Written answers

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

  • Wales

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

    • Departmental Pensions

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

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent estimate he has made of the effects of globalisation on levels of employment in (a) Wales and (b) Blaenau Gwent.

  • Scotland

    • Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the mechanisms by which the Barnett formula operates.

    • Welfare Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the likely effects of welfare reform on people in Scotland.

      Job Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of trends in numbers of job losses in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Forth Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive and the Chancellor of the Exchequer on UK Government assistance for the financing of the...

      High-speed Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on a high-speed rail link between London and Scotland.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on steps to ensure that businesses in Scotland are complying with the requirement to...

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Scottish Executive Ministers on the use of the European social fund in Scotland.

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on digital switchover in Scotland.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on mechanisms for allocating the block grant to Scotland in 2010 and 2011.

      Retained Firefighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues for the purposes of agreeing the UK's position in EU discussions on the effect on retained...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many hits his Department's blog has received in each month since its launch.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department has taken to publicise its blog; and what the cost of such activity was.

      Departmental Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many overseas visits Ministers in his Department have undertaken in the last 12 months; to which destinations; and how many departmental staff...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) training, (b) coaching and (c) personal development courses each Minister in his Department has received since 2005; and what the cost of...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he plans to answer Questions (a) 248515 and (b) 248516 tabled on 13 January 2009, on his Department's blog.

  • Transport

    • British Railways Board (Residuary): Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the workplace parking charges being introduced by Nottingham city council will be passed on to staff members in whole or in part of British...

    • Compulsory Purchase: Hagley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the compulsory purchase of the Prince of Wales public house at Stourbridge Road, Hagley, Worcestershire; how much has...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has collected in fines from vehicle owners for failure to notify change of ownership in the most...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps he has taken to reduce the number of people who drive without insurance.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on reducing the drink-drive limit from its current level in the last 12 months.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold discussions with the Mayor of London on the future expansion of Heathrow airport.

      Public Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government have taken to improve public transport provision for rural communities.

      Railways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) injuries and (b) deaths have occurred in accidents on railway crossings in (i) Lancashire and (ii) the UK in each year since 1998.

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of rail replacement bus services in each of the last 12 months.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on the environment of the decision to reduce funding for rail freight schemes.

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) demand for a high-speed rail link between London and Scotland and (b) the effect of such a rail link on levels of...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries have been attributed to drivers speeding in the last (i) six months, (ii) 12 months and (iii) five...

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 1105W, on tolls, whether the local...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has allocated for new rolling stock in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Tintwistle Hollingworth and Mottram Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisations he has met to discuss the Mottram Tintwistle bypass.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds of Prey: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what process his Department has put in place for the use of DNA testing to track the movement of peregrine falcons and...

    • British Airports Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence (i) he, (ii) other Ministers in his Department and (iii) officials in his...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1587W, on the Common Fisheries Policy, (1) when he...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much his...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy that temporary and permanent employees of his Department employed at the same grade receive the...

      Environment Protection: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which body is responsible for (a) monitoring the environmental impact of demolition sites and (b) ensuring that correct...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his Department's Marine Programme Plan for 2008-09, whether the quota reform task group has been established.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the draft proposals of the Quota Management Change Programme (QMCP) produced prior...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the inclusion of recreational sea angling catches in national quota derives from recommendations of the Quota...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's Marine Programme Plan for 2008-09, when he plans to consult on the principles of quota...

      Floods: Motorways

      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, which stretches of motorway have...

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to announce a review of the public sector food procurement initiative.

      Food: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the Answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1130W, on 10 Downing Street: catering, what the...

      Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the operation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Aid Scheme by the Rural Payments Agency, with...

      Noise: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued on how local authorities should deal with noise complaints.

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pets have entered the UK from abroad in each of the last three years.

      Pigmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with pork retailers and processors on proposals for a fully integrated supply chain for pork products.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of trained local authority recycling officers.

      Recycling: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department plans to introduce statutory targets for levels of recycling by local authorities.

      Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of changes to the rat population in each of the last four years; what provision his Department...

      Sewers: Fats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of sewer blockages caused by used cooking oil, fat, soils and greases in the last...

      Soil: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions are planned with his European Union counterparts on the draft Soil Framework Directive.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which organisation has managed each project funded by his Department in Helmand province since 2005; what the budget of each...

    • Burma: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the State Peace and Development Council in Burma on its recent order to close churches in...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue meeting of 12 to 13 January was, with specific reference to Tibet; and...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on national caveats applicable to the operations of troops deployed with the UN peacekeeping force...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Japan: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens visited Japan in (a) 2007 and (b) 2006.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of suspension of Israel's application for membership of the Organisation for Economic...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of (a) rockets and (b) mortar shells fired at Israel by Hamas in each year since 2001.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to restrict access to funding and resources on the part of Tamil forces.

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the seminar on stem cell research organised by the British Embassy in...

