Written answers

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on cut flowers in each of the last three years.

    • Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) journals his Department has subscriptions to.

  • Leader of the House

    • Legislative Process

      To ask the Leader of the House how many minutes were spent on the Third Reading of each Bill passed by the House since May 2005.

  • Transport

    • A303

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for completion of the dualling of the A303.

    • A303: Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation he had with Visit Britain on his Department's review of the Stonehenge improvement scheme.

      Cars: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what system the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has in place to ensure that accurate and up-to-date car insurance information is held on its databases.

      Cars: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle excise duty online renewals have been refused in the last period for which figures are available because car insurance details have...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on revisions to the standard driving test.

      Great Eastern Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to increase capacity on the Chelmsford to Liverpool Street railway line.

      Heathrow Airport: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many schools within the boundaries of areas surrounding Heathrow airport currently have air quality with a nitrogen dioxide level of 40...

      Heathrow Airport: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate has been made of the number of new jobs which would be created by the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of noise levels in each London borough resulting from the establishment of the Heathrow third runway.

      Highways Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 300W, on motorways: repairs and maintenance, whether the £6 billion...

      Humber Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the toll for the Humber Bridge was for a single car crossing in each year since the bridge was opened; and if he will make a statement.

      Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) revenue payment, (b) capital grant and (c) supported borrowing funding has been made available by his Department to (i) Kent County...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many petrol stations in West Chelmsford constituency have active liquefied petroleum gas pumps.

      Local Authorities: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 509-10W, on local authorities:...

      M6: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles per day travelled between (a) junctions 3 and 4, (b) junctions 7 and 8, (c) junctions 8 and 11a, (d) junctions 11a and 15 of the...

      Parking: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to standardise the use of Blue Badges and dedicated disabled parking facilities across public and private car...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to improve the efficiency and delivery of larger station projects as part of the future delivery of the Railways for All...

      Railway Stations: Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new rail stations are scheduled to be opened in Yorkshire in the next three years; what the location is of each; and what car parking...

      Railway Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of sets of points are heated in the national rail network.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how decisions are taken on whether Network Rail or train operating companies are used to deliver major projects.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of Railways for All projects have been delivered by (a) Network Rail and (b) train operating companies.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the performance of (a) Network Rail and (b) train operating companies in delivering Railways for All projects,...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what matters were discussed at his recent meeting with the Association of Train Operating Companies and chief executives of the train operating...

      Railways: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are in place to evaluate performance against the undertakings made by those bidding for rail franchises in terms of the disability...

      Railways: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to ensure that the disability element of rail franchising is scored in accordance with the Government's disability equality...

      Railways: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how local disability organisations are consulted on options for access improvements in major transport projects.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has agreed Transport for London's Metro Standards for the Southern Franchise; and whether he has had (a) representations from...

      Rescue Services: Hope Cove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that the Hope Cove lifeboat service is re-instated in time for the Easter weekend.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Traffic Management Act 2004 so that its provisions can be enforced in England on vehicles registered in...

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has carried out on charges for foreign haulage vehicles to enter the UK; what estimate he has made of (a) the maximum...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contingency reserves for salt and grit the Highways Agency has; for how many days of adverse weather conditions he estimates such supplies would...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much grit the Highways Agency holds; and how many days use this amount represents.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the period served by the Ten Year Plan for Transport will end; what assessment he has made of the merits of drawing up a successor programme; and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parking: Disabled

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what provision is made for disabled holders of parliamentary passes to park in (a) Star Chamber Court...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether Ministers in his Department received representations from (a) Lord Moonie, (b) Lord Taylor of Blackburn, (c) Lord Snape and (d) Lord Truscott...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental ICT

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

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what proportion of time each of his Department's 25 critical systems were available in each month in 2008.

      Jobcentre Plus: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a list of each Jobcentre Plus office that has closed in each year since 2002, including (a) the full address,...

      Pension Credit: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households were in receipt of pension credit in each parliamentary constituency in Nottinghamshire in (a) November 2003 and (b) May 2008.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long the average assessment period for defined benefit schemes was for those who applied to the Pension Protection Fund in the 2007-08 levy...

