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Written answers

Monday, 9 March 2009

  • Women and Equality

    • Sex Establishments: Planning Permission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will make an assessment of (a) the account taken by local authorities of the gender equality duty in determining applications for the opening of...

  • Leader of the House

    • Reform

      To ask the Leader of the House what proposals she has for further modernisation of the working practices of the House.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) periodicals in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by his Department on staff surveys in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and which companies were contracted to carry out the surveys.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by his Department on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each year since 1997; if he...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many rod licences were granted to people in each age group in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which works of art from the Government Art Collection each Minister in his Department has selected for display in a private...

      Fish Farms: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's policy to minimise pollution from fish farms.

      Fisheries: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fisheries officers were based in each principal coastal town in Devon and Cornwall in each of the last three years.

      Fisheries: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect on UK-registered vessels fishing in waters off Western Saharan waters of the...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flood risk management projects his Department has identified for implementation but not yet progressed; what...

      Floods: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions the Environment Agency has had with Castle Point councillor Ray Howard on development on flood risk areas on...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on genetically modified (GM) organisms:...

      Litter: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the cost of clearing litter from (a) roads, (b) railways, (c) footpaths, (d)...

      Litter: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to local authorities of removing chewing gum from (a) streets and (b) other public places was in each of the...

      Litter: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department has given to the Keep Britain Tidy campaign in each of the last five years.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the higher level stewardship target area statements for areas outside the East of England region do not list...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what species of (a) plants and (b) animals are believed to have become extinct in Britain within the last 25 years; and if...

      Rural Enterprise Scheme: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in Hemel Hempstead constituency have received funding from the (a) Rural Enterprise Scheme, (b) Processing...

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's timetable is for implementation of its Comprehensive Blue Badge Reform Strategy.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the merits of extending the national free concessionary bus pass scheme as it applies to disabled people to peak...

      Bus Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when a decision will be made on the bid by Transport for South Hampshire for community infrastructure funding for the development of a busway on the...

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable he has set for the publication of his Department's review of the wearing of cycle helmets.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make all people living in West Chelmsford constituency eligible to register for the local residents scheme for the Dartford Crossing.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) consultants and (b) contractors are working on the flexible benefits project for the central units of his Department.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the flexible benefits project for the central units of his Department has cost to date.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether staff in the central units of his Department will be able to book season ticket loans via the shared service portal once the proposed flexible...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which company won the tender to operate his Department's flexible benefits project.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from motoring organisations on procedures for informing motorists of the requirement to renew photo-card...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's latest estimate is of the number of cars not properly registered on their databases.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost of widening the M1 between junctions 6a and 10 is; and how much of that sum will be paid from public funds.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the cost of the construction of the M1 widening between junctions 6 and 10.

      M1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the roadworks in Nottinghamshire on the M1 motorway north of junction 25 to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of widening the M25 between junctions 1b and 3 was; and how much of this sum came from public funds.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of extending the M6 from Carlisle to Guards Mill was; and how much of this sum came from public funds.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of cars on the road without valid (a) road tax and (b) insurance.

      Motor Vehicles: Cleveland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles have been seized from (a) disqualified and (b) uninsured drivers in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of...

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1271W on the M1: Bedfordshire, what other hard shoulder running schemes on the (a)...

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what expenditure has been incurred by his Department and its agencies on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market...

      Railway Stations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department plans to spend on the maintenance and development of railway stations in (a) West Lancashire constituency and (b) England in...

      Railways Stations: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of staffing at railway station ticket offices on levels of (a) graffiti and vandalism, (b) anti-social...

      Railways: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) meetings, (b) correspondence and (c) telephone contacts officials in his Department have had with Iplas plc of Halifax on the procurement...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of train services have been (a) delayed and (b) cancelled in (i) England, (ii) the North East, (iii) Tees Valley district and (iv)...

      Regional Transport Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what monitoring or reviewing his Department undertakes of the decisions of regional transport boards; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads and Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees of (a) the Highways Agency and (b) external contractors he expects to work on (i) the motorways and major trunk roads scheme, (ii)...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in which country the (a) design and development work and (b) construction of the initial batch of engines and carriages for the new Intercity Express...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility with EU competition law of the undertaking given by Hitachi and its partners that 70 per...

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Department's publication "Travelling to School: An Action Plan", whether his Department has estimated the number of cars on the school...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what...

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department were disciplined for (a) bullying and (b) harassment of colleagues in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary and (c) other costs of employment were of the interim HR Manager provided by Penna...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of his reply to the letter of 12 February 2009 from the hon. Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 100-01WS, on departmental expenditure...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in developing countries directly affected by HIV/AIDS; and what percentage of...

      Guinea-Bissau: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much humanitarian assistance his Department has provided to Guinea-Bissau in the last financial year.

      Iraq and Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what scheme of compensation exists for his Department's officials injured in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and if he will make a...

      Pakistan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to assist the work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to provide humanitarian assistance to people...

      St. Helena: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his estimate is of the potential annual income from tourism to St. Helena in a period of 20 years following the construction of an...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of reports of the expulsion of aid workers from Darfur.

      Trade Agreements: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the G20 pledge to agree the modalities of a world trade agreement by the end of 2008; what assessment he...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to answer Question 251225, tabled on 21 January 2009, on the Doha round of world trade talks.

      Zimbabwe: Malnutrition

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

      Zimbabwe: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people in Zimbabwe who are reliant upon international food aid; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Business Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish his Department's annual corporate plan.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which trade unions are recognised in his Department.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when he plans to publish his Department's progress review on work with its public bodies on ensuring that diversity is built into...

