Written answers

Monday, 9 February 2009

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for these websites is.

    • Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which of the public appointments for which his Department is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i)...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions his Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy to reduce the impact of the recession on matters within his...

      Mass Media

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

  • Solicitor-General

    • BAE Systems: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was of defending the legal action challenging the decision to drop the investigation into allegations of bribery and...

  • Wales

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions his Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy on reducing the effect of the recession on matters within his...

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales with reference to the Answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 458W, on non-domestic rates: Wales, whether the 2005 council tax revaluation in...

      Shellfish: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on legislation to establish powers to prohibit scallop dredging in Welsh waters.

      Welsh Assembly Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place in the Library copies of correspondence between officials and Ministers in his Office and Welsh Assembly Government Ministers and...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish all legal opinions and advice obtained by his Department relating to the Welsh Language Legislative Competence Order.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what (a) features, (b) rights and (c) sanctions will accrue to the Welsh language when it acquires official status under the Welsh Language Legislative...

  • Prime Minister

    • China

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has held with the Chinese Prime Minister on (a) human rights in China and (b) increasing British exports to China.

    • Personal Care Services

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his Office has incurred any expenditure on his behalf for (a) haircuts, (b) make-up, (c) hairdressers and (d) make-up artists.

  • Defence

    • Absent Without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of service personnel (a) went absent without leave and (b) deserted in each of the last 10 years. [Official Report, 16...

    • Afghanistan: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) delays and (b) cancellations of VIP visits there have been in Afghanistan in the last 12 months.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long it will take to modify Merlin helicopters for use in Afghanistan; and how much this will cost.

      Air Force: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what multi-activity contracts (MACs) the Royal Air Force has; and what the (a) scope, (b) monetary value and (c) date of expiry of each MAC is.

      Armed Forces: Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military tattoos are held each year in the UK; and at which locations they are held.

      Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with representatives from the defence industry about the proposed Arms Trade Treaty.

      Defence Intelligence Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the size of the Defence Intelligence Staff was in each year since 1997.

      Defence: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on measures to retain (a) skills and (b) employees vital to the defence industry in the...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 486W, on departmental catering, which ethically traded products the defence food...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 486W, on departmental catering, what recommendations the Sustainability Working Group...

      Departmental Financial Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any administrative financial penalties may be levied by his Department and its agencies.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of his Department's procurement practices on British defence manufacturers.

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to paragraph 90 of the Explanatory Memorandum of 11 December 2008 on the French Presidency Report on European Security and Defence Policy,...

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Veteran's Badges have been issued to residents of Bolton.

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what reports he has received of the recent flooding incident on HMS Endurance; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he has for...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps the Government have taken to improve service accommodation.

      Service Personnel: Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to increase levels of retention of service personnel.

  • Justice

    • Bail Accommodation and Support Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1554W, on approved premises; how many bail hostels other than those operated by...

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions wasted costs have been ordered against the defence in Crown courts in each of the last five years; and what the total sum awarded...

      Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of the 2006 recruitment campaign for a Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses.

      Coroners: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average time taken for a coroner to hold a treasure inquest, once requested, was for finds from Leicestershire in 2007; and if he will...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which of the public appointments for which his Department is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i)...

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the constitutional status of the Duchy of Cornwall; and if he will make a statement.

      Information Commissioner: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to announce the Information Commissioner's budget for 2009-10.

      Magistrates Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1125-6W, on magistrates' courts at Lyndhurst, for what reason any closure of...

      Magistrates Courts: Wisbech

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans HM Courts Service has for Wisbech magistrates court.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each year since it was established.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter of 22 December 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. I. Laing.

      National Identity: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the United Kingdom has an official language.

      Offenders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 918W, on offenders: personal records, whether the Offenders Index is updated...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average adult reoffending rate was for (a) men and (b) women ex-prisoners after their release in the last five years for which figures are...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reparation orders under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 have been issued by each court in each year since 2005.

      Repossession Orders: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many suspended possession orders granted by county courts to mortgage lenders were re-activated and enforced during 2008 in cases where lenders...

      Repossession Orders: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in each parliamentary constituency in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vehicles have been seized from (a) disqualified and (b) uninsured drivers in each of the last two years.

      Shoplifting: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to limit shoplifting offences in relation to which a penalty notice for disorder can be issued to first time offences.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) the ceremonial county of Hampshire, (b) Test Valley borough and (c) the City of Southampton were prosecuted for not having a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Creativity and Business International Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what level of financial support he expects the private sector to provide to the Creativity and Business International Network in...

    • Creativity and Business International Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what offers of support his Department's Creativity and Business International Network has received; and how many organisations have...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations have provided his Department with media training services in each of the last five years.

      Heathrow Airport: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of listed buildings which will be lost as a result of the construction of a third runway at...

      Malvern St. James School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to make a decision on the listing of the Edinburgh Sports Dome at Malvern St. James School.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 28 January 2008 on behalf of Mr. Richard Cleaver in respect...

      Memorials: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Second World War pillboxes have been given statutory designation; and if he will make a statement.

      Memorials: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to (a) record and (b) preserve defence structures from the Second World War; and if he will make a statement.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many mentors have taken part in the music mentoring programme in each of the last three years.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people took part in the music mentoring programme in each year since 2006.

      Music: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government have taken to promote access to music for young people in the north-east.

      Newspapers: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department plans to provide financial support to local newspapers in the north-east.

      Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of English Heritage's performance in facilitating the conservation of churches and places of worship.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value of (a) awards and (b) payments made from the New Opportunities Fund for physical education and sport initiatives was in...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much his Department has paid to Fast Track to date for its work on the Medal Hopes scheme; and how much he expects to pay in...

      Teachers: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on the scheme to fund professional development of music teachers in each of the last three years.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will provide free television licences for poor families.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what subjects were discussed at his Department's most recent tourism summit; and if he will place a copy in the Library of the minutes...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when (a) he and (b) the Minister for Tourism last met the head of tourism in each of the nine regions of England.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by (a) UK tourists visiting overseas destinations and (b) overseas tourists visiting UK destinations in each of the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of global tourism the UK has received in each of the last 10 years.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the wish list his Department has requested from VisitBritain in relation to helping tourism to Britain...

