Written answers

Thursday, 26 February 2009

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of the Government's limit on carbon dioxide emissions from aviation on lifeline flights in (a) Scotland...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities have withdrawn (a) companion bus passes for those accompanying (i) deafblind and (ii) other disabled people and (b) peak...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a disability equality impact assessment was conducted prior to the introduction of the new national concessionary bus fares scheme; and if he...

      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, on how many other...

      Lorries: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to monitor the compliance of haulage firms with the EU Working Time Directive; and what guidance his Department issues...

      M25: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the General Permitted Development Order in respect of the proposed compound to be developed near Junction 17 of...

      Public Transport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent per capita on public transport in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) Greater London in each year since 1997.

      Public Transport: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for its future spending levels for provision of public transport in Greater Manchester.

      Public Transport: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the funds available from the Transport Innovation Fund for public transport improvement in Manchester will be held in reserve until new...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Upper Bann of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 1972W, how many (a) EU foreign...

    • Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many language translators are employed in his Department's executive agency; and what the cost of translating services provided by...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what further reports he intends to submit to the World Heritage Committee on UK World Heritage sites in advance of its 2009 session; and...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which UK World Heritage sites he is evaluating in advance of the World Heritage Committee's 2009 session.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Billy Wright Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many security officials the Wright Inquiry employs.

    • Billy Wright Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Wright Inquiry has spent on (a) information technology and (b) information technology consultants.

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many security officials the Saville Inquiry employs.

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Saville Inquiry has spent on (a) information technology and (b) information technology consultants.

      Crime Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the property crime rate in Northern Ireland was in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) the last four months of 2008; (2) what...

      Departmental Foreign Workers

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2009, Official Report, column 773W, on departmental ICT, for what reasons the budget of the Causeway...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1415W, on departmental marketing, how much of the total for the year 2007-08...

      EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much in European regional aid structural funding was allocated to Northern Ireland for 2000 to 2006; how much of this funding had been spent...

      Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent to date on lawyers and legal firms employed by the (a) Hamill, (b) Wright and (c) Nelson inquiries. [Official...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance his Department provided to local authorities in Northern Ireland on their investment strategies during periods of direct rule...

      Robert Hamill Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Hamill Inquiry has spent on (a) information technology and (b) information technology consultants.

      Robert Hamill Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many security officials the Hamill Inquiry employs.

      Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many security officials the Nelson Inquiry employs.

      Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Nelson Inquiry has spent on (a) information technology and (b) IT consultants.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what area of genetically modified crops was cultivated in the UK in 2008.

    • Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to protect the marine environment.

      Upland Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to assist farmers in the uplands.

      Pitt Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the recommendations in Sir Michael Pitt's report from the 2007 floods "Lessons learned" have been implemented.

      Recycling: Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to encourage people to continue to recycle household waste.

      Animal Disease Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in his Department's discussions with the farming industry on sharing the costs of the animal...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in discussions with the European Commission on new rules on country of origin food labelling.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the use of country of origin labelling for food and food products.

      Departmental Nursery Provision: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what nursery provision is made by his Department for the children of its staff working in York.

      Single Farm Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the operation of the single farm payment scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Floods and Water Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the draft Floods and Water Bill.

      Pitt Report: Funding

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

      Food Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to increase UK food security.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he has received a request from Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council for exemption from the Clean Air Act 1993...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals he has to simplify the procedure for applying for an exemption under the Smoke Control Areas (Exempted...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to maintain and increase biodiversity.

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of human infection by the bluetongue virus have been reported in each of the last four years.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to his Department of amending and updating the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations was.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on the consultation for the proposed changes to the system of testing for bovine spongiform...

      Carbon Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 429W, on Carbon Emissions: Finance, if he will place...

      Departmental Air Travel

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

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of maintaining the databases owned and managed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was in (i) 2006,...

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many language translators are employed in each of his Department's (a) executive agencies and (b) non-Ministerial...

      Disease Control: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on research to support the development of the (a) Exotic Animal Disease Contingency Plan and...

      Energy Conservation: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the future skills needs of low carbon,...

      Entry Level Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims made under the Entry Level Stewardship scheme were invalid in each of the last four years.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created by bringing forward funding for flood defence schemes.

      Food Supply: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has allocated for each category of research into sustainable forms of agriculture in each of the...

      Hazardous Substances: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which sites in England deal with hazardous waste; what the distance is between each site and the nearest unit of housing; and...

      Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) research and (b) consultations for the introduction of local authority industrial...

      Poultry Industry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has allocated for the training passport scheme to train staff in the poultry industry to NVQ...

      Waste Disposal: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure that environmental standards are upheld in waste treatment facilities.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • British-French Nuclear Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) on what date the Franco-British Nuclear Forum last met; (2) on what date a Minister last attended a meeting of the...

    • Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on the facilitation of carbon capture and storage in (a) each year since 1997 and (b) 2008-09 to...

      Climate Change: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on taking into account energy and climate change-related threats in the European...

      Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the first householders to receive assistance from the Community Energy Saving Programme.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many requests under the (a) Freedom of Information Act 2000 and (b) Environmental Information Regulations 2004 his Department has...

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many members of staff in his Department have received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties since his...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by what date he expects his Departmental website to achieve the full (a) content and (b) functionality planned.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent to date on its (a) websites, (b) logos and (c) stationery.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consultations relating to energy and climate change were initiated by his Department's predecessors between 5 May 2005 and 6...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with outside organisations to discuss policy on reducing the effect of the recession on...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in each (a) Government Office region, (b) local authority area and (c)...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the economic downturn on the future development of an infrastructure for energy.

      Energy: Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the average monthly change in their expenditure which energy consumers who have not previously...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with (a) energy supply companies and (b) Ofgem on the practice of using backdated bills for prepayment...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households had (a) gas and (b) electricity pre-payment meters in each of the last 10 years.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of customers paying for (a) electricity and (b) gas by pre-payment meters in each (i)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to improve the system of pricing for pre-payment fuel meter customers.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1372W, on Energy: Prices, when he expects Ofgem to publish its...

      Energy: Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking with his EU counterparts to encourage the diversification of energy supply routes.

      Fuel Poverty: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) households including at least one child, (b) households including at least one pensioner and (c) households were...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the latest date is on which applications for grants from (a) homeowners and (b) charities and public sector bodies under the Low...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many successful grant applications have been received by the Low Carbon Buildings programme for the installation of solar...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in each (a) Government Office region, (b) local authority area and (c)...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what volume of gas was (a) exported from and (b) imported into the UK through each international gas pipeline in each month of the...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to develop gas storage capacity.

      Ofgem: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost to the public purse of the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets was in each of the last 10 years.

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the security of nuclear waste transported by rail in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Electricity Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many electricity supply companies are regulated by Ofgem.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timescale has been established for the introduction of the feed-in tariff scheme.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if the Government will provide greater levels of financial support to homeowners seeking to purchase domestic (a) wind and (b) solar...

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what funding the Government has given to the Bio-energy Capital Grants scheme in each financial year since its inception; (2)...

      Tidal Power: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons seabed mounted marine turbines were not included as an option for consideration to meet requirements for renewable...

      United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with private equity firms on the provision of future funding for (i) the UK...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to extend eligibility for the Warm Front scheme to persons over 70 years old who are not in receipt of...

  • Scotland

    • Newport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, columns 461-62W, on departmental procurement, for what reason representatives from...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Service Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the Prime Minister's 100,000 planned new jobs he estimates will be in the civil service.

    • Government Communications Network

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants are engaged primarily in work for the Government Communications Network.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans the Cabinet Office has to construct an innovation centre in the virtual world Second Life; and what the cost of those plans is.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what discussions House of Commons officials have had with officials in the Scottish Parliament and the...

    • Members: ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will take steps to enable hon. Members to connect their Blackberrys to the Parliamentary...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr. Tyrie) of 19 February 2008, Official...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Policy Advisers

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Chichester of 12 January 2009, Official Report,...

    • Redundancy

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many staff have taken (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancy from the Electoral...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what compensation has been provided by the Government to (a) individuals, (b) local authorities and (c) charities who had deposits with (i) Kaupthing...

    • Council Tax: Parking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1218W, on council tax: parking, how many domestic dwellings in England have been...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what IT security strategy his Department has in place; what steps are being taken to ensure the strategy is being followed; what policy is in place on the...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will authorise interim payments of compensation for maladministration to older people who have lost money with Equitable Life.

      Income Tax: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 16 and 17 year olds pay income tax.

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in the Government's discussions with the Icelandic government on the status of British depositors with Kaupthing, Singer and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 16 October 2008, on behalf of Mr Gary Baker, which was acknowledged by his...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version of the Valuation Office Agency's (a) non-domestic rating Referencers Manual and (b)...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2008, Official Report, columns 46-47W, on political parties: finance, and with reference to the MPs, Ministers and Tax...

      Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of job losses in Somerset likely to result from the re-structuring of HM Revenue and Customs.

      Royal Bank of Scotland: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of lending in the UK by RBS was in January (a) 2009, (b) 2008, (c) 2007 and (d) 2006.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse has been of administering stamp duty land tax relief for zero-carbon homes.

      UK Financial Investments: Directors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many directors are employed by UK Financial Investments Limited; and what the salary of each is.

      UK Financial Investments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed by UK Financial Investments Limited, broken down by Civil Service pay grade.

      Valuation Office: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1630W, on Valuation Office: Publications,...

      Valuation: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual locality groups the Valuation Office Agency uses to classify domestic dwellings in England.

      Valuebill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which local authorities in (a) England and (b) Wales use the Valuebill interface to communicate with the Valuation Office Agency.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many language translators are employed in her Office; and what the cost of the translating services was in the most recent period for which figures are...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics for what reason the necessity for alterations to (a) the roof and (b) the external wrap of the Olympic Stadium was not identified at an earlier stage in the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics when Lendlease's exclusivity agreement to build the athlete's village expires.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what costs arising from preparations for and hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games are estimated to be incurred by (a) the Metropolitan Police, (b) the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics for how long the £326 million grant from the Olympics Contingency Fund will enable construction of the athlete's village to continue.

