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Written answers

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service personnel are stationed at each location overseas.

    • Armed Forces: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the need to provide for hearing specialists at Camp Bastion hospital to treat servicemen and women whose hearing has...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 20W, on armed forces: housing, if he will make an assessment of the reasons for...

      Armed Forces: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms are in place for the granting of home leave to (a) recent recruits and (b) personnel under the age of 18 in the armed forces.

      Defence: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the UK has in (a) supporting and (b) participating in the work of the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence; and if he will...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what IT security strategy his Department has in place; what steps are being taken to ensure the strategy is being followed; what policy is in place...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid Sussex, of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter...

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with the Shareholder Executive as part of the Government's Trading Fund Review in advance of...

      Navy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of relocating ships' personnel and their families from Plymouth to (a) Portsmouth and (b) Faslane in each of the last 10 years.

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has engaged any (a) actors, (b) musicians and (c) other performers to support its initiatives over the last five years.

      Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's estimate in its risk assessments of the probability of a British nuclear submarine colliding at sea with a foreign nuclear...

  • Olympics

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Christmas

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

    • Churches: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much in Heritage Fund grants has been made available for the preservation of historic churches in the last 12 months.

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake in respect of its policy on (i) economic competitiveness and...

      Departmental Absenteeism

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

      Departmental Bank Services

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

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department (a) were disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record in...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in respect of which projects each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies will receive ring-fenced funding in each of the...

      Government Olympic Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on (a) administration and (b) staff salaries in each of the last five years; and what proportion of...

      National Lottery: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on promoting (a) national lottery games and (b) Olympic lottery games in each quarter since the launch of the...

      National Lottery: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much has been spent by the national lottery promotions unit in 2008-09; (2) what the budget for the national lottery...

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has engaged any (a) actors, (b) musicians and (c) other performers to support its initiatives over the last...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish the Government's response to the findings of the Community Pubs Inquiry report.

      Royal Parks Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what revenues have been raised by the Royal Parks Agency in each Royal Park from (a) car park charges, (b) fixed penalty notices, (c)...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date he expects the Sport England Strategy for 2008 to 2011 to have been implemented.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Training

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Training

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

    • Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of sex offences in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Assaults on Police

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission in which incidents (a) police officers, (b) armed police officers and (c) security officers have been...

    • Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps are being taken to increase the number of sockets providing access to the Parliamentary network for...

      Theft

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many cases of theft from inside (a) the Palace of Westminster and (b) each other building on the...

  • Treasury

    • 1 Carlton Gardens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Crown Estate plans to renew the lease for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's use of No. 1 Carlton Gardens.

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the average annual proportion of UK tax paid by non-domiciled UK residents which is accounted for by payment of UK air passenger duty.

      Banks: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are in place to compensate people for financial loss incurred as a result of fraud in relation to retail banks.

      British Brands Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met the (i) British Brands Group and (ii) Anti-Counterfeiting Group in each of...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what resources have been provided to Capital for Enterprise Ltd for the additional workload required for implementation of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 103W, on departmental surveys, if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of...

      Financial Services Authority: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of suppliers of systems integration services to the Financial Services Authority completed projects on time and on budget in each of the...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of levels of procurement of office supplies from UK-based businesses by Government Departments.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Oxford, East of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 530W, on non-profit making associations, if...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of cutting VAT to 15 per cent. which is accounted for by expenditure by households in each...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of reducing the rate of value added tax to 15 per cent. accounted for by households where the...

      VAT: Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the annual (a) revenue cost and (b) cash flow impact on the Exchequer of making value added tax (VAT) cash accounting available to...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a pilot scheme for concessionary bus travel for young adults between the ages of 17 and 25 years.

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have registered for the DART-Tag scheme for the Dartford Crossing.

      Departmental Bank Services

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which new policy areas for which his Department has acquired responsibility have resulted in headcount additions in his Department agreed with the...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's criteria for approving overseas business travel for senior civil servants.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many visits (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) departmental officials made abroad in 2008.

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been paid into the Consolidated Fund from each type of fine on motorists in each year since 1997.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1726W, on Heathrow Airport: air pollution, on what date Ministers concluded that air...

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes to transport infrastructure will be required to accommodate the new high speed railway tracks by 2013. [Official Report, 25 March 2009,...

