Written answers

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

  • Wales

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much capital spending is planned to be brought forward by his Department to (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 689W, on departmental training, which Minister took the course Action Learning...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on energy prices in Wales.

  • Transport

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an estimate of the airport runway capacity required in the South of England to remove the need for aircraft to be held in stacks.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what objectives and sub-objectives were contained in his Department's Aviation Directorate's business plan in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c)...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of its suppliers his Department has paid within 10 days of receipt of invoice in the last four months.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1124W, how many hits each of the websites maintained by the Department received...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of managing the estates of the (a) Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and (b) Driving Standards Agency in the...

      Driving: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the application of the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 relating to the physical fitness of drivers to persons with...

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on consultants in respect of proposals to widen stretches of the M25 in each of the last 11 years.

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to award contracts for the next phase of the widening of the M25.

      Motor Vehicles: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps he has taken to encourage the use of environmentally-friendly cars.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1370W, on redundancy, how many staff left his Department under staff exit...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the economic downturn on his Department's Comprehensive Spending Review target to double real terms...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Public Consultations

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Environment Agency plans to determine whether used cooking oil may be used as a fuel; and when he plans to determine...

    • Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the adequacy of supplies of bluetongue vaccine to respond effectively to an outbreak of the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) counties and (b) parishes had been free of bovine tuberculosis in the four years prior to (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to his Department was of travel by train by its staff in each year since 1997.

      Fisheries: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Joan Walley) of 9 October 2008, Official Report,...

      Floods: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, columns 5-6W, on floods: Canvey Island, if he will place in the...

      Incinerators: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 32W, on incinerators: waste disposal, if he will...

      Tourism: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department makes available to assist tourism in rural areas; and on what criteria such funds are allocated.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many velodromes he has visited on official business in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many incidences of (a) bullying and (ii) harassment were recorded in his Department in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much and what percentage of the Tote's revenue came from category B2 gaming machines in 2007-08.

      Licensing Laws: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to hold a consultation on exemptions from the Licensing Act 2003 for low risk music events.

      Metal Detecting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government plan to respond to English Heritage's Nighthawking Survey report; and if he will make a statement.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many swimming pools he has visited on official business in the last 12 months.

      Swimming: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether local authorities which have currently opted out of the Government's free swimming scheme will have the opportunity to access...

  • Home Department

    • Airguns: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what restrictions are in place on the sale of ball-bearing guns to children.

    • Children: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what finance and support her Department provided for the production of series (a) one, (b) two and (c) three of the Kids Taskforce Watch...

      Crime: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles of each type have been seized in each police force area under section 165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in each year since 2005.

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Ministers attended her summit on violence against women on 9 March 2009.

      Crimes of Violence: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what freephone 24-hour telephone lines her Department provides for victims of violent crime.

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate was for incidents of violence against the person reported to the police in each month in the last two years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was made available to the Metropolitan Police for its Human Trafficking Unit in 2008-09; how much she plans to allocate in...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009 to Question 260378, when she expects to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Totnes of 24...

      Human Trafficking: Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Europol's targets are for tackling international human trafficking offences.

      Human Trafficking: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her latest estimate is of the numbers of (a) people who have been trafficked into the UK through Southampton and (b) victims of human...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes to regulations regarding wheel clamping on private land she plans to make; and if she will make a statement.

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of premises with late alcohol licences on levels of disorderly behaviour in the surrounding area.

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of the operation of the Licensing Act 2003 on levels of disorderly behaviour.

      Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to police officers on the issuing of penalty notices for disorder in (a) police stations and (b) other locations.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from the Government of Bahrain on the granting of asylum to Bahraini citizens in the UK.

    • Burma: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Burmese Government over the recent closure of house churches and Christian-run...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the Government have changed their policy on engaging with Hezbollah's political wing.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on violations of UN Security Council resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1701 (2006) by Hezbollah...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of Hezbollah's renunciation of the use of violence.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he has taken to encourage the Governments of (a) Syria and (b) Iran to prevent the replenishment of missile...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) long- and (b) short-range missiles held by Hezbollah in Lebanon.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with (a) President Assad and (b) Foreign Minister Muallem on establishing contact with Hezbollah...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department last made an assessment of Hezbollah's involvement in terrorist activity; and what the findings of that...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the (a) size and (b) strength of Hezbollah's militia; and what reports he has received on...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports he has received on the (a) physical and (b) psychological effects of rocket and mortar attacks fired from...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the US Administration the likely effects of recent developments in the political situation in Israel on...

