Written answers

Thursday, 12 February 2009

  • Northern Ireland

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1636W, on Christmas, for what reason his Department spent...

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, columns 772-3W, on departmental domestic visits, how many of the overnight visits...

      Departmental Lobbying

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

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the number of guns held by (a) loyalist paramilitaries and (b) republican dissidents.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Foreign Workers

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

    • Departmental ICT

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

      Digital Broadcasting: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps are being taken to increase levels of digital inclusion in Leeds West constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had on the future of the Legal Services Commission in Wales with (a) the Secretary of State for Justice and (b) the First...

  • Transport

    • A1: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to reduce congestion on the A1 in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) Northumberland.

    • A303: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles of each nationality of registration were (a) inspected and (b) prohibited following inspection at the Vehicle and Operator Services...

      Air Passenger Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the terms of the original Civil Aviation Authority insurance policy with American International Group on air passenger bonds.

      Air Passenger Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish details of the PricewaterhouseCoopers financial model on air passenger bonds prepared for his Department and the Civil Aviation...

      Air Passenger Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations (a) his Department and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority have received on the adequacy of cover for bonding arrangements for...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking to foster the development of second generation biofuels.

      Bus Services: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department provided to Chorley Borough Council for the purposes of concessionary bus travel in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Delegated Examiners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many delegated examiners there are in the Greater London area.

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) nitrogen oxides, (b) carbon dioxide and (c) other greenhouse gasses recorded at Heathrow were caused by (i) aircraft, (ii)...

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average (a) nitrogen oxide and (b) carbon dioxide emissions per passenger mile (i) were and (ii) are predicted to be for average aircraft...

      Heathrow Airport: Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what levels of (a) nitrogen oxide, (b) carbon dioxide and (c) other green house gases have been released in the air surrounding Heathrow Airport in...

      Heathrow Airport: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the additional road vehicle movements which would result from (a) an increase from 67 to 122 million passengers a year...

      Heathrow Airport: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of additional car journeys per day which will result from the establishment of a third runway at...

      Passenger Focus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of Passenger Focus in the latest 12 months for which figures are available.

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on rail replacement bus services in each of the last 10 years.

      Railways: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had any discussions with train operators about the effect on their businesses of a reduction in (a) UK GDP and (b) Central London...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the RP plus one per cent. formula for regulated fares may result in a negative number.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assumptions about (a) economic growth and (b) passenger volumes were made in the franchise agreements for the (i) East Coast Main Line, (ii)...

      Railways: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of contingency plans made by Network Rail and train operating companies to minimise disruption to rail...

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's policy is on the development of a global emissions trading scheme for shipping under the auspices of the International Maritime...

      Taxis: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of progress on implementation of new regulations covering access to taxis for people with disabilities.

      Thameslink: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest expected timing is of the (a) (i) start and (ii) completion of Stage 1 and (b) the delivery of the new units to the Thameslink...

      Transport: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions of EU directives within his Department's responsibilities have not yet been transposed into United Kingdom law; in respect of the...

      Transport: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with train operators about services which did not operate on 2 February 2009; and what steps are being taken to prevent a...

      Vehicle Number Plates: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 613W, on vehicle number plates: flags, when he plans to make an announcement on...

      Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government has for the electrification of the Bidston to Wrexham railway line.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Prime Minister how many expert advisers, excluding special advisers, have been commissioned by his Office since June 2007; and on which topics they have advised.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish a copy of No. 10 Downing Street's website accessibility plan.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister which of the public appointments for which he is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i) remit, (ii) salary, (iii)...

      Energy and Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister what work the No. 10 Policy Directorate (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake on energy and climate-related matters.

      Forfeiture Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) on how many occasions the Forfeiture Committee has met since 1997; (2) whether peerages fall within the terms of reference of the Forfeiture Committee.

      Israel: Anniversaries

      To ask the Prime Minister to what events held in the United Kingdom to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel he has been invited; what such invitations he has...

      Ministerial Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister under what circumstances Ministerial appointments may be made for a fixed-term period at the request of the appointee.

      Peers: Lobbying

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

      Russia

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) when he last met Russian President Medvedev; (2) when he last met Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister how many parliamentary questions he has not answered since June 2007 on the grounds of disproportionate cost; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister how many parliamentary questions for written answer he has transferred to other Ministers since May 2007; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Customs' most recent estimate is of the annual cost to the Exchequer of tax avoidance in the corporate sector; and if he will make a...

    • Banking Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the remuneration packages for senior executives of banks which are in temporary public ownership or which have received...

      Banking Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on bank lending policies of his recapitalisation of the banks.

      Banking Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on remuneration packages for staff of banks which are in temporary public ownership or which have received recapitalisation funding from...

      Banking Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on bank lending policies of his recapitalisation of the banks.

      Global Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on measures to reduce the effects of the global economic downturn in EU member states.

      UK Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with the International Monetary Fund on the UK's economic performance.

      UK Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecasts of economic growth he has made for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Business Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next plans to review the liability of property owners for business rates on empty commercial properties.

      Financial Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the effects on financial markets of media reporting on those markets.

