Written answers

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

  • Wales

    • Departmental Flowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what (a) capital and (b) resource funds his Department has brought forward from its (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 budgets for use in (A) 2008-09 and (B)...

      Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has paid Opinion Leader Research in each financial year since 2007-08.

  • House of Commons Commission

  • Leader of the House

    • Training

      To ask the Leader of the House which training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by (i) civil servants and (ii) Ministers in her Office in the last 12 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions the Government has had with the Taliban on securing peace in Afghanistan.

    • Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to paragraph 9 (ix) of the High Court judgement in the case of R (Binyam Mohamed) v Secretary of State for...

      Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment of Binyam Mohamed's welfare was made by the UK officials who visited him in July 2008; and if he will make a...

      Burma: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of China on reports of illegal export of logs and timber from Burma.

      Burma: EC Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the implementation of the EU Common Position on Burma; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to discuss the political situation in Burma with his colleagues in the United Nations Security Council.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Supplementary Understanding reached by the government of Myanmar with the...

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which works of art the Government Art Collection has loaned for display in the (a) private offices and (b) official residences...

      Departmental Training

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

      Diego Garcia: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1747W, on Guantánamo Bay: detainees, for what reasons he...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official contact there has been between the Government and representatives of Hezbollah in Lebanon in the last two months.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on holding discussions with (a) Hamas and (b) Hezbollah.

      Nepal: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Nepal; and if he will make a statement.

      Nepal: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress made with the Comprehensive Peace Accord in Nepal.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan on (a) the treatment of the Ahmadi Muslim community and (b)...

      Sodexo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of allegations of involvement by Sodexo in breaches of human rights at (a) Guantánamo Bay and...

      Sri Lanka: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) UN Security Council and (b) Commonwealth on the standing of...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will call for a briefing to be made to the United Nations Security Council on the political situation in Sri Lanka; if he...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will have discussions with the United Nations on recent reports of deaths of and injuries to peacekeepers in Darfur.

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to promote the human rights concerns of the people of Tibet in (a) bilateral and (b)...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 2204W, on Tibet: politics and government, what...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by his Department on (a) capital expenditure and (b) maintenance and running costs for standby diesel...

    • Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on requirements on (a) the number of libraries per head of population and...

      Public Libraries: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will consult local library users and library staff on the effects of the proposed closure of public libraries in Wirral on library...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department issues to bus operators on driver training in respect of interaction with passengers who are (a) disabled, (b) elderly,...

    • Cycling: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of cycle lanes have been introduced in each county in the North East since 2001.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 362W, on departmental conditions of employment, whether any civil servants have...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether his Department uses WPA2 encryption protocol on all its wireless networks; (2) what auditing his Department undertakes to ensure that IT...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assumptions he has made in respect of his Department's capital departmental expenditure limits for transport in (a) each year from 2010-11 to...

      Departmental Lost Property

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the forecast change is to the number of posts in each of his Department's bargaining units by the end of 2009-10.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average basic pay for full-time equivalent (a) men and (b) women in (i) AA, (ii) AO and (iii) EO or equivalent grades is in each of his...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the current pay (a) minima and (b) maxima are for staff at each grade from AA to Grade 6 outside London in each of his Department's bargaining units.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department are responsible for monitoring the expenditure of each of its executive agencies.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 487-88W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate he has made of the annual...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's internal round robin guidance for each round robin Parliamentary Question tabled to his...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of uninsured drivers aged (a) under 18, (b) between 19 and 24, (c) between 25 and 32, (d) between 33 and...

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of drivers who have used a mobile telephone whilst driving in the last 12 months.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government Car and Despatch Agency spent on (a) London congestion charge (i) payments and (ii) fines and (b) fines for (i) speeding and...

      Government Car and Dispatch Agency : Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of the Government Car and Despatch Agency was in each year since 1997; and how much has been allocated to the agency for (a) 2008-09 and...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what risks were entered in each version of the Project Heathrow project delivery and risk report in relation to the nature of the responses and...

      Motor Vehicles: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many imported vehicles from each country were registered and licensed in each year since 2001.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many cars the Government Car and Despatch Agency has (a) purchased and (b) sold in each of the last five years; (2) how many cars the...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government Car and Despatch Agency spent on fuel in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), on what information his estimate...

      Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train services on average ran on Saturdays in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009 between Manchester and (i) Heald Green, (ii) Bramhall, (iii) Cheadle...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many (a) accidents and (b) deaths on rural roads in which driving under the influence of illegal drugs was identified as a contributory...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of accidents in England on untreated roads during wintry conditions since 19 December 2008.

      Traffic Lights: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic lights there were in each London borough in each of the last three years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will review the effectiveness of building regulations as they relate to the environmental performance of foundation systems.

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department has provided to the Institute for Community Cohesion for its project gathering information on...

      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, what research other than that...

      Community Relations: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle extremism in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the amount of uncollected council tax in England in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by her Department on (a) capital expenditure and (b) maintenance and running costs for standby diesel...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure her Department incurred as a result of overhanging debt repayments in each of the last five years; and if she...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in her Department in 2008-09 to date.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2064-5W, on departmental procurement, for what purposes...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public consultations her Department has carried out in the last 12 months; for how long each consultation was open; how...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her 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 Communities and Local Government how many training courses were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in each of the last three...

      Equity

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

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were rescued from their vehicles by the Fire and Rescue Service in (a) each fire authority area and (b) each...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were rescued from flooding by the Fire and Rescue Service in each of the last five years.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many incidents involving flooding were attended by the Fire and Rescue Service in each of the last five years.

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average monthly interest charged by OwnHome (a) funders and (b) providers has been since the scheme began.

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average income has been of a (a) first-time buyer, (b) social tenant and (c) key worker taking part in the (i)...

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have applied for assistance via the OwnHome scheme; how many applications have been granted; and what the...

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have applied for assistance via the First Time Buyers initiative; how many applications have been granted; and...

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on what date she expects the Homebuy Direct scheme to launch; and how many expressions of interest have been received from...

      HomeBuy Scheme

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

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties have been purchased via Social HomeBuy in each region in each of the last 12 quarters; what the monetary...

      Homes and Community Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what interest was earned on deposits held by the Homes and Community Agency and its predecessors in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of new homes which will be (a) started and (b) completed in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes were (a) started and (b) completed in each of the last 20 quarters.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency has spent on acquiring unsold stock for affordable housing in each of the last 12...

      Housing: Prices

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

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social sector homes were considered non-decent in each year since 2001; and what estimate has been made of the number...

      Local Government: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued on whistleblowing policy in relation to individuals working in child protection in local...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what revenues have been raised to date from the levy applied to empty properties in England in the last 12 months.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the number of planning applications the Infrastructure Planning Commission is likely to determine...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had on the use of powers under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 with those local...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) households and (b) households with children were living in temporary accommodation in each of the last 20 quarters.

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's (a) management statement and (b) financial memorandum in respect...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date recruitment for the (a) Tenant Services Authority and (b) Homes and Communities Agency commenced; and by what...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the restructuring processes involving (a) the Tenant Services Authority and (b) the Homes and Communities...

  • Health

    • Acute Trusts: Financial Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards ensuring that financially challenged acute trusts achieve recurring balance.

    • Hospital-Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of progress in reducing the level of hospital-acquired infections.

      NHS Executives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) chief executives and (b) board members of NHS trusts have been dismissed since 1997.

      Bilateral Cochlear Implant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are for the future provision of simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant to those who require it.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional support he plans to provide to assist mental health care staff to identify mentally ill patients who present a serious threat to...

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests for serological testing for coeliac disease have been received by pathology services in England in the last three years.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve its services to people with autism.

      Financially Disadvantaged: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the factors contributing to poor health outcomes for those in the bottom decile of income.

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to improve public awareness of the symptoms of stroke.

      Social Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to promote social enterprise in the health and social care sector.

      Individual Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the operation of individual budgets.

      First Aid Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will have discussions with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the inclusion of first aid training in the national curriculum.

      Primary Care: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future provision of primary care in Southwark; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure wider access to NHS dental services in Harwich.

      Health Care Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and acute trusts work co-operatively with other local...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over the age of 50 years have been diagnosed with alcoholism in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the last five years.

