Written answers

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to ensure the welfare of sea creatures in the last 12 months.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to ensure the welfare of circus animals in the last 12 months.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to ensure the welfare of domestic pets in the last 12 months.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes he has made to future expenditure plans to meet the threat to the UK of flooding from global warming.

      Floods: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which properties in the London borough of Sutton have been assessed to be at risk of flooding by the Environment Agency;...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy on the growing of genetically modified maize is.

      Pesticides: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to implement the new EU pesticides legislation; and what the timetable for implementation will be.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 332W, on redundancy, what estimate he has made of the...

      Rights of Way: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what differences there will be between land proposed to be designated as a coastal route under the Marine and Coastal Access...

      Rights of Way: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether, under the terms of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill, designation of land as coastal access land will affect...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many staff in her Office (a) were disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record in each of the last 12 months.

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1115W, on the Olympic games 2012, when each of the key stakeholder forums to design and...

      Olympic Games 2012: Air Pollution

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will include reduction of air pollution as an objective for the Olympic legacy.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what procedures (a) the Olympic Delivery Authority and (b) its contractors follow in employing persons to work on the Olympic Park site; and if she will...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will make it her policy to require construction projects for the London 2012 Olympics to be zero carbon.

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps her Department is taking to provide that half of the tickets for the London 2012 Olympics will be sold for less than £20; how many tickets for...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Leader of the House how much expenditure was incurred in respect of overseas visits which (a) she, (b) other Ministers in her Office and (c) her Office's senior officials undertook...

    • UK Youth Parliament

      To ask the Leader of the House with reference to the answer of 25 July 2007 to the hon. Member for Stroud, Official Report, column 1124W, on the UK Youth Parliament, what plans she has to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions since April 2005 the Government has sought assurances from the US administration on the treatment of...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the National Security Committee has had in (a) the review of Afghanistan strategy led by the Prime Minister and (b)...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 362W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what the...

      Burma: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on its policy on Burma; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, columns 855-6W, on climate change, which new posts for (a)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 2049W, on exchange rates, which posts overseas...

      Deportation: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which countries the United Kingdom has signed memorandums of understanding to ensure that any deported terrorism suspects...

      EC Labour Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what EU job centres are based in non-EU states; what the expected total projected costs of these offices is for 2009; and...

      Elections: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on sending secondees to the OSCE in each of the last five years.

      Elections: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) staff of his Department and (b) other UK nationals are seconded to the OSCE institutions, including Office for...

      Elections: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the Government was for election observation conducted by (a) OSCE, (b) the European Union and (c) the...

      Gulf of Aden: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 169W, on Yemen: piracy, how many incidents of piracy...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the Indian media coverage of his recent visit to India.

      India: Christianity

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

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he plans to hold with the Iranian Government on the fate of the seven Baha'is who are expected shortly to be...

      Kashmir: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the US administration on the possible appointment of a US special representative for Kashmir.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the government of Israel and (b) the United Nations on the loss of unexploded...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Israel on funding for reconstruction in Gaza; and if he will make a...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Israeli government to allow unimpeded access to Gaza for food, fuel and medical...

      Palestinians: 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 Gaza.

      Russia: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the BBC World Service on the media situation in Russia.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the government of Sri Lanka on its compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's special envoy has taken to facilitate peace in Sri Lanka in the...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on terrorism: finance, how much his Department plans...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on terrorism: finance, what criteria his Department is...

      Thailand: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with the government of Thailand on the safety and whereabouts of the 126 people from the Rohingya...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 893W, on Tony Blair, what proportion of Tony Blair's...

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek the exclusion of Western Saharan waters from any new agreement to replace the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement...

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement with international law in respect of its...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on human rights monitoring in (a) Western Sahara and (b) the refugee camps near...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North of 6 October 2008, Official Report,...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to answer Question 243941, tabled on 10 December 2008, on the effect of exchange rate movements on the cost of...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to answer Question 243942, tabled on 10 December 2008, on the cost of subscriptions to international...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to answer Question 243846, tabled on 10 December 2008, on departmental public expenditure.

  • Defence

    • Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what animal welfare specialists are on his Department's Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans have had war pensions withdrawn in each year since 1997; and on what grounds such pensions were withdrawn.

      Armed Forces: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State what levels of academic qualification were reached by recruits to the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Air Force in 2008; and how many recruits at each level there were.

      Armed Forces: Transsexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on its policy for the recruitment and management of transsexual personnel in the Armed Forces; how many members of...

      Colombia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department provides (a) funding and (b) training for counter-narcotics work in Colombia.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of the Typhoon Future Capability programme was on 31 March (a) 2007 and (b) 2008, broken down by (i) direct resource...

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Defence pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith and Fulham of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 1994W, on departmental...

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial and (b) staff resources his Department provided for the European Defence Agency in 2007-08.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters (a) have been repainted for desert conditions, (b) are awaiting a repaint for desert conditions and (c) have been withheld from...

      HMS Superb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to publish the Board of Inquiry report on the incident on HMS Superb in the Red Sea in May 2008.

      Naval Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the Government's proposals for HM Naval Base Plymouth Devonport.

      Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1878W, on Navy: deployment, what the outcome of his Department's consideration of...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made (a) of the initial acquisition cost and (b) the through-life cost of (i) the Helix mission system and (ii) the aircraft which...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the successor aircraft to the Nimrod R1 is planned to achieve full operational capability; and whether the R1 and its successor aircraft are planned...