      Tourism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to promote London as a tourist destination over the next 18 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional funding for tourism to harness the marketing...

      World Creative Business Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1210W, on the World Creative Business Conference, how much his...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in respect of which World Heritage Sites he has submitted a progress report to the World Heritage Committee for examination at its 2009...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which World Heritage Sites he expects to be considered by the World Heritage Committee for inclusion on its list of world heritage in...

  • Olympics

    • CompeteFor

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether there was an open tender process for the CompeteFor website contract.

    • Departmental Lobbying

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she received representations from ( a) Lord Moonie, (b) Lord Taylor of Blackburn, (c) Lord Snape and (d) Lord Truscott in the last seven months.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many officials work directly for her.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the job description is of each official who works for her in her capacity as Minister for the Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the average cost is of the units being built in the Olympic Village.

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much private sector funding for construction of the Olympic Village she expects.

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) universities over proposals for the legacy use of the Olympics media centre as a university.

      Olympic Games 2012: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which sites have been used for disposal of materials and soil from the new Olympic stadium site in London; and if she will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on the continuation of work undertaken by the Assets Recovery Agency...

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions wasted costs have been ordered against the defence in (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts in Northern Ireland in...

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions wasted costs have been ordered against the Public Prosecution Service in (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts in...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted for (a) sexual crimes involving minors, (b) rape, (c) arson, (d) fuel smuggling, (e) cigarette smuggling,...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 881W, on departmental buildings, what the cost of the works was...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 86-87W, on...

      Departmental Training

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

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Irish nationals were convicted of drug trafficking offences in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Mass Media

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

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted of knife crimes in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely effects of sentences of imprisonment for public protection on levels of discipline among the prison...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his US counterpart on the US Administration's support for the Arms Trade treaty process; and...

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department is providing to Bangladesh to ensure that the elections scheduled for 29 December 2008 are free...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding the Government have provided for research on the ways in which Muslims are perceived in the UK; which...

      Cyprus: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which officer is in command of the Turkish army in northern Cyprus; what assessment he has made of that officer's (a)...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to Turkey to reduce its troop numbers in northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the report by the UN panel of experts (S/2008/773), with particular reference to its allegation...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the strength of the Lord's Resistance Army following the recent incidents of killing and...

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are on secondment, broken down by (a) job title, (b) grade and (c) Department or...

      Departmental Training

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

      EU Countries: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Polish and Czech counterparts on carbon dioxide emission reductions.

      Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to seek the return to the UK of British residents detained in Guantanamo Bay.

      Israel: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek a review at EU level of Israel's trade status with the EU.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 16 July 2008, how many of his Department's staff received language training in (a) 2005-06 and...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to help bring an end to the conflict in Gaza.

      Morocco: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Morocco's compliance with UN Security Council resolutions calling for a referendum on self-determination have been...

      Palestinians: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on holding discussions with elected Palestinian representatives in Gaza.

      Peace

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

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Ethiopian counterpart on Ethiopia's announcement that it will withdraw its troops from...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment of the political situation in Sri Lanka is.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking on the Tamil conflict in Sri Lanka.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of child victims of the Darfur conflict being passed in to slavery with the complicity of the...

      USA: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1795-96W, on USA: Central Asia, what the grade is of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 22 October 2008, Official Report, column 361W, on carbon...

    • Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, agencies and...

      Domestic Waste: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 842W, on domestic waste: contracts, if he will...

      Fisheries: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many boats have been licensed for scallop dredging in England in each of the last five years.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the EU sea fishing quotas for 2008 on the profitability of the British...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution the Leader programme may make to reducing flood risk; what the budget for the...

      Floods: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will request that the North West Development Agency include in its plans for bringing forward major public works flood...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates the Environment Agency's National Fly-tipping Prevention Group met in the last 12 months.

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to grant cruiseway status to the Kennet and Avon canal.

      Joint Waste Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which bodies will underwrite the liabilities of joint waste authorities.

      Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid to Environmental Resources Management Limited for its research on the environmental impact of nappies; and...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the European Commission's proposals for an EU-wide regulatory approach on non-native invasive...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the Convention on Biological Diversity's proposals for a global approach on non-native...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the cost to farmers of compliance with the new nitrate vulnerable zones.

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the nitrate vulnerable zone regulations on the sustainability of the...

      Noise: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what amendments have been made to local authority powers to tackle noise since 2001; and what his Department's policy is on...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Servants: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance the Cabinet Office has issued on the provision of housing allowances for second homes as remuneration to staff in (a) the Civil...

    • Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what changes he intends to make to payments from the Civil Service Pension Scheme from April 2009; and whether savings are expected from these changes.

      Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1431W, on the Civil Service: pensions, for what reason the Principal...

      Community Assets Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster according to what criteria funds are allocated from the Community Assets Fund for councils to renovate community assets in preparation for the...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Cabinet Office posts have been relocated away from London and the south-east since the adoption of relocation targets arising from the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff are employed in No. 10 Downing Street.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of Cabinet Office staff are members of a Civil Service final salary pension scheme.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects his Department to publish the next edition of "Public Bodies".

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what date he last used a train in the course of his official duties.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people flowed from jobseeker's allowance into paid employment in each year since 2001; (2) how many people flowed off jobseeker's...

      Government Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the total cost to the Government of (a) recruitment and (b) job advertising in the last year for which figures are...

      Government Information: Public Participation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he plans to repeat the data mash up competition Show Us a Better Way in 2009.

      Higher Civil Servants: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 885W, on the recording of hospitality received by senior civil servants in...

      Horizon Scanning Forum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the Horizon Scanning Forum led by his Department was established; what its role and composition is; how often it meets; and what the role of...

      House of Commons: Right of Search

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings he has attended with Mr. Speaker on the arrest of the hon. Member for Ashford and the search of his office; what was discussed; if he...