      Olympic Games 2012: Medals

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) where the medals for the London 2012 Olympics will be struck; (2) which firms tendered for the contract to create the medals for the London 2012...

      Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she has received a response from the Olympic Delivery Authority on the monetary value of contracts it has awarded to business organisations in Wales.

      Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library the response from the Olympic Delivery Authority on the monetary value of contracts awarded to business organisations in Wales.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will publish a copy of her Office's website accessibility plan.

  • Prime Minister

    • Israel: Anniversaries

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, column 2136W, on Israel: Anniversaries, whether he made a speech at the Israel Embassy's 60th anniversary...

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister whether any electronic surveillance of hon. Members by (a) the police and (b) the intelligence and security services falling within the terms of the Wilson doctrine...

      Ministers: Pensions

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 541W, on Ministers: pensions, whether Lord Falconer of Thoroton is to receive (a) a pension...

      National Security

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the written ministerial statement of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 111-12WS, on the national security strategy, what progress has been made...

      National Security

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the written ministerial statement of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 111-12WS, on the national security strategy, whether any changes will be...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) which ministerial residences were (a) occupied and (b) vacant in each month since May 2005; (2) how many ministerial residences have been (a) sold and (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his US counterpart about proposals for dialogue between the US and the Taleban in Afghanistan.

    • Africa: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the governments of (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo and (b) Rwanda on the serving of the...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 697W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to propose a UK candidate for the position of High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funds his Department contributed to local authority Preventing Violent Extremism projects in 2008, broken down by local...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support he is offering to (a) those involved in the recent joint military operation against the Lords Resistance Army and...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by his Department were made to the Advertising Standards Authority...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at which of his Department's buildings abroad visitors are not permitted to take mobile telephones inside; what the reasons are...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last...

      Diego Garcia: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1201W, on Diego Garcia: rendition, for what reasons he has...

      Economic Situation

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

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to visit the Falkland Islands.

      India: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) meetings and (b) engagements he had in India during his recent visit.

      India: Foreign Relations

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

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to (a) the government of Iran and (b) the recent Iranian delegation to London...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart about Jammu Kashmir.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

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

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he made to (a) the United Nations and (b) the protagonists in Gaza seeking an immediate ceasefire in the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Israel on the use of white phosphorus shells in Gaza in the last 12 months.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to take into account the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Israel's wall in the West...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Ambassador on the use of white phosphorus shells in Gaza since 27 December 2008.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 116,...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government is involved in an international investigation on whether war crimes were committed by Israel in Gaza; and...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 604W, on the Middle East: armed conflict, what the reasons...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports the Government has received on war crimes allegedly committed by the government of Israel during Operation Cast...

      Saudi Arabia: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his most recent correspondence with the British Ambassador in Saudi Arabia on the Hajj pilgrimage and Mr. Gorgi took place;...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of risk to which British civilians in Sri Lanka are exposed.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) civilian and (b) military casualties in the recent fighting in the Tamil areas...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of allegations that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam used the 48-hour time frame granted by the...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for the Sudanese peace process of the arrest of Hassan al-Turabi; and if he will...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the adequacy of levels of co-ordination of international efforts to promote peace and development in Sudan.

      United Arab Emirates: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the United Arab Emirates government on the disputed sovereignty of the Abu Musa, Tunb...

      Zimbabwe: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of success of current attempts to form a coalition government in Zimbabwe.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees were promoted from Band B (Administrative Officer) to Band C (Executive Officer) in his Department in 2008; how many of...

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2024-5W, on redundancy, what estimate he has made of the annual...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance used by his Department to assign traffic light gradings to Parliamentary Questions.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of applicants for employment support allowance have successfully passed the Work Capabilities Assessment since it...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the preferred bidders for implementation of the welfare-to-work programme; and when he expects to...

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to maintain specialist expertise in the (a) procurement and (b) delivery of specialist disability...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the budget of (a) the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, (b) the Office for Civil Nuclear Security and (c) the Health...

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place to aid those customers unable to use personal identification numbers in relation to their pension payments.

      Pensions Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) guidance and (b) directions he has issued to the Pensions Ombudsman on the exercise of its discretion not to investigate cases.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1644W, on Post Office card account, if he will publish the normal...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the results of the consultation on the Social Fund conducted by his Department in November 2008.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has any plans to amend the processing of benefits claims by ending the requirement for documents to be physically moved or sent by...

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for each type of benefit claimed through call centres, what the (a) average processing time and (b) number of new benefit claims waiting to...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to review the provision of contribution-based out of work benefits; and if he will make a statement.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the progression to work pathfinder programmes are to be delivered (a) wholly and (b) partially by (i) Jobcentre Plus, (ii) a private...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which of the weather stations used for determining the payment of cold weather payments have recorded temperatures of zero degrees...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many winter fuel payments were made to persons living outside the UK in the financial year 1996-97; (2) what estimate he has made of...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business Link

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff were employed by Business Link in each region in each year since Business Link was established.