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what files his Department holds on the seminar on stem cell research organised by the British Embassy in Israel on 26 and 27...

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to initiate contacts with the incoming US administration.

  • Justice

    • Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol in each of the last five years, broken down by police authority.

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in respect of which offences contained in the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 penalty notices for disorder have been issued in the last three years.

      Closure Orders: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions courts in Merseyside issued a closure order in 2008.

      Community Orders: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many community orders were issued in (a) the area covered by Hambleton and Harrogate councils and (b) the North Yorkshire area in (i) 2003, (ii)...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Criminal Cases Review Commission plans to take to reduce its level of case accumulation; and how the Commission will monitor the...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the Criminal Cases Review Commission measures the (a) effectiveness, (b) efficiency and (c) economy of its policies.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures apply to the (a) recruitment, (b) training and (c) assessment of the welfare of the Criminal Cases Review Commission's expert staff.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Criminal Cases Review Commission has taken to increase the public's understanding of its role.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the building of the planned extension of Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution will be (a) started and (b) completed; how many additional places...

      Legal Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) applications and (b) successful applications for judicial review of decisions made by the Legal Services Ombudsman have been made in...

      Legal Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the performance of the (a) Legal Services Ombudsman and (b) Legal Complaints Service.

      Legal Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints he has received regarding decisions made by the Legal Services Ombudsman in each of the last five years.

      Magistrates: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates are aged between (a) 20 and 29, (b) 30 and 39, (c) 40 and 49, (d) 50 and 59 and (e) 60 and 69 years old.

      Mental Health Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether specialist legal advice is routinely made available to people who are the subject of a mental health tribunal.

      National Mediation Helpline: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding his Department provided to the National Mediation Helpline in each of the last three years.

      Prison Accommodation

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

      Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people released from prison less than half way through their sentence had reoffended before the date originally set for the end of the sentence...

      Prisoners: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what measures are in place to prevent bullying of prisoners by other inmates.

      Prisoners: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners in each high security prison in each of the last five years were Muslim.

      Prisoners: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many racial incidents were reported by prisoners during 2008; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of subsequent investigations.

      Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of people released on (a) probation and (b) licence who subsequently committed a further crime were returned to prison in each of the...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many charges for speeding offences were discontinued because the location of the speed camera failed to comply with the guidance in each of the...

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persistent young offenders were (a) arrested and (b) sentenced at (i) magistrates' courts and (ii) the Crown Court in (A) Vale of York...

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of performance against the 71-day target for the average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created by increased funding for new broadband networks in (a) 2009, (b)...

    • Broadband: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to increase capital expenditure on a new broadband network as part of the Government's plans to create up to 100,000...

      Creativity and Business International Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what deposit has been paid to The Grove in Hertfordshire for the use of its facilities for the inaugural Creativity and Business...

      Cricket: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of the 3 times 30 minute weekly participation target for cricket, (b) the effect...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reasons the telephone number given for each of the private offices of Ministers in his Department in the List of Ministerial...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and Departmental premises in each...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women over the age of 18 years who have participated in at least 30 minutes...

      Exercise: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of children aged (a) five to 11, (b) 12 to 16 and (c) 17 to 18 years who have undertaken 60...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps his Department has taken to support independent film makers.

      Gambling: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many inspections have been carried out by the Gambling Commission in each year since the development of the annual visit...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to review the number of Category B3 machines in adult gaming centres.

      Homecoming Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role his Department is playing in relation to the Homecoming Scotland 2009 initiative.

      Legal Opinion

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

      Music: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage the learning of musical instruments by young people.

      Official Cars

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

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to respond to the findings of the Community Pubs Inquiry.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's policy is on the development of community libraries.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what definition his Department uses of "comprehensive and efficient" in relation to library services.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of the Big Lottery Fund's scheme for libraries on the development of community libraries...

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on procedures for public consultation on proposals to close a public...

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has reviewed (a) the legal duties on and (b) guidance for local authorities on the closure of public libraries...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 103W, on departmental personnel, how many of his...

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Legal Opinion

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Buildings

      To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) date of opening was and (b) current estimated value is of each building on the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • 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, whether expenditure on legal fees is...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much has been spent by the Government Equalities Office on renovation and refurbishment of its properties in each year since its establishment.

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the Government Equalities Office's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public has been...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many staff in the Government Equalities Office have been disciplined for (a) bullying and (b) harassment of colleagues since its inception.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on broadband internet in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on maintaining its departmental website in each year since the Office was established.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the number of hours of work lost through sickness absence on the part of staff working in the Government Equalities Office...

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many flat screen televisions have been purchased by the Government Equalities Office since it was established.

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in the Government Equalities Office for working (a) in lunch breaks and (b) at other times outside...

      Equal Pay: Private Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the cost to business of mandatory pay audits in the private sector; and if she will make a statement.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many press and communications officers are employed by the Government Equalities Office.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to (a) police forces and (b) licensing authorities on using under 18 year olds for test purchases of alcohol...

    • Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on the provisions in the draft EU Directive 86/609 relating to the use of great apes in scientific procedures.

      Borders: Passenger Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport on strengthening domestic security in relation to cruise ships under...

      British Nationality: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people applied for UK passports from a primary residence in the Irish Republic in the last two years.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the CONTEST 2 strategy.

      Crime: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account she has taken of the effect of the economic downturn on levels of crime in planning resource allocations to police forces; and...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1074W, on domestic violence, what steps are being taken to reduce the...

      Forensic Science Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forensic scientists have (a) left and (b) joined the Forensic Science Service since 2001.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2069-70W, on genetics: databases, what her most recent...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many new profiles have been added to the national DNA database since December 2008, broken down by age group; how many have been...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent assessment is of the contribution made by the national DNA database to the detection of crime; and if she will make a...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the decision to cease funding the Metropolitan Police's human trafficking unit; and if she will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of identity cards to be issued to (a) foreign nationals and (b) British and Irish citizens...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what written instructions police from each police authority give to illegal immigrants who are found in or near a vehicle.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission an independent inquiry into the socio-economic effects of the (a) new points-based immigration system and (b) new...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce the number of appeals in immigration and asylum cases.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were waiting for a successful appeal against a UK Borders Agency determination to be reflected in their documented...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets the UK Border Agency has for the length of time it should take to regularise the paperwork of an immigration or asylum applicant...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been provided by her Department to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in each year since it was established.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Independent Police Complaints Commission's (IPCC) target is for the time to conclude investigation of a complaint against the police...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) staff were employed on average in and (b) passports were issued by each of the passport offices in the UK in 2008.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours per week each passport office is open; and if she will make a statement.

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports were (a) issued and (b) reported (i) lost and (ii) stolen from each passport office in each of the last three years.

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission a report from the Commissioner of Essex Police on the amount spent by (a) Essex and (b) Southend police on (i) own...

      Police: Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces do not employ the Forensic Science Service (FSS); and what the average duration of a FSS contract with the police was in...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid to police officers of each rank in each police force under the Chief Officers' Bonus Scheme in each year since its...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid from the Chief Police Officers' bonus scheme in each of the last three years; and what individual payments were made to...

      Police: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of a criminal offence in each month since June 2006, broken...

      Police: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many heads of police forces have been requested to resign by (a) her and her predecessors and (b) the relevant police authority in each...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of a refusal to comply with a Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act section 49 notice were notified to her Department in 2008.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for refusal to comply with a Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 section 49 notice there were in 2008.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for refusal to comply with a Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 section 49 notice there were in 2008.

      Right of Search: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government plans to introduce legislation to require the police and security forces to obtain a warrant before remotely accessing...

      Security: Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many of the 3,275 cases where persons were suspected of working in the security industry in breach of immigration laws after a false...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1628-29W, on stop and search, how many of those searched in each year...

      UK Border Agency: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she monitors the length of time taken by the UK Border Agency between a successful appeal against its decisions and the...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effect of proposed job losses at Corus on the construction of the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers.

    • Armed Forces: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on (a) the armed forces and (b) military intelligence since January 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reports have been made by residents of services accommodation to (a) Modern Housing Solutions and (b) Defence Estates on the presence of...

      Armed Forces: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 82-3W, how many journalists have been embedded in the armed forces since 1997; and...

      Armed Forces: Prosthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of prosthetic limbs for service personnel injured on operations (a) for the first fitting of...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      EU Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK (a) military personnel and (b) civilian staff were attached to (i) the European Union Military Staff, (ii) the European Defence Agency,...

      EU Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 754W, on the EU Rapid Reaction Force, what the UK contribution is to the 50,000...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans for the future of the Gurkha regiments are.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost of purchasing and converting three replacement United States Air Force KC-135R aircraft into...

      Minesweepers: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on research to combat the use of improvised explosive devices in each year of the last five years.

      Minesweepers: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department undertook on protecting troops against use of improvised explosive devices by opposing forces before deploying troops to...

      Navy: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 38W, on Navy: piracy, whether (a) CTF-150 and (b) CTF-151 will have operational...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) troops in contact incidents and (b) indirect fire events were recorded in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq in each month of the last three years.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) requirement and (b) actual crew number for each ship type in the Royal Navy is.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 40W, on warships, what the (a) required and (b) actual level of spare part...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Charities

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

    • Climate Change

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

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year since 2000.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 552W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workshops had been held as part of his Department's Employ ability programme at the latest date for figures are available; how many...

      Employment Schemes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what employment rates were achieved in each region by (a) private and (b) voluntary sector employment service contractors under each (i) New...

      Employment Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much had been spent on his Department's Employ ability programme at the latest date for which figures are available; and how much of the...

      Invest To Save Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which organisation led each Invest To Save project which has been sponsored by his Department since 1998; and if he will make a...

