Written answers

Friday, 6 March 2009

  • Women and Equality

    • British Humanist Association

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much funding the Equality and Human Rights Commission has given to the British Humanist Association since the Commission's inception; and for what...

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1312W, on charities, how many (a) charities and (b) faith-based charities have...

      Hospitality: Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Equality and Human Rights Commission spent on entertainment of each type in 2008-09.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the (a) timetable and (b) remit of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's inquiry into human rights in Britain is.

      Travelling People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality in which planning cases relating to Travellers the Equality and Human Rights Commission has made an intervention since it was established.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Small Businesses: Wiltshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small and medium-sized enterprises were registered in (a) North Wiltshire constituency, (b)...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Jenny Watson

      To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what further information the Speaker's Committee has received about the outside...

  • Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group were (i) slightly and (ii) seriously injured whilst (A) crossing the road in and (B) taking part...

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents occurred in Parliament square in each of the last 12 months; how many (a) involved and (b) were found to have been caused by...

      Roads: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 23W, on roads: Lancashire, how many meetings his officials have held with...

      Roads: Safety

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

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-3, on new trains (investment), where the assembly facility for the new...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-3, on new trains (investment), how the 2,500 new direct jobs relating...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-3, on new trains (investment), where the design and engineering work to...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-3, on new trains (investment), what percentage of new trains for the...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-3, on new trains (investment), whether he has estimated the level of...

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to legalise the display of national flags on number plates in Great Britain to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Virgin Islands: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many violent crimes took place in the British Virgin Islands in each of the last five years.

    • British Virgin Islands: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British tourists visited the British Virgin Islands in each of the last five years.

      British Virgin Islands: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of the British Virgin Islands gross domestic product was generated by the tourist sector in each of the last...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of his Department's contracts with public affairs companies was in each of the last five years.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with his Argentinean counterpart on the Falkland Islands in the last 10 years.

      Movement for Democratic Change: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of harassment of Movement for Democratic Change officials in Zimbabwe.

      Movement for Democratic Change: Roy Bennett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Government of Zimbabwe on the arrest and detention of Roy Bennett.

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in Somalia following the recent attack on the Burundi contingent of the AU...

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of allegations that Ethiopian troops have returned to Kalabeyrka in Somalia since the withdrawal of...

      Somalia: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 130W, on Somalia: armed conflict, what estimate he has...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the attacks in southern Sudan by the Lord's Resistance Army; and if he...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken with (a) the United Nations and (b) the European Union to prevent further attacks by the...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army on Sudan.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to ensure the comprehensive peace agreement in southern Sudan is upheld.

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to assist the Ugandan authorities to arrest the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's animals have died in each of the last five years.

    • Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of service personnel who have survived their injuries following treatment in medical facilities in theatre in each of the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much Modern Housing Solutions has paid in compensation to occupants of service family accommodation for (a) significant defects, (b) missed...

      Armed Forces: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what costs are recorded of the track mile performance of the Army's wheeled vehicle fleet.

      Clyde Submarine Base: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks are employed at HM Naval Base Clyde as crews on Vanguard class submarines.

      Economic Situation

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

      EU Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units are assigned to (a) NATO and (b) the EU under the Headline Goal.

      European Defence Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has paid to the European Defence Agency in each year since it was established; and what estimate he has made of the sum of such...

      Ex-servicemen: Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of former military personnel who were serving a community service order in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Galileo: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's (a) civilian and (b) uniformed personnel are seconded to the Galileo project.

      Middle East: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role of the Royal Navy is in monitoring (a) Israeli activists at sea and (b) Palestinian seafarers.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces helicopters of each type have been desertised in each of the last 10 years; and what the average cost of desertising a helicopter...

      Project Bellringer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on Project Bellringer; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Brize Norton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average age is of the aircraft chartered for the purpose of transporting service personnel to and from RAF Brize Norton; (2) which...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people resident in Suffolk were on (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships in each of the last five years.

    • Students: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps are being taken to reduce levels of political and religious extremism in universities.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1068-9W, on children: databases, what assessment he has...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what date he expects free full-time childcare for children aged (a) three and (b) four years to be available.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 443W, on departmental disciplinary proceedings, how many...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils dropped out of school before the age of 16 in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in the last 12 months.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on shared catchment areas for schools.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff Central, Official Report, column 849W, on carer's allowance, if he will allocate...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many child maintenance cases were closed where the parent with care was (a) claiming and (b) not claiming income support and (i) the...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of maintaining the databases owned and managed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, columns 855-6W, on public expenditure, how much his Department's year-end stock...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 24 October 2007, Official Report, columns 283-4W, how many of the 300,000 new jobs expected under company...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what back to work support will be offered to lone parents or partners of benefit claimants with children aged (a) nought to two, (b) three to...