      Nuclear Weapons: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the source is of the funding for the joint US/UK warhead research taking place at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston.

      Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has commissioned research on the latency of post-traumatic stress disorder since 2003.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department and its agencies have spent 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 Defence which trade unions are recognised in his Department.

  • Justice

    • Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of an application to the Court of Protection was in the latest period for which information is available.

    • Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much money is being held under the Court of Protection.

      Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long the average application to the Court of Protection took to be processed in the latest period for which information is available.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government plans to introduce regulations permitting bailiffs to use force against the person.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his Department uses WPA2 encryption protocol on all its wireless networks; (2) what auditing his Department undertakes to ensure that IT...

      Fixed Penalties: Richmond Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for introducing fixed penalty notices for minor offences committed in Richmond Park.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria are used in deciding on whether to use a ministerial veto under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a...

      Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month in each of the last five years.

      National Offender Management Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will detail the budget for the National Offender Management Service Headquarters for 2007-08, as contained in the National Offender Management...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research he has commissioned on the motivation for prisoner absconds.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the (a) average and (b) maximum additional cost of a prisoner with mental health problems compared to a prisoner without...

      Prisons: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) gangs recorded by the Prison Service and (b) other gangs have been identified in each prison in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the procedure is for extending the designation of a prison to include a young offender institution; (2) which prisons have extended their...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were charged with each category of violent offence whilst being supervised by the Probation Service in (a) Leeds, (b) West Yorkshire...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were charged with offences whilst being supervised by the Probation Service in (a) Leeds, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England and...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times handcuffs were used on children of each age, ethnicity and sex in each secure training centre in each month since January 2008.

      Shoplifting: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1548W, on shoplifting: fixed penalties, what length of time should have passed...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been for television licence fee evasion in each year since 2005.

      Witnesses: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure that witness statements from disabled adults who communicate using non-formal methods can be accepted in courts.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to answer question 254428, on offences relating to domestic violence, tabled on 2 February 2009.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on sharing of prison cells between under 21-year-olds and adults on remand.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Meat

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what proportion of meat produce served in the House of Commons was Freedom Food-approved in the most recent...

    • Millbank Systems

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much funding the House of Commons Commission has provided to Millbank Systems in each of the last two...

      Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent since April 2008 on security in the Palace of Westminster; and...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Art Works

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

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what use (a) his Department and (b) service providers under contract to his Department made of (i) 0844 and 0845 telephone numbers and (ii)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 978W, on 10...

    • Arts: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Government grant funding has been provided for the arts in (a) Wiltshire and (b) the South West in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what progress has been made in reducing the carbon footprint of (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) its non-departmental...

      Departmental Finance

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reasons he has decided to take up his Department's administration end year flexibility; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reasons he has taken up his Department's end year flexibility for museums and galleries; and if he will make a statement.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to his Department's most recent simplification plan, what (a) joint schemes and (b) rationalisation of programmes relating to...

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from which programme budgets his Department has transferred funds to assist with the costs of the Government Olympic Executive.

      Parks: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department takes steps to estimate the proportion of users of (a) Richmond Park and (b) Bushy Park in each (i) ethnic...

      Parks: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has made an assessment of the impact of the proposed car park charging regime in (a) Richmond Park and (b)...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guarantees he had received from the Icelandic authorities on the security of deposits held in Icelandic banks by UK citizens and corporations at the...

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that banks in receipt of public money maintain their lending on mortgages and to businesses at 2007 levels; and if he will...

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when plans to take Bradford and Bingley into public ownership were first considered by Ministers.

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Bradford and Bingley plc Transfer of Securities and Property etc (Amendment) Order 2009, dated 19 February 2009, whether his Department...

      Budgets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision HM Revenue and Customs has made for early implementation in the 2009-10 financial year of any changes resulting from the 2009 Budget.

      Business: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Wales have applied to defer their tax bills in each of the last six months; and how many have been (a) granted and (b) refused...

      Corporate Governance of UK Banking Industry Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria were adopted in choosing Sir David Walker to chair the review into corporate governance of British banking; whether he assessed any other...

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were working in the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use (a) his Department and (b) service providers under contract to his Department make of (i) 0844 and 0845 telephone numbers and (ii)...

      Environment Protection: Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targeted assistance he is providing to green industries affected by the recession.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to publish all reports submitted to him by Sir John Chadwick in the course of his work on support for Equitable Life...

      EU Economic Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Strategy and Growth Pact came into force; and what information his Department holds on which other EU member states (a) have and (b) have not...

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the proposals in the European Commission's Communication for the Spring European Council, COM(09)114, providing for EU-wide supervision over banks...

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter of 3 March 2009 to other EU Finance Ministers and the Commission on EU-wide supervision of financial...

      Local Public Services Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) timetable and (b) remit is of Sir Michael Bichard's review of local public services as part of the Government's operational efficiency programme.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letters of 20 October and 18 November 2008 from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare sent on behalf of a constituent, Mr....

      Monetary Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects on (a) the rate of inflation, (b) the value of sterling and (c) the level of bank lending of...

      Motor Vehicle Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to encourage the development of innovations with fewer negative effects on the environment in the automotive industry, with...

