Written answers

Friday, 13 March 2009

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what IT security strategy his Department has in place; what steps are being taken to ensure the policy is...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's IT security hierarchy.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what scanning for vulnerabilities his Department conducts of each of its IT devices; what method is used...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department uses WPA2 encryption protocol on all its wireless networks.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what auditing his Department undertakes to ensure that IT security policies are being followed; and on how...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's entertainment budget was in each year since its inception.

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith and Fulham (Mr. Hands) of 4 February...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1125W, on departmental...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's policy is on holding departmental away days outside his Department's buildings.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for the...

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the recommendations in the English Tourism Council's report Sea...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the Young People's Learning Agency will be able to direct academies on their (a) admissions, (b) curriculum, (c)...

    • Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the number of persons appointed to executive positions in bodies for which his Department...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.

      Domestic Violence: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse issues among children through the national curriculum.

      Headteachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained schools paid their head teachers more than (a) £80,000, (b) £90,000, (c) £100,000, (d)...

      Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of school pupils had (a) statemented, (b) non-statemented and (c) no special educational needs in...

      Schools: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission research on the effect of cannabis use on academic outcomes; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support is available from his Department to schools which wish to introduce voluntary drug testing; and if he will make a...

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many selective state secondary schools there are in (a) England, (b) Leicestershire and (c) Leicester East constituency.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business Growth Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of local authority business growth incentive scheme funding is not spent directly on assisting local businesses.

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the supplementary memorandum from the Valuation Office Agency presented to the Treasury Select Committee,...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has given to local authorities on the calculation of baseline footprints for the Carbon Reduction Commitment.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities operate under the committee system of executive governance.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what amount and proportion of central Government grant to local authorities comprised redistributed business rate revenue in...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology is used to calculate performance reward grant; and how much funding her Department has allocated for...

      Local Government Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have adopted National Indicator 116.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 20 January 2009, Official...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter from P&O Ferries to the Minister for Local Government on retrospective...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) number and ( b) proportion of small businesses eligible to claim small business rate...

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial corrections the European Commission has imposed on the UK in respect of financial irregularities in the...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the value for money of the contributions made by her Department to the budgets of the regional...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 73-6WS, on departmental...

      Regional Planning and Development: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 73-6WS, on departmental...

      Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) guideline and (b) actual rent increase in each local authority in Greater London was in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Film: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the Government plan to further support the British film industry.

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was received by each of the national lottery good causes in each year since 1995, expressed in 2008-09 prices.

  • Defence

    • Defence Intelligence Staff: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff the Defence Intelligence Staff employed in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) civilian staff and (b) service; and what the...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much expenditure was incurred in respect of overseas visits which (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) his Department's senior...

      Ex-servicemen: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide psychological screening for those who have served in the armed forces (a) one year and (b) five years after discharge; and if he...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of (a) blood platelets and (b) blood plasma transported to Iraq for use by the armed forces were destroyed because they were past their...

      Northern Ireland Security Guard Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 192W, on the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service, what progress has been...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Buckingham of 20 October 2008, on grants for home insulation.

    • Warm Front Scheme: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was paid in Warm Front grants to residents in West Lancashire constituency in 2007-08.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what area of farmland in England was classified as (a) grade 1 (excellent), (b) grade 2 (very good), (c) grade 3a (good),...

    • Recycling: Glass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to allow licensed premises to use municipal bottle banks to dispose of glass bottles.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Council: 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 the British Council...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1845W, on departmental training, when the audit of skills...

      EU Globalisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications have been made by the UK to the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund since 2007; what the purpose was of...

      Iran: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of breaches of the prohibition in UN Security Council Resolution 1747 against the sale, transfer or...

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to seek agreement on the extension of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia beyond 19...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the implementation by the Chinese Government of security measures in connection with the...

  • Health

    • Cannabis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has conducted recent research into the addictive properties of cannabis; and if he will make a statement.

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his Department's policy to offer staff (a) additional leave entitlement for Christmas shopping and (b) Christmas bonus payments.

      Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the report on cord blood banking in the UK—an international comparison of policy and...

      Departmental Car Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the mileage allowance payable to (a) district nurses and (b) other NHS staff.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 4 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1353-56W, on the...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's definition of addiction is.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plan to increase the number of consultants specialising in the treatment of eating disorders.

