Written answers

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent by his Office on staff reward and recognition schemes in each of the last three years.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects the Transfer of Functions Order establishing the Department for Energy and Climate Change to enter into force.

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister when the Intelligence and Security Committee last visited RAF Menwith Hill; with whom the Committee had discussions during that visit; and which other military bases...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Gaza

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

    • UK-Canada Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart on UK-Canada relations.

      UK-India Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of UK-India relations.

      UK-China Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the expected effects on UK-China relations of the new framework for engagement between the UK and China.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to seek to ensure a long-term ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka

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

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to seek to ensure a lasting ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

      Prohibited Individuals: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people associated with the Zimbabwean government are on the UK's list of individuals prohibited from entering the UK.

      UN Counter-racism Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the international effectiveness of strategies to counter racism adopted by the United Nations and...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress against the objectives of UK foreign policy in Afghanistan; and if he will make a...

      Mumbai: Terrorist Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Pakistan on steps that country could take with India to prosecute all...

      Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Czech counterpart on the Czech Presidency's priorities for the EU's common foreign...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of EU disbursements for (a) operations and (b) other commitments in Afghanistan is met from UK contributions.

      British Nationality: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1183W, on British nationality: detainees, and with...

      Croatia: Slovenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to assist in the resolution of the boundary disputes between Croatia and Slovenia.

      Cyprus: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the prospects for the Europa Nostra initiative for the restoration of Famagusta/Varosha; and if he...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to promote better links with its EU neighbours.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department provides funding to India Aid.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute of 21 November 2008 and 22 December 2008 on...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

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

      Pakistan: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Pakistani authorities on the decision to release A.Q. Khan from house arrest; and if...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken in co-operation with international counterparts and organisations to bring about a peaceful solution to...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken in co-operation with international counterparts to persuade the Government of Sri Lanka to allow access...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average number of days sick leave per staff member in his Department was in each of the last five years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 196W, on departmental drinking water, what reductions in the number of...

    • Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what newspapers his Department subscribed to in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 995W, on departmental television, what criteria are used to decide which...

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 995W, on departmental television, what criteria are used to decide which...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns 995-6W, on departmental travel, how much was spent on hotels used by his...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 729W, on departmental travel, how much was spent by his Department's...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1996W, on departmental visits abroad, what the purpose was of each of the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what consideration the House of Commons Commission has given to displaying energy certificates at the public...

  • Scotland

    • Baugur Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he plans to meet (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) business leaders to discuss the risks to commercial activity in Scotland arising from the...

    • By-Elections: Glenrothes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the implications of the marked register from the Glenrothes by-election going missing for his responsibility for policy...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a copy of his Department's website accessibility plan.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many staff in his Department were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days in each of the last five...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many contacts there were between British forces and anti-coalition militia in Afghanistan in each month since June 2006; (2) how many contacts...

    • Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what dates he has had meetings with the Leader of Essex county council on the involvement of the Ministry of Defence in either a military...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff working in his Department's main building lost their security passes in each month of 2008.

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1116W, on Netherlands: military exercises, whether the training exercise planned...

      Ex-servicemen: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ex-service (a) men and (b) women living in the City of York have received Veteran's Badges.

      Ex-servicemen: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) service and (b) ex-service (i) men and (ii) women normally resident in York have received (A) medals for bravery or distinguished service,...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any unmanned aerial vehicles tested at Parc Aberporth have been deployed by Israel in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Treasury Minute entitled The privatisation of QinetiQ issued in response to the Committee of Public Accounts' Twenty-Fourth Report...

  • Transport

    • Accessibility and Equalities Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 298W, on the Accessibility and Equalities Directorate, what timetable he...

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights each Minister in his Department has made in each of the last five years; how many miles each Minister has flown in each of those...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members of staff in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for losing (i) memory sticks, (ii) laptop...

      Departmental Foreign Workers

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

      Departmental Equality Impact Assessments

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a copy of his Department's website accessibility plan.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many language translators are employed in (a) each of his Department's Executive agencies and (b) its non-Ministerial department; and what the...

      Fines

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

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on rail replacement bus services in the North East in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 50WS, on rail services, whether the fund for the provision...

      Railways: Pennines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Transpennine Express train services on the Manchester to Hull line scheduled to run at peak hours ran according to the timetable in each year...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the schedule for de-trunking of each road in the non-core network in the next five years is.

      TransPennine Express: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that extra carriages for TransPennine Express will be manufactured in England.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates the auditors of banks regulated by the Financial Services Authority who issued a qualified audit report on the 2007-08 accounts of a bank...

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate what the cost to the Exchequer would be of exempting from capital gains tax business owners who sell their businesses upon retirement up...

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many parents were claiming child care tax credit in respect of children aged (a) between four and 11 and (b) over 11 years old in each of the last...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days in each of the last five years.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the extra revenue which would be raised in 2008-09 by increasing the rate of duty on cider to that levied on beer.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 588W, on public expenditure, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department carried out of the effect on businesses of the planned increase in national non-domestic rates in April 2009; and if he will...

      Non-Profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Office of Government Commerce is taking to implement the recommendations of the Glover review.

      Public Expenditure: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department monitors the proportion of Government spending on public sector contracts which goes to small businesses.

      Public Expenditure: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training the Office of Government Commerce provides for public procurement managers on dealing with consortia of small businesses tendering for public...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the timetable is for the next regional finance allocation for each region; and what scrutiny processes apply to the allocations.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of the closure of HM Revenue and Customs' office, Chaucer House, Mansfield; and by what date he expects such costs to...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in the amount of travel allowance paid in each month to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff who are to relocate...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total cost of redundancy payments for HM Revenue and Customs staff who are leaving the service following the closure of...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change to the total amount of travel allowance paid to HM Revenue and Customs staff who are to relocate following the...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of redundancy payments for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff who are leaving the service following the closure of...

