Written answers

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Creativity and Business International Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments have been made to Creative and Business International Network ambassadors to date.

    • Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the Find Your Talent pilot projects to date; and how much he expects to be spent on them in each year to 2011.

      Culture: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people under the age of 16 who have (a) performed music live to an audience, (b) taken part...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many expert advisers, excluding special advisers, have been commissioned by his Department since June 2007; and on which topics they...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of maintaining the databases owned and managed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and...

      Departmental Foreign Workers

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

      Departmental Lobbying

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department paid to the designated moderator at the event which it hosted at the Walker Art Gallery on 20 November 2008.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Digital Britain Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the Digital Britain Summit in April 2009; and where he expects the...

      Digital Britain Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what original research has been commissioned by the Digital Britain Review; which organisations and individuals have been commissioned...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions his Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy on reducing the effect of the recession on...

      Music: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many young people were mentored as part of the Music Mentoring initiative in each of the last three years.

      Portable Antiquities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the future of the Portable Antiquities Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Sports: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many organisations have subscribed to his Department's Medal Hopes scheme; and how many are in negotiation to subscribe; (2)...

      Swimming Teachers' Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration he gave to including the Swimming Teachers Association in the range of stakeholders consulted on the Free Swimming...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed in (a) the Child Support Agency and (b) the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission in each quarter since...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the (a) mean amount and (b) range of individual debts for which the Child Support Agency has obtained liability orders in each...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) on how many occasions the Child Support Agency has taken action to enforce a liability order in each region of England in each of the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many representations received by the Child Support Agency were not opened as cases owing to the residence of the non-resident parent...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to enforce payments under child maintenance agreements by non-resident parents living outside the United...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in (a) the City of Southampton, (b) Test Valley borough, (c) the ceremonial county of Hampshire and...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of his Department's effectiveness in contributing towards the achievement of the Government's target to...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency were...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the professional advice received from the Met Office on the basis of which it was decided that Bishopton weather station was...

      Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the maximum sum payable under the Community Care Grant Scheme for provision of a television set is; (2) whether applications may be...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to reform the housing allowance scheme in the last five years; what discussions he has had with local authorities on...

      Housing Benefit: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of housing benefit in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex in each of the last five years for which...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents are claiming income support; and how many of those have a youngest child under (a) 12, (b) 10 and (c) seven years of age.

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the ending of emergency payments of income support for mortgage interest on vulnerable mortgage...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the effects of the Working at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007 on the normal workplace activities of firefighters employed...

      Local Employment Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment has been made of the effectiveness of local employment partnerships in assisting jobseekers into employment; and if he...

      Pensioners: Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples will become eligible for (i) guarantee credit only, (ii) savings credit only and...

      Pensions: Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) increase the take-up of council tax benefit and (b) simplify the procedure for pensioners...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of individual applications to the Social Fund for (a) community care grants, (b) budgeting loans and (c) crisis loans were...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last reviewed his Department's procedures for providing assistance to those moving in and out of short-term employment.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost in real terms to the public purse of paying winter fuel allowance in respect of all children under five in receipt...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members of Parliament: Duration

      To ask the Leader of the House what the average length of service in the House is for current hon. Members; and if she will make a statement.

    • Members of Parliament: Retirement

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members who retired at the (a) 1983, (b) 1987, (c) 1992, (d) 1997, (e) 2001 and (f) 2005 general elections were aged 65 and over at the date of...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had on digital inclusion in Wales with the First Minister; and if he will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on Wales' contribution to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and if he will make a statement.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Anglo Leasing

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Serious Fraud Office has spent to date on its investigation into Anglo Leasing.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what policies his Department has in place to achieve carbon dioxide emissions reductions in the agricultural sector.

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) rural and (b) urban households which are in fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his estimate is of the number of individuals in fuel poverty in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assistance his Department provides to people who are living in hard-to-heat houses to enable them to insulate their homes;...

      Kingsnorth Climate Camp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what dates staff transferred from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to his Department have since their...

      Natural Gas: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assistance his Department plans to provide to the Falkland Islands government to extract oil and gas.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of shots fired by the armed forces in Helmand province in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007; and how many shots were fired...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 308W, on apprentices, how many apprentices his Department employs.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 308W, on apprentices, what progress his Department has made towards the...

      Departmental Foreign Workers

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1557-8W, on redundancy, what estimate he has made of the annual payroll...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 483W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public...

