Written answers

Thursday, 26 March 2009

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what use his Department makes of services offered by Resolution for serving and former armed forces personnel diagnosed with trauma; and if he will make...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1043W, on armed forces: housing, how many complaints made to Modern Housing...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the recruitment (a) target and (b) level achieved was for each pinch point trade in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many security passes granting access to his Department's main building have been (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last 15 months.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 54WS, on aircraft (available support), what the payment...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to put out to tender a contract to (a) refurbish or (b) replace the Puma support helicopter; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what information her Office holds on the number of persons appointed to executive positions in bodies for which her Office has responsibility who previously...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many staff in her Office were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days in each year since its inception.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what methodology his Department uses to assess progress towards the target of two million people becoming more active by 2012; what date...

    • Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance his Department has issued since 2001 to (a) Sport England and (b) national governing bodies on consulting other external...

  • Transport

    • A12: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work to start on the junction between the A12 and the Colchester Northern Approach Road; and if he will make a statement.

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 1146W, on airports: security, if he will make it his policy that passengers...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to provide that people with insulin-treated diabetes may drive heavy goods vehicles following the approval of a...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 987W, on Heathrow Airport, what the position was which was confirmed by advice to...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral statement of 15 January 2009, Official Report, columns 355-60, on transport infrastructure, whether the Network Rail site at...

      High Speed Trains: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct High Speed Trains Ltd. to include in the proposals for high speed rail links being developed for his Department the provision of a...

      High Speed Trains: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) national gross domestic product and (b) the West Midlands economy of a high speed line from London...

      Opinion Leader Research

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

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to bring forward measures to enable local authorities to introduce countdown signs at pedestrian crossings.

      Performing Arts

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

      Railway Stations: Winchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train stations in Winchester constituency have been made accessible to wheelchair users in the last three years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average inter-city train speed was for each train operating company in each year since 1997.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether High Speed Two Ltd has been instructed to produce proposals for high-speed rail links other than between London and the West Midlands; and...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport over what period his Department plans to allocate funding to High Speed Two; and from which budget.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to extend the passengers in excess of capacity measurement to include services which do not start or end in London.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methods his Department is considering to improve the accuracy of measurement of overcrowding on trains outside of London and the South East.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much compensation has been paid by Network Rail to train operating companies for delays in each year since 2000.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much compensation has been paid to passengers by each train operating company for delays in each year since 2000.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to business of (a) road and (b) rail congestion in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of train (a) delays and (b) cancellations as a result of snow and freezing conditions there have been since 19 December 2008.

      Road Traffic: Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the amount of congestion which is linked to street works in (a) England, (b) each region and...

      Road Traffic: Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of re-phasing traffic lights on levels of congestion in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each London...

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the first local authority road works permitting scheme to be established under the provisions of the Traffic Management Act 2004; and...

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has met representatives of utility companies to discuss street works since his appointment.

      Road Works: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much was paid in fixed penalty notices for street works issued under the provision of regulations in the Traffic Management Act 2004 in (a)...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths there were resulting from traffic related incidents in 30 miles per hour zones in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex in each of the last...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), how many of the 12,500 long-term jobs...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), how much he expects to be invested in...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), what discussions he has had with...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), whether the (a) body shells, (b)...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), whether an environmental impact...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), when he expects Agility Trains to...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), if he will make representations to his...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), how many UK-based suppliers he...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1531-44, on new trains (investment), when he expects to announce the...

      Rolling Stock

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

      Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 362W, on departmental surveys, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many traffic lights there are on public roads in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each London borough; (2) what increase in the...

      Transport: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking to improve transport links to seaside resorts.

      Transport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of his Department's spending related to projects intended to encourage (a) cycling and (b) bus use in the last 12 months.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets his Department has set in relation to the time taken for processing applications for funding under those...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding he expects to be allocated in grants made under the Rural Development Programme England in 2009.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to simplify the application process for allocation of funds under the Rural Development...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the mechanisms by which grants are awarded to...

      Beavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the reintroduction of beavers into the wild.

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of livestock farmers in each region who have vaccinated their livestock against bluetongue disease; and if he...

      Deer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an estimate of changes in the roe deer population in the last five years.

