Written answers

Friday, 20 March 2009

  • Justice

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the longest time taken to conclude a Treasure inquest was in each of the last three years.

    • Family Courts: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he plans to appoint an independent person to lead the review of the effect of court fees in children protection; and which candidates are...

      Fraud: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether recourse regarding alleged fraud in entries in (a) deed and (b) title plans is provided through the civil courts.

      HM Inspectorate of Probation: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much time was spent by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation in assessing ethnic monitoring statistics in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009.

      Mentally Incapacitated

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what remit the Court Funds Office has to manage funds on behalf of Court of Protection clients.

      Mentally Incapacitated

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) enduring powers of attorney have been applied for and (b) living wills have been made in each year since the Mental Capacity Act 2005 came...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent by HM Inspectorate of Probation assessing diversity issues during the delivery of restrictive interventions to offenders in (a) 2006,...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 25 June 2008, Official Report, column 331W, on regional...

    • Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many educational visits have been made to publicly funded museums in each region in each year since 1997.

      National Lottery: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Heritage Lottery funding was provided to each of the principal seaside towns in England and Wales from the inception of the...

      Playing Fields: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many playing fields owned by private companies there are; and how many such fields have closed in the last 10 years.

      Sports: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to tackle anti-Semitism in (a) football and (b) other sports; what recent representations he has received on...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provision for water safety will be included in the Free Swimming Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1556W on Tourism, on which dates the Minister for Tourism met...

      Tourism: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided in respect of the tourism responsibilities of the South West Regional Development Agency in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent assessment is of the security situation in Northern Ireland.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of the Special Purchase for Evacuated Dwellings scheme for police officers in Northern Ireland in 2008-09.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Occupational Health

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will assess the adequacy of provision of occupational health and welfare services in the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Leader of the House how many questions tabled to each Department for written answer on a named day were (a) answered with a holding answer, (b) answered on the named day, (c)...

  • Defence

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) permanent, (b) agency and (c) temporary staff on contracts of (i) up to three months, (ii) between three and six months, (iii) between...

    • USA: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 71W, on USA: military alliances, on what date and at...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of translation services under his Department's Welsh language scheme was in 2008.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations were received from the Welsh Language Board during his Department's consultation on its Welsh language scheme.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 13 June 2008, Official Report, column 616W, on apprentices, what progress his Department has made towards...

    • Child Benefit: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what checks he requires to be made on the validity of documentation supplied by non-UK EU citizens in the course of child benefit claims;...

      Clear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Angus of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 740W, on public relations companies,...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to implement Cycle to Work schemes for staff working in his Department and its agencies.

      Departmental Car Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mileage allowance (a) his Department, (b) its executive agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies pays per mile to its staff.

      Departmental Scientists

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

      Discrimination: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 436W, on discrimination: disabled, which stakeholders he held meetings...

      Health Professions: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for Health, Children Schools and Families and Innovation, Universities and Skills on...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each constituency have received housing benefit based on local reference rents in each of the last four years.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed incapacity benefit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each...

      Performing Arts

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

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether it is the Cabinet Office's policy to offer staff (a) additional leave entitlement for Christmas shopping and (b) Christmas bonus...

    • Crime Prevention: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what assessment he has made of levels of public awareness of the Get Safe On-line website; what assessment he has made of the website's...

      Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many death certificates included the words (a) smoking, (b) knife injuries, (c) obesity, (d) anorexia, (e) bulimia and (f)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many members of staff (a) employed by the Cabinet Office and (b) seconded from other departments have responsibility for the Real Help Now...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what change there will be as a result of the restructuring of the Cabinet Office Communications Directorate in (a) the number of the directorate's...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of people were registered to vote in each local authority area in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Government Departments: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many and what proportion of new Government IT software procurements have been of (a) open source and (b) proprietary software (i) in...

      Higher Civil Servants: Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which permanent secretaries will reach standard retirement age in the next five years.

      Ministers: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many visits have been made by Cabinet Ministers to each English region in the last 12 months.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether any former Minister occupies a ministerial residence.

