Written answers

Thursday, 19 March 2009

  • Church Commissioners

    • Historic Churches

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent discussions the Church Commissioners have had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport...

    • Water Charges: Churches

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent discussions the Church Commissioners have had with Government Ministers on levels of utility charges on...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) legal and (b) accountancy advice received by his Department in respect of (i) the break-up of Bradford...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the relationship between his Department, UK Financial Investments Ltd and Jerseyco referred to in the bank recapitalisation agreements is; and who...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with banks in receipt of recapitalisation or asset-based loan guarantees on the future use of (a) direct tax avoidance...

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will request the Financial Services Authority to undertake an investigation of the appropriateness of advice given to local authorities and police...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislation to disqualify from holding directorships or board memberships of UK-registered (a) banks and (b) companies all people who...

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the 600 free automated teller machines for low-income areas proposed in December 2006 are in operation in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c)...

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs incurred by his Department in (a) legal and (b) accountancy fees relating to (i) Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff there are in the national minimum wage regional compliance team in (a) Aberdeen, (b) Belfast, (c) Birmingham, (d) Cambridge, (e)...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the estimated £29 million recovered on behalf of employees who were underpaid or not paid the minimum wage under the National...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what money was spent in each Department from the Modernisation Fund in (a) each of the last four years and (b) 2008-09 to date.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings were held between Lord Myners and representatives of the Royal Bank of Scotland between 6 and 12 October 2008 inclusive; which officials of...

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many legal notices requiring information on offshore bank accounts have been (a) served and (b) complied with in each of the last three years; and how...

  • Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) was of vehicle testing in each of the last five years; and how much VOSA received in...

    • Transport: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage change in real terms of the cost of travelling by (a) private car, (b) bus, (c) train and (d) aeroplane...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) public relations and (b) media advisers his Department employed (i) in 1997 and (ii) on the most recent date for which...

    • Playing Fields: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of sports facilities owned by industrial concerns which have closed in the last 10 years; and if...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Motor Manufacturing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government is taking to assist the motor manufacturing industry and its associated...

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received on the provision of information to small businesses on his...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions his Department has had with the private sector on the future ownership and...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he plans to take to enable Royal Mail to provide mail delivery services on the same basis as its...

      Financial Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent progress has been made in delivering financial assistance and loan guarantees to businesses.

      Industrial Projects: Bank Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if his Department will expedite assistance to industrial projects which require bank loans of £50...

      Low-Carbon Industrial Summit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department plans to take to assist UK manufacturers to obtain orders as a result of the...

      Businesses: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent progress has been made in the delivery of financial assistance and loan guarantees to...

      Consumer Protection: Bank Customers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department plans to take to improve consumer protection for customers of banks.

      Business Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with business organisations on the availability of finance for...

      Redundancy Payments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to enable the Redundancy Payments Office to pay statutory redundancy...

      Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the state of the construction industry.

      Debts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of the number of individuals with debt management plans.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in 2008-09 to date.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many public consultations his Department has conducted in the last 12 months; how long each...

      Departmental Scientists

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's budget for scientific advice and research is in 2008-09; for what purposes the...

      Manufacturing Industries: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to support the British manufacturing industry during the economic...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post office branches have closed in each (a) constituency, (b) local authority area and (c)...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward legislative proposals to govern the practice of compulsory redundancy.

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the estimated saving to Royal Mail of suspending employer contributions to the Post Office Staff...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1700W, on the union modernisation fund,...

      Video Games: Sales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government plan to take to ensure age restrictions on purchasing video games are adhered to...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many days air pollution recorded on Neasden Lane, NW10, exceeded (a) moderate, (b) high and (c) very high levels in...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what IT security strategy his Department has in place; what steps are being taken to ensure the policy is being followed;...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish a copy of his Department's website accessibility plan.

      Departmental Lost Property

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

      Floods: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce flood risk in North Wiltshire constituency.

      Marine Animals: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued on the application of the general duty to conserve biodiversity in section 40(1) of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reports he has received on levels of anti-Semitism in Northern Ireland since December 2008; and if he will make a statement.