      Antenatal Care: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government has spent on antenatal care in each of the last 10 years.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 368W, on antidepressants, what amendments were made in December 2008 to strengthen the...

      Baby Care Units: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many neonatal vacancies there were in (a) the National Health Service and (b) each strategic health authority area in England on the latest...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 634W, on childbirth, what steps he is taking to improve the accuracy in the...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the announcement of 3 February 2009 on safeguarding Government infrastructure investment, whether any of his Department's (a) under...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the propositions contained in Religion or belief: a practical guide for the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 2173-4W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate he has made of the annual...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to his Department was of petrol for official travel by private car in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes: Syringes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on charging for the disposal of used needles from diabetics.

      Diabetes: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes were diagnosed in each age group in the NHS Wiltshire area in each of the last five years.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) male and (b) female patients were on clinical disease registers in (i) each primary care trust in London and (ii) each strategic health...

      Health Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department is providing to (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospital trusts to promote healthy eating and exercise in 2008-09.

      Hearing Impaired: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of each age under 17 years old have become deaf in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the documents and parliamentary statements in which the Government's policy on the categories of patients who may be admitted to NHS...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the community hospital capital projects which have been approved to date under the £750 million of capital expenditure for community...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average expenditure by the NHS on meals per hospital patient per day in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated for healthcare-acquired infections in (a) the Eastern area and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Injuries: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been admitted to hospital with knife wounds in each year since 1997.

      Injuries: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) healthcare provider area had diagnosis codes of (i) W32, (ii) W33, (iii) W34, (iv) W50,...

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people regularly using khat.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the number of people with a learning disability who are preserved rights service users.

      Leukaemia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) treatment of and (b) support for people diagnosed with leukaemia in (i) England, (ii) the North East, (iii)...

      Leukaemia: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) treatment of and (b) support for people diagnosed with leukaemia in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire...

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatric beds for the treatment of prisoners with mental health disorders there are in each prison institution; and if he will make a statement.

      Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 145W, on mentally ill: young people, what the rate of admissions for mental health...

      Mentally Ill: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of prisoners have been diagnosed with mental health problems relating to time served in the armed forces in each of the last...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will establish a public inquiry into the performance of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust; (2) what the remit is of each of the...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis there are in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department has spent on (a) treatment of and (b) support for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii)...

      Neonatal Mortality: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much and what proportion of its budget the Medical Research Council plans to spend on researching neonatal mortality in 2008-09; (2) how much...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications for Foundation Trust status were under assessment by the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts on the latest date for which...

      NHS: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many administrators were employed by the NHS in England in (a) each of the last three years, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 and (d) 1998-99.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on pathfinder sites for the development of social enterprises; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been provided by his Department to each social enterprise pathfinder site.

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent GP practice nurses there were in each year since 1997.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS resources for long-term palliative care; and if he will make a statement.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to NHS trusts and primary care trusts about the provision of support to parents whose children are...

      Rheumatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to develop a commissioning pathway for rheumatoid arthritis and supporting toolkit in order to provide robust and consistent...

      Rheumatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to promote greater integration of knowledge about rheumatology treatment between primary care teams and specialist rheumatology...

      Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will have discussions with the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust on its reconfiguration of acute services.

      Sight Impaired: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of each age under 17 years old have been prescribed glasses in each of the last 10 years.

      Smoking: Hertfordshire

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

      Smoking: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the NHS of treating smoking-related diseases in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each...

      Social Care: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 253W, on social care: research, when each of the two academic studies are due to be...

      Social Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each local authority spent on (a) residential care and (b) domiciliary care for older people in each of the last 10 years.

      Stabilisation Aid Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 40W, on the Stabilisation Aid Fund, whether the £15,350,000 transferred to the...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the under-18 year old conception rates were in each (a) ward and (b) local authority area in England in the latest period for which figures are...

      University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with university hospitals in Morecambe Bay NHS Trust on the performance of their accident and emergency departments.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the effect on public expenditure of abolishing the carers' premium element of pension credit in each of the next six years.

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the merits of extending cold weather payments to other categories of income-related benefits.

      Cold Weather Payments: East Kilbride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date the postcodes G74, G75 and ML10 were allocated to the Bishopton weather station for determining the payment of cold weather...