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what equality impact assessment has been undertaken on the commissioning of a specialist disability employment programme; what risks have been...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, column 787W, if he will direct his Department to send copies of the responses...

      Pensions: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to reduce inflation inequality between people of pensionable age and people of other ages.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Remploy on their future plans; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of social fund loan applications were processed within the target actual average clearance time in the last 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) benefit and (b) incapacity benefit was in (i) each principal seaside town, (ii) each lower layer super output area in each...

      Social Security Benefits: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) data matching and (b) data accuracy software his Department uses to ensure that databases used to support the benefit system are...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to increase the take up of the winter fuel allowance, with particular reference to men aged between 60 and 65...

  • Health

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold a public inquiry into the infection of haemophiliacs with hepatitis C and HIV due to the use of contaminated blood by the NHS.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to pay compensation to haemophiliacs infected with hepatitis C and HIV following the use of contaminated blood by the NHS.

      Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration his Department gave to providing witnesses to give evidence in public to the Archer Inquiry into contaminated blood and blood products.

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 235W, on maternity services: finance, what arrangements his Department has put in...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1396W, on nutrition, what codes his Department used in collating the...

      Transplant Surgery: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many transplant operations were performed on people from the Republic of Ireland in each of the last 10 years; how many organs for transplant were...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many warning letters were sent to farmers by the Rural Payments Agency for cross-compliance breaches under the (a) 2005,...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid in agri-monetary compensation in the county of Hertfordshire since 9 January 2002.

      Animal Welfare: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animal welfare charities based in the UK have received funds from the public purse in each of the last five years;...

      Animal Welfare: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes have been made to (a) regulations and (b) guidelines on the operation of animal snares over the last five years.

      Badgers: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last discussed policy on badger culling with representatives of the Welsh Assembly Government.

      Beef: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which countries beef reared in the UK may be exported; and how much was exported to each such country in each of the last...

      Bees: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on research into (a) colony collapse disorder and (b) the varroa destructor mite in each...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken in response to the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of OSS Group v. Environment Agency in...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to introduce a penalty for farmers who delay having a herd bovine tuberculosis test.

      Cattle: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have been issued with cattle passports in each of the last three years.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what policy objectives the provisions of section 76 of the Climate Change Act 2008 are intended to meet.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of the operation of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and if he will make a...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs against how many people orders have been made under section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871 in each year since 1997.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what circumstances waste collection authorities may refuse to collect domestic waste from households.

      Farmers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers there were in each agricultural sector in England in each year since 1997.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) meat, (b) eggs, (c) bread, (d) wheat, (e) fruit, (f) vegetables and...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department provided for research into food packaging methods in each of the last five years.

      Horse Meat: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horses were slaughtered for meat to be exported for human consumption in the last 12 months.

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1082W, on horses, in what percentage of the samples...

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1082W, on horses, what percentage of abattoirs in...

      OSS Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Environment Agency has taken to implement the Court of Appeal's ruling in the case of R (OSS Group Ltd) v...

      Packaging: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which (a) retailers and (b) manufacturers have achieved compliance with...

      Sheep: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on electronic tagging of sheep in the last two years.

      Veterinary Surgeons: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legislation regulates the activities of practising veterinary surgeons; and if he will make a statement.

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 401W, on the Waste and Resources Action...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, columns 757-58W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, if he...

  • Justice

    • Adoption: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the judgment for refusal of permission to appeal on 22 October 2008 in the case of Rachel Pullen (case number NG07C02187) has not been...

    • Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many specialist domestic violence courts there are in each constituency; and how many are located in (a) urban and (b) rural areas.

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 474W, on the Bradley Review, what date he has set for the publication of Lord...

      Offenders: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisoners on early release and (b) people currently on bail and not living at their previous home are (i) housed and (ii) planned to be...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will refer to the Committee on Standards in Public Life the matter of tax exiles and non-domiciled people who donate to UK political parties; and...

