Written answers

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

  • Wales

    • Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which works of art from the Government Art Collection each Minister in his Department has selected for display in a private office.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department uses WPA2 encryption protocol on all its wireless networks.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what auditing his Department undertakes to ensure that IT security policies are being followed; and on how many occasions (a) IT security policies have...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's IT security hierarchy; (2) what scanning for vulnerabilities his Department conducts of...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Department were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services provider for delivery in...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

    • Departmental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for which bargaining units in his Department (a) public and privilege days and (b) annual leave entitlements accrue during (i) ordinary and (ii)...

      Departmental NDPBs: Empty Property

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

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the terms of reference of his Department's staff handbook streamlining project are.

      DVLA: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) customer case and (b) other files containing personal information have been lost by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of...

      Park and Ride Schemes: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many park and ride schemes operate in English seaside towns; where such schemes are located; what recent assessment he has made of the viability of...

      Railways: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will direct a redrafting of the timetable for rail services in Sussex to take account of the needs of rail passengers as part of the Sussex Route...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason he has required Southern to transfer rolling stock to First Capital Connect from April 2009; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to reallocate coaches from the Gatwick Express service to other services operated by Southern; and if he will take account of...

      Safer Roads Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much public money has been paid to Safer Roads Humber to support the discharge of its objectives; from what sources such funding has been drawn;...

      Wheel Clamping: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made for the purposes of policy formulation of the efficacy of the prohibition of wheel clamping on private land in Scotland.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Cars: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many car-jackings have taken place in each district command unit in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1163W, on redundancy, what estimate has he made of the annual...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reasons are for the postponement of the 2010 local council elections in Northern Ireland until 2011; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-Semitism: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will request the Chief Constable of the West Midlands to compile a report on the (a) number and (b) location of reported...

    • Appropriate Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times an appropriate adult has been called to a police station because of concerns that a suspect is mentally disordered or mentally...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on granting asylum to applicants who claim to have been persecuted by members of (a) another ethnic group...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what documentation her Department provides to asylum seekers when they claim asylum after arrival in the UK; and what services such people...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to expand the Gateway refugee programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 9 December 2004, Official Report, columns 733-7W, to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) on...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to bring forward proposals to amend the Leaving Care Act 2000 to allow unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to return to...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department is making in relation to special authority status for local authorities who are dealing with unaccompanied...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many persons arrested were later released on police bail of (a) less than three months, (b) three to six months, (c) six to nine...

      Crime: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the likely effect of the recession on levels of (a) acquisitive crime, (b) violent crime, (c)...

      Detainees: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to monitor the number of individuals who have worked as prostitutes and have subsequently been detained in (a)...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to prevent the (a) conversion to live fire of and (b) distribution of blank-firing firearms.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1249-51W, on genetics: databases, how many and what proportion...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2062W, on genetics: database, what research projects utilising...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many trafficked persons identified as such by (a) police forces and (b) other authorities in each of the last three years are...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many trafficked (a) women and (b) children discovered through police operations against human trafficking in each of the last three...

      Human Trafficking: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers in Essex Police Force have received training on the Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking of Human Beings in the...

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to prevent fraud against private enterprises by persons impersonating individuals known to be dead.

      Police Community Support Officers: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers operating in Chorley borough are (a) funded wholly by Lancashire Police, (b) funded in part by...

      Police: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police vehicles were involved in road accidents which resulted in (a) slight injuries, (b) serious injuries and (c) fatalities in...

      Police: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of policing the G20 summit to be held in London in April 2009.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 165-66W, on police: finance, how much funding was allocated to each...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims have been made against her Department for being dilatory in paying compensation under the compensation schemes under the...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) weapons and (b) items of ancillary equipment handed into police forces following the entering into force of the Firearms...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many owners of weapons and items of ancillary equipment handed into police forces following the entering into force of the Firearms...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests to police forces have been (a) made and (b) granted for the return of items deemed to be ineligible for compensation...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the residual liability to the public purse for payments under the compensation schemes introduced under...

      Prosecutions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of serious crimes reported to the police led to prosecutions in each London borough in the last 12 months.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission research on the primary reasons for an individual to start working as a prostitute.

      Prostitution: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to monitor local authority provision of services to individuals who work as prostitutes.

      Sex Establishments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that the frequency exemption contained in lap dancing licensing reforms is removed.

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were fined for speeding in each police force area in 2008; and how much was paid in fines for such offences.

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Metropolitan Police have informed her of accusations of malfeasance they have received about the Lisbon Treaty ratification...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to police forces on steps to be taken following an arrest of a person suspected to be guilty of an offence...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional funding will be made available through the EU's economic recovery plan to rural development, with particular...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) cattle infected by bovine tuberculosis and (b) calves born to cows infected by bovine tuberculosis have been...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy for his Department to sign the Information Commissioner's Personal Information Promise.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of litres of bottled (a) sparkling and (b) still water consumed in England in each...