      Housing Benefit: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on housing benefit in each year since 1997 expressed in 2008-09 prices.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether rates of local housing allowance paid by local housing authorities are adjusted at the time of the outcome of a 12-month review of the...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the use of local housing allowance vulnerability criteria.

      Low Incomes: Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which areas of the UK have received money from the Growth Fund to increase the provision of affordable credit.

      Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his (a) Department and (b) its agencies have paid Opinion Leader Research in each year since December 2007.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many responses were received to his Department's consultation on the draft Child Poverty Bill; and when he plans to publish the Bill.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for crisis loans from residents of each constituency were (a) made and (b) approved in each year since 1997; and what...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to authorising the provision of good quality second-hand furniture from the Social Fund when it makes grants in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • AccessNI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of staff were employed by AccessNI in each month since April 2008.

    • AccessNI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) basic, (b) standard and (c) enhanced applications have been processed by AccessNI in each month since April 2008; and what...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many journeys (a) he and his predecessors and (b) his officials made by aeroplane in the course of their duties in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what auditing his Department undertakes to ensure that IT security policies are being followed; and on how many occasions (a) IT security...

      Departmental Press

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Domestic Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what sentencing policy applies to people convicted of domestic violence offences in Northern Ireland; and how that policy is monitored.

      Northern Ireland Compensation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been paid in compensation by the Northern Ireland Compensation Agency in each of the last five years.

      Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has paid Opinion Leader Research in each year since November 2007.

      Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much is planned to be spent on capital works for the prison estate in Northern Ireland over the next five years.

      Prisons: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the running costs of each prison in Northern Ireland were in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of invoices from suppliers his Department has settled within 10 days of receipt in the last four months.

      Overseas Aid: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the governments of other donor countries on new global initiatives for funding sexual, reproductive...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken since February 2009 to ensure that Government and non-governmental aid from the UK reaches intended recipients...

      Security Sector Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress he has made towards establishing (a) a definition of and (b) objectives for security sector reform.

      Security Sector Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effects of security sector reform on his Department's development policies.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 328W, on Africa: malaria, from which budgets the £90...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for East Londonderry of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 66W, on sub-Saharan...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for East Londonderry, of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 66W, on sub-Saharan...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 5 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1130-32W, on overseas aid, how many bed nets have been...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for East Londonderry of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 66W, on sub-Saharan...

  • Women and Equality

    • Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office has paid to Opinion Leader Research in each year since its establishment.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Corporal Punishment: Mosques

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many complaints were received by the Crown Prosecution Service alleging corporal punishment in mosques in England and Wales in 2008.

    • Domestic Violence: Cumbria

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many successful prosecutions for offences related to domestic violence in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency there have been in each year since 1997; and...

      Domestic Violence: Hampshire

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions for acts of domestic violence there were in (i) the Test Valley Borough, (ii) Southampton and (iii) the...

      Gary McKinnon

      To ask the Solicitor-General what her most recent estimate is of the cost to the Crown Prosecution Service of the extradition case against Gary McKinnon.

      Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Law Officers' Departments have paid Opinion Leader Research in each financial year since 2003-04.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many snatch land rovers were deployed in Helmand province in each month since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of each of the armed forces re-enlisted in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trainees completed the Military Annual Training Test 7 in each of the last three years; what the pass rate was in each year; what work is...

      Armed Forces: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average working hours for personnel in each service have been in each year since 2005.

      AWE Burghfield: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 337W, on AWE Burghfield: planning permission, on what...

      Defence: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial value is ascribed to (a) a soldier's life and (b) general troop safety in undertaking economic analysis to appraise (i) new defence...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many departmental (a) computers, (b) laptops and (c) memory sticks were lost in each year since 2007; and what the value of such equipment was.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down his Department's Spring Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 on the same basis as in the answer of 14 July 2008 to the hon. Member for...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fast jet aircraft of each type there are in (a) the Royal Air Force and (b) the forward fleet; and how many are fit for purpose.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military exercises were cancelled in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and what the reasons were for cancelling each exercise.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom has ever provided tritium for the United States nuclear weapons programme.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent military actions have been undertaken by the Royal Navy against piracy in (a) the Red Sea, (b) the Gulf of Aden and (c) the Indian Ocean;...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow, (b) outflow and (c) voluntary outflow rate of each volunteer reserve force was in each year since 2001.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the percentage of the defence budget which will be spent on running costs of the current Trident nuclear deterrent and the...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many charities were deemed to be insolvent in each of the last five years; (2) how many charities have made representations to the...