      Revenue and Customs: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will call for a report from HM Revenue and Customs as to the percentage of tax returns received by 31 October 2008 which had been processed by 31...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on information campaigns relating to the smuggling and supply of illegal and counterfeit tobacco in each of the last...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on reducing levels of smuggling and supplying of illegal and counterfeit tobacco in the latest period for which...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide tax relief to all forms of media using public interest criteria.

      VAT: Catering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of reducing to five per cent. value added tax on the supply of restaurants and catering services, exclusive of...

      VAT: Disabled

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the rules relating to value added tax relief for people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

      VAT: Disabled

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of (a) the total value of value added tax (VAT) relief on goods and services for people with disabilities, (b) the...

      VAT: Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs officials on changes to the interpretation of the rules on the recovery of value added tax...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what proportion of (a) new claims, (b) renewals and (c) change of circumstances claims for tax credits have been processed (i) within...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of tax credit payments were made (a) into bank accounts and (b) by other payment methods in each of the last 12 months; and...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions the Tax Credit Office has been notified by claimants of a delay in receiving payments in each of the last 12 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on public expenditure of removing the second income threshold on tax credits and applying a consistent taper rate of 44 per...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Constituencies

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission has made estimates of the likely impact of under-registration...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission has undertaken research on the effect of recent changes in...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what representations the Electoral Commission has received on electoral registration officers...

      Electoral Register and Postal Votes

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much funding the Electoral Commission has provided for research into (a)...

      Electoral Register and Postal Votes

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many meetings Electoral Commission officers have (a) initiated and (b) attended on (i)...

      Electoral Register: Marketing

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the effectiveness of its advertising...

      Electoral Register: Marketing

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission has taken to encourage the use of doorstep canvassing in...

      Electoral Register: Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission has taken to measure the effectiveness of electoral...

      Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many bonus payments were made in 2007-08 to (a) senior civil servants and (b) other...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1278W, on council housing: Greater London, what data her...

    • Council Housing: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on local authority housing waiting lists in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire; and what the...

      Council Housing: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions the Minister for Housing has had with Lambeth Council on rent increases from 1 April 2009.

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will estimate the effect on the change in the level of rents in each local housing authority in 2009-10 if the relevant...

      Council Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of houses were registered as second homes for council tax purposes in each county in each year...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of maintaining the databases owned and managed by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies was in (i) 2006, (ii)...

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwelling management orders have been issued since the Housing Act 2004 came into force.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people who applied to local authorities for housing have been assessed under homelessness criteria as priority need in...

      Homelessness: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for housing assistance under homelessness legislation were made in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in...

      Homelessness: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for housing assistance under homelessness legislation were made in (a) Winchester and (b) Hampshire in...

      Homelessness: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in York were accepted as statutorily homeless in each of the last 15 years.

      Housing: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans have been made for the (a) provision and (b) development of affordable housing in Braintree.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to increase (a) the supply of and (b) access to affordable housing in rural areas in the North East.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of properties (a) in the private rented sector and (b) under owner occupation in each (i) region...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many bed spaces have been completed in purpose-built communal housing for students and key workers in each local planning...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many residential park homes there are on licensed park home sites in (a) St Ives constituency, (b) Cornwall and (c)...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what analysis she plans to undertake of the 16 recent planning applications on which the Environment Agency advised against...

      Rented Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will establish an independent watchdog for tenants renting managed properties via letting agencies.

      Rented Housing: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on building and repairing (a) council and (b) housing association homes in City of York constituency...

      Rents: Wimbledon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the change in rental rates for (a) business and (b) council tenants in Wimbledon constituency...

      Rough Sleepers: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rough sleepers there were estimated to be in Eastbourne in each year since 1990.

      Rough Sleepers: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rough sleepers there were estimated to be in Winchester in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social housing tenants received payments under cash incentive schemes in each (a) English region and (b) London local...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of social housing in (a) London, (b) Birmingham, (c) Liverpool, (d) Leeds, (e) Sheffield, (f) Bristol,...

      Social Rented Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social rented homes she expects to be built in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; and to what level under the Code for...

      Standards of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the 10 per cent. (a) most and (b) least deprived lower level super output areas are in (i) London and (ii) Sutton and...

      Supporting People Programme: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her answers of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1902W, on supporting people programme: learning...

      Theology Board of Muslim Scholars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who has been appointed to the Theology Board of Muslim Scholars; how many workshops the board has held; and when she expects the...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Shipley of 22 February 2008, Official Report, column 1098W, on Travelling...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate his Department has made of the potential taxpayer liability for (a) fines disallowance and (b) other...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent steps the Government has taken to assist arable farmers; (2) what recent steps the Government has taken to...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the ceiling is in each region for direct payments in (a) pounds sterling and (b) euros.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payments which erroneously omitted (a) protein crop premium, (b) aid for energy crops and (c) nut aid...

      Agriculture: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to encourage young people into agricultural careers.

      Agriculture: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on research into on-farm anaerobic digestion techniques in each of the last six years.

      Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated size of the recreational fishing catch of each species was in the latest period for which information is...

      Birds of Prey: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 34W, on birds of prey: genetics, in which scientific...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Deer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on research for a vaccine for tuberculosis in deer in each of the last five years.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average value of claims made in England under the Common Agricultural...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports for public buildings...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many expert advisers, excluding special advisers, have been commissioned by his Department since June 2007; and on which...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

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

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) pot plants and (b) flowers in each of the last three years.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to support research into (a) canine and (b) feline illnesses.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1049W, on...

