Written answers

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the average annual cost, including salary, of the posting of (a) a private soldier and (b) a civil servant in his...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters have been made available to NATO forces in Afghanistan in the last six months.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of unexploded land mines in Afghanistan; and what steps the Government are taking to help remove them.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers serving in Afghanistan since Operation Herrick began have returned from Afghanistan as a (a) single and (b) multiple amputee; and if...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether work is being carried out in the United Kingdom to support the development of a Next Generation Fuze for US inter-continental ballistic missiles.

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Defence what his Department's current salary bill is.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 17, on the collision of nuclear submarines, when Parliament will be informed of...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of maintaining a (a) Type-42 destroyer and (b) Type-23 frigate is in 2008-09.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Big Lottery Fund has provided for projects to assist Traveller groups since the fund was established; and what projects...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department working on tourism issues have qualifications in economics; and how many staff in his Department work...

      Football: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Football Association on plans for a pan-European approach to the subject of football match-fixing.

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) Sport England, (b) English Heritage, (c) the Heritage Lottery Fund, (d) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council,...

      Sports: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government are taking to promote sport for people with a disability.

      Theatre: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government are taking to promote the free theatre tickets initiative.

      Tourism: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the contribution made by tourism to the economies of (a) South West England, (b) Cornwall and (c) South...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many video games were sold in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many video games presented to the British Board of Film Classification have been refused a classification in each of the last five years.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many video games consoles were sold in the UK in the latest (a) week, (b) month and (c) year for which information is available.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research his Department has conducted on the average age at which children begin (a) playing video games and (b) using the internet.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Plants

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much her Department spent on (a) pot plants and (b) cut flowers in each of the last three years.

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the average number of days sick leave per member of staff per year in her Office has been since the Office was established.

      Olympic Games 2012: Expenditure

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Administration

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 935W, what assessment the House of...

    • Medical Examinations

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will make provision for the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Service...

      Members' Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what arrangements are being made for the House to publish further information about Members' allowances

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1391W, on snow and ice, if he will...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Pakistan on their agreement with the Taliban in Swat province.

    • Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the use by Moroccan intelligence services of intelligence gathered by (a) UK and (b) US...

      Colombia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 358W, on Colombia: armed forces, what consideration his...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's announcement on English—the World's language on 17 January 2008, what progress has been...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many copies of his Departmental report, "Lifting the Nuclear Shadow: Creating the Conditions for Abolishing Nuclear...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) members of the UN Security Council and (b) his Commonwealth counterparts on the...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the remit of the Prime Minister's special envoy to Sri Lanka is.

      USA: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have received notification from the United States Administration in the last six months of any US...

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the effects on UK trawlers of the declaration of an exclusive economic zone in relation to the...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to release the Commission's report on its missions to Rabat, El...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support the inclusion of a peacekeeping role and a human rights monitoring function for the United Nations Mission...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the inclusion in a UN plan for Western Sahara of a referendum with independence as an option.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.

    • Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years.

      Empty Property

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

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of flooding caused by (a) overflowing waterways and (b) blocked watercourses,...

      Floods: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the effect on the flood plain of the works planned in the flood risk area of Canvey Island...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has for managing the coexistence of genetically-modified (GM) and non-GM crops.

      National Hazards Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the national hazards team to be established.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the required average annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per passenger relating to aircraft departing from...

    • Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average annual change in carbon dioxide emissions has been per passenger in relation to aircraft departing from UK airports in each year since...

      Aviation: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his forecast is for the constrained air passenger demand in 2030, taking into account (a) the implementation of the increases in air passenger...

      BRB (Residuary): 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 the British Railways Board...

      Bus Services: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many low-floor wheelchair- accessible buses are used on services funded by Merseytravel in (a) Merseyside and (b) Sefton (i) in total and (ii) as...

      Careless Driving: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to bring forward proposals to give police forces the powers to issue fixed penalty tickets for careless driving; and if he will make...

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Transport what period of time elapses before his Department's electronic records are (a) archived and (b) destroyed; and what percentage of such records...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date his Department's policy on the management of its electronic records took effect; and on what dates it has been reviewed.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's policy on the management of electronic records.

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many discrete views were expressed in responses to the adding capacity at Heathrow airport consultation, broken down by (a) the code...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what terms of reference he has given to the High Speed Two company.