      Pensioners: Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Government has spent on help for pensioners with fuel bills in each year since 1991.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to his Department, excluding claims for compensation, of the tendering and bidding process for the Post Office...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 561-62W, on the Post Office card account, if he will take steps...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of the additional pension paid at the age of 80 would be if it had been indexed to (a) earnings and (b) prices since 1997.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with commoners' associations on permitting them to act as the vehicle for the...

    • Birds: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 707W, on birds: nature conservation, if he will take...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 846W, on carbon emissions, what the timetable is...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on advertising in (a) the last 12 months and (b) 1997.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column...

      Departmental Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Ministers in his Department received representations from (a) Lord Moonie, (b) Lord Taylor of Blackburn, (c) Lord...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks,...

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of household waste bins fitted with radio frequency identification...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the final report of the research project (a) WR0103—Household Waste...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy on reducing the effect of the...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Ministerial colleagues and (ii) officials in the Department...

      Environment Protection: Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which body is responsible for monitoring the (a) environmental impact of (b) adherence to gate-keeping procedures at...

      Farms: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average farm income was in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland for each of the last 10...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what administrative financial penalties may be levied by his Department and its agencies.

      Fisheries: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will change the Single Area Licence requirement on Brixham fishermen to enable Brixham boats to be inspected at sea or...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will carry out a mid-year review of the reduction in quota levels for 7e sole in the light of new scientific advice;...

      Floods: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made on implementation of the EU Floods Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for recognition under the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Aid Scheme since 2004 were received from producer...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money has been allocated from the Environmental Action Fund for the construction of zero-carbon housing.

      Incinerators: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of levels of compliance of emissions from energy from waste plants with the EU Waste Incineration...

      Landfill: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the financial and economic impact of the EU Landfill Directive, (b) the costs of meeting...

      Mass Media

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

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to strengthen the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species licensing system...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of simultaneous discharges of slurry in nitrate vulnerable zones at the end of the...

      Oils: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the volume of used cooking oil that has been disposed of in landfill sites in each year since 1997.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has held with retailers and manufacturers in the last 12 months on reducing excess packaging.

      Packaging: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the EU Packaging Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      Pollution Prevention Control Regulations 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to implement (a) the Pollution Prevention Control Regulations 2000 and (b) the pollution control...

      Poverty: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to address rural poverty.

      Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultations (a) he and (b) Natural England have had with Visit Britain on Natural England's review of national...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes the Environment Agency has made to rules on the storage of recyclable wastes as a consequence of the reduction...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to set targets for local authorities on the recycling of trade waste; and if he will make a...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many councils he expects to meet their targets for recycling of household waste by 2020; and what assistance is available...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of trade waste collected by (a) local authorities and (b) private waste contractors...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average cost to local authorities in (a) rural and (b) urban areas of separating household...

      Waste Disposal: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the waste provisions of the Climate Change Act 2008 to be implemented; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 870W, on waste disposal: domestic waste, whether...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fixed penalty notices for waste receptacle offences were issued in 2007-08; and how much was collected as a result.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records are required to be kept on the issue of fixed penalty notices to juveniles for waste receptacle offences.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what date his Department has set for local authorities to submit bids to pilot charges for the collection of household waste;...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation on waste incentive pilot schemes given by Ms Sarah Fisher from his...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on charges for the collection of household waste.

      Waste Disposal: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many local authorities have met the criteria for the Government's private finance initiative programme to establish...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from churches on new charging systems for surface water drainage; and what his response...

  • Home Department

    • Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the seven individuals who have absconded from control orders have been arrested or otherwise located and returned to control.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 332W, on apprentices, how many apprentices her Department employs.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of applications for asylum in 2007-08 was made by people entering the UK from (a) another EU member state and (b) a country...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have qualified for an integration loan from the UK Border Agency under (a) refugee status and (b) humanitarian protection...

      Asylum: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who claimed to be gay or lesbian have been returned from the UK to (a) Iran, (b) Iraq, (c) Mauritania, (d) Nigeria, (e)...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many and what proportion of UK air passenger movements (a) other passenger information and (b) passenger name record data are gathered.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 were taken on as...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2292-3W, on redundancy, what estimate has she made of the...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners are subject to deportation notices.