      Lichfield Trent Valley Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when Lichfield Trent Valley railway station will be (a) refurbished and (b) provided with disabled access to the platforms serving the southbound...

      M1: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to what speed cameras the speed camera signs on gantries over the M1 motorway between junctions 8 and 9 relate; where such cameras are situated; how...

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the cost of widening (a) junctions 16 to 23 and (b) junctions 27 to 30 of the M25; and how much of this sum he...

      M62: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the M62 motorway between Hull and the junction with the M18 to be clear of roadworks and lane closures in both directions; and if he...

      Railway Stations: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) railway stations and (b) transport interchanges have local taxi facilities which are accessible to disabled people.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, column 2132W, on railways: franchises, what research his Department has (a) undertaken...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent in each region on rail freight grants in each of the last 10 years.

      Railways: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rail datasets held by his Department supply data broken down by (a) constituency, (b) local authority, (c) county and (d) region.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on shared space initiatives in the last five years.

      Road Traffic: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average daily flow of (a) heavy goods vehicles and (b) other vehicles was on each section of the (i) A11 and (ii) A14 in Suffolk in each of...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on traffic initiatives designed to integrate road users via shared space initiatives.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents there were in each police force area in each year since 1997; (2) how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) accidents and (b) deaths on rural roads involving uninsured drivers there were in each (i) local authority area and (ii) constituency in...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths on rural roads in each (a) local authority area and (b) constituency there were in each year since 1997.

      Roads: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to support provision of an additional access road for Canvey Island for economic reasons.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to assess the appropriateness of arrangements for stockpiling and distribution of salt and grit for use on roads in cold...

      Roads: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what road (a) safety, (b) user and (c) congestion datasets held by his Department supply data, broken down by (i) constituency, (ii) local...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent guidance issued by his Department to local authorities on the use of safety cameras.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on other aspects of the transport system of the provision of accessible taxis.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on (a) guidance on and (b) regulations for local authority licensing of accessible taxis.

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department plans to take to increase the accountability to the public of the performance of train operating companies.

      Transport: Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many offences (a) in total and (b) of violence against the person, (c) sexual offences, (d) robbery, (e) burglary, (f) against vehicles, (g)...

      Tugboats: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to charge a fee towards tug protection on laid-up shipping at anchor within UK territorial waters.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • British Energy: EDF Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what requirements have been placed on EDF regarding the disposal of potential nuclear sites as a result of the sale of British Energy.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding he has allocated for the purposes of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation and degradation.

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what databases are (a) held and (b) maintained by his Department.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many press officers are employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what public consultations his Department (a) is planning to undertake and (b) is undertaking; and when each such consultation is...

      Energy Saving Trust: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments the Energy Saving Trust has made to (a) Positif Politics Ltd., (b) Strategem, (c) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs and...

      Energy: Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking with his EU counterparts to ensure energy interconnection between countries.

      Environment Protection: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of economic recovery stimulus packages are being utilised for environmentally-friendly technologies in (a) the UK,...

      International Renewable Energy Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1001W, on the International Renewable Energy Agency, for what...

      Lord Truscott

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what dates (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met Lord Truscott since the creation of his Department.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many boilers installed under the Warm Front scheme in (a) Birkenhead constituency and (b) nationally have required repair on (i)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Detergents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to ensure that no cleaning products or ingredients of cleaning products used by his Department...

    • Group Of Twenty: London Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) hiring conference facilities and (b) the media centre for the G20 Summit to be...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid to farmers in each region of England in (a) single farm payments, (b) protein crop premium and (c)...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on set-aside; and what timetable he has set to introduce changes to the existing arrangements.

      Angling: Licensing

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

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps (a) to promote beekeeping and (b) encourage existing beekeepers to remain in the sector; and if he...

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many active beekeepers were registered on the National Bee Unit database at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of beekeepers.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to ensure early take-up by farmers of tests for bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to expedite the collection of cattle infected with tuberculosis.

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the entry into administration of Bioganix on (a) present and (b) planned...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff from his Department missed at least (a) 30, (b) 50 and (c) 99 days of work through illness in...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what auditing his Department undertakes to ensure that IT security policies are being followed; and on how many occasions...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's IT security hierarchy.