    • Departmental Electricity Generation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent by his Department on (a) capital expenditure and (b) maintenance and running costs for standby diesel generators for...

      Government Departments: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many temporary agency workers there were in each Government department on (a) 1 November 2008 and (b) the latest date for which information...

      Personal Income: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average weekly income was in each ward in each principal seaside town in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last month for which figures...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the net international migration was affecting (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1991.

      Redundancy: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people have been made redundant in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the last six months; (2) how many people...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many girls under 16 years of age resident in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire became pregnant in each of the last 10 years.

      V: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what volunteering opportunities the charity v provides for young people in Gloucestershire.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of alcohol-related crimes committed between the hours of 3 am and 6 am in (a) Lancashire and (b)...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of alcohol-related crimes committed between the hours of 3 am and 6 am in (a) Essex and (b)...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the joint review with the Department for Transport announced on 8 May 2008 on combating anti-social behaviour on public transport will...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people receiving section 4 support have been waiting to have their asylum case processed for longer than (a) six months, (b) one...

      Coroners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 405, on the de Menezes inquest, what discussions she has had with the...

      Crime: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimates the National Fraud Reporting Centre has made of the present level of financial crime.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) institutions supported by the higher education funding councils and (b) other organisations and bodies have been awarded contracts...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by her Department in each year since 1997; what...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Acts for which her Department has policy responsibility received Royal Assent between 1 May 1997 and 1 January 2009; which provisions...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what private finance initiatives her Department has entered into since 1997; what the total value of each contract was; who the name of the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what capital funding her Department has brought forward from its (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 budgets for use in (i) 2008-09 and (ii)...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1826W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate she has made of the...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nights she spent in hotels on official business in each (a) region and (b) overseas country in each month since July 2007.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average time her Department has taken to answer (a) named day and (b) ordinary written questions in Session 2008-09; how many named...

      Deportation: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 284W, on deportation: Peterborough, how many individual records would...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on the development of the e-justice portal; and how much has been allocated for spending on such...

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for visitor visas from individuals in Pakistan are (a) being processed and (b) awaiting processing; and what the...

      Human Trafficking: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 17 to 19 year olds apprehended following investigations into child trafficking have subsequently been deported in each of the last...

      National DNA Database: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many profiles stored on the national DNA database were of children aged (a) under two years, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) four...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on deportations in 2008.

      Offenders: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were being held in police detention on 28 February 2009.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had discussions with private security companies on security arrangements for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice her Department has provided to hotels in London on security arrangements for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Police: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers resigned in each year since 2005.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had on the proposals contained in her Department's review Tackling The Demand For Prostitution 08 with (a) the...

  • Justice

    • Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what duration he expects the next contract for the provision of the bail accommodation and support services to last.

    • Care Proceedings: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for care proceedings were made by local authorities in England and Wales in each month of (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consultation documents have been issued by (a) the National Offender Management Service and (b) HM Courts Service in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what contribution he expects each of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) business areas to make to its performance and efficiency programme;...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 in each year.

      Domestic Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have been (a) fined, (b) imprisoned and (c) given community service following convictions for domestic violence in the last 12 months.

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of the (a) male and (b) female prison population received their sentence for committing drugs offences.

      Executive Agencies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much non-consolidated performance pay was paid to staff of (a) HM Courts Service, (b) HM Prison Service and (c) the Youth Justice Board in each of...

      Governance of Britain: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure has been incurred since 3 July 2007 on (a) events and (b) consultations held as part of the Governance of Britain agenda.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) mean and (b) median sale price in 2008-09 prices was of house sales registered with the Land Registry in each year since 2000.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many properties registered with the Land Registry changed ownership in each month since January 2006.

      Magistrates Courts: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were heard in magistrates courts in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency in each year since 1997.

      Magistrates Courts: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the number of magistrates needed in order to meet the needs of the courts in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b)...

