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Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2009

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Art Works

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Billy Wright Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many press officers the Wright Inquiry employs; how many press releases the Inquiry has published, broken down by month; and what the budget...

    • Billy Wright Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people the Wright Inquiry has employed since its inception, broken down by (a) month and (b) role.

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many press officers the Saville Inquiry employs; how many press releases the inquiry has published, broken down by month; and what the...

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people the Saville Inquiry has employed since its inception, broken down by (a) month and (b) role.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with EU officials on the current economic climate.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the economic situation in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Robert Hamill Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many press officers the Hamill Inquiry employs; how many press releases the inquiry has published, broken down by month; and what the budget...

      Robert Hamill Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people the Hamill inquiry has employed since its inception, broken down by (a) month and (b) role.

      Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many press officers the Nelson Inquiry employs; how many press releases the Inquiry has published, broken down by month; and what the budget...

      Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people the Nelson Inquiry has employed since its inception, broken down by (a) month and (b) role.

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the documentation on the environmental impact of the A14 improvement scheme between Ellington and Fern Ditton.

    • Air Travel Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the current balance of the Air Travel Trust Fund is; and what the limit of its overdraft is.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to amend reform to the Chicago Convention to allow the market pricing of airport departure slots.

      Aviation: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to extend the one pound levy per passenger per flight to all operators of leisure flights originating in the UK; and...

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated average time was for planning clearance of major infrastructure projects commissioned by his Department in each year since 1997.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures his Department has in place to remind drivers of the expiry date of 10 year driving licences.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers were stopped and fined in Scotland for driving without a valid licence in each of the last five years.

      eCall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the merits of mandatory equipping of new vehicles with an eCall facility.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress the Government is making in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions through the development of battery-powered vehicles.

      Freight: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the availability of freight facilities grants in the North West; and if he will make a statement.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation said (a) that they were partially or totally opposed to Heathrow...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport: Report on consultation responses publication in relation to (a) fees for...

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to question 259633, on what date the work carried out by the Project for Sustainable Development of Heathrow was first assessed...

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage the provision of a direct high-speed rail service from London to Amsterdam to coincide with the completion of the...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of vehicles operating outside the law on (a) registration, (b) vehicle testing and (c)...

      Public Transport: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by his Department per capita on public transport in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997.

      Rescue Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many emergency calls were received by each HM Coastguard office in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Road Markings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the merits of road markings on motorways to inform drivers of safe minimum distances between vehicles.

      Roads: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of road safety partnership grants in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the results of his recent consultation on proposed regulations under section 130 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to...

      Tour Operators: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people flew overseas for tourism or leisure purposes in 2008; and how many of them were (a) covered and (b) not covered for consumer...

      Transport Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 15 January 2009, Official Report, columns 355-60W, on transport infrastructure, what assessment his Department has made...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 1062W, on future strategic tanker aircraft, what initial payment is specified in...

    • Armed Forces: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what re-homing schemes his Department uses for animals which have been utilised in defence-related activity.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British armed forces personnel are deployed in East Africa; and in which countries such personnel are based.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what private finance initiatives have been entered into by his Department since 1997, indicating in each case (a) the total value of each contract, (b)...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what formula has been used to calculate the cost of the contract for the A400M aircraft.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) US and (b) UK contractors are currently working at RAF Menwith Hill.

  • Olympics

    • Government Olympic Executive: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much was spent on the salaries of civil servants working in the Government Olympic Executive in each of the last three years.

    • Olympic Delivery Authority: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many businesses from the London Borough of Bexley have won contracts from the Olympic Delivery Authority.

      Olympic Games 2012: Expenditure

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

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Surveys

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

    • Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he plans to take in response to the decline in the number of graduates being recruited by businesses.

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to make students aware of Government initiatives to help them into employment.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which companies have agreed to take part in the National Internship Scheme in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Standard Employment Contract

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what representations the House of Commons Commission has received on the merits of a standard employment...

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps the House authorities have taken to improve the energy efficiency of the Palace of Westminster in...

      Electricity Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will make an estimate of the potential effect on House of Commons...

      Members' Expenses

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission when the most recent analysis of hon. Members' expenses will be published.

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to improve the House's ability to scrutinise those Government Bills where many different groups of new clauses and amendments are selected for...