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of maintaining the databases owned and managed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many equalities impact assessments his Department has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which...

      Furniture: Credit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will monitor the effects on the furniture industry of the withdrawal of credit insurance.

      Iraq

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many civil servants from his Department have worked in (a) Basra, (b) Baghdad and (c) other...

      Newspaper Press

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what programmes his Department has to assist the newspaper printing industry, with particular reference to...

      Pharmaceuticals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has had with...

      Pharmaceuticals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department provides for small and medium-sized companies in the biopharmaceutical industry.

      Small Businesses: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses which have closed in (a) Lancashire and (b)...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will increase the funding available under the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme.

      Sri Lanka: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what monetary value of defence equipment sales to Sri Lanka was for (a) lethal and (b) non-lethal...

      Working Capital Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Working Capital Scheme has been approved by the European Commission.

  • Solicitor-General

    • National Fraud Reporting Centre

      To ask the Solicitor-General when the National Fraud Reporting Centre will be fully operational; and if she will make a statement.

    • Rape: Prosecution Policy

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent representations she has received on prosecution policy in rape cases.

      Attorney-General

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the role of the Attorney-General.

      Negligence: Parents

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases of parental neglect have been brought by the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire in the last three years for which...

      Theft: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many successful prosecutions have been brought for offences of (a) theft and (b) burglary from shops in the last three months.

  • Home Department

    • Arrests: Mentally Ill People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests of a person with a mental health disorder took place in each of the last five years.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons solicitors acting for the applicant in Home Office case ref no. LR2184026425 have not received a substantive response to the...

      Asylum: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications made by Ethiopian citizens and their dependants were (a) granted and (b) refused (i) by the UK Border Agency...

      Asylum: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were made by Ethiopian citizens and their dependants (a) on grounds of political opinion and (b) in total...

      Departmental Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) keywords and (b) terms her Department has monitored in the media in each of the last three years.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in agreeing arrangements with other countries to protect the human rights of individuals deported from the UK to...

      Deportation: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents of Peterborough constituency are awaiting determination of an application for indefinite leave to remain; and if she will...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1435W, on mobile detention centres; what the (a) cost and (b)...

      Detention Centres: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adult females, (b) adult males and (c) children were detained in an immigration removal centre in each year since 2000.

      Geert Wilders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what powers she prohibited Mr. Geert Wilders from entering the UK.

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in the Peterborough City Council administrative area are appealing against refusal to grant indefinite leave to remain; and...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the UK Border Agency does not collate information on the number of prisoners returned under the early removal scheme.

      Police: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Herefordshire constabulary in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007; what estimate she has made of the number of...

      Security Guards: National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many security industry employees who applied to the Security Industry Authority for registration were found to have used false national...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many major terrorist plots were disrupted by bodies for which her Department is responsible in each of the last five years.

      UK Border Agency: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 329W, on the UK Border Agency: lost property, how many files the...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was to determine applications for foreign medical students to extend their student visas in the last period...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign students were (a) granted and (b) refused student visas for the purpose of completing medical training in the UK in the...

  • Justice

    • Care Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fee charged to local authorities on receipt of an application for care proceedings to the courts was in England and Wales in the latest...

    • Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many bonus payments were made in 2007-08 to (a) senior civil servants and (b) other staff of (i) the Judicial Appointments Commission and (ii) the...

      Commonhold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 851W, on commonhold, what issues the...

      Cremation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy for his Department to sign the Information Commissioner's Personal Information Promise.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which documents series which his Department and its predecessors formerly published in paper form have been made available solely via his Department's...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1597-98W, on departmental written questions, which question for which the cost of...

      Discrimination: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) companies and (b) other organisations have (i) been subject to a legal claim of discrimination and (ii) lost a discrimination claim (1)...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what guidance he has issued to electoral registration officers on following up non-responses to the electoral canvas (a) by post and (b) via a...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what procedures are in place governing consultation by electoral registration officers of other (a) local and (b) central Government databases...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will issue guidance to local authorities on increasing the rate of voter registration; and if he will produce a league table to indicate each...

      Electoral Register: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much (a) the Government and (b) local authorities have spent on advertising for voter registration in the last 12 months; (2) how much...

      Garth Prison: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has received reports of the recent incident that took place at HM Prison Garth where a female visitor was locked in a visiting room for...

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the monthly costs incurred by his Department in (a) legal and (b) accountancy fees relating to its handling on behalf of...

      Land Registry: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Land Registry has reduced its retail prices for items which attract value added tax since December 2008.

      National Offender Management Service: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much it cost to administer the National Offender Management Head Office in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08;...

      Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many statutory instruments were made and not laid before Parliament in each year since 1997.