      North Korea: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on the political situation in North Korea.

      Pakistan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the President of Pakistan in the last four weeks.

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for the future of the Palestinian Government of Prime Minister Fayyad's decision...

      Washington

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

  • Olympics

    • Inspire Mark

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) how many sports clubs have been awarded the Inspire mark; (2) how many sports projects have been awarded the Inspire mark; (3) how many projects have...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people over the age of 21 defined by the Government Olympic Executive as local have undertaken training placements as part of the Olympic...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many companies are engaged in building venues for the London 2012 Olympics; and how many of these businesses are based in the UK.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent discussions she has had with the Minister responsible for horticulture on landscaping projects for the London Olympics 2012.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many non-UK European Union nationals are employed in the construction of the venues for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Cumbria

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment the Government Olympic Executive has made of the economic effects of the London 2012 Olympics on (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency.

      Olympic Games 2012: Cumbria

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans she has to involve schools (a) in Copeland constituency, (b) in Cumbria and (c) elsewhere in the UK in events organised in as part of the London...

      Olympic Games 2012: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much had been spent on the Olympic stadium at the latest date for which figures are available; and what the estimated final cost of the stadium is.

      Olympic Games 2012: Job Creation

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the number of permanent full-time jobs likely to result from the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Prime Minister

    • Future Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Prime Minister what factors he has identified as causing delays in the construction of the future aircraft carriers. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

  • International Development

    • Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

    • Gaza

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

      Gaza

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

      G20 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the Government's approach to the development agenda for the G20 summit.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has allocated to its bilateral aid programme for China for the next three years; and if he will make a...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has allocated to its bilateral aid programme for China for 2009-10; and if he will make a statement.

      Aid Distribution Mechanisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to improve its mechanisms for public accountability for its distribution of aid; and if he...

      Burma: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the amount of EU cross-border aid to Burma in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms to ensure co-ordination between countries which give aid to developing nations the UK participates in; and if he will...

      Overseas Aid: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 873W, on Africa: water, how his Department's budget for its...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the monthly death rate in Darfur from (a) violence and (b) disease or malnutrition.

      Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of displaced persons in Darfur in each of the last five years.

      Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of internally displaced persons in camps in Darfur.

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the level of UK humanitarian aid to Darfur was in each of the last five years.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Sudanese Government on the expulsion of aid agencies from Sudan.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the level of UK humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe will be in 2009-10.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what his Department's entertainment budget was in each of the last five years; (2) how much his Department has spent on (a) alcohol and...

    • Departmental Public Consultation

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

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the letter from the hon. Member for Thurrock of 12 March 2009, on donations by Irish citizens and bodies to Northern Ireland...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the letter from the hon. Member for Thurrock of 12 March 2009, on donations by Irish citizens and bodies to Northern Ireland...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Notes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of the monetary notes of each denomination of sterling paper currency in circulation on the latest date for which...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what restrictions (a) his Department and (b) the Financial Services Authority have placed on the use of public money used to recapitalise British banks to...

      Borrowing: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent complaints his Department has received from recipients of financial loans regarding payment protection insurance; and what recent investigations...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) records and (b) data categories there are in (i) the pay as you earn database, (ii) the Self Assessment database, (iii) the Tax Credits...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 585W, which Ministers attended each of the three courses; what the names of the...

      Financial Services Authority: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many firms did not meet the Financial Services Authority's December 2008 Treating Customers Fairly scheme deadline; and what steps the authority...

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 420W, on the Public Works Loan Board, how much local authority debt borrowed from the...

      Quantitative Easing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purposes his Department plans to use the £75 billion of Bank of England gilt purchases.

      Trident

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department's Major Projects Review Group is expected to complete its review of the future nuclear deterrent capability programme.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer Question 244470, on the Modernisation Fund, tabled on 11 December 2008.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer Question 242249, on staff severance packages, tabled on 5 December 2008.

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget for custody diversion teams was in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2005-06.

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, columns 740-1W, which Ministers in his Department attended the six action learning set...

      Driving Offences: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each age group have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of driving offences of each type in (i) Southampton and (ii) the ceremonial...

      Fines: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times he has exercised his power to deduct funds from an offender's income support payments in the pursuance of enforcement of a (a) fine and...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what sentencing guidelines apply to convictions for offences arising from the purchase and use of ball-bearing guns; and if he will make a statement.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for offences involving ball-bearing guns in each of the last three years.