      Harmony Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of personnel in each pinch point trade are exceeding their harmony guidelines for (a) tour intervals and (b) individual...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the briefing maps for Iraq on his Department's website to be next updated.

      Merlin Helicopters

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

      Warships: Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) Odyssey Marine Exploration, (b) English Heritage and (c) Ministerial colleagues on the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationality: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 17 July 2008, Official Report, columns 680-81W, on British nationality: torture, what...

    • Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has met his Cuban counterpart; and whether he plans to visit Cuba to discuss UK-Cuban relations.

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 365W, on Cyprus: community relations, when he last made...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 378-80W, on UN Cyprus Committee on Missing Persons, when...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 363W, on Cyprus: community relations; if he will make an...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 362W, on Cyprus: community relations, if he will make an...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 361-2W, on Cyprus: community relations, if he will make...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 362W, on Cyprus: community relations, when he last...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 369W, on Cyprus: press, how much the High Commission has...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in securing additional (a) personnel, (b) resources and (c) airlift capability for the UN mission...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department (a) agreed to and (b) refused (i) in 2006,...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many equalities impact assessments his Department has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which figures are...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 9 July 2008, Official Report, column 1656W, on departmental personnel, how many staff in (a)...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

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

      Detainees: Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether one of the detainees rendered through Diego Garcia is still being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many serving Ambassadors and High Commissioners were born in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) England.

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, columns 96-7W, on Ethiopia: Eritrea, on how many occasions...

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Ethiopia to dismantle its settlements in Dembe Menga, western Eritrea in accordance with UN Security Council...

      Iraq: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the electoral process for the forthcoming provincial elections in Iraq; and if he...

      Mass Media

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

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he , (b) Ministers in his Department, (c) officials in his Department, (d) the British Ambassador to...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the use of tunnels under the border of Egypt and Gaza by Bedouin smugglers to transfer arms to...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has evidence that the government of Israel has used white phosphorus weapons in a way inconsistent with...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the alleged suspicious deaths of four Palestinian journalists in Gaza.

      Official Cars

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

      Palestinians: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Government's responsibilities under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1674 regarding...

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department is providing to the AU missions in Somalia; and what assessment he has made of the likelihood of...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to prevent piracy (a) in Somalian territorial waters and (b) on the high seas off Somalia;...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports on the progress made by the Southern Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission on implementing...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with his Turkish counterpart on recent events in Gaza.

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what policy his Department has adopted on the latest draft resolution for the UN Durban 2 anti-racism conference; if he will...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 381W, on western Sahara, if he will make representations...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to answer Question 247757 about the seminar on stem cell research, tabled on 12 January 2009; what the reason...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to answer Question 242696 about terrorism in Israel, tabled on 8 December 2008; what the reason is for the time...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the most recent power-sharing agreement between Zanu-PF and the Movement...

      Zimbabwe: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have imposed sanctions against (a) companies and (b) individuals in Zimbabwe for breaching their...

  • Transport

    • A1: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road fatalities there have been on the A1 in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) Northumberland in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many road...

    • A419

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of including funding for the resurfacing of the A419 between Cirencester and Swindon in the funding programme...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports for public buildings issued in respect of each...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Lobbying

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of members of the Senior Civil Service in his Department received a bonus in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department and its agencies (a) earned more than (i) £65,000, (ii) £120,000 and (iii) £190,000 in the last 12...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1571W, on redundancy, what estimate has he made of the annual payroll...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to standardise annual performance appraisals in his Department and its agencies.

      Dredging: Thames Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effect of dredging proposals in the Thames Estuary by Peel Ports Medway (Port of Sheerness Ltd) on commercial...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what data are (a) transferred to ANPR International and (b) sold by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency; and whether individuals may prevent the...

      First Capital Connect: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many peak-time First Capital Connect train services ran to timetable on the Brighton to Bedford line in each year since 2005; and if he will make a...

      First Capital Connect: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many peak-time First Capital Connect train services on the Brighton to Bedford line were cancelled in each year since 2005; and if he will make a...

      First Capital Connect: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many peak-time First Capital Connect train services on the Bedford to Brighton line ran more than three minutes behind timetable in each year since...

      Highways Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) senior managers in his Department (i) gave permission to the Highways Agency to offer and...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the letter of 30 January 2009 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to the hon. Member for Totnes, when he plans to...

      Motorways: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to undertake motorway widening in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on electrifying the main line between Paddington and Plymouth.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any rail franchises have been (a) red lighted and (b) put on a watch list by his Department; and what criteria his Department applies in...