      Parc Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what new facilities and developments are planned for HM Prison Young Offender Institution Parc; and what the cost of that work will be in the next 12...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cells are identified for use under Operation Safeguard; on how many nights Operation Safeguard cells have been used since the operation's...

      Prison Service: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days (a) he and his Ministers and (b) officials of (i) his Department, (ii) the National Offender Management Service and (iii) the Prison...

      Prison Service: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average it took to fill a staff vacancy at (a) prisons in England and Wales and (b) HM Prison Winchester in the most recent period for...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost was of inquiries into the attempted suicide of the female young offender known as SP by (a) the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and...

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers at each grade there were in each prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of...

      Probation Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) largest, (b) smallest and (c) average number of offenders under the supervision of one probation officer was in each of the last 10 years.

      Probation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the performance against objectives of the management of each probation area in England and Wales.

      Reoffenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what studies his Department has undertaken into the effect of attendance on residential outdoor activity courses on re-offending rates.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times allegations of abuse towards offenders on community payback in (a) London, (b) Kent, (c) Essex, (d) the West Midlands and (e)...

      Repossession Orders: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for repossession of homes in Cleethorpes constituency in each of the last 20 years.

      Winchester Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2094W, on prison accommodation, what the average period of time for which prisoners...

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many days on average elapsed between arrest and sentence in cases involving persistent young offenders in each police force area in the most...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what percentage of the money provided by his Department for the reconstruction of Afghanistan in 2008-09 was given to (a)...

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the adequacy of aid to Afghanistan for (a) refugees returning to the country, (b) schoolchildren and...

      Africa: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has provided to Farm Inputs Promotions Africa in each year since 2000.

      Africa: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure the availability of funds for African smallholders.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what practical assistance his Department is providing to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to facilitate the holding...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time equivalent staff, including staff appointed in country, have been employed by his Department in Uganda in each...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the adviser...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what publications his Department has produced for hon. Members to send to their constituents in the last two years; at what cost; and...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent in producing its developments magazine in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which (a) World Bank and (b) United Nations Development Programme trust funds his Department has contributed in each of the last...

      Liberia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK has provided for Liberia (a) bilaterally and (b) through the United Nations in each of the last five years; and...

      Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2118W, on loans (1) what assessment he has made of trends in...

      Rwanda: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on projects associated with land tenure reform in Rwanda.

      Zimbabwe: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of the number and proportion of the population of Zimbabwe infected with HIV/AIDS.

      Zimbabwe: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of families in Zimbabwe have at least one member with HIV/Aids.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many aid workers from each aid agency have been killed other than by accident in Zimbabwe in each of the last 10 years.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which aid agencies left Zimbabwe in each of the last 10 years and subsequently undertook no further work there.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government has provided to aid agencies to spend in Zimbabwe in each of the last 10 years.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of maintaining the databases owned and managed by (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) their...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his Department's capital spending (a) was in each year from 2001-02 to 2007-08 and (b) is planned to be in each year...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies has been since it was established.

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each year...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many language translators are employed in each of his Department's executive agencies; and what the cost of translating...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what criteria will apply for the allocation of Learning and Skills Council funding for capital projects; and whether he plans...

      Engineers: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that skills shortages for the training of flood engineers are being addressed.

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and its predecessor spent on courses in English for speakers of other languages in each of the last...

      Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1098W, on higher education: anti-Semitism, when he...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what records are held by his Department on meetings of the Learning and Skills Council's National Council.

      Learning and Skills Council: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 20 February 2008, Official Report, column 760W,...

      Marine Studies: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) teaching, (b) research and (c) achievement against objectives of the Marine...

      Social Work: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many universities are planning to close their social work departments.

      Train to Gain Programme: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding his Department has made available to support the Train to Gain programme in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many Learning and Skills Council-funded adult learners in 2006-07 who were eligible for inclusion in statistics...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the EU Working Time Directive on staffing and medical cover in (a) accident and emergency departments...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Elderly People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals aged over 65 years resident in each (a) London borough and (b) Government office region were treated for alcohol-related health...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to ambulance services on the uptake of the NHS Pathways system; (2) what provision his Department has made...

      Aortic Aneurysms: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2051-52W, on aortic aneurysms: medical treatments, which NHS trusts that...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of (a) the total population and (b) those over 60 years of age with (i) dementia and (ii)...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were operating under (a) general dental services contracts and (b) personal dental services agreements in (i) North Wiltshire...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS funding has been allocated to dentistry provision in North Wiltshire constituency in each year since 2004.

      Dental Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under 16 years in England were treated within community dental services in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what IT security strategy his Department has in place; what steps are being taken to ensure the policy is being followed; what policy is in place on the...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on international travel in each of the last 11 years; and how much of that was spent on travel by (a) Ministers and...

      Dietary Supplements: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions officials from his Department have had with the Enterprise Directorate General of the European Commission on the potential effects...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many disabled facilities grants have been made in each year since their inception; how much has been spent through the grant in each such year; what...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of dedicated epilepsy nurses in neurology departments.