      Departmental Bank Services

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

      Departmental Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) capital and (b) maintenance expenditure his Department has incurred on standby diesel generators for back-up...

      Departmental Public Consultation

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

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued to police and local authorities on the law on dangerous dogs in the last 12 months;...

      Dogs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to reintroduce dog licences; and if he will make a statement.

      Farms: Bio-security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve bio-security on farms.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stafford of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1286W, on the Floods...

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to increase the restrictions on development in flood risk areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Floods: Slapton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations are represented in the Slapton Line Partnership; what progress has been made on the Slapton Line project...

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking in respect of equines for which the owners do not hold passports.

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanism there is to establish that an applicant for a horse passport is the legal owner of the animal.

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what checks on equines presented for slaughter are undertaken to establish that the person presenting the animal (a) is its...

      Lighting: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has considered the merits of introducing health warnings on the packaging of energy saving light bulbs.

      Litter: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average fine was imposed for littering offences in England in each of the last three years.

      Litter: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average fine has been issued as a fixed penalty notice under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 by (a)...

      Litter: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fixed penalty fines for litter offences were issued by each local authority in England in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Litter: NGOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with non-governmental organisations which have objectives to reduce littering; (2)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Minister of State for Farming and the Environment plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, of 26 January 2009, on emergency response...

      Performing Arts

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

      Poultry: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking to implement European Council Directive 99/74EC prohibiting the use of conventional...

      Rabbits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of levels of rabbit damage in the last five years.

      Recreation Spaces: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which pieces of land have been registered as a town green under the Commons Act 2006.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what formal notifications and requests for revisions have been made in accordance with Articles 6-12 of Council Regulation...

      Tilbury Marshes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the flora and fauna of Tilbury marshes; what assessment he...

      Tilbury Marshes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the importance of the Tilbury marshes to the flood plain; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last met the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to discuss policy on tourism in rural areas.

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many water meters were installed by water supply companies in houses in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each of...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision the European Commission's proposed Regulation on the obligations of operators who place timber and timber...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1741-42W, on Afghanistan: detainees, if he will now...

    • Africa: Armed Conflict

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

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 41W, on anti-Semitism, on what recent occasions (a) he and...

      Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government gave permission to the US to share UK intelligence with the Moroccan intelligence services in relation to...

      Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government shared UK intelligence relating to (a) the interrogation of Binyam Mohamed and (b) other intelligence...

      Chevening Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much private sector funding for Chevening scholarships there was is 2008.

      Chevening Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of the Chevening scholarships scheme was in 2008.

      Chevening Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Chevening (a) scholarships and (b) fellowships were awarded in 2008.

      Chevening Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Chevening (a) scholarships and (b) fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the programme.

      Colombia: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the level of violence against women in Colombia.

      Colombia: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the incidence of forced abortions for women guerrilla combatants in Colombia.

      Cuba: Political Prisoners

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1237-8W, on departmental public expenditure, what estimate...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) production and printing and (b) other costs to his Department of producing its most...

      Diplomatic Service: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what diplomatic protocols govern the possession of arms by foreign nationals assigned to provide security for their nationals...

      Elections: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the British delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on proposals to reduce his...

      France: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on levels of anti-Semitism in France; and if he will make a statement.

      Gaza: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions took place between members of the Quartet on proposals to stop the flow of weapons into Gaza (a) before and...

      International Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, columns 50-52W, how much he expects to pay in subscriptions to each...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the Government plan to make to the activities of EULEX in Kosovo.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Senator George Mitchell on the Middle East Peace Process since his appointment as President...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the NATO Secretary-General to discuss the NATO-EU relations; and if he will make a statement.

      Pakistan: Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Pakistan on its application of the blasphemy law in the case of (a) Hector...

      Ratko Mladic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of the early arrest of Ratko Mladic; and if he will make a statement.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1208-10W, on redundancy, which posts were vacated...

      Roy Bennett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made through (a) the Commonwealth and (b) the United Nations Security Council on the arrest and...

      Russia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to monitor the political situation in Russia.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the activities of pirates operating from Somalia.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of deaths by violence in Darfur in 2008.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UN/African troops are in Darfur.

      Sudan: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chinese government on the issue by the International Criminal Court of an arrest warrant...