    • Procedure Committee

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will bring forward proposals to merge the Procedure Committee and the Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee.

      Debates

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to make debates on the floor of the House more understandable to the general public.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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 Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on management consultants in 2007-08.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department uses WPA2 encryption protocol on all its wireless networks.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's IT security hierarchy.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what scanning for vulnerabilities his Department conducts of each of its IT devices; what method is used for IT device scans; and how...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what IT security policy his Department has; what procedures are in place to ensure the policy is being followed; what his Department's...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food in each of the last five years.

      Digital Technology: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the growth in digital media upon levels of (a) community stability and...

      Leisure: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government has taken to support (a) cultural, (b) media and (c) sporting industries.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public houses were in operation in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has allocated to the Learn to Swim package as part of its free swimming schemes; which organisations will...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure levels of swimming are increased as part of the Olympic legacy; and if he will make a statement.

      Swimming: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the source is for the funding for his Department's free swimming initiatives for those aged over 60 and under 16 years in Chorley.

  • International Development

    • Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government is providing for post-Nargis recovery work in Burma in the next three years.

    • Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff surveys his Department has commissioned or carried out since 2007.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the Guidelines for incentives on aid effectiveness in donor agencies, produced for his...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the job description and terms of reference for the information officer employed by the UN...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of humanitarian aid to Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) name, (b) relevant country, (c) aim, (d) amount of expenditure, (e) activities undertaken, (f) duration and (g)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to paragraph 9 (ix) of the High Court judgment in the case of R (Binyam Mohamed) v Secretary of State for Foreign...

    • China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the government of China on the Population and Birth-planning Law 2002 since 2008;...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Congolese government on the requirement to arrest Bosco Ntaganda in line with the...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average time was for his Department to reply to hon. Member's correspondence in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, columns 598-600W, how many policy positions in his Department...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many new employees his Department recruited in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09; how many he...

      Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2002W, on detainees: Guantánamo Bay, what the names...

      India: British Council

      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, how many new master...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the merits of imposing further (a) UN and (b) EU sanctions on Iran in light of Iran's failure...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks of 15 December 2008, on Somalia.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) Arab states and (ii) the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to refer to Jewish refugees from Arab states and Palestinian refugees in any relevant official...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what facilities in Gaza have been funded by the European Union; at what cost; and which of them have been damaged or destroyed...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of (a) mortar shells, (b) white phosphorus shells and (c) missiles, flechette...

      Nuclear Weapons: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking towards multilateral nuclear disarmament.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports that the Sri Lankan Government are using cluster bombs in the conflict with the...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received on the alleged use of multi-barrel rocket launchers by the Government of Sri Lanka; and...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka on the political situation in Sri Lanka.

      Thailand: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of British citizens who were unable to leave in Thailand during the closure of Bangkok...

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what objectives his Department has set for outcomes from (a) the 53rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and...

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the Government representatives at (a) the 53rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and (b) the 42nd...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to answer Question 246259, tabled on 17 December, on the survey of the UK's reputation in the US, China and India.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Scientists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's budget for scientific advice and research is in 2008-09; for what purposes the equivalent budget for...

    • Empty Property: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there were in South Bedfordshire at the most recent date of counting; and what number of these homes were...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the change in the number of dedicated fire safety officers has been since the coming into effect of the Regulatory Reform...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to local fire authorities on standards for implementing the Regulatory Reform (Fire...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been started in each London local authority area since 2005.

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) six, (b) five, (c) four, (d) three, (e) two and (f) one star homes have been built since the introduction of...

      Landlords: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to the letter of 15 January 2009 from the hon. Member for Wycombe on details of the Preventing...

      Migration Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated from the Migration Trust Fund in 2008; and to which projects.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 113-4W, on homelessness, how much has been allocated to...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when she plans to respond to the 2006 consultation on the General Permitted Development Order 1995 (Demolition of Sports...

      Planning Permission: Wanstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who (a) was consulted and (b) made representations to her Department before her decision to lift the Article 4 direction in...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of (a) the contribution of the private rented sector to meeting housing need and (b) the...

      Recreation Spaces: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the recommended amount of public open space is in each of the principal seaside towns in England by (a) ward and (b)...

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of persons entitled to claim housing benefit where rents are set in line...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of (a) local authority and (b) registered social landlord tenants were estimated to be in rent...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of registered social landlords of shared ownership purchasers were in arrears in respect of either...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation her Department has conducted with external organisations as part of the review of Government Trading Funds.