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which beacon councils have been nominated for recognition of best practice in waste collection in the last 24 months.

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average farm income was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many deep sea fishermen there are in England.

      Fisheries: Essex

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

      Fisheries: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 9 October 2008, Official Report, column 732W, on fisheries: international co-operation,...

      Fisheries: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's policy on minimising pollution from line fishing.

      Floods: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward the timetable for consultation of Canvey residents on plans to flood the west of Canvey Island.

      Floods: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flood risk management projects (a) in Greater London and (b) on the Essex coastline his Department has identified...

      Floods: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what flood prevention plans are being implemented around the Isle of Dogs.

      Floods: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to examine flood prevention measures along the River Rom in the London Borough of Havering.

      Floods: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to fund maintenance of the River Rom in the London Borough of Havering.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many (a) prosecutions and (b) successful prosecutions there were for fly-tipping in each local authority in each...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Health on food security and public health.

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of food waste which is organically produced.

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Maize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on the early planting of MON 810 maize.

      Horses: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horse passports have been issued by each of the issuing bodies in each of the last five years.

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) unweaned calves, (b) cattle, (c) sheep and (d) other livestock species were exported from the UK for (i)...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support investment in upland management in respect of water quality and wildlife.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to conduct a consultation on the list of ingredients of pesticides to be proscribed under section 43 of the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-48WS, on Government...

      Recycling: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated into carbon dioxide emissions from recycling and transporting...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many agricultural workers entered the UK under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in each of the last three years;...

      Shellfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department has collected on the (a) volume, (b) monetary value and (c) port of catch of (i) brown...

      Thames Flood Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the anticipated effective life expectancy of the Thames barrier is; and if he will commission plans to upgrade or...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 869W,...

  • Health

    • Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females in each age group who have (i) food and (ii) inhalant allergies; and if he will...

    • Bone Marrow Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on the waiting list for bone marrow transplants in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons his Department recommended that temsirolimus should be referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 634W, on childbirth, what use his...

      Chlamydia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of Chlamydia tests carried out in (a) genito-urinary medicine clinics, (b) GP surgeries and (c) pharmacies in...

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 10 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1882-3W, on clostridium, how often cancer was mentioned on the death...

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 10 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1882-83W, on clostridium, which five other conditions were mentioned most...

      General Practitioners: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new (a) GP surgeries, (b) GP-led health centres and (c) polyclinics are planned in (i) the Enfield North constituency and (ii) Enfield Primary...

      General Practitioners: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries have been (a) refurbished and (b) rebuilt in (i) Enfield North constituency and (ii) the Enfield Primary Care Trust area in each...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1474W, on hospitals: cleaning services, what steps his Department has taken to evaluate...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of infections which were caused by vancomycin-resistant enterococcus in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia have been recorded in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of healthcare-acquired infections which were classified as surgical site infections in each of the last five years.

      Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the implementation of EU guidelines for quality assurance in cervical cancer screening on human papilloma virus testing as a...

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent on maternity services in each financial year since 1997-98; and how much he plans to spend on such services in each...

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1478W, on maternity services: finance, how much additional funding he estimates NHS...

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1478W, on maternity services: finance, what percentage changes there will be to each...

      Medical Treatments: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet (a) the British Brands Group and (b) the Anti-Counterfeiting Group to discuss healthcare product branding.

      Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department has undertaken into competition in provision of pharmaceutical products by high street pharmacies and GP practices.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what mechanism his Department is using to ensure that the 4,000 extra midwives to be provided by 2012 are being provided at a local level in the...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the referral of ultra-orphan drugs to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for appraisal.

      NHS: Working Hours

      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, if he will place in the Library a copy of his...

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of nurses which will be required in the NHS over the next three years.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the attrition rate for nurse training was for the (a) first, (b) second and (c) third year of training in the latest year for which figures are...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to introduce a more easily understandable measure of obesity.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are (a) in place and (b) planned to assist people on low incomes with prescription charges.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) Welsh Assembly Government Ministers, (b) Scottish Executive Ministers and (c) Northern Ireland Executive...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a defendant required to reside in bail accommodation and support service (BASS) accommodation as a condition of bail is eligible for...

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what funding has been allocated to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission in each year between 2008-09 and 2011-12; (2) what...

