courts his Department plans to relocate in the next 12 months; for what reason in each case; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Crime Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what account he has taken of the effect of the current economic downturn on levels of crime in planning resource allocation to (a) the Probation Service...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether wounding with intent contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is classified as a serious offence.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences of wounding with intent contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 were committed by offenders under probation...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serious further offences were committed by offenders under probation supervision in each (a) probation area and (b) parliamentary constituency...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in (a) his Department and (b) its shadow agencies which will be lost through natural wastage under his...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many members of the public took part in his Department's online discussion on greater citizen engagement; (2) how many members of the public...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish the results of his Department's consultation on bail and murder.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will publish the results of his Department's consultation on designation of additional public authorities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish the results of his Department's consultation on Titan prisons.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the 2008-09 near cash allocation to each of his Department's business groups was.

      Governance of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Ministers, (b) officials, (c) representatives of local government, (d) invited members of the public and (e) other members of the...

      Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to bring into force section 74 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether the Government plans to increase court costs for conviction in the magistrates' court for failure to pay a television licence in line with...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to increase or abolish the maximum age at which a person can serve as a magistrate.

      Magistrates Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether all magistrates' courts have access to full Libra functionality.

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women were (i) sentenced to prison, (ii) given community sentences and (iii) detained in appropriate hospital accommodation...

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) men and (b) women were transferred from prison to appropriate hospital accommodation under the provisions of the Mental Health Act...

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on (a) mental health in-reach services for prisons and (b) other mental health services in prisons in each of the last three years.

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time taken to undertake routine screening of prisoners for health problems was (a) on initial entry to a prison establishment and (b)...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will appoint a director with responsibility for reducing reoffending to the National Offender Management Service Board.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of Operation Safeguard was in each of the last three years.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) certified normal accommodation and (b) operational capacity of prisons in England and Wales was in each year since 1997.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of convicted murderers had served less than half of their custodial sentence at the point of release in the last five years;...

      Prisoners Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners formerly held in (a) HMP Canterbury and (b) HMP Bulwood Hall have been released.

      Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences of (a) murder, (b) attempted murder, (c) rape, (d) attempted rape and (e) homicide have been committed by offenders on release on...

      Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much in subsistence payments has been made by (a) prison governors and (b) his Department to offenders on end of custody licence in each of the...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign nationals are being held on indeterminate sentences for public protection; (2) how many foreign nationals being held on...

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average annual overall resource cost per prisoner was in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to undertake the second stage of consultation on prisoners' voting rights.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects Lord Patel's Prison Drug Treatment Review Group to report their findings to him; and when he plans to publish the report and his response...

      Prisons: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have made to (i) the Department for Communities and Local Government...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons have been acquitted of speeding offences as a consequence of speed measure devices (a) not having been properly calibrated and (b)...

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of victims of crime reported satisfaction with the criminal justice system in each of the last 10 years.

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures govern the selection and termination of appointments of witness intermediaries.

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what methods are used by witness intermediaries to interpret statements by those diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Cabinet: Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he place in the Library a copy of the press cuttings pack prepared for the most recent meeting of the Cabinet.

    • Catz Club

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 1124W, on Catz Club, what meetings Ministers in his Department have...

      Catz Club

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 1124W, on Catz Club, whether a copy of the confidentiality agreement...

      Death: Asthma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many asthma-related deaths were recorded in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) special advisers have allocated desk space in the Prime Minister's office in No. 12 Downing Street.

      Departmental Courier Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Cabinet Office spent on (a) courier services and (b) venue hire in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 783W, on departmental land, whether any of the land held for development...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 785W, on departmental pensions what account was taken of the (a) new FRS...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 785W, on departmental pensions, what percentage contribution the Duchy of...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 785W, on departmental pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Cabinet Office spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; what proportion of this...

      Futurebuilders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 43W, on Futurebuilders: Catz Club, for...

      Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance his Department has provided to other Government departments on procedures to be followed in cases of unauthorised disclosure of...

      Higher Civil Servants: Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which permanent secretaries have retired since 1997; and which of these have subsequently accepted salaried positions paid from the public purse.

      I-Monitoring Security Co-ordination Centre

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the written ministerial statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 76-78WS, on departmental expenditure limit...

