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Written answers

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

  • Prime Minister

    • Future Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Prime Minister For what reason the construction of the Future Aircraft Carriers has been delayed.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many adult learners have taken GCSE mathematics in each year since 1990.

    • Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) whether any administrative financial penalties may be levied by his Department and its agencies; (2) what...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of university entrants were home schooled in each of the last 10 years.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what research his Department has funded on (a) ethical, (b) environmental and (c) social issues relating to the (i) use...

      Research: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made on the commitment in the "Innovation Nation" White Paper to extend the revised Small Business...

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to publish his Department's strategy for science and society.

      Social Work: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which universities providing social work degrees have stated their intention to cease providing them; and when they did so.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make it his policy to suspend student loan repayments for graduates earning less than £30,000 per annum.

      Whitehall Innovation Hub

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of establishing the Whitehall Innovation Hub was; and what funding his Department plans to allocate to it in...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many places on the planned national internship programme are expected to be available annually.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the housing management and maintenance allocations were in (a) real and (b) cash terms for each English region in each...

    • Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the allocations for major repair allowance were in (a) real and (b) cash terms for each (i) English region and (ii)...

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

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

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to increase the availability of affordable housing in (a) Reading and (b) the Thames Valley region.

      Local Government Finance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the management and maintenance allocations were to each London local authority in (a) real and (b) cash terms in each...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to reply to the letters of 3 December 2008 and 30 January 2009 from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean on the...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund monies (a) allocated by her Department in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08 and (b)...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each of the Humber ports paid in business rates in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007 and (e) 2008; and for...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for the administration of the scheme to enable businesses to pay backdated rates bills over eight years in...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has refused to implement fast track arrangements for port businesses which...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department allocated to small business rate relief in each year since 2005; and how much was claimed in such relief...

      Ordnance Survey: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Ordnance Survey has reduced its retail prices for items which attract value added tax since December 2008.

      Rented Housing: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people there are on housing waiting lists in City of York constituency; and how many there were in each of the last 15...

      Roscommon Way Extension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the environmental impact of the Roscommon Way Extension, Canvey Island.

      Sleeping Rough: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people she estimates were sleeping rough in York in (a) winter and (b) summer in each of the last 15 years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Internet

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

    • Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Disadvantaged: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding was allocated by his Department under the deprived areas fund to each local authority in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what sanctions would apply if an individual refused to participate in (a) a substance-related assessment, (b) an interview, (c) other...

      Industrial Accidents: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions have been brought under health and safety legislation in respect of fatal accidents in the construction industry in each...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance but no longer qualify for it (a) have found employment, (b) are still...

      Mass Media

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire to the Prime Minister of 18 December 2008, transferred to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer the letters from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 22 September 2008 and 17 November 2008 on the case of the hon....

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) officials from his Department next plan to meet bidders for Flexible New Deal contracts to...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will increase the up-front service fee payable to successful bidders for Flexible New Deal contracts; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of people who will be referred to providers of the Flexible New Deal in each of the next...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the flexible new deal contracts go-live dates will be delayed as a result of the suspension of the tendering process.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department expects to commence the Flexible New Deal in October 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with organisations providing specialist employment services who did not submit bids for contracts under the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for pension credit were made to the Pensions Service in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 to date.

      Pensioners: Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners who reached the age of 80 in 2008 have not qualified for winter fuel payments because their birthday was later than 15...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of pension funds which invest in mortgage-backed securities; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff of his Department were working on the Post Office card account successor contract prior to its cancellation.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many apparent benefit claimants also appear on the mortality and bereavement register; and how much has been paid in benefits to such...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people referred to welfare to work providers have subsequently been found to appear on the mortality and bereavement register in each...

      Social Security Benefits: Deductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times deductions have been made from benefits for non-payment of council tax in each local authority area since August 2007; how many...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed in tackling benefit fraud in each year since 1997.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of benefit fraud in 2007-08.

      Social Security Benefits: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of families in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire who have received benefits as a result of...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefits applicants resident in (a) Aylesbury and (b) Milton Keynes were required to take a medical examination in each year since...

      Vacancies: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire have been notified to Jobcentre Plus offices in each of the...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps the Government have taken to assist those returning to work from long periods of unemployment.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps the Government have taken to help those aged over 50 years to re-enter the labour market.