      Revenue and Customs: Cheques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans HM Revenue and Customs has to handle cheques when the retail banking function of the Bank of England ceases.

      Revenue and Customs: Flexible Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to withdraw provision for flexible working hours from staff in HM Revenue and Customs contact centres.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Financial Services Secretary declared an interest in respect of his Gartmore and Nat West pensions to the Permanent Secretary at the time of his...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many X-ray scanners HM Revenue and Customs used to detect instances of tobacco smuggling in each of the last five years.

      Succession: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to publish his proposals for the reform of the regulatory process for inherited estates.

      Tax Allowances: Electricity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons licensed electricity providers may not claim enhanced capital allowances.

      Taxation: Lorries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what mechanism is used to determine how much each sub-group of lorries should pay in terms of vehicle excise duty and fuel duty, to ensure that the...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which trade unions are recognised in (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs.

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1113W, on the Valuation Office:...

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 964W, on the Valuation Office:...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of the reduction in value added tax to 15 per cent. in the calendar year 2009; (2) what...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the amount of money outstanding from tax credit overpayments made in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 not arising from...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will arrange for a reply to be sent to the letter of 16 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North to the Child Support...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports for public buildings issued in respect...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on consultancy fees in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Co-ordination: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency and effectiveness of operations at his Department's file store in Nelson.

      Departmental Co-ordination: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department's file store in Nelson holds Criminal Records Bureau files.

      Departmental Co-ordination: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees of Capita are contracted to work at his Department's file store in Nelson; what mechanisms are in place for undertaking...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Ministers' official engagements were from 1 November to 30 November 2008.

      Employment Services: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what percentage of people having received assistance under the Jobcentre Plus rapid response service were unemployed or on...

      Health and Safety Executive: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions the Health and Safety Executive has had with (a) the operators of the pipelines under the site, (b) OIKOS, (c) Calor Gas...

      Housing Benefit: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants there were in (a) the North West and (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council area in each month since January 2007.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department plans to issue guidance to Jobcentre Plus staff on how to assess whether there are reasonable grounds for believing a...

      Jobcentre Plus: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Bathgate Jobcentre Plus plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West of 19 January 2009 and 12 February...

      Jobcentre Plus: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people Jobcentre Plus North West has assisted into full-time employment for a period of 12 months or more in each of the last three years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's projections are of jobseeker's allowance in-flows (a) in total, (b) as a result of lone parents migrating from income...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's projections are of jobseeker's allowance out-flows (a) in total and (b) directly into employment in each month of each...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce measures to ensure that Jobcentre Plus offices assist jobseeker's allowance claimants in contacting other agencies for...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants there were in (a) the North West, (b) Stockport local authority area and (c) Cheadle constituency...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many applications for mortgage relief schemes have been (a) received, (b) successfully processed to the point of completion and...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what progress has been made on his plans for the implementation of the flexible New Deal; (2) whether the contracting process for the...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether any changes have been made to the original performance and funding expectations of the flexible New Deal; (2) when phase one of...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what deadline he has set for private sector provider bidders for the Flexible New Deal to revisit the assumptions made in their original bids,...

      Pensioners: Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what calculations his Department has used in deciding to attribute £1 a week as income for every £500 in savings over...

      Pensions: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government taking a majority stake in a company in order to prevent it from bankruptcy would be considered an insolvency event for...

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department does not provide (a) an income support, (b) an employment support allowance, (c) an incapacity benefit, (d)...

      Social Security Benefits: Wimbledon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) housing benefit, (c) incapacity benefit and (d) income support there were resident in...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people entitled to a winter fuel payment in West Chelmsford constituency are yet to receive their payment from the last round of...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions of defendants aged between 10 and 17 years there were for being drunk and disorderly in each police force area in (a)...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals aged over 65 years resident in each (a) London borough and (b) Government Office region were arrested or issued with a...

      Anabolic Steroids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) cautioned and (b) convicted of supplying anabolic steroids in each of the last five years; and how many of...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department have met to discuss the proposed revision to European Council...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of using (a) an F1 generation and (b) an F2 generation non-human primate bred for research purposes...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the use of penalty notices for disorder by police community support officers; and if she will...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of failed asylum seekers living in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have signed voluntary return forms in relation to the Darfur region.

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have signed voluntary return forms in relation to Zimbabwe.

      Cannabis: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) were arrested and (b) received on-the-spot fines for possession of cannabis in West Chelmsford constituency in each of...

      Chernobyl: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the government of Belarus on measures to allow children from that country who have visas to enter the UK...

      Chernobyl: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to conclude the draft agreement with Belarus concerning the travel for medical treatment abroad of children from that country.

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had discussions with representatives of the Muslim community on the threat of terrorism committed by Somalis in the UK.

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to tackle (a) gun crime, (b) urban crime, (c) rural crime, (d) credit card fraud and (e) fraudulent...

      Crime Prevention: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has allocated to the Government's Co-ordinated Prostitution Strategy in the last 12 months; and how much of this has...

      Crime: Property

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

      Crimes of Violence: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to Table 1.03 of her Department's Statistical Bulletin 02/09 on homicides, firearm offences and intimate violence 2007-08, if...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters from members of the public to her Department had not been replied to after more than (a) one month and (b) three months at...

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on holding departmental away days outside her Department's buildings.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many language translators are employed in each of her Department's Executive agencies; and what the cost of translating services provided...