      Electronic Tagging: Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the cost to farmers of the electronic tagging of sheep in line with EC proposals.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency in each county of England and Wales in each of the last 10...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made in implementing the flood defence schemes brought forward under spending announced in...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department calculated that 27,000 homes will receive protection from bringing forward spending on flood defences as...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his latest estimate is of the number of posts in flood risk management in local authorities which are (a) filled and...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to amend his Department's policy in flood management expenditure areas where provision has been made in the...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been allocated by his Department to implementing the recommendations of Sir Michael Pitt's review of the...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons (a) the right for regional flood defence committees to decide spending priorities will be replaced by a...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on flood risk management plans (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) in 2008-09 to date;...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs over what period he expects funds allocated for response measures following the Pitt report on flooding to be spent.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has any plans to establish a single telephone number for use by the public to report incidents of flooding and...

      Floods: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 326W, on floods: Canvey Island, what representations...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects current landfill sites in each region of England to be full.

      Landfill: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress has been made in implementing the EU Landfill Directive; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Minister for Farming and the Environment to reply substantively to the letter of 14 October 2008 from...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when a reply will be sent to the letter from the right hon. Member for West Derbyshire of 15 August 2008 on water drainage...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many wildlife species in England were classified as at risk in each of the last 10 years.

      Pesticides: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the effect on the farming industry's revenue of the introduction of the EU...

      Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list all consultations initiated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies since 1 January 2008, including the...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in the value of recyclable materials on the recycling rates of...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his policy is on the payment of recycling credits to third party collectors who collect material from the kerbside...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the distinction between his Department's definitions of domestic and commercial waste for the...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to identify and restore lost rights of way.

      Rural Payments Agency: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 224W, on the Rural Payments Agency: ICT, if he will...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from which budget his Department plans to meet net new burdens on local authorities imposed as a result of the transfer of...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities have received advice through the Local Authority Support Direct Consultancy Service about the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the proportion of municipal waste (a) recycled or...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has (a) been budgeted for expenditure on and (b) has been spent to date on the surface water management plan...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has made available to each local authority for the development of a surface water management...

      Water Charges: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the General Synod about church water bills; and if he will make a statement.

      Water Charges: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Yorkshire Water and (b) the East Riding Council on the development...

      Water Companies: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what powers he has to direct Ofwat to direct water companies to adopt carbon dioxide emission reduction measures; (2)...

      Water Companies: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives of water companies and the construction sector to discuss major infrastructure projects and...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of women in the UK have children.

    • Civil Service: Work Experience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what summer placement internship schemes are available in the Civil Service for students (a) with disabilities, (b) without disabilities, (c)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336-7W, on Government Departments: information and communications...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent by his Department on staff reward and recognition schemes in each of the last three years.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the population is registered to vote in each constituency, ranked in descending order in each region.

      Employment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many lone parents were in work in (a) 1998 and (b) 2005; and how many lone parents were in work on the most recent date for which figures are...

      Employment: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were in employment in the City of York in each of the last 15 years.

      Foreign Workers: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many non-UK nationals were working in Wales in 2008.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many freedom of information requests refused in whole or in part by his Department are subject to further review by the Information Commissioner.

      Government Departments: Computer Software

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the adoption of open source software in Government.

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average number of job vacancies was in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) County Durham and (c) England in each of the last three years.

      Lobbying

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will establish a register of lobbyists to record (a) representations made by lobbyists, (b) salaries of lobbyists, (c) each lobbying event...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City of York he estimates are being paid at the level of the national...

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average weekly earnings were of (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) employees, (ii) male employees and (iii) female employees in (A) the...

      Public Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in (a) the Civil Service, (b) central government, (c) local government and (d) the public sector in each year...

      Pupils: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Information Commissioner was consulted on the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (Disclosure of Pupil...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will publish a copy of her Office's website accessibility plan.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent estimate her Office has made of the net financial effect on (a) London and (b) each London borough of the London 2012 Olympic Games, broken down...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date the euro changeover plan of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies was last updated; and if he will place in the...

    • National Lottery: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery funding has been allocated to sporting projects in Cornwall in the last five years, broken down by lottery...

      Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been (a) allocated to and (b) provided to the training of the British Olympic shooting team for the London 2012...

      Sport and Arts: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to provide facilities for (a) sporting activity and (b) participation in the arts for young people...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of apprenticeship training providers funded by the Learning and Skills Council were employers in each year...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what arrangements there are for co-ordination between the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Employment Service...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of increasing the proportion of the training costs of adult apprentices paid by...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage the uptake of part-time apprenticeships.

      Apprentices: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what percentage of people taking up apprenticeship schemes in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency in each of...

      Apprentices: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people beginning apprenticeship schemes in each of the last five years in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland...

      Apprentices: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of apprenticeships taken up in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b)...

      Higher Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the collection of data on the progression of apprentices into higher education.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when the commissioned reports from users of higher education were placed on his Department's website; and how these reports...

      Higher Education: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of women and children who do not have a first degree.

      Skilled Workers: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the future skills needs of low carbon,...

      Students: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of people in each ward in each of the principal seaside towns of England were participating in (a) higher...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what financial support his Department offers to part-time students with children.

      Vocational Training: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people took a Skills for Life qualification in Leeds West constituency in each year since 2005.

      Young People: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people aged 16 to 24 years were not in education, employment or training in each local education authority area in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent research his Department has undertaken into the average hourly costs of childcare in (a) London and (b) the UK for different age...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many orders for the confiscation of (a) driving licences and (b) travel documents were made by the Child Support Agency in (i)...

      Council Tax Benefits: Winchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many outstanding unprocessed (a) council tax benefit and (b) housing benefit claims there were in Winchester in each quarter of the last...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received a crisis loan in each (a) region and (b) JobCentre Plus district in each of the last five years.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) applied for and (b) received a crisis loan in England and Wales in each of the last five years, broken down by the...