      Magistrates Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the annual running costs were of Larne Magistrates Court in each of the last five years; (2) how many people have been employed by the...

      Magistrates Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the running costs of Strabane Magistrates Court have been in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 29 January 2009, transferred from the Department of Health on...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the meaning is of the reference to reduced scope of proposed plans on page 36 of the NOMS Strategic and Business Plans 2009-10 to 2010-11.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners are serving an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection in each prison in England and Wales.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many custodial sentences which terminated in each of the last five years had been reduced by virtue of the time spent by the convict on curfew while...

      Prisoners: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons have a dedicated identification and support system for prisoners who have previously served in the armed forces; and what forms such...

      Prisoners: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many pregnant women in each age group spent time in prison under sentence in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women in each age group spent time in prison under sentence in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison buildings have been assessed as non-compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 in each year since it entered into force.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d)...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the services provided to victims of crime.

      Wymott Prison: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what reports he has received of the rooftop protest at HM Prison Wymott on 25 February; how many such protests have taken place at HM Prison Wymott in...

      Young Offenders: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what pilot projects are being undertaken by his Department to deter young people from entering the criminal justice system; and what (a) the cost to...

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of sentences handed down to (a) juveniles and (b) young adults of each sex from (i) magistrates courts and (ii) crown...

      Young People: Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juveniles were detained overnight in police cells in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Lighting: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has received reports on potential (a) health and (b) other hazards caused by environmentally-friendly light bulbs.

    • Tree Felling: Indonesia and Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps he has taken to assist the government of (a) Indonesia and (b) Brazil to reduce levels of deforestation in those...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which external consultant he has appointed to review his Department's management of its contract with Eaga for the provision of the...

      Warm Front Scheme: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department takes to monitor complaints about the operation of the Warm Front scheme.

  • Treasury

    • Cheques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the banking industry on the time taken for clearance of cheques; and if he will make a statement.

    • Cheques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to review the provisions of the Bills of Exchange Act 1882 and the Cheques Acts of 1957 and 1992 in respect of the use of cheques as a...

      Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by his Department.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure that (a) European Regional Development Fund and (b) other European grant aid programmes are used to greatest effect in (i) the...

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which body is responsible for supervising and directing the activities of the European Investment Bank; what the financial obligations are of the...

      Expert Liaison Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each meeting of the Expert Liaison Group.

      Fossil Fuels: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal incentives are available for fossil fuel production and investment.

      Land: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Valuation Office Agency made of the average value of a hectare of land in each of the last 20 quarters.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 28 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Agnes Kaddedu-Gedeun.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of additional revenue that would have been raised from (a) employees and (b) employers by abolishing the upper limit on the...

      Pensions: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of people who have been mis-sold endowment policies but have not pursued the matter within the...

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies have incurred in each year since 1997 on (i) opinion...

      Revenue and Customs: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff worked at HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the decision to keep open the HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley was rescinded in February 2008.

      Revenue and Customs: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which organisation carried out each such survey.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1638-39W, on tax credit, what estimate he has made of the number of claimants who...

      Taxation: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will have discussions with his EU counterparts on steps to ensure that products of the same type sold in EU member states are subject to the same tax...

      VAT: Children's Car Seats

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to review the rate of value added tax charged on plug-in children's car seats; and if he will make a statement.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funds his Department has allocated to research on and development of alternatives to animal testing since 1997.

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of invoices from suppliers his Department settled within 10 days of receipt in the last four months.

      Foreign Students: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 544-45W, on foreign students: USA, when the arrangements...

      Gifted Children: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of young people identified as gifted and talented went on to higher education in the latest year for which...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) which higher education institutions are in risk category (a) 1 and (b) 2; (2) if he will publish his most recent...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many first-time male entrants to higher education first degree courses there were in each year since 1998.

      Low Impact Building Innovation Platform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been allocated to the Low Impact Building Innovation Platform in each year since it was established.

      Mathematics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding was allocated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to the mathematical sciences...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter of 11 February 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to...

      Performing Arts

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

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps he has taken to promote scientific research in universities in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c)...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what percentage of university students are UK nationals; (2) what percentage of undergraduate places on science,...