      Christmas Bonus: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much his Department and its agencies have spent on informing the public of the extra one-off payment of £60 to Christmas bonus...

      Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many consolatory payments have been made by his Department with regard to the operation of his Department's (a) debt management...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1613W, on departmental telephone services, how much revenue was generated by...

      Financial Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how his Department plans to increase access for older people to information on financial matters; (2) what steps he is taking to improve...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many funeral payments were made in each year since 1997; what the average payment was in each year; and how much has been recovered from...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account his Department took of the requirements of section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 when deciding to post giro cheques for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central of 5 November 2008, regarding Brian Hold.

      Pensioners: Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 43W, on carer's allowance, if he will estimate the cost of extending...

      Pensioners: Invalidity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those receiving a state pension were sent an incorrect notification of their state pension entitlement for 2008-09 owing to an...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the annual cost to the Exchequer of (a) imputing one pound per week of income from each £1,000 of capital for...

      Redundancy: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been made redundant in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency in the last six months.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department is conducting a review into how cold weather payments are calculated.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much he expects to pay to pensioner households in West Lancashire constituency in winter fuel payments in 2008-09; (2) what estimate...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to announce decisions on bids for funding under the Buildings Schools for the Future programme made by local...

    • Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local education authorities (a) have commenced projects under the Building Schools for the Future programme, (b) have been...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in each local education authority area have been approved for funding for each wave of the Building Schools for the...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) refurbishment and (b) rebuilding of schools; what estimate he has made of the...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local education authorities fall within the indicative prioritisation of first follow-on projects of the Building Schools...

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department gives to schools and colleges on ways to promote online safety and security as part of...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date he received Lord Laming's report into safeguarding children.

      Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to assist small and medium-sized enterprises which work to improve the life prospects of disadvantaged young...

      Faith Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much religious bodies have spent in capital expenditure on voluntary aided schools of a religious character in each of the...

      Foreign Languages: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils achieved an A level in a foreign language in each of the last 10 years.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools had less than 30 per cent. of pupils obtaining five A* to C GCSEs including English and mathematics in...

      Ofqual

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what dates he or his Departmental officials have met (a) Ministers and officials of the Department for Business, Enterprise...

      Ofqual

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what dates his Department (a) consulted and (b) obtained information from awarding bodies to inform the impact assessment on...

      Parents: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what training programmes are offered by the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners (NAPP); and how many people have...

      Primary Education: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department will require from the London Borough of Sutton to assess its need for emergency capital and...

      Private Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 11 October 2007, Official Report, column 688W, on private education: Greater London, what the...

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the merits to adding the two GCSE qualifications to its list of approved qualifications...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools with 30 per cent. or more of pupils eligible for free school meals ran a budget surplus in the last year for which...

      Schools: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to introduce pre-completion testing for acoustic conditions in schools that are required to comply...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms his Department uses to assess the overall quality of school provision in each local authority area; and if he will...

      Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1298-1300W, how many grants his Department has administered...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1317W, on special educational needs, which 10 non-maintained...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he expects the first teachers in his proposed fast-track route for career switchers as referred to on page 36 of...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of their funding charities need to receive from non-governmental sources in order to be designated as independent.

    • Civil Servants: Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what job vacancies have been advertised on the (a) public version and (b) Civil Service-only version of the Civil Service Recruitment...

      Civil Service Agencies: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent by executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what period of time elapses before his Department's electronic records are (a) archived and (b) destroyed; and what percentage of such records...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what property has been lost or stolen from the Cabinet Office in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 475W, on departmental standards, what steps (a) his Department and (b) 10...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Cabinet Office has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months.

      Government Departments: Petitions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will take steps to ensure Government departments respond to petitions in the same manner required of local authorities under the provisions...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) stillbirths and (b) neonatal deaths there were in each primary care trust area in each of the last five years.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the infant mortality rate in babies born to mothers (a) under 14, (b) under 16, (c) under 21, (d) under 30 and (e) over 30 years was in...

      Lung Cancer: Cumbria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency were diagnosed with lung cancer in each of the last five years.

      National Enterprise Academy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what arrangements the Cabinet Office has put in place for people in Oxfordshire to access the National Enterprise Academy.

      Unemployment: Cumbria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate his Department made of the number of people registered as unemployed in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency who were parents...