      Railways: South Wales and Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make commission an assessment of the potential for high-speed rail links between (a) London and South Wales and (b) London and Cornwall.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what forms the Maritime and Coastguard Agency require to be completed by lifeboat rescue teams before lifeboats can be launched; and if he will make a...

      Rescue Services: Hope Cove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of operating the Hope Cove lifeboat service was in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the adequacy of supplies of salt and grit for use on the non-trunk road network; and what steps he plans to take to...

      Transport: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) studies and (b) modelling his Department has undertaken into the impact of extreme weather on the transport infrastructure.

      Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Network Rail has submitted to his Department an estimate for the (a) electrification and (b) upgrade of the Bidston to Wrexham line.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent estimate is of the final cost of the Saville Inquiry.

    • Consultative Group on the Past

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to his Department was of the Report of the Consultative Group on the Past.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Economic Situation

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

      Explosives

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

      Firearms: Crime

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

      Graffiti

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

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of burglary from (a) domestic and (b) commercial premises were recorded in each district command unit area in Northern...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what policies his Department has to achieve carbon dioxide emissions reductions in the agricultural sector.

    • Agriculture: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with his EU counterparts on the consistent application of EU legislation on agriculture across...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure that producers of agricultural goods receive a fair price for their goods.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 316W, on agriculture: subsidies, how much was given to...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many claims were made for investment aid for young farmers under the Rural Development Fund in each of the last...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 316W, on agriculture: subsidies, under which common...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure is funded under EU budget line 05 02 08 11, Aid to Producer Groups for Preliminary Recognition; and which UK...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which UK (a) projects and (b) programmes have been funded under EU budget line 05 02 04 01, Programmes for Deprived Persons...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the effects of bovine tuberculosis on (a) income and (b) employment in the farming sector; and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of cases of bovine tuberculosis in the South West.

      Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by his Department.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people his Department employs.

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has set targets for the reduction of household waste through home composting.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether waste collection authorities are indemnified for making household waste collections on private roads.

      Fisheries: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 548W, on Western Sahara: fisheries, what plans there...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of the food consumed in the UK in each of the last three years was (a) produced domestically and (b)...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what national targets his Department has for the reduction of levels of food waste; and if he will make a statement.

      Incinerators: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the EU Waste Incineration Directive to be fully implemented in the UK.

      Joint Waste Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether joint waste authorities will be limited companies in their own right.

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on (a) proposals to increase the amount of land currently farmed for crops being set aside and (b)...

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the set-aside mitigation measures in cross-compliance on the farming industry.

      Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the effect of the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme on local authority provision of trade...

      Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme on levels of (a) collection and...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 848W, on littering: young offenders, if he will...

      Pigmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with food retailers on the labelling of pork products with information on the countries of...

      Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he or Ministers from his Department last met the Mayor of London to discuss air quality and the western extension of the...

      Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which stretches of London's roads are expected to breach EU air quality legislation on particulate matter in 2011; and if he...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of recycling credits as a means of assisting local authorities to...

      Renewable Energy: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what public consultation he has undertaken on energy from waste options.

      Sea Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the rise in sea level around the UK between 2009 and 2020.

      Sheep: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the cost to farmers of compliance with the new measures for electronic...

      Slaughterhouses: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to discuss the regulation of the slaughter of farm animals with his EU counterparts.

      Slaughterhouses: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the derogation on the ritual slaughter of farm animals for human consumption will...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times officials from his Department have met representatives from (a) Tesco, (b) Sainsbury's, (c) Morrisons and...

      Waste and Resources Action Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department provided for the Waste and Resources Action Programme in each of the last nine years.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibilities for (a) street cleaning, (b) abandoned cars, (c) fly-posting removal and enforcement and (d) public...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) effect of producer responsibility packaging regulations on methods of collection of...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department's National Fly-tipping Prevention Group has made of the effects on the incidence of...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities have expressed an interest in levying charges for the collection of household waste; and how many...

      Property Development: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to address the over-development of rural communities.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Sport England: Sports Council Trust

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the monetary value of Sport England's share in the Sports Council Trust Company.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Disabled Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many people the House of Commons employs who are registered disabled; what proportion of all staff in the...

    • Parking

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1343-4W, on parking, whether the rate of...

      Work Experience

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what arrangements there are for people to undertake internships in the House service.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports for public buildings issued in respect of each...