      Limousines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations apply to the carriage of passengers in stretch limousines; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Petrol Alternatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) research and (b) trialling his Department has conducted on the provision of (i) hydrogen supply and (ii) electric charge points networks for...

      New Trains: Investments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-4W, on new trains (investments), by what date he expects the last of...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the powers available to him under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted...

      Public Transport: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has made available to improve disabled access transport services in North Wiltshire constituency.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to introduce additional rolling stock on the Newport-Hereford line to reduce passenger overcrowding.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many days stock of gritting agent the Highways Agency held on (a) 31 January 2009 and (b) 6 February 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require local authorities to clear pavements of snow in areas with high numbers of pedestrians.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any of the new rail rolling stock recently announced by his Department will be fitted out for use as sleeper accommodation.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to support the provision of sleeper rail services where these compete with domestic or short-haul international air travel services;...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1606W, on rolling stock, what the timetable is for...

      Wheel Clamps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what circumstances the owner of a vehicle may be held liable for a payment to release a wheel clamp where the vehicle in question had been parked...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1010W, on bereavement benefits, how many payments of (a) bereavement...

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many consultants his Department retains; in what areas of his Department's work each operates; for how long each has been contracted to...

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in his Department have used their discretion to rule that a parliamentary question for...

      Housing Benefit: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will publish information on changes in the level of benefits experienced by local housing allowance claimants resident in (a)...

      Mortgage Interest Rate Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mortgage interest rate his Department is currently paying claimants entitled to assistance with mortgage interest; how many claimants have...

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people who are auto-enrolled into the pension's savings scheme from 2012 will receive more than (a) £5, (b) more than...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the percentage of pensioners resident in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London living in poverty.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the percentage of pensioners living in poverty resident in (a) Winchester constituency and (b) Hampshire.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 575W, on poverty: children, for which years information on the number of...

      Roscommon Way Extension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice the Health and Safety Executive provided in relation to (a) Phase I and (b) Phase II of the Roscommon Way extension, Canvey Island.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) each region of England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland receive both working tax credit and housing...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1807-08W, on state retirement pensions (1) what the cost of the (a)...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the (a) average, (b) lowest and (c) highest number of days was between the conditions for a cold weather payment being met and...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people held in (a) Rampton, (b) Broadmoor, (c) Ashworth, (d) Carstairs and (e) Southall hospitals received the winter fuel...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Identity Theft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of identity theft insurance policies in relation to bank accounts; and what discussions his Department has had on...

    • Banks: Directors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Financial Services Authority has made of whether the (a) chief executive, (b) chairman and (c) board members of each bank in receipt...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require all financial businesses to register derivatives with the Financial Services Authority.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in 2008-09 to date.

      Economic Situation: Canada

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart on the economic downturn.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates (a) he, the Chairman of the Financial Services Authority and the Governor of the Bank of England and (b) their deputies met in their...

      Interbank Lending Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of lending guaranteed by the Interbank Lending Scheme is.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 15 January 2009 on Mr. K. Williams.

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to discourage banks from repossessing homes of people in mortgage arrears.

      National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the maximum amount of public debt which should be permitted as a percentage of gross domestic product.

      Royal Bank of Scotland: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions his Department has given to the Royal Bank of Scotland in relation to loan requests made by small and medium-sized businesses to cover bad...

      Royal Bank of Scotland: Sponsorship

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role the directors of the Royal Bank of Scotland who are appointed by UK Financial Investments Ltd. have had in determining the bank's budget for sport...

      UK Financial Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many shares in (a) Lloyds TSB, (b) HBOS and (c) the Royal Bank of Scotland were taken up by UK Financial Investments; and at what price.

      UK Financial Investments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people employed by UK Financial Investments Ltd. are former employees of his Department; (2) how many people are employed by UK Financial...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Solicitor-General what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) her Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the Government's security standards following...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many contracts (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts this...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Solicitor-General when her Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying document...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Solicitor-General what percentage of the IT systems in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are fully accredited to the Government's security standards.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in the Law Officers' Departments have used their discretion to rule that a parliamentary question for written...

      Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what proportion of the (a) drug smuggling, (b) tax fraud, (c) tobacco and alcohol duty evasion, (d) illegal arms trafficking, (e) money laundering and (f)...

      Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office: Parking Offences

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much the HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office paid in (a) parking and (b) congestion charge fines in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Public Inquiries: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse to date of all public inquiries taking place in Northern Ireland.

    • Public Inquiries: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of payments made to legal firms used by public inquiries taking place in Northern Ireland for which his Department is responsible...

      Paramilitary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of current levels of activity of paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland.

      Republican Paramilitary Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of links between dissident republican groups and drug-related crime in Northern Ireland.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on rates of vehicle excise duty evasion in Northern Ireland.

      Consultative Group on the Past

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Consultative Group on the Past; and if he will make a statement.

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the Saville inquiry.

      Billy Wright Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Wright inquiry has spent on security for (a) legal companies and (b) witnesses.

      Robert Hamill Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Hamill inquiry has spent on security (a) overall and (b) for (i) legal companies and (ii) witnesses.

      Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Nelson inquiry has spent on security for (a) legal companies and (b) witnesses.

      Royal Ulster Constabulary: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will bring forward proposals formally to recognise the work of part-time reserve officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has had made of levels of paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 15 years have been cautioned or arrested for drunken behaviour in (a) North Wiltshire, (b) Wiltshire,...

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of community service alternatives to prison sentences in reducing rates...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many enhanced disclosures issued by the Criminal Records Bureau have disclosed penalty notices for disorder.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local authorities had signed up to take part in the Gateway refugee programme on 31 January 2009.

      Crime Prevention: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to (a) monitor compliance with those United Nations conventions on drug control which have been ratified by...

      Crimes of Violence: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to reduce violence by spectators at football matches.

      Customs Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many front-line customs officers work at each port on the UK border.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of her Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests to her Department were refused on the ground of cost in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c)...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have worked in her Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the last three...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for Beaconsfield of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 720W, on deportation:...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received from non-governmental organisations on the operation of immigration removal centres in the UK.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of (i) failure to accord precedence at pedestrian crossings, (ii) failure to...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many international students who have been enrolled in courses of longer than four years duration have been granted visas in each of the...

      Foreign Workers: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrant workers were employed in agriculture in the UK in each month of each of the last three years.

      Identity Cards: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of airside workers in each airport who will be enrolled in the identity card scheme.

      Identity Cards: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with organisations representing women who have been victims of domestic violence about the...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had at European level on (a) harmonisation of legislation on family re-unification, (b) medical assistance...

      Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were deported in 2007-08 to each country of origin; what modes of transport were used in relation to each...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which countries of origin of migrants the UK has readmission agreements; when each such agreement was signed; and with which countries...

      Immigration: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department's front-line immigration staff are working (a) in Calais and (b) in France outside Calais.

      Immigration: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many front-line immigration officers are working at each port on the UK border.

      Immigration: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department's front-line immigration staff are working in Belgium.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to provide information to migrant workers on their employment rights.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what cars are (a) owned, (b) leased, (c) hired and (d) otherwise regularly used by her Department, broken down by cubic capacity of engine.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been charged with criminal offences as a result of investigations conducted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimate is of the number of police hours spent on policing public protests in the last 12 months; and how much of the policing...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in each London local authority area in (i) 1997 and (ii)...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are working at each port of entry on the UK border.

      Reoffenders: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the effectiveness of (a) secure remand and (b) tagging in reducing re-offending rates.

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1630W, on telecommunications: databases, what her most recent estimate...

      Telephone Services: Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate has been made of the cost of providing a personal telephone line for commuters to call to be told their safest route home...

      UK Border Agency: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what work the UK Border Agency chief inspector has undertaken since his appointment; and if she will make a statement.

      Westminster City Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants her Department has made to Westminster city council in each year since 2005-06; what sums were awarded; in what category each...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to measure the number of day visitors to local authority areas in order to facilitate the...

    • Cambridge Online Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 17 July 2008, whether the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber has completed its...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding (a) her Department and (b) each Government Office for the Regions has provided to each regional faith community...

      Eco-Towns: Middle Quinton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make an assessment of (1) the Middle Quinton Eco-Town Proposals: Independent Viability Assessment commissioned...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission charged each fire and rescue authority in each region in (a) value added tax, (b) fixed element...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission charged each public service in each region in (a) value added tax, (b) fixed element fees, (c)...