      Vocational Training: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish performance data for (a) private sector providers and (b) in-house teams providing pathways to work schemes.

      Vocational Training: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the comparative performance of (a) the private sector Pathways to Work providers and (b) the...

      Welfare Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what resources will be made available during the first full year of the implementation of the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill for the...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Advanced Extension Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were entered for sixth term extension paper examinations in (a) mathematics and (b) any subject in (i)...

    • Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for care proceedings there have been since 1 November 2008; and what effect this has had on the appointment...

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children's homes were assessed as inadequate by Ofsted in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether education professionals will be able to access ContactPoint via wireless handheld devices; (2) what contingency...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what initiatives the Government has introduced for children of pre-school age to reduce levels of childhood obesity in (a) Hemel...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what initiatives his Department has introduced to reduce childhood obesity among children of pre-school age in the London Borough...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children on the Child Protection Register in each region were not allocated a social worker in each year between...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to his statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 777, on serious case review numbers, when he expects to...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Part 8 reviews there have been into children's deaths in Doncaster in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of initial assessments for children who may be at risk were carried out by care services within seven working days...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on salaries for frontline children's social workers by each local authority in each year since 1997.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the expenditure on the integrated children's system was in each local authority area in each year since its implementation.

      Children's Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in relation to which local authorities his Department has expressed concern about the performance of the children's services...

      Critical Thinking: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were entered for an AS level or higher examination in critical thinking in (a) maintained schools and (b)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of staff in his Department and its predecessor have received bonus payments in each of the last five...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the likely change in expenditure by his Department on administration costs between now and 2011.

      Free School Meals: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children received free school meals in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.

      Free School Meals: St Albans

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

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils achieved three A grades at A level and took more than one of (a) accounting, (b) art and design, (c)...

      GCE A-level: Disadvantaged

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

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of Fresh Start schools reached the benchmark of pupils achieving five A* to C grade GCSEs including...

      GCSE: Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many gifted and talented pupils (a) eligible for and (b) not eligible for free school meals who obtained level 4 or above in...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of those pupils studying GCSE chemistry were at (a) comprehensive, (b) independent and (c) grammar schools in...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of those pupils studying GCSE biology were at (a) comprehensive, (b) independent and (c) grammar schools in...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of students in schools with (a) mathematics, (b) arts, (c) sport, (d) science, (e) music, (f) technology,...

      Marriage Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much of the money allocated through the Children, Young People and Families Grant 2008-09 constituted spending on...

      National Curriculum Tests: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (1) (a) all children, (b) children in the five per cent. most deprived areas and (c) children...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) all children, (b) children in the five per cent. most deprived areas and (c) children...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in receipt of free school meals achieved the national standard in each of the Foundation...

      Pupil Exclusions: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children attending schools in Suffolk between the ages of four and 11 years were suspended from school in each of the...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupil referral units are in special measures; and in which local authority areas those units are.

      Pupil Referral Units: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were given a fixed-period exclusion from a pupil referral unit in 2008.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will change the formula for calculating attendance statistics for schools to prevent schools being penalised in the event of...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the proportion of students in receipt of free school meals is in (a) religious and (b) non-religious schools.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools had (a) between 30 and 50 per cent. and (b) more than 50 per cent. of pupils in receipt of free school meals in 2008.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

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

      Schools: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps the Government are taking to protect Jewish schoolchildren from anti-Semitic attacks by other schoolchildren; and...

      Schools: Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Gloucestershire are heated by oil-powered boilers; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to inform school children of the adverse effects of (a) smoking and (b) alcohol abuse.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many and what proportion of schools where the proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals is (a) less than 10 per...

      Science: GCE A Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals gained an A grade in (a) mathematics, (b) physics and (c) chemistry A level in 2008.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with the Learning and Skills Council on the funding of schools with sixth forms where the...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families under what circumstances schools receive exceptional funding support for sixth forms; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families into which children's services he has sent intervention teams in the last 12 months; what the remit of those teams has been; and...

      Social Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many social workers in each London borough were agency employees at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Special Educational Needs: Disadvantaged

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

      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, what...

      Special Educational Needs: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 2263-64W, on special educational needs: young offender...