      Project Scope

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of Project Scope was on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the background data for the Delivery Index provided by IPSOS MORI to the Cabinet Office on the public's...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people aged between 16 and 24 years were unemployed in (a) Braintree constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England in each year since...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include information on (a) counselling and (b) possible alternatives to abortion on the National Health Service webpage entitled Abortion:...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

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

      Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts performed (a) between one and nine, (b) between 10 and 39 and (c) over 40 cancer-related (i) prostatectomies and (ii) cystectomies in...

      Children: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy to provide timely, high quality and effective care in the home for children with long-term complex health needs; and...

      Dentistry: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with the General Dental Council on the annual registration fee for dental care professionals in...

      Dentistry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the efficacy of the requirement on (i) dentists and (ii) other dental care...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many articles appearing in healthcare publications and journals in the last five years have been funded in whole or in part by (a) his Department and...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on articles appearing in healthcare publications in the last five years.

      Food: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contaminated food incidents have been reported in each year since 1997.

      Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will commission research into the effectiveness of implementing human papilloma virus testing as a follow-up test for women with borderline...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of people over 60 years who received a vaccination against influenza in 2007-08.

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) evaluated, (b) commissioned and (c) undertaken on the effects on health of the regular use of khat.

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the findings of the report of the Healthcare Commission on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust; and if he will make...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Research

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

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the National Programme Budgeting Data for 2007-08.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to ensure that trusts which are receiving funding at a level (a) 1 to 5 per cent. and (b) more than 5 per cent. (i) above and...

      Smoking: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating smoking-related diseases in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each of the last five years.

      Smoking: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have received assistance from the NHS to stop smoking in each of the last five years.

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made towards ensuring that patients with suspected trans ischaemic attacks are scanned with magnetic resonance imaging...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Minister signed the Final Declaration of the London conference on combating anti-Semitism; and if he will make a statement.

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 41W, on anti-Semitism, what steps the Government plans to...

      Brasilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits were made by Ministers to Brasilia in the financial year 2007-08.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on the renewal of the contracts of (a) temporary and (b) agency staff.

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what methodology his Department uses to assess progress towards the target of getting two million people more active by 2012; on...

      Kenya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Kenya on the role of the International Criminal Court in investigations of...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1208-10W, on redundancy, how many staff left his...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will establish a judicial inquiry into allegations of UK complicity in torture overseas and extraordinary rendition.

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the decision of the Italian government to withdraw from the United Nations Durban 2...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the withdrawal of governments from the United Nations Durban 2 Conference; and if he will make a...

      Zimbabwe: Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the merits of seizing overseas assets of the Zimbabwean Government in order to pay the pensions...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the projected expenditure on the integrated children's system is in each of the next five years.

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many new Sure Start children's centres are planned by local authorities to be completed between January 2009 and March 2010.

      Grammar Schools: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils from each neighbouring council to Kent have been offered grammar school places in Kent in each of the last 10 years.

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how the effectiveness of the Parent Know How programme is measured; and what assessment has been made of that effectiveness;...

      Primary Education: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what plans he has to issue guidance to primary schools on the design of school toilets; (2) what guidance his Department...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the provision of healthcare for children with diabetes in (a) primary...

      Teachers: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching staff from Enfield local education authority area have attended the National College of School Leadership.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's (a) current and (b) anticipated contribution to road building and maintenance in Afghanistan is by (i) cost and...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the delivery...

      Departmental Bank Services

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

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's guidance on remuneration and terms of employment for locally-engaged staff;...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions people his Department had formerly directly employed were retained by the Department on a consultancy basis in...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what categories of information are included on his Department's inSight system; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs were of the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the ARIES...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1879W, on the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, whether his Department's director of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, for what reason his Department hired...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, what the career background and...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) location of employment, (b) dates of employment, (c) total days worked, (d) salary and (e) other costs of employment...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other cost of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of Alexander...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) permanent, (b) agency and (c) temporary staff on contracts of (i) up to three months, (ii) between three and six...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) location of, (b) dates of, (c) purpose of, (d) number of visitors to and (e) total cost of his Department's Health...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, how many of his Department's staff...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) economy class flights, (b) business class flights, (c) first class flights, (d) accommodation...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) leasing, (b) procurement, (c) maintenance and (d) running costs of its cars in Uganda in the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) salary costs and (b) other employment costs of drivers engaged by his Department in Uganda were in the last financial...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1879W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate he has made of...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on the renewal of the contracts of (a) temporary and (b) agency staff.