      Deposited Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy when placing material in the Library in response to a parliamentary question to supply a copy of the material...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department has collected on the relationship between retail theft and (a) drug and (b) alcohol addiction; and if she...

      Drugs: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which schemes have received funding under the Communities Against Drugs Initiative in the Hemel Hempstead constituency in each year since...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals aged over 65 years resident in each (a) London borough and (b) Government Office region were arrested for possession...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many elected representatives from other democratic countries have been refused entry to the UK since 2000.

      Entry Clearances

      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 (a) maximum, (b) minimum and...

      Former Ministers: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of providing special protection for former Ministers in the UK was in 2007-08.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of cases where (a) fingerprints, (b) DNA and (c) a photograph have been entered on to...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identity cards had been issued by her Department at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Immigration: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures her Department uses to authorise officials to access electronic files and databases relating to an individual's (a)...

      Immigration: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Ethiopian citizens and their dependants (a) were removed or deported and (b) left the UK voluntarily as a result of (i) an...

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals seeking indefinite leave to remain who are resident in Peterborough constituency have been waiting for their...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the reports her predecessors received on the activities of the security service in relation to the 1984 miners' strike,...

      North Wales Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many North Wales police officers currently absent from work through illness have been absent for a period of (a) between three and six...

      Offenders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) individuals and (b) organisations other than police forces are permitted to use the Police National Computer; and if she will...

      Offensive Weapons: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much had been spent on the implementation of the Tackling Knives Action Programme in each of the participating areas at the latest date...

      Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department will allocate to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner in each of the next three years; and how...

      Police: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what scheme of compensation exists for British police officers injured while working in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and if she will make...

      Police: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the cost of policing the new electronic borders operations centre in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester.

      Police: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps her Department has taken to modernise the (a) powers and (b) practices of police forces.

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road traffic police officers there were in 1996; and how many there are at the present time.

      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 policing prostitution.

      Religious Buildings: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places of religious worship of each faith denomination in (a) Salisbury constituency and (b) Wiltshire (i) are certified under the...

      Security Services: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of (a) field-based and (b) office-based Security Service officers were of each (a) ethnicity, (b) religious...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many charges relating to offences under counter-terrorism legislation were brought by police in England in 2006.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government are taking to prevent acts of terrorism.

      Terrorism: Information Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with her counterparts in those EU member states which allow for the admissibility of intercept evidence in the...

      Travel Requirements: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detections of instances of travel document fraud were made at (a) ports of entry and (b) compliance offices since 1 May 2004 in...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals the UK Border Agency employed at the latest date for which figures are available.

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy that replies sent from the UK Border Agency to letters from hon. Members are issued by the Chief Executive of...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency plans to reply to the letter of 6 November 2008 (Special Delivery reference ZC982623786GB), the email of 2...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Government plans to provide standard disclosures for criminal record bureau checks; (2) what recent estimate she has made of...

      Vetting: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much it cost to process Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks in the last year for which figures are available; how many CRB checks were...

      Work Permits: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many work permits were refused for non-UK born applicants in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; (2) how many work permits have been approved...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, columns 582-3W, on community relations, when Her Majesty's...

    • Council Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to announce additional funding to assist local housing authorities to deal with severe over-crowding.

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated average rise in council housing rents will be from April 2009.

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were on local authority housing waiting lists in (a) England and (b) each local authority area at the...

      Council Tax: Discounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities offer a local council tax discount to pensioners.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 343W, on...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments for (a) polling and (b) other services her Department has made to (i) Deborah Mattinson and (ii) Opinion Leader...

      EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the total financial correction likely to be imposed on the UK by the European Commission in...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of empty homes which have been brought back into use in each of the last five years.

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her Department's Fire and Resilience Research Programme for 2008, whether she plans to commission a...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her Department's Fire and Resilience Research Programme for 2008, what progress has been made on research into...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many buildings which were exempt from the regulatory requirements of the Fire Precautions Act 1971 are subject to the...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire and rescue authorities are contracted to support the FiReControl project; and whether there are break clauses in...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 27 October 2008, Official Report,...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 28 January 2009, Official Report, columns...

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the new fire control centre for the east of England to be (a) completed and (b) fully operational.

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has made for fire cover in the event of (a) a local and (b) a national fire strike pending full take-up of the...

      Fire Services: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the preparedness of (a) fire and rescue authorities and (b) local authorities for...

      Fire Services: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 770W, on...

      Firebuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column...

      Firebuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column...

      Housing: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 775W, on...

      Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what projects the Improvement and Development Agency receives funding from her Department.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to encourage local authorities to reduce the length of time they take to pay the invoices...

      Local Government Information Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department and its predecessor have given to the Local Government Information Unit in each of the last five...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to help local authorities prepare for local elections in areas where European elections...

      Local Government: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government have taken to improve local e-government.

      Local Government: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government have taken to promote local government services through the direct.gov portal.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statistics (a) her Department and (b) the Audit Commission collect on local authority chief executives' pay.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what retirement ages are set for members of the Local Government Pension Scheme; and what estimate she has made of the number of...

      Local Government: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role regional Ministers have in the allocation of regional transport funds.