      Migration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will rank the UK among other EU member states in terms of net migration in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are...

      Non-profit Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of the national survey of third sector organisations was; and what percentage of surveys were returned completed.

      Property: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the cost of the property database being created for the 2011 census.

      Roads: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what consideration the Office for National Statistics has given to the classification of (a) local and (b) national road pricing schemes for the...

      Security Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many reports the Security Commission has produced since May 1997; and on what issues.

      Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group committed suicide in the last year for which records are available.

      Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) males and (b) females (i) under the age of 18, (ii) aged between 18 and 25 and (iii) over the age of 25 years committed suicide each...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds resident in each (a) region, (b) parliamentary constituency and (c) local authority area were...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many households contained no one in (a) work and (b) full-time work in each quarter of the last two years.

      Unemployment: Sutton

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people aged between 18 and 24 years old were claiming jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years in Sutton and Cheam.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1126-27W, on v, how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c)...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the funding allocated to Chorley Borough Council for concessionary bus travel in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 was used on (a)...

    • Bus Services: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received a request for a meeting with representatives of Chorley Borough Council to discuss the national concessionary bus fares scheme.

      Bus Services: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much grant Chorley Borough Council received for the national concessionary bus travel scheme for 2008-09.

      Bypasses: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for which bypasses his Department funded the construction in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of projected levels of traffic on the Dartford Crossing in each of the next 10 years.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of staff in his Department have recorded their ethnicity (a) in total and (b) in each bargaining unit.

      Dredging: Thames Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the dredge in the Thames Estuary for the London Gateway Port channel is proposed to start; for what reason the dredge is to be carried out; what...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy on reducing the effect of the recession on matters within...

      First Capital Connect: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to oppose the application by First Capital Connect to reduce the opening hours of the ticket offices it operates; and if...

      Freight: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the economic model against which freight facilities grant applications are assessed; when this economic model...

      Freight: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average length of time taken to process a freight facilities grant application is; how many applicants waited (a) more than six months, (b)...

      Freight: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many grant applications were made to the freight facilities grant scheme for each year since 2000; how many of those applications were successful;...

      Freight: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total public resource allocated to the freight facilities grant scheme was for each year since 2000.

      Heathrow Airport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flight hours were expended by commercial aircraft in 2007-08 in stacking while awaiting clearance to land at Heathrow; and how much carbon...

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many individuals he estimates will live within the 57 decibel contour when the Heathrow third runway is expected to open.

      Humber Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which groups of people are exempt from paying tolls for crossing the Humber Bridge; what estimate he has made of the annual revenue forgone as a result...

      M42: Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the findings were of the trial of heavy goods vehicle overtaking restrictions on the M42; what assessment he has made of those findings; and if he...

      M48 Severn Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the M48 Severn Crossing; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the European Commission in relation to the alleged breaches of its legal duties referred to in paragraph four of his...

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles which have been impounded by the police because of accurate insurance details not being held on the...

      Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to identify corridors for potential future rail use; and what steps he is taking to safeguard the routes of disused...

      Railways: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to provide high-quality and integrated disabled passenger assistance on the rail network.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 148, which rail fares have reduced because of the...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department provides to regional and local authorities to plan and implement expenditure on new rail stations and lines.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have held with the South West Regional Development Agency on rail transport in the last...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the ticketing and settlement agreement produced by his Department.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department (a) has undertaken, (b) plans to undertake and (c) has evaluated on the number of (i) minor, (ii) serious and (iii)...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many contracts have been signed for new rolling stock in each month since the Rolling Stock Plan was published; what the (a) value of each...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many roads in (a) Leicester East constituency and (b) England have a speed limit of 20 mph.

      Speed Limits: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government has spent on television and radio advertisements to reduce speeding in (a) the last 12 months and (b) the last five years.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what alternatives to enforcement cameras are available to reduce the speed of motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras are in use in (a) England and Wales, (b) Essex and (c) Southend.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of speed cameras in improving road safety in Southend.

      SS Richard Montgomery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the state of the wreck of SS Richard Montgomery in the Thames Estuary.

      SS Richard Montgomery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on proposals to dredge the River Thames in the vicinity of the wreck of SS Richard Montgomery; and if he will make...

      Taunton-Penzance Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an assessment of (a) the advantages and (b) the disadvantages of electrification of the main railway line between Taunton and...

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations have been made to him by the Association of Train Operating Companies in support of changes to franchise service level...

      Transport: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much transport infrastructure maintenance cost the public purse in each year from 2003 to 2008.

      Transport: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what projects his Department has undertaken to extend public transport infrastructure since 2003; and what measures have been taken to ensure that the...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of leisure journeys by (a) rail, (b) car and (c) bus or coach were made by people aged (i) under 16, (ii) between 18 and 19, (iii)...

  • International Development

    • Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has allocated for agricultural research and development in each of the last five years.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the (a) recent humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and (b) adequacy of...

      Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department paid to staff in overtime payments in each of the last three financial years.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy on reducing the effect of the recession on...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who in his Department (a) has line management responsibility for the Director General Diversity Champion and (b) is responsible for...

      India: Irrigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has given to major irrigation projects in the Andhra Pradesh region of India.

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which UN-sponsored conventions on watercourses the UK (a) is and (b) is not a signatory; and what plans he has to sign such...

      Malawi: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the entertainment allowance was for his Department's office in Malawi in the last financial year for which figures are available.

  • Treasury

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the UK's net financial contribution to funding the Common Agricultural Policy in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009 to 2011.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 434W, on apprentices, what progress has been made in increasing the number of...

      Banks: Audit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which banks regulated by the Financial Services Authority received a qualified audit report on their 2007-08 accounts; (2) which banks regulated by...

      Banks: Directors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the law on banking as it relates to (a) the fiduciary duties of directors and (b) the penalties for acting in ways which are negligent...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Statement of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 539-472, on financial markets, which institutions have taken up (a) the...

      Banks: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial sum the Government has allocated for the (a) Special Liquidity Scheme, (b) Credit Guarantee Scheme, (c) Bank Recapitalisation Plan, (d)...