    • Crime: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted of internet-related offences in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Veterans Day: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to hold events in Northern Ireland to mark Veterans Day on 27 June 2009.

  • Justice

    • Community Justice Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what percentage of defendants attending Salford Community Justice Centre have (a) re-offended and (b) complied with their sentence since the...

    • Magistrates' Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the running costs for (a) Bangor and (b) Limavady Magistrates' Court have been in each of the last five years.

      Magistrates' Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the costs of Magherafelt Magistrates' Court were in each of the last five years.

      Magistrates' Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases have been brought before Larne Magistrates' Court in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 502W, on departmental training, what the (a) Presentation and Public Speaking...

    • Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Performing Arts

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • 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,...

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1511-12W, on redundancy, how many staff left her...

      Disadvantaged: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the indices of multiple deprivation data are for each lower layer super output area in the London borough of Sutton.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on informing (a) buyers and (b) sellers of properties about home information packs in each...

      Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Homebuy homes have been sold on the open market by their first owner in each region in England.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities (a) are due to receive a negative housing revenue account subsidy in 2009-10 and (b) have...

      Housing: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to accelerate the completion of private finance initiative housebuilding schemes.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the rate of take up of relief by small businesses under the small business rate relief...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the rate relief available under the small business rate relief scheme is not granted to qualifying businesses...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of Child Support Agency cases are being managed manually.

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners not in receipt of pension credit are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of council tax benefit.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) pensioners and (b) people of working age who are not eligible for council tax benefit live in households where no one is...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of applicants for council tax benefit whose application was successful in the latest period for...

      Mortgage Relief: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1284-85W, on homelessness, what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people registered as unemployed in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency have received assistance with the cost of meeting...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an estimate of the weekly pension credit entitlement to the nearest whole pound of an individual retiring at age 68 in (a)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pension credit applications were processed within (a) 15 days, (b) 20 days and (c) 30 days in each year...

      Pensioners: Lump Sum Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of retirees who took a 25 per cent. tax-free lump sum from their pension fund on retirement in the...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which groups of pensioners are not eligible to receive the (a) £60 bonus and (b) £10 Christmas bonus; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the funds lent under the (a) budgeting loans scheme and (b) crisis loan scheme were overdue for repayment in each of the last...

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to ensure that a state pensioner switching from monthly to weekly payments for the state pension receives the...

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people changed from receiving the state pension monthly to weekly using (a) the telephone and (b) other means in the most recent...

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners changed from receiving their state pension monthly to weekly in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to question (a) 257376, on research into pensioner savings, (b) 257377, on pension credit calculation, (c) 257378, on...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) combat and (b) non-combat deaths of personnel of each of the armed forces there were in (i) Iraq, (ii) Afghanistan, (iii) Germany and (iv)...

    • Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel died in the UK as a result of (a) natural causes, (b) road traffic accidents, (c) suicide or self-inflicted causes and (d)...

      Armed Forces: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps his Department has taken to assist service families.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps his Department has taken to assist service personnel seriously injured in the course of their duties.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Farsi or Dari, (b) Arabic, (c) Urdu and (d) Pashto speaking British military personnel are serving in the British armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there have been any changes to the number of military personnel on duty in Northern Ireland since the murders of the two soldiers at Massereene...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average cash allowance awarded to military staff in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan was in 2008.

      Civil Contingency Reaction Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Strategic Defence Review New Chapter of 2002, what the budget of the Civil Contingency Reaction Force is; what dedicated assets it...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the purchase of new chairs for its main building in the last two years; what the unit cost was of each type of chair...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department on new furniture in each year since 2001.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

  • Health

    • Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over the age of 50 years have been diagnosed with alcoholism in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d)...

    • Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to responding to the report from the Archer Inquiry into contaminated blood and blood products; if he will respond in full...

      Departmental Public Consultation

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

      Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average daily calorific intake of (a) men and (b) women.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of admissions for drug-related incidents per 1,000 admissions for 18 to 21-year-olds was for (a) university hospitals, (b) other hospitals...

      Eating Disorders

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

      Fire Services: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 636W, on fire services:...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospital beds there were per 1,000 of local populations in each health authority area in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) name and (b) organisation code is of each university hospital in England.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has collected figures on the number of patients moving from one region to another in order to receive three full cycles of...