      Licensing Laws: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what administrative cost reductions his Department has identified which have resulted from the entry into force of the Gambling...

      Museums and Galleries: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the retail prices for entry and guided tours have been reduced as a result of the December 2008 reduction in value added tax in...

      National Lottery: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, column 892W, on National Lottery: complaints, what mechanisms are in...

      Tourism: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) domestic and (b) overseas visitors visited (i) North Wiltshire constituency, (ii) Wiltshire and (iii) the South West in...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • 14 Tothill Street

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission for how many months the offices at 14 Tothill street have been empty; for what reasons the offices have been...

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many House of Commons staff were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b)...

      Audio Recordings

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will place on the Parliamentary (a) intranet and (b) internet site a...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the House of Commons Commission spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which...

      Parliamentary Education Unit

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what materials are produced by the Parliamentary Education Service for (a) schools and (b) individual...

      Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the average length of service is of the (a) police officers and (b) security officers employed in the...

      Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many armed police officers of each rank (a) are employed and (b) were employed on average in each year...

      Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission where positions for (a) police officers, (b) armed police officers and (c) security officers employed on...

      Vote Bundle

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many (a) members of the public and (b) public libraries purchased the Vote Bundle in each of the last...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Agriculture: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the area of farmland of (a) grade 1 (excellent), (b) grade 2 (very good), (c) grade...

    • Council Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, columns 540-01W, on council housing: Greater London, when she...

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what average changes in the level of rents have been decided by local housing authorities for 2009-10.

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the terms of reference of her Department's review of council housing finance and rents policy are; and who is undertaking...

      Council Tax: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average council tax bill per resident issued by each county council in England was in 2008-09.

      Councillors: Arun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 19 January 2009, Official Report,...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food in each of the last five years.

      Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households there are in the UK; and how many are classified as (a) retired, (b) non-retired and (c) non-retired with...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an equality impact assessment has been undertaken on the Housing Revenue Account subsidy.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the bringing forward of capital spending announced in the pre-Budget...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to pages 9-10 of her Department's publication of January 2009, Annex to the Planning Bill Impact Assessment: Royal...

      Internet: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent meetings she has had with the Power of Information Task Force to discuss its work.

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions park homes site licences have been revoked as a result of breaches of the provisions of the Mobile Homes...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what restrictions are placed on the owners of park home sites on their exclusive supply of bottled gas to site occupants; and if...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress her Department has made on proposals contained in the consultation paper, "A New Approach for Resolving Disputes...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to revise the booklet, "Mobile Homes: A Guide for Residents and Site Owners", published by her Department in 2000.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the number of home repossessions which have not taken place as a result of support provided...

      Ordnance Survey: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial return on ordinary activities was expected from Ordnance Survey in the year ending July 2008.

      Ordnance Survey: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the ministerial correction of 29 January 2009, Official Report, columns 3-6MC, on Ordnance Survey: visits abroad,...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish the revised version of planning policy statement 4: Planning for Sustainable Economic Development.

      Playgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on their provision of play areas.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the formal termination of regional assemblies.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers regional development agencies will have in respect of local planning authorities' local development frameworks when...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether European Regional Development Funds may be drawn upon for road improvement schemes.

      Regional Planning and Development: EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the average cost of fire and rescue service attendance at an incident.

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers she has to revoke regional spatial strategies once published.

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the proposed percentage change in guideline rents in housing revenue account subsidy is for next year; and what the...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methods are used by local authorities to make estimates of numbers of rough sleepers where street counts have not taken place.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's target is for the number of housing units for social tenants to be built over the next five years.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which trade unions are recognised in her Department.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handouts produced by the Audit Commission's Director of Studies...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much each Minister who has left his Department since May 1997 received in severance pay.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether claimants of the planned treatment allowance will be required to prove that they are not taking crack or heroin as a condition of...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of lone parents with children aged (a) under three, (b) three to six and (c) over six years old will be moved...

      Official Cars

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

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pension credit claimants have been (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid (i) once, (ii) twice, (iii) three times and...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to inform pensioners about the Government support to which they are entitled.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Kingston Upon Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames (a) who reached the age of 80 in 2008 and (b) in total have not qualified...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received representations from the Government of Pakistan on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles flying out of...

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who attended the London conference on combating anti-Semitism; if he will place in the Library the report produced by the...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what records his Department holds on reports of anti-Semitism in other countries; and if he will make a statement.

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria were used to determine the specification of countries where there is an absence of free and independent media for...

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the management of the BBC World Service on its features programming in its broadcasts across...

      British Overseas Territories: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to investigate the funding requirements for conservation and ecosystem management in the...

      British Virgin Islands: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what endangered flora and fauna are indigenous to the British Virgin Islands.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Burmese authorities on the treatment of the Karen people.

      Cayman Islands: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what incidents of violent crime took place on the Cayman Islands in each of the last five years.

      Cayman Islands: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps have been taken to combat drug trafficking in the Cayman Islands.

      Cayman Islands: National Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Cayman Islands gross domestic product per capita was in each of the last five years.

      Cayman Islands: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what endangered species there are in the Cayman Islands; and what steps are being taken to promote conservation and preserve...

      China: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration he gave to designating (a) China and (b) Russia as countries where there is an absence of free and...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget for his Department's Tactical Delivery Fund is for 2008-09; what the proposed budget is for 2009-10; how many...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) from...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Department were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East, (James Duddridge) of 6 October 2008, ...

      Departmental Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how frequently his Department (a) reviews and (b) updates its travel advice to British citizens.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the most recent version of his Department's euro changeover plan.

      Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1527W, on international relations, for what reasons he did...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests to his Department have been refused on the ground of cost; and how many such...

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has budgeted for hospitality to be provided to (a) Secretaries of State and Ministers, (b) civil...

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to use stocks of (a) champagne, (b) white wine, (c) red wine, (d) beer and (e) spirits from the Government...

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which external consultancies his Department has engaged to advise on the G20 Summit in London in April 2009; and what the value...

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on designing the logo for the G20 Summit in London in April 2009.

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the cost of (a) establishing and (b) operating the website www.londonsummit.gov.uk.

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which foreign heads of state are expected to visit locations in Britain other than those of the G20 Summit in London in April 2009.

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the cost of hospitality for the G20 Summit for (a) the Prime Minister, (b) Secretaries of State...

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what types of alcoholic drinks will be made available at the G20 Summit in London in April 2009; and what the budget is for each...

      Group of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the cost of dinners for heads of state and government at the G20 summit in London in April 2009.

      Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has (a) received representations from and (b) held discussions with the Government of Ethiopia on the Guantanamo...

      International Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in respect of which international organisations the United Kingdom's subscriptions are paid from the budget of his Department;...

      Iran: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement by the UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations broadcast on 21 February on the...

      Kurdistan Workers Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from the Kurdistan Workers Party on the situation in Turkey.

      Russia: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how frequently he meets managers at the BBC World Service; at how many such meetings the political and media environment in...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the military capability of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the reported bombardment of designated safe zones in the Mullaitivu district by the...

      St Helena: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the most recent occasion was on which a Government Minister visited the territory of St. Helena; and when a ministerial...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 17 July 2008, Official Report, columns 682-23W, on British nationality: torture, what...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Turkey on Turkish compliance with the decision of the European Court...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the political situation in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Detergents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to ensure that no cleaning products or ingredients of cleaning products used by his Department have been tested on animals.

    • Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has spent on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost to his Department was of travel by train by its staff in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by his Department on staff surveys in 2008; and which companies were contracted to carry out the surveys.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what expenditure has been incurred by his Department on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each year since...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which trade unions are recognised in his Department.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what changes have been made to the estimates of UK carbon dioxide emissions for each year from 1990 to 2006 as a result of the...

    • Energy: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many one-stop advice centres have been set-up through the Energy Saving Trust; and how many people have used each.

      Energy: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to promote energy efficiency in public sector buildings.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which modelling and datasets his Department uses to assess the likely effects on carbon prices of including forest credits in the EU...

      Government Departments: Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much energy used by the Government estate is produced onsite by (a) micro-renewables and (b) combined heat and power generation.

      National Home Energy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what period extra funding from energy companies and generators for the National Home Energy Programme will be provided.

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average cost of an (a) 11kg, (b) 12.7kg, (c) 18kg, (d) 19kg and (e) 47kg propane gas cylinder in...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households eligible to receive assistance under the Warm Front scheme.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new recruits his Department took on in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09, how many of these were taken on as...

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what effect he expects the introduction of electronic tagging to have on the number of (a) remand and (b) serving prisoners in Northern Ireland.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy: Bexleyheath

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people have been declared bankrupt in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each year since 2000.

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of payments to small and medium-sized businesses by his Department occurred within 10 days...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many visits his main departmental website received in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many videos are uploaded to his Department's YouTube channel; how many views each video has received;...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many hours a week were spent by Departmental officials in maintaining his Department's YouTube channel...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has spent on maintaining its YouTube channel since its inception.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in his Department and its predecessors were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over...

      Fisheries: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what programmes his Department funds to provide assistance to the UK fishing industry.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to (a) set a maximum limit on and (b) reduce the fees of...

      Insolvency: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses have entered into administration in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the...

      Platte Media and MBS Systems: Complaints

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many complaints (a) his Department and (b) the Office of Fair Trading have received in respect of the...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many representations he has received on the partial privatisation of the Post Office in each of the...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate is of the cost of completing the modernisation of Royal Mail since the...

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much additional revenue he expects Royal Mail would receive annually were the Government to assume full...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has spent on the Agency Workers' Know Your Rights campaign.

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many copies UK Trade and Investment produced of the 'Marketing the UK Like Never Before' document; and...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many young people from each parliamentary constituency began an undergraduate course at a UK higher education institution...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued to men aged between 18 and 25 years old in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

    • Arrests: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests have been made and (b) people have been charged following an arrest at a public protest in each of the last five years.

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 132-3W, on assaults on...

      Asylum: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are (a) housed and (b) planned to be housed in Castle Point constituency.

      Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the experience of unsuccessful asylum seekers removed to Kinshassa on 26 February 2007; and if she...

      Asylum: Finance

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

      Cannabis: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether offenders who have received a cannabis warning before 26 January 2009 would receive a penalty notice for disorder for any second...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what activities crime and disorder reduction partnerships are required to report on, broken down by data field; and when each requirement was...

      Crime: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings her Department has held with the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime on reducing the number of illegal badger...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for specialised services for female victims of violence.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been made to her Department since 2005; how many of them...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many equalities impact assessments her Department has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and what...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many change programmes her Department has initiated in each of the last five years; what the planned budget was for each such programme;...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the European Commission on measures to prevent illegal drug activity.

      Economic Situation

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

      Empty Property

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

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prevented from entering the UK on the grounds that their presence could threaten public security in each year since...

      Entry Clearances: EC Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU nationals from each member state have been refused entry into the UK on the grounds that their presence would threaten public...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the effect of the maximum length of student visas on foreign students...