      Domestic Violence: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refuges for victims of domestic violence there were in each year since 1997.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects a decision to be made on the application for a family reunion visa in Pretoria, South Africa by the relatives of the hon....

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the definition is of a temporary worker under Mode 4 of the General Agreement on Trade in Services; how such workers will be identified;...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) January to...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of her Department are specifically employed to manage freedom of information requests.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 her Department (a) fulfilled and (b) refused in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii)...

      House of Commons: Right of Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether (a) her Department and (b) Metropolitan police have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who were normally resident in Peterborough constituency and had no legal basis to remain in the UK have been removed...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what compensation payments have been made by (a) her Department and (b) private contractors working for her Department to immigration...

      Immigration: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the application of the two-year rule to the right of a spouse to apply to remain in the UK.

      Luton Borough Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants her Department has made in respect of the Luton borough council area in each year since 1997.

      Mass Media

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 21 August 2008, on behalf of Mr. Paul Butler, transferred from...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of procedures for the deportation of illegal immigrants who are convicted of a criminal offence.

      Offenders: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners have been given leave to remain in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visits to each passport office members of the public made in each of the last 10 years.

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2479W, on the Queen Elizabeth...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department classifies Sri Lanka as a safe country.

      Terrorism Act 2006: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for the offence of encouragement of terrorism contained in the Terrorism Act...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average it took the UK Border Agency to reply to letters from hon. Members in 2008.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, columns 453-4W, on entry clearances: employment, how many work permit...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are applied in determining applications to work in the UK from (a) non-EU nationals resident in the UK, (b) EU nationals...

      Work Permits: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued for (a) doctors and (b) nurses and auxiliary nurses from each African country in the last two years for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the extent to which Lambeth council's proposed rental charges from 1 April 2009 comply with her...

    • Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what average percentage change in the level of council housing rents her Department is (a) expecting and (b) recommending for...

      Council Housing: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on the council house waiting list in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster; and what the equivalent figures were...

      Council Tax: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the High Court ruling in the case of Merseyside Valuation Tribunal and Wirral borough council v. Farthing,...

      Empty Property: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many empty dwellings there were in the eastern region in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement; (2)...

      Housing Revenue Accounts: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Westminster city council's housing revenue account subsidy position (a) was in each of the last 10 years and (b) is...

      Housing Revenue Accounts: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) Westminster city council and (b) CityWest Homes contributed to the housing revenue account in each of the last 10...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial incentives are available to improve the efficiency of low carbon building projects in (a) England and (b)...

      Housing: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the moratorium on house building was lifted in the Chorley borough council area.

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the average cost of constructing affordable housing units in London; and what the projected...

      Housing: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing association properties there were in each of the wards of Leeds West constituency in each year since 2005; and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average cost has been of the homes brought into use as affordable housing through the Clearing House Programme;...

      Local Government: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedures apply to planning applications made to themselves by local planning authorities.

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish the Green Paper on park home owners.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made towards gathering information on homes in multiple occupation and the employment status of people...

      National Clearing House Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much and what proportion of expenditure on the National Clearing House scheme will come from the Homes and Communities...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to withdraw the requirement on businesses in statutory ports in England and Wales to pay...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the Shareholder Executive to report on its examination of the operation of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

      Regional Planning and Development: South-East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the timetable is for the analysis of responses to the south- east plan consultation submitted to the Government...

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role regional Ministers are playing in the development of regional spatial strategies.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the guideline social housing rent increase for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 is for each local authority in England.

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets for new traveller sites have been included in each draft regional spatial strategy.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what areas were identified by his Department's June 2008 stakeholder survey as needing improvement, as referred to in his...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 162W, on departmental training, if he will place in...

      Developing Countries: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the next proposed World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting on the Doha Development Agenda to take place; and...

      International Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the countries which have been recognised by (a) the UK, (b) the US, (c) Russia, (d)...

      Mujaheddin-e Khalq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy towards the People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran is in the light of the recent judgment by the...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department provides to UK citizens on travel to Zimbabwe.

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his definition of the low-carbon sector is as referred to in the pre-Budget report 2008.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal incentives are available for the research and development of low-carbon technologies.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much pooled funding is available to support cross-departmental co-operation on building a low-carbon economy.