      Entry Level Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to introduce new cross-compliance measures into the entry level stewardship agreement.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the cost of implementation of those provisions of the Stockholm Convention...

      Farmers' Markets: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding is available under the England Rural Development Programme to support the establishment of farmers' markets in...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives of the small and under-10 metre fishing fleet from the Thames Estuary and East Anglia Coast...

      Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the retail prices for (a) entry and (b) guided tours have been reduced at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as a...

      Sewers: Fats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if his Department will introduce measures to require commercial hot food premises to have a grease control system to...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff at each grade in his Department identify themselves as Welsh speakers.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 54W, on departmental art works, what the (a) title, (b) artist...

    • Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 880W, on Departmental non-departmental public bodies, how many times...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) summits, (b) conferences and (c) seminars his Department has hosted since January 2008 at which a primary subject of...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her Office's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each year since its establishment.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent by her Office on staff reward and recognition schemes in each year since its inception.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much (a) her Office and (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority has spent on recruitment agencies in each of the last three years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on estimates by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Fund for Population...

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made towards the eradication of poppy growing in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what UK armed forces are currently based in (a) Belize, (b) the British Indian Ocean Territory and (c) Ascension Island.

      Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has had discussions with the government of Ethiopia on the return of Mr Binyam Mohamed to that country.

      Birtukan Mideksa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has made representations to the government of Ethiopia on the detention of Birtukan Mideksa; and if he...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the decision by Miroslav Lajcak, High Representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina,...

      Brussels: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he has visited Brussels on official business in the last 12 months.

      Colombia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of allegations of links between Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and drug traffickers.

      Colombia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that counter-narcotics assistance provided by the Government to the Colombian security...

      Departmental Foreign Workers

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

      Departmental Plants

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

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what opportunities for work experience directorates of his Department offer to university students who are not (a) entitled to...

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports his Department has received on coercive family planning policies in other countries; and if he will make a...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what research his Department conducted on likely levels of demand for its Partner University Placement Scheme among eligible...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department's Partner University Placement Scheme was established; and how many students have taken part in the scheme.

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the eligibility criteria for students wishing to take part in his Department's Partner University Placement Scheme are.

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the cost of accommodation for (a) foreign heads of state and government and (b) foreign...

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of proposed menus for meals to be provided to participants in the G20 summit in London in...

      Iran: Christianity

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

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with his Turkish counterpart on Gaza since the last meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

      Pakistan: Christianity

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

      Roy Bennett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to seek the release of Roy Bennett, designated Deputy Minister of Agriculture on the National...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of the Sri Lankan government on (a) the prevention of civilian...

      Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Sri Lankan government on the provisions of the Prohibition of Forcible Conversions Bill...

      Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of the Sri Lankan government on freedom of religious expression in...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Prime Minister's Statement of 14 November 2007, Official Report, columns 667-72, on national security,...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with his Chinese counterpart on the status of Tibet in the last 12 months.

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) Turkish and (b) Iraqi counterpart on the situation of Kurdish people in (i) Turkey...

      United States: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he has visited (a) the United States, (b) Paris and (c) India on official business in the last 12 months.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to respond to Question 253469, tabled by the hon. Member for Hendon on 27 January 2009 for named day answer on 2...

      Zimbabwe: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to ensure the payment of pensions to former Zimbabwean public servants now residing in the UK; and if...

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) subsidiaries and (b) branches each bank regulated by the Financial Services Authority has in (i) Jersey, (ii) Isle of Man, (iii) Guernsey,...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Dutch government on a contribution from them towards the financial assistance provided by the UK...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he plans to have with his counterparts in other governments on contributions from them towards the financial assistance provided to banks...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of the capital provided from UK Government funds via UK Financial Investments Ltd to Royal Bank of Scotland has been used to provide...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much public money is invested in fossil fuel exploration, transportation and generation through UK Financial Investments' shareholdings in (a) Royal...

      Child Care Vouchers: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of child care vouchers by people who are self-employed.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much his Department has spent on (a) creating and (b) managing its YouTube channel since June 2007; (2) how many civil servants in his...

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of raising income tax personal allowances to provide for those earning no more than the national minimum...

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what increase in the personal income tax allowance would be achieved at a cost of £8.6 billion in 2009-10; and how many people would be removed from...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead of 12 December 2008 on economic regulation and small businesses.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of what provisions of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 the management and administration of is outsourced; what controls there are on...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of (a) the contribution of UK non-bank lenders to the mortgage market and (b) the effect on levels of mortgage lending...

      Mortgages: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints relating to (a) mortgages and (b) mortgage endowments the Financial Ombudsman Service received in each year since 2001; and what...

      Non-domestic Rates: South West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in each parliamentary constituency in the South West did not pay the full rateable liability for national non-domestic rates in 2008-09.

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to increase the household incomes of pensioners.