      Entry Clearances: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 152W, on entry clearances, what the reasons are for the relatively low...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how old the (a) youngest and (b) oldest person with a profile on the national DNA database is; and how old the (i) youngest and (ii) oldest...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people-trafficking-related (a) investigations, (b) trials and (c) convictions have been brought about as a result of...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average length of time taken by her Department to comply with judgments of the Asylum and Immigration...

      Immigration: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to record the occasions on which a failure to fulfil the probationary period for those seeking settlement on...

      Immigration: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sri Lankan asylum seekers (a) applied for asylum, (b) were granted asylum, (c) were otherwise given leave to remain in the UK and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2259W, on human trafficking, when she plans to write to the hon....

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 4 December 2008, regarding Mrs. Shakeela Bano.

      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 e-mail to the UK Border Agency of 23 October 2008 on behalf of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Borders and Immigration plans to reply to the inquiry from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 23...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the recommendations relevant to her Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight Report on...

      National Identity Register: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the National Identity Register to date.

      National Policing Improvement Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff work in each section of the National Policing Improvement Agency.

      Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment her Department has made of the work of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, columns 806-07W, on official residences, whether the right hon. Member for...

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cautions were given for each offence in the last year for which figures are available.

      Police: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of (a) assistance to other agencies, (b) bail or curfew checks, (c) complaints against police and (d) police-generated...

      Police: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces will be responsible for the security of the training camps for teams competing in the London 2012 Olympics; and if she...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Serious and Organised Crime Agency has (a) spent on all forms of asset recovery and (b) recovered in proceeds of crime since...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Serious and Organised Crime Agency has spent on receivers' fees for (a) civil and (b) criminal asset recovery since its creation.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission research on the effectiveness of (a) compulsory and (b) voluntary counselling for prostitutes.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much local authorities spent on average in each of the last five years on providing voluntary counselling for individuals working as...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure local authority provision of specific services and schemes for people working as prostitutes to...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure local authority provision of services and schemes for people working as prostitutes to assist...

      Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

      Regional Strategic Migration Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has provided for each Regional Strategic Migration Partnership in the last 12 months.

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private security licences have been granted to people of each nationality by the Security Industry Authority.

      Security Industry Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the Security Industry Authority has been in each year since it was established.

      Security: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been provided for home security improvements for low income pensioners in each year since 1997 in Dacorum.

      Special Constables: Dacorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in Dacorum in each year since 1997.

      UK Border Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the audit memorandum drafted by the UK Border Agency Complaints Audit Committee.

      Visas: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities there are to issue visas at the UK consulate in Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq; and if she will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Detergents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to ensure that no cleaning products or ingredients of cleaning products used by his Department have been tested on animals.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what payments for (a) polling and (b) other services his Department has made to (i) Deborah Mattinson and (ii) Opinion Leader Research Limited since...

      Departmental Training

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

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when Ministers in his Department last visited (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey; and whether the importation of health foods and food supplements from the...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average cost of a drug rehabilitation requirement was in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) how many drug...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the guidance issued by his Department to electoral registration officers on visits to the houses of people who have failed to register.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that all electoral registration forms are identically-worded.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department reimburses local authority chief executives for their work on electoral administration; and if he will make a statement.

      Fraud: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he issues to the courts on the grant of an absolute discharge to a defendant convicted of benefit fraud offences.

      Government Departments: Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department provides to other Government departments on the legal requirements which they must meet when undertaking public consultations.

      Homicide: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those convicted of murder of a woman in each of the last five years had a previous conviction for domestic violence or had previously been...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his timetable is for bringing forward new proposals on the future composition of the House of Lords.

      Legal Aid: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the highest ratio is of money owed by the Legal Services Commission to a solicitor's practice providing approved legal aid under its contract...

      Legal Aid: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Legal Services Commission will have paid the £10,000 outstanding at the end of January to a solicitor's practice in Worthing, as referred...

      Medical Treatments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions officials and Ministers of his Department have had with officials in Guernsey on the secondary legislation necessary to make the...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department collects on offenders' (a) employment history, (b) educational history and (c) health requirements for an offender's...

      Offenders: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of offenders who ended their residence in ClearSprings Bail Accommodation and Support Service properties in 2008 had...

      Offenders: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) account is taken by and (b) information is made available to offender managers of the services provided by the Service Personnel and Veteran's...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were held in police cells in each police force area in 2008; and at what estimated cost.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Chichester of 15 December 2008, Official Report, columns 478-9W, on political parties: finance, whether...

      Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions were brought for rape against women in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area; and what the rate of conviction...

      Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2095W, on special educational needs: tribunals, how many of the appeals (a)...

      Styal Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent reports he has received on the safety and welfare of women prisoners at HMP Styal.

  • Treasury

    • Baa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence (i) he, (ii) other Ministers in his Department and (iii) officials in his Department have had with...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates his Department has made of the proportion and total amount of lending within the UK by (a) UK banks, (b) foreign banks and (c) non-banking...

      Bank Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the Financial Services Authority has made of the effect of commission structures on the quality of investment...

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what meetings (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department have held with UK banks in each year since 1997; what issues were discussed; who was...

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department has obtained on the pension arrangements of all current directors of banks which are now supported by public funding or...

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the European Commission has approved the bank credit guarantees scheme.

      Banks: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of the Financial Action Task Force of 25 February 2009, what counter-measures he plans to take to protect the UK financial sector...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice the Bank of England gave his Department in 1997 on the merits of the transfer of regulatory authority for the banking system from the Bank of...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which banks were regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in each year from 2001 to 2008; and how many are now regulated by the FSA.