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who owns the foreshore in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland, (d) Wales, (e) Cornwall and (f) the Isles of Scilly.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what departmental assets are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book value of each such...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Lobbying

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Ministers in his Department received representations from (a) Lord Moonie, (b) Lord Taylor of Blackburn, (c) Lord Snape and (d) Lord Truscott in...

      Environment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his definition is of the UK's environmental industries as referred to in the pre-Budget report 2008.

      Environment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis is of the estimate in the pre-Budget report 2008 that over the next 20 years more than one million people could be employed in the...

      Government Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much each central Government Department spent on the purchase of consultancy services, standard chart of account code 51401400, in 2007-08.

      Government Departments: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much each central Government Department spent on contract and agency staff, standard chart of account code 51404000 in 2007-08.

      Housing Market

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps the Government has taken to stimulate the housing market.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of raising the income tax personal allowance to £11,000 and raising the higher rate of income tax...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of raising the income tax personal allowance to (a) £8,000, (b) £9,000, (c)...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to his Department was of external legal services in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to extend the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme beyond the end of March 2011.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of raising the earnings threshold on national insurance contributions to (a) £5,000, (b)...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of raising the Class 1 employee additional rate on national insurance contributions by (a) one...

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of using future national insurance fund surpluses to fund an increase in the state pension.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce the level of liability for national non-domestic rates of empty business properties; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Valuation Office Agency in relation to the issuing of backdated business tax bills for...

      Public Sector: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the level of public sector net investment in real terms, using 2006-07 prices, for each year from 2005-06 to 2014-15; and if he will...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, columns 569-70W, on public sector: pensions, whether he has received representations on the...

      Revenue and Customs: Brecon

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

      Revenue and Customs: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on consultants in (a) total, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland in each of the last...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse if the pension addition at age 80 were increased to (a) £2.50 and (b) £5.00 in...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many accountancy firms have been investigated for selling tax avoidance schemes in the last 12 months.

      Tax Credit: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the number of inaccurate records held on HM Revenue and Customs tax credit database.

      VAT: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect of a single 5 per cent. value added tax rate for all types of construction work on the construction industry.

      VAT: Cumbria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on consumer spending in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituencies of the reduction in the rate of...

      VAT: Cumbria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Cumbrian economy of the reduction in the rate of value added tax to 15 per cent.

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in discussions at EU level on reducing the rate of value added tax on energy-efficient products and energy-saving materials in...

      VAT: Schools

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy that the liability for value added tax in respect of construction projects should be the same for (a) maintained schools and...

      VAT: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of companies which have not passed on the recent reduction in value added tax to 15 per cent. to customers; and if...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Wimbledon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants in Wimbledon constituency were overpaid tax credits in each of the last five years.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Witnesses

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions have been discontinued as a result of prosecution witnesses being unwilling to give evidence in each of the last three...

    • Homicide

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many successful prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has brought for offences related to corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many civil recovery actions in respect of criminal assets the Crown Prosecution Service has initiated in the first nine months of 2008-09.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she expects the (a) Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office and (b) Serious Fraud Office to begin to undertake civil recovery actions in respect of criminal...

      Proceeds of Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many civil recovery actions against criminal assets have been initiated by the Public Prosecutions Service in Northern Ireland in the first nine months of the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much energy suppliers have spent on their carbon emissions reduction target obligations to date; and how the level of such spending...

    • Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff since it was established.

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in his Department for working (a) in lunch breaks and (b) at other times outside...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Minister for Housing will reply to the letters of 13 October 2008 and 9 December 2008 from the hon. Member for the Forest of...

      Oil: Balance of Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the contribution to the UK balance of payments of the UK oil and gas sector.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what grant provision is available from the Warm Zone scheme to otherwise eligible citizens for materials for insulation work carried...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Public Appointments

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

    • Road Traffic Offences

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

  • Defence

    • Absent Without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel went absent without leave in each month of 2008.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units form part of each UK-based regional brigade; and at which location each such unit is based.