    • Departmental Foreign Workers

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

      Departmental Impact Assessments

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

      Departmental Lobbying

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

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the purpose of his visit to Iceland in November 2008 was; how much the visit cost in each category of expenditure; what meetings he attended; what...

  • Home Department

    • 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, what progress her Department has made towards...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made in clearing the backlog of undetermined immigration legacy cases; by what date she expects all such cases to have...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance the UK Border Agency has issued to the police on reporting requirements for unsuccessful asylum seekers and their dependent...

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to changing the criteria applied to Zimbabwean nations seeking asylum in the UK.

      British Nationality: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for British naturalisation there were from people resident in Northern Ireland in 2007; and how many were successful.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the security operation for the visit to the UK of the Chinese Prime Minister was; and if she will make a statement.

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data her Department hold on the performance of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships.

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1483-86W, on crime: statistics, whether the National Policing...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1483W, on crime: statistics, for what reason the data on anti-social...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Gershon savings were achieved by her Department in the last three years; and which of those were cash savings.

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on (a) pot plants and (b) flowers in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the running costs of her Department's Senior Appointments Panel.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 284W, on departmental security, how many lost or stolen security passes...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and its agencies have spent on translation services in each of the last 60 months.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether bonuses are paid to those employed to supervise the transportation of deportees to airports, on the removal of such deportees.

      Deportation: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent changes have been made to her Department's policy on the removal of Sri Lankan Tamils from the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Detention Centres: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on interpretation and translation services within the immigration detention estate in 2008; how much was spent at each...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time from the receipt of a 999 call to a police officer's arrival at an accident or a crime scene was in each...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time for responses to visa applications has been in each of the last five years.

      Frontex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) contracts and (b) other obligations her Department has with Frontex; whether her Department has plans to enter into any further...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many undocumented immigrants have been (a) repatriated, (b) held in detention and (c) released after being arrested in raids by the UK...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what businesses the UK Border Agency and its predecessors has raided on suspicion that they were employing illegal immigrants in each...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to reduce the time taken to determine applications for indefinite leave to remain; and if she will make a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer Question 243298, on identity cards and foreign nationals, tabled on 9 December 2008.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer Question 243515, on identity card verification across Government, tabled on 9 December 2008.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders who had previously been deported have been convicted since 2001; and how many were (a) EU citizens and (b) non-EU citizens.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) cash grants and (b) overall budget her Department has provided for each police force in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police helicopters in England were shared with local ambulance services in 2007-08.

      Police: Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 on the shift patterns of police forces in (a)...

      Police: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the funding of policing in North Yorkshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when police forces will receive notification from the Olympic Delivery Authority of their funding entitlement for policing the London 2012...

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 98W, on police: standards, what targets have been removed; and on what...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued to public authorities with powers of entry on the manner in which those powers should be exercised in...

      Tackling Knives Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of additional (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions which have taken place as a consequence of the...

      Terrorism: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by the Government in its policy of seeking to persuade the European Court of Human Rights to reconsider its...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a reply will be sent to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood's letter of 16 December 2008 to the UK Border Agency on behalf...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been issued to non-EU nationals in each of the last 10 years.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for a work permit on the basis of an intra company transfer in respect of non-UK nations were (a) made and (b)...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many companies obtained a grant for an intra company transfer in each of the last five years, broken down by industry sector.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the cost of the Government Equalities Office's contracts with public relations consultancies was since it was established.

    • Departmental Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many full-time equivalent staff in the Government Equalities Office provide assistance to special advisers; and what the cost of employing such...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality from which companies the Government Equalities Office has sourced temporary staff since it was established; and what the value of contracts with each...

      Equality: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what funding (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission has given to regional equality and diversity...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent guidance issued by the Cabinet Secretary on raising awareness of devolution among civil...

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how the UK ranks against other EU member states in terms of (a) the change in the rate of unemployment and (b) the change in the rate of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are upon local authorities to provide allotments for the use of local residents.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 614W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on...

      Council Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likelihood of all council housing meeting the Decent Homes Standard by 2010.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Onger of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 533W, on...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any datasets held by her Department and its agencies have been processed by contractors operating outside the European...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by her Department.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 23 June 2008, Official Report, column 24W, on...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which of the public appointments for which her Department is responsible are due to be ( a) renewed and (b) filled in the next...