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Industrial Health and Safety: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions have taken place with the Welsh Assembly Government on work under its national action plan to reduce suicide and self harm in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Jobcentre Plus offices in (a) Feltham, (b) Orpington and (c) Brixton Hill are planned to be closed.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of new jobseeker's allowance claimants expected to move onto the benefit as a...

      Natural Gas: Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many registered gas engineers there were in each of the last 10 years; and how many were (a) deregistered, (b) fined and (c) imprisoned...

      New Deal for Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants on the New Deal for Musicians Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment upon leaving...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 502W, on the 65 plus work force, what percentage of the overall...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioner households received guaranteed credit in each year since 2005; (2) how many pensioner households received pension...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension credit applications were not processed within 10 days of receipt in (a) each year since 2005 and (b) 2008-09 to date.

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government have taken to ensure that under the new pension auto enrolment scheme due to start in 2012 each £1 invested by...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the weekly income, to the nearest whole pound, from the basic state pension and pension credit for a single person who...

      Poverty: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency in (a) January 2007, (b) January 2008 and...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department has the capacity to provide effective and timely assistance and support to those made...

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees have been offered early access under Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service to (a) work-based learning for adults, (b)...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with more than (a) £100,000 and (b) £200,000 annual income were in receipt of a winter fuel payment in the most...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy on recovering cold weather payments made in error is; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Care Homes: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of care home residents were asked to pay a top-up fee in (a) Winchester and (b) Hampshire in each of the last five years.

    • Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes in each region did not comply with the national (a) privacy and dignity standard 10.1, (b) medicines management standard 9.6, (c)...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births there were at (a) under 20 weeks, (b) between 20 and 23 weeks, (c) between 24 and 27 weeks, (d) between 28 and 31 weeks and (e)...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the survival rates were for babies born at (a) under 20 weeks, (b) between 20 and 23 weeks, (c) between 24 and 27 weeks, (d) between 28 and 31...

      Choose and Book

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP referrals to first outpatient appointments were made using Choose and Book in each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) civil servants, (b) permanent non-civil servants and (c) temporary or agency staff are employed at each (i) grade and (ii) salary range on...

      Death Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the mortality rate for (a) four-limb deficient thalidomiders and the (b) the general public is; (2) how many NHS trusts are equipped to...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement that the level of diagnosis and treatment of people with dementia is generally low in the UK and that there...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the £150 million he has allocated to fund the National Dementia Strategy will be allocated to each year of the strategy; and how much will...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dementia advisers there are; how many he plans to recruit in each year; and by what date he plans to complete the proposed complement of...

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date his Department plans to publish its reviews of the inappropriate use of anti-psychotic drugs for people with dementia.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much research funding has been allocated to studies linked to dementia in each financial year since 1997-98 for which figures are available; and how...

      Dental Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were seen by dentists in Cornwall in each of the last 10 years.

      Dental Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many treatments have been carried out by dentists in Cornwall in each year since 1998.

      Dental Services: Durham

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

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were with practices in City of York constituency in each of the last 15 years.

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people from City of York constituency there were on the lists of NHS dentists in City of York constituency in each of the last 15 years.

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Lord Crisp has claimed in travel expenses in the course of producing his report on global health.

      Drugs: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency's 24-hour anti-counterfeiting hotline was established; how much it cost to run in the last 12...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure there is appropriate treatment and support available for individuals who have an eating disorder.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average (a) cost and (b) number of staff in an emergency operations centre is.

      General Practitioners: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints the Healthcare Commission has received on GP services in Wirral West constituency in the last five years.

      Genetics: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the evidence of his Department's chief scientific adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on 21 January 2009, when his...

      Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the coordination of assessments carried out by those in the health and social care sectors; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Social Care: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons real terms social care expenditure on older people has fallen, as reported in his Department's report Personal Social Services...

      Health Services: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many memory clinics there are; and how many memory clinics he intends to establish by what date under the provisions of the National Dementia...

      Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department has undertaken into the costs of administering healthcare in rural locations.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis (i) A, (ii) B, (iii) C, (iv) D, (v) E and (vi) G in each...

      Hospitals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 172W, on hospitals: finance, which of the schemes listed in the table (a) are no...

      Measles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of measles in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Teesside and (d) Middlesbrough South...

      Meat Hygiene Service: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of inspections carried out by the Meat Hygiene Service was in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the tariff uplift breakdown for 2009-10, published by his Department on 5 February 2009, when he plans to develop a tariff for mental...

      NHS Hospital Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which applications for NHS Hospital Foundation Trust status have been deferred from the initial date for consideration.

      NHS Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 938W, on NHS negligence, how much of the total premium for 2009-10 will be collected...

      NHS Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS occupational health departments were members of NHS Plus in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

      NHS: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date he expects the conclusions of his Department's independent review of NHS dentistry to be published.

      NHS: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring procedures are in place to ensure that primary care trusts are providing sufficient NHS dentistry services.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital expenditure allocations to NHS organisations have been agreed for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; which organisation will...

      NHS: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has carried out on the effectiveness of Clinell in the elimination of bacteria and viruses in NHS hospitals.

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of sick days taken per member of staff was in each NHS trust in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of sick leave in the NHS.

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates his Department has made of the cost of sick leave to the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available.

      NHS: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS of a motorised wheelchair for someone without arms and legs is; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 411W, on personal injury: compensation, (1) on how many occasions a check produced...

      Rapid Review Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the operational cost of the Rapid Review Panel was in the last 12 months; (2) what the average time taken by the Rapid Review Panel to...

      Screening: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued on steps to be taken on the identification of an abnormal result in a test carried out under the national...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) syphilis, (b) HIV infection and (c) gonorrhoea have been diagnosed in (i) England, (ii) the North East and (iii) Middlesbrough...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abattoirs have closed in each of the last five years.