      Armed Forces: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what levels of academic qualification were reached by recruits to the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Air Force in 2008; and how many recruits at each...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruitment advertisements have been commissioned by his Department for each service in each month since 1998.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps he has taken to increase recruitment from ethnic minority groups into the armed forces.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans to order battlefield evacuation vehicles in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      EU Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and which (a) troops and (b) military assets the United Kingdom has contributed to each EU Force Catalogue in each year since 2000.

      Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what naval resources he (a) has deployed and (b) plans to deploy to (i) the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia and (ii) the Mediterranean Sea off...

      RAF Menwith Hill: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who meets the costs of policing outside the perimeter of RAF Menwith Hill.

      RAF St. Athan: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the costs for contractors working on the defence training establishment proposed for St. Athan of providing all...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of his Department's contracts held with SERCO in each of the last five financial years. [Official Report, 27 March 2009, Vol. 490, c....

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to be able to announce the decision on where to base port the Royal Navy's frigates.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Internet

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

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many new recruits his Department employed in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09; how many of these were (i)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 9 October 2008, on the engagement of...

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment has been made of the availability of medicines and medical supplies in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he took the decision to write to the Director General of the BBC requesting that the BBC broadcast an advertisement for the...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Israeli authorities to ensure continuous access for humanitarian relief into Gaza; and if he will...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which organisation has managed each project funded by his Department in Helmand province since 2005; what the budget of each was; how much has been...

    • Death: Asthma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Guildford (Anne Milton) of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1180W, on deaths: asthma; if...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many expert advisers, excluding special advisers, have been commissioned by his Department since June 2007; and on which topics they have advised.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people and what proportion of the workforce in employment in (a) the UK and (b) each Government Office region (i) aged 16 and over and...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department has taken to determine which agency takes the lead role in responding to national flood emergencies since the publication...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Bingo: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will introduce measures to assist the bingo industry through regulation; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on official entertainment in each year since 1997-98.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1090W, on departmental plants, which organisations provided...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 815W, on departmental training, what personal training...

      Football Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions in the last five years he and his predecessors have met the Football Association to discuss (a) alleged...

      Legacy Trust UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Legacy Trust UK has awarded in grants since its establishment.

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many premises authorising the sale or supply of alcohol by means of a premises licence or a club premises certificate closed during...

      Olympic Games 2012: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken or will be taking to ensure that hon. and right hon. Members will not be delayed in travelling to the House...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value was of his Department's contracts held with Serco in each of the last five financial years.

      Sports Council Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the Sports Council Trust Company is owned by Sport England; and which other organisations have a share in the company.

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many competition managers were in post in each of the last five years; (2) what the average salary of a competition manager...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been provided to UK School Games from (a) the public purse and (b) the National Lottery in each of the last three...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of staging each UK School Games has been since it was established.

      Music: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications to the fund established to support the professional development of music teachers were received in each of the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his most recent estimate of the number of apprenticeship places in each local authority area is.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to ensure that apprentices who become unemployed are able to complete their apprenticeships in alternative...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people began an adult apprenticeship in the last academic year; and how many such people were in employment when...

      Apprentices: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking in West Chelmsford constituency to increase the number of apprenticeships.

      Apprentices: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many new apprenticeships have been created in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency in each of the last five years.

      Apprentices: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding has been provided by his Department to support apprenticeship schemes in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland...

      Apprentices: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people were undertaking apprenticeships in Leeds West constituency in each year since 2005.

      Chelmsford Prison: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of (a) prisoners and (b) young offenders in HM Prison Chelmsford he estimates have literacy problems.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department have been disciplined for (a) bullying and (b) harassment of colleagues since its inception.

      Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by his Department.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which of the public appointments for which his Department is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 952W, on redundancy, what estimate has he made of the...

      Educational Institutions: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which colleges submitted applications in respect of the Building Colleges for the Future programme for approval in (a)...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff at the Learning and Skills Council are employed in administering education maintenance allowance payments.

      Engineering: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on funding for postgraduate courses in nuclear engineering.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) applicants and (b) successful applicants of each sex and socio-economic group there were to study (i)...

      Higher Education: Nuclear Physics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the number of nuclear engineering graduates.

      Perfect Gift Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what evaluation has been made of the Perfect Gift scheme; and if he will place a copy of the evaluation report in the Library.