      Unemployment: Cumbria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people registered as unemployed in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency had been out of work for 12 months or more in each of the...

      Voluntary Organisations: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate his Department has made of the funds deposited in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander bank by each third sector organisation with funds...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of people who have volunteered in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of age discrimination legislation on the numbers of people from each age group...

    • Adult Education: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department, its predecessor and agencies have spent on the Impact of Skills for Life Learning Evaluation:...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding his Department has provided for the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 392W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which 10 (a) companies and (b) trades have provided the largest number of apprenticeships in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships have been (a) advertised and (b) filled through the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching...

      Apprentices: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many adult apprentices there are in each of the 10 local authority areas which make up the Greater Manchester area.

      Apprentices: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which (a) companies and (b) industrial trades have provided the largest number of apprenticeships in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007...

      Education: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Offender Learning and Skills Service has spent on training opportunities available in (a) probation centres and...

      Education: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many learner places were funded by the Offender Learning and Skills Service in (a) probation centres and (b) other...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will take steps to ensure the continuation of the capital funding programme for further education colleges.

      Higher Education: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of young people living in Enfield North constituency entered (a) higher education and (b) university in...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of the annual income of each university in England came from foreign students in each of the last 10 years.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Student Loans Company in reclaiming student loans from EU students...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many full-time undergraduates received (a) a maintenance loan and (b) a tuition fee loan in each year since 2001.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will review the interest rate charged on mortgage-style student loans in order to reduce the level of interest...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many former students have (a) mortgage-style repayment student loans and (b) income-related repayment student loans;...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many businesses in (a) West Chelmsford constituency, (b) London and (c) England have signed the skills pledge.

      Vocational Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many vocational training courses in (a) dance, (b) hairdressing, (c) food processing (wine), (d) aromatherapy, (e)...

      Vocational Training: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will take steps to assist those small and medium-sized enterprises which work with disadvantaged young people over the...

  • Home Department

    • Anti-Semitism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1253W, on anti-Semitism: children, if she will make it her policy to...

    • Anti-Semitism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of anti-Semitic attacks in London in each of the last five years; and what steps she is taking to...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been issued with penalty notices for disorder for being drunk and disorderly in each of the last three years.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been issued with penalty notices for disorder in each of the last three years, broken down by type of offence; and how...

      Asylum: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on the Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme in 2008.

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from Zimbabwe who (a) have been and (b) have not been convicted of a criminal offence in the UK were held in immigration...

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Government will grant temporary leave to remain to refused Zimbabwean asylum seekers until it is safe for them to return home.

      Children: Chernobyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with her Belarus counterpart on visits of children to the UK from Belarus.

      Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what crime and disorder reduction partnerships have been established in each local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) business improvement districts, (b) crime and disorder partnerships and...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the power to issue directions to leave under section 27(1) of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 have been used in each...

      Crimes of Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many woundings were reported in each of the four cities targeted by the Tackling Gangs Action Programme where the weapon used was (a) a...

      Departmental Art Works

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 284W, on departmental security, what procedures are in place to...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on translation services in 2008, broken down by area of allocation.

      Drugs: Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in the Humberside Police Authority area were (a) arrested for, (b) charged with and (c) convicted of drug offences in each...

      Drunkenness: Beverley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals aged under 18 years resident in Beverley were (a) arrested for and (b) issued with a penalty notice for being drunk...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the efficacy of the prohibition of wheel clamping on private land in Scotland to assist in formulating her...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam of 21 August 2008 concerning Mr. Dennis Green of Cheam.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam of 11 September 2008 concerning Mr. David Hughes of Sutton.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 20 January 2009 on Mrs. K. Mirza.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requirements there will be on persons required to register on the National Identity Register to attend interviews.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 157W, on the National Identity Register, whether there will be...

      Offensive Weapons: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2056W, on the Tackling Knives Action Programme, what the figure of 815...

      Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data on police fitness tests her Department collected from police forces in 2007-08.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national prisoners granted immigration bail by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal have subsequently re-offended in...

      Racially Aggravated Offences: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of racism there have been in (a) the North East, (b) Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government plan to introduce basic disclosures for Criminal Records Bureau checks; and what recent estimate she has made of the cost...