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to protect pensioners from the effects of recent reductions in interest rates on savings income.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of each (a) private finance initiative and (b) public private partnership which was approved in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii)...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions he made about (a) the state of the economy over the next five years and (b) the likely level of default on Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Royal Bank of Scotland plans to use losses which it made in its last accounting year to reclaim corporation tax which it has already paid.

      Stocks and Shares: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide for a tax of one per cent. on all derivative products written by banks regulated by the Financial...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax avoidance schemes are marketed by banks regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

      Valuation Office: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 829W, on the Valuation...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average length of time of each stage of the export licensing process was for licences in respect...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made against the Government's target announced in the 2006 Budget to reduce the...

      Credit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assistance is provided by his Department to help individuals obtain (a) loans and (b) credit; what...

      Credit: Insurance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the level of claims on credit insurance has been in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by his Department.

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many members of staff in his Department and its predecessor have received gifts valued at £100 or...

      Drugs: Industry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on the pharmaceutical industry; and if he will...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations his Department has received on the effect of the Waste Electrical and Electronic...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment has been made of levels of compliance with the provisions of the EU Waste Electrical...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will estimate the cost of introducing a de minimis rule in relation to business compliance with the...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the comparative strengths of...

      Gulf Co-operation Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's policy is on negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and the Gulf...

      Supermarkets: Complaints

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of a supermarket ombudsman in each of the next...

      Television: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what restrictions there are on the export of television sets forming part of a local authority's household...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many staff are engaged in processing hon. Members' Additional Cost Allowance claims.

  • Women and Equality

    • Equality: Prosecutions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which public bodies have been prosecuted for failing in their statutory equality duties in each of the last four years; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers of each rank have served in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since 2003.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British armed forces personnel are stationed in Kabul and the surrounding area.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of NATO's deployment in Afghanistan was in 2007-08.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of RAF passenger carrying flights from Brize Norton to Afghanistan have left more than three hours after the scheduled time...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the cost to his Department of the two aircraft carriers under construction; and what change this represents from...

      Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria the armed forces use to determine whether to report and make public instances of individual service personnel who have been (a) wounded,...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 328W, of the 38 personnel who were very seriously injured in Afghanistan in 2006...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, columns 327-8W, of the 42 personnel who were seriously injured in Afghanistan in 2006 and...

      Armed Forces: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many one-off payments were made to people discharged from the armed forces since 1980 due to defective hearing; and what the average amount of such...

      Armed Forces: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been discharged from the armed forces owing to defective hearing in each year since 1980; and what percentage of those people had...

      Armed Forces: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces pensions have been awarded to people who were discharged from the armed forces with defective hearing since 1980.

      Armed Forces: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what compensation is payable to a member of the armed forces discharged with hearing loss of under 20 per cent. if the hearing loss increases subsequently.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military personnel have received training in the (a) Farsi or Dari, (b) Arabic, (c) Urdu and (d) Pashto languages in each year since...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) trained requirement, (b) actual strength and (c) numbers fit for duty is for each regiment of the (i) Royal Logistics Corps, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many and what percentage of armed forces personnel who have served in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan have been diagnosed with a mental health...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in (a) the armed forces and (b) his Department receive the X-factor adjustment to military pay, broken down by rank.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of the Support Vehicle programme was on 31 March (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006, (f) 2007 and (g) 2008,...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009 to the hon. Member for Chesterfield, (Paul Holmes) Official Report, column 872, on departmental data...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department's departmental expenditure limit for 2008-09 was increased in the Winter Supplementary Estimates.

      Departmental Training

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

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his statement of 26 February 2009, whether officials in his Department had been informed in 2004 of the transfer of detainees to which he...

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when officials in his Department first became aware that the answer given to the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr of 7 February 2006, ...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the contract specification for delivery dates for the A400M aircraft is; and what penalty clauses there are for late delivery in the contract.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) the total helicopter fleet in service and (b) the helicopter forward air fleet were fit for purpose in each year since 2001,...

      Navy: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the assistance of the Royal Navy has been requested by individuals whose vessels have been involved in incidents of piracy or attempted piracy in...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost of operations in Iraq, broken down on the same basis as note 2.3 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08, was in (a)...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) ships and (b) other units of the Armed Forces have been committed to the protection of merchant shipping from pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden.

      Territorial Army: Fulham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department plans to make funds available for the refurbishment of the proposed Territorial Army Centre in Rylston Road, Fulham.

      Territorial Army: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much back pay was owing to Territorial Army soldiers who have seen active service in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan on the latest date for which...

      Tornado Aircraft: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the 3P233 runway denial munition carried by RAF Tornado aircraft is a cluster munition within the meaning of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

      Veterans Advice Unit: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department worked in the Veterans Advice Unit in each of the last five years for which figures are available; how many currently...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) in-service dates and (b) current out-of-service dates are for each (i) submarine, (ii) frigate and (iii) destroyer in the Royal Navy.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many retired civil servants receive a Civil Service pension of less than (a) £1,000 and (b) £2,000 per annum.