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since 2000 the accounts of a UK bank have been qualified by the auditors on grounds arising from concerns about loans made to (a)...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what statutory powers there are to disbar an individual from practising as a banker; and in what circumstances they may be used.

      Bradford and Bingley: Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated average date of redemption is of mortgages held as a result of the Bradford and Bingley acquisition.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people have received child tax credits in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average payment has been made by parents into existing child trust fund accounts in (a) Houghton and Washington East constituency, (b) Sunderland,...

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recommendations were made to the Prime Minister by the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit between 1 July and 31 December 2008.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 47-48WS, on departmental expenditure limit (2008-09),...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters awaiting a reply from his Department have been waiting for more than his Department's target response period.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the public appointments for which his Department is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i)...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 was...

      Departmental Training

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

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Local Government Euro Preparations Working Group last met.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review of the effect of his Department's alcohol excise policy on social clubs; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will freeze beer duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how foreign currency swaps undertaken by the Bank of England are reported in official figures, with particular reference to reporting on foreign exchange...

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the UK authorities activated their swap arrangements with (a) the US Federal Reserve and (b) the European Central Bank on Friday 10 October 2008.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) contractual and (b) informal swap arrangements there are between the Bank of England and (i) the European Central Bank and (ii) the US Federal...

      Inheritance Tax

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

      Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the loss to the economy caused by the insolvency of (a) large and (b) medium-sized businesses during the 2008-09 financial year; which...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 11 November 2008 on pay for PCS members.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 14 October 2008 on small business costs, PO Ref: 1/61608/2008;...

      Mortgages: Arrears

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of mortgage accounts that were in arrears on (a) 1 April 2008, (b) 1 June 2008 and (c) 1 December 2008.

      Pensions: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on private pensions of the recent stock market downturn.

      Public Bodies: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many organisations providing public services in Wales have received a total of £200,000 or more from public funds in the last five years.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was owed to the Public Works Loan Board at the end of each of the last five financial years by (a) the Scottish Government and (b) parish...

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was lent by the Public Works Loan Board to (a) the Scottish Government and (b) parish councils in England in each of the last five financial years.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid to the Public Works Loan Board by (a) the Scottish Government and (b) parish councils in England in each of the last five years.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties were repossessed in (a) England and (b) North Yorkshire in each year since 2004.

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of uptake of research and development tax credits by (a) clean technology companies and (b) green technology companies was in 2008-09.

      Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints his Department has received on the number of days between the date on which members of the public receive letters from HM Revenue and...

      Revenue and Customs: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what renovation and refurbishment works have been carried out on the HM Revenue and Customs' offices in (a) Blackburn and (b) St Helens in the last 12...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on answering parliamentary questions on (a) the Government's expenditure on and (b) the operations of RBS.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many offences of smuggling of illegal and counterfeit tobacco were recorded in each of the last five years.

      Valuation Office: Overseas Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what overseas conferences have been attended by representatives of the Valuation Office Agency at public expense in the last 12 months; (2) with...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the average saving made by households in each income decile with people of working age as a result of the reduction in...

      VAT: Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of valued added tax (VAT) registered traders who are eligible to use VAT cash accounting do not use it.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of the increase in the tax credits income disregard from £2,500 to £25,000 in each...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Chelmsford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants in West Chelmsford constituency were overpaid tax credits in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits: EC Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit paid to EU nationals in respect of family members resident in...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual cases of tax credit overpayment reclamation his Department has taken to court in (a) each year from 2006-07 and (b) each month of...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) translation and (ii) interpretation between English and Welsh in each year since 2000.

  • Women and Equality

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1312W, on charities, whether the Government Equalities Office plans to provide...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the location is of each office occupied by the Government Equalities Office which has been (a) newly occupied and (b) refurbished in the last 24...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality from which providers the Government Equalities Office sources internet access.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which of the public appointments for which the Government Equalities Office is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by the Government Equalities Office in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 688-89W, on departmental temporary employment, how many staff were recruited...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the cost of her Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each year since its inception.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on departmental procurement, what the...

      Written Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day have been answered on the day named in the 2008-09 session of Parliament to date.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the bereavement payment lump sum was last increased; and what estimate his Department has made of the change in funeral costs which has...

    • Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the official engagements of each Minister in his Department were between 1 December and 31 December 2008.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what definition his Department uses of respectful funeral, as referred to in his Department's technical guidance SB16; (2) what expenses...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the expenditure which will arise as a result of the provision which makes excess payments of up to £15 to...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the amount of local housing allowance paid to tenants since April 2008 which has not been paid to...

      Incapacity Benefit: Forest of Dean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Forest of Dean constituency claiming incapacity benefit in respect of (a) mental and (b)...

      Mortgage Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals have received support for mortgage interest in respect of mortgages taken out after October 2005 in each year since...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, columns 765-6W, on the Post Office card account, on what basis it was decided that...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Department's estimate is of the number and proportion of children who were (a) in poverty and whose parents were out of work and (b)...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid by his Department in subsistence payments to offenders on the end of custody licence scheme.

      Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many economically inactive people of working age wanted employment in each of the last five years.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies there were in (a) Vale of York constituency, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.

      Vacancies: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of job vacancies in the East Riding of Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps the Government has taken to provide training opportunities for people aged over 25 years.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions those living within the postcodes BB1, BB4, BB5 and BB6 areas have qualified for cold weather payments since 1 October 2008.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions people living in postcode areas BB18, BB8 and BB9 have qualified for cold weather payments since 1 October 2008.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (a) how many and (b) what proportion of cold weather payments have been paid in error in each year since the introduction of cold weather...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Reading West of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 594W, on vocational...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of apprenticeships there were in the public sector at 1 January 2009; and...

      Apprentices: Cleveland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many new (a) apprenticeships and (b) training places will be made available for the people in Middlesbrough South and...

      Cumbria University: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much funding his Department has provided to help establish and develop the University of Cumbria; (2) how much...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department since its...