      Social Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he holds on disbursements of the social care reform grant by each local authority.

      Social Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many independent review panels were held in 2006 to 2008; and what assessment he has made of levels of complainant satisfaction with the...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the period of time between a surgical operation and further surgery required by a patient is counted for the purposes of performance against...

      Vioxx

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the NHS of prescribing the drug Vioxx has been in each year since the drug became available on the NHS; (2) how many (a) males...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for being drunk and disorderly there have been in the Chelmsford division of the Essex police force area in each of the...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were of retailers for selling alcohol to persons under 18 years old in 2007; and what...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what method her Department uses to apportion funding to local authorities to tackle anti-social behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour in Enfield North constituency.

      Appropriate Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what progress has been made in her Department's review of the role of appropriate adults; and when the new guidance on the matter is...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned by her Department on the likely effects of the change in classification of...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the reclassification of cannabis on (a) the numbers using cannabis and (b) the numbers...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training police officers receive to allow them to recognise cannabis.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to ensure that social networking sites act upon requests from adoptive parents and adoption agencies where they have a...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department collects on each crime and disorder reduction partnership.

      Crime Prevention: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken in preparation for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Narcotic Drugs; and what objectives she has set for...

      Crime: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of (a) shoplifting, (b) robbery of business property and (c) theft by an employee were recorded by police in the quarter...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of incidents of violence against the person in each police force area in 2007-08 involved a (a) knife, (b)...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by her Department and directly affecting the operation of police forces was...

      Dogs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in combating crime involving dogs; and if she will...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the merits of bringing forward proposals to reduce levels of financial abuse in domestic settings;...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of (a) drugs and (b) alcohol have been recorded by police...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what qualifications the initial assessors referred to in Part 3 of the Drugs Act 2005 are required to have for the role of establishing drug...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent operators for 999 calls there were in each year since 1997; and how many such calls there were in each of those...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average it took her Department to respond to the requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in 2008.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letter to her of 20 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms A Mlay.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the current official threat level.

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of progress in securing the co-operation of internet service providers in deploying the blocking list of known...

      Offensive Weapons: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal weapons were confiscated by the Greater Manchester police force in each year since 1997.

      Police: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made towards delivering the policing pledge in Enfield.

      Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces (a) have adopted fully and (b) are piloting ExISS release 1; how much was spent on the programme in 2007-08; and if...

      Police: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the police portal has been to date, including any costs associated with the termination of the contract for the creation of...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salary range is of the chief constable of each constabulary for each year since 1997.

      Police: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average total (a) direct staff cost, (b) operational support cost, (c) business support cost and (d) cost excluding sustaining...

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 729W, on police:...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of women convicted of loitering and soliciting who will be ordered to attend meetings under the...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources she plans to make available to implement orders requiring attendance at meetings in clause 16 of the Policing and Crime Bill...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place for regular assessments of threats to public order; how frequently such assessments are carried out; when the...

      Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to increase the conviction rate in rape cases; and what assessment she has made of effectiveness of those steps.

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of (a) the ratio of rape crisis centres to the female population and (b) the average waiting list of rape crisis...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of appeals against the suspension or revocation of a licence by the Security Industry Authority have been upheld...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many private security licences have been revoked by the Security Industry Authority; (2) how many people are listed on the...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private security licences are currently suspended by the Security Industry Authority.

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time to process a licence application from (a) British citizens, (b) other EEA nationals and (c) non-EEA nationals by the...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 of (a) working without a licence, (b) breaking licence conditions and...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to gather specific information from local police forces on the ages of victims of sexual crimes in order to...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 were recorded in 2007-08, broken down by offence; what percentage of such offences was...

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local authorities have a specialist support service for women who have suffered sexual violence.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1252W, on stop and search, how many of the resultant arrests were (a)...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the possible effects of the Israeli military attack on Gaza on future levels of terrorism in the UK.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on the (a) prepare, (b) prevent, (c) protect and (d) pursue strands of the Contest counter-terrorism...

      Terrorism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK-based websites have been closed down because they contained extremist material inciting terrorism in the last five years.

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had on the potential of stolen vehicle slowdown technology to assist in stopping vehicles; and if she...

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on stolen vehicle slowdown technology to assist the police in stopping...

      Tobacco: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences by (a) confectioners and tobacconists and (b) other retailers selling tobacco products to those aged under 16 were...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget of the Community Energy Saving Programme is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the next five years.

    • Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consultations have been initiated by his Department since 6 October 2008, including the dates given for responses and the...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies there have been in his Department since its creation.

      Electricity: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to provide guidance to local authorities on the sale of surplus electricity generated by such authorities...

      Electricity: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average amount a small business spent on its electricity supply in the last 12 months.

      Energy Saving Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which Minister in his Department oversees the (a) Carbon Trust and (b) Energy Saving Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy Supply: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 118W, on energy supply, whether he received advice on competition...

      Energy Supply: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to eradicate sales malpractices by gas and electricity suppliers.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of domestic (a) gas and (b) electricity meters in UK households that are (i) less than...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether Ofgem has received notifications from energy supply companies of intentions to reduce domestic energy prices since British Gas...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average cost of household energy in each of the last 10 years in each (a) Government Office region,...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme is.

      Office For Nuclear Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many secondees from the nuclear industrial sector (a) within the UK and (b) abroad have been recruited to the Office of Nuclear...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 there were in respect of (a) noise, (b) graffiti and fly-posting and (c) waste and...

    • Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any category of (a) defendant and (b) convicted offender is to be excluded from receiving assistance under the Bail Accommodation and Support...

      Data Protection: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 amending the Data Protection Act 1998 to grant the Information Commissioner powers...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much his Department paid to each such...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) 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 in each of...