      Banks: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what powers the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has to investigate the operations of subsidiaries of British-based banks operating in the United...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of children in West Lancashire constituency who have been taken out of poverty as a result of tax credits.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years; (2) how much his Department spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food in...

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments for (a) polling and (b) other services his Department has made to (i) Deborah Mattinson and (ii) Opinion Leader Research Limited since 31...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of travel by train by staff in his Department was in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on staff surveys in 2008; and which companies were contracted to carry out the surveys.

      Economic Situation: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the UK economy of measures introduced by the US administration to assist the US economy.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects of recent vehicle excise duty changes on car dealership businesses.

      Financial Markets: Abuse

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are used by the Financial Services Authority to determine whether market activity on the part of any individual or organisation designed to...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 906W, on banks: finance, if he will make an estimate of the cost to (a) building...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North, dated 28 January 2009, acknowledged by his Department with the reference...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to provide a substantive reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North dated 15 January 2009 to the Tax Credit Office on a...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are used to define local in respect of prioritisation of local suppliers in public procurement policy.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Oxford, East of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 530W, on public expenditure: small...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the net effect on the expenditure of HM Revenue and Customs of the proposed closure of tax offices in the next five...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of HM Revenue and Customs' new data security packet rule book.

      Senior Tripartite Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates meetings of the Senior Tripartite Committee were held in each of the last two years; and how many times the committee has met in each year...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what modelling he undertook for the purposes of the pre-Budget report 2008 on predicted levels of (a) job seeker's allowance claims and (b) incapacity...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, column 895W, on stamp duty and tax, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the...

      TNT: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs has imposed any financial penalty on TNT companies for tax irregularities in the last 10 years.

      VAT: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses which (a) have not passed on the reduction in value added tax to customers and (b) have...

      Vulture Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Answer of 13 November 2007, Official Report, columns 227-29W, on vulture funds, what progress the Government has made in dealing...

  • Health

    • Antidepressants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many courses of anti-depressant medication were prescribed to children under 16 years of age in each strategic health authority area in each of...

    • Baby Care Units: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the West Midlands have had to travel more than 50 miles to access neo-natal emergency treatment in each of the last 10 years.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in each (a) age group and (b) NHS trust area were given prescriptions for an (i) intra-uterine system, (ii) intra-uterine device and...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in each age group were fitted with an intra-uterine (a) system and (b) device in each of the last 10 years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how frequently the Older People and Dementia Programme Board meets; when the Board will decide on mechanisms for monitoring the implementation of the...

      Dental Services: Dacorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people from Hemel Hempstead there were on the lists of NHS dentists in Dacorum in each of the last 15 years.

      Dental Services: Dacorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were with practices in Dacorum in each of the last 15 years.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) role and (b) objectives are of each of his Department's equality champions.

      Diabetes: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce the frequency with which type 2 diabetes is acquired in Norfolk.

      Diabetes: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on promoting awareness of the link between obesity and diabetes in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors in each NHS Trust worked more than 56 hours per week in the latest period for which information is available.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on genito-urinary medicine clinics in the last five years.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients attended genito-urinary medicine clinics in the last five years.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there were in each NHS trust in England in each year from 2000-01 to 2007-08, with the data adjusted to reflect the current configuration of...

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what best practice guidelines have been issued by his Department on (a) the management of outpatient services and (b) the booking of appointments at NHS...

      Ketamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to hospital because of the effects of the drug ketamine in each of the last five years.

      Ketamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been treated for ketamine addiction in each of the last five years.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to initiate the integration of Picture Archiving and Communications Systems images into the Care Records Service.

      Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date the UK authorities were informed by Novartis that a staphylococcus aureas bacterial contamination had been found in a sample of the...

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to support people with myasthenia gravis; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS was of the refurbishment required for the new independent sector treatment centre in Southampton.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) capital and (b) revenue costs of the implementation of picture archiving and communication systems in England have been since the inception...

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of chief executive officers of NHS trusts are clinically qualified.

      NHS: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place in his Department to ensure the accuracy of literature it produces relating to the provision of NHS services.

      NHS: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recourse is available to individuals who dispute the accuracy of written information and literature produced by his Department on the provision of...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to improve the measurement and analysis of health outcomes in NHS trusts.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's implementation update for the European Working Time Directive, published on 30 January 2009, what comprehensive...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS organisations that will request exclusions and derogations from the requirements of the EU Working Time...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of hospital trusts which meet the requirements of the European Working Time Directive with which they must...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistical analysis his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of the EU Working Time Directive on the NHS.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what measures and under what budgetary headings the funds allocated by his Department to support implementation of the EU Working Time Directive in...

      Nuffield Speech and Language Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Chief Executive of the Ealing Primary Care Trust and (b) the Chief Executive of the Royal Free...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of trends in the volume of work undertaken by school nurses in the last five years; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of (a) the time it will take for stem cell derived disease treatments to become available on the NHS and (b) the...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the likely care needs for thalidomiders; and how those needs are planned to be met.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's tariff uplift breakdown for 2009-10, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's background analysis...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospital trusts in England have more than one type 1 (major) accident and emergency department.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments there are in each NHS hospital trust in England.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to accident and emergency departments there were in each hospital trust in each day in February 2009.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma who are expected to be suitable for sunitinib as a first-line...

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of his Department's progress in raising awareness of bowel cancer.

      Colorectal Cancer: Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) longest and (b) average waiting time was for patients receiving radiotherapy treatment for bowel cancer in (i) Lancashire and (ii) England...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people aged over 50 years were screened for bowel cancer in (a) Lancashire and (b) England in 2008; (2) how many bowel cancer screening...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the rules on eligibility for NHS continuing care introduced in 2007.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to his Department was of travel by train by its staff in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Departmental Training

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

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults were admitted to hospital for a suspected eating disorder in each of the last five years.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many 18 to 21-year-olds were admitted to each (a) hospital and (b) university hospital for bulimia in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many...