      Departmental Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much is planned to be spent by (a) the Learning and Skills Council and (b) his Department on advertising...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy on reducing the effect of the...

      Educational Institutions: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what capital budget for rebuilding colleges has been allocated for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and if he...

      Educational Institutions: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to bring forward capital expenditure on colleges to the year 2009-10; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of parents aged between 16 and 19 years in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley borough, (c) the ceremonial...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which further education colleges were required to halt their building programmes as a result of decisions taken at the...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the indirect costs potentially payable by each further education college as a result...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what processes are in place to enable the Learning and Skills Council to prevent the halting of a further education college...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had with the Learning and Skills Council on whether building projects halted as a result of decisions...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to reimburse further education colleges for the interest they pay on money borrowed to...

      Further Education: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of Learning and Skills Council-funded further education provision in the academic years (a) 2007-08 and (b)...

      Further Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to implement salary structures for lecturers in further education institutions equivalent to those for teachers...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many school students from Leeds West constituency went on to higher education in each academic year since 2001.

      Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many university entrance applications were received from applicants in the lowest three socio-economic groupings in...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the Learning and Skills Council's December 2008 board meeting.

      Learning and Skills Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the capital budget of the Learning and Skills Council is for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Learning and Skills Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much Learning and Skills Council capital spending has been brought forward (a) from 2009-10 to 2008-09 and (b) from...

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will increase the funding available for students from poorer backgrounds to pursue postgraduate studies.

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what assessment the Government (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the effects of (i) the recession and (ii)...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many Perfect Gift vouchers to help with the costs of further education have been sold (a) in each region and (b) by...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that those with student loans taken out before 1998 receive a reduction in interest rates.

      Train to Gain Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent under the Train to Gain initiative on advertising in each month of the last 12 months; and...

      Train To Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the eligibility criteria regarding past academic achievement for individuals accessing the Train to Gain programme are;...

      Training: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve the level of skills and training of journalists, with particular reference to...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many organisations provided skills brokerage services to employers under contracts with the Learning and Skills Council...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (a) how many and (b) what proportion of people who undertook Skills for Life training while on employer training...

      Vocational Training: Car Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what direct access to training schemes is available to car component firms.

  • Home Department

    • Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to remove illegal immigrants from the UK.

    • Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to combat drug-related crime.

      Criminal Activity: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department takes to prevent the use of dogs in criminal activity.

      Criminal Activity: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department takes to prevent the use of dogs in criminal activity.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the work of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many days the Independent Police Complaints Commission met in each of the last three years.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the future of the Forensic Science Service.

      Leave to Remain: Convictions Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-UK nationals convicted of murder in their countries of origin have been granted leave to remain in the UK in the last three years.

      European Arrest Warrant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of European arrest warrants.

      Counter-terrorism: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to improve counter-terrorism policing in the West Midlands.

      National DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for serious crimes resulted from prosecutions which utilised DNA samples from the national DNA database in the last 12...

      National DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Information Commissioner on the length of time for which samples are held on the national DNA...

      Criminal Gangs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to tackle the activities of criminal gangs.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what she expects the change in her Department's spending in real terms to be between 2008-09 and 2009-10.

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the performance of her Department's commercial partners in carrying out work on visa applications.

      Community Crime Fighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the first community crime fighters to receive training.

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that police commanders co-operate with local authorities to maintain the effectiveness of local crime and...

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of crimes solved by each police officer was in England in 2007-08.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 704W, on driving offences: insurance, how many cars were seized for...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the level of acquisitive crime associated with drug addiction in each of the last five years; and if she will...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions her Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy on reducing the effect of the recession on...

      Identity and Passport Service: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in the Identity and Passport Service are authorised to access electronic files and databases relating to an individual's...

      Identity Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue is expected to be generated by fees, including charging for taking biometric information, for (a) identity cards and (b)...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost to the Independent Police Complaints Commission was of dealing with a complaint in the last 12 months; and if she will...

      Interception of Communications Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable for the publication of the (a) Interception of Communications Commissioner's Report for 2007 and (b) Intelligence...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to reply to the letter of 8 December 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mrs A. Rehman; (2) when...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 7 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr Faqir Hussain.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the contribution to the local urban economy of passport offices; and if she will make a statement.

      Passports: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff are employed in each passport office; what her Department's projections are of future staff numbers in...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition her Department uses of front line duties in determining how police officer time is allocated.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police station cells in England were closed for health and safety reasons in each of the last five years, broken down by (a)...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for each of the demonstrations about Gaza and Israel held since 1 January 2009, how many police were injured; what damage to police vehicles...

      Police: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the police remotely accessed personal computers (a) in the UK and (b) outside the UK without the owner's consent in...

      Police: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs each police force in England and Wales incurred on (a) translation and (b) interpretation between Welsh and English in each year...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many offences of supply of illegal and counterfeit tobacco were recorded in each police authority area in each of the last five...

      Tackling Knives Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether any of the search wands allocated to the Tackling Knives Action Programme were redeployed from other uses; (2) whether any of...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy: Hampshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people were declared bankrupt in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley borough and (c) the...

    • Beer: Prices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with Pubcos on beer pricing.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funds his Department provides to assist companies to attend trade fairs for the purpose of new...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 561W, on departmental buildings, what...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department and its...

      India: EU External Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the EU/India free trade agreement under negotiation includes provision for movement of workers from...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of 18 to 21 year olds in (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment are being paid the...

      Mobile Phones: Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to the consumer of the setting of mobile termination rates above...

      Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the availability of mobile phone signals in rural areas.

      Newspaper Press: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Government plans to provide support to local and regional papers which are in financial...

      Ofcom: Fines

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many organisations Ofcom has found to have breached the Broadcasting Code in each of the last five...

      Pharmaceutical Industry: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many redundancies from positions in the pharmaceutical industry in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what gross income the Post Office received for granting access to its postcode address file in each of the...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to the Post Office of maintaining and updating the postcode address file was in each of the...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will investigate the operation by the Post Office of the postcode address file to ensure that it...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the Answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 782W, on regional development...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 41W, on...