  • Defence

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) civilian staff his Department employs in City of York constituency; and how many have been so employed in each year since...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Ex-servicemen: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many homes are provided for service personnel and their families in City of York constituency; and how many have been provided in each year since 1994.

      Falkland Islands: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment he has made of the performance of J.A.Gardner and Company in providing the Coastal Re-Supply Service in the Falkland Islands...

      HMS Vanguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received from the First Sea Lord on the recent collision between HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant; whether the crew of HMS Vanguard...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many transport and tanker aircraft were available for deployment by the armed forces in each year since 2001.

      Veterans Day: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for Plymouth to participate in Veterans Day on 27 June 2009.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • NGOs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make it his policy to introduce annual headquarter grants to non-governmental organisations which fall within his Department's area of...

    • Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what support his Department is providing to charities and voluntary organisations to assist them in mitigating the effects of the economic downturn.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent progress has been made in implementing the measures announced in the social mobility White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to increase the number of social entrepreneurs.

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what funding his Department is providing to voluntary sector organisations working to assist deprived communities in 2008-09.

      Transport Network Resilience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his responsibilities are for coordination of action across Government to ensure the resilience of the transport network.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 614W, on apprentices, what progress has been made in increasing the number...

      Cabinet: Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the cost of the Cabinet visit to Leeds was; and what the cost of (a) staff time, (b) staff travel, (c) staff accommodation, (d)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether a display energy certificate has been produced for each building under his Department's administration in Whitehall.

      Departmental Lobbying

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

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge), of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 December 2008, Official Report, columns 111-12WS, on guaranteed minimum pension...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 500-01W, on the unemployed, how many people aged 16 to 24 years were...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the proposed new national internship scheme will apply to the Civil Service.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy: Milton Keynes

      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 Milton Keynes in...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of households in rural areas (a) are connected to and (b) have the capacity to be...

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of households which have access to broadband internet...

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate of the number of households which have access to broadband internet in (a)...

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimates he has made of the cost of ensuring that every household in Wales can receive high speed...

      Broadband: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many households have access to broadband in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds Metropolitan...

      Caio Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what date the Caio Review was commissioned; and on what date it reported.

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many companies have gone into liquidation (a) in each of the last 10 financial years and (b) in...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff were employed in his Department's Energy Change Group on 1 October 2008.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent by his Department on staff reward and recognition schemes since its inception.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in (a)...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge), of 6...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many new recruits his Department took on in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09;...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many pre-pack administrations there have been in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West...

      North East Economic Forum: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding (a) his Department and (b) One North East has provided to the North East Economic Forum in...

      Regional Development Agencies: Land

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what land holdings each regional development agency owns.

      Regional Development Agencies: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the cost to regional development agencies of paying national...

  • Justice

    • Care Proceedings: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for care proceedings were made by local authorities in England and Wales in each month of (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

    • Cemeteries: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1291-2W, on the...

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information he has on the number of criminal cases defended by litigants-in-person.

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in England are estimated to have an unspent conviction.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of coroners' inquests likely to be held without a jury on the grounds of (a) national security, (b) the...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions an inquest has been closed without a recorded verdict in each of the last five years.

      Cremation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1291-12W on...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many homes have been subject to forced entry by bailiffs under the provisions of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 in each year since...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 870W, on debt...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of each individual non-confidential response to his Department's consultation paper on the regulation of...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department's joint review with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the enforcement of council tax payments will include in...

      Debts: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) third party debt, (b) interim charging and (c) final charging orders were made by courts in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many language translators are employed in each of his Department's executive agencies; and what the cost of translating services provided by such...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which local authority electoral registration departments (a) do and (b) do not use bar coding on their electoral registration forms; (2) how...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the demographic profile of those people who are most likely not to be registered...

      Electoral Register: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what rules govern registration to vote by telephone; and whether he plans to change these rules; (2) which local authorities use telephone...

      Electronic Commerce: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1171W, on homophobia, what compliance issues with the EU e-commerce Directive...

      HM Courts Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial settlement was reached with the former Chief Executive of HM Courts Service at the end of his tenure.

      Libra Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Libra project (a) has cost to date and (b) is expected to have cost on completion; and what implementation milestones have been set for...

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times magistrates courts hearings in each district have had to be postponed because the prosecution case paperwork was incomplete or misdirected...

