Written answers

Monday, 23 March 2009

  • Scotland

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on levels of recruitment from Scotland to (a) the Royal Air Force, (b) the...

    • Departmental Bank Services

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 501W, on departmental training, which Ministers attended the (a) presentation and...

  • International Development

    • Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Sudanese government's decision to expel the staff of a number of...

    • Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Darfur.

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that aid reaches those who need it in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many staff of each grade (a) were employed in the Office of the Clerk of the House before the Tebbit...

    • Management and Services of the House of Commons Review

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent representations the Commission has received on the implementation of the Tebbit Review of...

      Management and Services of the House of Commons Review

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the Commission has made of the effects on expenditure on House administration of implementation...

      Postal Services

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission when the mail screening contract for Parliament will next be re-tendered.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department provided in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2007-08 for the concessionary bus fares scheme in the Torbay Unitary Authority area; what...

    • Driving: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department collects on the insurance status of drivers involved in road traffic accidents in each police authority area; and if he...

      Driving: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers diagnosed with multiple sclerosis hold long-term driving licences.

      Driving: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licences which would have expired on the holder's 70th birthday have been revoked consequent on changes in application of the...

      Driving: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes have been made in the application of the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in respect of the renewal of the driving licences of...

      High Speed Two: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued to High Speed Two Ltd on the availability of funds.

      Highways Agency: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make it his policy to direct the Highways Agency to accept requests from hon. Members to accompany them to site meetings in relation...

      Intercity Express Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the evidential basis is for his statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-3W, on new trains (investment) that the award of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stretch limousines were checked by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to ensure compliance with construction requirements in 2008; and what...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department have worked on projects relating to high speed rail (a) between April and 29 September 2008 and (b) after 29...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average journey time by train was from London to (a) Newcastle, (b) Cardiff, (c) Birmingham, (d) Manchester and (e) Plymouth in each year...

      Roads and Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost of constructing a mile of (a) motorway and (b) railway was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers the Highways Agency has to requisition supplies of grit from local authorities; and on what occasions these powers have been used.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-3, how many of the 12,500 jobs he expects will be (a) existing jobs...

      Transport: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the promoters of the Whitehill Bordon eco-town on (a) transport costs in the initial years of the...

      Transport: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department and its agencies have had with the developers of the Ford Airfield eco-town development on (a) a bypass on the A27,...

      Transport: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) his Department and (b) Network Rail have had with the developers of the St. Austell eco-town development on a rail strategy for...

      Transport: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) his Department and (b) the Highways Agency have had with the developers of the St. Austell eco-town development on the proposed...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military engagements there have been between UK armed forces and Taliban insurgents in the last two months.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK armed forces are using unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan.

      Africa: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has contributed to the Africa Programme of the Conflict Prevention Pool in each year since 2001.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1520W, on the Air Force: military bases, when he now expects an...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many apprenticeships places there have been in his Department in each of the last three years; in what areas of operations those places have been;...

      Armed Forces: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps the Government have taken to assist service widows and widowers.

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were deployed in Northern Ireland on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average pay is for (a) officers and (b) other ranks at each level in the armed services.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the minimum pay (a) range and (b) level is for armed forces personnel serving on the frontline in Iraq or Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are stationed overseas, broken down by location.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department takes to prevent delays in the delivery of equipment affecting the safety of the armed forces in theatre.

      Departmental Bank Services

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many public consultations his Department has conducted in the last 12 months; how long each consultation was open for; how many responses were...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 30W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate he has made of the annual salary...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 January 2009, Official Report, column 1994W, on departmental training, which Ministers attended the pre-deployment training...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many language translators are employed in each of his Department's executive agencies; and what the cost of translating services provided by such...

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Government's participation in the permanent structural co-operation framework foreseen...

      Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has given to the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society Combat Stress in each year since 2005.

      HMS Victorious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Victorious is scheduled to visit the United States for missile tests and missile loading.

      Joint Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the date was of each meeting of each sub-group of each Joint Working Group since 2001; and what the purpose was of each meeting.

      Loss of Service Will

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reports his Department has received of the loss of a service will in each year since 2004.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flying hours were undertaken by each helicopter type in the forward fleet in each year since 2001.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which years since 1990 experiments have been carried out with the United States on US warhead designs and nuclear weapons technology.

      Special Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of British special forces were deployed outside the UK on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Sudan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the provision of defence training in Sudan in each year since 2003; what training activities were provided; and...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the proportion of spending on the replacement for Trident which will go to US companies.

      Warships: Persian Gulf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships were deployed in the Persian Gulf on the latest date for which figures are available.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the area in hectares and proportion of cultivatable land in Helmand province which is under...

    • AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has allocated for the next financial year to fund its commitments under the Government's AIDS strategy...

      Bali: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Indonesian government on concluding the judicial process of those who masterminded the...

      Belarus: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Belarus.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the number of political prisoners in Burma.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Burmese Government on the sentencing of Eint Khaing Oo for reporting on Cyclone Nargis.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Burmese authorities on the political situation in Burma.

      Burma: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief on...

      Burma: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has had contact with the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Myanmar since 1 January 2009.

      Cambodia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Cambodia on Lor Seiha and others imprisoned on charges arising from their...

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of China regarding alleged abuse of those who protest against the one child...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to paragraph 88 of the Foreign Affairs Committee's Second Report of Session 2008-09, HC 195, on his Department's...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much his...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 369-73W, on the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1523-6W, on departmental public expenditure, in what areas...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1240W, on departmental public expenditure, what the cost to his...

      Elections: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Treasury and the Department for International Development on...

      Exchange Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps will be taken to manage his Department's exposure to foreign currency movements when his Department's contract with...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Minister of State's evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on 4 March 2009, with which members of...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the Government ceased contact with both the political and military wings of Hezbollah in 2005.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of co-operation between the political and military wings of Hezbollah in seeking to...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reported statements by Hezbollah's leadership that there is no distinction between the...

      India: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were injured during the events in Mumbai on 27 November 2008; what the (a) nature and (b) severity...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of diplomatic relations with Iran.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1747W,...

      Iraq: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Iraqi government on the reinstatement of the death penalty in Iraq in 2004.

      Iraq: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of the Iraqi judicial authorities confirming death sentences against 128 Iraqi...

      Iraq: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Iraqi authorities to make public the information they hold pertaining to the 128 people...

      Iraq: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Iraq on women's rights in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1429W, on Middle East: armed conflict, by what methods the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the London Conference on the prevention of arms smuggling to Gaza.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the discussions between the Turkish Prime Minister and the Israeli Prime Minister on peace in...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress that has been made by Tony Blair as the Quartet representative; and if he will make...

      Morocco: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 124W, on Morocco: fisheries, what representations the...

      Morocco: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 228W,...

      Nepal: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Nepal.

      North Korea: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of people who received the death penalty in North Korea in each of the last five years.

      North Korea: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of political prisoners in North Korea.

      Palestinians: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on access by Gazan fishermen to (a) Gazan and (b) international waters.

      Palestinians: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what restrictions there are on (a) mail and (b) gifts being sent from the UK to people in (i) the West Bank and (ii) Gaza.

      Philippines: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will have discussions with the Government of the Philippines on the implications for the political situation in that...

      Ron Arad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions HM Ambassador in Tehran has had with the Iranian Government on the missing Israeli pilot, Ron Arad.

      Seoul

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

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sri Lanka on the political situation in that country.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) overseas counterparts on the viability of implementing a...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Darfur.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Sudan to encourage it to reverse its decision to eject...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1415W, on terrorism: finance, how much of the £80 million...

      Thailand: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints were made to his Department on the conduct of the British Embassy in Thailand during the closure of Bangkok...

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on (a) completion of the Treaty of Lisbon ratification process and...

      UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the UK plans to (a) sign and (b) ratify the UN convention on enforced disappearances; and if he will make a statement.

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to withdraw from the UN Durban 2 anti-racism conference; what recent discussions he has had with...

      Uzbekistan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the efficacy of EU sanctions on Uzbekistan.

      Uzbekistan: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Uzbekistan (a) officials and (b) politicians are subject to the EU visa ban.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with governments in the region on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Bank Services

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

    • Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which (a) food and (b) drinks companies have supplied his Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid to each of those...

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on (a) pot plants and (b) cut flowers in each of the last three years.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were convicted of offences relating to the possession of drugs in (a) 1998 and (b) 2008.

      Northern Ireland Compensation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many compensation applications were (a) rejected and (b) accepted by the Northern Ireland Compensation Agency in each of the last five years.

      Northern Ireland Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed in each job category by the Northern Ireland Prison Service in each of the last five years.

  • Women and Equality

    • Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many people the Government Equalities Office estimates are subject to intersectional multiple discrimination in the workplace without a remedy in law.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 966W, on Members: pensions, how much stock owned by the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

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

    • Animal Welfare: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the revision of EC Regulation 1/2005 on animal...

      Animal Welfare: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the proposed revision of EC Regulation 1/2005 on animal welfare in...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department plans to allocate for measures to tackle bovine tuberculosis in the next three years.

      Central Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect on UK oil-fired central heating boiler manufacturers of implementation...