      Syrian Arab Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he has visited Syria on official business in the last three years; and what plans he has for further such visits.

      UN Resolutions: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to support the achievement of the objectives of the UN Resolution 1820 on Women and peace...

      Zimbabwe: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of deaths from cholera in Zimbabwe in 2008.

      Zimbabwe: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Zimbabwean (a) politicians, (b) civil servants, (c) judges and (d) members of the armed forces are prohibited from...

      Zimbabwe: Political Prisoners

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

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last had discussions with the South African Government on the Government of Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to hold discussions with the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe on the political situation in that country.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of extra-judicial executions in Zimbabwe in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many and what proportion of child maintenance cases in Birkenhead constituency payments were made correctly and on time in the latest...

    • Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time taken to (a) process community care grant applications and (b) review community care grant decisions is in...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) records and (b) data fields there are in (i) the Customer Management System, (ii) the Patient Modernisation Programme, (iii) the...

      Departmental Detergents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to ensure that no cleaning products or ingredients of cleaning products used by his Department have been tested...

      Departmental Lost Property

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

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

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Improving Disability Employment Advisory Service programme will be available to (a) jobseeker's allowance claimants and (b)...

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether those facing increased obligations under the employment and support allowance regime who are in need of specialist disability...

      Incapacity Benefit: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1997.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people identified as unemployed in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire have received assistance from his Department and its...

      Pathways to Work and Workstep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the comparative effectiveness of prime contractors on the Pathways to Work programme and Workstep.

      Pension Credit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households were in receipt of pension credit in each London local authority in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2008-09; and what the...

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff Central of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 41W, on pension credit:...

      Pensioners: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which women's pension entitlement is affected by them taking time off work to care for children.

      Remploy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees there have been in Remploy sectors (a) M1 and (b) X in each year since 2000.

      Remploy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in bonuses to the (a) senior management and (b) directors of Remploy in each year since 2000.

      Remploy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any bonuses were paid to senior Remploy staff in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average total benefit received per household was in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Social Security Benefits: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families received benefits in excess of £15,000 in (a) West Chelmsford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in each of the last...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he expects to pay to pensioner households in Houghton and Washington East constituency in winter fuel payments in 2008-09.

      Workstep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) contractors for Workstep and (b) specific disability charities in securing...

      Workstep: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure equal treatment for the most vulnerable disabled jobseekers within the prime contractor models for Workstep.

  • Treasury

    • Post Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has received on the creation of a Post Bank.

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Statement of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 489-503, on the pre-Budget report, what recent estimate he has made of the...

      Icelandic Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next expects to meet the Financial Services Authority to discuss the freezing of Icelandic bank accounts in the UK.

      UK Economic Performance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with the International Monetary Fund on the UK's economic performance.

      UK Economic Performance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with the International Monetary Fund on the UK's economic performance.

      Credit Provision

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further steps his Department plans to take to encourage banks to provide credit to businesses.

      Electronic Games Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has had from representatives of the software industry on tax incentives for the electronic games industry.

      Sir Fred Goodwin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department had with representatives of the Royal Bank of Scotland in October 2008 on the pension arrangements for Sir Fred Goodwin.

      Quantitative Easing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects on the economy of quantitative easing measures taken by the Bank of England.

      Wealth Inequality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of levels of wealth inequality in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.

      Wealth Inequality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in the levels of wealth inequality between 1997 and the most recent period for which figures are available; and if...

      Poverty Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had at the G20 Finance Ministers' meeting on the effect of the global economic downturn on levels of poverty.

      Forecast Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent forecast is of UK economic growth in 2009-10.

      Bank Lending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with banks on plans to increase lending.

      Bank Lending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to monitor levels of bank lending to businesses and homebuyers.

      Premium Car Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will discuss with representatives of the premium car industry the effects of changes to their write-down allowances on their businesses.

      Banks: Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his Irish counterpart on (a) the level of protection for UK citizens with deposits in Irish banks and (b)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) grade II, (b) grade II* and (c) grade I listed buildings have been owned by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which former (a) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 and (b) Members of the House of Lords from each party have been appointed to positions on...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how many of them in...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what training courses (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department have undertaken in the last 12 months; (2) what training courses were...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) gross and (b) net contribution made by the United Kingdom to the EU was in (i) the most recent year for which figures are available, (ii)...