      Dovegate Prison: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial penalties the operators of Dovegate prison have incurred in respect of failures to meet contractual obligations in each year since it...

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of drivers with foreign-registered cars did not pay fines for motoring offences in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) the last 12 months.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions of uninsured drivers there were in each police force area in 2007-08; and what the average penalty imposed was.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group were convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol in each police authority area in each of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what percentage of people eligible to vote in each (a) constituency and (b) ward of each constituency were registered to vote in (i)...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the likely levels of compliance with requirements for individual voter registration by members of different social...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible but not registered to vote in each of the last 11 years, broken down by region; (2)...

      Electoral Register: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of trends in the annual expenditure of local authority electoral registration officers over the last 10 years; (2) if...

      Electoral Register: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding of local authority registration officers in relation to their objectives to increase voter...

      Electoral Register: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for any variation in levels of electoral registration between different local authorities;...

      Electoral Register: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) duties and (b) powers local electoral registration officers have to promote electoral registration.

      Fraud: Financial Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of financial abuse by partners (a) have been reported to the police, (b) have been prosecuted and (c) resulted in a conviction in each...

      Judges: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he last met Baroness Prashar to discuss judicial appointments.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in which prison establishments an offender supervisor is allocated to each inmate; and if he will make a statement.

      Offenders: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to ensure that information held by a prison about an offender is made available to a community offender manager on the...

      Offenders: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) the veterans in custody support programme at HM Prison Everthorpe and (b) extending the programme across...

      Offenders: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to ensure that account is taken of the needs of offenders who are former members of the armed forces in the preparation of...

      Offenders: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to assist offender managers in identifying offenders who have served in the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Offensive Weapons: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted for (a) possessing and (b) distributing prohibited (i) weapons and (ii) ammunition in each police force area in 2007-08.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 519W, on prison sentences, how many and what proportion of prisoners serving a...

      Prisons: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he expects to ensure (a) that all prisoners at HM Prison Gartree receive an OASys assessment on or within eight weeks of arrival at the...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in the provision of drug treatment in prisons following the establishment of the Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of using dogs in the detection of drugs in prisons.

      Prisons: Industrial Health and safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison cells were closed for health and safety reasons in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sentences were given to young offenders in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008, broken down by type of offence.

      Young People: Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17 year olds were on remand in each police force area in 2007-08; and how many subsequently served a prison sentence.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • ACAS: Parking

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the workplace parking charges being introduced by Nottingham City Council will be required to be...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 769W, on apprentices, what steps...

      Bankruptcy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) bankruptcy orders and (b) individual voluntary agreements were recorded in (i) Braintree,...

      Bankruptcy: Bexley

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley...

      Bankruptcy: Stroud

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people have been declared bankrupt in Stroud constituency in each year since 1997.

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many households are expected to obtain access to 2MB/s broadband between now and 2012.

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the costs of ensuring that all households have access to 2MB/s broadband.

      Broadband: Low Incomes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of access to broadband for lower-income households.

      Broadband: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the provision of high-speed broadband in Milton Keynes.

      Broadband: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to fulfil the Government's target of access to a broadband speed of at least 2 MB/s in...

      Charities: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will assess the merits of exempting charities from the requirements of the Privacy and Electronic...

      Departmental Compensation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the 10 highest payments made by his Department in settlement of personal injury claims brought against...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in his Department were disciplined for (a) bullying and (b) harassment of colleagues in...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people his Department employs.

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's internal guidance for officials on the drafting...

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many sick days were taken by employees in (a) his Department and its predecessor, (b) its...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in (a) his Department and its predecessor, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and...

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many companies from other EU member states with contracts in the UK have brought a workforce of non-UK...

      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 18 December 2008 from the right hon. Member...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of the UK's compulsory oil stocks under EU law are accounted for by the Compulsory Oil...

      Postal Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on the removal by Royal Mail of certain rural addresses from...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column...

      Telephone Preference Service: Charities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effects of registration with the telephone preference scheme on the...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many members of staff at each grade in his Department identify themselves as Welsh speakers.

  • Women and Equality

    • Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether the plans outlined in section seven of the Government's draft legislative programme on improved data collection on equality include the...

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1312W, on charities, what criteria the Government Equalities Office used in...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports for public buildings issued in respect of each...

      Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by the Government Equalities Office.

      Equality: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent steps the Government have taken to reduce the gender pay gap.

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many rape crisis centres have closed in each of the last five years; how much has been spent on (a) services for rape victims and (b) rape crisis...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the policy of Connexions is on the provision to students under the age of 16 years attending Catholic schools of access to...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 947W, on apprentices, what progress his Department has...

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued on which "Every Child Matters" outcomes should be directly linked to the curriculum.

      Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils who were children in care (a) lived and (b) attended school in the most deprived decile...

      Departmental Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contractors his Department uses to undertake cleaning duties; and what the hourly rates of pay are for cleaners working in...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people were employed by his Department as consultants in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Impact Assessments

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to encourage and improve (a) individual, (b) parental and (c) community responsibility in improving...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in each decile of income deprivation affecting children indices achieved three A grades at A level in 2008.

      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) sociology, (b) media studies and (c) communication and culture at each...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in receipt of free school meals took English literature GCSE in (a) 1997, (b) 2003 and (c) the latest year...

      GCSE Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many individuals gained mathematics GCSE at grade C or higher through passing equivalent tests or examinations in the last...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the percentage of young people from care going to university.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2008, Official Report, columns 385-6W, on music: education, (1) when his Department...

      Numeracy: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many individuals gained (a) Level 1 and (b) Level 2 numeracy qualifications through Allan Tests in the last five years.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many candidates have achieved the Early Years Professional Status to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many candidates have been awarded Early Years sector-endorsed foundation degrees to date.