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to page 5 of his Department's Civil Superannuation Resource Accounts 2007-08, HC 60, for what reason the decision was taken to close...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) on what date his Department's policy on the management of its electronic records first took effect; and on what dates it has subsequently...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish a copy of his Department's website accessibility plan.

      Departmental Staff Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Cabinet Office spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which company was contracted to conduct each such survey.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what proportion of the increase since 1997 in the number of people of working age in employment is accounted for by (a) UK-born workers,...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the Cabinet Office has made of the number of Government IT projects initiated in the last five years which are (a) over budget and...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many Government special advisers there were whose primary role was in dealing with the media (a) in 1997 and (b) at the most recent...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information his Department holds on numbers of people resident in Northern Ireland who have (a) applied for and (b) been appointed by...

      Voluntary Organisations: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which elements of the Recession Action Plan for the Third Sector are funded from existing budgets of Government departments and non-departmental bodies.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many women were referred by national health service GPs to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service for an abortion in the last period for which...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the areas are with (a) high abortion and (b) repeat abortion rates, referred to in paragraph 5.31 of Healthy lives brighter futures: The strategy...

      Autism: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) schoolchildren and (b) adults have been diagnosed with autism in (i) County Durham and (ii) Easington constituency; and if he will make a...

      Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women in Hemel Hempstead with suspected breast cancer saw a specialist within two weeks of referral in each of the last...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department defines long acting reversible methods of contraception act as abortifacient; and if he will make a statement.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in each (a) age group and (b) NHS trust area had subdermal implants removed in each of the last 10 years.

      Contraceptives: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the quarterly strategic health authority progress reports on allocation of the £26.8 million funding for contraception; (2)...

      Dementia: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London have been diagnosed with dementia in each of the last five years.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the General Dental Council of administering the annual registration fee for dental technicians was (a) in total and (b) per...

      Dental Services: Hertfordshire

      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) Hemel Hempstead and (ii)...

      Dental Services: Hertfordshire

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

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which works of art from the Government Art Collection each Minister in his Department has selected for display in a private office.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department uses WPA2 encryption protocol on all its wireless networks.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what auditing his Department undertakes to ensure that IT security policies are being followed; and on how many occasions (a) IT security policies have...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's IT security hierarchy.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase levels of awareness amongst GPs of bulimia and anorexia.

      Foetal Anti-convulsant Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults have been diagnosed with foetal anti-convulsant syndrome resulting from their mothers receiving sodium valproate...

      Great Western Hospital: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting time for (i) in-patient and (ii) day case admissions was at the Great Western Hospital in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many responses his Department received to its consultation on proposed changes to the legislative framework for health and social care...

      Health Visitors: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trained health visitors there are in each primary care trust in England.

      Health Visitors: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors have been employed in the NHS in each year since 1997; and how many have been employed under what organisational code in each NHS...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people infected with HIV there were in (a) England and (b) Sefton in each year since 1996.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2079W, on hospital beds, if he will make it his policy to collect and hold...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department and NHS organisations took to improve levels of hospital cleanliness in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and how much was spent on...

      Hospitals: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospitals are connected to the national NHS IT system; (2) what timetable has been set for hospital trusts to introduce the national NHS...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the sum to be transferred from his Department to local authorities when they take responsibility for support for learning disabled people...

      Lung Cancer: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1497-8W, on cancer, what steps his Department is taking (a) to reduce the...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of pregnancies where a home birth had been requested resulted in a hospital delivery in 2007-08; (2) what proportion of births were...

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the tariff uplift breakdown for 2009-10, published by his Department on 5 February 2009, and pursuant to the answer of 20 January...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff have accessed the NHS spine without appropriate authorisation in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were re-admitted into a mental health hospital in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times restraint was used on a mental health patient in each Strategic Health Authority area in each year since 1997; and on how many such...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which categories of patient services NHS Foundation Trust hospitals have decided to (a) commence and (b) terminate since their inception.

      NHS: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on defending legal proceedings taken against it by private individuals seeking to reverse local decisions on health provision and...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors there were in each NHS Trust in each year from 2000 to 2007, with data adjusted to reflect the current configuration...

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior managers given redundancy payments as part of the last primary care trust reorganisation are working in another part of the NHS.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of doctors in each health trust have used the choose and book system in each month since the introduction of the scheme.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of appointments have been made using the choose and book system in each health trust in each month since the scheme was introduced.

      Perinatal Mortality: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has allocated to spending on research into the prevention of stillbirth in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the subsequent three...

      Prescription Drugs: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of unused prescribed drugs and medicines was in 2007-08.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many FP10 forms have been lost in transit from pharmacists to the Prescriptions Pricing Division of the NHS Business Services Authority in each year...