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many in-vessel composting facilities are operating in each local authority area.

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on the incorporation of composting into their household waste...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff in his Department (a) are employed to deal with matters relating to animal welfare and (b) deal...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Cabinet sub-committee on floods to meet.

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors the Environment Agency takes into account in deciding whether to waive restrictions on building in flood risk...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tonnage of food is stored in the UK.

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) average cost per local authority and (b) total cost of disposing of supermarket food packaging was in each...

      Incinerators: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether incinerator operators are required to test incinerator bottom ash for H14 ecotoxicity; and if he will make a statement.

      Incinerators: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of each submission made to the public consultation undertaken by the Environment...

      Incinerators: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the results of the ecotoxicity testing of incinerator bottom ash are included in the...

      Metals: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he or a Minister from his Department will meet a delegation representing the British metals recycling industry to discuss...

      Patagial Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects legislation amending the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 to allow the fitting of patagial tags by...

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the pig industry on Government assistance for that sector; and if...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage the reprocessing of plastic waste in the UK.

      Recycling: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much waste was recycled (a) in total and (b) on average per head of population by each local authority in the North...

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many landfill sites in each local authority area are designated as green energy plants supplying energy from waste.

      Soya: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of imported soya was produced in Brazil in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much has been spent on the Connections through Culture programme in each of the last three years; and how much is planned to...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1739W, on departmental data protection, what security systems are in...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1739-40W, on departmental data protection, what systems are in place...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1739W, on departmental data protection, how frequently (a) internal...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether officials in his Department who have lost laptops that were the property of his Department in the last 12 months have been...

      Departmental NDPBs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) the Big Lottery Fund, (b) the Heritage Lottery Fund, (c) English Heritage, (d) Arts Council England, (e) UK Sport,...

      Departmental Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public consultations were undertaken by his Department in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Public Consultations

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

      Gaming Machines: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on seaside amusement machines; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Olympic Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff of his Department have been transferred to the Government Olympic Executive; and from which units such staff were transferred.

      Hotels: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to assist small hospitality accommodation providers in implementing fire safety risk assessments.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 1069W, on departmental research, whether any projects have...

      Royal Parks Agency: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on (i) car park maintenance and (ii) road maintenance for the Royal Parks...

      Sports: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration he has given to including the grants made by the Big Lottery Fund to community sport in the new Sport England...

      Sports: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations (a) have been and (b) are planned to be consulted in drawing up the new whole sport plans.

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in British seaside resorts which are dependent on the tourism industry.

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of visits made to the English coast for the purpose of outdoor recreation in each of the last...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 476W, on community relations, how much her Department is paying...

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 476W, on community relations, by what date she expects (a) the...

      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 71-2WS on local authority rents, what...

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average price of a property purchased through the Own Home scheme has been since the initiative began.

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average monthly interest charged by First Time Buyers Initiative (a) funders and (b) providers has been since the...

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) the Government and (b) its partners have provided for the First-Time Buyers Initiative; and how much will be...

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) the Government and (b) its partners have provided for the OwnHome scheme; and how much will be provided in each...

      Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on publicising each of the Homebuy schemes to date; and how much she expects to be so spent in...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many private sector properties were leased by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations in order to house...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how often her Department makes estimates of the number of new home builds; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built on land formerly owned by (a) the Ministry of Defence, (b) the National Health Service, (c)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were on the market in each of the last 20 quarters.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were constructed in each of the last 20 quarters.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the Design for Manufacture competition was (a) opened and (b) closed; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1107-8W, on housing: low incomes, when she expects a decision...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio of lower quintile house prices to lower quintile earnings was in each of the last 20 quarters.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what forecast she has made of likely changes in the housing affordability ratio throughout 2009.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2009, Official Report, columns 746-7W, on mortgages: Government assistance, how many of the...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have in relation to the development of houses in multiple occupation in areas identified as...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons her Department has decided not to continue with National Indicator 12; and what plans she has to replace it...

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to phase out section 106 agreements following the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many pages of national planning guidance have been issued since 2005.

      Planning: Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her estimate is of the (a) number and (b) percentage of local planning officers which have (i) a horticulture-related...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average price per hectare of land for new build development was in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have implemented large scale voluntary housing transfers in each year since 1997.

      Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse of large-scale voluntary transfers of housing stock was in each year since 1997.

      Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's liability relating to annual gap-funding agreements for negative value transfers of council housing stock...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have approved local development frameworks in place; and what progress has been made to ensure that...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect on the Government's housing strategies in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England of...

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many shared ownership completions there were in each region in the last 12 months.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households lived in social housing in each year since 1997.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department plans to spend on providing social rented housing in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the next three years.