      Migration Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funds were allocated from the Migration Trust Fund to police forces in England and Wales in 2008.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of local authorities being able to levy a business rate.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account (a) local planning authorities and (b) the Planning Inspectorate will be required to take of national policy...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has provided for each Regional Centre of Excellence in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Renewable Energy: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the meaning is of the measurement ten rotor diameters of a turbine referred to in paragraph 76 of the Planning for...

      Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 711W, on...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which registered social landlords (RSLs) operate cash incentive schemes to encourage under-occupying tenants to downsize; and...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of how many individual properties in each local authority area records are held on the National Register for Social...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 784W, on...

      Town Centre Management Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what town centre management schemes have been established in each local authority area in each year since 1997.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what IT security policy his Department has; what procedures are in place to ensure the policy is being followed; what his Department's...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Press

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Scientists

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

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which family planning programmes his Department supports; how much funding is being provided to each in 2008-09; and if he will make a...

      Family Planning: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments his Department has made to (a) Marie Stopes International, (b) the International Planned Parenthood Federation, (c)...

      Overseas Aid: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many countries have outstanding land mine clearance projects; and how much the Government have allocated to assist such projects...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects will receive funding from the £30 million allocated by his Department for reconstruction work in Gaza.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expenditure has been incurred by the (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental bodies in each year since 1997 on...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on the proposed construction of an airport on St. Helena; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received on the number of people displaced from Abyei in Sudan in May and December 2008 who have returned to...

  • Women and Equality

    • Women in the Church

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Second Church Estates Commissioner on the employment of women in the church.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will commission research to examine whether there is a relationship between major sporting events and levels of domestic violence.

      Equality Bill

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what provision she plans to make in the Equality Bill for the use of positive action to redress inequalities at work.

      Economic Downturn

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what support the Government are giving to women affected by the economic downturn.

      Domestic, Violence, Crime and Victims Act

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when the Government plan to bring into force section 12 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to reduce the gender pay gap.

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to reduce the disincentive to provide childcare vouchers arising from employers' liability to pay for the cost of...

      Consultants: Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Equality and Human Rights Commission spent on consultants in 2008-09; and what project each consultant was engaged to work on.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many staff of her Office were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate she has made...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many and what percentage of letters sent by the Government Equalities Office were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services...

      Manpower: Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many staff the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) employs; what the EHRC staff costs are expected to be for 2008-09; how many staff the...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what cars are (a) owned, (b) leased, (c) hired and (d) otherwise regularly used by the Government Equalities Office, broken down by cubic capacity...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Partners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil partnership ceremonies have been conducted in each English local authority area.

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which ICT projects the Cabinet Office initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project;...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which external organisations the Cabinet Office has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many applications were received in response to Cabinet Office vacancy notice REC/08/169 for a front-of-house assistant.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women were in (i) full-time and (ii) part-time employment in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Government Departments: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) guidance and (b) advice the (i) Cabinet Office and (ii) Cabinet Secretary has provided to Government departments on the provision of...

      Learning Disability: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of expenditure on learning disability services from the public purse was funded by central Government in the last financial year...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total cost of non-departmental public bodies was in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09 to date.

      Stockley House: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant property recorded on the e-PIMS database at (a) Stockley House and (b)...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which trade unions are recognised in the Cabinet Office.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Bed And Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children under 16 have been recorded as living in bed and breakfast accommodation in each of the last five years; and...

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the ContactPoint children's database (a) is fully accredited to Government standards and (b) has undergone a privacy...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1058-62W, on children's day care, how many childcare...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department has issued to (a) Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and (b) the Mayor of Doncaster on...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, column 802W, on children: local services, what methodology was...

      Children's Centres: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children's centres' nurseries were deemed (a) excellent, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people were involved in the determination of the content of each myplace application.

      English Language: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of children entering primary school for whom English will be a second or...

      Family Planning: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants his Department made to (a) Brook, (b) the Family Planning Association, (c) Marie Stopes International, (d) the...

      Improving Information Sharing and Management Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the expenditure on the Improving Information Sharing and Management programme (a) has been since its inception and (b) is...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 657W, on pre-school education: teaching, which programmes...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of small schools Ofsted judged to be (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate in each of...

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many myplace projects his Department has funded in (a) cities and (b) coalfield communities.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many additional full-time equivalent places he has made available in further education colleges for post-19 adult...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) private and (b) local authority-sponsored apprenticeships have started in (i) England and (ii) each English...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what support is available for apprentices whose employer terminates their contract before they have completed their...

      Apprentices: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people started apprenticeships in the construction industry in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many public consultations his Department has conducted in the last 12 months; how long each consultation was open for;...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans has he to make additional funding available to further education colleges and universities for the re-skilling of...

      Empty Property

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

      Train to Gain Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the Pre-Budget Report 2008, whether the extension of the Train to Gain scheme will be funded from an...

      Unemployment: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of young people in each (a) town, (b) ward and (c) lower layer super output area of the...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many learner places funded by the Learning and Skills Council there were in each (a) local authority area and (b)...

      Vocational Training: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 789W, on employment-related skills, how much of the...

  • Transport

    • Concessionary Bus Fares Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost to local authorities to date of providing the national concessionary bus fares scheme.

    • Concessionary Bus Fares Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of reimbursement rates to local authorities for their expenditure under the national concessionary bus fares scheme;...

      Local Transport Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will amend his Department's criteria for the allocation of capital expenditure under local transport plans to provide for greater devolution of...