      Prisoners: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted prisoners in custody in each prison in England and Wales professing each religion have been identified by his Department, the prison...

      Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many appeal cases have been brought before (a) social security appeal tribunals and (b) disability appeal tribunals in each of the last eight...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refugees have been resettled in the UK under the Gateway programme in each year since it was introduced.

    • Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedure is followed to transfer Criminal Records Bureau clearance when an employee who has obtained a clearance moves to another post.

      Identity Cards: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the duration of the leases on the interview centres leased by her Department for the purposes of the identity cards pilot is.

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many interviews at passport centres had resulted in the refusal of a passport as at 31 January 2009.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1041-42W, on community relations: religion, what...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.

      Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1227W, on...

      Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1227W, on...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate was made of the cost of implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 before it was introduced;...

      Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she plans to take to develop her Department's policy on geospatial information following the publication of its...

      Joint Economic Commissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to Lord Greaves of 23 February 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column 26WA, on the Joint...

      Local Government Services: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her speech to the Evangelical Alliance of 5 February 2009, what her policy is on permitting faith organisations...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 made...

    • Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information his Department holds on the number of persons appointed to executive positions in bodies for which his Department has responsibility in...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average cost of heating a property with gas boilers over the winter of 2008-09.

    • Office for Renewable Energy Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) full-time equivalent and (b) other staff are employed by the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment.

      Office for Renewable Energy Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment is in 2008-09, broken down by budget heading.

  • Treasury

    • Annuities: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters he has received from residents in the Hemel Hempstead constituency regarding annuities in each year since 1997.

    • Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Bradford and Bingley business plan to be (a) finalised and (b) published.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters to his Department had not been replied to within 28 days as at 12 February 2009.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many visits there have been to his Department's euro website in each year since 1997.

      Equitable Life: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that the ex-gratia payment scheme for Equitable Life policyholders is in accordance with the recommendation of the...

      Equitable Life: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the amount of compensation which will be paid to Equitable Life policyholders in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and...

      Financial Services Authority: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements are in place at the Financial Services Authority for the payment of bonuses to staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department issues to other Government Departments on the consideration of the human rights records of contractors in relation to decisions...

      International Business Advisory Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times the International Business Advisory Council has met; what the cost of each meeting was; and who attended each meeting.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Barnett consequentials will be for Scotland of the recently announced funding to underwrite private finance initiative/ public-private...

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in the review of the British offshore financial centres announced in the last pre-Budget report.

      VAT: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect a reduction in the rate of value added tax on repairs and maintenance would have on (a) the care and conservation...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1415W, on departmental marketing, which advertising campaigns that were...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which company was contracted to conduct each such survey.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting plans to reply to the letter from the...

      Stonehenge: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has for a temporary tourism facility at Stonehenge during the London 2012 Olympics.

      Video Games: Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what impact assessment his Department has undertaken of options for changes to the system of age classification for video games.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid has been provided by the Government to Bangladesh in each of the last five years; and how much is planned to be provided...

    • Overseas Aid: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Government response to the International Development Committee's report on HIV/AIDS and his Department's new strategy,...

      Overseas Aid: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's (a) funding contributions in the last 12 months and (b) planned funding contributions in the...

      Overseas Aid: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of its imputed share of core contributions to each multilateral organisation which it funds in...

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to make a final decision on the construction of an airport on St. Helena; and if he will make a statement.

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has undertaken into the (a) economic, (b) financial and (c) social consequences for St. Helena of a...

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what private sector financial assistance has been offered to his Department to help fund the construction of an airport on St. Helena;...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's total budget allocation to St. Helena was in each of the last 10 years.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Children: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of children of school age who undertook part-time employment in each region in (a) 1990, (b) 2000 and...

    • Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many death certificates mentioned the word obesity in the cause of death section in the last five years; (2) how many death certificates...

      Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many death certificates mentioned the word ketamine in the cause of death section in the last five years; (2) how many death...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Department were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services provider...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the estimated percentage of the electorate on the electoral register is in each local authority area in the UK, ranked in descending order;...

      Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many homes in the UK have an internet connection installed.

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 748W, on national income, what proportion of growth in UK gross domestic...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in the (a) brewing and (b) public house sectors in each year since 1998.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of public houses which have closed in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he...

      Retirement: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were in (a) full-time education and (b) retired from employment in (i) England and (ii) North Yorkshire in each year since 1997.

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