      Savers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department plans to take to assist savers who are pensioners during the economic downturn.

      Bingo Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will remove liability for value added tax from bingo clubs.

      Miners: Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the decision to tax miners with small pensions from April 2009.

      Budget Statement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update his forecasts for the public finances and economic growth in the UK before the Budget statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he has taken of the effect of climate change on the economy in his preparations for the carbon budget.

      State Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will replace the 25p age addition to state pensions with an additional £25 on the winter fuel allowance for the over-80s as a Budget measure.

      Company Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that companies in the financial sector are paying the appropriate levels of taxation.

      Bank of England: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Bank of England has received requests to buy assets in all sectors.

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total monetary value of funds drawn down against the Bank of England Special Liquidity Scheme has been to date.

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what monitoring his Department has put in place to determine whether additional bank recapitalisation may be necessary.

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the expected exposure range for the Government's insurance scheme for banks for expected bad debts is; (2) whether any banks have submitted...

      Banks: Government Shareholding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what dates (a) ordinary and (b) preference shares taken by the Government in (i) Lloyds Bank, (ii) HBOS and (iii) Royal Bank of Scotland were...

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to (a) prohibit the payment of bonuses to staff of those banks in which the Government has a majority stake and (b) review...

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the decision to nationalise Bradford and Bingley was made.

      Housing Market: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the status of the consultation on regulation by the Financial Services Authority of house sale and rent-back schemes is; and when a decision is expected.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who are worse off as a result of the abolition of the 10p rate of income tax; and if he will make a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 24 October 2008 from the hon. Member for North Norfolk.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 13 November 2008 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on NDFA investments via Lehman Brothers Treasury...

      Revenue and Customs: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports in respect of each property occupied by HM Revenue...

      Revenue and Customs: Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what administrative financial penalties may be levied by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Revenue and Customs: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of redundancies arising from the proposed closure of the HM Revenue and Customs offices at (a) Regian House,...

      Taxation: Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax has been repatriated to the UK by each country adopting the withholding tax option under the EU Savings Tax Directive.

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on value added tax (VAT) revenue of VAT-free goods coming through the Channel Islands into the UK in each of the...

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to prevent value added tax-free goods entering the UK from the Channel Islands.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

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

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely annual cost to the public purse of extending the working tax credit scheme to 18 to 25-year-olds; and if he will...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the January meeting of the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Biodiversity was postponed; how often...

    • Farms: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed to conduct farm inspections by each inspection body for which his Department is responsible in...

      Farms: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed to conduct farm inspections by each inspection body which is the responsibility of his...

      Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors were considered before deciding not to include waste reduction through home composting in the landfill allowance...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the agreement between the International Security Assistance Force and the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan to be finalised;...

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which organisation has managed each project funded by his Department in Helmand province since 2005; what the budget of each was; how much has been spent...

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much training Royal Air Force (a) navigators and (b) flight engineers receive for their performance of those roles each year.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training sorties for the (a) Hercules C-130, (b) Tristar, (c) VC-10 and (d) C-17 Globemaster were cancelled in each of the last two years.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Orion laser is capable of (a) developing the nuclear warheads for the new generation of nuclear submarines and (b) producing warheads...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1407W, on warships, what assessment the Royal Navy made of the merits of (a)...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1407W, on warships, what steps the Royal Navy took to assess tenderers for the...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1407W, on warships, what plans the Royal Navy have to proceed with the award of the...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1407W, on warships, for what reason the requirements of the Royal Navy contract...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proposals for capture of carbon dioxide emissions the Government has approved in each of the last five years; what recent...

    • Carbon Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans the Government has to meet the EU's 20 per cent. carbon dioxide emissions reduction target by 2020; and if he will make a...

      Coal: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Castle Point of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 419W, on coal: imports, what...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what efficiency savings have been made by his Department since its creation.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much capital expenditure has been brought forward in response to the economic downturn by his Department, agencies and...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department will establish a performance and efficiency programme.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises since...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the policy of his Department is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the agenda and (b) the minutes of the meeting he held with the main energy supply...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to ensure that prepayment customers pay no more for their energy bills than those who are billed...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effects of power line communications in the home, as used by smart meters, on shortwave...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to announce the public consultation on the roll-out of smart meters.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make arrangements for steel manufacturers to have access to energy supplies at sub-market prices.

      Environmental Transformation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much from the Environmental Transformation Fund has (a) been allocated and (b) disbursed since its inception; what criteria will...

      Fuel Poverty: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the fund established to assist fuel poor individuals has been spent to date.

      Natural Gas: Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking with his EU counterparts to develop the southern corridor for gas supplies from Central Asia.

      Recycling: Oils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage the production of renewable fuels from recycled cooking oil using gravity separation and...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the value was of his Department's contracts held with SERCO since his Department was established.

      Street Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects Ofgem to make an announcement following its consideration of proposals for central monitoring systems for street lights.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 18 years and more and (ii) 17 years and less were admitted to each hospital in England in each of the last...

    • Alcoholism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to assess the effectiveness of alcohol rehabilitation services in each strategic health authority.