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has allocated to the Tenant Services Authority in each of the next three years.

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) dates and (b) locations of the planned regional events to be hosted by the Tenants Service Authority during phase...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the Tenant Services Authority and other interested parties to agree timescales for the process for the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions where the Child Support Agency was not able to make deductions directly from non-resident parents' benefit due to...

    • Departmental Absenteeism

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

      Departmental Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the official engagements of each Minister in his Department were between 1 February 2009 to 28 February 2009.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many items of correspondence his Department sent (a) by Royal Mail and (b) by other commercial delivery services in each of the last two...

      Departmental Press

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

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 534-5W, on departmental staff surveys, if he will place in the Library a...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) staff and (b) ministerial away days were organised by his Department in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Disabled People of 17 March 2009, Official Report, columns 852-5, from what budget the...

      Disability Living Allowance: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Tamworth constituency claimed disability living allowance in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Disability Living Allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster were in receipt of disability living allowance in each year since 1997.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the new integrated disability employment support package being proposed to replace Work Preparation and Workstep will include a...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were receiving disability benefit in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) the London Borough of Bexley and (c)...

      Incapacity Benefit: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether participation in welfare to work activities as part of the invest to save pathfinders for existing incapacity benefit claimants...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Health and Safety Executive plans to take in respect of the delays in Sellafield Ltd meeting the Nuclear Installations...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the number of Jobcentre Plus benefit applicants or customers who are in receipt of food from foodbanks...

      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 Northavon of 28 April 2008, on behalf of Mr. Reg Morris, acknowledged with...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed (a) disability benefit and (b) jobseeker's allowance in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been in receipt of disability living allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and...

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the administrative costs of paying the state pension (a) weekly and (b) monthly.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to his Department's press notice of 19 January 2009 on the Asset Protection Scheme, how performance against commitments to make loans to...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the Asset Purchase Facility on the monetary value of the (a) assets and (b) liabilities of pension funds.

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 100W, on banks, what the Government's principles on remuneration are, apart from the...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of tax credit claimants are entitled to the family element of child tax credit only.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of people claiming child tax credit were under the age of 18 years in each year since its introduction; and how many and what...

      Departmental Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with which banks his Department (a) holds and (b) has held contracts for the provision of financial advice, for the financial year 2008-09.

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings he attended on Wednesday 18 March 2009 between 1.30 pm and 4 pm; and who else was present at those meetings.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department provide assistance to special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in each of the...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much expenditure was incurred in respect of the overseas visits (a) he, (b) other Treasury Ministers in his Department and (c) officials of his...

      Equitable Life: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in making compensation payments to Equitable Life policyholders; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the merits of reducing the basic rate of income tax to 16 per cent.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 322W, on hon. Members: correspondence, when he plans to respond to the letter from the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 322W, on hon. Members: correspondence, when the Financial Secretary plans to respond to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 322W, on hon. Members: correspondence, when the Economic Secretary plans to reply to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 322W, on hon. Members: correspondence, when the Economic Secretary plans to respond to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 4 December 2008, on red diesel fuel.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value of guarantees made in respect of new mortgage lending was in the last six months for which figures are available.

      Moscow

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many visits were made by staff of his Department to Moscow in the financial year 2007-08; (2) how many visits were made by staff of his...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will establish a new range of contact points for the public for HM Revenue and Customs services in addition to existing helplines, co-located with...

      Tax Allowances: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the arrangements are for access to each heritage (a) property, (b) object, (c) group and (d) collection in respect of which conditional...

      Tax Credit Office: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the administration costs of the Tax Credit Office were in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Arms Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) monetary value and (b) revenue to the Exchequer from taxation of British arms exports to Israel was in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) target time and (b) average time taken was for the repayment of overpaid tax by HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months.

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 11 February 2004, Official Report, columns 1489-90W, on pensions (taxation), if he will estimate the number of pensioners...

      VAT: Clothing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects a decision to be taken on the possible inclusion of school uniforms in the list of goods and services on which reduced value added tax rates...

      VAT: Stationery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the savings which accrued to his Department as a result of the withdrawal of pre-paid envelopes for value added tax...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what procedure is followed by the Tax Credit Office in the recovery of tax credits paid in respect of claimants who have died; (2) how much has been...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Tax Credit Office IT system records the reason for overpayment of tax credit awards.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in working families tax credit a family of two working adults with two children under the age of 15 years would receive in 2008-09 if the combined...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of working tax credit do not claim the childcare element.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities did not meet the shielding policies deadline for ContactPoint of 13 March 2009.

