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Written answers

Friday, 27 March 2009

  • Solicitor-General

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service has spent to keep victims informed of prosecution decisions since 2002.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much it cost to process hon. Members' applications for expenses in the last year for which figures are...

    • Parliament: Visits

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the maximum number of tours of Parliament organised through the central tours office is that may take...

      Parliament: Visits

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which individuals have booked tours of Parliament through the central tours office in the last four weeks.

      Parliament: Visits

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much advance notice is required to book a tour of Parliament through the central tours office.

      Parliament: Visits

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which categories of people are able to book tours of Parliament through the central tours office.

  • Scotland

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the objectives are of his forthcoming visit to China.

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the objectives of his...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when his decision to join the Scottish Council for Development and Industry's trade delegation to China was taken.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on which date his travel to and from China as part of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry's trade delegation was booked.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) officials and (b) special advisers will accompany him on his forthcoming visit to China; and what budget has been allocated for the visit.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he received from the Scottish Council for Development and Industry on joining its forthcoming trade delegation to China.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether it is his Department's policy to offer staff (a) additional leave entitlement for Christmas shopping and (b) Christmas bonus payments.

      Departmental Detergents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 on animals.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff in his Department (a) were disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record in each of the...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 3W, on departmental surveys, if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many training courses civil servants in his Department undertook in each of the last three years; and what the cost of such training was in each year.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on Scotland's involvement in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and if he will...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Crime

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions his Department has had with organisations representing business on (a) business...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department takes to ensure the co-ordination of its support for business with that provided...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence on Heathrow expansion which (i) he, (ii) other Ministers in his...

  • Justice

    • Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he expects the protocol governing the consultation process between Clearsprings Management Limited and local authorities with regard to its...

    • Latchmere House Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the (a) need for and (b) timing of the installation of in-cell electricity in the residential blocks of HM Prison...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to change the regulatory system for donating to political parties to encourage smaller donations from a wider range of...

      Prisons: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what protocols and procedures are in operation within prisons to prevent persistent bullying.

      Protest: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many criminal convictions were obtained on the basis of evidence from film of protests stored by the police in each of the last five years.

      Wymott Prison: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to increase the number of prison officers at HM Prison Wymott.

  • Transport

    • Road Traffic: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of accidents on trunk roads caused by vehicles travelling between 50 and 60 miles per hour in the last year...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of training personnel to trap and vaccinate badgers under the injectable badger vaccine...

    • Fly Tipping: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 858W,...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to assist British Waterways to encourage use of the canal network for (a) leisure and (b)...

      Livestock: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research into public attitudes towards the use of livestock vaccination as a means of reducing the...

      Natural Gas: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Environment Agency is taking to investigate the circumstances of the spillage at the Canvey Island Calor...

      Rabbits

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

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what circumstances (a) commercial and (b) household waste is regarded as a source of energy; what proportion of such...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people are employed on (a) construction and (b) development of Olympic venues (i) in London and (ii) elsewhere.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to review the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003; and if he will make a statement.

    • National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery funding has been awarded to organisations in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and...

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided for the regeneration of seaside towns in each of the last three years; and what plans there...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish the results of his Department's video games consultation.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he has allocated for expenditure on income-based jobseeker's allowance in the next three years.

    • New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training for employment officers his Department plans to provide to external providers of the Flexible New Deal; and what budget has been...

      Pensions Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Pensions Ombudsman requires relevant case evidence to be submitted before it may exercise its discretion not to investigate cases.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many hardship payment awards his Department has made (a) in each region and (b) at each payment level in each of the last 12 months...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Jackal armoured vehicle in protecting frontline service personnel in Afghanistan from blasts.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Armed Forces Pay Review Body report for 2009 will be published; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the report.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the Armed Forces Pay Review Body report for 2009 was submitted to the Prime Minister.

      Armed Forces: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military chaplains there were in each of the armed services in each of the last five years.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the assessment phase for the Future Rapid Effects System Scout vehicle to conclude.

      Colombia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel have been admitted to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court (a) in each year since 2005 and (b) in each of the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 236W, on Navy: deployment, what the outcome was of the conference in London held on...

      Monuments: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Lutyens war memorial in Bury to be replaced with an alternative structure; whether he plans to consult publicly on the form of that...

      Navy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required strength, (b) actual strength and (c) percentage shortfall is in each trade in the Royal Navy.

  • Health

    • Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to private nursing home providers on their statutory obligations towards nursing home residents in their care.

    • Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure extra resources are made available to publicly owned nursing homes and local primary care trusts where private nursing home providers...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has compiled a list of approved private nursing care home providers.