      Governance of Britain: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) organisations and (b) individuals were specifically invited to comment on the National Framework for Greater Citizen Engagement discussion...

      HM Court Service: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many redundancies HM Court Service expects to make in 2009-10.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in relation to how many low value personal injury claim cases the Land Registry has authorised surveillance operations on employees; what the cost of...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unfair dismissal cases were brought against the Land Registry in each of the last two years; how many of them were settled before a hearing in...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many personal injury claims have been brought against the Land Registry in each of the last two years; how many out-of-court settlements of such...

      Land Registry: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people the Land Registry (a) employs and (b) employed in each of the last five years.

      Magistrates Courts: Hertfordshire

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

      Magistrates Courts: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of sentences imposed in magistrates courts in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire were appealed against to the Crown Court in...

      Magistrates Courts: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many trials in magistrates courts in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire did not take place on the initial agreed date of hearing in each...

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which private sector prisons have access to Prison-NOMIS.

      Offenders: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what systems of identification and support the Probation Service operates for offenders who have previously served in the armed forces.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many recategorisation reviews for Category A prisoners (a) have been undertaken and (b) involved an oral hearing in each year since 2000.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 994W, on prisons: manpower, how many prison officers at each grade there were in...

      Prison Service: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether people applying to become (a) prison officers and (b) other prison service staff are required to have a Criminal Records Bureau check.

      Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of (a) the number and (b) the proportion of prisoners diagnosed with alcohol problems in each prison in England and Wales, in...

      Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on services countering the effects of alcohol in prisons in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisons: Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take consequent on the assessment in the latest annual report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons that activity levels are still not...

      Witnesses: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assistance is available to witnesses who give evidence in cases of alleged antisocial behaviour by neighbours, to protect them against possible...

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in custody under the age of 18 years were required to share living accommodation with other convicted persons over the age of 18 years...

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 18 years were held in (a) custody, (b) junior detention centres, (c) prisons, (d) mental health units and (e) other...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether proposals have been made to his Department for the lease of medium and heavy lift helicopters for use in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the extent to which the Taliban are using body armour in combat with UK forces.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on ammunitions for operations in Helmand province in each month since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces Day: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to enable organisations based in Essex to participate in Armed Forces Day on 27 June 2009.

      Armed Forces: Brunei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on basing Gurkha soldiers in Brunei Darussalam in each year since 2005.

      Armed Forces: Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks there are in each pay range at each level in the armed services.

      Armed Forces: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether service members (a) wounded and (b) killed on operations whilst wearing non-issued body armour are entitled to compensation.

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the food provided for armed forces personnel came from UK sources in 2007-08.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many properties at Blandford Camp were surveyed as part of the Service Family Accommodation Review commissioned by his Department; and into which...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much has been spent on the contracting of service mental health provision to the Priory Clinic in each year since 2003; (2) how many service...

      Armed Forces: Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel returning from conflict zones have received occupational therapy treatments for (a) physical and (b) mental trauma in the...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) Warrior, (b) CVR(T) and (c) Saxon vehicles have been fit for service in each year since 2005.

      AWE Burghfield: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1668W, on AWE Burghfield: nuclear weapons, what internationally recognised...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on a ballistic missile defence shield in Europe to provide security against Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made since the Anglo-French summit of 27 March 2008 on the aspects of defence co-operation that were agreed there; and if he will...

      Defence: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on (a) European defence cooperation and (b) the Anglo-French defence partnership; and if he...

      Departmental Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) capital and (b) maintenance expenditure his Department has incurred on standby diesel generators for back-up electricity supply of his...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ICT projects costing more than £1 million his Department has initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 2003-04; what costs...

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected cost of the Government's contribution to the EU Battlegroup roster will be in 2010.

      Gurkhas: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Gurkhas retired from the armed forces to (a) the UK, (b) Nepal and (c) other locations in each year since 1997.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1552-3W, on Iraq: peacekeeping...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel he expects to be deployed in Iraq after August 2009.

      Joint Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1150W, on nuclear weapons, how much was spent on the visits in each year; and how...