      Ritalin: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been prescribed Ritalin in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to build capacity in the voluntary sector to support patients with sickle cell disease.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether care home residents who are in receipt of personal expenses allowance have received (a) the one-off payment of £60 and (b) the one-off...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1349W, on autism, what plans he has to ensure that individual budgets are...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent children from using sun-beds in tanning shops; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) has undertaken, (b) plans to take and (c) has evaluated on the effect of greater access to family planning on numbers...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which (a) individuals and (b) organisations who were sent copies of Healthy lives brighter futures: The strategy for children and young people's...

      West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on administration by West Hertfordshire NHS Hospital Trust in each of the last five years.

      Westminster City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what grants his Department has given to Westminster City Council in each year since 2005-06; what sums were awarded in each grant; in what categories the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many new (a) apprenticeships and (b) training places are planned to be made available for people in Darlington...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in 2008-09 to date.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people resident in Manchester, Withington constituency were admitted to universities in England in 2008.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many residents of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne enrolled in higher education institutions on a (a) full-time and (b)...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) home and EU full-time students, (b) overseas non-EU full-time students and (c) home and EU part-time students...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been paid to each higher education institution through the Access to Learning Fund in each year since 2005-06.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many institutions have been overpaid by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in each of the last 10 years;...

  • Justice

    • Bailiffs: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the draft regulations for the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 in respect of bailiff powers will be published.

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for child abuse were made in the years ended March (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007 and (e) 2008.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to inform the public about work being undertaken by convicted criminals serving community service orders.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) complaints and (b) items of correspondence have been received by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in relation to historical sex abuse...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent changes the Criminal Cases Review Commission has made to the way in which it (a) assesses cases and (b) determines which cases are (i)...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1332W, on dangerous dogs: convictions, how many of the offences for which persons...

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which works of art from the Government Art Collection each Minister in his Department has selected for display in a private office.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many bonus payments were made to (a) senior civil servants and (b) other staff working in (i) HM Courts Service, (ii) HM Prison Service, (iii) the...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many public consultations his Department has conducted in the last 12 months; how long each consultation was open for; how many responses were...

      Emergency Calls: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many non-emergency calls were made to (a) the English language telephone number and (b) the Welsh language telephone number in each police force in...

      Howard League for Penal Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department has received from the Howard League for Penal Reform in the...

      Legal Aid: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid the Legal Services Commission received from firms working on behalf of persons under 16 in each year since 1997; and...

      Legal Aid: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for acts of assistance relating to housing the Legal Services Commission (LSC) received in each of the last five years; and what...

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 474W, on the Bradley Review, when he expects to receive Lord Bradley's report.

      Policing and Crime Bill 2008-09

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what sanctions would apply for the non-payment of fines imposed under the provisions of Clause 26 of the Policing and Crime Bill 2008-09.

      Prison Sentences: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the comparative rates of imprisonment of (a) black males and (b) white males; how these rates compare with the...

      Prisoners Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average daily number of prisoners transferred from each prison in England and Wales to another prison in England and Wales solely as a result of...

      Prisoners: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much money has been spent on rehabilitating prisoners who had been considered to be violent and a threat to society since 1991.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission research on the effects on the re-offending rate of (a) penal custody, (b) restorative justice programmes and (c) local...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of offenders re-offended within (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) two years and (c) three years of release from a...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to his Department's report, Re-offending of adults: new measures of re-offending 2000-05, how many offenders have had multiple...

      Suicide: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions inquests have identified internet sites as a contributory cause of suicide in each of the last five years; and in how many such...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of inmates in young offender institutions are taking part in programmes to rehabilitate them into society.

      Young Offenders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persistent young offenders were (a) arrested and (b) sentenced for a criminal offence at (i) magistrates' courts and (ii) the Crown Court in...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Leader of the House which works of art from the Government art collection each Minister in her Office has selected for display in a private office.

    • Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Leader of the House how many public consultations her Office has conducted in the last 12 months; how long each consultation was open for; how many responses were received in each...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on developing a carbon accounting framework.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the objectives are of developing a carbon accounting framework.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will encourage local authorities to switch from burning fossil fuels to burning wood pellets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what climate models his Department (a) has access to and (b) uses, with particular reference to the climate model used by Lord Stern...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to meet (a) the US Energy Secretary and (b) the White House Energy Co-ordinator to discuss (i) the outcome of the UN...

      Combined Heat and Power: Oils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to encourage the use of combined heat and power generated from cooking oil recycled by means of gravity...

      Departmental Foreign Workers

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to appoint a Chief Engineering Adviser in his Department.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of the UK's power is generated by (a) wind farms, (b) solar, (c) nuclear power stations, (d) coal-fired power...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average amount billed for fuel consumption for (a) a one-bedroom flat, (b) a two-bedroom flat, (c)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average amount billed for fuel consumption for a (a) one-bedroom flat, (b) two-bedroom flat, (c)...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any administrative financial penalties may be levied by his Department.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of trends in the pump price of (a) liquefied petroleum gas and (b) other motor fuels in the last 12...