      Jobcentre Plus: Crimes Against Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times criminal damage has taken place in Jobcentre Plus premises in each Jobcentre Plus district in each month since the creation of...

      Jobcentre Plus: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) used services provided by and (b) found employment through Jobcentre Plus offices in Glasgow North West constituency in 2008.

      Jobcentre Plus: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average distance from a benefit claimant's house to a Jobcentre Plus office was (a) in the UK and (b) in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch...

      Jobcentre Plus: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people worked at Nairn Jobcentre Plus in each of the 60 months before it was closed.

      Jobcentre Plus: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people worked at Inverness Jobcentre Plus office in each of the last 60 months.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) employment vacancies and (b) persons claiming jobseeker's allowance in each...

      Mentally Ill: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken to reduce levels of discrimination on grounds of mental health; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of pensioners in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow and (c) the UK who are living...

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness.

      Social Security Benefits: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding his Department is making available for (a) voluntary sector organisations and (b) local authorities to provide advice on the...

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with the Health and Safety Executive on the introduction of a legal maximum workplace temperature.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information (a) his Department and (b) UK Financial Investments holds on revenue generated in unauthorised overdraft charges by banks which are (i)...

    • Banks: Housing Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage banks to lend to housing associations.

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Services Compensation Scheme will compensate Mr. Simon Dunne Barker of Marlborough, Devon for the losses he incurred following the...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was spent by his Department and bodies for which it is responsible on external public relations consultants and companies in each year from...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken in respect of the officials in (a) his Department, (b) the Financial Services Authority and (c) the Government Actuary's...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the monetary value in sterling of the reduction in the UK's rebate to its contribution to the EU budget negotiated in...

      Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what administrative financial penalties may be levied by his Department and its agencies.

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to lift the administration order on Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Landsbanki: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1636, on Landsbanki Guernsey, what estimate he has made of the cost incurred by...

      Licensed Premises: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when (a) Section 720 (night clubs and discotheques), (b) Section 210 (casinos and gambling clubs) and (c) Section 825 (public houses, licensed...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 October 2008 from the hon. Member for Romsey on provisions for the banking sector.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 15 October 2008 on savings in Isle of Man banks on behalf of a constituent, Mr...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many businesses in each local authority area occupy premises with rateable values between £10,000 and £14,999; and if he will make a...

      Revenue and Customs: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the staff turnover rate in HM Revenue and Customs is in (a) England, (b) each region in England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland.

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-declared appointees there were in HM Revenue and Customs offices in Northern Ireland in each of...

      Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the full-time equivalent median pay for HM Revenue and Customs employees is in (a) England, (b) each region in England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and...

      Revenue and Customs: Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to outsource the provision of security at offices and operations of HM Revenue and Customs.

      Seized Articles: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of appeals to magistrates' courts against seizure of excise goods by HM Revenue and Customs were successful in the last two years.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he plans to take to (a) reduce levels of alcohol and tobacco smuggling and (b) implement Article 15 of the World Health Organisation's...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to reduce levels of tax evasion; and if he will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what area of land in each (a) constituency and (b) region of England was used as allotments in each of the last three years.

    • Arts Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 6 October 2008, Official...

      Building Regulations: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend building regulations to reduce (a) the risk of fires in buildings spreading and (b) the speed at...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of levels of migration of young people out of coastal towns; and what steps her...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made towards implementing the recommendations of the Communities and Local Government Committee in its...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the additional £5 million in funding for local authorities, Government offices and police in support of work in...

      Compulsory Purchase: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on the compulsory purchase of land to provide for Traveller encampments; and what guidance her...

      Council Housing: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many non-decent council homes there are in Crosby constituency; and how many there were in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005.

      Council Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in each category of housing need were on local authority waiting lists in each London borough in each of the...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to issue guidance to local authorities to prevent the incorrect issuing of court summonses for...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to enable people incorrectly issued with a court summons for non-payment of council tax to make a...

      Councillors: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) statutory and (b) other changes have been made to the rules relating to allowances and pensions for councillors since...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 304W, on departmental procurement, what the purpose...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste was produced by her Department in each of the last three years; and what...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which external organisations her Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) terms of reference and (b) timetable are for the review of the brownfield designation of garden land; and if she...

      Eco-Towns: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have (a) written to her Department and (b) used her Department's online consultation to express their views...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether additional funding will be provided to local authorities under the new burdens principle to meet the new statutory...

      Equality: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding (a) her Department and (b) the Government Offices for the Regions have allocated to regional equality and...

      Fire Services: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the Fire Brigades Union on the safety of firefighters.

      Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 13 January 2009, Official...

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 30 October 2008, ...

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were sold under the social HomeBuy scheme in (a) each region and (b) each London borough in (i) 2006-07, (ii)...

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) landlords, (b) housing associations and (c) local authorities participated in the social HomeBuy scheme in (i)...