      Local Government Finance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change in the rate support grant settlement for each London local authority in (a) cash and (b) real terms...

      Local Government Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment her Department has made of the likely effects of Transformational Services and Delivery Support, the...

      Microgeneration: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many micro-generation installations on non-domestic buildings required full planning permission in (a) 2006, (b)...

      Roads: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make an assessment of the effects on (a) socio-economic development, (b) regeneration and (c) traffic flow of the...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to Question 257080, on the proposed Middle Quinton eco-town, tabled on 10 February 2009.

      Zero Carbon Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated to the zero-carbon hub since its inception.

  • International Development

    • Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of state for International Development what recent steps the Government has taken to support humanitarian relief in Africa.

    • Asia: Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government has taken to support developing countries in Asia in the last 12 months.

      Civil Society Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) longest and (b) mean length of time was for decisions to be made on applications to the Civil Society Challenge Fund in...

      Departmental Art Work

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) salary and (b) other costs of employment were for the Communications Officer provided for his Department to support the...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how often he plans to aggregate data from his Department's country office template reports to provide an overall analysis of...

      Departmental Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what dates and on which channels the Nile Basin Documentary Film produced by Wild Dog Ltd with funding from his Department has been...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in 2008-09 to date.

      Departmental Public Consultations

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) standard and (b) business class rail travel in each of the last three financial years.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the Stakeholder survey—working across Whitehall, produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers for...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which companies were contracted to carry out the surveys.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) the World Bank, (b) multilateral development banks and (c) other international finance organisations have spent on (i)...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the terms of reference for the cross-departmental working group on HIV/AIDS led by his Department are.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government has taken to prevent the spread of AIDS-related illnesses in third world countries in the last 12 months.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the Policy note on economic growth and job creation for donor conference, Kosovo commissioned...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department's aid for reconstruction in Gaza is to be distributed.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports his Department has received on the number of bombings of civilian hospitals in the Vanni region in Sri Lanka; what...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of conditions for civilians in government welfare villages in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a...

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the pause on the construction of an airport on the island of St. Helena commenced; when it will finish; what its purpose is; and...

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what effect the exchange rate between the euro and sterling has had on the pause currently in force on the construction contract of an...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) applicants and (b) posts to available for such applicants there were to join the Civil Service fast stream in each year since 1996-97.

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he plans to increase the retirement pension age for the Civil Service pension schemes in line with the planned changes to the state...

      Civil Service: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Public Disclosure Act 1998 on (a) the Civil Service and (b) public authorities.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff in (a) the Prime Minister's Office and (b) the Leader of the House's Office were disciplined for (i) bullying and (ii) harassment...

      Futurebuilders Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what funding the Cabinet Office has allocated for Futurebuilders in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; (2) what recent assessment...

      Futurebuilders Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether there have been any changes to the Futurebuilders operational budget since the publication of the Government's Recession Action Plan for...

      Futurebuilders Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether there have been any changes to the contractual operating terms under which Futurebuilders operate in the last 12 months.

      Futurebuilders Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what changes have been made to the allocation of funding to Futurebuilders since the start of the current comprehensive spending review.

      Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Government departments have fully implemented the recommendations of the review of data handling procedures in Government; and what recent...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how the funds for protection of the forest environment announced at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Poznan will be allocated;...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to commission further research into the use of international financial mechanisms to reduce levels of forest loss.

      Carbon Emissions: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme in the light of the recession.

      Carbon Emissions: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on the volume of carbon dioxide emitted from processes involving...

      Climate Change: Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding he has allocated to the work of the UK-Indonesia Working Group on Environment and Climate Change (WGECC); when and where...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public has been...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department will publish its corporate plan.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many homes were without electricity supply for a period of more than four hours during January 2009.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library of the House a copy of the minutes of each meeting held by officials in his Department at which smart...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) organisations and (b) individuals, officials in his Department have met to discuss smart meters since his Department's inception.

      Energy: Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the economic downturn on UK energy demand.

      Environmental Transformation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the revenue source of the Environmental Transformation Fund is.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has awarded under Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings programme in each quarter since it was established.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has awarded to microgeneration of heat and electricity projects under Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many addresses his Department has provided to the Legal Complaints Service in order to advise claimants under the Coal Health...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of (a) ground and (b) air source heat pumps.