      Home Energy Conservation Act 1995

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to improve the implementation of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.

      Marine Renewables Deployment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1379W, on Marine Renewables Deployment Fund, which projects are...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 20 October 2008 on behalf of Mr. Peter Kendall regarding...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the economic recession on the renewable energy sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to increase the proportion of energy used in public sector buildings which comes from renewable sources.

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether he has had recent discussions with Scottish Executive Ministers on the effect of the National Policy Statements for...

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to using installers approved by the manufacturers of central heating boilers for installations under...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was (a) budgeted for and (b) paid out in grants to individual households for (i) renewable energy installations and (ii)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind farms he expects to begin being constructed in each of the next five years.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines he expects to begin being constructed in each of the next five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Catering

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

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 573W, on departmental data protection, whether the Customer Information...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 573W, on departmental data protection, whether a privacy impact...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the hourly rate of pay was for the lowest paid staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and...

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance have recorded dementia as a qualifying medical...

      Disability Living Allowance: EC Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many nationals of each non-UK EU member state were in receipt of each rate of disability living allowance for the most recent period for...

      Electronic Data Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department (a) is contractually obliged to spend and (b) plans to spend on services provided by EDS in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.

      Electronic Data Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's IT projects EDS is involved with; and which are project managed by (a) EDS employees and (b) officials of his...

      Electronic Data Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts his Department currently holds with EDS; and when each is due to expire.

      Employment Services: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the additional £3 million funding for the Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service will be available; how many additional staff will be...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants in each region have been in receipt of incapacity benefits for five years or...

      Invalid Vehicles: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment his Department has made of provision for motor assistance for those aged over 65 years who are ineligible for the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long on average it took to process a claim for jobseeker's allowance in the last four weeks for which figures are available; and how many...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 29 October 2008 on behalf of Alison Crump, regarding legal advice...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 22WS, on disability benefits, what changes his...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he will publish details of the scheme under the Pensions Act 2008 allowing people to buy back additional years of Class 3 National...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Rural Community Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support she plans to make available to community enterprises in rural areas in 2009-10.

    • Traveller Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the latest guidance to local authorities is on provision of sites for Travellers.

      Rough Sleeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology her Department uses to estimate levels of rough sleeping.

      Social Housing: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding she plans to make available for social housing in Oxfordshire in the next five years.

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes to the Working Neighbourhoods Fund will be introduced as a result of the recent consultation on the revision of...

      Flood Risk: Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidance her Department has issued to local planning authorities on development of areas at risk of flooding.

      Regional Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the establishment of regional fire control rooms.

      Repeat Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to planning authorities on procedures applicable to repeat planning applications.

      House Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions her Department has had with representatives of the construction industry on likely levels of...

      Gypsy and Traveller Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has for the future provision of Gypsy and Traveller sites.

      Social Housing: North-West England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families were re-housed into social housing from social housing registers in the North West in each of the last five years.

      Business Rates: Humber Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the retrospective levying of business rates in the Humber ports; and if she will make a statement.

      Repossessed and Empty Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of changes in the number of (a) repossessed and (b) empty houses in the last 12 months.

      Right-to-buy Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many right-to-buy sales of council houses she expects to take place during 2009-10; and if she will make a statement.

      Sustainable Communities Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms her Department uses to evaluate the effectiveness of the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.

      Asylum: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on the Gateway refugee programme in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Compulsory Purchase: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local planning authorities on the use of compulsory purchase powers to obtain land...

      Council Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1778W, on council housing: Crosby, how much funding has...

      Council Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much on average it cost a local authority to build a unit of new social housing to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5...

      Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1410W, on...

      European Regional Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what restrictions she has placed on applications by English regions for unspent European Regional Development funding.

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were purchased under (1) the New Build HomeBuy Scheme in (a) each region and (b) each London borough in (i)...

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many developers have submitted bids to the Homes and Communities Agency to participate in the HomeBuy Direct scheme;...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many private sector dwellings were (a) started and (b) completed in each quarter of each of the last 30 years.

      Housing: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much central Government expenditure there was on housing in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year since 1979.

      Housing: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to increase access to affordable housing in (a) Warrington and (b) the North West.

      Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1697-8W, on Lord Truscott, whether Baroness Andrews was...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much on average it cost a local authority to service a debt of (a) £500,000 and (b) £1,000,000 borrowed (i) on...

      Local Government Finance: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of invoice payments made by Eastbourne Borough Council in 2007-08 were made within the Government's 10-day...

      Local Government Finance: Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants her Department has given to Westminster City Council in each year since 2005-06; what sums were awarded; in what...

      Local Government: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will take steps to encourage local authorities to sign up to the Information Commissioner's Personal...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of comprehensive performance assessments to (a) local authorities and (b) the Audit...