      Leukaemia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on research into leukaemia in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what externally-contracted bodies have been paid by his Department to (a) review, (b) negotiate and (c) audit independent sector treatment centre...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to require NHS trusts to use patient-recorded user outcome measures.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in each of the last five years did not receive all or part of their prescriptions because they were not able to afford them.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Prescription Charges Review led by Professor Ian Gilmore will be completed in the summer of 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he takes in response to allegations that primary care trusts have not provided accurate responses for requests made under the Freedom of...

      Prosthetics: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how National Health Service budgets for (a) supply and (b) maintenance of prosthetics for former service personnel are allocated.

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications of the Laming Report for his Department's procedures for handling adult social care serious case reviews;...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on those experiencing the effects of thalidomide and air travel in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Trans: A Practical Guide to the NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department's publication, "Trans: A practical guide to the NHS" cost to produce.

      Vulnerable Adults: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for consideration of the outcomes of his consultation on No Secrets guidance; how many responses to the consultation he...

      Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to mitigate the effects of high temperatures in summer on the health of (a) elderly people, (b) young people and (c) other...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Romsey (Sandra Gidley) of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 393W, on wheelchairs, when his...

      Wines: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to encourage the use of 125 millimetre glasses for the consumption of wine in order to reduce levels of such consumption.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • EU Nationals

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission is taking to ensure that nationals of other EU member...

    • Voting Levels

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recent assessment the Electoral Commission has made of levels of voting among people aged...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Liverpool University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make representations to the University of Liverpool on its proposal to close its departments of politics,...

    • Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students from other EU member states in receipt of (a) full, (b) partial and (c) no maintenance grants (i) from...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1698-99W, on children: protection, how many representations...

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which (a) individuals and (b) organisations were briefed by (i) him, (b) other Ministers and (iii) departmental officials on the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to his statement of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 789, by whom the child protection systems of Sweden and...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary schools Ofsted has graded as (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate in (i)...

      Food Technology: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which 170 secondary schools have been awarded funding from the first tranche of funds for new practical cooking space in schools;...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 489-90W, on General Certificate of Secondary...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department takes to encourage increased awareness of diabetes among teachers and head teachers; and if he...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of each quarterly return on antisocial behaviour collected by crime and disorder partnerships; and if...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals aged over 65 years have been arrested for antisocial behaviour offences (a) while under the influence of alcohol, (b)...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what personal information is stored on the Police National Computer in relation to those who have received a penalty notice for disorder.

      Cannabis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged under 18 years have been identified in police raids on cannabis factories in the last 12 months.

      Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to combat (a) credit card fraud and (b) offences related to identity theft perpetrated over the internet.

      Crimes of Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent to date on the Tackling Gangs Action Programme in each of the four cities targeted under the plan, broken down by...

      Driving under Influence: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals aged over 65 years have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in each of the last 10 years.

      Immigration: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the recent letter from the Minister for Borders and Immigration to the UK Statistics Authority on...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1652W, on offences against children: internet, when her Department...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total proceeds of crime (a) identified, (b) restrained and (c) recovered by the Serious Organised Crime Agency was in cases where...

  • House of Lords

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government from whom HM Treasury seeks specialist advice on banking issues when negotiating rescue packages for banks. To ask Her Majesty's Government from whom HM Treasury...

    • Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Myners on 10 February (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 1009—1011), when he expects the required decisions to be made on...

      Banking: Lloyds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (a) Mr Eric Daniels, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group plc, and (b) Sir Victor Blank, chairman, are domiciled in the United Kingdom for tax purposes.

      Banking: Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been taken up by banks under the loan guarantee scheme to date.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 5 March (WA 173) concerning relationships on the island of Ireland, whether the Belfast agreement...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4 March (WA 152—53) concerning the payment of compensation and costs in the British Coal...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4 March (WA 152—53) concerning the payment of compensation and costs in the British Coal...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4 March (WA 153—54) concerning the payment of compensation and costs in the British Coal...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4 March (WA 153—54) concerning the payment of compensation and costs in the British Coal...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation died after registering their claims but before receiving their final award of compensation.