      Joint Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how the costs of co-operation with the United States on nuclear weapons technology are shared under the co-operation terms of the 1958 Mutual...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of helicopters by type in the forward fleet were fit for purpose in each year since 2001.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Interim Storage of Laid-Up Submarines Group will commence its programme of dismantling the UK's defuelled nuclear powered submarines.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the strategic capacity for storing nuclear submarines in Rosyth Dockyard will be reached; (2) when the strategic capacity for storing nuclear...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether new facilities for defuelling and de-equipping submarines at Devonport Royal Dockyard will be completed by 2012.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in meeting the 2010 date for a storage solution for the nuclear waste from the seven UK nuclear vessels at Rosyth Dockyard.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what other locations have been proposed as alternative storage sites for decommissioned nuclear submarines at Rosyth Dockyard.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of moving the seven decommissioned UK nuclear submarines at Rosyth Dockyard to another site in the UK.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the next UK nuclear submarine is due to be taken out of service; and whether it will be berthed at Rosyth Dockyard.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all decommissioned submarines in Rosyth and Devonport Dockyards have been surveyed for possible holes.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects on the environment of moving the seven decommissioned British nuclear powered submarines from the Rosyth Dockyard.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was discussed at the seventh meeting of the Interim Storage of Laid-Up Submarines Group on Wednesday 11 March 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many decommissioned UK nuclear-powered submarines with nuclear fuel in their reactors are at Devonport Royal Dockyard; (2) where the UK...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a decision will be made on the movement of decommissioned British nuclear powered submarines from Rosyth Dockyard.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the collision with Le Triomphant resulted in damage to the torpedo tube hatches on HMS Vanguard; and whether torpedoes were unloaded from HMS...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Vanguard will return to full operational capacity.

      RAF St. Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what date he expects the Defence College of Communications and Information Systems to have completed its transfer from Blandford Camp to St. Athan.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the Volunteer Reserve has been committed to operations in each year since 1997, broken down by service.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many orders were placed for new (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels in each year since 1979.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have made overpayments to the Child Support Agency are waiting for a refund; and how many have been waiting for a refund...

    • Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of applications for community care grants were rejected in the most recent period in each of the smallest geographic areas for...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the revenue forgone by the Exchequer by increasing personal allowances for the purposes of calculating council tax benefits...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the effect on the public purse would be of raising the applicable amounts at which households begin to start paying council tax to (a)...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department worked primarily or solely on the Social Fund in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of changes in levels of unemployment on staffing levels in (a) his Department and...

      Disability Living Allowance: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of removing the rule that prevents people from making an initial claim for disability...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 132W, on economic and monetary union, whether his Department's...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in each constituency have received local housing allowance in each of the last three years; (2) how much housing benefit...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of applications for local housing allowance and (b) the estimated Government...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit recipients there have been in each region in each year since 1997.

      Housing Benefit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on its housing benefit website in each of the last three years.

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who are receiving support for mortgage interest payments at a level below the standard...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all the people receiving Support for Mortgage Interest payments at a level below the standard interest rate of 6.08 per cent. as a...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent Jobcentre Plus workload forecasts updated on 31 January are for the volume of claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Lerwick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were advertised in the Lerwick job centre in each month of 2008; and for what average length of time each job was...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the 6,000 additional Jobcentre Plus staff announced on 25 November 2008 had been recruited by the latest date for which figures...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed in Jobcentre Plus in each year since its establishment.

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of training a Jobcentre Plus financial assessor receives before starting work.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals there have been against sanctions issued for non-compliance with the jobseeker's allowance regime in each of the last five...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women were in receipt of (i) contribution-based and (ii) income-based jobseeker's allowance in each of the last 12...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of jobseeker's allowance claimants had been claiming the benefit for over 12 months in each of the last 10 years for which...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants there were in (a) the UK and (b) Wellingborough constituency on the latest date for which figures...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in each ward in the London Borough of Bexley claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last 12 months.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of young people in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency claimed jobseeker's...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which areas he expects flexible new deal providers will start delivery in October 2009.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget for the flexible new deal is in each of the 14 areas in phase one of the project.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children who were (a) in relative poverty and (b) in single parent households in each year since...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Social Fund loans were not repaid in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effect on claimants of (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) jobseeker's allowance, (d)...

      Social Security Benefits: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department provides to claimants on their rights to undertake voluntary work and the effect of such work on their...

      Vacancies: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were notified to Jobcentre Plus branches in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) the Chelmsford local authority...

      Vacancies: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies have been notified to the Chelmsford Jobcentre Plus in each of the last 12 months.

      Vacancies: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies advertised by each public sector employer there have been in each Jobcentre Plus district in Wales at each salary band...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what restrictions to entitlement to jobseeker's allowance are applied to individuals who are volunteers.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities are planning an increase in (a) average guideline rent and (b) actual average rent equal to or less...

    • Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) average guideline rent increase and (b) actual average rent increase will be in each local authority in 2009-10.

      Council Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect in the reduction of council house rent rises on the ability of local authorities to...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cumulative increase in band D council tax was for each local authority in England in the period from 2007 to 2010,...

      Departmental Detergents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to ensure that no cleaning products or ingredients of cleaning products used by her Department...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the costs of the improvements to the A391 in respect of the St. Austell eco-town...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on its financial viability study for eco-towns, broken down by cost category.

      Eco-towns: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses to the current consultation on eco-towns have been received; and what proportion are in favour of the schemes.

      Eco-towns: St Austell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much public funding she expects to be provided for the St. Austell eco-town development; and which organisations she expects...

      Eco-towns: Whitehill-Bordon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of acquiring the land at Whitehill Bordon owned by the Ministry of Defence.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes have been brought back into use since the introduction of empty dwellings management orders.

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding to support schemes and initiatives related to housing her Department has brought forward from (a)...

      HomeBuy Scheme

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

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many unique visitors were received by the HomeBuy website in each month since its launch.

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what she expects the average monthly interest charged by HomeBuy Direct (a) funders and (b) providers to be; and if she will...

      HomeBuy Scheme

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

      HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many MyChoiceHomeBuy providers there are in each region.

      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 HomeBuy Direct scheme; and how much will be provided in...

      HomeBuy Scheme

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

      Housing Defects Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments were made to local authorities under the Housing Defects Scheme in each of the last five years; and if she will...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) social and (b) private enterprise homes were built in each region in each of the last 20 quarters.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's target is for the number of new homes to be built in each of the next three years; and if she will make a...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the timetable is for her Department to agree the bids submitted by the Mayor of London on 1 December 2008 under the...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on (a) the Design for Manufacture Competition and (b) the Competition's website in each year...

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to re-assess her Department's definition of overcrowding in relation to housing; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure her Department incurred on the major repairs allowance in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the next English House Condition Survey to be published.

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the information transparency plan for the Infrastructure Planning Commission to be published.

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the Infrastructure Planning Commission's administration costs in 2009.

      Local Government Finance: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the programmes to which the (a) Local Authority Business Grant Incentive funding and...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much her Department has spent on publicising its Mortgage Rescue Scheme to date; and how much has been allocated for...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the qualifying criteria for the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund; (2) if she will...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average change in rateable value as a result of transitional rate relief in England was in (a) 2005-06, (b)...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average change in business rate liability for firms previously receiving revaluation transitional rate relief will be...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses in England were eligible for transitional rate relief in 2008-09 but will no longer be eligible in 2009-10.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of making the small business rate relief scheme automatic; and if she will make a statement.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of businesses in each local authority area eligible for rate relief under the...

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has engaged any (a) actors, (b) musicians and (c) other performers to support its initiatives over the...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of planning applications submitted to local authorities in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c)...

      Planning: Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy that local planning officers should undertake mandatory training in horticulture; and if she will...

      Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid per home to each local authority which has opted for large-scale voluntary transfer of their housing stock in...

      Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much she estimates will be provided in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 (i) to write off overhanging housing debt for local...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what remuneration is given to each member of each of the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships.

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of rented homes in England were owned by (a) housing associations, (b) local authorities and (c) private...

      Rented Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of (a) households and (b) people in the (i) private and (ii) social...

      Rented Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what responsibilities the Tenant Services Agency has in respect of regulation of public sector leaseholders.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) sole owners, (b) joint owners and (c) first-time buyers have had their properties repossessed in (a) North West...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 556W, on social rented housing: standards, how many homes...

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the net change in the number of (a) households, (b) individuals and (c) children on...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of households in temporary accommodation in each of the last 20 quarters.

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the proportion of tenancy agreements in the private rented sector which are protected under the...

      Tenants Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to implement the recommendations made by the Law Commission on tenancies and tenants' right made in 2006.

      Tenants Service Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Tenants Service Authority has spent on branding since its establishment.

      Unitary Councils: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the performance of unitary authorities in which seaside and coastal towns are located.

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office: Pay

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission for what reasons the Commission agreed at its meeting of 16 December 2008 that the Comptroller and Auditor General's pay should be linked to...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much bio-ethanol was imported from Brazil to meet bio-gas requirements in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what methodological changes in the measurement of carbon dioxide emissions the Government has adopted since January 2008.