      Natural Gas

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

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of domestic gas consumption was obtained from domestic sources in each of the last 15 years; and if he will make a...

      Natural Gas: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of Russia's decision to stop European gas supply on such supplies in the UK; and if he will...

      Natural Gas: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to review the viability of the Nord Stream pipeline project.

      Natural Gas: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of gas consumed in the UK is sourced from the Ukraine.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether he proposes to provide further opportunities for the nomination of potential nuclear new build sites after the current...

      Nuclear Power Stations

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

      Renewable Energy: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Morley and Rothwell of 16 June 2008, Official Report, columns 641-2W, on...

      United Nations Environment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent meetings Ministers and officials from his Department have had with representatives of the United Nations Environment...

      Windfall Tax: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on levying a windfall tax on the profits of energy companies; what...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many learner places funded by the Learning and Skills Council have been taken up by people with (a) learning...

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of hon. Members' questions to his Department for written answer on a named day in the 2008-09 Session of...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what purpose he has commissioned an analysis of academy schools from PricewaterhouseCoopers; what skills and capabilities...

    • Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which 10 academies had the highest (a) number and (b) proportion of pupils with statements of special educational needs in the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for changes to the cost of childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which childcare settings he expects to be exempt from being on an Ofsted register.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many English children in care were placed in children's homes in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland in each...

      Children in Care: Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1418W, on children in care: boarding schools, when he...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much Capgemini has been paid for its work on ContactPoint in each year since the inception of the project.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the programme for the provision of Sure Start children's centres to be complete.

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether play workers running open-access schemes are required by his Department to register on the Ofsted (a) early years and...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the running cost of his Department and predecessor departments was in each of the last 10 years.

      Ear to Listen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what response he has made to the recommendation of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council that his Department give the...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Wiltshire

      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 there are at each educational institution...

      Empty Property

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

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils did not obtain five GCSEs at any grade excluding equivalents in 2008.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible to receive free school meals attained a GCSE in (a) German, (b) French and (c)...

      Gcse

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

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals did not gain one or more C grades or above at GCSE in 2008.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on the Key Stage 2 single level tests in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurseries: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1067-8W, on nurseries: vacancies, if he will estimate the...

      Ofsted: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has provided to Ofsted in each year since 1997; and how much of this has been spent on (a)...

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what legal requirements local authorities have to inform parents about choice in childcare and schools.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to change the age at which children start their reception year.

      Pupils: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in each local authority area have been referred for food...

      Schools: Closures

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

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many rural schools have closed in each year since 1996.

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects building work under the primary strategy for change programme to commence; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities will receive school capital funding brought forward under arrangements announced in the pre-budget report;...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether Ofsted inspected all maintained schools and pupil referral units for progress towards his Department's Public Service...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what methodology is used by his Department for the calculation of contextual value added scores.

      Social Services: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Parenting Early Intervention pathfinders in meeting their objectives; and...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009 to question 256859, what other ways of obtaining information on looked after children...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils of each age are studying for each diploma subject.

      Teachers: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many responses there were to the recent consultation on the General Teaching Council draft code on diversity rules; and how...

      Teachers: Male

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1969-70W on teachers: male, what the equivalent figures...

      Teachers: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1710W, on teachers: offenders, whether his Department has...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of (a) male and (b) female (i) free school meal and (ii) non-free school meal pupils have been...

      Young People: Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of young people who live more than one hours' travel time by public...

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many myplace projects have been initiated by (a) local authorities and (b) young people.

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many proposals for myplace projects have been rejected by local authorities.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate is of the extent of broadband internet access.

    • Broadband: Pensioners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of levels of broadband access for pensioners; and if he will make a statement.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the likely economic effect on rural small businesses of not having...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy for his Department to sign the Information Commissioner's Personal...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will publish a copy of his Department's website accessibility plan.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the cost of (a) flights, (b) accommodation, (c) gifts and (d) other expenses was for the...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will consult trade unions and employers on an extension of statutory periods of notice for agency workers.

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what timetable he has set for consultation on the implementation of the EU Agency Workers Directive;...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the job creation potential of the...

      Foreign Workers: North West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding the North West Regional Development Agency has provided to Migrant Workers Northwest for...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses have entered administration in (a) Cornwall, (b) the south west region and (c)...