      Autism: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to address the needs of children with high levels of autistic traits in the North East.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff Central of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 652W, on blood products, if he will disclose...

      Blood: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include provisions for care for Thalassaemia within his Department's standards for clinical care.

      Cancer: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to improve provision of the cancer services in Coventry.

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to extend the vascular checks programme beyond GP surgeries; (2) what assessment he has made of the merits of...

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how people aged between 40 and 74 years old will be notified that they are eligible for vascular risk assessments and measurements.

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department plans to take to measure the level of uptake of vascular risk assessment and measurements amongst people between the ages...

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking in the implementation of the vascular checks programme (a) to ensure that hard-to-reach groups receive checks...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of care home residents were asked to pay a top-up fee in (a) Eastbourne, (b) East Sussex and (c) England in each year since 2004.

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of care homes did not meet each of the National Minimum Standards for care homes in the year ended 31 March 2008.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many carers in each county were (a) offered and (b) provided with an assessment of their needs in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.

      Charity Research Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the effectiveness of the formula used to distribute funds from the Charity Research Support Fund.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the risks of caesarean section delivery for (a) all women and (b) obese women; (2) how many women with...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with dementia in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) name and (b) postcode location of each NHS dentist listed on the NHS choices website is.

      Departmental Foreign Workers

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 were taken on as (i)...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of 16 years have been diagnosed with diabetes in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d)...

      Doctors: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) hospital doctors and (ii) general practitioners working in the NHS who were non-UK...

      Doctors: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors from Pakistan attached to the NHS are (a) studying for post-graduate medical qualifications and (b) undertaking further training of...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what projections his Department has made of the number of doctors at each grade that will be needed to enable compliance with the European Working Time...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners have (a) been treated and (b) successfully completed a course for drug addiction using subutex in each of the last five years.

      Head Lice: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of trends in the incidence of cases of nits in primary school children in the last five years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) taken steps to meet the and (b) issued guidance to NHS trusts on meeting needs of adult patients who are in the (i)...

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to prevent discrimination in the NHS against patients with learning difficulties.

      Health Services: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government have taken to improve the provision of health services to victims of sexual crime in the West Midlands.

      Hospital Beds: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of beds in hospital for elderly patients in North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to the NHS on protected meal times for patients.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid to the Chair of the Better Hospital Food Panel in each year since 2001.

      Hospitals: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were dismissed from NHS hospitals in 2008 for failing to follow hygiene procedures.

      Learning Disability: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) the North East, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency have learning difficulties; and...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements are in place for ensuring that a patient's medical records are accurate; and who is responsible for ensuring such accuracy; (2)...

      Mental Health Services: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the provision of mental health services in Coventry.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to improve services for young people who require (a) mental health support, (b) bereavement counselling and (c)...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the findings of the (a) MS101 trial, (b) MALCS study, (c) MARS study and (d) VATS study...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives worked in the NHS in each year since 1997; and how many worked in each NHS organisation in each of the last three years.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of calls to NHS Direct were referred to (a) 999, (b) accident and emergency, (c) an out-of-hours GP service, (d)...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of the NHS Pension Scheme have received pension overpayments due to guaranteed minimum pension data not being properly transferred.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of student nurses are studying for a (a) diploma and (b) degree; (2) what support is available to nursing students studying for a...

      Patients Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what procedures will apply to the imposition of financial penalties for hospitals which do not meet required standards of privacy and dignity for...

      Physiotherapy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) physiotherapists and (b) speech therapists worked in the NHS in each year since 1997; and how many worked in each NHS organisation in each...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) deprivation score, as recorded in the indices of deprivation, (b) forecast surplus in 2008-09 as a percentage of turnover, (c) revenue...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the programmes run by his Department to raise awareness of prostate cancer; (2) how much...

      Prosthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is being made by the NHS to provide modern prosthetic technology to those people with thalidomide related impairments who rely on...

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways his Department monitors the quality of service of speech and language therapy; and how he plans to inform patients of the findings of such...

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated in NHS hospitals for spinal cord injuries in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d)...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on (a) provision and (b) co- ordination of (i) transient ischaemic attack units, (ii) stroke units and (iii) hyper acute units in the...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to achieve a reduction in the number of suicides; and if he will make a statement.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what non-governmental organisations working towards the prevention of suicide have received funding from his Department since 1997.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS spent on the prevention of suicide in each year since 1992; (2) how much each primary care trust spent on the prevention of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1742W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, when...

    • Burma: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of (a) closures of churches in Burma and (b) the treatment of Christians in that country;...

      Central Asia: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the entry into force of a Central Asian nuclear weapon-free zone.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average cost to his Department of responding to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been since 2006.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest annual survey of the UK's reputation in the US, China and India in the...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by (a) his Department...

      Egypt: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of (a) attacks on the Abu Fana monastery in Egypt and (b) the risk of attacks on the Coptic...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial facilities his Department has made available to the EU offices of the devolved Administrations; what sums were...

      Gaza: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his US counterpart, (b) his Israeli counterpart and (c) others to discuss the flow of...

      India: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet his Indian counterpart.