      Vetting: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Criminal Records Bureau checks there were of teachers recruited to work in Muslim schools in 2008; (2) how many Criminal...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions the UK Border Agency applies in determining the length of student visas for foreign students wishing to study at educational...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1834-35W, on work permits, if she will break down each category of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess the effect of the increases in planning fee charges on firms constructing fishing lakes.

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to include guidance on the installation and use of circulation pumps in the revision of Parts L1A and L1B...

      Buildings: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which planning (a) policy statement and (b) guidance notes issued by her Department contain information on the provision of...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department is providing to each of the regional neighbourhood training and resource centres in 2008-09.

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has provided for Radical Middle Way in each year since 2005; how much funding was for the support of...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department has provided for the Mosaic Muslim Mentoring Scheme in each of the last five years; and what...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of programmes funded under the Prevent strand of Project CONTEST are independently evaluated by social...

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to increase the rate of council house building.

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 6 March 2009, Official Report, columns 71-72WS, on local authority rents,...

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department plans to issue a new methodology for retail price inflation to be used for calculation of rent...

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 March 2009, Official Report, columns 71-72WS, on local authority rents,...

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 March 2009, Official Report, columns 71-72WS, on local authority rents,...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average council tax requirement levied per resident by each county council in England is for 2009-10, ranked from...

      Council Tax: Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the council tax banding applied to park homes; and if she will...

      Councillors: Arun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1072W, on...

      Councillors: Arun

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

      Councillors: Arun

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose and function of the McKinsey consultancy services provided to her Department was in relation to the Communities...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what property has been lost or stolen from her Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the register of interests of her Department's special advisers.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of letters sent by her Department were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what mechanisms are in place to evaluate the effects of changes to the disabled facilities grant system published in...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was (a) budgeted and (b) spent on disabled facilities grant in each year since its introduction.

      Economic Situation: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake in respect of (i) economic competitiveness and (ii)...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the Eco-towns Planning Policy Statement to be published.

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to her Department's budgets to provide for payment of the financial corrections required by the...

      Fire Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answers to my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Hurd) of 26 January 2009, Official Report,...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to implement the Pitt proposals relating to planning on flood plains; and if she will make a statement.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 3 September 2007, Official Report, column 1644W, on...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

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

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much land has been taken (a) out of and (b) into the greenbelt, excluding land in the New Forest, in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residents of non-coastal towns have been placed in seaside towns under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme since the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many permanent dwellings built with private funds were started in England in each quarter of the last 30 years.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department authorised representatives of the Homes and Communities Agency to attend the launch of the...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her latest estimate is of the (a) capital and (b) running costs of the Infrastructure Planning Commission in 2009-10.

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the remuneration package will be for each member of the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her Department's winter supplementary estimate for 2008-09, what the likely effect of the financial corrections...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the annual cost to (a) local authorities and (b) the Audit Commission of comprehensive area...

      Local Government: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on the steps they are taking to reduce levels of carbon dioxide...

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing enforcement officers are employed by each local authority in England.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to increase the retirement pension age for local government pension schemes in line with the planned changes...

      Local Government: Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the geographic scope is of her proposals to legislate to allow for (a) remote voting by councillors and (b) incentives...

      London Thames Gateway Development Corporation: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1216W, on Thames Gateway Development Corporation...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1756W, on mortgages: Government assistance, if she will place...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if the Government will take steps to provide local authorities with greater powers to set business rates.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 644W, on rented housing:...

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to (a) local authorities, (b) regional assemblies and (c) her Department has been for the production of each...

      Sewers: Fats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to publish the results of the joint research project with the water industry on the effectiveness of measures...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the policy of (a) her Department and (b) the Tenants Services Authority is on the use of cash incentive payments to...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of homes in the social housing sector which do not meet the Decent Homes standard in...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what surveys her Department has undertaken of (a) workplace stress and (b) staff morale in the Department in the last 36 months.

      Supporting People in Surrey Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department has provided to the Supporting People in Surrey scheme in each year since its inception; and how...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1284-85W, on homelessness, what definition of...

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the take-up rate of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme; and what estimate has been made of the proportion...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions in the last three years a planning application for commercial wind turbines has been called in on the...

  • Justice

    • De Menezes Inquest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has concluded its discussions with the Home Office and local authorities on the funding of the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest;...