      National Offender Management Service: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total monetary value of all redundancy packages given to regional offender managers is.

      Offenders: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what types of offences were committed by people on bail in Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Office of the Public Guardian: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints about the Office of the Public Guardian were received in each month of the last three years.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection have been set a tariff of (a) less than 12 months, (b) between 12...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are serving (a) life sentences and (b) other indeterminate sentences.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released early in error in the last five years; for what offences they were serving sentences; what the length of the...

      Prisoners: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents classified as racially-motivated were reported by prisoners in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of suicide in prisons; (2) how many prisoners died in HM Prison Winchester in each of the last...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many visitors to prisons were found to be in possession of illegal drugs in 2007-08; how many such visitors were referred to the police; and what...

      Protection of Badgers Act 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the length is of each custodial sentence, other than suspended sentences, handed down under the provisions of the Protection of Badgers Act...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders for home repossession have been issued in Eastbourne constituency in each month of the last two years.

      Repossession Orders: Wandsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in Putney, Roehampton and Southfields in each of the last 10 years.

      Residence Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for residence orders were made during (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were fined for television licence evasion in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what the average fine was.

      Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 53W, on the Tribunals, Courts and...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles each Minister in his Department has travelled in a ministerial car in each of the last five years; how many such journeys each Minister...

    • Driving Standards Agency: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1385W, on the Driving Standards Agency: alcoholic drinks, for what reason public...

      Driving Standards Agency: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments the Driving Standards Agency has made to (a) (i) management and (ii) public affairs and relations, (b) advertising agencies and (c)...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons were for the increase in the driving licence application fee to £50 in 2008.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions of driving licence holders there have been for failure to notify a change of address in the last year for which information is...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has estimated the proportion of driving licence addresses which are inaccurate.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of battery-powered motor vehicles purchased in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage the use of battery-powered motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      First Capital Connect: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much public subsidy was paid to (a) First Capital Connect and (b) the predecessor franchisee WAGN in each year since 2000; and if he will make a...

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of individuals (a) residing within the area of a 50 decibel contour of Heathrow Airport on the latest date for...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of miles heavy goods vehicles registered in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) overseas travelled on roads in the...

      High Speed Trains: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the process of recruitment was which led to the appointment of Mr Andrew McNaughton to his role within High Speed Two.

      High Speed Trains: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the names are of the directors and other members of senior management of High Speed Two.

      High Speed Trains: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the process of recruitment was which led to the appointment of Sir David Rowlands as interim chairman of High Speed Two.

      Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department had on proposals to write off the debt on the Humber Bridge; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Northern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail on improvements to the railway line between Newcastle and Edinburgh to increase its (a) passenger and...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to fund the purchase of snow ploughs in the next 12 months.

      Taxis: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many licensed taxi drivers have a criminal record for (a) motoring offences, (b) violent crimes and (c) sexual offences.

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the number of new trains will be (a) hybrid, (b) diesel and (c) electric models.

      Trains: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the location in York of the proposed train assembly and manufacturing factory.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effect of adding an additional hourly service to the Manchester to London railway line on local commuter...

  • Home Department

    • Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff within her Department deal with animal-related matters as part of their remit.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with the Department for International Development on establishing training programmes in developing...

      Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Democratic Republic of Congo nationals (a) arrived in the UK as family reunion cases, (b) applied for asylum and (c) were granted...

      Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment has been made of the safety of people returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo under immigration legislation.

      Asylum: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the performance figures for the asylum tipping point target were for each quarter since 2004.

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of Zimbabwean nationals resident in the UK (a) in total and (b) with (i) asylum seeker status or...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each of the last five years.

      Deportation: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who previously resided in the Peterborough City Council area and had no legal basis to remain in the United Kingdom were...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what visa application procedures are in place for visitors from (a) Croatia, (b) Serbia, (c) Montenegro, (d) Macedonia and (e)...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to change the visa application procedures for visitors from (a) Serbia and (b) Macedonia.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for visas were approved under the (a) International Graduates Scheme, (b) Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme...

      Entry Clearances: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU nationals from each other EU member state have been refused entry into the UK on the grounds that their presence would threaten...

      Entry Clearances: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications were made for marriage visas to enter the UK where the intended spouse was resident in the London Borough of Bexley in...