      Environmental Health: Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of restaurants which have been visited and inspected by local authority environmental health...

      Food Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of food poisoning by (a) salmonella, (b) campylobacter, (c) E. coli and (d) other food-borne pathogens were recorded in each of the...

      Health Services: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 216-7W, on health services: Republic of Ireland, how much the Government has paid...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps were taken by his Department to consult NHS staff on the development of administrative systems within NHS hospital trusts in the last three years.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients spent a night in hospital but not in a (a) hospital bed and (b) ward in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 1029W, on malnutrition, how many people were (a) admitted to and (b) discharged...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to publicise the availability of influenza vaccinations in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley...

      Learning Disability: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each local authority has spent on adult learning disability services in each year since 1997; and by how much each authority (a) exceeded or...

      Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct the Chief Executive of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to reply to the outstanding issues raised by the right hon. Member...

      Memory Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Dementia Strategy, published on 3 February 2009, how many memory clinics there are in the NHS; how many memory clinics he intends...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily cost of keeping a person in (a) high secure and (b) medium secure mental health accommodation was in the latest period for which...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1196W on mental health services, how many primary care trusts provide...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of people who required access to child and adolescent mental health services in each year since 1997.

      Mentally Ill: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 18 to 21-year-olds were admitted to (a) all hospitals and (b) university hospitals for mental health conditions in each of the last 10 years,...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients transferred from an NHS hospital to an independent sector treatment centre are covered by NHS indemnity arrangements.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many scheduled operations at Southampton independent sector treatment centre have been cancelled by his Department.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors from Southampton General hospital have been seconded to the independent sector treatment centre in Southampton in each month since its...

      NHS: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the development costs of the NHS Summary Care Record database have been; and what the estimated annual running costs of the database are.

      NHS: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of (a) bullying and (b) disability discrimination in NHS organisations.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made on the implementation of the recommendations of the Richards Report on improving access to medicines for NHS patients.

      NHS: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent by each health trust in England on each type of energy purchased through the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency contract in...

      NHS: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 241W, on NHS: equality, when he expects the advisory group on the implications of...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation he has made of the results of his Department's consultation on draft guidance on NHS patients who wish to pay for additional private care;...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which capital investment programmes in NHS hospitals announced by the Government since 1997 have not been fulfilled; what the reason was in each case; and...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 661W, on NHS negligence, if he will publish the breakdown of the global...

      NHS: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to prevent the over-prescription of medicines within the NHS; (2) what estimate his Department has made of the...

      NHS: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on drugs of all types in each year since 1997 in (a) England and (b) the geographical area now covered by NHS Cumbria.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts (a) use patient recorded outcome measures (PROMS) and (b) have purchased PROMS IT systems.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the merits of exempting patients with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia from prescription charges from April 2009; and if he will...

      Ru486

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in each age group and region taking mifepristone required further treatment because the womb was not completely emptied of its contents or...

      Social Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each local authority spent on domiciliary care for older people (a) in total and (b) per person in such care in 2008-09.

      Social Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much on average has been recouped in charges for (a) personal social services, (b) home care and (c) day care for each older person in each local...

      Social Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of spending on personal care that was met by (a) local authorities, (b) the NHS and (c) individual service...

      Stafford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request that the Healthcare Commission expedite the publication of its report on Stafford Hospital.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the evidential basis was for the statement made in paragraph 5.28 of Healthy lives brighter futures: The strategy for children and young...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1177W, on wheelchairs, what categories and types of wheelchair are included under...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in each age group in (a) the City of Southampton and (b) Test Valley borough died of alcohol-related illnesses in each of the...

    • Death: Weather

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many excess winter deaths occurred in (a) Sutton and Cheam, (b) Carshalton and Wallington and (c) Greater London in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers (1) in the Prime Minister's Office in 2008-09 at the latest date for which...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the Prime Minister's Office entertainment budget was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department spent on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what payments for (a) polling and (b) other services the Cabinet Office made to (i) Deborah Mattinson and (ii) Opinion Leader Research Limited...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the cost was of travel by train by staff in his Department in each year since 1997; (2) what the cost was of travel by train by staff...

      Education: Hertfordshire

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

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of individuals on the electoral register are listed anonymously. [Official Report, 21 April 2009, Vol. 491, c. 3-4MC.]

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) non-UK born UK nationals and (b) non-UK born non-UK nationals his Department estimates there are in the working population of...

      Food Poisoning

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths were caused by food poisoning by (a) salmonella, (b) campylobacter, (c) E. coli and (d) other food-borne pathogens in each of...

      Gastrointestinal Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many residents of (a) Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England were diagnosed with bowel cancer in each of the last 10 years.

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) skilled and (b) unskilled job vacancies there were in (i) the UK, (ii) England, (iii) the North East and (iv) Middlesbrough South...

      Pension Schemes: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of full-time (a) private sector employees and (b) public sector employees are members of a final salary pension scheme.

      Population: Age

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the population in (a) Eastbourne, (b) East Sussex and (c) England are (i) over 45, (ii) over 70 and (iii) over 80 years old.

      Pregnant Women: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many women aged (a) 14 to 16, (b) 17 to 21, (c) 22 to 24, (d) 25 to 30, (e) 31 to 35 and (f) 36 to 40 years old died from...