      Insolvency: Hampshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses have entered administration in (a) Winchester constituency and (b) Hampshire in the...

      Motor Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of car sales during each month since January 2008; and if he will...

      One NorthEast: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the estimated monetary value is of the assets transferred to the North East Property Partnership by...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions since his appointment the Secretary of State has met Richard Hooper to discuss his...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of each regional development agency's budget for 2008-09 comes from developer contributions.

      Regional Development Agencies: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the names are of the trade union representatives appointed to each regional development agency.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has spent in hiring UBS to evaluate interest from prospective bidders for a stake...

      Royal Mail: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the merits of options for raising revenue for Royal Mail apart...

      Royal Mail: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the effects on Royal Mail's finances of establishing a universal...

      Royal Mail: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much of the £1.2 billion loan made by the Government to Royal Mail has been spent; when the loan...

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what independent assessment Royal Mail's Pension Fund trustees have commissioned of the projected...

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many meetings the Chairman of Royal Mail's Pension Fund trustees has had with Ministers and officials...

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform who the trustees of the Royal Mail Pension Fund are; what recent discussions he has had with those trustees...

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether there has been a meeting of the Royal Mail Pension Fund Trustees to discuss the Fund's deficit,...

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what mechanisms his Department plans to use to assess the (a) financial strength and (b) current and...

      Trade Unions: Political Levy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of members of each trade union with a political fund have exercised their...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1319W, on the union modernisation...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1319W, on the union modernisation...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1319W, on the union modernisation...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1319W, on the union modernisation...

      World Economic Forum

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of (a) flights, (b) accommodation, (c) gifts and (d) other expenses was for the visit by...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has plans to provide for penalty notices for disorder to be issued to 10 to 16 year olds; and what conclusions were drawn from the pilot...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether (a) consultants and (b) other external staff were engaged to develop and maintain his Department's Youtube video channel.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on video recording equipment for the purposes of providing content for his Department's Youtube video channel.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff in each pay grade work on his Department's YouTube video channel; (2) how many staff work on (a) maintaining and (b) supplying...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has paid to website designers for the design of its YouTube video channel.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of producing each video available for the Department's YouTube video channel.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what Acts for which his Department has policy responsibility received Royal Assent between 1 May 1997 and 1 January 2009; which provisions of those...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which companies were contracted to carry out the surveys.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions for offences relating to domestic violence there were in (i) North West Cambridgeshire...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps his Department has taken to encourage electoral registration officers to obtain information from other local government databases to...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which local authorities (a) do and (b) do not give turnout targets for their electoral registration departments as part of their corporate policy...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many electoral registration staff in each local authority area have a recognised national certificate or diploma; and what plans he has to encourage...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the merits of using (a) council tax registration, (b) census and (c) labour force survey data to augment the electoral register; and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent per elector on voter registration in each local authority area ranked in descending order of expenditure for the last year in which...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the main reasons for non-registration of voters.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines have been issued on follow-up procedures to be used by electoral registration officers in relation to individuals who have failed to...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to repeal section 53(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Government's Trading Funds Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what consultation his Department has conducted with external organisations as part of the review of Government Trading Funds; (2) what discussions...

      Jean Charles de Menezes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his latest estimate is of the cost of the de Menezes inquest; and if he will make a statement; (2) pursuant to the answer of 9 December...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) average sentence tariff handed down to offenders sentenced to indeterminate sentences for public protection...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much expenditure has been incurred by (a) prison governors and (b) his Department making subsistence payments to offenders on end-of-custody licence.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons in England and Wales have the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS) in operation; and in those prisons, how many and what proportion of...

      Prisons: Religious Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were banned from attending religious services in each prison in England and Wales on the most recent date for which information is...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons in England and Wales have Boss body-scanning chairs in operation.

      Public Interest Immunity Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many public interest immunity certificates Ministers in his Department have signed since the Department was established; and what matters such...

      Women's Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what account was taken of the recommendations of the Corston Report in the redesignation of HMP/YOI Drake Hall and HMP Morton Hall.

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what completion rate they expect for apprenticeships generally, and among disabled apprentices in particular.

    • Aviation: Canada Geese

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers are available to the relevant authorities to require landowners to control or reduce populations of Canada geese when they could cause danger to aviation.

      British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the report by the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Combating malnutrition: recommendations for action.