      Immigrants: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) illegal and (b) legal immigrants were (i) stopped, (ii) searched and (iii) arrested by the police in each police authority...

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 819W, on immigration: Peterborough, how many of the 200 other non-EEA...

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at which location the UK Border Agency holds paper files on people resident in the administrative area of Peterborough City Council who are...

      National Identity Register: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a person who has consented to share across Government information held on her Department's database will be able to withdraw the consent.

      National Security: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many certificates were issued under Section 28 of the Data Protection Act 1998 in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and if...

      Departmental Lobbying

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

      Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information is intended to be recorded via the Pentip computer system; and how the system is intended to be implemented by police forces.

      Repatriation: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review her policy on assisting Zimbabwean nationals resident in the UK to return to their country of origin to take account of...

      Surveillance: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police forces of other EU member states are authorised to conduct surveillance operations of private property in the UK, including...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many disclosure applications the Criminal Records Bureau (a) received in 2007-08 and (b) has received in 2008-09 to date; and what...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will hold discussions with the trustees of the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme on ways to improve benefits for scheme members.

    • Nuclear Power: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1431-2W, on nuclear power: consultants, what role (a) Mr David...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Inland Waterways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the sum required to clear the maintenance backlog experienced by British Waterways; and if he...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) were in structured care-planned treatment and (b) discharged from an alcohol treatment programme in each strategic health authority...

    • Aortic Aneurysms: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bolton South East of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 343W, on aortic aneurysm: screening,...

      Aortic Aneurysms: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bolton South East of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 343W, on aortic aneurysm: screening,...

      Aortic Aneurysms: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts (a) have a screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysms and (b) have ever operated such a screening programme.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 364W, on apprentices, how many apprentices his Department employs.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 364W, on apprentices, what progress his Department has made towards meeting its...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to research into renal cancer in each of the last three financial years; how much he plans to allocate for...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the progress of ongoing clinical trials of treatments for renal cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) postcode, (b) expected service commencement date and (c) primary care trust area of each planned GP-led health centre is according to the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) name and (b) postcode location of each (i) accident and emergency department, (ii) minor injuries unit and (iii) NHS walk-in centre in...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has issued guidance to primary care trusts with a high level of HIV infection following recommendations by the Health Protection...

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to his announcement of 28 January 2009 on mixed-sex accommodation in the NHS, what definition of sharing of sleeping accommodation...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of a policy of single embryo transfer on the full implementation of National Institute for Health and...

      Local Public Health Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the future funding of local public health laboratories; (2) how many public health laboratories have closed in the last 10 years.

      NHS: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the compliance of NHS trusts undertaking construction projects with Government guidance requiring payment of invoices...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has issued guidance to primary care trusts on the funding of drugs commonly used towards a patient's end of life via...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department has spent on legal fees in completed actions against individual NHS staff in each of the last five years, broken down by case.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has budgeted for legal fees in respect of actions against NHS staff in 2008-09.

      Nutrition: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with healthcare professionals on the inclusion of nutritional screening as a directed enhanced service in the community...

      Pharmacy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of pharmacy consultations which result in referral to other healthcare services; (2) what...

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure the implementation of the Standards for the Clinical Care of Adults with Sickle Cell Disease in the UK endorsed by...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls have been made to the smokefree compliance line in each year since it was established; and how much the line cost (a) to establish and...

      Social Services: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure recruitment of adequate numbers of social workers in the Leeds city area; (2) how many social worker...

      Steroid Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each Government region (a) under 18 years old and (b) in total were treated for steroid-related health problems in each of the last...

      Vioxx

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) has undertaken, (b) plans to undertake and (c) has evaluated on (i) the side-effects of (A) Vioxx, (B) SSRI...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Internet

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

    • Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1068-9W, on departmental vehicles, what the cost of leasing the vehicles...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which of the recommendations made by the Independent Licensing Fees Review Panel relating to local authority revenue and costs have been...

    • National Lottery: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 984W, on National Lottery: complaints, what information is...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what capital adequacy ratio banks are required to maintain.

    • Consolidated Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid into the Consolidated Fund from fines in each year since 1997.

      Income Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people resident in each constituency in Northern Ireland were employed in the Republic of Ireland and were liable for UK income tax in (a)...