      Motorway Widening Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which sections of the M4 and M5 in the Bristol area he plans to include in the hard shoulder motorway widening scheme.

      Active Traffic Management Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to extend the use of active traffic management systems across the country; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Ticket Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with train operating companies on changes to ticket office opening times at railway stations.

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with train operating companies on the commercial viability of their franchises in the current economic situation.

      Rail Network Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of the rail network.

      Young Drivers: Fatalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of drivers under 25 years old who die in road accidents.

      East Midlands Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a decision on the proposed electrification of the East Midlands Line.

      National Forest Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the restoration of passenger services on the National Forest Line between Burton-on-Trent and Leicester;...

      Driving Instructors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place to ensure that registered sex offenders may not operate as driving instructors.

      Hand Baggage: Airlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of easing the restriction on the volume of liquids permissible in air passengers' hand baggage; and if he...

      A15: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the last death occurred in a road traffic accident on the A15 between Lincoln and the M180; and how many deaths have occurred on this road in each...

      Aviation: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of maximum airspace capacity over London and the South East is currently used; and what contingency plans he has to (a) ration and...

      Cycling: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of cycle lanes have been introduced in each county in the East Midlands since 2001.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the flexible benefits project in the central units of his Department.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees of his Department have worked at First Class Partnership in each of the last 24 months; and what the Civil Service pay band of each is.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what capital expenditure his Department plans to bring forward in the next 12 months.

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Driving Standards Agency: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 900W, on the Driving Standards Agency: alcoholic drinks, what the cost to his...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people (a) took and (b) passed their driving test in (i) Chelmsford, (ii) Essex and (iii) the UK in each of the last five years.

      Railway Stations: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 496W, on railway stations: opening hours, what criteria the ticketing and...

      Railways: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that the process of producing a Sussex Route Utilisation Strategy secures a substantive revision of the timetable with a view to...

      Road Traffic: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change in congestion levels was recorded by each of the urban areas to receive the Urban Congestion Performance Fund payment announced on 23...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents have been recorded involving hit and run drivers in (i) England and (ii) each local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Roads: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid in compensation by (a) the Highways Agency and (b) local highways authorities for claims relating to vehicles damaged as a result...

      Trade Unions

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

      Transport: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to build increased resilience into key national transport networks for circumstances where temperatures drop below freezing.

  • Health

    • Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which abortifacient drugs are licensed for use in England; and if he will make a statement; (2) when his Department last undertook a review of...

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulatory changes he has made to prevent a recurrence of the time taken by manufacturers to inform the regulator of the harmful effects of...

      Assertive Outreach Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assertive outreach teams there were in (a) England, (b) the South West, (c) Devon and (d) East Devon in each of the last 10 years.

      Cardiovascular System: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to increase accessibility to the vascular risk assessment and management programme for those from South Asian...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) encephaly and (b) spina bifida following (i) live births and (ii) elective terminations were diagnosed in each year since 2001;...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the £150 million he has allocated to fund implementation of the Dementia Strategy will be observed between each of the Strategy's 17...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much research funding has been allocated to studies linked to dementia in each financial year since 1997-98 for which figures are available; and how...

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each year since 2004.

      Diabetes: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of black and minority ethnic people in Bradford and Airedale Primary Care Trust area who have been diagnosed...

      Diabetes: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that primary care trusts provide people with diabetes from black and minority ethnic communities annual...

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases there were of (a) mumps, ( b) whooping cough, (c) typhoid, (d) scarlet fever, (e) cholera, (f) diphtheria, (g) leprosy, (h)...

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what occasions other than meetings of the EU Council of Ministers, Ministers from his Department expect to meet the European Commissioner for Health...

      Gynaecology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS funding was provided for (a) research into and (b) treatment of premature ovarian failure in (i) Gloucestershire and (ii) England in the...

      Health Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to increase the (a) number and (b) skills level of public health workers as proposed in "A High Quality Workforce: NHS Next...

      Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the multi-professional education and training budget for each strategic health authority was in each year since 1997.

      Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, columns 874-75W, on hospital wards: gender, from which budget funding for the improvement...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults have been admitted to hospital for injuries sustained as a result of (i) assault by a blunt object, (ii) assault by...

      Hospitals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged (a) under 10 years and (b) 10 years and over were admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of (i) non-alcoholic fatty liver and (ii)...

      Hospitals: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mortalities there were in each hospital in the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls aged between 12 and 13 years have been vaccinated against human papilloma virus in (a) the UK and (b) Bolton.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the implications of likely future trends in the number of adults with a learning...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has evaluated on likely changes in the numbers of people with a learning disability during the next three years.

      Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month in each of the last five years.

      Local Public Health Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, column 877W, on local public health laboratories, which department had responsibility for...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of the 35 improving access to psychological therapy sites have complied with National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average cost of complying with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on computerised cognitive...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the tariff uplift breakdown for 2009-10 published by his Department on 5 February 2009, when he intends to develop a tariff for mental health...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which independent sector treatment centres have contracts due for renewal in the next (a) six and (b) 12 months.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what independent sector treatment centre projects are under contract in (a) phase 1 and (b) phase 2.

      NHS: Alcohol Cleaners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS hospitals have removed alcohol-based hand cleaning solutions in order to prevent people from drinking them; and if he will make a...

      NHS: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for NHS apprenticeships was in each year for which figures are available.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what commercial revenues have been earned by the NHS outside England in each of the last three years; and how they were earned.