      Students: Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will consult the Welsh Assembly Government as part of the review of the cap on tuition fees.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of UK domiciled full-time students enrolled on (a) first-degree and (b)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many graduates who are earning between £15,000 and £30,000 are making student loan repayments.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what rates of interest have been charged to students who have loans with the Student Loans Company over the last five years;...

      Youth at Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills in which universities the two-year student leadership pilot being run by Youth at Risk is operating; and how much his...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people were declared bankrupt in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d)...

    • British Brands Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met the (i) British Brands...

      Construction: Credit Insurance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to (a) increase the availability and (b) reduce the cost of credit insurance, with...

      Departmental Electricity Generation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent by his Department on (a) capital expenditure and (b) maintenance and running...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was paid in sick pay to staff (a) his Department and its predecessor, (b) its agencies and (c)...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which company was...

      Flexible Working: Parents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to small businesses of extending flexible working to parents of...

      Freight: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of freight transport businesses declared bankrupt in each of the...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to assist manufacturing industry in the North West.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to increase the capacity of the national minimum wage customer responsive outreach team.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to reduce levels of non-compliance with national minimum wage...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received from (a) tourism industry bodies and (b) others on the...

      Public Sector: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) redundancies, (b) retirements and (c) redundancy notices his Department has been notified...

      Regional Development Agencies: Meetings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance his Department provides to regional development agencies on the publication of (a) agendas...

      Royal Mail: Reorganisation

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

      Royal Mail: Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which postal operators have expressed interest in forming a strategic partnership with Royal Mail to date.

      Taxation: Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) when businesses will be entitled to apply for the Small Business Finance Scheme; (2) when he expects...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of registered childminders are on (a) the Early Years Register and (b) the Ofsted Childcare Register.

    • Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has published for parents on protecting children from harm arising from use of the internet.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on implementation of the recommendations of the Byron review, Safer children in a digital world.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on the development of the child internet safety strategy.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many occasions the UK Council on Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has met; how much his Department has spent on UKCCIS; and...

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date the Child Internet Safety Summit will be held.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many occasions the Executive Board of the UK Council on Child Internet Safety has met; and if he will place a copy of the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he and the Secretary of State for Health expect revisions to the guidance to and systems of accident and emergency...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to page 16 of The Protection of Children in England: a progress report, HC330, what formalised and explicit...

      Children's Centres: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what expenditure his Department incurred on children's centres in the city of Sunderland in each of the last 10 years.

      Children's Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what minimum qualifications are required of the chairmen of children's trusts; (2) who chairs each children's trust.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of invoices from suppliers his Department has settled within 10 days of receipt in the last four months.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many standard letters his Department has written to headteachers of special schools since September 2007; and if he will place...

      Departmental Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent by his Department on (a) capital expenditure and (b) maintenance and running costs for standby diesel...

      Gifted Children: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Braintree constituency and (ii) Essex have a...

      Gifted Children: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire have a...

      Israel: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to which events held in the United Kingdom to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel he was...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department has given to schools on reducing levels of cyberbullying; (2) how much his Department has...

      Shrewsbury House School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has received reports of bullying at Shrewsbury House School, Ditton Road, Surbiton, Surrey in the last five...

      Special Educational Needs

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

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 758W, on special educational needs, how many of the...

      Special Educational Needs: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils in each decile of income deprivation affecting children indices had statements of...

      Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2117W, on special educational needs: pupil exclusions, why...

      Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with statements of special educational needs for autism were given (a) fixed-term and (b) permanent exclusion...

      Teachers: Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what restrictions there are upon teachers serving as councillors on local authorities which are local education authorities; and...

      Teachers: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of teachers recruited to maintained (a) infant, (b) primary and (c) secondary schools were the subject of a...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to reduce the number of abortions in the United Kingdom; and, if so, what form these take.

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in Scotland aged (a) 18, (b) 17, (c) 16, (d) 15, (e) 14, (f) 13 and (g) 12 years who had an abortion in (1) 2006 and (2) 2007 had (i) one, (ii) two,...

      Armed Forces: Urgent Operational Requirements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual amount spent on urgent operational requirements by the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2002—03; in each case, how much of that...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of asylum applicants who are detained on arrival in the United Kingdom; and whether they will review the quality of...