      Carbon Trust and Energy Saving Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with which public affairs companies (a) the Carbon Trust and (b) the Energy Saving Trust had contracts in 2008.

      Coal: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much coal was imported from each country of origin in each of the last 10 years.

      Coal-fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2009 to the hon. Member for Wealden (Charles Hendry), Official Report, columns 998-99W, on...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether officials in his Department who have lost laptops that were the property of his Department in the last 12 months have been...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff his Department employs; and at how many locations in London they are based.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) presentation and (b) handout used at the press briefing held by his Department on...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many public consultations his Department has conducted in the last 12 months; how long each consultation was open for; how many...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments for (a) polling and (b) other services his Department has made to (i) Deborah Mattinson and (ii) Opinion Leader...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has lead responsibility for (a) the Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, (b) the Fuel Poverty...

      Departmental Training

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

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that electrically-powered cars and other vehicles have ready access to electric points for charging...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment the Government has made of the potential contribution of broadband communications to the development of a smart grid...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to monitor levels of private sector investment in the electricity grid, with particular reference to (a)...

      Energy: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to encourage energy companies to curtail consumer demand for electricity.

      Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has paid Opinion Leader Research since its establishment.

      Renewable Energy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much central Government funding for renewable energy (a) research and (b) capital programmes there has been in respect of (i)...

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget for the Renewables Advisory Board in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the next five financial years is.

      Renewable Energy: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many renewable energy plants serving urban areas there are in the UK.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households received only energy efficient light bulbs under the Warm Front Scheme in each of the last 10 years.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to provide further clarification as referred to in his reply to the letter from...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many companies are registered to install energy efficiency products under the Warm Front scheme.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in her Office in each year since its inception; and how much has been spent in 2008-09...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she plans to reply to the letter of 26 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on equal pay for work of equal value.

      Regional Equality and Diversity Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what (a) funding and (b) other resources the Government Equalities Office has provided to each Regional Equality and Diversity Partnership in the last...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) summits, (b) conferences and (c) seminars his Department has hosted since January 2008 at which a primary subject...

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of young people living in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster entered university in each of the last 10 years.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of (a) 18 and (b) 19 year olds resident in each local authority area went into higher education in (i)...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on the ability of higher education institutions to raise finance...

      Renewable Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding was allocated for research and development by his Department and its agencies into renewable energy sources...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure the Government's policy on public funding for students taking equivalent or lower...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many complaints have been made against the Student Loans Company by people on the Repayment of Teachers' Loans Scheme.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated in accident and emergency departments in England and Wales in each month since January 2007.

    • Antidepressants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged under 16 years were prescribed anti-depressant medication in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the last five years.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of levels of access to NHS dentistry in England.

      Departmental Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) capital and (b) maintenance expenditure his Department has incurred on standby diesel generators for back-up electricity supply of his...

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of primary care trusts he expects will have a GP-led health centre open by 1 April 2009.

      Hospitals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley) of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 377W, on hospitals:...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on assisting hospital patients to eat at mealtimes; and what his policy is on families being present at patients' mealtimes to...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the main causes of infant mortality.

      Miscarriage: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related miscarriages were recorded in each strategic health authority area in each of the last five years.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria Monitor uses to assess applications for foundation status by NHS hospital trusts.

      NHS: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what professional counselling his Department provides for NHS employees suffering from psychological illness; (2) how many members of staff from...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent (a) physiotherapists and (b) speech therapists have been working in (i) the NHS in each year since 1997 and (ii) each NHS...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been allocated by his Department to ensure compliance with the European Working Time Directive in the NHS; (2) what guidelines his...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Beijing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many visits were made by staff of his Department to Beijing in the financial year 2007-08.

    • Corporate Governance Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his predecessor Department's Corporate Governance Unit was (a) established and (b) disbanded; what...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of invoices from his Department's suppliers have been paid using a Government procurement...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance his Department issues on whether staff may claim for first class rail travel if there are no...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) which hotels the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform stayed in during...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much expenditure was incurred in respect of overseas visits which (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in his Department have used their discretion to rule...

      Fire Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on levels of fire cover provided by retained...

      Fire Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on the effects of the individual opt-out...

      Insolvency: Complaints

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will appoint an independent ombudsman to investigate complaints against insolvency practitioners.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Secretary of State plans to reply to the letter sent by the hon. Member for East Londonderry on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 19 December 2008 concerning...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of people receiving a higher take home pay as a result of national...