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what protocols his Department has put in place for records of details of adopted children on ContactPoint.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he plans to revise Working Together to Safeguard Children; (2) when he expects revisions to the framework for serious...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on steps they should take when pupils are found carrying a knife within...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 549-50W, on departmental staff surveys, if he will place in the...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to improve the results of children who were born in August in Key Stage 1.

      Parenting Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many parenting contracts under the Education Inspections Act 2006 have been entered into by schools; (2) how many...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission research into the impact on children born in August of the resultant reduction in (a) time spent at home...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to allow parents of children born in August to move their children out of the cohort to delay their entry...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many recorded instances of homophobic bullying there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of (a) the proportion of children receiving free school meals, (b) the proportion of children of the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in England have received a statement of special educational needs for each of the last 10 years.

      Special Educational Needs: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have received a statement of special educational needs in each of the last...

      Special Educational Needs: National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of pupils (a) in receipt of and (b) not in receipt of free school meals who achieved...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the schools in the most recent application round which were refused approval to operate as specialist schools,...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the 11 schools in the most recent application round which were approved to operate as specialist schools from...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many girls under 16 years old became pregnant in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d)...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to answer Question (a) 243012, (b) 243014, (c) 243015, (d) 243049, (e) 243051 and (f) 243053 on diabetes and...

  • Home Department

    • Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals she has to increase the number of recruits from businesses to serve as special constables.

    • Class A Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the supply of Class A drugs.

      Neighbourhood Policing Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing schemes.

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to prevent the trafficking of children; and if she will make a statement.

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the UK Statistics Authority on the preparation of statistical releases on matters within her...

      Border Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UK border security arrangements in reducing crime and illegal migration.

      Online Crime Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effects of online crime maps on levels of criminal activity.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the mechanisms and powers used to reduce levels of anti-social behaviour.

      Identity Information: Cross-Border Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to track the identities of individuals entering and leaving the UK.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effect of restricting to 1 per cent. the real terms growth of her Department's spending for 2009-10.

      Domestic Violence Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of services for victims of domestic violence.

      Trafficking of Women: Sexual Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce levels of trafficking of women for sexual exploitation.

      London Olympics: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the level of security preparedness for the London 2012 Olympics.

      S and Marper: DNA Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response the Government plans to make to the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights on the retention of DNA data in the case of...

      Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the supply of cocaine in the UK.

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department plans to take to monitor and tackle offences related to anti-Semitism; and if she will make a statement.

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent reports she has received on levels of anti-Semitism in each police force area in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which (a) countries and (b) regions of countries the Government does not carry out forced removals of refused asylum seekers because of...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers (a) were referred to the National Asylum Support Service and (b) exited the National Asylum Support Service in each...

      Asylum: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications her Department has received from (a) individuals and (b) families from (i) the Palestinian Territories and...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with airline operators on the cost they will incur in modifying systems to comply with the data...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of passenger movements she estimates will utilise full passenger name record data checks in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011,...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of implementing the authority-to-carry element of the e-Borders programme.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of implementing the passenger name record element of the e-Borders programme.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times (a) her Department and (b) the UK Border Agency lost or misplaced databases containing data on (i) British citizens and (ii)...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's IT security hierarchy.

      Detainees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been held in immigration removal centres for a period of more than (a) two weeks, (b) one month, (c) two months and...

      Domestic Violence: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of domestic violence in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency have been reported to Cumbria Police in each year since 1997.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1279W, on drugs: crime, for what reasons the police do not record possession...

      Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many holders of British passports hold dual nationality, broken down by other nationality.

      Entry Clearances: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average processing time for family reunion visas where the application has been made from a UK overseas mission in South Africa was...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to use biometric identification of children to identify those trafficked into the UK.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 818W, on illegal immigrants, what research has been (a) commissioned and...

      Illegal Immigrants: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many illegal immigrants were arrested in UK Border Agency operations conducted in (a) care homes, (b) hospitals, (c) higher...

      Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures her Department has put in place for the deportation of illegal immigrants; what (a) funding and (b) other resources her...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will investigate the loss of correspondence regarding the case of Mrs Arwa Alansi, Home Office reference: R1145376 and CTS M17617/8...

      Immigration Controls: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to launch her Department's consultation on the authority-to-carry scheme.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter dated 21 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on the All Party Dance Group.

      Police: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much her Department spent on reimbursing police forces for translation services in 2008; (2) how much her Department spent on...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of trends in the extent of under-recording of rape against women over the last 10 years.

      Sexual Offences: Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of rape complainants were offered a forensic examination in the last five years, broken down by (a) police force area and...

      Standing Advisory Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 185-6W, on standing advisory committees, how many current members of...