      Loans: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what interest rate is used to assess the taxable benefit arising on beneficial loans; and whether this rate is changed in line with the Bank of England base...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the hon. Member for Billericay's letter of 7 January 2009 on his constituent Mr D. Randall.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the hon. Member for Billericay's letter of 14 January 2009 on his constituent Mr D. Williams.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the hon. Member for Billericay's letters of 17 November 2008 and 22 January 2009 on his constituent Mrs N. Finley.

      Revenue and Customs: Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many breaches of security have occurred at HM Revenue and Customs in the last five years; and what procedures are followed when a breach of security...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue to accrue from stamp duty land tax in 2009-10; on what assumptions this estimate is based; and what estimate he has...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were employed in tackling tax (a) fraud and (b) evasion in each year since 1997.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of tax evasion in the last 12 months.

      VAT: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the revenue effects would be of reducing the rate of value added tax on rebuilding and renovation work to (a) 3 per cent., (b) 4 per cent., (c) 5...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Internet

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

  • Scotland

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will work with the Scottish Executive to secure the (a) replacement of Caledonian sleeper rolling stock and (b) long-term operation of the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Houses of Parliament: VAT

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the retail ticket prices for the summer opening tours of Parliament will be reduced in line with the...

    • PICT: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission when the trial of use of BlackBerries by PICT staff will be completed.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will impose a ban on the importation of livestock from bluetongue restricted zones.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average weekly cost of accommodating an asylum seeker on (a) Section 4 support; and (b) Section 95 support.

      Asylum Seekers: Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on forced removals of failed asylum seekers to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated total cost of the support provided to banks in November 2008; and what contractual obligations were entered into with recipient banks on...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what general instructions they have issued to banking organisations concerning the payment of staff bonuses.

      Banking: Sweden

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consult the Government of Sweden on their methods of dealing with their previous banking crisis, including nationalisation and re-privatisation,...

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase the funding of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs National Bee Unit.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of research funding into the impact of foulbrood, varroa mites, dysfunctional immune systems and colony collapse disorder is projected for 2009, 2010...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many residents of Hong Kong were granted British citizenship in each in each of the years from 2004 to 2008.

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many minors applied for British Overseas citizenship and were granted British Overseas citizenship under Section 27(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981...

      Courts: Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether individual courts keep records of the warrants issued by each justice authorising entry to premises; and whether the record is open to inspection by (a)...

      Courts: Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process following the serving of a warrant to gain entry to premises.

      Data Entry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by David Hanson MP on 9 December 2008 (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 100W), whether they have set an overall standard for...

      Drugs: Ecstasy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support the downgrading of ecstasy from class A to B if the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs so recommends.

      Education: Home Schooling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average amount paid to local authorities by central government in respect of each child who is being home-educated; and how this compares to the...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Religions and Faiths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which religions and faiths are officially recognised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the duties of the Financial Services Authority concerning the provision of information upon request; and whether they have made any assessment of the...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is sufficient for a pig to be processed in the United Kingdom in order to be labelled British, or whether a pig has to be bred, slaughtered and...

      House of Lords: Staff

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many staff of the House are employed exclusively or primarily on press and public relations; and how this figure compares with the number of staff employed...

      NHS: Patients' Choice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they are giving to primary care trusts regarding patients' right of choice under Choose and Book and confirming the right of general practitioners to...

      NHS: Patients' Choice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether patient choice and access to the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital is being restricted by some primary care trusts.

      NHS: Patients' Treatment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients are required to provide evidence of the effectiveness of any NHS treatment.

      Places of Religious Worship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many places of religious worship (a) are currently certified under the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855, broken down by faith denomination, and (b) were...

      Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer the Written Question tabled by Lord Laird on 11 December 2008 (HL262); and what is the cause of the delay.

      Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28 January (WA 64), whether, rather than trying to find alternative overseas markets for United...

      Schools: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to Written Answer by the Minister for Schools and Learners, Mr Jim Knight, on 21 May 2007 (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 1080W), what were the...

      Sentencing Guidelines Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the decision of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) published on 24 December 2008 regarding the Attorney General's reference (No 124...

      United Utilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask Ofwat to investigate why United Utilities have significantly increased water rates for north west sports clubs and sports establishments.

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