      Research and Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Wales and (b) the Welsh Assembly Government Minister...

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average amount of debt of (a) full-time undergraduate, (b) part-time undergraduate and (c) postgraduate students...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many student loans have been made by the Student Loans Company in each of the last five years.

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on Train to Gain brokers in 2007-08; and what percentage of Train to Gain expenditure in that year this...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent on the provision of careers advice to (a) young people and (b) adults by agencies for which his...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of Learning and Skills Council-funded work-based learning provision has been allocated to non-UK nationals in...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Serco

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value was of his Department's contracts held with SERCO in each year since his Department was...

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises: Merton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to establish bail hostels in (a) Wimbledon constituency and (b) the London Borough of Merton.

    • Cannabis: Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to issue guidance to police forces under section 6 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 on issuing penalty notices for disorder for...

      Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims for compensation under the Human Rights Act 1998 have been brought against his Department (a) in total and (b) by prisoners since 2000.

      Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has paid out in compensation in respect of claims made under the Human Rights Act 1998 since 2000.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of inquests held into potential finds of treasure have been held within three months of the case being referred to the...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate his Department has made of the annual running cost of an office of a Coroner for Treasure; what proportion of such costs he expects to be...

      Courts: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much courts in Wales spent on (a) translation and (b) interpretation between English and Welsh in each year since 2000.

      Departmental Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether Ministers in his Department received representations from (a) Lord Moonie, (b) Lord Taylor of Blackburn, (c) Lord Snape and (d) Lord Truscott...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to his Department's procurement success review (1) how many roles within his Department will not be available via the redeployment pool;...

      Economic Situation

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

      Magistrates Courts: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the redacted paragraphs of the Magistrates' Court Guidance - Search and Entry Powers (Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004).

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions in cases of sexual offences against children under the age of 18 there were in each of the last three years.

      Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 17, (ii) between 17 and 21, (iii) between 21 and 25, (iv) between 25 and 29 years of age and (v) over...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons were exceeding their (a) certified normal accommodation and (b) operational capacity at the latest date for which information is available.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of sentences of imprisonment for public protection on (a) levels of discipline among and (b) the size of the...

      Prison Service: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will instruct the management of the Prison Service to allow the Prison Officers' Association to conduct a ballot of its members in relation to the...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what companies have been contracted to provide education services to each prison in Wales in each of the last five years; what the value of each contract...

      Road Traffic Offences: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) fined for speeding offences in (i) St Albans constituency, (ii) Hertfordshire and (iii) the East of England...

      Theft: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the proportion of people convicted of theft who have a drug addiction in the last 12 months.

      War Crimes: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consents are required for the prosecution of an alleged offence relating to war crimes committed overseas following a citizen's arrest in the UK.

  • Health

    • Tuberculosis/HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of tuberculosis (TB) patients in England are co-infected with HIV; and what plans there are to reduce HIV-TB co-infection rates.

    • Safe Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to increase public awareness of safe drinking levels.

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to minimise the number of mixed sex wards in NHS hospitals.

      BASICs Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the role of British Association for Immediate Care doctors in emergency response; and if he will make a...

      Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plans to provide for the statutory regulation of the professions of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine...

      National Dementia Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department is planning to issue to NHS organisations and local authorities on the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy for...

      NHS Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways the NHS Constitution will provide rapid access to high-quality healthcare services.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of levels of access to NHS dentistry.

      Financial Incentives: Secondary Care Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he provides to primary care trusts and GPs on the use of financial incentives to reduce numbers of referrals to secondary care.

      Epilepsy Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of levels of adherence by primary care trusts and acute trusts to guidance on epilepsy care issued by the National Institute...

      Funding Formula: North Yorkshire/York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what effect the new NHS funding formula has had on North Yorkshire and York primary care trusts' cash allocation for 2009-10.

      Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the arrangements for commissioning drug and alcohol treatment services.

      Stroke Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to raise public awareness of stroke and stroke symptoms.

      Asthma: Hospital Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in reducing the number of hospital admissions for patients with asthma.

      Acute Sector Staff: Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made in reducing the number of assaults on NHS staff in the acute sector.