    • Drug Use: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of levels of illegal drug use by prisoners.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress has been made in discussions on House of Lords reform.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he last met representatives of other political parties to discuss reform of the House of Lords.

      Administrative Burdens: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to reduce administrative burdens on courts.

      Identity Cards: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the list of ministerial responsibilities of November 2008, what responsibilities the Under-Secretary of State in his Department has for...

      Prisoners: Education and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to increase educational and training opportunities for prisoners.

      Inquests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on his Department's plans to make provision for some inquests to be held without juries.

      Pleural Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he expects to publish the Government's response to the consultation paper on pleural plaques; and if he will make a statement; (2) when the...

      Secure Accommodation: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the availability of secure accommodation for young people in the criminal justice system.

      Prison Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to ensure adequate capacity in the prison system.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to increase public awareness of community sentences.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals below the age of 18 years have been imprisoned for (a) less than six months and (b) six months or more for breaching an...

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to enhance a sense of Britishness.

      Consultants: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department, (b) the National Offender Management Service and (c) HM Prison Service spent on consultancy fees on implementation of the...

      Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on the refurbishment of court buildings in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1703W, on departmental surveys, if he will place in the Library a copy of the results...

      Domestic Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for offences related to domestic violence in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency resulted in (i) a custodial sentence and...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prosecutions for offences related to driving without insurance there were in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; (2) what the average fine imposed...

      Elections: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, columns 88-89W, on the Electoral Register, how much was provided by his Department to the...

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were sentenced in each magistrates court in England and Wales on average each day in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Magistrates: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serving magistrates there are in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency.

      Magistrates: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates are needed in order to meet the needs of the courts in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency in the current year.

      Office for Criminal Justice Reform: Temporary Employment

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

      Police Custody: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many compensation claims for loss or damage to prisoners' property left in the custody of the Prison Service were made in the last year for which...

      Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many public consultations his Department and its predecessor conducted in each of the last five years.

      Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the re-offending rates for convicted prisoners who served (a) less than six months, (b) between six months and one...

      Restorative Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the implementation of restorative justice schemes on victims of crime; (2) what recent...

      Supreme Court: Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of creating the emblem for the Supreme Court was.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when all pre-sentence reports for young offenders will include an assessment of the need for parenting support.

      Young People: Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of detaining juveniles (a) under court-ordered secure remand and (b) otherwise remanded in custody was in the last year for which figures...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Audit: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many auditors are licensed by each of the recognised supervisory bodies.

    • Business Links: Sutton

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many Business Link staff were assigned to the London Borough of Sutton in each of the last five years;...

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many agencies are funded by the Government to provide advice and assistance to businesses; (2)...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the proposed timetable for the publication of the Government's low-carbon industrial strategy is.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in his Department (a) were disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices the Secretary of State has visited on official business in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what information his Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e)...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) summits, (b) conferences and (c) seminars his Department has hosted since January 2008 at which...

      Electrical Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of trends in commodity prices on waste electrical and electronic...

      Electrical Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment for benchmarking purposes his Department has made of the implementation of the Waste...

      Fire Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with members of the European Parliament on the...

      Furniture: Credit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to assist the furniture industry adjust to the withdrawal of credit insurance.

      Motor Industry: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the European Commission notified his Department of the decision to give clearance for the commencement...

      Motor Industry: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the monetary value is of secured loans to the automotive industry which have been facilitated by his...

      Motor Industry: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will assist the British automotive industry by introducing a programme of wage compensation.

      Motor Industry: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will examines the merits of the introduction of wage compensation measures as part of training...

      Motor Vehicles: EU Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold discussions with (a) his EU counterparts and (b) the European Commission on the...

      Regional Development Agencies: Non-Profit Making Associations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what guidance he has provided to regional development agencies on their support for social enterprise...

      Royal Mail: Privatisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many expressions of interest the Government have received on the partial sale of Royal Mail; and from...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many applications for funding under the Government's Small Firms Guarantee Scheme have been made by...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many successful applications by small firms based in (a) Southend West constituency, (b) Southend,...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many projects have been supported by the Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme in each region in each year...

      TNT

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether (a) he and (b) his officials have held recent discussions with TNT on a partial sale of Royal Mail.

      TNT

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether (a) he and (b) his officials have held discussions with TNT on the General Logistics Service.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Cattle

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to develop plans to reduce nitrous oxide excretions from cattle by promoting alternative non-meat diets amongst the general public.

    • Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have regarding compliance by the United Kingdom dairy herd sector with good practice targets, including measures to reduce mastitis, spacious...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4 February (WA 117), what is the estimated cost to the United Kingdom sheep industry from implementing...

      Asylum Seekers: Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers from the Congo were forcibly returned between 2005 and 2008.

      Asylum Seekers: Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their review of the situation of Zimbabwean asylum seekers unable to enter or leave the United Kingdom, as foreshadowed by the Prime...

      Asylum Seekers: Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers from Zimbabwe were forcibly returned between 2005 and 2008.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce measures to combat the varroa mite amongst British bee colonies.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide additional resources for training bee inspectors; and what steps they are taking to support the Bee Farmers' Association and the British...

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the registration benefits for bee keepers are; and what steps they are taking to increase registration.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are working with international partners to tackle the global spread of varroa mite amongst bee colonies.

      Consumer Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take action against high rates of interest being charged by lenders to those with poor credit ratings.

      Cyclists: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess the effectiveness of measures to improve the safety of cyclists in urban areas.

      Employment: Agency Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether temporary and agency workers are being deprived of normal employment rights and welfare benefits; and, if so, what remedial action they will take.

      Employment: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial provision they are making in (a) the current financial year, and (b) 2009—10, for informing migrant and temporary workers of their employment...

      Employment: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess any risk of an underclass of temporary and migrant workers.

      Employment: Short-time

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are able, under existing legislation, to pay compensation to workers affected by short-time working in the present financial circumstances.

      Equality: Public Service Agreement 15

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 3 March (WA 139), what improvements in participation and reduced...

      EU: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether asbestos cement roofing material, in use throughout the United Kingdom, is also regarded as a hazardous waste under European Union rules in Germany,...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the British Gas Group regarding the natural gas resources off the coast of Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the British Gas Group concerning the agreement to sell natural gas from the Gazan gas field to Israel via a pipeline to Ashkelon.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received about the renegotiation of the agreement made by the British Gas Group to sell natural gas from the Gazan gas field to Israel via a...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to encouraging the involvement of the authorities in Gaza in the negotiations on the agreement made by the British Gas Group to...

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions and in what circumstances Ministers have refused to give evidence to parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 24 February (WA 50), what are the reasons for the delay in announcing the timetable for the start and completion of...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to give effect to the convention right of prisoners to vote in the next general election in accordance with the final judgment of the European...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 28 January (WA 62) concerning the payment of bonuses to officials of the Northern Ireland Office,...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a requirement that all funding allocated to staff bonuses for the Northern Ireland Office should be spent in the year for which that allocation...

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 27 February (WA 114), why the Department of Communities and Local Government does not keep a separate record...

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has for receiving, acknowledging, dealing with and responding to petitions that it...

      Petitions

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

      Petitions

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

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 27 February (WA 114), whether any actions have been taken in relation to civil servants in the Department for...

      Post Offices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to the arrangement by which Bank of Ireland operates savings and deposits accounts in the name of the Post Office: (a) how long is the term of the...

      Post Offices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the full contract between Bank of Ireland and the Post Office for Bank of Ireland to operate savings...

      Prisons: Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to implement the recommendations to counter religious extremism outlined by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in her report on...

      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 "Export Guarantees Advisory Council" in annex A to the report...

      Public Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Carter of Barnes on 15 December 2008 (WA 18—19), what mechanisms they have in place to record the number of public...

      Public Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Carter of Barnes on 15 December 2008 (WA 18—19), how many premises with a premises licence or a club premises...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what fines have been levied on the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in respect of faulty administration; to whom these fines are payable; when they were paid or are due...

      Safeguarding Children and Development Unit (Project Violet)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in each of the years since the formation of the Safeguarding Children and Development Unit (Project Violet), what financial and human resources they have allocated...

      Wales: Drug and Alcohol Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many drug and alcohol-related crimes there were in Wales in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, and (d) 2009 to date.

      Wales: Muggings and Burglaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reported muggings and burglaries there were in Wales in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, and (d) 2009 to date.

      Young Offenders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of young offenders in prison in Northern Ireland are considered to have education disabilities; and what special arrangements are available for...

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