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the definition of Ordnance Survey's Public Tasks as part of...

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Shareholder Executive as part of the Government's Trading Fund Review; and if...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 10 February 2008, Official Report, column 1844W, on Travelling people: caravan sites, what...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 18 to 21 year-olds were admitted to each (a) hospital and (b) university hospital following alcohol-related incidents in each of the last 10 years.

    • Ambulance Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average time taken by an ambulance in the East Anglia Ambulance Service to travel from the scene of an incident to...

      Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to encourage the adoption of individualised care plans to provide social, psychological and lifestyle advice and clinical support for...

      Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve (a) education for primary healthcare professionals, (b) diagnostic procedures and (c) referral times for the treatment and...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 15-16WS, on the personal expenses allowance, what level of...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent from the public purse on free nursing care for care home residents in each year since 2003.

      Clinical Physiologists: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to regulate the operation of clinical physiologists.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 640W, on dementia, where the pilot will take place; how much his Department will...

      Dental Services: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the provision of NHS dentistry in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Dacorum.

      Departmental Scientists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's budget for scientific advice and research is in 2008-09; for what purposes the equivalent budget for 2007-08 was used; and how many...

      Disabled: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent from the public purse on (a) the Supporting People Fund, (b) continuing health care, (c) independent living funds, (d) the...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatment centres for alcohol and drug misuse there are in England.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time for a methadone prescription was in each primary care trust in England in the last 12 months; (2) what the average...

      Economic Situation

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

      Food: Jersey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions officials from the Food Standards Agency have had with officials in Jersey on the implications of the review of the Jersey food hygiene...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data his Department collects on the number of (a) requests for house calls by GPs and (b) house calls made by GPs.

      Health Services: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 216-17W, on health services: Republic of Ireland, which aspects of the claims...

      Health Services: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 216-17W, on health services: Republic of Ireland, when bilateral discussions...

      Health Services: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 216-17W, on health services: Republic of Ireland, what the new evidence which has...

      Learning Disability: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that his Department's funding allocation for social care in the next comprehensive spending review period is...

      Learning Disability: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding he plans to transfer from the NHS to local government in the transfer to local authority social services departments of commissioning...

      Medicine: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what analysis the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has made of the compatibility of the Medicines (Human and Veterinary)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the drop out rate for those who started a course of cognitive behavioural therapy was in each of the last three years; (2) what assessment he...

      Mental Health Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) NHS organisations and (b) older people's charities on (i) the commissioning of specialist in-reach services...

      Mesothelioma: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department is spending on research on mesothelioma in 2008-09.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on legal services in relation to the contract for the new independent sector treatment centre in Southampton.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations took place at the independent sector treatment centre in Southampton in each month since its establishment.

      NHS: Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of meals were recorded as untouched in Estates Return Information Collection data for each NHS organisation in England in each year since...

      NHS: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) medical research and (b) research on the development of medical treatment is being funded by the Department of Health.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date his Department commissioned Sheffield University to conduct research on the effects of the EU working time directive on the NHS; on what date...

      Surgery: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a doctor is required to inform the parents of a child aged between 13 and 16 years in cases where the child requires an operation, other than...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of programmes intended to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in the last five years in Greater London; and how many persons to whom such orders have...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of penalty notices for disorder on the efficiency of police forces in England...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department holds statistics on the number of occasions Merseyside police officers have returned children aged 16 years or under...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have applied for permission to work in the UK under European Directive 2003/9/EC since it was introduced; and how...

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of closed circuit television cameras in each local authority area in England (a) in total, (b)...

      Crime Prevention: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has received representations seeking a review of the United Nations conventions on drug control which have been ratified by the...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the national violent crime rate was in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) the last four months of 2008.

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 12 January 2009, Official Report,...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish a copy of her Department's website accessibility plan.

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on measures to reduce rates of domestic violence.

      Domestic Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many female victims of (a) murder and (b) manslaughter as a result of domestic violence there have been in each year since 2002.

      Domestic Violence: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 16 years have been (a) murdered by their parents or carers and (b) subject to manslaughter as a result...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice she has sought from addiction psychiatrists in formulating her policy on drug misuse.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department allocated for programmes to counter the misuse of illegal drugs in each year since 1997; and whether she plans to...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-British citizens have been convicted and subsequently imprisoned in relation to human trafficking offences in each of the last...

      Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) revenue payment, (b) capital grant and (c) supported borrowing funding has been made available by her Department to (i) Kent...

      Learning Disability: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to amend legislation for which her Department is responsible to remove the term 'female defective' to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a reply will be sent to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood's email to the UK Border Agency of 30 January 2009 on behalf of...

      Ministers: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of special protection for Government Ministers and officials was in 2007-08.

      Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those arrested subsequently tested positive for Class A drugs in 2008; and what the level of voluntary take-up for...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the knives used in knife crimes where convictions have been secured in the last 12 months were domestic or kitchen utensils.

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of policing the Olympic torch relay in London in April 2008; and if she will make a statement.

      Police Community Support Officers: Hemel Hempstead

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

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to ensure transparency in the administration and operation of police forces.

      Police: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers will be deployed to police the G20 meeting in London in April; and what the estimated cost of policing the meeting is.

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been paid to how many people under the compensation schemes pursuant to section 18 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997.

      Risk Analysis UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 723W, on Risk Analysis UK, what use her Department made of (a) Kroll...

      Security: Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of policing the wedding of Jade Goody.

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) functions, (b) budget and (c) timetable for operations of the National Metal Theft Crime Unit are; and if she will make a...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people she plans to appoint to work with the Victims' Champion; what budget her Department will provide for the Victims' Champion...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times information concerning penalty notices for disorder has been disclosed in the context of seeking an anti-social behaviour order.

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to improve the consistency of use of penalty notices for disorder across police constabularies.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many convictions there were for breaching conditions imposed on bail in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; (2) how many convictions there were for...

      Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) defendants and (b) offenders have been placed in the ClearSprings bail hostels located in the postcode areas (i) PE4 and (ii) PE2...

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, column 835W, on convictions, how the Government determines what methodology is used to...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of defendants charged with (a) attempted murder, (b) manslaughter and (c) attempted rape were granted bail in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals were prosecuted for (a) attempted murder, (b) manslaughter and (c) attempted rape in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008.

      Criminal Proceedings: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimates his Department has made of the average cost to the courts of dealing with an offence by (a) a caution, (b) a penalty notice for disorder...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 has...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much he has budgeted to spend on external consultants in 2009.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers were stopped and fined in each region for driving on an expired licence in each of the last five years.

      Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales: Recorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applicants applying for the position of recorder with the Judicial Appointments Commission in 2008 were solicitors; and of these applicants how...

      Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales: Recorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applicants applying for the position of recorder with the Judicial Appointments Commission in 2008 described themselves as of (a) white...

      Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales: Recorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applicants applying for the position of recorder with the Judicial Appointments Commission in 2008 were female; and of these applicants how many...

      Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales: Recorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for the position of recorder the Judicial Appointments Commission received in 2008.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letters of (a) 15 December 2008 and (b) 15 January 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay regarding Mrs. P. Hammond.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were given an indeterminate sentence for public protection in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the next prison performance ratings are due to be published; and for what reasons not all prisons in England and Wales had ratings published in the...

      Repossession Orders: Braintree

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

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to raise awareness amongst the judiciary of community service alternatives to prison sentences.

      Shoplifting: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of (a) males and (b) females who were convicted of shoplifting received a (i) community sentence, (ii) custodial sentence and (iii)...

      Witnesses: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has conducted into provision for interviews with (a) witnesses and (b) vulnerable witnesses since 2002.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1383W, on departmental data protection, what types of sensitive...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have (a) claimed and (b) received disability living allowance as a result of having a child with a behavioural problem in...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) County Durham and (c) England in which more...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of both incapacity benefit and employment support allowance were aged (a) under 30 years and (b) under 40 years old in the...

      Industrial Injuries: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to establish a compensation scheme to make provision for the payment of employer liability claims for injury and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus staff have been (a) recruited and (b) made redundant in each Jobcentre Plus region in each (i) year, (ii) month and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the address is of each Jobcentre which has closed in the London borough of Sutton since 2002; on what date each closed; and if he will...

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls were received by each Jobcentre Plus call centre in each of the last 24 months; and what the (a) average waiting time for calls...