      Moscow

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many visits were made by staff of his Department to Moscow in the financial year 2007-08.

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has engaged any (a) actors, (b) musicians and (c) other performers to support its...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations have been made to his Department on the creation of a Post Bank.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Statement of 16 December 2008, Official Report, columns 964-66, on Royal Mail, what...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which organisations for which his Department has responsibility and oversight contract with postal service...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each regional development agency allocated to regeneration programmes in the last year for which...

      Royal Mail: Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of (a) staff time in hours expended and (b) expenditure incurred by...

      Royal Mail: Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to announce his decision on which parts of Royal Mail are to be offered for sale; and...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to encourage people to join trade unions.

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much had been spent from the Union Modernisation Fund on grants to each trade union at the latest date...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who the sponsor is of each academy which has opened in England; how much each sponsor was scheduled to contribute; how much has...

    • Children: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps he is taking to increase awareness of childhood cancer among teachers in schools and education authorities; and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare places there were in Houghton and Washington East constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the feasibility study on a revised integrated children's system to be completed.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) child assessment, (b) care, (c) supervision and (d) emergency protection orders have been issued in each local...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) comprehensive and (b) independent schools began studying for pre-U examinations in September 2008.

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what arrangements his Department has in place for the long-term training and funding of educational psychologists.

      Fast Track Teaching Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) teachers responded to advertisements for the Fast Track Teaching programme and (b) retention allowances were paid...

      Fast Track Teaching Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons the Fast Track Teaching programme has been terminated; and whether he plans to compensate financially those...

      Fast Track Teaching Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to ensure that Mr. Thomas Graham of Kingsbridge Community College receives his Fast Track Teaching programme...

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families under what circumstances the Secretary of State can intervene to order the closure of a foundation school; and if he will make a...

      GCSEs: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils resident in West Chelmsford constituency achieved more than five A* to C grades at GCSE in each year...

      Integrated Children's System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what criteria were used to determine the specifications for the Integrated Children's System; and who prepared the specifications.

      Pregnant Women: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many cases have been reported to his Department of pregnant women committing suicide as a consequence of stress caused by...

      Primary Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent per pupil in primary education in (a) the London Borough of Bexley, (b) the London Borough of Greenwich and...

      Primary Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent per pupil in primary education in Staffordshire in 2008-09.

      Pupils: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance is made available for schools to support children who have been diagnosed with a health condition.

      Parents: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what support is available from his Department to deaf parents and their families; (2) what support is available from his...

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1685W, on schools: closures, which schools have closed; in...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to ensure that primary schools which are rebuilt incorporate the same design standards as secondary schools...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy to encourage secondary schools not participating in the Building Schools for the Future programme to...

      Social Workers: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to introduce a children's social work postgraduate qualification for experienced children's social workers.

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to his letter of correction of 4 December 2008 to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, Deposited Paper...

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to his letter of correction of 4 December 2008 to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, Deposited Paper...

      Teachers: Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what provision for financial assistance is planned for schools to provide teaching cover for teachers who are studying for the new...

      Teachers: Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers he expects to enrol on courses for the MA in Teaching and Learning in (a) September 2009 and (b) January 2010;...

      Teachers: Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much time he expects newly-qualified teachers enrolled on the new MA in Teaching and Learning to spend outside the classroom...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many letters from hon. Members were received by (a) the Prime Minister's Office and (b) the Cabinet Office in (i) January and (ii) February...

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many staff in the Cabinet Office (a) were disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record in...

      Disclosure of Information: Mass Media

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many leaks of Government information to the media the Cabinet Office has investigated in the last year.

      Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assistance his Department has given to other Departments in the investigation of unauthorised disclosures of information in the last 12 months.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many children under the age of one year died in each year since 1997, broken down by primary care trust.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 December 2008, Official Report, columns 111-12WS, on guaranteed minimum pension...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for each of the last three years for which figures are available, how many abortions were performed in (a) England and Wales, and (b) Scotland; how many were...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the abortion rates per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in (a) England and Wales, and (b) Scotland, in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many abortions were performed under the Abortion Act 1967 in each of the past 15 years, broken down by (a) grounds for abortion, (b) length of gestation, and...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take account of the effects of the Hyde Amendment on federal funding of abortion in the United States in preparing future partial regulatory...

      Aluminium

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vadera on 11 February (WA 185—86), whether the aluminium plant at Wylfa will be closed as a consequence of European...