      GlobeScan Incorporated

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the nature was of the services provided to his Department by GlobeScan Incorporated in respect of consultations on its research...

      Guyana: Rainforests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding the Government has provided to Guyana for rainforest conservation in each of the last three years; what funding will be...

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated to research on malaria in each of the last five years; how much has been allocated for...

      Malawi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the purpose was of the media training provided by the Reuters Foundation and funded by his Department in Malawi in October 2007;...

      Opin Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract between his Department and Opin Systems for a production Oracle database...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much assistance his Department provided to (a) China, (b) Zimbabwe, (c) Pakistan and (d) Burma in each of the last 10 years.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) purpose of, (b) duration of and (c) number of participants in the study tour on social protection in Pakistan funded by...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on the distribution of aid to that country.

      Performing Arts

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

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning) of 10 March 2009, Official Report, columns 328-32W, on...

  • Transport

    • Biofuels: Oils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what volume of recycled cooking oil has been used as a biofuel in each year since 2001.

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 279-80W, on borders: personal records, if he will place in the Library copies of...

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, columns 9-10W, on cycling: helmets, if he will publish an interim report on the merits of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's staff are employed full-time to work on policy on (a) cycling, (b) public transport, (c) walking and (d) cars and roads.

      Driving Tests: Kidderminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the decision to close the Kidderminster Driving Test Centre in the light of new evidence made available under the Freedom of...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening) of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1608W, on Heathrow airport, how...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of heavy goods vehicles on UK roads which were registered (a) in the UK, (b) elsewhere in the EU and (c)...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles he estimates heavy goods vehicles registered (a) in and (b) outside the UK have travelled on roads in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Intercity Express Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on consultants during the procurement process for the Intercity Express Programme since 2007.

      Jalal Ahmed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Jalal Ahmed has received security clearance in respect of his employment as a baggage handler at Luton Airport; whether he has access to...

      Lorries: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on changes to mechanisms and fees for...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he is making of the merits of withdrawal of the system of statutory off-road notification; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many certificates of initial fitness were issued by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in respect of imported stretch limousines in 2008.

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many public service vehicle operators' licences were issued by traffic commissioners in each area in respect of stretch limousines in (a) 2003 and...

      Navigation: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made on implementation of his commitment to require the Republic of Ireland to meet the full costs of providing aids to navigation...

      Parking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals for the regulation of parking on private land; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on the Scottish economy of a new dedicated high-speed rail line from London to Edinburgh or Glasgow;...

      Railways: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to improve access for (a) people with disabilities, (b) the elderly and (c) young families with prams to...

      Railways: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to improve access for (a) people with disabilities, (b) the elderly and (c) young families with prams at...

      Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many train services on average ran on each week day in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009 to date between Manchester and (i) Heald Green, (ii) Bramhall,...

      Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects High Speed Two Ltd. to put forward proposals for a new high speed rail line from the West Midlands to Scotland; (2) which (a)...

      Renewable Energy: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on powers to set sustainability requirements additional to the Renewable Energy...

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many schemes to introduce permitting for street works his Department has introduced under the powers contained in the Traffic Management Act 2004.

      Tracking the Vehicles Through the Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency initiative Tracking the Vehicles Through the Trade has been implemented.

      Transport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the £700 million brought forward for transport spending in 2009-10 on (a) the transport budget for...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Cumbria

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment her Office has made of the effect of workers being employed on the Olympic village on the availability of labour for construction projects (a)...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any asylum seekers are housed in Castle Point constituency; and what her Department's future plans are to house asylum seekers there.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's entertainment budget has been since its inception.