      Lehman Brothers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what requests have been made to the Pension Protection Fund in respect of employees of Lehman Brothers by the Lehman Pension Fund Trustees.

      Roscommon Way Extension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been made of the effect of the Roscommon Way Extension on Canvey Island on the (a) pipelines and (b) other major accident...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the processing time for each new benefit claim was, broken down by benefit type in each of the last 24 months; (2) how many new...

      Social Security Benefits: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what factors are taken into account in determining the interest rate assumption for calculating entitlement to benefits.

      Unemployed: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to assist unemployed people to start their own businesses.

      Vocational Guidance: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 188, on the Welfare Reform Bill to the hon. Member for Erewash...

      Vocational Training: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what Government-funded re-training courses are available for people in the East Riding of Yorkshire who are not eligible for the Rapid Response...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer question 251164, tabled on 21 January 2009, on payment of jobseeker's allowance to prisoners on release.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS...

    • Import Duties: USA

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department has had with the US administration on trade tariffs.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to Question 256515, tabled on 9 February 2009, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon....

      Prince Andrew

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the review undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers...

      Royal Mail: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much revenue he estimates would be received from the sale of 30 per cent. of Royal Mail.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of progress towards meeting the Government's 2010 and 2016 targets for reducing fuel poverty.

    • Domestic Heating Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on the price of heating oil for domestic use; and if he will make a statement.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the contribution of combined heat and power to meeting the Government's targets for reducing carbon...

      Nuclear Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the role of nuclear generation in the provision of a balanced energy supply in the next 10 years;...

      Gas Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the volume of gas stored in the UK.

      Home Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to increase his Department's support for home energy efficiency measures.

      Renewable Energy Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made towards the Government's 2020 targets for renewable energy generation; and if he will make a statement.

      Domestic Energy Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of likely changes to domestic energy tariffs in 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Pre-Payment Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy suppliers on their use of pre-payment meters; and if he will make a statement.

      Global Warming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the scientific evidence for global warming.

      Kingsnorth Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the proposed new generating units at Kingsnorth power station; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Emissions: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the future skills needs of low-carbon, resource-efficient...

      Fossil Fuels: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to maximise the supply of oil and gas from the North Sea and the UK continental shelf.

      Green Neighbourhoods Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many communities have had environmentally-friendly improvements sponsored by the Green Neighbourhoods Initiative.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy suppliers on the availability of liquefied petroleum gas.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of public expenditure on grants to individual households for (a) renewable energy installations and (b)...

      Warm Front Scheme: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assumptions his Department makes in calculating the carbon abatement accruing from the provision of energy efficient light bulbs...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to abolish air passenger duty; and what scheme will replace it.

    • Banks: Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the vulnerability of UK financial institutions to credit default swaps.

      Banks: Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what credit default swaps (a) have been issued in the last five years and (b) are held by each bank regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the rate of change in salaries of company directors and senior executives as a result of salary pay review boards;...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of public opinion on the arrangements introduced by his Department for the management of its controlling interest in banks where...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to empower the customers, employees and borrowers of banks to appoint directors of their banks.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require bank directors to return the bonuses and share options that they received during 2006, 2007 and 2008.

      Banks: Sponsorship

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to reduce expenditure by banks in receipt of public support on their existing and proposed sponsorship arrangements.

      Beer: Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the monetary value of beer sales in (a) the on-trade and (b) the off-trade was in each year since 1998; (2) how much the Exchequer received in...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional revenue which would accrue to the Exchequer if capital gains were taxed at the basic rate of income tax in 2009-10.

      Child Support

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals for temporary increases in levels of child benefit, tax-free child allowances, and child tax credits to help workers with...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 586W, on departmental training, what the cost of the three courses was; and which...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has accrued to the Exchequer from the tax on the sale of (a) beer and (b) other alcoholic drinks sold in public houses in each of the...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people on half (a) mean and (b) median income have paid income tax in each of the last 12 years.

      Income Tax: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has undertaken an assessment of the likely effect of the proposed new 45 per cent. income tax rate on the level of charitable donations.

      Lloyds TSB: Halifax Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what advice his Department received from the Financial Services Authority on the merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS before the merger took place; (2) what...