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of vehicles being stolen during (a) robberies and (b) domestic burglaries have been recorded by each police force in...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will hold discussions with the Criminal Records Bureau to seek to improve the speed with which checks are undertaken.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Birth Certificates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many birth certificates did not include the name of the child's father in each of the last five years.

    • Cancer: Barnsley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have been diagnosed with lung cancer in each of the last 10 years.

      Cancer: Barnsley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have been diagnosed with breast cancer in each of the last 10 years.

      Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many families there were with (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four or more dependent children in each of the last 10 years.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many residents of (a) Tamworth, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England were diagnosed with bowel cancer in each of the last 10 years.

      Death: Drugs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many drug-related deaths there were in (a) North Wiltshire constituency, (b) London and (c) England in each year since 2000.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for how many months each of the unoccupied ministerial residences in Admiralty House has been empty; and how much has been paid to date in (a)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Cabinet Office has allocated for staff bonuses for staff in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Prime Minister's Office in 2008-09.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much expenditure was incurred by the Prime Minister's Office in respect of media relations work undertaken between May and August 2007; on what...

      Disabled: Barnsley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many disabled people have been employed in (a) Barnsley, (b) Doncaster and (c) South Yorkshire in the last 10 years.

      Disabled: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people identifying themselves as disabled have been employed in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London in each of the...

      Foreigners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of non-EU nationals who have entered the UK since 2004.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent estimate he has made of the number of external access points that exist between Government departments and agencies and external IT...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment his Department has made of the lifetime cost-effectiveness of (a) open source and (b) proprietary software for Government IT...

      Leukaemia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people diagnosed with leukaemia there are in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his most recent estimate is of the number of workers receiving below the national minimum wage in each (a) region and (b) local authority area.

      Redundancy: Barnsley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been made redundant in (a) Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency, (b) Barnsley and...

      Small Businesses: Tamworth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many small and medium-sized enterprises are registered in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Burma: EU External Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the volume of trade between Burma and the EU in each of the last three years.

    • Burma: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the volume of trade between the UK and Burma was in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Colombia: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the volume of trade between the UK and Colombia was in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Consumers: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made as part of his consumer protection responsibilities of the merits of...

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to protect consumers from the effects of rises in the price of consumer...

      Overseas Trade: Western Sahara

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice his Department issues to companies on undertaking business with concerns based in Western Sahara.

      Sudan: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the volume of trade between the UK and Sudan was in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      United Arab Emirates: Debts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the debt owed to British companies by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

      Uzbekistan: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the volume of trade between the UK and Uzbekistan was in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of the withdrawal of funding for equivalent or lower qualifications students...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what consideration he is giving to reviewing the period of time available to a college to find a new placement for an...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2097W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate he has...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of 18 to 24 year-olds in (a) Bexley, (b) London and (c) England were in full-time education in each year...

      Liverpool University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will assess the effect on access to courses in (a) politics, (b) communications studies and (c) other courses...

      Liverpool University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment the Higher Education and Funding Council for England has made of the quality of teaching provided by...

      Unemployed: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of each age group were not in education, employment and training in each local education...

      Vocational Training: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to improve access to IT training in Kent Thameside.

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the effect of the recession on the number of 18 to 24 year olds who are not in...

  • Health

    • Antidepressants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged under 16 years old were prescribed anti-depressant medication in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and...

    • Arthritis: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking in respect of waiting times for follow-up treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

      Baby Care Units: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual salary is of a neonatal nurse employed by the NHS in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for implementation of his Department's commitments contained in the National Dementia Strategy.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what properties (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) NHS trusts have sold in each of the last five years; and how many have been sold for...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ICT projects costing more than £1 million his Department has initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 2002; what costs were...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date for each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessor that cost more than...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) outturn cost and (b) completion date of each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessor that cost more than £1...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the main contractor hired for each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessor that cost more than £1 million in each year since...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2009, Official Report, column 702W, on departmental lost property, what the eight miscellaneous items of equipment...

      Disabled: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number and proportion of people aged 65 years and over with a disability; and how many such people he estimates there...

      Diseases

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

      Gosport War Memorial Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the report prepared by Professor Richard Baker on events at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

      Health Centres: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest timetable is for the establishment of the proposed new GP-led health centre in Kettering.

      Health Centres: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of general practitioner practice nurses that will be needed to staff new general practitioner-led health centres.

      Health Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has given approval to the transfer of the Sir Martin Roth Unit at Newcastle General Hospital to Prudhoe; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Visitors: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors were employed by (a) Barnsley primary care trust and (b) Doncaster primary care trust in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to NHS hospitals in (a) Essex and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of personal antimicrobial products used (a) before entry to hospital for elective patients...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the consultation document on Part IX of the Drug Tariff.