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to seek to prevent the enforced and unlawful resettlement of residents of Ashraf city.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made by the European Union of the financial cost of damage or destruction of EU-funded facilities in...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on allegations of Hamas fighters (a) shedding uniforms, (b) donning civilian clothing and...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will make representations to the Israeli government to fund most of the reconstruction work required in Gaza.

      Pakistan: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist British nationals who are in violent forced marriages in Pakistan.

      Russia: Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the level of compliance by Russia with the terms of the 12 August and 8 September 2008 agreements on...

      South Georgia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 884W, on Falkland Islands dependencies, how much it cost to...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) meetings and (b) other contacts he has had with groups representing the Tamil population of Sri Lanka in 2009.

      Sri Lanka: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to seek to bring about a ceasefire in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Sri Lankan Government to stop its offensive in Tamil areas and to ensure that government...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment of the security situation in Sri Lanka is; and what assessment he has made of the likelihood of...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Sudan on bringing Sudan's National Security Act into line with the...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 30-32WS, on Tibet, what...

      Timor-Leste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment of the political situation in East Timor is; and if he will make a statement.

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to seek to ensure that the people of Western Sahara have a referendum on self-determination before...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the declaration of an exclusive economic zone by the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the individuals subject to the 15 control orders under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 on 15 December 2008 had been subject...

    • Asylum: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people claimed asylum in the UK on grounds of their sexuality in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Wimbledon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outstanding requests for (a) asylum and (b) indefinite leave to remain there are from applicants resident in Wimbledon constituency.

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refused Zimbabwean asylum seekers have been forcibly removed from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on digital media courses provided by the Internet Advisory Bureau for her Department in 2008; how many training sessions...

      Deportation: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assurances her Department has sought from the Sri Lankan government regarding the safety and well being of Tamils deported from the UK...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to decide on the participating countries in the Youth Mobility scheme; and whether any countries not currently...

      Immigration: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals with criminal convictions dealt with under the legacy exercise but not pursued for deportation have been (a) granted...

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many uncleared cases there are of individuals in Peterborough constituency seeking indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom; and...

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 284W, on deportation: Peterborough, what her estimate is of the cost to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the inquiry from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 23 October 2008, on the status documents of Mr...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions there have been between Cambridgeshire and Norfolk (a) police authorities and (b) constabularies on cross-border working...

      Police Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data her Department collects on the use of appropriate adults to attend police questioning of minors.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England and Wales are receiving funding (a) above, (b) at and (c) below the formula funding level in 2008-09; and...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers carried firearms as a regular part of their duties in each police force area in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Police: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of employing police officers was in each police force in England as a percentage of the total force budget in 2007-08.

      Prisoners: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people being held in custody have required treatment for diabetes in each of the last five years; and what procedure is used to...

      UK Border Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data her Department collects to monitor the UK Border Agency's performance.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department will provide to local authorities in respect of their new duty to promote democracy in the next 12...

    • Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much per year pilot local authorities planned to spend on financing the £475 million prudential borrowing...

      Council Tax: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on the payment of interest in respect of overpaid council tax resulting from a Valuation Office...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports for public buildings...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 15 July 2008, Official Report, columns 266-69W, on departmental...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many equalities impact assessments her Department has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which figures are...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in her Department or its predecessors were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in her Department were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each of the...

      Housing: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the information on domestic properties provided by the Rightmove interface to the Valuation Office Agency includes...

      Local Authorities: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 509-10W, on...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department is providing to each local authority under the most recent round of Growth Funding (a) in cash...

      Local Government Finance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage increase was in the local government finance settlement for the London Borough of Bexley in each year since 1997.

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were employed by each local authority in England in each year since 1996-97.

      Local Government: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has written to local authorities on the use of their powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in the...

      Local Government: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the combined authorities proposed in the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill will have powers to...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of houses mortgaged in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 where the ratio of house price to...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to make changes to the formula governing distribution of revenue from non-domestic rates to local authorities...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to paragraph 4.16 of the pre-Budget report 2008, whether businesses which pay their liability in instalments will...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individual businesses have been notified by the Valuation Office Agency of (a) an increase in their rateable value and...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many port businesses had paid the first instalment of their individually assessed non-domestic rates by 2 February 2009; and...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what statutory powers payment of non-domestic rates on port businesses assessed in 2008 may be demanded retrospectively to...

      Non-Profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts have been awarded by her Department to social enterprises in each of the last three years.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public engagements inherited by the Minister for Housing upon her appointment have subsequently been cancelled.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1510W, on redundancy, what estimate she has made of...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers are available to local authorities to provide business rate relief to assist small businesses.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government has taken to ensure that local authorities pass on the reduction in the rate of value added tax to...

      Sustainable Development: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued on whether panels of representatives of local persons set up under the Sustainable...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers a waste collection authority has to fine households who put waste out at times other than those specified by the...

  • Justice

    • Charities

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

    • Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since its inception.

      HM Courts Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 512W, on HM Courts Service: finance, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of...

      Legal Services Commission: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had on the future of the Legal Services Commission in Wales with (a) the Secretary of State for Wales and (b) the First...

      Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the status of the UK's reservation to Articles 9 and 10 of the European Convention on the legal status of children born out of wedlock is in respect...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders (a) aged 18 years or over and (b) aged 21 years or over received a caution for sexual activity with a child under 13 in the...

      Office for Criminal Justice Reform: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the monthly updates on the Criminal Justice System produced for the Prime Minister by the Criminal Justice Evidence and Analysis Unit of the...

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on what date his Department plans to open the new prison in Caernarfon; (2) how many prison places there will be in the new prison at Caernarfon.

      Rape: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many rape cases (a) reached court and (b) ended in the acquittal of the defendant in each of the last five years.

      Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the re-offending rates in the 12 months following release were of inmates from (a) Oakhill, (b) Medway, (c) Rainsbrook and (d) Hassockfield...

      Secure Training Centres: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons under 16 years old were released from secure training centres in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons aged 16 to 21 were released from custody other than from secure training centres and secure children's homes in each of the last three...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital spending has been brought forward by his Department to (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 for (i) Building Schools for...

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 29 January, Official Report, columns 833-34W, on children: databases, how much of such spending was...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of staff in child care settings have achieved GCSE English grade C or above.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of (a) child protection and (b) looked-after children reviews were held within the required timescales in the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 837W, on children: protection, if he will place in the Library...

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which Catholic schools host the Connexions service; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing a dedicated telephone line for hon. Members to call regarding the...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is the Government's policy that education spending should continue to rise as a share of gross domestic product; and if...

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many educational psychologists there were in each local authority in 2008; how many children aged 18 years or under there were...

      English Language: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of primary school children in England did not have English as a first language in each year since 1997.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) steps his Department has taken and (b) guidance his Department has issued to schools to meet the needs of pupils who...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children who left care in 2008 in each local authority area had had more than ( a) three, (b) five, (c) 10, (d) 20,...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of students who gained an A-Level in (a) history and (b) geography at each grade was educated in (i) the...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible to receive free school meals achieved (a) a modern language GCSE at grades A* to...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils who gained a GCSE at each grade in (a) applied business, (b) applied science, (c) health...

      Home Schooling: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the academic attainment of home-schooled pupils in the London Borough of Bexley.

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what military equipment has been exported from the UK to Israel in the last three years; if he will take steps further to restrict...

      Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants his Department and its predecessors have made in respect of the Luton Borough Council area in each year since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 16 December 2008 on the NSPCC's submission to...

      Music: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people qualified as music teachers in each of the last five years.

      National Strategies Annual Plan Summary 2008-09

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the core subjects referred to in the second bullet point of page 4 of the National Strategies Annual Plan Summary 2008-09...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the number of children who will be in nursery care for the period 2010 to 2015.

      Offences Against Children: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the membership is of the panel for the second serious case review of the child known as Baby P.

      Parents: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of parental income on educational attainment.

      Primary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what additional capital grant funding is available during the 2007 comprehensive spending review period for local authorities...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people are employed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; and how many work for (a) the Qualifications and...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what expenditure the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority incurred on salaries in the latest period for which figures are...

      Schools: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding provision his Department makes for schools in England where the proportion of children of service personnel is over...

      Schools: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many zero-carbon schools have been built since 1 May 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much each eligible school in Gloucestershire received from the National Challenge Fund allocation to the county.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many legal cases have been brought against Ofsted in relation to inspections it has conducted of (a) secondary schools,...

      Schools: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in Leeds West constituency have broadband access.

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the annual budget of the proposed Skills Funding Agency will be.

      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: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of inmates in young offender institutions have special educational needs.

      Specialised Diplomas: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much expenditure under each budget heading his Department has incurred on the introduction of diploma courses and...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many specialist (a) mathematics, (b) arts, (c) sport, (d) science, (e) music, (f) technology, (g) business, (h)...

      Specialist Schools: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 186W, on specialist schools: languages, how many and what...

      Sure Start Programme: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on funding Sure Start centres in Blackpool since 1997.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers of (a) physics, (b) biology, (c) chemistry, (d) mathematics, (e) history and (f) foreign languages did not...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage teachers to take responsibility for planning their own continuing professional...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on measures to reduce levels of teenage pregnancy in Nottingham in the last 12 months.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what process is employed in issuing a youth conditional caution.

      Young People: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) Exchequer and (b) lottery funding will be spent on the Physical Education and Sport Strategy for Young People in...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the planned pilot of the variant of the Activity Agreement to offer personalised learning to young people as soon as they...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to promote the work of the Charity Research Support Fund in the context of the current national...

  • Olympics

    • Apprentices: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people are undertaking (a) trainee apprenticeships and (b) work placements at Olympic venues. [Official Report, 5 March 2009, Vol. 488, c. 11MC.]

    • Contracts: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether an independent value for money audit of the bid by Lend Lease to build the Olympic Village was conducted prior to the award of the contract.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which of the public appointments for which her Office is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i) remit,...

      Fairtrade Initiative: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will bring forward plans to ensure that the 2012 London Olympics sources all relevant products on a fair trade basis; if she will hold discussions with...