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation died after registering their claims but before receiving their final award of compensation.

      Children: Fingerprinting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the decision by the UK Border Agency to fingerprint children from the age of six, what studies and trials they have conducted on the feasibility and...

      Children: Social Networking Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidelines they have published regarding the use of social networking websites by children under 16 years of age.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the stable or declining global average temperatures since 2001; and how these will inform their policy on climate...

      Co-operation Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on entertainment for Co-operation Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Crime: Legal Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average payment to (a) solicitors, and (b) barristers, in criminal cases in Northern Ireland in the past three years; and what are the figures for...

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Northern Ireland criminal cases involve a higher number of legal representatives than criminal cases in England and Wales; if so, what are the numeric...

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the forthcoming White Paper on aid and development will address the causes of conflict in some countries. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the...

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess the effectiveness of aid and development work undertaken on issues concerning fragile and conflict-affected countries.

      Elections: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much public money has been provided in the past year to support HBOS and the Royal Bank of Scotland per individual voter on the Westminster parliamentary rolls...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 9 March (WA 204), whether they will define "operational matter" in relation to non-security...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 9 March (WA 204), whether a matter widely reported in the public domain can be classified as...

      Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 26 January (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 3), whether the reference to all forms of renewable...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether deposits made with more than one bank in which the Government have a majority shareholding, or with wholly owned subsidiaries of such banks, are aggregated...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how much long-term reconstruction aid will be required for Gaza; and what plans they have to help rebuild infrastructure in Gaza.

      Government Departments: Data Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many electronic attacks on Government computer systems and networks have occurred in each year for which figures are available.

      Government: IT Projects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the Government information technology budget for 2008—09 being spent on; and what Government projects are being undertaken.

      Home Office: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what personal training courses at public expense Lord West of Spithead has undertaken since his appointment as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Home...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the Ethiopian draft anti-terrorism proclamation with internationally protected human rights.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for each year since 2005, how many applications there have been to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, from appellants and from the Secretary of State, for review...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the retail prices index has changed since the slowdown in economic growth.

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for each year since 2005, how many applications there have been to the Administrative Court, from appellants and from the Secretary of State, for review of...

      Northern Ireland Office: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid to officials of the Northern Ireland Office in allowances in addition to their salaries in each of the past five years.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of staff in the Northern Ireland Office received bonuses in each of the past five years.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last consulted the appropriate trade unions about the payment of bonuses to staff of the Northern Ireland Office; and what was the outcome of the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials of the Northern Ireland Office have had their mobile phone expenses paid in full or in part by the office in each of the past five years; and...

      Northern Ireland Office: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many travel and subsistence claims for staff in the Northern Ireland Office have been processed in each of the past 10 years; and what was the annual cost.

      Nuclear Installations Inspectorate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the first advertisement will be placed for new staff to join the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate taking advantage of the new pay scales. To ask Her...

      Nuclear Installations Inspectorate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date the full complement of staff for the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate will be in post to enable the generic design assessments to be delivered to...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are other former bank executives, aside from Sir Fred Goodwin, who receive pensions from bank rescue packages.

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the standard employer and employee contribution rates of the five biggest public sector pension schemes; how much in employer contributions has been paid...

      Petitions

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

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 5 March (WA 182—83), whether the Ministerial Code or any other document...

      Post Offices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether deposits made with the various savings accounts offered by the Post Office are guaranteed by the Government; and, if not, what guarantee applies.

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to support clients of the Presbyterian Mutual Society following the collapse of the fund.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House whether the Government will answer all Written Questions in full, with up-to-date information, rather than referring to previous Answers.

      Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Open Europe's calculation that the annual cost of regulation increased from £16.5 billion in 2005 to £28.7 billion in...

      Schools: Free Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schoolchildren were in receipt of free school meals in (a) England, (b) Wales, and (c) Scotland in (1) 1995, (2) 2000, (3) 2006, and (4) 2008.

      Wales: Redundancies and Repossessions

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

      Wales: School Examinations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schoolchildren did not complete their GCSEs, AS-levels or A-levels in Wales in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, and (c) 2008.

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