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed social HomeBuy sales there have been to date.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what support services are offered by her Department to help homeless people find housing; and if she will make a...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the consistency of provision for homeless people across England.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of people who were homeless in (a) the City of Southampton, (b) the...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government has spent on organisations to help the homeless in (a) the City of Southampton, (b) the ceremonial...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her latest estimate is of the cost of establishing the Homes and Communties Agency.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost of running the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is in its first year of operation; and which funding...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1270W, on housing: low incomes, what the timetable...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the progress made in meeting the targets for decent homes; whether she expects the 2010...

      Local Government Finance: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of day visitors on levels of expenditure by local authorities containing coastal towns.

      Local Government Statistics Data Upload

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) statistics and (b) other data in respect of 2008-09 local authorities are required to submit to her Department using...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what her latest estimate is of the length of time which will elapse before local authorities with deposits in Icelandic...

      Local Government: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are on local authorities to give time for local authority staff to undertake work for their trade union...

      Local Government: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons local elections in Cornwall will take place in October 2009; what the estimated additional cost is of not...

      Local Government: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities offer mortgage facilities for home buyers.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the compatibility of the introduction of unitary local government without local...

      Local Government: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on the provision of local authority documents and other publications...

      Lord Taylor of Blackburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) she and (b) her officials have received any representations from Lord Taylor of Blackburn in the last 12 months.

      Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber: Lloyds TSB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the meeting the Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber had on (...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the (a) maximum and (b) average number of households which will receive support each...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which banks and building societies have agreed to participate in the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme; and on what dates each...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the new empty property business rates regime on rates of conversion of empty...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 28 October 2008, ...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of each response to Modernising Empty Property Relief—A Consultation Paper.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether transitional relief will apply in cases of non-domestic dwellings for which empty property business rates are paid...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether supplementary business rates will apply to dwellings for which empty property business rates are paid.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the responsibilities of local authorities are in respect of meeting the costs of hardship rate relief under section 49 of...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 30 October 2008, Official...

      Ordnance Survey: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1060W, on Ordnance Survey: databases, if she will...

      Planning Permission: Hammersmith and Fulham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the representation to her Department made by the hon. Member for Ealing, Acton and...

      Planning Permission: Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will issue planning guidelines relating to residential moorings; and if she will make a statement.

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new dwellings have been built in areas designated as being at high flood risk in each Government Office region in each...

      Public Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the proportion of public buildings, schools and social housing which have been equipped with...

      Regeneration: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which wards and programmes within Sefton have received funding from the Government Office for the North West programmes for (a)...

      Regional Planning and Development: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) sites and (b) hectares of land were (i) available and (ii) potentially suitable for development in Castle Point...

      Regional Planning and Development: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Minister is responsible for overseeing the progress of the south- west regional spatial strategy.

      Rented Housing: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families in Hampshire were tenants of (a) council, (b) housing association and (c) privately-owned accommodation...

      Lettings Market: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of trends in the (a) residential and (b) business lettings market in South West England.

      Rising to the Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what response she plans to make to the Audit Commission's recent report Rising to the Challenge.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vulnerable (a) adults and (b) children have been placed out-of-area in each year since 2005; and which were the most...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received on the future of the Supporting People initiative.

      Tenants Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications have been made in the county courts in relation to tenancy deposit protection; and how many such...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the Thames Gateway implementation planning baselines for delivery partners for 2008-11.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications have been (a) made and (b) approved relating to energy from waste infrastructure; how many...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Higher Education: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many pupils from schools in Blackpool South constituency went on to higher education in years (a) 1992 to 1997, (b)...

    • Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Government allocated to the student hardship fund in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09;...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the impact of next generation broadband on the quality of broadband service...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of his Department's staff provided support to the Caio Review.

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of the number of households which do not have access to broadband internet...

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of households that do not have access to broadband internet in (a)...

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research his Department has commissioned to compare the extent of broadband internet provision with...

      Business for New Europe

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what dates since 1 January 2007 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department or its predecessor...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the merits of providing financial support to companies with an...

      Conditions of Employment: Surrogate Parenthood

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to extend maternity leave and employment protection rights afforded to...

      Cox Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many staff from his Department have provided support for the Creative Britain Review; (2) what...

      Debts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of individuals subject to and (b) failing...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's policy is on paying supplier invoices within 10 days; and how many and what...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which (a) food and (b) drinks companies have supplied his Department in each of the last three years; and...

      Departmental Compensation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the 10 highest payments made by his Department in settlement of property compensation cases brought...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1130W, on departmental personnel,...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to the public purse of hotel accommodation for (a) the Secretary of State for Business,...

      Departmental Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his estimate is of expenditure on CSR 2007 Public Service Agreement 1, Raising the Productivity of the...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent by his Department on temporary staff in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid work experience or internship placements...

      EU Recovery Plan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the provisions of the European Commission's EU Recovery Plan; and if he will...

      Furniture: Credit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will discuss with his French counterpart measures to support credit insurance arrangements for the...

      India

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Secretary of State's official engagements were during his visit to India in January 2009.