      Havering

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics when she last visited the London borough of Havering.

      Mass Media: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics who the owner of the media centre planned for the London 2012 Olympics will be once it has been completed.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics for what reason problems with the foundations and ground conditions for the Olympic velodrome were not identified earlier; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are for the use of the (a) handball venue, (b) sailing facilities and (c) aquatics venue after the end of the London 2012 Olympic games.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are for the use of the North Greenwich Arena (a) 1 and (b) 2 after the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are for the use of the Olympic Stadium after the end of the London 2012 Olympic games.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are for the use of the velopark after the end of the London 2012 Olympic games.

      Olympic Games 2012: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much had been spent on the handball venue at the latest date for which figures are available; and what the estimated final cost of the venue is.

      Olympic Games 2012: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what cancelled expenditure items are contained under the headings (a) other transport capital projects and (b) other transport operating expenditure, in the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Works: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of those who have taken advantage of the Own Art loan scheme fall into each of the scheme's eligibility criteria.

    • Art Works: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have taken out loans as part of the Own Art scheme in each of the last three years; and what the total value of the...

      Arts Council of England: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) buildings and (b) land are leased by Arts Council England; and what estimate has been made of the value of these assets.

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in respect of which projects (a) the Arts Council, (b) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (c) Sport England and (d)...

      British Film Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding (a) his Department and (b) Arts Council England provided to the British Film Institute in each of the last five...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to increase access to broadband for (a) lower income households with children of school age, (b) pensioner...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many equalities impact assessments his Department has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which of the public appointments for which his Department is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department or its predecessors were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each of the last five years.

      Music: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) adult and (b) peer mentors have been appointed as part of the Music Mentoring scheme in each of the last three years.

      Musical Instruments: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have taken out loans for musical instruments as part of the Take It Away scheme in each of the last three years; and...

      Musical Instruments: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of those who have taken advantage of the Take It Away instrument loan scheme fall into each of the eligibility criteria.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue has been raised from (a) all National Lottery games and (b) the Olympic scratch card game in each year since the...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the Olympic scratch card game on Lottery contributions to the National Lottery good causes...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, columns 255-6W, on public libraries, to what factors he attributes...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, columns 255-6W, on public libraries, what consideration his...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote the UK as a tourist destination to those overseas.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the decision was taken to transfer RWE Aldermaston to Jacobs.

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many individuals were declared bankrupt in (a) St Albans constituency, (b) Hertfordshire, (c) the...

      Bankruptcy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people have applied for (a) bankruptcy and (b) an individual voluntary arrangement in (i) North...

      Bankruptcy: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses in Cambridgeshire were declared bankrupt in each of the last 12 months.

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects broadband internet access to be available for everybody who wants it nationwide.

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has spent on enabling broadband internet access in each year since 1997.

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with (a) the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts...

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the economy of nationwide access to high-speed broadband.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to ensure high speed broadband provision in rural areas, with specific reference to...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on the extension of provision of high-speed broadband access to...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which websites were operated by his Department in addition to its main website since its inception.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which of the public appointments for which his Department is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each year since it...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste was produced by his Department in each year since...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have (i) met and (ii) talked on...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will publish each of the producer compliance schemes established under the Waste Electrical and...

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide equal rights in employment for UK nationals in...

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the European Commission has taken since the Forum on Workers' Rights and Economic Freedom in...

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the expert committee on the posting of workers...

      Fire Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the potential effect of levels of fire cover provided by retained...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which arms export licences for arms sales to Israel have been approved in each of the last five years; and...

      Manufacturing: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what financial assistance the Government is providing to (a) commercial vehicle manufacturing companies...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many responses to letters received in his Department from hon. Members were outstanding in each month...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Secretary of State plans to reply to the letter of 22 December 2008 from the right hon. Member for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Woking of 25 November 2008 on Cookson...

      Minimum Wage: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people have had their benefits uprated as a result of the national minimum wage in (a) the UK,...

      Mobile Phones: Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will review the decision of Ofcom not to require the UK's telecommunications sector to reduce its...

      Mobile Phones: Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has made a recent estimate of the cost to UK consumers of (a) maintaining the...

      Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy to require mobile telephone companies to maintain high standards of signal...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will provide credit guarantee support for the purchase of vehicles to provide support for the motor...

      Motor Vehicles: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the Statement of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 165-67, on the automotive...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the support package for the automotive industry includes elements of support for the development of...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what cars of what engine cubic capacity are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department.

      Overseas Companies: EU Countries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what UK-owned (a) companies and (b) construction companies are taking part in major infrastructure...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions the Ministerial Committee on the Post Office Network has met since its formation; and...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many notifications his Department and its predecessor received of businesses making redundancies of 20...

      Regional Development Agencies: Public Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each of the regional development agencies has spent on external public relations in the last 24...

      Renewable Energy: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to increase take-up of the Export Credits Guarantee Department's £50 million...

      Retail Trade: Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many retail enterprises were in operation in (a) the area covered by Hambleton and Harrogate councils...