      Financial Services: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 23 March 2009, Official Report, on Spring European Council, what assessment he has made of British (a)...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of his Department are members of High Speed Two Ltd in each of the next five years.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how regularly his Department receives (a) information and (b) updates from High Speed Two Ltd.

      Inheritance: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Financial Services Authority's response to the Twelfth Report from the Treasury Committee, Session 2007-08, HC 1132, on inherited...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's letter of 6 January 2009, PO Ref: 5/04009/2009, concerning his constituent, Mrs Rosemary...

      Personal Savings: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effects on savers of low interest rates.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-48WS, on Government infrastructure investment, what reduction...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-48WS, on Government infrastructure investment, whether...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 47-48WS, on Government infrastructure investment, what his most...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 47WS, on Government infrastructure investment, whether the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to obtain EU state aid approval in respect of his proposals to provide debt finance to providers of private finance initiative projects.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the availability of private finance initiative credits for energy infrastructure projects.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what capital expenditure projects have been brought forward under the Government's acceleration programme; and what the (a) (i) original and (ii) current...

      Reoffenders: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on methods of budgeting for services designed to reduce levels of reoffending.

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was allocated to HM Revenue and Customs' work on tobacco smuggling in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from representatives of businesses on tax incentives for self-financed credit insurance schemes; and if he will...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 263W, on VAT, what the other groups are which account for the remaining 15 per cent. of...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Construction: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to maintain and protect (a) skills and (b) capability in the...

    • Departmental Cleaning Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which contractors his Department uses to undertake cleaning duties; and what the hourly rates of pay are...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many consultants are employed by each bargaining unit of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many members of staff in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of each contract his Department has commissioned with external...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Department were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b)...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, columns 832-3W, on departmental...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many language translators are employed in each of his Department's (a) executive agencies and (b)...

      Eco-towns: St Austell

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the South West Regional Development Agency has allocated to the St. Austell eco-town development;...

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of (a) UK nationals employed in other EU member...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Minister for Trade plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Government plans to establish any additional public holidays.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) when the programme making and special events sector was informed that it may not retain access to the...

      Telecommunications: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department received from Ofcom in remitted licence fees in each of the last five years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to answer question 249140, on answers to parliamentary questions, tabled on 14 January 2009.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged (a) between 10 and 14, (b) between 15 and 19, (c) between 20 and 30, (d) between 31 and 50, (e) between 51 and 64...

    • British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for British citizenship are (a) being processed and (b) awaiting processing, broken down by applicant country of origin.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested on suspicion of the offence of conspiracy to cause misconduct in public office in each of the last three years.

      Damian Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her contribution on 4 December 2008, Official Report, column 151, consequent upon the Point of Order raised by the hon. Member...

      Damian Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to make the Metropolitan police's report on its investigation regarding the hon. Member for Ashford (Damian Green)...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil servants in her Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what scanning for vulnerabilities her Department conducts of each of its IT devices; what method is used for IT device scans; and how many...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish a list of the systematic leaks from her Department referred to in her statement of 4 December 2008, Official Report,...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many internal Home Office leak inquiries there have been in each of the last three years; and how many leakers were identified.

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost has been of the investigation into the leaking of documents from her Department.

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on which occasions since June 2007 her Department has recorded an unauthorised disclosure of information; whether a leak inquiry was...

      Departmental Electricity Generation

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many scheduled deportations were cancelled within (a) one month and (b) one week of the deportation date in 2008.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) women and (b) teenage girls have reported being victims of domestic violence in (i) England and Wales, (ii) the North...

      Entry Clearances: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications were (a) received and (b) granted for family visit visas in each of the last six years.

      Entry Clearances: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place for processing visa applications from Iraqi nationals seeking to visit the UK.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether international graduates will continue to be able to apply to stay in the UK for up to two years after graduation under post-study...

      House of Commons: Right of Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when an application was made to a magistrate for a search warrant to search the office of the hon. Member for Ashford within the...

      House of Commons: Right of Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the letter to her of 3 December 2008 from Assistant Commissioner Robert Quick, from whom the police obtained the...

      House of Commons: Right of Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will ask the Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan police service to explain the reasons which underlay the decision to search the...