      Migrant Workers Northwest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Migrant Workers Northwest has received funding from (a) her Department, (b) the Government Office for the North West...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will introduce an element of transitional rate relief for non-domestic rates for the 2009-10 financial year.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the application of small business rate relief and the non-domestic multiplier is planned to be revenue neutral (a) in...

      Regional Government: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable has been set for the South West Councils' Strategic Leaders' Board to be designated as a regional planning body.

      Regional Government: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the South West Council's Strategic Leaders' Board plans to assume the functions of the South West Regional Assembly.

      Regional Government: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements she plans to make for public consultation on the constitution of the proposed Strategic Leaders' Board of the...

      Regional Government: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether hon. Members representing constituencies in the South West will have any role in relation to the South West Council's...

      Regional Ministers: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates the Government Office for each region has funded transport for assistants to Regional Ministers since their...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued on (a) the composition of the proportion of a decision-making body designated as a regional...

      Rented Housing: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) socially rented homes, (b) private rented homes and (c) homes were assessed under the Housing Health and Safety...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of people who were (a) squatting, (b) facing eviction, (c) in temporary...

      Tenants Rights: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will commission research into the effect of changes to council tenants' rights since 2005 in Crosby; and if she will make...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which maintained secondary schools have been (a) converted into and (b) replaced by academies since 1997.

    • Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications local authorities made for care orders in (a) July 2008, (b) August 2008, (c) September 2008, (d)...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on children in care in (a) secure units, homes and hostels, (b) other residential settings and (c)...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to protect children whose data are compromised by breach of security in ContactPoint.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure access for disabled children to child care facilities in each local authority area.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that 16 and 17 year olds have sufficient access to child protection services.

      Children: Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills about the training of...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Sure Start children's centres there are in the London borough of Barnet; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) children and (b) families are receiving services at each Sure Start children's centre in Hendon constituency; how...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the capital start-up cost of each Sure Start children's centre in Hendon constituency was; what the revenue costs of each...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the performance against objectives of each Sure Start centre in Hendon constituency; and if he will...

      Cross-department Assessment Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2105W, on Cross-department Assessment Panel, what the names...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students aged 16 to 18 years in receipt of an education maintenance allowance attend each educational institution in...

      Education: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Training and Development Agency for Schools is taking to improve the educational achievement of children in care.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families of those pupils achieving A* and A grades at GCSE, how many were at (a) comprehensive, (b) independent and (c) grammar schools...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 496W, on educational attainment, (1) how many (a)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, columns 1468-69W, on GCSE, if he will list the bottom 200...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms are in place to ensure that funding allocated to local authority learning disability budgets is not spent on other...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 2 October 2008 on behalf of Mr. Mike Burgess, which...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 490-91W, on pre-school education, how many and what...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1478W, on pre-school education, by what date he expects the...

      Pupil Referral Units: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children in young offender institutions were previously in pupil referral units on the latest date...

      Pupil Referral Units: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children in pupil referral units were subsequently detained in young offender institutions in the...

      Pupils: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on the Electronic Learning and Mobility Programme to date; how many laptops have been provided to...

      Residence Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for residence orders were made by grandparents in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of the new requirements for nutritional analysis of school lunches on the capacity of...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools have adopted alternative performance standards from those set out in Building Bulletin 93 (a) in 2008 and...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average length of a school Private Finance Initiative contract was in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools defined as rural there were in each county in each year since 1997.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what recent progress has been made in closing the funding gap between sixth form colleges and school sixth forms; and if he...

      Special Educational Needs: Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, columns 2097-8W, on special educational needs: young offenders,...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1710W, on Sure Start programme, how many new Sure Start...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1710W, on Sure Start programme, how many new Sure Start...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of children under the age of 16 years who are receiving swimming lessons from...

      Teachers: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of teachers employed in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire are recorded as being disabled.

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many male primary school teachers there are working in schools, broken down by indices of deprivation for (a) school location...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of provisions for overtime pay for teachers for activities undertaken outside their...

      Westminster City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants his Department and its predecessors made to Westminster City Council in each year since 2005-06; and what grants are...

      Young People's Learning Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) responsibilities and (b) powers the Young People's Learning Agency will have with regard to academies.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the average annual cost, including salary, of the posting of a civil servant in his Department in...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to increase the assistance it provides to (a) disarmament, (b) demobilisation, (c) repatriation, (d)...

      Departmental Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) television and (b) radio programmes his Department has funded over the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on the implementation of Quest for (a) additional fees to consultants and (b) staff overtime.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who is each person categorised as Head of Profession as referred to in his Department's Annual Report 2008, chapter 10, point 10.7; and...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to increase its recruitment of people with disabilities in line with targets for the Civil Service...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people his Department (a) sought for and (b) recruited into its general faststream in 2008; and how many of those recruited...

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1310W, on departmental video conferencing, where the video...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which hotels in Nairobi are designated as preferred for the purposes of his Department's officials' travel arrangements as set out in...