      Asylum Seekers: Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers from the Congo were granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom between 2005 and 2008.

      British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they paid to the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body in each year from 2003 to 2008.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4 March (WA 158), whether in making appointments to the Crown Prosecution Service they disregard...

      Equality: Race

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 10 March (WA 228—29), how they define minority ethnic people.

      G20: Conference

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they will discuss at the G20 meeting in London on 2 April to ensure that poor countries play a full part in shaping the agendas of multilateral...

      G20: Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to allow smoking booths to be provided at the venue for the G20 summit in April; and, if so, whether they will amend the law to allow public...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to Amnesty International's recent report, Fuelling conflict: Foreign arms supplies to Israel/Gaza, on the use of foreign-supplied weaponry...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion of Human Rights Watch that Hamas did not use civilians as human shields during the recent military action in Gaza.

      Government Buildings: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many breaches of physical security occurred at government buildings in each year for which figures are available; and where those breaches occurred.

      Government Departments: Data Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in each year for which figures are available, how many breaches of data security involving Ministers or civil servants occurred; and in which departments those...

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the dates and purposes of visits to the north-west that the Minister for the north-west has made in that capacity since her appointment.

      Health: GPs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many general practitioners there were in the National Health Service in (a) 1998, and (b) 2008.

      Health: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many nurses there were in the National Health Service in (a) 1998, and (b) 2008.

      Health: Pharmaceutical Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the findings of the White Paper consultation, Pharmacy in England: Building on strengths—delivering the future: proposals for...

      Houses of Parliament: Copyright

      To ask the Chairman of Committees who receives the income generated from the sale of House of Lords papers protected by parliamentary copyright; and what is the annual net profit derived from...

      Houses of Parliament: Interns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made to ensure that university students from the United States can obtain permission to work as interns during the summer of 2009, in...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which investment in labour-intensive housing and infrastructure schemes can contribute towards both alleviating the...

      Ibrahim Moussawi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to allow Dr Ibrahim Moussawi to visit the United Kingdom; and whether they will use the same criteria in reaching that decision as were used in...

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will reduce the length of time that individuals are held in immigration and asylum detention centres; and how many people are detained for more than one year.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why (a) Mr Ahmed Abu Bakar Hassam has been held at Oakington detention centre for 28 months; and (b) Mr Ali Saifi has been held at Colnbrook detention centre for...

      International Festivals and Competitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidelines are provided to competitors from overseas to enable them to enter the United Kingdom and participate in international festivals and competitions.

      Licensing Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current status of their review of the live music provisions of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Migrant Workers: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what results they expect from the European Union blue card entry system for highly skilled entrants from third countries, and what proportion of entrants they...

      NHS: Hospital Referral

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in circumstances where the general practitioner and the patient agree on the hospital to which the patient will be referred, primary care trusts can...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 24 February (WA 60—61) concerning bonus payments to the Northern Ireland Office, when was the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 24 February (WA 61) concerning the cost of electricity for the Northern Ireland Office, why the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 9 February (WA 166), why salary and pension costs for Northern Ireland Office staff have risen 78...

      Nuclear Plants: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for assessing the security risks associated with the protection of (a) the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant, and (b) Dounreay nuclear...

      Nuclear Plants: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for assessing whether the arrangements to protect civil nuclear establishments are adequate.

      Nuclear Plants: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for assessing whether the support available to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary from other police forces is adequate.

      Ofcom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will divide the functions of Ofcom into separate regulators for telecommunications and media in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest within...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made or intend to make representations to the Government of Pakistan about allegations that religious minorities were denied full participation...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK Border Agency will alter its advice and support for victims of trafficking following the requests made by the chief executive of the Immigration...

      Petitions

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

      Retail Developments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to allow councils to protect local businesses and town centres from large out-of-town retail developments. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people died in England and Wales as a result of smoking-related illnesses from 2005 to date.

      Sport: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Carter of Barnes on 27 February (WA 114) on funding systems for sports and leisure projects, to what extent the Answer was...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made or intend to make representations to the Government of Pakistan concerning threats made to the defence lawyer representing Mr Hector Aleem,...

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