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department and its agencies spent on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each year...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many girls aged 16 years and under of each age (a) became pregnant, (b) had an abortion, (c) gave birth and gave the child up for adoption...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of the upgrade of the MAN support trucks used for operations in Afghanistan; and where the principal place of manufacture is for his...

    • Armed Forces: Absence Without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reasons are most frequently identified as causing service personnel to be absent without leave; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Absence Without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel who were absent without leave at some point in each of the last 10 years were subsequently dismissed from each of the armed...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether final approval has been withheld for the second risk reduction activity for the Defence Training Review; (2) what activities are planned...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the time taken for a fully kitted-out soldier to exit the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Panther Command and Liaison vehicle will be fitted with a rear exit.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much weight has been added to the Panther Command and Liaison vehicle since the original specification.

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the rules are governing attendance at court martial proceedings for (a) relatives of the accused, (b) victims or relatives of victims, (c)...

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms are in place (a) for listing court martial proceedings and (b) to make court martial listings available to (i) interested parties, (ii)...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) defence attachés and (b) military representatives will be appointed to the European External Action Service from (i) the UK and (ii)...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals UK forces have detained in Iraq outside Multi-National Division South East during Operation TELIC.

      Property Tax (Ascension) Ordinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms his Department has in place to ensure compliance with the Property Tax (Ascension) Ordinance of 2002.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hon. Members have visited RAF Menwith Hill in each of the last 10 years.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) US service personnel, (b) US contractors, (c) US civilians, (d) Royal Air Force personnel, (e) Ministry of Defence Policy agency...

      Sodexo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will investigate his Department's contracts with Sodexo in light of reports about its human rights record.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the European Union's Council of Ministers agreed Operation Atalanta; and on what date the UK Parliamentary Security Group granted its authority.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to whom the European Union's Operation Atalanta Commander Rear Admiral Philip Jones is accountable; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under whose direct authority ships deployed in EU operations fall once unanimous agreement is established in the EU Council of Ministers.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's plans to build a successor to the Vanguard class submarine on the number of civilians...

      Trident: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 848W, on Trident: Scotland, (1) how many of the 589 civilians at HM Naval Base...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Schools Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to appoint the new Schools Commissioner.

    • School Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues to schools on the holding of daily assemblies.

      School Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on the holding of multi-faith assemblies in schools.

      Educational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government are taking to monitor the effectiveness of qualifications for pupils aged 16 to 19 in measuring their...

      Building Schools for the Future: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the Building Schools for the Future programme in Lancashire is on schedule; and if he will make a statement.

      Whiteboards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve the safety of whiteboards in use in schools.

      Musical Instrument Lessons: Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress is being made in assisting more school students to learn to play a musical instrument.

      14-19 Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of levels of take-up of the 14-19 diplomas; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Protection: Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to increase child protection regulation in independent schools.

      Youth Justice Board: Reoffending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he last met the Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales to discuss ways to reduce re-offending by young people.

      School Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is in respect of levels of financial balances and reserves held by schools.

      Apprenticeships: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people under 18 years of age resident in Preston completed an apprenticeship in 2008.

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department classifies dyslexia as a learning difficulty.

      Children's Services: Public Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to promote public accountability of the management of children's services.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 947W, on apprentices, how many apprentices his Department...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the development costs of ContactPoint have been; and what the estimated maintenance costs are for ContactPoint in 2009.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1067-68W, on children: databases, what the (a) necessary...

      Climbing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which of the myplace projects approved by his Department have climbing walls which meet the standard approved by the British...

      Climbing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department has had with (a) Sport England and (b) the British Mountaineering Council on the development of...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what campaigns his Department has supported in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants of more than £1,000 his Department has made to an outside body in the last 12 months.

      Further Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent places he has allocated to further education colleges for 16 to 19 year old education and training...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals were entered for GCSEs in each subject in 2008.

      Gifted Children: GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children registered as gifted and talented gained three or more A Grades at A Level in (a) 2005 and (b) the latest year...

      Nurseries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the rate of closure of nurseries in the last six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Education

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

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1559-60W, on pupil referral units, how many pupil referral...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether Ofsted inspectors are subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check before taking up their appointment.

      Schools: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent by his Department on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month; and what guidance his...

      Schools: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to provide facilities in schools for (a) sporting activity and (b) participation in the arts...

      Special Educational Needs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which pilot schemes related to special educational needs his Department will run in 2009.

      Teachers TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) hits and (b) unique users the Teachers TV website has received in each year since its inception.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) target number of places and (b) number of places filled for (i) mathematics, (ii) physics and (iii) chemistry...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the merits of carrying out a review of the future of the Bachelor of Education course;...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of people aged 16 to 24 years were not in education, employment or training in (a) 1997 and (b)...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of the myplace projects approved by his Department are to be managed by local authorities.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department plans to provide support to the 24 June 2009 national round table on detached youth work.

      Youth Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people were involved in consultations on each of his Department's myplace projects; on what dates these...

  • House of Lords

    • Anglo Leasing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Solicitor General, Vera Baird, on 11 February (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 1990W), why the investigation into...

    • Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they aim to have military capability at least equal to that of France.

      Armed Forces: Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the figures on 1 January for (a) the established strength, (b) the nominal strength, (c) the number of personnel fully fit and available for duty, and...