      Hospitals: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) primary care trusts and (b) NHS hospital trusts contract with bus operators to run dedicated bus services to hospitals within their areas.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average hospital waiting time for each specialty was for each acute hospital trust in England in each quarter since 2007.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the future financial position of independent sector treatment centres.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the (a) renegotiation and (b) renewal of independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) contracts issued in the (i) first and (ii)...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost liabilities expected to arise from the independent sector treatment programme in the next five years.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to bring into the NHS independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) facilities contracted in the (a) first and (b) second wave of the...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding has been provided for the measurement of health outcomes in the NHS since the National Programme for IT was...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure has been incurred on the implementation of picture archiving and communication systems in England since the...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for which routine surgical operations information on outcomes is collected in the NHS; and whether his Department proposes to introduce further outcome...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the NHS Screening Programme will take to inform GPs about the prostate cancer risk management programme; (2) when he expects the revised...

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community treatment orders have been issued for patients suffering from paranoid schizophrenia since 3 November 2008.

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 184W, on schizophrenia, which severe and enduring conditions are sufficient to make...

      Suffolk Primary Care Trust: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Eastern Region Strategic Health Authority on Suffolk Primary Care Trust's understatement of spending on management...

  • Home Department

    • Identity Cards: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the national identity scheme 2008-09 budget is allocated for publicity and promotional purposes.

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 28 November 2008, Official Report, column 2776W, on ministerial duties, when she plans to write to the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department uses WPA2 encryption protocol on all its wireless networks.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's IT security hierarchy; (2) what scanning for...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what IT security policy his Department has; what procedures are in place to ensure the policy is being followed; what his...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food since its inception.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his Department's entertainment budget has been since its inception.

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of people who obtained postgraduate qualifications in each of the last 10 years were in each socio-economic...

      Skilled Workers: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the skills base in seaside towns in England compared to the national average.

  • International Development

    • Colombia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on aid to Colombia in each year since 1999.

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much expenditure was incurred in respect of overseas visits which (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) his...

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the terms of reference are of his Department's review of its policy on working with the private sector; and if he will make a...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on terrorism: finance, how much of the £300...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Zimbabwe.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with which banks his Department has or has had contracts for the provision of financial advice, for the financial year 2008-09.

    • Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors spent on external legal advice in each of the last five years.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of (i) Criminal Defence Service Direct and (ii) the Defence Solicitor...

      Michael Shields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to take a decision in relation to whether to grant a pardon for Michael Shields; and if he will make a statement.

      National Offender Management Service: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by the National Offender Management Service on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since its inception.

      Offensive Weapons: Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of knife crimes have been admitted to a mental health institution in each of the last five years.

      Police Custody

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

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of offences related to bringing prohibited (a) List A, (b) List B and (c) List C articles into (i) prisons and...

  • Leader of the House

    • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2007-08

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will place in the Library a copy of the parliamentary handling strategy for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill of Session 2007-08; and if she will...

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will take steps to ensure that the principles on expenses espoused in the Green Book are applied throughout the public service.

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what plans he has to hold Cabinet meetings outside London in the future; (2) what proportion of the cost of the Cabinet meeting in Liverpool on 8 January 2009...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving No. 10 Downing Street since July 2007; (2) much has been spent on (a)...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Prime Minister how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Office were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services provider for delivery in the last 12...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1198W, on the diplomatic service, on how many occasions he has appointed a special representative...

      Group of Twenty

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) with which overseas Heads of State he plans to have bilateral meetings during the G20 Summit in London in April 2009; (2) whether he has invited any foreign heads...

  • Transport

    • Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role is played by his Department in the setting of budgets for each of its Executive agencies.

    • Diesel Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department had with the rolling stock companies on procurement in advance of his decision to create Diesel Trains Limited.

      Diesel Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many years Diesel Trains Limited is expected to be publicly-owned.

      Diesel Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had on the merits of Diesel Trains Limited being used to procure rolling stock in addition to the 120 diesel multiple units...

      Driving Tests: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people (a) took and (b) passed their driving test in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire in each of the last five years.