      Retirement: Age

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to (a) prohibit employers from operating a mandatory requirement age...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much Royal Mail has set aside for modernisation projects.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of Royal Mail's Strategic Plan.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of Royal Mail the Government plan to sell to a private sector partner; and what price the...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much will be paid annually to the new Chairman of Royal Mail in (a) salary, (b) pension contributions...

      Small Businesses: Bankruptcy

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

      Wind Power: Steel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the opportunities which exist for the manufacture of wind turbines from...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Impact Assessments

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

    • Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1319-20W, on redundancy, what estimate he has made of the...

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much of his Department's budget for 2008-09 has been spent on addressing the effects of climate change in developing...

      Global Partnership for Agriculture and Food Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what proposals his Department has brought forward for a Global Partnership for Agriculture and Food Security; how much funding...

      HIV Infection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has credited to the Global Fund for AIDS in each year since the fund's inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the UK's contribution to the work of humanitarian organisations.

      Palestinians: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the operation of the staging area in Israel for the transfer of humanitarian aid into Gaza; and what...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent assessment he has made of the distribution of aid in Gaza; (2) what recent discussions his Department has had with...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support the opening of crossing points to facilitate the movement of aid into Gaza.

      Peace Negotiations: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the UK National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the...

      Peers Interests

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

      United Nations: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) financial and (b) in-kind contribution his Department made to the United Nations Adaptation Fund in 2008-09; what allocation...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs not underwriting the costs of the production of the bluetongue vaccine BTv8 in 2009, whether...

    • Agriculture: BSE

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the requirement in clause 7 of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1881) that occupiers have to behave "in...

      Agriculture: BSE

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the requirement in clause 7 of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) (Regulations) 2008 (SI 2008/1881) that occupiers have to behave "in...

      Agriculture: BSE

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why regulations 17 and 18 of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1881) state that anyone who "intentionally...

      Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure that all dairy farmers in the United Kingdom allot a minimum of 610 mm of head space to each cow in their herds.

      Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will propose to ensure that dairy farmers make significant reductions in the carbon footprint of their herds over the medium term.

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why, in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule 4) (England) Order 2008 (SI 2008/2356), they have reduced from 50 to nine the number of...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answers by Lord Bach on 21 January (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 1670—72), whether the draft bailiff regulations will include...

      Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL] will redress any racially discriminatory impacts of United Kingdom nationality law arising from the...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what use has been made of the £600,000 made available by the Department for International Development for food aid for the relief of famine in Chin state,...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the United Nations Development Programme and the World Food Programme to provide help with logistical support, including...

      Case Resolution Directorate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the backlog of an estimated 450,000 older cases in the Case Resolution Directorate are thought to be refused asylum seekers.

      Child Protection: Witchcraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of child abuse related to accusations of possession or witchcraft.

      Childcare: Grandparents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) grandmothers, and (b) grandfathers regularly provide informal childcare thereby enabling parents to sustain paid employment; and what are the ethnic...

      Childcare: Grandparents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) lone parent families, and (b) partnered parent families are enabled to sustain paid work by the regular provision of grandparental childcare; and what...

      Childcare: Grandparents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the estimated cost of allowing the transfer of the carer's credit under section 3 of the Pensions Act 2007 from the parent drawing the child benefit...

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation they have introduced in relation to children's social care since 1997.

      Climate Change: Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of population control in tackling climate change; and how that informs their policy on climate change.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what definition of religion is used for the purposes of a class H council tax exemption; and which faiths and denominations are eligible for class H council tax...

      Courts: Surcharges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for how long they intend magistrates' courts to collect £15 surcharges for victims of crime; and To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the...

      Criminal Justice System: Men

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Bach on 3 February (WS 45), whether they plan to divert vulnerable men as well as vulnerable women, who are not dangerous...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Meeting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who attended the meeting hosted by the Department for Communities and Local Government at the Victoria Park Hotel in London that was the subject of a Daily Mail...

      Disabled People: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 3 February (WS 47), what are the reasons and the evidential basis for their decision to sign the...

      Disabled People: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consult Parliament on their proposals to make reservations to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

      Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 28 January (WA 58), whether, having regard to the existing domestic remedies for sex discrimination under United...

      Endangered Species

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the proposal to clone endangered species in order to preserve the species for future generations; and what steps they are taking to...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following an error in the definition of "relevant fossil fuel" in the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Regulations, (a) it will be obvious should an...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Home Office refuses to publish information on the proportion of British pork and bacon it purchases.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to enable $93 million, currently held by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, to be spent on capital programmes and...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the access granted to humanitarian agencies in Gaza.

      Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue instructions to all departments to ensure full compliance with data protection principles and respect for private life, home and...

      Government Departments: Religions and Faiths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what religions and faiths are officially recognised by each government department.

      Government Departments: Religions and Faiths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what religious groups or affiliated organisations have received public funding from each government department in each of the past five years.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 28 January (WA 58), whether there is a gap between the protection given by the general right to equality without...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why leave to enter the United Kingdom has not been granted to Mrs HY, who won an appeal against refusal of her application to enter the United Kingdom as the...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many immigration and asylum detainees have been (a) released, and (b) deported, in each of the current and previous two years; and what were the reasons for...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the granting of refugee status by the Home Office to an individual whose case had been selected as a country guidance case by the Asylum and Immigration...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in selecting a country guidance case.