      Empty Property: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether blank advertising hoardings qualify for the empty property business rate relief for rateable values under £15,000.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons her Department declined to accept an extension on spending deadlines for England for European structural...

      Fire Services: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department expects to spend on consultancy services for FireControl in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) grant allocations and (b) other funding her Department (i) has paid and (ii) plans to pay to each fire authority in...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the outcomes from the next English House Condition Survey to be published.

      Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) revenue support, (b) capital grant and (c) supported borrowing funding central Government has paid to (i) Kent...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to assist local authorities during the economic downturn.

      Local Government Finance: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment her Department has made of the effects of energy prices on local authority costs.

      Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber: Lloyds TSB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of (a) 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1293W, on Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber:...

      Natural Gas: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proposals for gas storage facilities have (a) been granted planning permission and (b) have had planning permission...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what qualifying conditions apply for ports to be eligible to pay retrospective business rates back over time.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the previous rating system for port businesses ended; and how much was paid under this system by Associated British Ports...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) (a) assessed port businesses for non-business rates and (b) notified the businesses...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date individual rating valuations of port businesses began to apply.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment was made by her Department and its predecessor of the individual rating valuations of port businesses in 2005;...

      Planning Permission: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to maximum parking standards for (a) residential and (b) non-residential development since 1997.

      Pollution

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

      Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to encourage private sector organisations to participate in the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative.

      Renewable Energy: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on Veolia's planning application for an energy from waste plant at the site of the...

      Renewable Energy: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons she decided to apply the recovery procedure to the three wind farm applications in the borough of...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of social rented homes which did not meet the Decent Homes standard at the...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1149W, on...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to increase awareness of safe drinking levels and the health risks associated with alcohol dependency amongst (a) adults aged...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions of (a) males and (b) females in each age group via accident and emergency to NHS hospitals in each region for alcohol-related...

      Alcoholism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for (a) adults and (b) young people in each strategic health authority area to obtain (i) community-based and (ii)...

      Alcoholism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many in-patient beds there are in each strategic health authority area for patients who require medical support and intervention to reduce severe...

      Ambulance Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the additional cost the Yorkshire Ambulance Service of the transfer of acute medical services and the cardiac monitoring unit from Bridlington to...

      Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy not to amend guidelines to doctors on the prescribing of benzodiazepines.

      Carers: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adult social carers there were in Devon in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Dementia: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the provision of healthcare for people with dementia in Coventry.

      Dementia: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many respite 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 (1) what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the efficacy of allowing clinical dental technicians to provide dentures...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the methodology his Department used to calculate the amount dentists were paid per unit of dental activity at...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes his Department has made to the amount dentists are paid per unit of dental activity since the new contract for NHS dentistry was introduced...

      Dental Services: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the net ingredient cost of prescriptions dispensed by dentists in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire was in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) pot plants in 2008-09 to date and (b) flowers in each of the last three years.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were dispensed for subutex to persons held in prison in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Health Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to improve standards of geriatric medicine in Coventry.

      Health Services: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the merits of developing a national men's health policy.

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance against objectives of the 24/7 primary angioplasty service.

      Heroin: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the merits of treatment of heroin addicts with morphine; and if he will make a statement.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hip replacements were performed within the NHS in (a) England and (b) Sefton in each year since 2003.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many days each NHS hospital trust has been placed on its highest level of alert because of a shortage of beds since 1 November 2008.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many single bedrooms are provided for patient use by each NHS organisation according to estates returns information collection data; (2) how...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date the deep clean of Driffield Hospital took place; and at what cost; (2) on what date the deep clean of Bridlington Hospital took place;...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) England have had operations cancelled within a week of the scheduled date in the last 12...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many items of correspondence he received relating to the Review of Part IX of the Drug Tariff from members of the public in (a) 2006, (b) 2007...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Government funding has been provided for research into mesothelioma in the last 10 years; and what funding for such research is planned over the next...

      Motor Neurone Disease: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to produce guidance on the use of non-invasive ventilation in the care of...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reasons he has identified for the change in the number of prescription items (a) dispensed in the community and (b) dispensed in hospital since 1997.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department is making in bringing forward the pilot programme that was announced in the NHS Next Stage Review and the Primary and...

      Out-patients: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per outpatient attendance was across all specialties in each year since 1997-98.

      PatientPak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 627W, on PatientPak, (1) on how many occasions in the last 12 months NHS hospitals...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of all prescriptions issued (a) in England and (b) in each primary care trust area have been dispensed in instalments through...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the evaluation of patient drug record cards, referred to on page 35 of his Department's White Paper, Pharmacy in...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1202-3W, on prescriptions, on how many occasions there has been a report of (a) an...