      House of Commons: Right of Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings she has attended with Mr. Speaker on the arrest of the hon. Member for Ashford (Damian Green) and the search of his office;...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to publish a report on the operation and outcomes of Operation Pentameter 2.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 10 February regarding a constituent, ref: M2717/9.

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with social networking sites and internet service providers on the removal of profiles of paedophiles and...

      Police: Right of Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what requirements there are on police officers to produce search warrants when searching premises; in what circumstances they are not...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average estimated cost for the Criminal Records Bureau to complete a single check was in the latest period for which...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of providing the Crown court service in Hertfordshire was in each year since 1997.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what additional funding he has allocated for improvements to Young Offender Institute Lancaster Farms following the transfer of its juvenile population.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many internal grievances in the Land Registry led to an employment tribunal in each of the last two financial years; what the reasons for each such...

      Magistrates Courts: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the provision of the magistrates court service in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire cost in each year since 1997.

      Pleural Plaques: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Government plan to announce a decision on compensation for those adversely affected by pleural plaques.

      Victim Support Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was in the Victims Fund in each of the last five years; and what its sources of income are.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has allocated for staff bonuses in 2008-09.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what guidance his Department has issued on the payment of per diem expenses to people who are not employees of the Department for...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1162W, on departmental recruitment, how many additional...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing for non-governmental organisations and charities working to alleviate the humanitarian...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1656W, on Palestinians: overseas aid, what measures are in place to...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps he has taken to ensure that humanitarian and reconstruction aid provided by his Department is delivered in Gaza...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department paid in per diem expenses to persons in Uganda who were not employees of the Department to attend (a)...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Cambridge University: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of secondary schools in England which have not had a student accepted for a place at (a)...

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the period is of Sir Roger Singleton's appointment as chief adviser on the safety of children; what remit he has been...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require minimum standards in respect of provision for (a) the supply of...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many people have graduated from the new social worker degree since its creation; (2) how many people have started the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of mainstream schools in each local authority area had more than (a) 5 per cent. and (b) 10 per...

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children under the age of 16 years have been identified as young carers in (a) the London borough of Bexley, (b) London...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of whether the partial-birth abortion procedure is practised in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many women in Scotland aged (a) 18, (b) 17, (c) 16, (d) 15, (e) 14, (f) 13 and (g) 12 years who had had an abortion in (i) 2006 and (ii)...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the next edition of the abortion statistics will be published; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish it.

      Abortion: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of recorded under 18-year-old conceptions were followed by (a) first abortions and (b) repeat abortions in (i) England in each year...

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) have been admitted to hospital with and (b) died from anaphylaxis in each of the last 10 years.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to (a) open, (b) close and (c) centralise ambulance control rooms in each region in each of the next three years.

      Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects of the proposed revisions to the EU Animals in Research Directive on medical research activity...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) the NHS and (b) social services of providing services to those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in...

      Bone Marrow Disorders: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust on the availability of bone marrow for transplants; what his policy is on...

      Bone Marrow Disorders: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that people who attend blood donor sessions should be invited to join the register of bone marrow transplant donors; if he...

      Brain: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with brain tumours in the last 12 months; and what the survival rate for such children was in each of the last 10 years.

      Breast Cancer: Shift Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has funded research on the potential for a link between prolonged night working and the incidence of female breast cancer.

      Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the conclusions of his Department's national cord blood review.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his (a) Department and (b) its agencies on furniture in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions his Department's website has been temporarily unavailable due to a technical problem in each year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) specialist areas of work, (b) job description, (c) salary band and (d) grade is of each official in his Department who works in social care.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1370W, on redundancy, how many staff left his Department under staff exit...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training courses were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three years; and what the total cost...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Enfield Primary Care Trust: Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors were employed in Enfield Primary Care Trust in each of the last 11 years.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues, (b) non-departmental bodies, (c) local authorities and (d) representatives of the food...

      Health Care Scientists: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health care scientists are employed in the NHS.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with patient and support groups on (i) cardiovascular disease, (ii) stroke and...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients on average (a) an urban and (b) a rural (i) NHS dentist, (ii) NHS GP and (iii) NHS community nurse treated in each region in each of...