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons are in immigration or asylum detention; and how many have been in detention for (a) under six months; (b) six months to one year; (c) one year to...

      Immigration: Removal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why removal directions do not routinely state the date, time and route of the proposed removal, and port to which the removal is proposed; and what proportion of...

      International Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will use the United Kingdom's international development budget to offset the falls in capital flows to the poorest developing countries during the current...

      Internet: BT and Phorm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the subject matter and content of the communications from a company representative of BT, Phorm or 121 Media to a Home Office official on (a) 15 November...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in protecting the rights and meeting the humanitarian needs of Assyrian Christians in Iraq.

      Marine and Fisheries Agency: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further, to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28 January (WA 51), whether, in view of 0.876 per cent of inspections on land resulting in the...

      Nitrate Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the requirement in regulation 18(4), Risk maps, of the Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/2349) that "the occupier must keep a copy"...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom passports were returned to the Identity and Passport Service in 2008 on the death of the holder.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British passports have been issued by the Belfast Passport Office in each of the past five calendar years.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their reasons for not putting the criteria for the withdrawal of passports from British citizens on a statutory basis.

      Places of Religious Worship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which faith and denominations are recognised as religions for the purposes of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855.

      Police: Associations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 26 January (WA 19), why the National Association of Muslim Police is the only religious group to receive...

      Police: Associations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 26 January (WA 19), what is the total amount of grant in aid paid to the British Association for Women in...

      Police: Associations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4 June 2007 (WA 171), what was the outcome of their discussions with the National Black Police...

      Prisoners: Ex-service Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the preliminary findings of their research on ex-service personnel in prison.

      Prisons: Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training and awareness programmes have been provided to staff at prisons in England and Wales aimed at preventing violent extremism and radicalisation.

      Prisons: Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how much money has been spent in each of the last five years on programmes in prisons in England and Wales aimed at preventing violent extremism and...

      Prisons: Muslim Chaplains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Muslim chaplains are currently serving in prisons in England and Wales; which prisons they are at; and what is the total number of Muslim chaplains...

      Prisons: Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what programmes are in place in prisons in England and Wales to prevent Muslim prisoners being exposed to extremist (a) views, and (b) indoctrination.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Williams of Mostyn on 18 October 2001 (WA 101) and Lord Davies of Oldham on 18 July 2007 (WA 28), which members of the House...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the issue of the Cabinet Office publication Public Bodies 2008—Making government work better, which confirmed that the expenditure by...

      Railways: BR Residential Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the British Rail Residual Property Board spent in each year since its formation on (a) repairs and maintenance to abandoned railway lines; and (b) repairs...

      Railways: BR Residential Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what length of abandoned railway line the British Rail Residual Property Board owned, and was responsible for the repairs and maintenance of, in each year since...

      Railways: BR Residential Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the British Rail Residual Property Board spent in each year since its formation on (a) repairs and maintenance of the abandoned railway line between Colne...

      Registered Commons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the seven authorities listed as Registration Authorities in Schedule 1 to the Commons Registration (England) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1961) represent all...

      Roads: Traffic Signs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a traffic sign as defined in Sections 142 and 64 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 must be in compliance with Regulation 11 and Regulation 12 of the...

      Roads: Traffic Signs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether non-prescribed traffic signs authorised by or on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport may only be used in full compliance with the content of the...

      Roads: Traffic Signs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Regulation 18 of the Local Authorities' Traffic Orders Procedure (England and Wales) Regulations 1996 binds an authority to the content of Traffic Signs...

      Roads: Traffic Signs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to remove non-prescribed traffic signs that have not been authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport.

      Schools: Performance Tables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why IGCSE examination results are not included in calculations of value added between key stage 4 and key stage 5 for the 2008 school performance tables.

      Secondary Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review obsolete secondary legislation.

      Squirrels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to eradicate the disease which is killing red squirrels in Formby on the north west coast.

      St Helena: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long the pause in negotiations over the project to build St Helena's airport will last; and whether they have arranged with the preferred bidder that their...

      Sudan: Darfur

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 9 July 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 751) that the Government would defer enforcing the return of...

      Telecommunications: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice or opinions the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure issued to the Home Office, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Iraqis applying to enter the United Kingdom have received visa refusals in each of the last three years; and how many of those came from (a) Syria, and...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many visa applications for entry to Britain are pending from (a) Syria, and (b) Jordan; and how many of those applicants are Iraqi citizens or stateless persons.

      Waste Management: Household Bins

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the legal responsibility for household waste bins, in the event that they cause a road traffic or pedestrian accident, lies with the supplying council or...

      Waste Management: Plastic Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether companies that have switched from using tin or aluminium packaging to plastic are permitted to claim the resultant weight loss towards the attainment of...

      Working Neighbourhoods Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the allocations of funding and indicative or provisional funding for the working neighbourhoods programme to each relevant local authority for the current...

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