      Prescriptions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescription messages have been issued using the electronic prescription service in each quarter since the service became operational; how many...

      Spinal Injuries: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds are allocated for patients with spinal cord injury in the North East.

      St. John Ambulance Association and Brigade: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times St John Ambulance provided an emergency response on behalf of the South East Coast Ambulance Service in each of the last 12 months.

      Surgery: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of patients in the London Borough of Bexley who have had operations cancelled within a week of the scheduled date in...

  • Justice

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions wasted costs have been ordered against the Crown Prosecution Service in magistrates' courts in each of the last five years; and...

    • Coroners: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) average and (b) longest time was between a coroner being asked to hold a treasure inquest and the start of the inquest for finds from...

      Courts: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy for court transcripts to be posted on the internet; and if he will make a statement.

      Crown Dependencies: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department takes to facilitate co-operation between Crown Dependencies and HM Treasury on financial regulation matters.

      Departmental Impact Assessments

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

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females who were (i) under 17, (ii) between 17 and 21, (iii) between 21 and 25, (iv) between 25 and 29 and (v) over 30 years...

      Human Trafficking: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) adults and (b) children in Essex were identified as having been trafficked in each of the last three years; (2) what accommodation...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) who the absolute owner of land is in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland, (d) Wales, (e) Cornwall and (f) the Isles of Scilly;...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many firms undertook criminal legal aid work in (a) 2002 and (b) 2008.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid by his Department for (a) criminal legal aid work and (b) other legal aid work in each of the last five years.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners there were in (a) England and Wales and (b) Winchester Prison on the latest date for which figures are available; what the maximum...

      Sark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department plans to take in response to the Court of Appeal ruling on 5 December 2008 in the case of R (Barclay and others) v. Lord...

      Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals have been made to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal in each of the last 10 years; and how many of those appeals were...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Chelmsford Prison: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) prisoners and (b) young offenders obtained qualifications while at HM Prison Chelmsford in each of the last...

    • Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many equalities impact assessments his Department has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which figures are...

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent on (a) pot plants and (b) cut flowers in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Forward Commitment Procurement Model

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to develop the Forward Commitment Procurement Model for wider use in public sector procurement.

      Special Educational Needs: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that when young offenders have previously been subject to a statement of special...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people defaulted on student loan repayments in each of the last five years; and what action was taken in relation to...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many businesses in (a) the London Borough of Bexley, (b) London and (c) England have signed the Skills Pledge.

  • Treasury

    • Billing: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made in ensuring that invoices for public sector contracts are paid within 10 days.

    • Borrowing: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the level of funding of the Government's borrowing needs.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of providing financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses to meet their costs in respect of making redundancies...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of increasing child benefit for the first child by (a) £1, (b) £1.50, (c) £2, (d)...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of increasing the child element of child tax credit by (a) £10, (b) £20, (c) £30,...

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on cut flowers in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 586W, on departmental training, what the (a) cost, (b) duration and (c) nature was...

      Loans: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Government has made of the merits of provision of loan guarantees by nationalised and part-nationalised banks for energy infrastructure...

      Money Guidance Pathfinder Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the amount to be paid by his Department to AE4 in respect of its role as a face-to-face partner for the Money Guidance...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the expected time scale for Northern Rock's repayment of its loans now is.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) businesses and (b) the Exchequer of the doubling of value added tax (VAT) turnover threshold for the VAT...

      World Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on the global economic downturn.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Bookstart Scheme: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Enfield North constituency participated in the Bookstart programme in each year from 2002 to 2008.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children in care from families resident in Scotland have been fostered through English local authorities in each...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care from families resident in England have been fostered under arrangements with (a) Welsh and (b)...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether ContactPoint will record whether a child has previously been subject to a child protection plan.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children whose information will be shielded on ContactPoint.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to publish the initial results of the child poverty pilots announced in the 2007 Budget.

      Cross-Department Assessment Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who the members were of the cross-department assessment panel convened to assess bids for intensive intervention projects; and...

      Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to provide all children with quality cultural opportunities in and outside schools; and what his Department's...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, columns 101-02W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) original...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste has been produced by his Department in each of the last three years; and...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three...

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any administrative financial penalties may be levied by his Department.