      Pre-school Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many nursery places were available in City of York constituency in each of the last 20 years.

      Primary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the interim report of the Rose Review of the primary curriculum.

      Primary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools are taking part in the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority pilot studies on the implementation of the...

      Primary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the draft programmes of learning being consulted on by the Qualifications and...

      Primary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) dates and (b) locations are of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority regional conferences on the independent...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained and (b) non-maintained pupil referral units there were in each local authority in 2008.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils attended pupil referral units in each year since 1997 in each local authority area; (2) how many pupils in...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1725-6W, on pupil referral units, how many responses to the...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which of his Department's initiatives are delivered in partnership with schools; and what the cost of each was in the most recent...

      Schools: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 28 January, Official Report, columns 672-4W, on special educational needs, in which schools children...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with statemented or non-statemented special educational needs of behavioural, emotional or social difficulties...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained mainstream schools had (a) between 20 and 30 per cent., (b) between 30 and 40 per cent., (c) between 40 and...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1344W, on special educational needs, what the equivalent...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1730-1W, on special educational needs, how many pupils in...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) all children with speech, language and communications difficulties, (b) children with...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1730-2W, on special educational needs, if he will provide a...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with special educational needs were placed in schools outside their own local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children from Braintree with statements of special educational needs were educated at a special school outside their...

      Special Educational Needs: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with statements of special educational need there are in mainstream education in Braintree.

      Special Educational Needs: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care had statements of special educational needs in each year since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of eligible pupils with (a) statemented and (b) non-statemented special educational needs achieved...

      Special Educational Needs: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of eligible pupils with (a) statemented and (b) non-statemented special educational needs achieved...

      Special Educational Needs: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and in what proportion of pupils with statements of special educational needs (a) lived and (b) attended school in the...

      Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2117W on special educational needs: pupil exclusions, if he...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what advice his Department provides to schools on the recruitment of supply teachers; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the Government have spent on Sure Start programmes in each local authority area since 1997; and how much has been spent...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 518-20W, on truancy, how many (a) fathers and (b) mothers...

  • House of Lords

    • Banking: UK Financial Investments Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why bankers recruited by the Government into UK Financial Investments Ltd to manage the state's £37 billion stake in retail banks will be eligible for bonus...

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 9 February (WA 163) concerning the Belfast agreement of 1998, what was agreed concerning the...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with officials from Mauritius on the future of the Chagos archipelago; and what in particular was discussed.

      Children: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of local authorities have specialised services to address the effects of domestic violence on children.

      Children: Lifetime Number

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to assign each child a lifetime number and keep a permanent record of school achievements, exclusions and expulsions for access by potential...

      Children: Refuges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of local authorities have dedicated support workers for children in refuges.

      Children: Refuges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce statutory funded places for children in refuges.

      Children: Sexual Exploitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will undertake research into the sexual exploitation of children and young people by other children and young people.

      Children: Sexual Exploitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when revised guidance on safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation will be published.

      Climate Change: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure public funding for research into geo-engineering projects that may help to counter climate change.

      Co-operation Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in 2008 they hosted a reception on their property in Hillsborough, County Down, for Co-operation Ireland; and, if so, why; when; how much it cost; and who...

      Crime: Money-laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to (a) review the administration of money laundering regulations, and (b) simplify the regulations so far as they affect law-abiding citizens.

      Cuba: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 21 January (WA 204), whether they are pressing the European Union to schedule the next round of political...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Rape

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold regarding the dates of requests by the United Nations Rapporteur on Torture for an invitation to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo;...

      Education: PSHE

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following the announcement that Personal, Social and Health Education could become a statutory part of the curriculum for key stages one to four, how Sir Alasdair...

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how their equality policies are reflected in their foreign policies.

      EU: Israel Association Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the upgrade of the European Union—Israel agreement will next be discussed.

      Families: Single-parent Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why their policies on reducing child poverty do not include a policy to reduce the number of single-parent families through information, motivation and support for...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many directors have been refused authorisation for undertaking investment business as being not fit to do so by the Financial Services Authority; and whether...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel to seek an extension of fishing limits for fishermen in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the quartet has raised or will raise with the Government of Israel the question of access to Gaza for building materials.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of Israel concerning its role in restoring destroyed and damaged houses in Gaza, together with impaired...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are in emergency shelters in Gaza; and how many are without water or power or both. To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the opening by Israel of border crossings into Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the short- and long-term supply of electricity, water, sewerage and sanitation in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they will hold with the government of France with a view to including Hamas in a government of national unity covering all Palestinian Territories.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek access by sea to Gaza for imports and exports, if supplies transported by road prove to be insufficient.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the call by 80 members of the British Jewish community in a letter to the Guardian on 10 January for a programme of boycott, divestment...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the Government of Israel about any civilians who have been blinded by the recent military action in Gaza.

      Government Departments: Staffing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Statement repeated by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 25 November 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 1368—70) which stated that the...

      Government: IT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they will do to improve the time and budget success rate of information technology contracts.

      Government: IT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of their relationship with the Japanese company Fujitsu.

      Government: IT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of their information technology contracts, and whether any cost over-runs are expected.

      Government: IT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of their information technology projects are experiencing difficulties; and why 45 projects are considered by the Office of Government Commerce to be...

      Government: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pages of primary legislation (excluding money bills) have been passed in each of the past 15 years.

      Hajj Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Hajj Advisory Group was established. To ask Her Majesty's Government which Muslim organisations were consulted when they established the Hajj Advisory...

      Health: Irish Community Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the 2001 Irish Census ethnic group question, made as a result of representations from Irish community groups for information to measure health inequalities...