      Health Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what longitudinal studies his Department has commissioned on preventative measures in the care of older people; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many healthcare beds in each prison in England were being used by prisoners with no clinical need for in-patient care on the latest date for which...

      Hospitals: Disinfectants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which products based on the generation of peracetic acid are used by NHS organisations; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for the Cervarix vaccine over the lifetime of the contract.

      Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the NHS Healthy Start scheme includes entitlement to free infant formula; and under what circumstances free infant formula is provided.

      Learning Disability: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's consultation on Valuing People Now, how many children live with a parent with one or more learning disability; how many...

      Leukaemia: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people diagnosed with leukaemia there were in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the effects of the EU Physical Agents Directive on the use of magnetic resonance imaging technology in England; and...

      Mental Health Services: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on implementing the Women's Mental Health strategy since it was published.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS trusts are borrowing money from the NHS Bank; how much each trust has paid in interest on such loans since they were taken out; and...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the NHS IT programme; and what recent assessment he has made of progress on the programme.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the Office of Government Commerce gateway reviews of the NHS IT programme.

      Physiology: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) audiologists, (b) cardiac physiologists, (c) gastro-intestinal physiologists, (d) neurophysiologists and (e) respiratory physiologists...

      Plastic Surgery: Breasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have received corrective surgery following breast augmentation surgery performed outside the NHS in each year from 1999.

      Plastic Surgery: Breasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) sought NHS-funded breast augmentation surgery, (b) were referred for a psychological assessment and (c) (i) were approved for and...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy to abolish prescription charges for people with long-term conditions before the end of the present Parliament; and if...

      Primary Care Trusts: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to primary care trusts on the standards of their responses to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Primary Health Care: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department in providing primary care in each of the last 10 years.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients the NHS has funded to travel overseas to receive proton therapy treatment for cancer in each of the last three financial years; and what...

      Royal Blackburn Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) the North West Strategic Health Authority and (b) the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust on the Trust's recent...

      Social Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of older people in each local authority received local authority funded (a) residential and (b) domiciliary care in each of...

      Social Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each local authority with social services responsibilities received in grants for older people in (a) cash and (b) real terms at 2008-09 prices...

      Transplant Surgery: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overseas organ transplant patients who had transplant surgery in the UK in each year since 1997 there were from each country of origin; and how...

      Transplant Surgery: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) bone marrow and (b) tissue transplants were undertaken on persons resident outside the UK in each transplant facility in each year since...

      Transplant Surgery: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he has allocated for his Department's review of organ donations to people living outside the UK; and what plans he has to make allocations to...

      Transplant Surgery: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 259-60W, on transplant surgery: foreigners, how many of the organs used for...

      Transplant Surgery: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure that NHS patients receiving organs from (a) cadaveric and (b) live donation made (i) inside and (ii) outside the UK...

      Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to close the Tunbridge Wells homeopathic hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the changes in the incidence of (a) lung and (b) cardiovascular diseases in rural populations attributable to changes in...

  • Women and Equality

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether her Department has evaluated research on the effects the contingency fee funding mechanism used by lawyers for equal pay claims through the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 545W, on higher education: anti-Semitism, what progress...

    • Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people have registered for skills accounts in the last 12 months.

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many hits the skills accounts website has received since it was set up.

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) records and (b) data fields there are in the Managing Information Across Partners system.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by (i) civil servants and (ii) Ministers in his Department in...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make it his policy to issue guidance to post-16 specialist colleges on the (a) funding available for capital...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the distribution of research funding maximises the potential to assist...

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government are taking to increase the uptake of science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses in...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many complaints have been made against the Student Loans Company for its use of bailiffs in error in cases where former...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) when he expects the national internship scheme to commence; (2) which body will administer payments to businesses...

      Young People: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) males and (b) females aged between 18 and 21 years were in (i) education, (ii)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 4.6.14 of the UK Renewable Energy Strategy consultation document, what recent assessment he has made of the...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the contribution of low-carbon industries to the (a) UK and (b) EU economy; and what assessment...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was spent by his Department on (a) furniture and (b) renovation and decoration for departmental buildings since its...

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the change in the annual cost to his Department of maintaining the empty public buildings owned by his...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average cost to his Department of employing a press and media officer is.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 453-4W, on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, by what...