      First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to improve the level of first aid training available to school children.

      Free School Meals: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children receive free school meals in (a) the North East, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East...

      History: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the teaching of history includes the history of other countries, including...

      Intensive Intervention Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what criteria his Department plans to use to assess the effectiveness of intensive intervention projects.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) unique visitors and (b) hits the Sing Up website has received in each month since it was established.

      National Assessment Agency: Ofqual

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what involvement Ofqual had in the procurement process that led to the award of the standard assessment test administration...

      National College for School Leadership: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the workplace parking charges being introduced by Nottingham City Council will be required to be paid by members of staff...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children were working securely within each assessment of the foundation stage profile in the areas...

      Primary Education: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance providers of healthy eating his Department has issued to Early Years settings.

      Schools: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of health risks to children from incorrectly-sized or poor quality school furniture.

      Schools: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to ensure that furniture purchased under the Building Schools for the Future programme conforms with the...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authority children's services were placed in special measures in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary mainstream schools were assessed as having inadequate provision for special educational...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Key Stage 4 pupils who had (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs...

      Special Educational Needs

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

      Special Educational Needs: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with special educational needs are in maintained (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) special...

      Special Educational Needs: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which independent special schools have opened in each of the last 10 years.

      Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

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

      Teachers: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government is taking to reduce levels of verbal and physical abuse towards teachers in primary schools.

  • International Development

    • Maternal Morbidity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to reduce maternal morbidity in developing countries.

    • Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has for aid to Thailand.

      Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what monitoring his Department has undertaken of the provision of development-related small loans and microfinance initiatives in...

      Guyana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in what ways his Department is working with the government of Guyana to promote the preservation of the rainforest in that country.

      Anti-retroviral Therapies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage pharmaceutical companies to develop infant formulae for anti-retroviral therapies for...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

      Global Economic Downturn

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the global economic downturn on the conditionality of international...

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received from the Mines Advisory Group on the types of unexploded ordinance it has removed from schools in Gaza.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received representations from the government of Afghanistan or from Afghan non-governmental organisations about those people detained without...

    • Aluminium

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether aluminium plants at (a) Wylfa and (b) Lynemouth will be closed as a consequence of European Union state aid rules and the large combustion plants...

      Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to prevent British arms-brokers operating overseas from trading weapons and ammunition without effective control and supervision; and, if so, when.

      Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will legislate to control arms transfers by British companies' subsidiaries which are located overseas.

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons were granted full United Kingdom citizenship during 2008, broken down by country of origin.

      Broadcasting: Audio Description

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase targets for audio description television services. To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence would be required to raise audio...

      BT: Debt Collection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will instigate an investigation into the use by BT plc of different debt collection agencies to collect the same debt from the same customers or their...

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of support services for victims of domestic violence in small towns and rural areas.

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Malloch-Brown on 12 January (WA 93), how they will monitor the measures to be introduced by the government of Cyprus to...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Malloch-Brown on 12 January (WA 93), whether they will discuss with and provide assistance to the Government of Cyprus to...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Malloch-Brown on 12 January (WA 93), whether they will have further discussions with the Government of Cyprus to ensure...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 12 January (WA 93), whether, in their discussions with the Government of Cyprus, they will seek to ensure...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Rape

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) women asylum applicants who say they have suffered rape or other sexual violence, particularly...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the South Central Strategic Health Authority, in conducting a public consultation on the desirability of a water fluoridation scheme under the Water Act...

      Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the World Trade Organisation to establish a study group on the protection of workers, with particular reference to slavery, forced labour and...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek an early meeting of the Middle East quartet to discuss possible war crimes committed against civilians in the recent military action in...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning reparations for its action in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they and the Middle East quartet are working (a) to create a permanent and effectively monitored cease-fire in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank; and (b) to...

      Health: GPs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by primary care trusts in commissioning comprehensive well-being and prevention services under the GP access and responsiveness...

      Health: Labyrinthitis and BPP Vertigo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current treatment by general practitioners and hospitals of patients suffering labyrinthitis and BPP vertigo.

      Health: Primary Care Trust Boards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Statement by Baroness Andrews on 21 January (Official Report, House of Lords, col. GC 112) that the appointments to primary care trusts "are of...

      Health: Rheumatism and Arthritis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures the National Health Service will take to improve treatment modes and after-care for rheumatism and arthritis sufferers.

      Houses of Parliament: Bribery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation to prohibit bribery of members of either House of Parliament in relation to proceedings in Parliament and to require...