      NHS: Legal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many legal proceedings have been brought against NHS organisations by private individuals on the basis that public consultations have been improperly...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost is of establishing the Centre of Excellence referred to in paragraph 117 of A High Quality Workforce: NHS Next Stage Review.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were enrolled in a foundation period of preceptorship in each year for which the figures are available; and what the budget was for such...

      Occupational Therapists: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many occupational therapists worked in the NHS in each year since 1997; and how many worked in each NHS organisation in each of the last three years.

      Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were born with an alcohol dependency in each of the last three years.

      Ru486

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women of each age group in each region after taking mifepristone were subject to (a) excessive bleeding, (b) haemorrhaging when the foetus was...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under 25 years received treatment for each sexually transmitted infection in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex in each of...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the smoking ban in reducing levels of smoking in England.

      Social Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of total net expenditure by local authorities was spent on (a) residential and nursing home places for older people and (b) domiciliary...

      Southampton General Hospital: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were (a) contracted to be carried out by and (b) carried out under contract with (i) Southampton Primary Care Trust (PCT) and (ii)...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of giving all surgical patients the opportunity to donate for research purposes tissue which would...

      Trade Unions

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

      Tranquillisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from which advisory committees he obtains scientific advice on the use of tranquillisers.

      Tranquillisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) prescriptions and (b) in-patient prescriptions were issued for (i) each benzodiazepine and (ii) each zed drug tranquilliser in 2008.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of organ transplants to transplantees resident (a) in and (b) outside the UK were successful at (i) three months and (ii) one year in...

      Vulnerable Adults: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to enforce a multi-agency approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults, with particular reference to those who are both deaf and...

      Vulnerable Adults: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that carers do not exert undue influence on vulnerable adults purchasing their care using personal budgets or direct...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress his Department has made towards publishing the outline model for wheelchair services as part of its transforming community equipment...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Banks: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has had discussions with representatives of banks on the off-shoring of their management and IT...

    • Business: Terminology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what definition of a micro business his Department uses.

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on the time taken to make payments to subcontractors of the...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to reply to the letter of 20 February 2009 from the editors of the Birmingham Post, the...

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which trade unions are recognised in his Department.

      Easter

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring into force the principal provision of the Easter Act 1928 fixing the date of Easter.

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what procedures are in place under the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive to ensure...

      Environmental Transformation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which projects for which his Department is responsible receive funding from the Environmental...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of running the (a) CompeteFor website and (b) supply2.gov website was in each of the last...

      Job Creation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he has taken to create British jobs for British workers since 24 September 2007.

      Manufacturing Industries: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the European Investment Bank has given in loans to each automotive company for investment in lower...

      Motor Vehicles: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of applications by individuals for car loans which were rejected in...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of (a) women and (b) men who were made redundant in each of the...

      Retail Trade: Havering

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to assist the retail industry in the London Borough of Havering; and if...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) when the Export Credits Guarantee Department granted an indemnity for the Al-Yamamah Saudi-British...

      Small Businesses: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will remove charges to small and medium-sized enterprises for use of (a) Supply2gov and (b) Catalist.

      Small Businesses: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will simplify and speed up the procurement process for (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and...

      Working Capital Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many businesses have sought access to funds under the Working Capital Scheme; (2) how many...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeship places there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of delivering a reduction of one tonne of carbon dioxide under the Carbon...

      Carbon Emissions: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the reductions in carbon dioxide emissions achieved by Barnsley Metropolitan borough council through...

      Carbon Trust: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments the Carbon Trust has made to (a) Fishburn Hedges, (b) Grayling Political Strategy, (c) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs...

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Kingsnorth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change during what periods in July and August 2008 the power generation units at Kingsnorth power station were (a) operating at full...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish the results of his Department's modelling of the effects of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme phase 3 on...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account will be taken of carbon dioxide emission levels from combined heat and power installations in the benchmarking allocation...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to support the financing and development of heat networks.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what conferences his Department has organised since its creation.

      Departmental Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent by his Department in (a) capital expenditure and (b) maintenance and running costs for standby diesel...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many equalities impact assessments his Department has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish a copy of his Department's website accessibility plan.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food since its inception.

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding was allocated to the (a) Waste and Resources Action Programme, (b) Carbon Trust, (c) Energy Saving Trust, (d)...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many staff in his Department and its predecessors were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) summits, (b) conferences and (c) seminars his Department has hosted since its inception at which a primary subject of...

      Energy Supply: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which body is responsible for the maintenance of power lines in Gloucestershire; and how many (a) repairs, (b) upgrades and (c)...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether priority in the introduction of smart meters will be given to communities where there is high use of pre-payment meters...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to ensure that members of the public are aware of the social tariffs offered by energy utilities.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what information his Department holds on the average length of time a customer has to be with an energy supplier before being...

      Fuel Poverty: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) people and (b) households in the Hemel Hempstead constituency that are in fuel...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has awarded under Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings programme to (a) charitable sector organisations and...

      Lord Truscott

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what correspondence his Department has (a) received from and (b) sent to Lord Truscott since its creation.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his definition of the National Balancing Point is.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons the publication of Dr Tim Stone's recommendations on nuclear regulation did not take place in accordance with the...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will review his Department's policy on the construction of new nuclear power stations; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what requirements there are upon nuclear power plant operators to report to safety and environmental regulators the (a) instances and...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which sites under consideration for development for a new generation of nuclear power stations are (a) at or (b) near the present sea...