      India

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which (a) individuals and (b) organisations Ministers from his Department met during their visit to India...

      UK Trade and Investment: India

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the amount spent on hotel accommodation for (a) the Secretary of State for...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of (a) the average internet speed available to business users in the UK...

      Lord Taylor of Blackburn

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether (a) the Secretary of State and his predecessor and (b) officials in his Department have received...

      Motor Vehicles: Industry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what assistance his Department is providing to UK truck manufacturers; (2) what steps his Department...

      Political Levy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 9 December 2008, ...

      Post Office

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the Post Office has contributed to the Exchequer in external financing contributions to Government...

      Post Office

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Government's proposals for the reform of the Post Office entail the assumption of...

      Postal Services: EU Countries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what information he holds on the charge made for posting a standard-size letter of up to 50 grams in (a)...

      Postal Services: EU Countries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what information he holds on the number of EU member states where postal deliveries are made six days a week.

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many pension contribution holidays Royal Mail and its predecessors have taken in each year since 1980;...

      Security Industry: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Secretary of State next plans to meet representatives of the security industry to discuss levels...

      Security Industry: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the effect on levels of competition in the security industry of...

      Security Industry: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the level of competition in the security industry sector.

      British Summertime

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will commission a review of the effects of the application of British Summertime over the next 12 months.

      Trade: International Cooperation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he expects the Doha round of trade negotiations to resume in 2009; and whether he expects them to...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many expressions of interest in setting up an academy have been received by his Department in each year for which figures are...

    • Association for Citizenship Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has provided to the Association for Citizenship Teaching in each year since 2003.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of the Building Schools for the Future programme to educational...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to ensure that the operational performance of Building Schools for the Future schools meets the...

      Commercial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the performance of his Department's Commercial Group in the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets his Department provides for staff.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much of his Department's (a) voted and (b) non-voted capital departmental expenditure limit for 2008-09 remains unallocated.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which ICT projects his Department and its predecessors initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997;...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, its agencies and...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what investigations he has undertaken into the circumstances surrounding the failure of the contract to deliver the education...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when Miss Emma Roberts of West Lancashire constituency will begin receiving education maintenance allowance payments; and whether...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he last met the Examination Officers Association to discuss the effect on the conduct of examinations of recent problems with...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the timetable is for the introduction of single level tests after the conclusion of the pilots in July 2009; and if he will...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the levels of spending on (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) colleges in...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families at how many maintained mainstream schools (a) 50 per cent. or more and (b) 75 per cent. or more of pupils did not attain any...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many schools less than 30 per cent. of eligible pupils achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's reasons are for permitting the use of pornography in sex and relationship education classes as a teaching aid.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many key stage 2 national curriculum test papers have been remarked in each of the last five years.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto Partnership on the (a) number and (b)...

      Personal Social and Health Education Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the independent review of personal social and health education, led by Sir Alisdair MacDonald, will present its findings.

      Primary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which Qualifications and Curriculum Authority staff are undertaking support work for the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum.

      Private Education: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age pupils in (i) Reading and (ii) Wokingham attended...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many schools over 30 per cent. of pupils received a fixed period exclusion in the last year for which figures are available.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) fixed period and (b) permanent exclusions were of students at schools with (i) less than 10 per cent., (ii) between...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals were classed as persistent absentees in the last year for...

      Pupils: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils are known to have food intolerance in each local authority area; (2)...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he requested the resignation of the Chief Executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Dr. Ken Boston; and if...

      Schools: Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools closed for a period of two weeks or more as a result of an act of arson in the last 12 months; (2) what...

      Schools: Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school buildings have sustained structural damage requiring repair following acts of arson in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings in Blackpool since the local authority...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings in each local authority area in England in...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what plans his Department has to increase the energy efficiency of the schools estate, with particular reference to schools...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his assessment is of levels of energy efficiency in school buildings constructed under the Building Schools for the Future...

      Schools: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of variations in the quality and level of parental involvement in education according to (a) sex,...

      Schools: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has evaluated on the relationship between parental choice and achievement; and if he will make a...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress his Department has made toward its targets of (a) the provision of funding for every local authority to renew at...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which maintained secondary schools offer courses for (a) pre-U qualifications and (b) the international baccalaureate.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average standard assessment test scores achieved by special educational needs pupils taught in mainstream schools were in...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average administrative cost was of issuing a statement of special educational needs in each local authority in the last...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with special educational needs were given free transport to school in each of the last 10 years broken down by...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent under the Assessment for Learning programme for teacher training.

      Truancy: Hillingdon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many days of truancy there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the London Borough of Hillingdon in each of the...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) 18, (b) 17, (c) 16, (d) 15, (e) 14, (f) 13 and (g) 12 years who had had an abortion in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007 had had (A)...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people undergoing NHS alcohol treatment courses in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire (i) have and (ii) have not completed the treatment...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 on the shift patterns used by ambulance services in (a)...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 219W, if he will provide the correct web link for his Department's statistical...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what means his Department plans to ensure that the evaluation of the individual budgets' pilots will capture people with specific conditions; and...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the planned target for blood donation was in each year since 1992; how many units of blood were collected in each year; and what percentage of demand...

      Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has on the trends in numbers of cases of cancer metastases to the brain treated by the NHS over the last 20 years.

      Cannabis: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to Cumbrian health services of addiction to and dependency on cannabis in the last five years.

      Chlamydia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of primary care trusts are taking part fully in the national screening programme for chlamydia; and if he will make a statement.

      Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on meeting the new targets for the provision of information on contraception in the Quality and Outcomes framework.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many freedom of information officers are employed on (a) a full-time and (b) a part-time basis by his Department, its agencies, health authorities...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns 1092-94W, on departmental ICT, what his most recent estimate of the (a) cost and...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 687W, on the departmental internet, if he will list the websites operated by...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which websites were operated by his Department in addition to its main website in the last five years.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to recoup the value of Department property lost by officials from those officials.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether civil servants in his Department who have lost laptops that were the property of his Department have been charged the full value of the item in...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste was produced by his Department in each of the last three years; and what proportion of such waste...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Training

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

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions the Food Standards Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have had with the authorities in...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for drug rehabilitation in Crosby; what the budget was for the drug action team in Crosby in 2007-08; and...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of levels of use of the NHS by people who have no right to free treatment.

      Health Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to launch the public consultation on access to healthcare for foreign nationals.

      HIV Infection: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will amend the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989 to specify HIV as a condition exempt from charging.

      HIV Infection: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) months and (b) years on average patients with HIV/AIDS have survived following their diagnosis with HIV in the last 20 years.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adult and (b) child respite beds there are per head of population in each health authority area.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions were made to hospital wards on referral from accident and emergency units in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) England in the latest...

      Mass Media

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

      Medical Records: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of people in early adopter areas have registered for an advanced account with HealthSpace; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the economic downturn on the demand for mental health services.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the care of people with mental health problems regarding service redesign and strengthening local...

      NHS East Midlands: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the workplace parking charges being introduced by Nottingham City Council will be required to be paid by staff of (a) NHS East Midlands and (b)...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, what proportion of the repayment costs for each trust reflect (a) repayment of the capital value and (b)...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plan to make changes to the conditions which determine who receives organs donated by those carrying a donor card.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychotherapists are employed by each primary care trust in (a) the East Midlands and (b) England.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include proposals on the Supporting People programme in his forthcoming Green Paper on social care.

      X-Ray Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scanners used to carry out NHS-commissioned scans there are in each (a) strategic health authority and (b)...

      X-Ray Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to primary care trusts on referring patients for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scans; and if he will make a statement.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • British Energy: EDF Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 19WS, on EDF takeover, whether the...

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the power generation companies on carbon capture and storage in the last six months; and if he will...

      Coal: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the effect of rising energy prices on people who rely on coal as their main energy source.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 109W, on departmental buildings, what costs have been...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget for his Department's website is for 2008-09; and how many of his Department's staff are employed to manage the website.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department since its inception; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1002W, on electricity generation, what percentage of electricity...

      Electricty Generation: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1002W, on electricity generation, what the UK's capacity for...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the adequacy of publicity highlighting reduced domestic energy tariffs under the Government's agreements...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will seek discussions with energy suppliers regarding the availability of social tariffs to cancer patients; (2) what...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to encourage energy companies to lower the gas prices they charge to consumers.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK energy demand that was met from fossil fuel sources in each year since 1990.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people benefiting from and (b) the average benefit received from each social...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many claims for (a) miners' hearing loss, (b) vibration white finger and (c) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were paid to...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many claims for compensation for respiratory disease brought under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme have been settled under the...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made in settling coal health claims for surface workers in the mining industry.

      Industrial Injuries: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to recover from Jim Beresford and Douglas Smith of Beresfords Solicitors the monies they accrued improperly in...

      Industrial Injuries: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much compensation for (a) respiratory disease and (b) vibration white finger has been paid in total to former miners in Wansdyke...

      Industrial Injuries: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what venues were used as health testing centres by his Department for the administration of medical tests under the coal health...

      Industrial Injuries: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been paid by his Department to Nabarro Nathanson for handling issues related to miners' industrial diseases since 1995.

      International Renewable Energy Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the International Renewable Energy Agency to the development of renewable...

      International Renewable Energy Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration the Government have given to joining the International Renewable Energy Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Marine Renewables Deployment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many grants have been made by the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund in each year since the fund was created; and how much was paid...

      Marine Renewables Deployment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for grants have been received by the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund in each year since the fund was created.

      Marine Renewables Deployment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many projects have received funding from the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund, broken down by (a) nation and (b) region.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter of 24 October 2008 from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford on Ms S Harman of Chelmsford; and...