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many homeless people died on the streets of the United Kingdom in each year from 2004 to 2008.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in view of their intention to bring forward proposals to reform the House of Lords, what is the purpose of inviting nominations, other than Ministers of the Crown,...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will request each foreign Government with whom they have a memorandum of understanding concerning extradition or deportation to ratify the United...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 28 January (WA 56), whether as a matter of international law it would be open to the United Kingdom to ratify the...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for the start and completion of their second consultation on measures to comply with the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in...

      Immigration: Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people originating from African countries south of the Sahara are living in the United Kingdom, broken down by country of origin.

      Immigration: Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the range of professional skills held by the people originating from African countries south of the Sahara and now living in the United Kingdom, broken...

      India: Freedom of Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what their response is to the recommendations by United Nations Rapporteurs on freedom of religion or belief about the extension of Scheduled Caste status to...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether adherence to the international rule of law and to the United Kingdom's obligations to the United Nations will remain paramount in their future policy...

      Iran: British Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Government of Iran to reconsider their actions against British Council staff which have led to the suspension of the British Council's...

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Nations Secretary-General and the presidency of the European Union have received satisfactory replies from the Government of Iran, following...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the government of Iraq why they insisted on the reopening of the Baghdad Museum, against the advice of staff who were still working on the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any representations from members of the public expressing concern for the future viability of the state of Israel.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution the current review of the European Union—Israel Association Agreement will make to the achievement of...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the quartet's Middle East envoy, Tony Blair, of the appointment of Senator George Mitchell.

      Malaysia: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they will give to the government and parliament of Malaysia following their recent proposals for war crimes trials for countries that do not support...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the views of the new Government of the United States in respect of Middle East peace.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will bring to the attention of President Obama the 46 vetoes exercised by previous governments of the United States since 1968 in relation to United...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take within the appropriate framework to enhance contacts with Hamas to assist the long-term peace process in the Middle East.

      Money: Banknotes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many banknotes issued by United Kingdom commercial banks are currently in circulation; of which denominations; and what is their total value by bank.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence has sufficient funding to allow it to undertake studies and to issue guidance on issues that are...

      Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office for National Statistics recognises English as a nationality.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what directions they gave to the Northern Ireland Office concerning the payment of staff bonuses.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

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

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 3 February (WA 111) concerning the payment of bonuses to staff in the Northern Ireland Office,...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 4 February (WA 132) concerning the reduction of Northern Ireland Office staff, whether the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on electricity by the Northern Ireland Office in each of the past five years.

      Northern Ireland Office: Overtime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances overtime payments are made to officials of the Northern Ireland Office; who authorises such activities; and how it is monitored.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new staff were recruited by the Northern Ireland Office in 2008.

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 29 January (WA 76) regarding expenditure on taxis by the Northern Ireland Office in the first two...

      Northern Ireland Office: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 4 February (WA 132) concerning the cost of travel to Great Britain, what is the estimated cost of...

      Northern Ireland Office: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in travel costs by the Northern Ireland Office in each of the past five financial years for staff on official business.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 26 January (WA 17) concerning salary payments to the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, what...

      Northern Ireland: Parity of Esteem

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the context of Northern Ireland, the promotion of equality and parity of esteem is a human right.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Government of the United States following President Obama's statement in January that he would offer them move help to...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 22 January (WA 228—29), whether any of the Government-funded work in Pakistan is aimed specifically at...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Pakistan about the detention in custody of four children on charges of blasphemy and about the use of...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 20 January (WA 199), whether they are monitoring the commitment from the Government of Pakistan to introduce...

      Parents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Department for Education and Skills' publication Making Sense of Citizenship makes no reference to the role and responsibilities of parents as citizens in...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what charge is made to the holder for United Kingdom passports issued by United Kingdom diplomatic missions overseas; how that compares with the charge made for...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports were issued by the British Embassy in Dublin in each of the past five years.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that police officers in Northern Ireland are recruited in a fair manner, irrespective of religion.

      Post Office: Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what protection they offer, through the United Kingdom Financial Services Compensation Scheme or in any other way, to United Kingdom depositors with savings...

      Post Office: Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the future funding of financial services provided by the Bank of...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are considering with regard to the protection of depositors in the Presbyterian Mutual Society.

      Republic of Ireland: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what treaties they have signed with the Republic of Ireland since 1997; what was their purpose; and, in each case, how they monitor them.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 18 December 2008 (WA 79), how many of the staff leaving HM Revenue and Customs between 2005 and 2008 were...

      Roads: Traffic Signs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to remove non-prescribed illegal obstructions of the highway and prescribed traffic signs erected in locations not compliant with the...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will propose to improve United Kingdom relations with the Russian Federation.

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what direct and multilateral representations they have made to the Government of Russia about the recent killings of Stanislav Markielov, journalist, and Anastasia...

      Schools: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of sexual bullying in schools. To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish guidance to help schools...

      Schools: Evolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider new measures to ensure that evolution is properly and thoroughly taught in schools.

      Severn River Crossing plc

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much value added tax was collected from Severn River Crossing plc during (a) November, and (b) December 2008.

      Sport: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement the recommendations of the Audit Commission, in its report Tired of Hanging About, in respect of sports and leisure...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic efforts they are making (a) in New Delhi, and (b) in Colombo, to secure a peaceful settlement in Sri Lanka.

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many chattels, and of what value, were conditionally exempted from inheritance tax in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, and (d) 2008. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what way their previous commitment that "Where the United Kingdom can make a significant contribution, the Department for International Development, the Foreign...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 4 February (WA 134-35) and in the light of the proportion of heavy goods vehicles prohibited by the Vehicle and...

      West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel with a view to reducing the number of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in line with...

      West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel about the number of Palestinian residents in the West Bank being attacked by Israeli settlers.

      West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any current settlement expansion by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank.

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