      Eyesight: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in York received free NHS eye tests in each of the last 10 years.

      Health and Social Care Information Centre: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) the Health and Social...

      Health Centres: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP-led health centres have been procured in Enfield to date.

      Health Services: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that primary care trusts fund specialised voluntary sector support for women who experience violence.

      Health Services: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce incidences of vitamin D deficiency.

      Health Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the average annual cost of (a) training and (b) employing a (i) nurse, (ii) midwife, (iii) school nurse and...

      Health Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GPs, (b) hospital doctors, (c) community nurses and (d) hospital nurses are employed in NHS establishments and GP surgeries in City of...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients whose records are contained in the General Practice Research Database have at least one record of malnutrition (a) in total and (b) in...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the full statement his Department's spokesperson issued to the BBC in response to the story on the BBC website of 10 February 2009,...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were recorded as having (a) an admission episode and (b) a discharge episode with a diagnosis of (i) malnutrition, (ii) nutritional...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the 4,000 additional midwives he undertook to provide are being provided at a local level in the NHS;...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 410-11W, on NICE: Weber-Shandwick, whether...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which current and on-going public finance initiative liabilities fall under the remit of his Department in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) the East of England...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of (a) training and (b) employing a health visitor in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average premium paid by NHS trusts to the NHS Litigation Authority (a) was in each of the last five years and (b) is estimated to be in...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical negligence claims were brought against each primary care trust (PCT) in each of the last five years; and what the cost of such claims was...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of (a) medical negligence cases and (b) other legal claims was in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake an audit of data collected in relation to malnutrition; if he will assess what additional data needed to be collected; if he will...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to reduce levels of obesity amongst (a) women of child-bearing age and (b) pregnant women.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many donations of human organs were made in each region in each year since 2000.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mandatory training is required of (a) intensive care and (b) accident and emergency medical staff on (i) obtaining consent for organ donation and...

      Subutex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for subutex were dispensed by community pharmacies in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Subutex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to update guidelines on the treatment with subutex of prisoners who are addicted to drugs.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts are equipped to measure the blood pressure of a patient who is upper limb deficient as a result of thalidomide.

      Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include risk assessment for venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients as an indicator in the Commissioning for Quality and...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received a (a) heart, (b) lung, (c) kidney, (d) cornea, (e) tissue, (f) pancreas and (g) liver transplant in England in each year...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average post-operation life expectancy of a patient receiving a (a) heart, (b) lung, (c) kidney, (d) liver (e) cornea, (f) pancreas and...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many transplant co-ordinators were employed by each health authority in England in each year since 2000.

      Transplant Surgery: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, columns 827-32W, on transplant surgery: foreigners, what the (a) NHS tariff and (b) private...

      Trauma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has issued guidance to local healthcare trusts on minimum arrangements for pre-hospital airway management care of trauma patients.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many equalities impact assessments the Government Equalities Office has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what expert advisers have been commissioned by the Government Equalities Office since its establishment; on what topic each was commissioned; and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working in the Government Equalities Office in each year since its inception; and what was spent...

      Travelling People: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what (a) research and (b) other work the Equality and Human Rights Commission has undertaken in relation to Travellers in the last 12 months.

      Women: Economic Situation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what representations she has received from women on the effects of the economic downturn.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 245-6W, on Preventing Violent Extremism Community...

    • Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 246W, on Radical Middleway, how much the Radical Middleway...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department plans to release as part of round one of the Faiths in Action programme in 2009-10; how much it has...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the average percentage of annual rent from a new build social home built under the proposals...

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of proposed local authority rent increases on their tenants in (a) Luton and (b)...

      Disadvantaged: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the score of each of the lower layer super output areas in each principal seaside town in England was in each domain of the...

      Eco-Towns: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 29 October 2008, Official Report,...

      Eco-Towns: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people visited each eco-town roadshow; and how much each roadshow cost to provide, broken down by cost category.

      Fire Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect on flex-duty fire brigade officers of the proposed ending of the opt-out from the EU...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government took to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2009; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received in respect of the local government grant support settlement for the London borough...

      Local Government: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to encourage local authorities to pay invoices within 10 days of receipt.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to reply to the letter of 12 January 2009 from the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to the letter of 19 January 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay on business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has made an assessment of the likely effects on businesses of the increase in business rates in 2009-10.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the new empty property business rates on local economies and local firms.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate her Department has made of (a) the number of businesses eligible to claim small business rate relief and...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the average administrative cost to businesses of applying for small business rate relief.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to ensure that businesses are aware of their entitlement to small business rate relief.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the level of small business rate relief supplements is calculated.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her Department's statistical release of 17 May 2007 on national non-domestic rates to be collected by local...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the amount paid in non-domestic rates by port businesses in each year from 2003 via the cumulo...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre has reduced its retail prices for items which attract value added tax,...

      Regional Ministers: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of (a) production and (b) circulation of newsletters on the activities of each Regional Minister was in the last...