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by what date he expects all of his Department's staff to be based in his Department's offices.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what public service agreements his Department has responsibility.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward a programme of measures to provide security of supply of energy in the UK during the period 2010 to 2030.

      Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's research and development budget in support of research into clean energy is in the next 12 months.

      Forests: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding he has allocated to reduce levels of deforestation for the purposes of reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the...

      Forests: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to the merits of establishing schemes for forest protection as a measure of reducing levels of carbon...

      Green Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the Government's definition of a green job is.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of (a) the finances and (b) the international competitiveness of the UK renewables sector of the...

      Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent dispute between the Russian and Ukrainian Governments on UK gas supplies.

      Nuclear Power: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which independent organisations advise the Government on nuclear safety.

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1239-40W, on oil: reserves, what quantities of the 11.1 million...

      Renewables Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding the Government expects to provide to the Renewables Advisory Board in each of the next five financial years.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to extend the Warm Front Scheme to vulnerable households not in receipt of state benefits.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to answer Question 252857, tabled on 26 January 2009, on the letters of 19 November and 30 December 2008 from the hon....

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Central Office of Information: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many complaints against Central Office of Information advertising have been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority since 1997.

    • Central Office of Information: Film

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many public information films have been produced by the Central Office of Information in each year since 1997; and how much was spent on such...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what steps have been taken by (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) the Prime Minister's Office to improve the thermal efficiency of...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much capital spending the Cabinet Office plans to bring forward to (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many copies of the document Working together—Public services on your side have been printed; in which public service delivery outlets it...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) summits, (b) conferences and (c) seminars his Department has hosted since January 2008 at which a primary subject of discussion was the...

      Government Departments: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the wage bill of each Government department was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available; (2) what...

      Hospitality Received by Departmental Board Members

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the Cabinet Office's (a) document entitled Hospitality Received by Departmental Board Members and (b)...

      News Distribution Service: Press Releases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many press releases the News Distribution Service has issued in each year since 1997.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average annual income of (a) an urban and (b) a rural household was in each region in each of the last three years; and if he will make...

      PR Week

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many copies of PR Week are purchased each week by the Media Monitoring Unit.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written answer by Baroness Andrews of 9 March 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, WA212-13, on the...

    • Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will commission research into allegations of physical violence against people attending mosques in England and Wales.

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which works of art from the Government Art Collection each Minister in her Department has selected for display in a private office.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) grade II, (b) grade II* and (c) grade I listed buildings have been owned by her Department in each of the last three...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which former (a) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 and (b) Members of the House of Lords from each party have been...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1689W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate she has...

      Digital Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the level of affordability of individual access to broadband internet which will be achieved under...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwellings management orders have been enforced in each local authority area to date.

      Equity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what her Department's net spending on equity loan schemes in each region was in each of the last three years; (2) what...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many road traffic accidents the Fire and Rescue Service attended in each (a) fire authority area and (b) region in each of...

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many HomeBuy agents have taken part in the First Time Buyers Initiative; and if she will make a statement.

      Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many people have applied for assistance via the New Build HomeBuy scheme; how many applications have been granted; and...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) people and (b) full-time equivalent staff members are employed by (i) the Tenants Service Authority and (ii) the...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) homes and (b) households there were in each region in each year since 1997.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many long-term empty domestic properties have been taken over by housing associations in England since 2000.

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment her Department has made of the borrowing conditions experienced by housing associations.

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the level of borrowing by housing associations in order to finance the building of new homes.

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers, (c) full-time equivalent departmental staff and (d) others were responsible...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the number of new domestic properties which will be (a) started and (b) completed in each...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were (a) started and (b) completed by (i) local authorities, (ii) housing associations and (iii) private...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish the outcomes of her Department's review of finance for housing.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has allocated for affordable housing by (a) region and (ii) London borough in the next three years.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of the publication of local crime maps on trends in (a) house prices and (b) home...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on the English House Condition Survey in each of the last five years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what formula is used to calculate social housing grant payments to local authorities; and what changes have been made to that...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to ensure that assets of funds maintained by administering authorities for the purposes of the Local...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide the European Commission with an implementation report of how the law applicable to the Local Government...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the Local Government Pension Scheme is an institution for occupational retirement provision under Article 6 of...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons it was decided to exempt the Local Government Pension Scheme from the provisions of Articles 9 to 17 of Council...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to ensure that funds maintained by administering authorities for the purposes of the Local Government...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to ensure that the assets of funds maintained by administering authorities for the purposes of the...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will undertake a review of planning law relating to caravan parks, mobile homes and chalets; and if she will make a statement.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of people who will receive assistance under the Mortgage Rescue Scheme in the next 12...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what regulatory impact assessment has been made of the (a) Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme and (b) Mortgage Rescue Scheme.

      Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess the merits of making the small business rate relief scheme automatic.

      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 which have received rate relief in...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on planning applications being considered by planning inspectors in the last 12 months;...

      Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have transferred (a) all and (b) part of their housing stock to housing associations.

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of all homes were (a) housing association-owned, (b) local authority-owned, (c) owner-occupied and (d)...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her Department's press notice of 2 September 2008 entitled Ensuring a fair housing market for all, how many...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes for social rent were built (a) by local authorities, (b) by housing associations and (c) privately in each...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to revise the Government's targets for (a) new social rented housing and (b) new homes.

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Tenant Services Authority on its charging policy in respect of mobile consultations...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenants (a) took part in the Tenant Services Authority's (TSA) National Conversation and (b) visited the TSA's camper van.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the reply by Lord Davies of Oldham on 12 March (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 1262), whether the A400M CargoLifter will be delivered; and, if...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the event of European nations withdrawing from the A400M programme, what alternatives to provide a similar capability would be considered.

      Asylum Seekers: Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers from Zimbabwe were successful in their application to stay in the United Kingdom between 2005 and 2008.

      Aviation: Slot Reservations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider imposing a public service obligation under European Regulations 2408/92/EEC and 95/93/EEC in order to reserve slots used by bmi for...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take in response to the recent remarks by President Klaus of the Czech Republic at a conference in New York, in which he sought to refute...

      Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to research into technologies that might reduce the time carbon dioxide emissions remain in the earth's atmosphere.

      Conflict Prevention and Human Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by the East-West Institute for the establishment of a Network For Parliamentarians for Conflict Prevention and Human...

      Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what penalties exist for commercial violation of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003; and...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 200), why £5,000 has been transferred to the Department for Innovation, Universities and...

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of development aid is devoted to preventing violent conflicts, and providing timely early warning.

      Elections: Postal Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions and advice are being given to (a) the police, and (b) returning officers, to prevent postal voting fraud taking place in the European and local...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Government of Israel to lift the embargo on construction materials and other goods entering Gaza to enable the rebuilding of houses and...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 12 January (WA 103), whether it is necessary for all students attending English and Welsh...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a local authority could reject a petition requiring an officer to be called to account, as proposed in Clause 16 of the Local Democracy, Economic...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps a local authority is to take if a petition is received that calls for an officer to be held to account, as set out in Clause 16 of the Local Democracy,...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require or issue guidance to local authorities on (a) how much time an officer must be given between receiving a notification to appear before an...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether under Clause 16 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill a local authority could reject a petition requiring an officer to be...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (a) the Public and Commercial Services Union, (b) the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, and (c) UNISON about the...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to issue guidance to local authorities suggesting a limit on the number of petitions they should accept each year that call for a specific...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions of Clause 16 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill would constitute a change in the employment contract of the...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the impact of Clause 16 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill; who will conduct such a review; and how...

      National College of School Leadership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers employed by Manchester City Council have been allocated places at the National College of School Leadership.

      Nighthawking Survey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for taking forward the recommendations of English Heritage's Nighthawking Survey.

      Nuclear Installations Inspectorate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to introduce a Legislative Reform Order into Parliament to give effect to Dr Timothy Stone's recommendations for the structural changes to the...

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in calculating compensation for former United Kingdom prisoners, what consideration is allowed for the state funding of accommodation and food facilities for (a)...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are assisting, through government and non-government organisations, voter education of the population of southern Sudan.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how their green agenda will reduce unemployment, especially in the areas worst hit by the recession.

      Unemployment

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

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the decision by Cambridge University to use A* grades for entrance to the university will affect students from state schools.

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