      Lobbying: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will bring forward legislation to establish a mandatory register of lobbyists as recommended by the Public Administration Select Committee;...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what cars of what engine cubic capacity are (a) owned and (b) leased by the Cabinet Office.

      Place and Prosperity Seminar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handouts prepared for the Strategy Unit seminar on Place and Prosperity held on 11...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 785W, on Rural Payments Agency, how much the Duchy of Lancaster received...

  • House of Lords

    • Architectural Competitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments have held architectural competitions for new buildings in the public sector; and how many times that has happened in the past 10 years.

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many A400M heavy lift aircraft they have ordered; and at what estimated cost.

      Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been any widespread taking of Modafinil or other similar drugs by Armed Forces personnel for the purpose of enhancing mental alertness.

      Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any health and safety or public security policies govern the taking of Modafinil or other similar drugs for the purpose of enhancing mental alertness by...

      Armed Forces: Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which agency or agencies within the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence are responsible for holding spare parts for helicopters; and what steps they are...

      Crime: Intellectual Property Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose to reduce intellectual property theft in the audio-visual sector.

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Christmas Cards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are taken into account in identifying stakeholders to whom Christmas cards are sent by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Christmas Cards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of sending Christmas cards by the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2008.

      Disabled People: Football Grounds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether replies have been received from the Premier League and the Football League to the letters sent by the Minister for Sport in April 2008 regarding the...

      Disabled People: Football Grounds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Carter of Barnes on 17 November 2008 (WA 164), whether the Minister for Sport has met the Premier League and the Football...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 January (WA 149—50), whether they will give statutory force to the Food Standards Agency...

      Green Roofs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will increase financial and other support to promote the use of green roofs on commercial buildings and private dwellings.

      Health: Epilepsy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to appoint a national clinical director for epilepsy to address the gaps in NHS service provision alleged by Epilepsy Action's recent report,...

      Health: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department is accountable to Parliament for improving the access of those conducting clinical trials to individual patient records; and when they expect...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new domestic dwellings were built for letting in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, and (d) 2008; and how many new-build social housing units are planned in...

      Housing: Credit Card Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to local authorities on whether to accept or encourage the use of credit cards for payment of arrears of council tax and rent. To ask...

      Housing: Home Information Packs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 18 December 2008 (WA 67), whether they intend to assess the overall cost of home information packs; and, if...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following the meeting between Mr Jeremy Oppenheim of the Home Office, the Director of Social Services of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and others on...

      Immigration: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants based at the new immigration centre in northern France have been deterred from entering the United Kingdom illegally since it opened....

      Influenza Pandemic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they will give to specialised small and medium-sized enterprises for influenza pandemic preparations.

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the anticipated extra costs to local authorities as a result of the introduction of Part 1 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction...

      Local Government: Parish Councils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which parish councils have redesignated themselves as neighbourhood, community or village councils.

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Marine Management Organisation will choose the respondents to their consultation on new marine legislation.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

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

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what grants the Northern Ireland Parades Commission made during 2008; to whom; why; and at what level.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is within the remit of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to support a member of staff in obtaining qualifications; if so, in what...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give equal consideration, and appropriate coverage in their publications, to the views of the two dissenting Northern Ireland Human Rights...

      Planning: Eco-towns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which proposals are on the final short list for eco-town developments; and when they expect to announce the final list.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to close police stations in Northern Ireland; what is the reason in each case; and what consultations they are undertaking.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have instructed the police not to continue the investigations into (a) the Northern Bank robbery; and (b) the murder of Robert McCartney; and if so, why.

      Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will fund new research into soil and water pollution from products such as fabric softeners, washing powders and disinfectants.

      Public Lavatories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they taking to ensure adequate provision of lavatories for public use.

      Public Lavatories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure local authorities require the inclusion of lavatories for public use and prohibit the use of turnstiles to control access to...

      Public Lavatories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on disabled people, pregnant women and elderly people of turnstiles used as a means of controlling access to...

      Taxation: Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will introduce to curb tax evasion in the United Kingdom by non-national individuals and companies.

      Universities: Sponsored Researchers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the remarks by the Minister for Borders and Immigration, Mr Phil Woolas, in the House of Commons Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee on 14 January...

      Vehicles: Electric Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will accelerate programmes on research on fully performing electric motor vehicles.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the statement by Mr John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, in the Sunday Telegraph of 18 January on the effect of the...

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