      Mining: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made in settling claims for equal pay from cleaners and canteen workers in the mining industry.

      National Grid: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent by the Government on (a) maintenance and (b) new capital projects in respect of the national grid in each of...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much spent nuclear fuel was transported through Shropshire (a) to and (b) from the installations at (i) Sellafield and (ii) Wylfa...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for the UK's international competitiveness of the more effective promotion of renewable...

      Sellafield: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what date he was informed that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority planned to propose that the proposed insurance indemnification...

      Tidal Power: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on wave and tidal renewable energy technologies in (a) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of the depreciation of sterling on (a) investment in and (b) the costs of (i) the London...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Cattle Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the results of the latest research into the use of diet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cattle are applied to beef...

    • Agriculture: Sheep

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sheep will be implanted when the compulsory electronic individual identification of sheep in the United Kingdom is fully implemented.

      Agriculture: Sheep

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the cost per sheep, including the cost of physical implantation, implant monitoring equipment and implant removal, of the compulsory electronic...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where and how records will be kept of individual sheep movements when the compulsory electronic individual identification of sheep in the United Kingdom is fully...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff will be employed in monitoring the records of sheep movements when the compulsory electronic individual identification of sheep in the United...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what benefits the electronic individual identification of sheep will bring compared with existing ear-tagging procedures; and whether it will improve traceability.

      Aviation: Baggage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place regarding United Kingdom airlines losing baggage; and whether such airlines are required to pay compensation for such lost baggage.

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department has responsibility for airline passengers and their baggage; how many officials work on the subject; and in what units.

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether non-certificated bailiffs are permitted to be involved in the enforcement of magistrates' courts fines; if so, whether they intend this to continue; and...

      Bloody Sunday: Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Bloody Sunday inquiry to conclude.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their reaction to reports from the Karen Women's Organisation regarding malnutrition experienced by children in the Ei Thu Ta camp for displaced people in...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 14 January (WA 143—44), which recent material published in peer-reviewed academic journals they...

      Climate Change: Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 November 2008 (WA 297—98), whether the statement that large electricity producers are able to...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 12 January (WA 89—90), whether they will give notice to the European Union that if amendments to...

      Crime: Drug Interventions Programmes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reduction in crime has been achieved by the participation of offenders in the drug interventions programmes in the community.

      Crime: Drug Interventions Programmes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reduction in crime has been achieved by the participation of prisoners in the drug interventions programmes in prisons.

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Serious Organised Crime Agency has a policy of not investigating crimes in the South Armagh area.

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was meant by the Serious Organised Crime Agency's deputy director saying to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that the agency had put a halt to some...

      Crime: Offender Behaviour Programmes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reduction in crime has been achieved by the participation of offenders in offender behaviour programmes in the community.

      Crime: Offender Behaviour Programmes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reduction in crime has been achieved by the participation of prisoners in offender behaviour programmes in prisons.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April 2008 (WA 232—36), 12 January 2009 (WA 95—97) and 20 January (WA 196—97),...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Environment Agency has archived all the data relating to extreme floods from before 2000 to the present day; and whether the retrieval system allows...

      Health: Continuing Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 28 October 2008 (WA 154), whether, following the introduction of the National Framework for Continuing...

      Health: Epilepsy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will engage with local NHS commissioners to ensure that there is an adequate provision of services for people with epilepsy in all primary care trusts and...

      Health: Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many mixed-sex wards there are in National Health Service hospitals in (a) Essex, and (b) each of the other counties in the eastern region.

      Health: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department is accountable to Parliament for the activities of the various bodies responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Cooksey report on...

      Long Service Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why long service medals are awarded by the police service after 22 years and the fire, ambulance and prison services after 20 years; and what steps are being taken...

      Moles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, what steps they are taking to ensure that line catch and spring operated mole traps are inspected at least once every...

      Morse Code

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will commission research into the use of Morse code in helping people to communicate after they have lost the ability to speak and write as a result...

      NHS: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to offer free prescriptions to all with a long-term medical condition. To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to reduce the number of officials in the Northern Ireland Office; and over what period of time.

      Northern Ireland Office: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Northern Ireland Office in each of the past five financial years to officials of the Northern Ireland Office for travel to Great Britain.

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the fixed daily parking charging regime operating in Newcastle has all the requisite authorisations from the Secretary of State; and, if so, how that...

      Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the instructions contained in Prison Service Instruction 50/2008 of 6 January 2009 on "acceptable activities in prisons" are intended to be carried out in...

      Scrap Metal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unregistered or unlicensed scrap metal dealers are operating in England and Wales.

      Scrap Metal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the regulation of the scrap metal industry with a view to reducing metal theft.

      Shipping: Ferry Operators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 21 January (WA 212), (a) how many of the lorries checked at Dalar Hir (near Holyhead) were arriving or departing by...

      Zimbabwe: Cholera

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe; how many deaths have occurred due to the epidemic; to what extent the epidemic has affected...

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