      Rented Housing: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new (a) council and (b) housing association homes for rent have been built in City of York constituency in each year...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to social landlords on (a) the implementation of rent rises under the target rent...

      Tenants' Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether she plans to implement the proposals of the Law Commission to facilitate the succession of secure tenancies of...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rounds of ammunition have been discharged in Helmand province by British forces in each roulement since June 2006, broken down by ammunition type.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average tour interval for each regiment of the (a) Royal Logistics Corps, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Signals and (d) Royal...

      Armed Forces: Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of members of the armed forces who are eligible to vote but who are not registered to vote.

      Armed Forces: Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Service Voting Survey 2008 in the Library.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the X-factor adjustment to military pay in supporting the salaries of service personnel.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of his Department's contract with the Chinese company producing British army uniforms.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the written statement of 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 28-30WS, on protected mobility, what proportion of the funds...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Ministers in his Department have received representations relating to defence procurement contracts from (a) Lord Truscott and (b) Lord Moonie...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost of the Next Generation Light Anti-Armour Weapon programme was from the (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL),...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost of the A400M programme was from the (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (b) indirect resource DEL and (c)...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost of the Advanced Jet Trainer programme was from the (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (b) indirect...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost of the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile Integrated Project Team programme was from the (a) direct resource departmental...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost of the Future Lynx programme was from the (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (b) indirect resource DEL...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of the Soothsayer programme was on 31 March (a) 2004, ( b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007 and (e) 2008, broken down by (i) direct...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of the Terrier programme was on 31 March (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006, (e) 2007 and (f) 2008, broken down by (i)...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of the Typhoon programme was from the (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (b) indirect resource DEL and...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of the Watchkeeper programme was on 31 March (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008, broken down by (i) direct resource departmental...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of the Sting Ray life extension and capability upgrade programme was on 31 March (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004, (e)...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of the Type 45 Destroyer programme was on 31 March (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004, (e) 2005, (f) 2006, (g) 2007...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost of the Future Joint Combat Aircraft programme was from (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (b) indirect...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost of the Modernised Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilots Night Vision Sensor programme was from the (a) direct resource...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost of the Merlin Sustainment Capability programme was from the (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (b)...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost of the Nimrod Maritime Reconnaissance and Attack Mk 4 Programme was from the (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, columns 32-3W, on departmental manpower, in which parts of the country civilian staff in the...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) his Department and (b)...

      Ex-servicemen: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) plans to undertake on (i) the factors associated with offending by former members of the armed forces and...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the schedule of payments is for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft under the private finance initiative contract; and when each payment is due to...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the private finance initiative contract signed with the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft consortium requires the armed forces to use the...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many equipment failure reports have been received in respect of armoured vehicles during (a) operations in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan and (b)...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many services personnel have experienced (a) heatstroke and (b) other heat exhaustion illness in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in each year since 2005.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a decision on the acquisition of the low initial rate production aircraft for the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which of his Department's properties in Scotland (a) land mines and (b) cluster bombs are stored.

      Pakistan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel are currently deployed in Pakistan; in which roles; and if he will make a statement.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average cash allowance awarded to civilian staff in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan was in each of the last...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from which (a) duties and (b) obligations imposed on maintained schools and their employees some or all academies are exempt;...

    • Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what measures are in place to support academies in the event that their sponsors become bankrupt; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he takes to monitor the activity of local authorities in respect of care proceedings in each year.

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effect of changes in court fees in respect of care applications on numbers of such...

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for care proceedings were made by local authorities in November (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contingency arrangements his Department has made to be invoked in circumstances where a child's ContactPoint data have been...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether ContactPoint uses name recognition software.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 2236-7W, on children: databases, what formula his Department...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1062W, on children: daycare, how much his Department is...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment the Secretary of State has made of the effect of the judgment in Wright v . Secretary of State for Health on the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what systems he has put in place to ensure that protection for vulnerable children is maintained during the transfer of functions...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1950W, on children: protection, if he will provide a...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of infant school children are taught in classes of (a) 15, (b) 20, (c) 25, (d) 30 and (e) 35...

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on the design of logos for his Department since its establishment.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many language translators are employed in his Department's non-ministerial department; and what the cost of translating...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many claims for education maintenance allowance received for the 2008-09 academic year were not in payment on 31 January 2009;...

      Education: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils (i) performed music to a live audience, (ii) visited an historic...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children from Northern Ireland were fostered in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales in each year since 1997;...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what percentage of schools did not enter any pupils for an A-level in biology in 2006-07; (2) how many and...

      GCE A-Level: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what recent assessment he has made of standards at A-level; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils gained five A* to C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics but excluding equivalents, media...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils sat fewer than five GCSEs in 2008.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils gained at least five A* or A grades at GCSE in 2008.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 7 October 2008, Official Report, columns 590-1W, on General Certificate of Secondary Education,...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, columns1912-6W; columns 1898-1902W, on languages, if he will list...