      Venous Thromboembolism

      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 NHS Operating Framework.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances there were at (a) major accident and emergency departments, (b) single speciality accident and emergency departments, (c) other...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the table showing the number of accident and emergency departments by type from his Department's Quarterly...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been admitted to hospital with an alcohol-related disease in each of the last 10 years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received liver transplants for alcohol-related conditions in each year since 1997.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many animals have been used in medical scientific experiments funded by the NHS in the last five years.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per week was of (a) private nursing home care, (b) private residential care and (c) domiciliary social care for those needing...

      Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 15 October 1990, Official Report, column 662W, on haemophiliacs (Aids), (1) how many of the documents that were...

      Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has received (a) a draft copy and (b) an advance copy of the report of the Independent Public Inquiry into Contaminated Blood...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of people in each region who are not accessing the drug and alcohol treatment...

      Eating Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children between the age of 10 and 18 years were treated for (a) bulimia and (b) anorexia in each year since 1997; (2) how many (a)...

      Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the meeting he held with the chairs of strategic health authorities on 13...

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will amend the quality and outcomes framework to calibrate rewards to GPs reflecting preventative treatment given to patient groups at high risk of...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what proportion of patients with (a) chronic hepatitis, (b) cirrhosis and (c) hepatocellular carcinoma their condition is due to chronic infection...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make additional funding available to primary care trusts for the use of pegylated interferon for the anti-viral treatment of chronic...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what studies have been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department into the likely incidence of chronic hepatitis B over the next (i)...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of maternity ward places needed in England in (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2025; and what estimate he has...

      Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the report to his Department from PricewaterhouseCoopers on the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

      NHS: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards from April 2009 on the revenue of NHS...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whose responsibility it is to inform a patient in cases where a primary care trust Exceptional Circumstances Panel refuses an application for funding for...

      NHS: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on energy efficiency and energy conservation measures in each of the last five years; and how much it is spending on such...

      NHS: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to facilitate the NHS's compliance with its gender equality duty under the Equality Act 2006 with respect to service design...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the arrangements for patients to pay privately for treatments that the NHS will not pay for do not act as a...

      Obesity: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by his Department to combat obesity amongst young people in the North East.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department and its agencies have issued to healthcare professionals on assessing patients for (a) the fitting of gastric bands and (b)...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have had a gastric band fitted in 2007-08; and how many of them were readmitted to hospital as an emergency within three months of...

      Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organs donated by British people have been sold to non-UK citizens in each of the last 10 years.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the level of compliance among NHS trusts with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's Technology...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people used Choose and Book in each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health authority in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Sativex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients prescribed Sativex since it became available on a named patient basis, broken down by the type of...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what projections he has made of future trends in unintended pregnancies amongst teenagers.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 665-66W, on teenage...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of (a) the effectiveness of programmes intended to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and (b) the adequacy...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on initiatives to reduce teenage pregnancy levels in Nottingham in the last 12 months.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest projection is of the age-specific mortality rates of thalidomiders.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) original expected completion date and (b) current expected completion date is of each unfinished Building Schools...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools are planned to be re-built under the Building Schools for the Future programme in each year from 2009 to 15; and...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which Building Schools for the Future school designs have been assessed as (a) excellent, (b) good, (c) not yet good enough and...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools constructed under the Building Schools for the Future programme were planned to open between December 2008 and...

      Catz Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether (a) his Department, (b) its predecessor and (c) its agencies have provided funding to the charity (i) Catz Club and...

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children's homes did not meet the national standards for care homes on the latest date for which...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2008, Official Report, column 474W, on children: databases, which usability issues...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 28 January, Official Report, columns 648-9W, on children: databases, if he plans to make the monthly...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) central government and (b) each local authority has spent on child protection in each of the last five years.

      Children's Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who preceded Paul Gray as Director of Children's Services in Doncaster.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many staff Capita plans to employ to administer the education maintenance allowance; (2) whether all applicants for...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1846W, on education maintenance allowance, how many...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people in Blackpool South constituency received education maintenance allowance in each year since the scheme was...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in Leeds West constituency received education maintenance allowance in each year since 2005.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 845W, on general certificate of secondary education, how...