      Human Rights: Same-sex Relationships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Bach on 23 October 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 1127), whether they have amended or withdrawn their intervention...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will adopt a statutory time limit for immigration or asylum detention comparable to that of other European Union countries.

      Immigration: Georgia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 July 2008 (WA 264), on what dates the person who prepared the refusal of entry clearance document on 1...

      Immigration: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many detainees now in immigration or asylum detention were mentally ill when detained; and how many have become mentally ill while in detention.

      International Polar Year

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will increase financial support to the Arctic Synoptic Basin-Wide Oceanography programme to coincide with the International Polar Year.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arms or components for arms were sold to Israel in (a) 2007, and (b) 2008; and what was the cost of each item.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the joint mechanism, provided by Section 5 of the Annapolis joint understanding between Israel and Palestine, has implemented any of the road map...

      Local Information Networks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to local authorities on setting up local information networks (LINks), what is the timetable according to which they must be set up,...

      NHS: Constitution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the term "constitution" was first used in relation to the document now known as the NHS Constitution; whom they consulted before deciding to use the term...

      NHS: Health Informatics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts as to the role of health informatics in the commissioning cycle. To ask Her...

      NHS: Principles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the joint statement on NHS principles, published on 3 July 2008, was presented to Parliament. To ask Her Majesty's Government what purpose is served by the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what benefits are not devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive; and why they are not devolved.

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 27 January (HL175), whether they will formally raise with the Government of Pakistan the protection of...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom passports issued by United Kingdom diplomatic missions overseas contain the full biometric data which is included in passports issued in the...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom passports issued by United Kingdom diplomatic missions overseas contain the full biometric details of the holder which are in passports...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances a United Kingdom diplomatic mission overseas will issue a United Kingdom passport.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how many Palestinian passport holders applied to enter the United Kingdom in 2000, 2004 and 2008; and (b) how many applications were successful.

      People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following the ruling of the European Court of First Instance on 4 December 2008 ordering the European Union to remove the People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran...

      Pirates: Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they transferred the suspected pirates arrested by HMS "Cumberland" on 11 November 2008 into Kenyan jurisdiction rather than bringing them to trial within...

      Prisoners: Ex-service Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the prison population consists of ex-service personnel.

      Prisons: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of prison officers in England and Wales employed in each of the past five years broken down by (a) ethnicity, (b) religious faith, and (c) gender.

      Prisons: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the numbers of prison officers in England and Wales who are literate in (a) Urdu, (b) Arabic, (c) Hindi, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) Turkish, (f) Kurdish, (g)...

      Public Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the working of legislation to monitor the suitability of individuals to act as directors of public companies; what the role of...

      Questions for Written Answer: E-mail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Richard on 4 June 1997 (WA 39), whether they are yet able consistently to send by email to a peer who so requests copies of...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement on the renewable transport fuel obligation by Lord Adonis on 28 January (WS 23-25), whether the provision to revise the definition...

      Roads: Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they expect the eventual contracts for road pricing to be worth to the selected company or companies.

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia about compliance with the 6 July 2005 European Court of Human Rights judgments concerning the...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Russia about the assassination in Moscow of Stanislav Markelov, the lawyer representing the Kungeav family...

      Scotland Office: Staff Sickness

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

      St Andrews Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was agreed at St Andrews concerning the cross-border implementation bodies; and who were parties to the agreement.

      Sudan: Darfur

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when and in which forum the Government's current policy of returns to Sudan will be reassessed, in light of the recent cancellation of the Darfur guidance case.

      Telecommunications: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security implications of the integration of behavioural targeting technology and other new technologies in core...

      Torture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will respond to the report from REDRESS The UK, Torture and Anti-Terrorism, where the problems lie, published in December 2008; if so, when they will...

      United Kingdom: Borders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where are the United Kingdom's air, land and sea borders; whether those borders are recognised in international law; and whether they are codified in domestic law.

      Vehicles: Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the purpose and utility of the retrospective consignment note required by the Environment Agency from the operator of an Authorised Treatment Facility...

      Vehicles: Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the number of vehicles disposed of using a scrap metal shredding machine rather than first being depolluted at an Authorised Treatment...

      Vehicles: Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the number of sites with a scrap metal shredding machine which is not co-located with or immediately adjacent to an authorised...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vadera on 12 January (WA 130), whether, if they do not gain sufficient backing from other European Union member states...

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