      Gcse

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

      Gcse

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

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what information his Department holds on the level of agreement between teacher assessments and results in (a) Key Stage 1,...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the monetary value of his Department's contract with PricewaterhouseCoopers to provide support to the Qualifications and...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether Key Stage 3 assessment data provided by schools will be subject to external moderation; and if he will make a statement.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date he plans to publish the statistics showing the number of requests for the re-marking of Key Stage 2 and 3 Standard...

      Offences against Children: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children in West Chelmsford constituency abused while subject to a child protection...

      Partnerships for Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much Partnerships for Schools has received from the European Investment Bank in each year since 2005; and if he will make a...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what account (a) his Department and (b) local education authorities took of the effect of projected population increases in...

      Pupil Referral Units: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which pupil referral units in each local authority area were assessed as outstanding by Ofsted in the last five years.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many cases of bullying were recorded in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority in each of...

      School Meals: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools did not meet Ofsted's minimum nutrition guidelines for school meals in each year since 2005.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary schools in (a) rural and (b) urban areas closed in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many small schools in each local education authority area have closed in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools there are in each parliamentary constituency in Cornwall where no other...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken research on the merits of introducing a pupil premium per...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department allocated to support small schools in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have applied for school funding brought forward in the 2008 Pre-Budget Report.

      Schools: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which maintained schools in St Albans have broadband internet access.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the principles of validated good practice in schools and childcare settings in respect...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1967W, on schools: standards, which four local authorities...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on free transport to school for pupils in each local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect on school budgets of changes to surface water charges by water companies.

      Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy on funding for the study of courses is for the International A-level in (a) physics and (b) chemistry in...

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to increase the number of pupils studying (a) science and additional science GCSE and (b) single science GCSEs.

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which schools which were part of the National Challenge in 2008 did not receive any additional funding as part of the...

      Serious Case Review Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the minimum qualifications required for professionals to sit on a Serious Case Review Panel are.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils attended special schools in each local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with special educational needs were given a fixed-period exclusion from secondary schools in each local authority...

      Special Educational Needs: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which maintained special schools in each local authority area were assessed as outstanding by Ofsted in the last five years.

      Teachers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps his Department has taken on the conditions of employment for peripatetic teachers.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many graduates who began secondary school teaching careers had a (a) first class, (b) upper second class, (c) lower second...

      Teachers: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of teachers employed in (a) the South West Region, (b) Devon and (c) Plymouth are recorded as...

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teacher vacancies there are in schools, broken down by decile of deprivation based on school location.

      Work Experience: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school children were injured whilst at work in England in each of the last four years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to answer (a) Question 240758, on reviews of child deaths, (b) Question 240761, on serious case reviews and (c)...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: BSE

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in Clause 6(1)(b) of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) (Amendment) (Regulations) 2008 (SI 2008/3295) the use of the word "detain"...

    • Climate Change: Earth Hour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark Earth Hour in March 2009.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many single farm payments are outstanding for the years 2005—08; and what is the total amount outstanding for the years 2005—08.

      Conservation Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/6), what is meant by "surveillance" as applied to "the...

      Conservation Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/7), what is meant by "surveillance" as applied to "the...

      Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the forthcoming Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative global conference.

      Food: Eggs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the charge for eggs in the Charges for Residues Surveillance (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/2999) has risen by 27.5 per cent; and what cost elements are...

      Food: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had obtained by the end of 2008 regarding the proportion of food used by government departments...

      Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the World Trade Organisation the promulgation of rules to ban the importing and transporting of goods produced by slaves or by...

      G20: Conference

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Cabinet has had regarding the international development priorities at the forthcoming G20 conference.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they and the Middle East Quartet will seek to provide necessary supplies to Gaza by sea; and, if so, whether this will make use of the facilities offered...

      Government: Announcements to Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Prime Minister, rather than the responsible secretaries of state, announced the recent payments of taxpayers' money to banks and car manufacturers; and to...

      Health: Leprosy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to end discrimination against people who have been cured of leprosy and their families.

      Health: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will produce guidance on the use of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) for Motor Neurone Disease...

      Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which river estuaries in England come within the definition of rivers in Clause 291 of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill.

      Northern Ireland Office: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Northern Ireland Office during the first four weeks of the 2007—08 financial year for officials to travel between Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 3 February (WA 111), when the remit of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission became an...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 29 January (WA 77) concerning the membership of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, on...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 29 January (WA 78) concerning the status of non-departmental public bodies, whether they have...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the failure of five public sector pension schemes to take account of the guaranteed minimum pension element in 95,000 overpayment cases was due to HM...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are proposing to make policing more effective in East Belfast; and whether they will make extra resources available.

      Prisoners: Dyslexia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of prisoners in Northern Ireland prisons are classified as dyslexic.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have figures on how much tobacco companies have spent on marketing their product within the United Kingdom in the past five years; and whether these...

      Zoonoses Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the Zoonoses and Animal By-Products (Fees) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/3196), why, in the same year that fees were last set, it has been...

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