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount of costs paid in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation to the following firms of solicitors representing the claimants: (a)...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount of costs paid in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation to the following firms of solicitors representing the claimants: (a)...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to conduct an audit of solicitors' costs in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal vibration white finger litigation,...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much in total was paid in costs to the claimants' solicitors in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation.

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much in total was paid in costs to the claimants' solicitors in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation.

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the amount of costs paid to Beresfords Solicitors LLP in (a) the British Coal respiratory disease litigation; (b) the British Coal vibration white finger...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of claimants in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation awarded compensation of £3,000 or less, broken down between payments of (a)...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of claimants in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation awarded compensation of £3,000 or less,...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average sum in compensation awarded in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation to claimants represented by (a) Beresfords Solicitors LLP; (b)...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average sum in compensation awarded in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation to claimants represented by (a) Beresfords Solicitors LLP;...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of deductions made from compensation awarded to claimants in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and paid over to the National...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of deductions made from compensation awarded to claimants in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation and paid over to the...

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether data on non-fatal carbon monoxide poisoning are centrally collated.

      Civil Service: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on bonuses for members of the civil service in the last financial year; and what is the estimate for the current financial year.

      Civil Service: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants are currently paid in excess of (a) £100,000, and (b) £200,000 per annum.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce measures to allow the portability of Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure checks for people moving between similar jobs in the...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their aim that the composition of staff working in the Crown Prosecution Service should be representative of the community it serves.

      Debt: Public Projects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the approximate net present value of the debt incurred in respect of public projects paid for by public private partnership mechanisms and their predecessors.

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific support they will give to the United Kingdom Chamber of Shipping's initiative to secure a global emissions trading scheme.

      Energy: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Environment Agency has taken the steps necessary to implement the ruling from the Court of Appeal in late 2007 in R (OSS Group Ltd) v Environment...

      Equality: Age

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they audit age equality in personnel matters when most departments do not collect and analyse staff age data.

      Government: Minutes of Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 29 September 2008 (WA 337-38), what protocols or guidance are in place concerning the taking of minutes...

      Guantanamo Bay: Binyam Mohamed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Attorney General is making in investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by British and United States security services in the case of Mr Benyam...

      Guantanamo Bay: Binyam Mohamed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Attorney General will report a decision on whether further action will be taken in the case of Binyam Mohamed.

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total number of prescribing and dispensing errors involving immunosuppressant therapies Prograf and Advagraf by (a) prescribing clinicians, and (b)...

      Housing: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the financial situation of rural households which, because they have no access to a gas supply, have to pay large sums of money for...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28 January (WA 59), whether the options presented to the United Kingdom and other member nations of...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the options presented for consideration to the United Kingdom and other member nations of the International Whaling Commission on 2 February would...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the "Chairs' suggestions on the Future of the International Whaling Commission" paper proposes a solution that will end the large-scale unilateral catches...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the "Chairs' suggestions on the Future of the International Whaling Commission" paper contains a proposal that would require Japan to cease importing whale...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Rome in March and the annual IWC meeting in Madeira in June the United Kingdom will oppose and...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Rome in March and the annual IWC meeting in Madeira in June the United Kingdom will vote against...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will urge other European Union nations that are members of the International Whaling Commission to oppose and vote against any of the options that...

      NHS: Cleanliness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative standards of cleanliness at work for hospital kitchen staff and for hospital nurses.

      NHS: Infected Linen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to revise the Health Technical Memorandum 01—04 "The Management of Used and Infected Linen in the Healthcare Sector". To ask Her...

      NHS: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect changing facilities for nurses to be mandatory in all NHS hospitals.

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many petitions the Department for Transport received in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; what steps the department has taken to publicise them; and whether they will...

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures the Department for Transport has for receiving, acknowledging, dealing with and responding to petitions received from members of the public.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give the information contained in table 4 (appointments to the boards of public bodies) of Public Bodies 2008, published by the Cabinet Office,...

      Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the constraints which have prevented them from giving replies to the Written Questions tabled by Lord Corbett of Castle Vale on 3 December (HL 38) and by...

      Railways: North-west

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to the reinstatement of Todmorden Curve and following their statement in the Pennine Lancashire multi-area agreement (MAA) that "DfT will work with...

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