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will increase funding for upgrading and refurbishing army family accommodation; and, if so, by how much.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces were deployed in each of the states which made up the former Republic of Yugoslavia on (a) 1 January 2008, and (b) 1...

      Armed Forces: Parades

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in view of Section 29J of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, what is their assessment of the arrest of Mr Nathan Draper at the demonstrations at the parade...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require the chairmen and chief executives of banks in which the taxpayer, through UK Financial Investments, holds over 50 per cent of the...

      Banking: Bank of Scotland (Ireland)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 10 March (WA 225) about appointments of senior management in the Bank of Scotland (Ireland), in relation to which...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how their policy on population limitation informs their policies for the payment of benefits.

      Brazil: Sex Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide the government of Brazil with technical advice and expertise to limit the use of the internet for promoting sex-tourism, paedophilia and...

      Companies Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in evaluating the business reviews being published by companies under the Companies Act 2006.

      Debt: United States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they owe outstanding principal of $4,368 billion to the United States; whether there is interest on that figure; and, if so, how much.

      Deer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what result they expect from recent measures to reduce the densities of wild deer roaming in sensitive areas.

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 9 March (WA 204), and notwithstanding that they deem the prosecution of Mr Ian Withers to be an...

      Employment: Agency Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that employment agencies and gangmasters explain employment rights and entitlements to their workers.

      Employment: Work Experience

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue to support all sheltered places of employment so that they can continue to provide opportunities for disadvantaged groups to gain work...

      Equality: Company Boards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make it compulsory for British companies to appoint a substantial number of women to their boards.

      Flooding: India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided assistance to the people of Bihar displaced by last year's flooding and recently evicted from camps by their Government.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether compensation has been offered by Israel or the international community to the people of the Shujaiya district of Gaza for the destruction by an Israeli jet...

      Gaza and the West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the Government of Israel about any violation of international law resulting from the closure of the Gaza crossings and...

      Government Departments: IT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which information technology contracts with a value of £50 million or over have been entered into by departments since 1997; and which of those have been...

      Government Equalities Office: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Government Equalities Office monitors and assesses government actions aimed at addressing any disadvantage that individuals experience because of their...

      Guantanamo Bay: Binyam Mohamed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in light of the High Court's conclusion in the case of Binyam Mohamed that it is an independent crime to assist in concealing evidence of torture, whether the...

      Health: Cancer Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase funding for research into treatments against aggressive prostate tumours.

      Health: Homeopathy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether primary care trusts can require patients being referred to the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital to provide evidence of the clinical effectiveness of any...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of executions in Iran; and what representations they have made to the United Nations on this issue.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what cuts have been made in the family legal aid budgets as regards (a) public law cases where children are alleged to be at risk of significant harm and may be...

      London Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Myners on 8 December 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 150), what was meant by the description of the independent charity,...

      Narrative Reporting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is produced for companies on narrative reporting in the light of the financial crisis and the Climate Change Act 2008.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will give to any Palestinian National Unity Government emerging following the resignation of the present Palestinian Authority Prime Minister.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Patel of Bradford on 3 March (WA 141), whether they are considering introducing legislation to allow public service pensions...

      Petitions

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

      Police: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the police do not discriminate on the ground of faith when investigating public order offences.

      Post Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they would accept foreign shareholdings of the Post Office if the chosen operator were a monopoly or near-monopoly in its home territory.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any United Kingdom bank which they control or in which they have a shareholding has been asked to look at businesses in difficulty in any parliamentary...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 10 March (HL1612), who are the interested parties being consulted regarding...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how programmes arising from public service agreements are monitored and assessed .

      Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House further to her Written Answer on 4 March (WA 169—70), what were the constraints which delayed the Answer to Lord Corbett of Castle Vale's Question of 3...

      Schools: Truancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families in the City of Manchester were (a) imprisoned or (b) fined for their children's non-attendance at school in each of the past three years.

      Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many small businesses closed in (a) each English region, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in (1) each quarter of 2008, and (2) the first two...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the City of Manchester have received support from the National Health Service to stop smoking in each of the past four years.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of British tax revenue goes to the European Union via United Kingdom contributions to the European Union budget; and what is the amount involved.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the website of the British consulate-general in Hong Kong lists British Indian Ocean Territory as a country which British National (Overseas) passport holders...

      Wales: Personal Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average personal debt in Wales in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, and (d) 2009.

      Waterways: Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to reduce the pollution of the waters of the River Fal in Cornwall; and whether they will investigate the causes of the continued...

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