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been disqualified from driving (a) in total and (b) in each local authority area in each year since 1997; and what the reasons...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what risk registers (a) are in use and (b) have been in use in the last two years within his Department's Aviation Directorate in relation to...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons he plans to withdraw from public scrutiny responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow consultation on 10 April 2009.

      Heathrow Airport: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department collated any summaries of the responses to the consultation document, Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport in addition to the...

      Lorries: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with its Executive agencies on setting testing fees for goods vehicles, their drivers and operators.

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings he has had with the chief executives of (a) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, (b) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and...

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department employs to ensure the value for money of expenditure by (a) the Driving Standards Agency, (b) the Driver and Vehicle...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 2123-5W, on A303: inspections, if he will provide equivalent information for...

      Roads: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, columns 9-10W, on cycling: helmets, if he will take steps to ensure the earlier publication...

  • Treasury

    • Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable he has set for the appointment of an independent valuer in respect of the compensation scheme for shareholders of Bradford and Bingley.

    • Consolidated Fund: Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 133W, on Consolidated Fund: fines, which public bodies are required to surrender their...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's letter of 13 October 2008, Treasury reference: 1/6189/2008, concerning Mr Richard...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-8WS, on Government infrastructure investment, what the planned...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-8WS, on Government infrastructure investment, what estimate he...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-8WS, on Government infrastructure investment, what his latest...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-8WS, on Government infrastructure investment, what steps his...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-8WS, on Government infrastructure investment, (1) what steps...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-8WS, on Government infrastructure investment, when he expects...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-8WS, on Government infrastructure investment, (1) what...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-8WS, on Government infrastructure investment, how the private...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-8WS, on Government infrastructure investment, what steps his...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1423W, on the Royal Bank of Scotland, what tax losses and allowances will not be claimed...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure his Department incurred in paying interest on tax refunds in each of the last five years.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people received tax refunds from HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor in each of the last five years.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was charged in interest on unpaid tax by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor in each of the last five years.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on his Department's revenue of reducing the amount of interest paid on tax refunds to zero in 2008-09.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to reduce the burden of tax on small and medium-sized enterprises which work with young people most at risk of committing anti-social...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales with which banks his Department has or has had contracts for the provision of financial advice, for the financial year 2008-09.

    • Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average cost per word of outsourced translations of his Department's documents has been in the last 12 months.

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 21 January (WA 202), whether they will oblige commercial passenger aircraft using United Kingdom airports to...

    • Airports: Landing Slots

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have had about the use of current take-off and landing slots at United Kingdom airports in general, and Heathrow in particular.

      Airports: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have consulted the Chief Medical Officer on the health and safety implications of airline passengers not having free access to (a) drinking water, and...

      Aviation: BMI

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been consulted about the proposed take-over of BMI by Lufthansa.

      Education: Home Schooling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 25 February (WA 87), whether the guaranteed unit of funding applies to children who are being...

      Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were employed in their embassy in Dublin on 1 January of each of the past five years.

      Energy: Nabucco Gas Pipeline

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the Nabucco Southern Asia pipeline as a means of reducing dependence on other routes.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in view of the targets of other European countries, whether they plan to increase the United Kingdom wind farm generation coefficients destined for the national grid.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Returns and Reintegration Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the remit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Returns and Reintegration Fund; which parties are covered by it; and which countries of return are...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relevance of the issue of The Lancet of 5 March headed "Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory" to the ending of...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) by what standards, (b) in what way, and (c) by whom, a country's human rights record is assessed before the Government's foreign policy towards that country is...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support a comprehensive arms embargo against Israel; and whether they will carry out an investigation into whether United Kingdom components have been...

      Pakistan: Military Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence is supplying military equipment to the Pakistan armed services.

      Schools: Foreign Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the commitment in the national languages strategy to introduce a statutory entitlement to foreign language learning for all pupils at key stage 2 from 2010...

      Schools: Foreign Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of language competence amongst primary school teachers; and what plans are in place to expand and develop it by the...

      Trees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to object to the felling licence for trees in Longridge Woods, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough.

      Turkey: EU Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the findings and recommendations of the report by the delegation of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers which visited Turkey in...

      West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that any illegal settlements under international law in the West Bank are handed to the Palestinian Authority or are dismantled.

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