      Head Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department takes to ensure that the functioning of schools is not affected by the process of recruiting new...

      Health Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what type of training teachers providing drugs education in secondary schools are required to undertake; and what the duration of...

      Literacy and Numeracy: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what measures his Department has introduced to improve levels of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in the north-east since 1997.

      Music Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many local authorities supplemented their Music Standards Fund income with additional spending on music tuition in each...

      Music: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils sat GCSE examinations in music in each year since 1997; and what proportion received A* to C grades.

      Music: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for funding were received from the fund established for the professional development of music teachers in...

      Music: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of primary schools have a teacher with a formal music qualification.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on which occasions in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 officials in his Department reported to Ministers on the administration of the key...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) children's centres nurseries, (b) maintained nurseries and (c) private, voluntary and...

      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 in (a) the 10 per cent. most deprived areas, (b) 10 per cent....

      Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, columns 274-5W, on pre-school education: standards, how many...

      Primary Education: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many mathematics specialists have been officially appointed in primary schools since 1 June 2008.

      Pupils: Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the effect of time spent by school children playing computer games and watching...

      School Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) independent sixth form colleges do not have...

      Schools: Chelmsford

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

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools in the National Challenge funding programme have yet to receive any of the additional funding allocated via...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 497W, on schools: standards, what methodology is used in...

      Schools: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local education authorities' schools were closed (a) on each day of the week and (b) in total during the week beginning...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the value was of his Department's contracts held with Serco in each year since his Department was established.

      Specialist Schools: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many colleges were established with music as a (a) first, (b) second and (c) combined specialism in each of the last...

      Sure Start Programme: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people used Sure Start centres in Blackpool in the last year for which figures are available.

      Sure Start Programme: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with Sheffield Council on its decision to reduce the funding to eight Sure Start children's centres...

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to his letter of correction, Deposited Paper 2008-2997, to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report,...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many graduates who began secondary school teaching careers had degrees from (a) Oxford and (b) Cambridge in each of...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many graduates who began secondary school teaching careers had degrees in (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) science and...

      Teachers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers have been on long-term sick leave in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: War Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 12 January (WA 84) which indicated that there were "no current plans to seek a time limitation on...

    • British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in the criminal investigation into the British Coal litigation being conducted by South Yorkshire Police and the Serious Fraud Office.

      Broadcasting: Audio Description

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase awareness of the benefits of audio description for television services.

      Broadcasting: Digital Switchover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for digital television switchover in the West Country, Wales and Granada regions.

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of contact arrangements and the confidentiality of proceedings in family courts to levels of reoffending by...

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many break-ins, robberies or burglaries involving invasion of people's homes when they are present there have been in Northern Ireland in the past 12 months;...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 22 January 2008 (WA 28) and 20 January 2009 (WA 197), why outgrowing human embryos are not considered as...

      Health: Co-morbidity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the common risk and level of co-morbidity of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease; and what evaluation they have...

      Health: Epilepsy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of the current review of the quality and outcomes framework, they will ensure that primary care trusts collate information about epilepsy patients...

      Health: Sexual Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how primary care trusts are prioritising sexual health in their strategic plans to implement world class commissioning; and how many have included sexual health in...

      Health: Terminal Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they will have with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence about the need to fund treatment for more patients with terminal...

      National Health Service Litigation Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why NHS employees are excluded by statute from complaining about the workings of the National Health Service Litigation Authority. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      NHS: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what records are kept of the number of free prescriptions dispensed; where those records are held; how many records exist; what details are held on the records;...

      Northern Ireland Office: Danger Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 18 December 2008 (WA 72) concerning payments to staff in the Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether since 1994 any allowances have been paid to staff in the Northern Ireland Office in respect of (a) rent, (b) the environment, (c) any danger they may...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

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

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland has not brought to court because it would not be in the public interest.

      Population Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that at the forthcoming G20 Conference the issue of sustainable population growth will be seriously considered, along with...

      Roads: Traffic Signs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the use of any sign, not being a traffic sign, but resembling such a sign in shape and content is a breach of the Town and Country Planning (Control of...

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what policies they and the European Union have agreed concerning aid and development, including the return of refugees, in Somalia; and to what extent they reflect...

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