      Regional Development Agencies: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 43-4WS,...

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to...

      Small Businesses: Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small businesses have gone into (a) administration and (b) liquidation in each quarter since the...

      Summertime

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration the Government has given to a review of daylight-saving arrangements throughout the...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will direct the Office of Fair Trading to investigate supermarket chains with a view to directing...

      Textiles: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what services his Department provides to the textile sector to enable companies to pursue business...

      Trade: International Cooperation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the EU's proposals for Mode 4 of the General Agreement on Trade in Services include numerical...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 890W, on aerials: planning permission, when she...

    • Building alterations: Planning permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been given to local authorities on the use of section 106 agreements to levy lump-sum charges on household...

      Community Development: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria her Department plans to apply for deciding on the use of referendums to promote community empowerment.

      Council Tax: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average Band D council tax in each billing authority in Lincolnshire was in 2008-09 (a) before and (b) after the...

      Council Tax: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedures apply to refunding by local authorities of overpayments of council tax in cases where a domestic property has...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 18 November 2008, Official...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to my hon Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 18 November 2008, Official...

      Departmental Legal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many legal proceedings naming her Department as a defending party have been (a) filed, (b) concluded and (c) dismissed in...

      Departmental Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Ministers in her Department received representations from (a) Lord Moonie, (b) Lord Taylor of Blackburn, (c) Lord...

      Departmental Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Surrey (Mr Hunt) of 26 November 2008, Official Report,...

      Departmental Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Surrey (Mr Hunt) of 26 November 2008, Official Report,...

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by her Department on (a) pot plants since 1 March 2008 and (b) flowers in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new recruits her Department took on in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09, how many of these...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1326W, on departmental training, what personal...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure her Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises...

      Domestic Visits: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions the Minister for the East of England has visited areas of the administrative county of Essex other than...

      Eco-Towns: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much it cost to set up the website http://ecotownsyoursay.direct.gov.uk; and what the monthly maintenance costs of the...

      Eco-Towns: Pennbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether English Partnerships has been involved in the proposed eco-town bid near Leicester.

      English Housing Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) households and (b) social housing households were identified by the English Housing Survey as having a non-UK...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the FireControl project; and what further expenditure is expected until the time when all regional...

      Fire Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Hurd) of 26 January 2009, Official Report,...

      Fire Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on the inclusion of break clauses in the contracts for regional control centres; and if she will...

      Fire Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many recorded attacks on fire crews there were in each of the last three years, broken down by fire and rescue service area.

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what further financial support she will make available to local authorities to help first-time home buyers.

      France (Channel)-England Programme Managing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many meetings of the France (Channel)-England Programme Managing Authority representatives of (a) her Department and (b)...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) home information packs and (b) home condition reports have been subsidised through central funding.

      Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the Social Homebuy scheme since its inception.

      Housing Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the written ministerial statement of 16 July 2008, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on the Housing Challenge...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the evidential basis was for the statement made by the Minister of State (Housing) that there had been an upturn in the...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum Code for Sustainable Homes standard will be for private sector homes built in eco-towns; and what the minimum...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department plans to provide for the (a) establishment and (b) running costs of local authority leaders'...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are on local authorities to provide (a) cashable and (b) non-cashable efficiency savings in (i)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether account is taken of the level of local authority reserves in allocating central grants to local authorities.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the level of exposure of local authorities' (a) pension funds and (b) deposits with funds...

      Local Government: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which seaside towns were included in the first wave of multi-area agreements; and which seaside towns she expects to enter into...

      Local Government: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the target maximum period of time is for a council to conduct an anti-fraud investigation.

      Local Government: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) chief executives of local authorities and (b) local authority employees in Lancashire earned more than...

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether she plans to make an assessment of the appropriateness of the legislative requirements on local authorities to...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made towards the development of an indicator to monitor numbers of benefit claimants in defined small...

      Lord Truscott

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have received representations from (i) Lord Truscott, (ii) Lord Moonie,...

      Luton Borough Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants, other than local government finance settlements, her Department and its predecessors have made in respect of the...

      McKinsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 779W, on McKinsey, if she will place in the Library a...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the change in revenue which will result from the planned revaluation of national non-domestic...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her estimate is of the average business rate bill in England in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her estimate is of the percentage change in the level of business rates bills in England between 2008-09 and 2009-10.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the transitional relief in the 2010 business rates revaluation will be financed.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether workplace parking spaces are valued for business rates purposes.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received on the abolition of empty property tax relief for commercial premises in the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 111W, on non-domestic rates: empty property, if she...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 351W, on non-domestic rates: ports, how the figure of...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much small business rate relief was claimed in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning advice or guidance her Department and its predecessors have issued to local planning authorities on diversity and...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Infrastructure Planning Commission will start assessing planning applications; and what the target time is for the...

      Regional Ministers: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the official engagements were for the Minister for (a) London, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) the South East, (d)...

      Regional Ministers: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the official engagements were for (a) the Minister for the North West, (b) the Minister for the East of England, (c) the...

      Rented Housing: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many general needs lettings were made by (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords to nationals of (i) EEA...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much local authority housing stock in West Chelmsford constituency has been sold under the right-to-buy scheme in each year...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the reduction in levels of sub-prime lending upon social mobility.

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the costs of renovating social housing which does not meet the decent homes standard in (a)...

      Valuation Tribunal Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that Valuation Tribunal decisions relating to council tax liability cases are published in full on the...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) transport, (b) staff and (c) administrative costs were of the visit made by the Minister of State for Schools to...

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that children in care are provided with stable accommodation.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 26 January 2009, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, on ContactPoint, on what date...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much Ofsted received in registration fees from all child care settings in each of the last five years; (2) how much...

      Citizenship: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the findings of the sixth annual Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study report; and what changes...

      Citizenship: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have adopted the Active Citizens in Schools programme.