      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 5 January 2009 on Mr. E. Warne.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter dated 1 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead on tax codes.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 15 December 2008, on his constituent, Ms Pippa Cuckson of Great Leighs,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 4 December 2008, on his constituent, Mr. Peter Lee, of Great Waltham, Essex.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, columns 907-08W, on Members: correspondence, when he plans to reply to the letter from the...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs plans to take to increase levels of compliance by businesses with the national minimum wage.

      Revenue and Customs: Absenteeism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of working days was lost to absenteeism in HM Revenue and Customs call centres in each of the last five years.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he was first informed of the financial difficulties at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many residential properties were sold in (a) each of the six months before and (b) in each month since the introduction of the stamp duty land...

      Vulture Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to cap the amount of profit attainable by vulture funds registered in the UK.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) responsibility and (b) powers local authorities will have over academies as a result of the dissolution of the Learning...

    • Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in each year group with (a) statemented and (b) non-statemented special educational needs attended academies in...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Building Schools for the Future projects are (a) on time and (b) behind schedule; and if he will make a statement.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate was on 1 April 2008 of capital expenditure on schools in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 for (i) Building Schools...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the (a) actual and (b) target period of time is from invitations to bid to the signing of a contract for each...

      Children in Care: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary school pupils at key stage 2 have been children in care in each year since 2000; and how many of those were among...

      Children: Corporal Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if his Department will provide funding to support the Council of Europe's Raise your hand against smacking campaign in England.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who is responsible for the accuracy of data in the ContactPoint database.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contracts his Department has had with Capgemini since 1997.

      Children: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support his Department provides to children who do not speak English as a first language; and how much that support (a) cost...

      Children: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of children in England at (a) primary school and (b) secondary school who did not...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date Lord Laming's progress report on safeguarding will be published.

      Children's Workforce Development Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the budget of the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) was in each year since it was established; and how much has...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its associated public bodies paid to consultants in the last year for which data are available; to...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total cost was of providing the (a) £10, (b) £20, (c) £30 and (d) bonus payment of the education...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have yet to receive an education maintenance allowance payment to which they are entitled in (a) England, (b)...

      Every Child Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department had with representatives of EU institutions on its Every Child Matters programme in the two years...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children receive free school meals in (a) Vale of York constituency, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in (a) independent and (b) maintained schools received five or more GCSE grades A* to C including...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils at pupil referral units did not achieve an A*-G grade at GCSE in either English or mathematics in the most recent...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals did not get any GCSEs at grade (a) C, (b) D, (c) E, (d) F and (e) G or above...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals took fewer than five GCSEs in 2008.

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of free school meals pupils achieved A* to C grades at GCSE in 2008.

      GCSE: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils gained a C grade or above in GCSE mathematics in each year since 2003.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the evidential basis was for the statement made in the leaflet "Talking to Your Teenager About Sex and Relationships"...

      History: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2008, Official Report, columns 181-3W, on history: education, in which local authority...

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued on the publication of minutes and decisions taken by local safeguarding children boards...

      Ofsted: 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...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department of Health on the provision of support in schools...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities are reducing the number of surplus places as part of (a) the Primary Capital Programme and (b) Building...

      Schools: Collective Worship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of levels of compliance by schools with guidance on provisions for assemblies and daily acts of...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects his Department to meet its target of raising the level of funding per state school pupil to the level of funding...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether his Department's plans to require companies working on school capital programmes to submit a formal training...

      Schools: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of each piece of guidance issued by his Department made available to all schools on the use...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which maintained secondary schools have been included in (a) education action zones, (b) Excellence in Cities, (c) Fresh Start,...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009 to Question 256442, which school had more than 400 pupils.

      Special Educational Needs

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

      Special Educational Needs: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 470-74W, on special educational needs: private sector, in...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what maximum distance is stipulated between schools in each of the diploma consortia.

      Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what initiatives have received funding through the Standards Fund; how much his Department has allocated to the fund in each year...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to make Sure Start centres accessible at evenings and weekends.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what factors have been identified by his Department as contributing to the decline in the number of applications for post-graduate...

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the 250,000 new apprentices who are projected to start their apprenticeships by 2020 they expect to be disabled people; and what plans they have...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the C-17 has civil certification.

      Asylum Seekers: Darfur

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Office has authorised the redocumentation of anyone claiming asylum as a Darfuri in the past four months; and what their current policy is...