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what steps he is taking to encourage the distributed energy distribution network use of system charging on a cost reflective...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has issued advice to (a) Government Departments, (b) businesses and (c) consumers on how to increase their...

      Environmental Transformation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which projects for which his Department is responsible are receiving funding from the Environmental Transformation Fund; how much each...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of the 100 million (a) free and (b) subsidised low-energy light bulbs which the Government undertook to provide under the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 12 December 2008 transferred to him from the...

      National Home Energy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate has been made of the effectiveness of the expenditure of new money being provided by energy companies and generators...

      Office for Renewable Energy Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the operational budget is of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment for the 12 months following its establishment.

      Office for Renewable Energy Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of (a) full-time and (b) other staff who will be employed by the Office for Renewable Energy...

      Office for Renewable Energy Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) full-time and (b) other staff in his Department are engaged in the establishment of the Office for Renewable Energy...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which trade unions are recognised in his Department.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of each grade in his Department work primarily on the Warm Front scheme.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's expenditure on the Warm Front scheme has been in each month of financial year 2008-09 to date.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which contractors are used for the delivery of the Warm Front scheme in each Government office region.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on the Heating Rebate Scheme in each year since its inception.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget of the Heating Rebate Scheme is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the next five financial years.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) West Lancashire constituency and (b) England have received Warm Front grants in each year since the...

      Warm Front Scheme: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change until what date the Government's contract with eaga to manage the Warm Front scheme runs.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what funding the Church Commissioners have allocated for repairs to historic churches in each of the last three years.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many applications for licences for arms exports to each country in (a) Asia and (b) Africa have been...

    • Huntingdon Life Sciences: Bank Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost of providing (a) banking and (b) insurance facilities to Huntingdon...

      Manufacturing Industries: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will co-operate with other European governments to loan money to (a) GM Motors, (b) Opel and (c)...

      Motor Vehicles: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much of the £2.3 billion set aside to support the UK car industry has been spent.

      Motor Vehicles: Industry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to the public purse was of the motor industry summit held on 28 January 2009.

      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,...

      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,...

      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,...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform who the (a) members and (b) chairmen of the Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board are.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to ensure parish and town councils which wish to provide allotments for residents are able to do so.

    • Calor Gas: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on Calor Gas submitting a new application for development on Canvey Island; and if she...

      Home Improvement Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in private sector housing renewal grants upon home improvement...

      Home Improvement Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to assist home improvement agencies facing budget difficulties; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what representations she has received on (a) the Homes and Communities Agency's £93 million affordable housing...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of the Infrastructure Planning Commission in its first full year of operation.

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the (a) salaries, (b) pension package and (c) other benefits in kind will be of the Infrastructure Planning...

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of its suppliers his Department has paid within 10 days of receipt of invoice in the last four months.

    • Efficiency in Public Services Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the Gershon Review; and how many civil servants provided support to the review.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 29 January 2009, transferred from the Department for Communities and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 6 January 2009 (Treasury reference: 04014/2009) concerning a constituent,...

      Network Rail and BBC: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government were consulted on the external comparators most appropriate to determine the (a) salary and (b) benefits of the (i) chief executive...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the promotion of long-term personal savings in the UK.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will hold discussions with UK financial institutions on the competitiveness of their savings products and the incentives they offer to savers.

      Revenue and Customs: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of staff the HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley may accommodate at its full capacity.

      Revenue and Customs: Operating Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of operating HM Revenue and Customs' Debt Management and Banking Unit has been in each year since the introduction of tax credits; and how...

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has appointed external advisers to advise on the possible sale of the Royal Mint.

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many illegal cigarettes were seized by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) the UK and (b) Northern Ireland in 2008; and what the number seized per head of...

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rate of tax is being applied by HM Revenue and Customs to the remaining lump sums currently being returned by the Government to members of the Bus...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people with a BT postcode missed the 31 January deadline for filing their tax returns in each of the last three years; and how much HM...

      VAT: Clothing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on inclusion of school uniforms in Annex III of Directive 2006/112/EC in the current reduced VAT rate negotiations at EU level.

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