      Crimes Against Humanity: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the merits of the observance in educational institutions of a day of remembrance for crimes against...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many official journeys (a) he and (b) his officials have made by plane since his Department was established.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether officials of his Department who have lost laptops that were the property of his Department have been charged the full...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors spent on (a) salaries and (b) bonuses for staff in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how...

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the Answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 186W, on departmental training, what personal training...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks,...

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what support his Department provides to schools to assist pupils with dyslexia; (2) what plans his Department has for...

      Education: Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has commissioned to assess the effect of testing in schools upon the mental well-being of pupils.

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of the implementation of the recommendation in the Faith in the System report on...

      Equality: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of teaching intercultural competencies; (2) whether his Department plans to issue...

      Foreign Languages: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what criteria are used when assessing whether a foreign language should be approved as a new GCSE subject; (2) if he will...

      Free School Meals: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children received free school meals in West Chelmsford constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) each of the last five years.

      Functional Skills Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the first 1,000 pilots of the Functional Skills qualifications.

      GCE A Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of students received lower A level grades than predicted in each of the last 10 years for which...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in (a) independent and (b) maintained schools took English literature GCSE in (a) 1997, (b) 2003 and (c) the...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students took both mathematics and physics GCSE in (a) independent and (b) maintained schools in the last five years...

      Literacy: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many literacy advisers are employed by the National Strategies for early years, primary and secondary teachers, practitioners...

      Music Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has provided to the Music Standards Fund as by (a) baseline funding and (b) the Music Standards...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on musical instrument tuition for young people in schools since December 2007.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage an increase in uptake of music (a) GCSE and (b) A level courses.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils were learning a musical instrument in each year since 2000.

      Music: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent from the public purse on the fund established for the professional development of music teachers in each...

      Physical Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent as part of the PE and Sport Strategy.

      Playgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many local authorities have obtained capital funding to support the delivery of stimulating local places to play since...

      Pre-School Education: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of staff in the childcare sector were qualified to at least level three in each of the last 30 years.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on allowing children born in August to delay starting school until after they have reached the age...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the framework for the primary curriculum laid out in Sir Jim Rose's interim report.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to complete its work on progression statements and programmes of...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what consideration he plans to give in his response to the Rose Review to the final report from the Cambridge Primary Review.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure that primary school children are not put under too much pressure academically.

      Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many five to seven-year-olds were educated in classes of at least (a) 25 and (b) 20 pupils in each local authority area in...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each decile of income deprivation affecting children indices...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were given more than two fixed-period exclusions in each local authority in the last 12 months.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were permanently excluded from school in the most recent year which figures are available; and what percentage...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what consultation he has undertaken with representatives of the education sector on the proposed renaming of pupil referral...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 165W, on pupils: English language, if he will provide...

      Recycling: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has provided to improve education about recycling in schools in the last five years.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children have school meals in each local authority area.

      Schools: Collective Worship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has any plans to remove the requirement for a daily act of worship in schools.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to bring forward additional capital expenditure on schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools were in the National Challenge as at 25 January 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what means his Department plans to evaluate school-level indicators of well-being.

      Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to raise the school science examination standards in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils eligible to receive free school meals attained a GCSE in (a) physics, (b) chemistry and...

      Serbo-Croat Language: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the merits of reintroducing Serbo-Croat as a GCSE option in schools.

      Social Workers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on recruiting children's social workers in 2008.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils (a) were eligible for free school meals and had statemented or non-statemented special educational needs, (b)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support his Department is providing to schools to improve educational provision for children with behavioural needs in 2008-09.

      Special Educational Needs: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which special schools more than 50 per cent. of pupils achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE in 2008.

      Special Educational Needs: School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the merits of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties remaining at a...

      Special Educational Needs: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of teachers have received teacher training in special educational needs beyond their initial teacher...

      Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many special guardianship orders have been made in each local authority area in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      Steer Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the next report arising from the Steer Review to be published.

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what strategies his Department has introduced to encourage personalised teaching and learning; and what mechanisms he has...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many terminations of pregnancies where severe disability was suspected were carried out in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available.

    • Ambulance Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many recorded attacks on ambulance crews there were in each NHS ambulance trust area in each of the last three years.

      Anorexia: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the Pro Ana web sites relating to anorexia; and if he will make a statement.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to allow gay men to donate blood.

      Care Homes: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many visits the Minister for Care Services has made to (a) care homes, (b) day centres and (c) other services for older people.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the resources needed to implement the forthcoming National Service Framework for chronic obstructive pulmonary...

      Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of (a) the side-effects of (i) Vioxx, (ii) SSRI antidepressants and (iii) Salmeterol and (b) the use of...

      Dementia: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) dementia in (i) East Devon constituency and (ii) Devon in each of the last five years.

      Dementia: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds for people diagnosed with dementia there were in Devon in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many courses of treatment dentists carried out in (a) the North Yorkshire and York primary care trust area and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many practising dentists there were in (a) the North Yorkshire and York primary care trust area and (b) England on 1 April in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will conduct an investigation of the effects of the banding of charges for dentistry on the NHS.

      Dental Services: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prescription items were dispensed by dentists in (a) the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust area and (b) England in each year...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (a) how many students were given NHS dental bursaries and (b) how much was paid out in NHS dental bursaries (i) in each of the last five years and (ii)...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many equalities impact assessments his Department has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and what estimate he has...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were directly employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and how many self-employed workers were engaged by the Department in...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of the public appointments for which his Department is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i)...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of people who received drug treatment had to wait (a) less than three weeks and (b) more than three weeks in each of the...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy on reducing the effect of the recession on matters within his...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 693W, on general practitioners, what reasons have been identified for the...

      Health Services: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average, (b) maximum and (c) minimum wait time has been at the Milton Keynes walk-in centre in January 2009.

      Health Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses the Department has received to the consultation, The case for change - why England needs a new care and support system.

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the Healthcare Commission of investigating healthcare complaints in 2008-09.

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints the Healthcare Commission has referred to the Health Services Ombudsman in 2008-09.