      Nuclear Safety Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals for restructuring the Nuclear Directorate; and what form he expects those...

      Peers Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether Ministers in his Department received representations from (a) Lord Moonie, (b) Lord Taylor of Blackburn, (c) Lord Snape and...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Government are taking to help British businesses develop renewable energy technologies.

      Street Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the (a) financial and (b) environmental effects of introducing central monitoring systems...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons Eaga is not party to the contract for the supply of heating materials used in Warm Front scheme installations.

      Warm Front Scheme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints on the Warm Front scheme his Department and its predecessor have received from those resident in Essex since the...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Free Market

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4 February (WA 122), whether they envisage an international free market in agricultural products,...

    • Agriculture: Permaculture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of permaculture principles in agriculture; and what measures they are implementing to encourage it.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial penalties they would be exposed to if they were to withdraw from the A400M project; and what is the value of penalties payable by EADS in the event...

      Armed Forces: Urgent Operational Requirements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the costs of urgent operational requirements for the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2002—03 was spent with companies domiciled in...

      Asylum Seekers: Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on forced removals of failed asylum seekers to Sudan.

      Asylum Seekers: Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on forced removals of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe.

      Banking: Bank of Scotland (Ireland)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in view of the Bank of Scotland (Ireland) trading in the United Kingdom, whether any Government regulator investigated the appointment of chairmen to the bank;...

      Chemicals: REACH Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations are being communicated to small and...

      Child Protection: Witchcraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 12 February (WA 217), how they intend to monitor the effectiveness of the guidance on Safeguarding...

      Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial and human resources they have provided to the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service in each of the past five years.

      Crime: Chipping of Goods

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in the Home Office chipping of goods initiative launched in March 2000.

      Crime: Race-related

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many racially motivated crimes in England and Wales in each of the past five years (a) were recorded by the police, (b) resulted in a police caution, and (c)...

      Education: Chevening Scholarships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Chevening scholarships were awarded by country in each academic year since 2004.

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the forthcoming Equality Bill is expected to be published; and whether it will contain provisions to tackle social class discrimination.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in each year since its formation on (a) entertainment, and (b) consultants.

      Equality: Race

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to respond to the recent report Race at the Top published by Business in the Community, which stated that, since 2000, government-led race equality...

      Eric Hobsbawm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will allow Professor Eric Hobsbawm to examine the files held on him in the past by the security services.

      European Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the European Parliament report calling for an "Integrated European Armed Force"; and what assessment they have made of its compatibility...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 11 February (WA 191), how they and the quartet expect that smuggling into Gaza will be effectively...

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the United Kingdom's gross domestic product was attributable to banking and financial services in 2007—08.

      Health: Clinical Physiologists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the timetable for the section 60 order required to implement statutory regulation for clinical physiologists.

      House of Lords: Visitors

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what proposals there are to make access easier for visitors to the House of Lords who are dyslexic.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in accordance with the duty imposed by Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights to abide by judgments of the European Court of Human Rights,...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many economic migrants (a) entered, and (b) left, the United Kingdom in each of the past six months.

      Immigration: Asylum Support Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will oppose any proposal from the European Commission to establish a European Union asylum support office.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the International Court of Justice has ruled on the legality of Israeli settlements in Palestinian areas under international law; and, if not, whether they...

      Local Service Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the use of the phrase "local service centres" by local authorities to refer to villages is language authorised by the Government; and, if so, when it was...

      Madagascar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic representation the United Kingdom has in Madagascar.

      Madagascar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what local advice the recent decision was based to discourage United Kingdom citizens from visiting Madagascar; to what extent the decision was based on the...

      Migrant Workers: Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether certain employers have deducted income tax and national insurance from migrant and agency workers and retained the proceeds; if so, what evidence they have...

      National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit's website will be fully functional; and why it has been "under reconstruction" for as long as it has.

      NHS: Notices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what documents or notices health providers are required to display at each of the premises where they provide NHS services; and who is responsible for monitoring...

      Northern Ireland Office: Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 11 February (WA 199) concerning benefits not devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive, whether all...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people with addresses in the Republic of Ireland were granted British passports in each of the past five years.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Sir Fred Goodwin's annual pension payments they expect to recover in tax of all kinds.

      Petitions

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

      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 "Department for Children, Schools and Families" in annexe A...

      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 "Department for Culture, Media and Sport" in annexe A to the...

      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 "Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs" in...

      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 "Department of Health" in annexe A to the report of the...

      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 "Forestry Commission" in annexe A to the report of the...

      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 "Government Equalities Office" in annexe A to the report of...

      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 "Home Office" in annexe A to the report of the Cabinet Office...

      Salmonella

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any minimum size of flock below which the Control of Salmonella in Broiler Flocks Order 2009 (SI 2009/26) will not apply.

      Schools: Independent Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to an Ofsted report saying an independent school "provides parents and prospective parents with all the required information in the school prospectus...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received a visa application from Ibrahim Moussawi for his forthcoming visit to the School of Oriental and African Studies; and whether they have...

      Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations apply to paragraph 10(d) of Schedule 1 to the Joint Waste Authorities (Proposals)...

      Weather Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the sites of the 76 weather stations.

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