      Banking: Fred Goodwin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they allowed the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Sir Fred Goodwin, to receive a pension at the age of 50 when the normal retirement age...

      Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they vet the appointments of chairmen and chief executives of banks who (a) trade solely in the United Kingdom, (b) trade partly in the United Kingdom, and...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Section 3 of the Declaration of Support in the Belfast Agreement of April 1998 means that the basis for all relationships on the island of Ireland is equality.

      Civil Service: Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of senior Civil Service staff of the Home Office, UK Border Agency and the panels which advise them are Muslims.

      EU: Galileo Project

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total expenditure on the European Union Galileo global positioning system to date; what is the present estimate of the final cost of the project; and...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of female genital mutilation in Britain. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been (a) arrested,...

      First World War

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they owe to the government of the United States for debts incurred in and around the First World War; and what are the arrangements for repayment.

      Geert Wilders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the remarks by Lord West of Spithead on 12 February (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 1232—36), what factors were taken into account by the...

      Geert Wilders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will allow Mr Geert Wilders to visit the United Kingdom in a private capacity.

      Government Departments: Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is able to publish data showing the proportion of domestically-produced food used by government...

      Government: 30-year Rule

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or their predecessors have authorised the public disclosure of Cabinet papers by way of exception to the 30-year rule; and, if so, in what circumstances.

      Guantanamo Bay: Binyam Mohamed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer financial and other assistance to Mr Binyam Mohamed to help his recovery from incarceration in the United States.

      Guantanamo Bay: Binyam Mohamed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk Mr Binyam Mohamed poses to national security in the United Kingdom. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have...

      Guantanamo Bay: Binyam Mohamed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conditions were attached to Mr Binyam Mohamed's permission to (a) return to, and (b) stay in, the United Kingdom.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they reconcile the fact that British nationals who are not British citizens do not have a right to enter the United Kingdom with the right of nationals to...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they can refuse to pay the compensation awarded by the European Court of Human Rights to Mr Abu Qatada and others; and, if so, whether they will.

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stimulate additional broadband networks beyond existing providers.

      Internet: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to secure an acceleration in the growth of public key cryptography to enhance security in United Kingdom internet commerce.

      Licensing: Lap Dancing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will (a) amend the Policing and Crime Bill so that the new regulation of lap dancing and other sexual encounter venues is mandatory for local...

      Ministry of Defence: Operating Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will break down, in near cash terms, the figures in the tables in note 24, Notes to the Statement of Operating Costs by Departmental Aim and...

      NHS: Pharmaceutical Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make provision for pharmacy contractors to appeal against pharmaceutical needs assessments carried out by primary care trusts as set out in the...

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any guidance is issued to central government departments on dealing with petitions submitted to them by the public.

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 6 February (WA 156—57) and 9 February (WA 168), whether they have any plans or have had any...

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many petitions HM Treasury has received in 2007—08 and 2008—09; what steps they have taken to publicise them; and, if they have not taken any such...

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many petitions the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs received in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; what steps the department has taken to publicise them;...

      Petitions

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

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures the Home Office has for receiving, acknowledging, dealing with and responding to petitions that it receives from members of the public.

      Petitions

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

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures the Ministry of Justice has for receiving, acknowledging, dealing with and responding to petitions that it receives from members of the public.

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set up a review of single-issue organisations within the Metropolitan Police and other police forces to consider whether they affect the...

      Police: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the discontinuation of national equality targets for the police service will affect efforts to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equality of...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 24 November 2008 (WA 249—50), how many prosecuting Police Service of Northern Ireland...

      Prisons: Offender Managers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many offender managers are in post in the Prison Service; and what are their maximum and average case-loads.

      Railways: Disused Lines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the British Rail Residual Property Board in disposing of the disused railway line between Colne and the former West Riding County...

      Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 24 February (WA 73), whether the Secretary of State exercised the power in Section 69(3) of the Road Traffic...

      Royal Bank of Scotland: Entertainment Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual entertainment budget for the Royal Bank of Scotland; what that budget is spent on; and how much of the budget is spent on sports personalities.

      Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many penalty notices have been issued to people taking photographs or filming within areas restricted under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 in...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of situation in Sri Lanka, they anticipate new applications for asylum from the Tamil community; and what new instructions they have given to...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 February (WA 237—38), how the £2.7 million allocated by the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism...

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