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Healthcare Commission has targets for the time it takes to (a) accept and (b) resolve complaints; and if he will make a statement.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were (a) diagnosed with and (b) received treatment for heart disease in (i) England, (ii) the North East, (iii) the Tees Valley district...

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of trans catheter aortic valves.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the NHS funded transcatheter aortic valve implants in each region in the last 12 months.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 403W, on heart disease: medical treatments, which primary care trusts have permitted the...

      Heathrow Airport: Respiratory Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of 18 years have been admitted to hospital with (a) acute asthma, (b) acute emphysema, (c) acute bronchitis and (d)...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of undiagnosed cases of hepatitis C; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he has to...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the five most common causes of admission to hospital for (a) children and (b) adults were in the latest period for which statistics are available.

      Kidney Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for reducing levels of late diagnosis of chronic renal failure.

      Medicine: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle the online purchase of counterfeit medicines.

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) child and adolescent mental health services and (b) adult mental health services in each of the last 10 years.

      Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered mental health nurses there were in Devon in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered mental health nurses were employed in the NHS in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's Clean Safe Care strategy for reducing MRSA infections and deaths.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS clinical staff who are carriers of MRSA.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner referrals to independent sector treatment centres there were in each year since such centres were established.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to general practitioners on the referral of patients to independent sector treatment centres.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many independent sector treatment centres there are.

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the next stage of the NHS co-payments review will examine means of reducing inequality between patients who can and cannot afford to co-pay for...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism will be put in place to ensure that the possibility for patients to co-pay for a treatment does not act as a disincentive for NHS primary...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the capital budget of the NHS for each year from 2006-07 to 2010-11, in real terms using 2006-07 prices.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many penalties have been imposed on suppliers for security breaches under the NHS national programme for IT in the last 12 months; and what the total...

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the official engagements of Ministers in his Department were from 1 November to 30 November 2008.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of slots on the Choose and Book system were reported to be unavailable when requested by patients in the last 12 weeks for which figures...

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to help teenagers give up smoking.

      Social Security Benefits: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been recovered by the NHS under the provisions of the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997 in each year since it entered...

      Spinal Injuries: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the longest time was that a patient had to wait to receive treatment for spinal cord injury in the North East in the last five years.

      Thalassaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy on the treatment of thalassaemia is.

      Thalassaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the variation in funding of oral iron chelation drugs for the treatment of thalassaemia patients between...

      Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions the Healthcare Commission has had with the Care Quality Commission on including risk assessment for venous thromboembolism as a clinical...

      Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include risk assessment for venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients as an indicator in the 2009-10 Care Quality Commission...

      Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include risk assessment for venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients as a topic for special review by the Care Quality...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organs were successfully transplanted in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) type of organ and (b) transplant centre.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, columns 827-32W, on transplant surgery: figures, if he will break down by year the figures...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the portable Bowman radios indicate the level of charge remaining in the batteries without the need to remove the batteries.

    • Armed Forces: Non-British Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-British nationals are currently serving in (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army, and (c) the Royal Air Force; and, for each service, which countries they...

      Aviation: Baggage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they compile and publish data on loss and damage to baggage carried by United Kingdom airlines; and, if so, what were the data for each year from 2002.

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what law governs airline passengers and their baggage; whether passengers and their relatives can make claims against airlines in domestic courts; whether the 1999...

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they compile and publish data on death and injury to passengers carried by United Kingdom airlines; and, if so, what were the data for each year from 2002.

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who paid for the Deloitte report into Drakes Bailiffs that was commissioned by the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amendments they propose to legislation relating to the Belfast agreement of 1998 regarding the transparency and accountability of the cross-border...

      Broadcasting: Audio Description

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the effect of increasing targets for audio description television services on raising the public's media literacy skills.

      Crime: Metal Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many crimes involving metal theft were reported to police forces in Great Britain in the past two years.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 20 January (WA 195—96), whether they will publish a summary of the Answer in layman's language that...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 17 December 2008 (WA 39), what action they will take to recruit more men to the Crown Prosecution...

      Government: 30-year Rule

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when will they publish the report of the team set up to review the 30-year rule on the publication of certain Government papers.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 26 January (WA 16) concerning bonus payments made to staff of the Northern...

      Northern Ireland Office: Cost-saving

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what cost-saving measures have been implemented by the Northern Ireland Office in the past five financial years; and how much was saved in each case.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether salaries and allowances for staff in the Northern Ireland Office are similar in all respects to the rest of the home civil service; and, if not, in what...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the salary bill for the Northern Ireland Office in each financial year since 2001.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff Sickness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any staff in the Northern Ireland Office are entitled to five days' stress leave per year; if so, why; when it was introduced; and how many such days were...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will enter into United Kingdom passports details of any non-United Kingdom passports held.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the electronic screening of United Kingdom passports by the United Kingdom Border Agency reveals details of other passports held.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether serving members of the Armed Forces are allowed to hold non-British passports as well as British passports; and, if so, whether they are required to inform...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legal limits exist on the right of United Kingdom passport holders to serve in the Armed Forces of other countries.

      Petitions: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether departments are required to publicise the actions taken by them in response to any electronic or paper petitions submitted to them. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Petitions: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many petitions were presented to departments in (a) session 2006—07, and (b) session 2007—08; how many have been presented in 2008—09; and on...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the practice whereby the Police Service of Northern Ireland sends every investigation file to the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many break-ins to business premises have taken place in East Belfast during each month since January 2008; and what steps the Police Service of Northern...

      Police: Traffic Patrols

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of police officers was dedicated to road traffic patrolling in (a) 1970, (b) 1980, (c) 1990 and (d) each year from 1997 to date, in (1) the...

      Severn River Crossing plc

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the reduction in the rate of value added tax was not passed on through a lower toll charge by Severn River Crossing plc until 1 January; and, if so, how...

      Severn River Crossing plc

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will recoup from Severn Bridge Crossing plc any additional revenue it gained from not passing on the reduction in the rate of value added tax.

      Wales Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average number of days taken off on sick leave by staff in the Wales Office administrative section in 2008.

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