      Injuries: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 16, (b) between 16 and 18, (c) between 19 and 25, (d) between 26 and 35, (e) between 36 and 50 and (f) over 50 years...

      Learning Disability: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much is planned to be spent by social services on residential care for people with a learning disability in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) patients and (b) children under 10 years old were admitted to hospital in each (i) region outside London and (ii) primary care trust area...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by each healthcare trust on sending patient medical records by taxi in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mentally Ill: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for (a) antidepressants and (b) antipsychotic drugs of each type have been made in respect of under 18-year-olds of each sex and...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives have become fully qualified in England in each year of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any arrangements are in place to assist trusts with budget deficits to bring forward capital investment proposals.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital project funding is available to (a) primary care and (b) acute trusts for (i) substantial and (ii) large capital investment projects.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of new computer systems ordered for use in the National Health Service since 2007; which NHS computer contracts have been cancelled...

      NHS: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which sets of statistical information which his Department required from NHS organisations in 2004 are no longer required to be supplied.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effect of implementation of the European Working Time Directive on the working practices of NHS staff.

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what planning assessments he has made in respect of the number of occupational therapists required in the National Health Service.

      Patients: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of the latest GP patient survey is; and how much of that cost relates to writing to patients who had already answered, asking them to...

      Physiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from clinical physiologists on state registration for qualified members of their profession.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce rules to restrict the use of public funds by primary care trusts on legal advice in relation to action taken by them in response to...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps have been taken under the National Stroke Strategy to reduce vascular risk in stroke or trans ischaemic attack patients.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 7.4.6 of the UK Renewable Energy Strategy consultation document, what recent assessment he has made of...

    • Carbon Emissions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when phase 2 of the low carbon buildings grant will end; and what arrangements have been put in place for a replacement.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the development of carbon capture and storage technologies.

      Departmental Art Works

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

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department were disciplined for (a) bullying and (b) harassment of colleagues in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department have their main place of work outside London.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department since its inception.

      Departmental Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many members of staff in his Department are subject to a performance-based bonus system.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has conducted a recent survey of the level of staff morale within his Department.

      Deposited Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what procedures his Department has in place to ensure that undertakings to place documents in the Library are fulfilled.

      Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) mileage and (b) percentage of new power lines was laid (i) underground and (ii) overground in each of the last 30 years.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the average cost per unit of electricity generated from each type of renewable source.

      Energy: Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is undertaking to promote the benefits of energy supplier switching to energy consumers who have not...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy supply companies on the use of pre-payment gas and electricity meters; and if he will...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the use of revenues generated from the auctioning of pollution allowances in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for...

      Government Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter to him dated 15 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs....

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of natural gas used in the UK in 2008 came from (a) UK Continental Shelf production, (b) imports from Norway, (c)...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Health and Safety Executive and (b) Nuclear Installations Inspectorate staff work (i) full-time and (ii) part-time on...

      Renewable Energy: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish a list of (a) respondents and (b) responses to the Government's consultation on the UK Renewable Energy Strategy.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department have been subject to disciplinary action for breaches of IT security policy in each of the last three years.

    • Entry Clearances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many family visitor visa appeals were (a) received and (b) upheld in each of the last six years.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much HM Courts Service has spent in relation to cases of extradition of people to the United States in each year since 2001.

      Firearms: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged (a) 14 to 17 and (b) 18 to 21 years old have been prosecuted for firearms offences in each year since 2001.

      Haverigg Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average annual cost of accommodating an inmate in HM Prison Haverigg since 1997 has been.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many immigration appeals were (a) received from and (b) granted in relation to people from (i) India, (ii) Pakistan and (iii) Nigeria in each of...

      Legal Aid: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for acts of assistance relating to housing were received by the Legal Services Commission in each Government region in each quarter...

      Legal Aid: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Greater London have received assistance from each of the desks established in courts to provide free legal representation at...

      Libel: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make available legal aid for libel cases in which members of the medical profession are stating medical opinion.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment his Department has made of the willingness of businesses to release employees to fulfil magistracy duties in the current economic...

      Magistrates: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates on the Barnsley Magistrates' Bench resided in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Barnsley West and Penistone constituency and...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent by West Yorkshire Drugs and Offender Management Unit on its Integrated Offender Management Programme in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c)...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much time was spent by the Yorkshire and Humber Offender Management Service interviewing and informing offenders that discriminatory behaviour is...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much time was spent by the Yorkshire and Humber Offender Management Service on the delivery of restrictive interventions to offenders in (a) 2006,...

      Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inmates (a) escaped and (b) absconded from each open prison in each year since 1997.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what offences prisoners placed in police and court cells under Operation Safeguard had been convicted.

      Police Custody: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the daily expenditure per prisoner on meals for prisoners held in police and court cells in each year since 2003.

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of the prison population with one or more mental health condition,...

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of the prison population have been held in (a) NHS and (b) independent sector mental healthcare places in each of the last...

      Prisons: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of centrally-managed prison laundry services was in 2007-08.

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the daily expenditure per prisoner on prison meals in each year since 2003.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which their actions in Afghanistan fully take account of Afghan culture.

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 December (WA 42—43), whether the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes has responded to...

      Armed Forces: Nimrod

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasons for the delay in providing replacement fuel seals for the Nimrod fleet.

      Armed Forces: Nimrod

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when all aircraft in the Nimrod fleet will be able to return to operations after modification to fuel seals and engine bay hot air ducts.

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with United Kingdom airlines operating Boeing 777 aircraft about passenger safety, in particular the accident investigator's...

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to license additional medications for controlling the varroa mite.

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 4 March (WA 156), how many patients were admitted to hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning in each of the...

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what ethnic groupings they propose to list on the 2011 census form.

      Crime: Legal Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average legal bill for criminal cases in Northern Ireland in the past three years; and what is the average legal bill for criminal cases in England and...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 200), what changes in forecast spending resulted in £917,000 being transferred back to the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 October 2008 (WA 167—68), what non-reproductive applications would benefit from nuclear transfer...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which licensed centres and research projects have expressed interest in outgrowing human embryos; what were the purported intentions behind such proposals; and...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 9 March (WA 204—5), why an embryo that has been left to outgrow for more than 14 days is no longer...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many couples leave human embryos for research or for the use of other couples. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many human embryos are destroyed or...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 9 March (WA 204—05), how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has demonstrated that...

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 24 February (WA 40) concerning their policy to promote anti-discrimination measures in other countries, what...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of origin labelling of food products through (a) voluntary supermarket reporting schemes; and (b) new laws.

      Foreign Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are accountable to Parliament for their foreign policy decisions; and whether they have considered alternative additional mechanisms to increase...

      G20: Conference

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that fair trade and economic justice for poor countries is on the agenda of the G20 meeting in London on 2 April.

      Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will respond to the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's campaign to enhance management of game and wildlife rather than traditional protection.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the results for the health of Gypsies and Travellers from the Pacesetters programme.

      Health: HIV/AIDS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in providing training for all clinicians in primary and relevant secondary care settings to identify risk and the early symptoms of HIV...

      HMS "Vanguard"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the result of the Ministry of Defence inquiry into the collision in early February of the nuclear submarine vessels HMS "Vanguard" and "Le Triomphant" in...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 11 March (WA 257) concerning their assessment of human rights in foreign countries, what representations...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 13 March (WA 287), which stakeholders they work with to promote human rights in the Republic of Ireland.

      Internet: Radical Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many radicalisation websites they, or the police authorities, have taken down.

      Media: Interviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ban the filming of media interviews while the interviewee is driving a vehicle on a public road; and what representations they have made to the...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 10 March (WA 236—37) concerning passports issued in the Republic of Ireland, in what form the records...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average time between application and payment of pension credit in each month of the past two years; and what was the average time taken to complete...

      Police: Race and Gender

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what expertise exists in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to inspect workforce issues from a race and gender perspective; and what account is taken of...

      Police: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to ensure that the training and skills of police officers working as part of (a) the British Transport Police, (b) the Civil Nuclear...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which hospitals have been constructed under the private finance initiative, or its successor schemes, in the past ten years; on what dates the construction of each...

      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 "Ministry of Defence" in annex A to the report of the Cabinet...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the litter was last cleared from the verges of (a) the M25 between the junctions 28 and 30, and (b) the A13 between the M25 and Dagenham; and when they are...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they use clearing litter from Britain's roads as a job creation opportunity.

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any proposals to representatives of United Kingdom ports and shipping services to increase job creation through public sector initiatives...

      Shipping: Irish Lights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 12 January (WA 127), to what extent the Answer took account of the General Lighthouse Fund annual report and...

      Skin Microflora

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to research into the use of probiotics to rebalance human skin microflora.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to reduce the amount of on-screen smoking in television dramas in the United Kingdom.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have taken forward the proposal to establish the post of Independent Commissioner for Terrorist Suspects, as agreed during the passage of the...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the "quality concerns" that resulted in the decision by the National Statistician and Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser to postpone publication of...

      UN: International Covenant on Enforced Disappearance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 14 November 2007 (WA 20), what progress has been made since that date in satisfying the conditions for...

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