      Audit Commission: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints the Audit Commission dealt with in each of the past five years regarding (a) parish councils, (b) district councils, (c) borough councils, (d)...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the HM Court Service contract requires contractors to refer back to magistrates' courts before using the power of forced entry; if so, in what words; and...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Court Service expects bailiffs to explain their enforcement powers to defaulters as a matter of best practice; if so, whether they expect this...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Court Service expects bailiffs to use their power to force entry to vacant premises, or whether they are expected only to use it to force entry when...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions during the most recent year for which records are available the power of forced entry has been used by HM Court Service bailiffs; where in...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the names and addresses of certificated bailiffs on the internet; and, if so, how bailiffs and their families will be protected from...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish on the internet the names and addresses of Crown bailiffs, including county court bailiffs and fines officers and civil enforcement...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which bailiffs have taken the HM Court Service approved course on the use of their powers of forced entry.

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the new economics foundation report, A false economy: how failing to invest in the care system for children will cost us all.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding and other support they will provide to implement the proposals in their consultation Ending Child Poverty: Making it Happen in Northern Ireland.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland with a view to developing the proposals in their...

      China: Tibet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of China to release 17 Tibetans detained following events on 15 and 16 February in Lithang county of the...

      Civil Service: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they define bonus payments (a) in the context of the civil service; and (b) in respect of the banking institutions in which they have a controlling interest.

      Compensation: Pleural Plaque

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will decide on compensation for suffering from pleural plaques, following the House of Lords' judgment on 10 October 2007, and the subsequent...

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments are responsible for funding for the Conflict Prevention Pool; what projects in which countries are currently being supported; and whether there...

      Co-operation Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 24 February (WA 38) concerning the cost of a reception at Hillsborough on 24 November 2008, what...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Tunnicliffe on 12 February on the Department for International Development's departmental expenditure limit (WS 82-83),...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Tunnicliffe on 12 February on the Department for International Development's departmental expenditure limit (WS 82-83),...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Tunnicliffe on 12 February on the Department for International Development's departmental expenditure limit (WS...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Tunnicliffe on 12 February on the Department for International Development's departmental expenditure limit (WS 82-83),...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Tunnicliffe on 12 February (WS 82-83) on the Department for International Development's departmental expenditure, why most...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Tunnicliffe on 12 February (WS 82-83) on the Department for International Development's departmental expenditure, whether...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Tunnicliffe on 12 February (WS 82-83) on the Department for International Development's departmental expenditure, whether...

      Drugs: Degradable

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will establish a new programme with the drug industry to design products with a degradable rate that limits their accumulation in the environment.

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who initiated the case brought by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland against Mr Ian Withers for not giving personal information for inclusion on...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 10 February (WA 176), how the three-dimensional organisation of an embryo is defined under the Human...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 10 February (WA 176), whether cloned human blastocysts corresponding to those described in the journal...

      EU: Regional Development Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they do not support an extension of the 2000-06 European Regional Development Fund programmes for English regions but support such an extension for Scotland,...

      Faith Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many faith-based advisory groups they have established in each of the past five years.

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 3 February (WA 105), why they did not give statutory force to the Food Standards Agency voluntary guidance...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding of United Kingdom development- or democracy-related non-governmental organisations came from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the last...

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new establishments have received gambling licences in each of the years since the Gambling Act 2005 came into force; what is the total number for the East...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when will they resume their discussions with the Government of Israel on the use of white phosphorus shells in the recent military action in Gaza.

      Government: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether grace and favour accommodation occupied by Government ministers is taxable as a benefit in kind.

      Heritage: Minton Archive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have now taken to secure the Minton Archive; and what further steps they will take in this respect.

      NHS: Constitution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the remarks by Lord Darzi of Denham on 23 February 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. GC 27), what is the extensive communications plan to...

      Petitions

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

      Petitions

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

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures the Department for International Development has for receiving, acknowledging, dealing with and responding to petitions that it receives from...

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which jurisdiction, and under which laws, pirates captured by Royal Navy forces were last prosecuted.

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether piracy is an offence under the law of the United Kingdom; and what is the maximum penalty upon conviction.

      Places of Religious Worship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 February (WA 235), which faiths and denominations have met the criteria and are recognised by the...

      Planning: Eco-towns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the consultation exercise on the eco-town proposals; and what has been the effect on the cost of the extension to 30 April.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to remove any religious discrimination in the recruitment of officers to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which groups have been funded under the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund in each of the past three years; and how much they have received.

      Prisoners: Parole

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners serving life and indeterminate sentences have not had their cases reviewed by the Parole Board at a point three years before the expiry of their...

      Prisoners: Parole

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to decide changes to the Parole Rules to give greater flexibility in setting up panels.

      Prisoners: Parole

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoner hearings have been postponed by the Parole Board in the past 12 months; and for how long, on average, they are postponed. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Prisoners: Parole

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether staffing levels at the Parole Board have risen in accordance with the increase in the prison population since 1997.

      Prisoners: Parole

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many long-term prisoners there are in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps have been taken to ensure long-term prisoners are prepared for a return to the community when they have served their sentences.

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current prison population in Northern Ireland; and by what percentage it is different from the same dates in 2008, 2007 and 2006.

      Prisons: Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the prison population in England and Wales in each of the past five years, broken down by (a) ethnic origin, (b) religious affiliation, (c) gender, and...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which members of the House of Lords are appointees to the non-departmental public bodies listed under "Communities and Local Government" in annex A to the report...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which members of the House of Lords are appointees to the non-departmental public bodies listed under "Food Standards Agency" in annex A to the report of the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 13 January (WA 137) concerning the definitions of public sector current expenditure and public sector net...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House what new steps she has taken to ensure that Questions for Written Answer are answered within the target two weeks; and what were the total numbers which did not...

      Science: Chemistry Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions they have reached following discussions with chemical scientists on countering falls in the number of successful first-time chemistry grants in...

      St Andrews Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 11 February (WA 206) concerning provisions in the St Andrews agreement relating to cross-border...

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