      International Planned Parenthood Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what records his Department holds on the uses to which the core funds of the International Planned Parenthood Federation have been put...

      Joint Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Retreat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) date, (b) duration and (c) location was of the Joint Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Retreat run by his...

      Mass Media

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

      Population: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether account is taken of the human rights implications of the Chinese one-child policy in his Department's decisions on aid to...

      UN Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the annual report of the United Nations Population Fund for each of the last two years;...

      UN Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who the UK representative on the Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund is; and what relevant (a) specialist and (b)...

      UN Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) officials have had with the United States Administration on its...

      UN Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the United Nations Population Fund in promoting non-coercive approaches to family...

      Zimbabwe: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the ability of the population of Zimbabwe to access clean water; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the ability of the population of Zimbabwe to obtain food; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the ability of the population of Zimbabwe to access health services; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of levels of sanitation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to suggestions that the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable.

    • Africa: Health and AIDS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Department for International Development withdrew its inter-country support programme on health and AIDS in Southern Africa. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Africa: Health and AIDS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the effect of the Department for International Development's decision to end its inter-country support programme on health and AIDS in Southern Africa...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the A400M requires civil certification.

      Avian Flu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what precautions they have taken concerning the possibility of avian flu entering the United Kingdom; how often the arrangements are reviewed; and how they...

      Belarus: Religious Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are still receiving reports of restrictions placed on church groups and on the Roma minority in Belarus; and whether they will make representations to...

      BNFL: Sale of Assets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who decided not to disclose the terms on which British Nuclear Fuels Ltd agreed on 17 December 2008 to sell its one-third share in the management company of the...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total expenditure incurred to date in respect of the British Coal vibration white finger litigation, broken down between payments made to (a) Capita...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total expenditure incurred to date in respect of the British Coal respiratory disease litigation, broken down between payments made to (a) Capita and...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the projected date by which all claims under the British Coal respiratory disease litigation will have been settled and the scheme wound up; and what is...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the projected date by which all claims under the British Coal vibration white finger litigation will have been settled and the scheme wound up; and what is...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated staffing, administrative and related costs incurred by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its predecessors including the...

      Civil Service: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether those elements of civil servants' pay and pensions which are inflation-proof are also deflation-proof.

      Civil Service: Severance Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the lump sum calculation under the Civil Service compulsory early severance scheme for a person aged 50 with 15 years' service; whether such...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the financing mechanisms for the United Nations climate change adaptation fund.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent research developments in physics relating to the influence of the sun on cloud formation and global temperatures; and how...

      Climate Change: Greenhouse Gases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how, if regulation 46(2)(a) of the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/261) prevents an authorised person entering premises used wholly or...

      Defra: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 14 November 2008 (WA 151—52), why, following the voluntary early retirement and severance...

      Energy: Cooking Oils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of electricity is generated from used cooking oils.

      Energy: Cooking Oils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose to take to encourage the increased production of electricity from used cooking oils.

      Energy: Peat Bogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of peat bogs and moors in conserving carbon and fixing carbon from the atmosphere; and what policies they are...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost in terms of carbon emissions of manufacturing, installing and connecting to the national grid wind turbines of (a) 1 kilowatt, (b) 5 kilowatts,...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the limits to the number of connections and total input to the national grid that can be accepted from small wind turbines; and whether there is a...

      Environment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consult all political parties represented in Parliament on environmental issues with the aim of reaching a consensus for 2020 and 2050.

      Equality: Race

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific targets were set by the Government Equality Office for race equality outcomes in 2008—09; and what was achieved.

      House of Lords: Publications

      To ask the Chairman of Committees who sets the prices of House of Lords publications.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 5 February (WA 180—81) concerning the payment of London weighting, how many officials receive...

      Northern Ireland: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the purpose of the report by Colm O'Cinneide entitled Equivalence in Promoting Equality, commissioned by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the papers by General Sir Richard Dannatt on moving the proposed Olympic shooting venue from...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the civil service superannuation scheme and other principal public sector pension schemes have the powers and computing facilities to adjust payment and...

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 6 February (WA 156—57), which of their actions have been initiated or...

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what legal basis Royal Navy vessels are operating against pirates in international waters.

      Post-legislative Scrutiny

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the publication of Post-Legislative Scrutiny—The Government's Approach (Cm 7320) in March 2008, which Acts of Parliament have been subject to...

      Prisons: Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 February (WA 237), what percentage of (a) prison staff, and (b) prison officers have received training aimed at...

      Prisons: Muslim Chaplains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 February (WA 238—40), of the 197 Muslim chaplains currently serving in prisons in England and Wales how many...

      Scotland Office: Staff Sickness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davidson of Glen Clova on 11 February (HL1065) concerning the Scotland Office and staff sickness, why the question was not...

      UK Chemical Community

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek confirmation from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council that their funding for the United Kingdom chemical community will...

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