      CJD: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will consider the introduction of a blood screening test for blood donors in place of blood filtering; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have (a) no, (b) fewer than five, (c) between five and 10 and (d) 10 or more dentists accepting NHS patients.

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the change in the annual cost to his Department of maintaining the empty public buildings owned by his Department as a result...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of measuring compliance with its targets under its public service agreements in the last 12 months...

      Glaucoma: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people diagnosed with glaucoma there are in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex.

      Glaucoma: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) treatment of and (b) support for people diagnosed with glaucoma in (i) Castle Point and (ii) Essex county in...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of changes to demand for NHS services as a result of the economic downturn.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are in place to alleviate pressure on beds in the NHS caused by private nursing care home providers ending provision of services.

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he next expects to report on Part IX of the Drug Tariff.

      Peracetic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the effectiveness of anti-microbial infection control products which...

      vCJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those who participated in routine blood donations have died of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease since 1997.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for (a) responding to the consultation on wheelchair services undertaken as part of the review of the care services efficiency...

  • Leader of the House

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House what her policy is on the circumstances under which the Government will provide time to debate private Members' Bills in Government time; and if she will make a...

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House which private Members' Bills were taken up by a member of the Government when the Bills reached the second House in which they were to be considered in each session...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) staff and (b) ministerial away days have been organised by his Department since its inception; and what the...

  • Treasury

    • Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Government departments use the Government Secure Intranet; and what the cost of maintaining the service was in the most recent 12 month period for...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he plans to reply to the letter of 5 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr E. Warne; (2) when he...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what means a person can obtain (a) by telephone and (b) by post a list of the years of their working life for which they have made some National...

      Tax Allowances: Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase the uptake and availability of tax-free regular savings among (a) those on low incomes and (b) senior citizens.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average fine imposed on those selling alcohol to under-age people was in each year since 2003.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish on her Department's website an abstract relating to each project licence granted under the Animals Act 1986 before 2005.

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of the use in (a) pharmaceutical research and (b) other research areas of cynomolgus macaques born...

      Crime: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the levels of crime against domestic property in (a) Cheshire and (b) Halton constituency in the latest...

      Crime: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal wildlife items were seized in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people aged between 13 and 19 years have been charged with a non-violent offence in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c)...

      Custody: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will ensure that the Veterans in Custody Support programme's Have you served? leaflet is made available to those detained in police...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many civil servants in her Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for breaches of the Civil Service Code in each...

      Domestic Violence: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many men and teenage boys have reported being subject to domestic violence in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the...

      Drugs: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of possession of (a) cannabis, (b) cocaine, (c) heroin, (d) ecstasy, (e) ketamine and (f) LSD have been recorded by...

      Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 116W, on dual nationality, where the information requested is held; and...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of police investigations of suspected offences involving ball-bearing guns in each of the last three...

      Glorification of Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many charges relating to the glorification of terrorism have been brought in England since 2007.

      National DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of each (a) age group, (b) ethnicity, (c) gender and (d) religion had DNA profiles stored on the national DNA database at...

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

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

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will hold discussions with her international counterparts on security arrangements for athletes and officials from their national...

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) police dog and handler teams and (b) specialist explosive search dogs which will be...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government has to improve the effectiveness of tackling organised crime operating across police force borders.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of each police authority in tackling organised crime operating across police...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been made available to each police authority to tackle organised crime operating across police force borders in each of the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of passport applications approved by the Post Office check and send service were subsequently rejected by the Passport Office...

      Police Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations closed permanently in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

      Police: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents resulting in serious injuries or death involving members of the public and officers of (a) Wiltshire police and (b) the...

      Police: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with chief constables on recognising (a) transience and (b) visitor numbers when allocating...

      Police: Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on persons convicted of an offence involving dishonesty while serving as a police officer; and if she will...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many commissioned police officers there were in England in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1996-97.

      Police: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in England were engaged in personal protection duties on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to improve rates of enforcement of payment under court asset confiscation orders made under the Proceeds of Crime...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been paid under court asset confiscation orders made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in each year since its introduction.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many court asset confiscation orders made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in each year since its introduction.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 468-9W, on prostitution, what changes were made to the Policing and...

      Right of Search: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances the police may search home computers without warrants; whether she plans to extend the circumstances in which such...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of detention without charge for over 21 days on suspicion of terrorist activity there have been in England since October 2008.

      Terrorism: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of arrests on terrorist charges involved persons of Somali origin (a) in the latest period for which figures are available...

  • Women and Equality

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government is taking to reduce the time taken to hear equal pay cases at employment tribunals.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of hate crime were recorded in Northern Ireland in (a) 2005 and (b) 2008.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn, Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 3 February 2009, Official Report, columns...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1415W, on departmental marketing, for what reason the average expenditure...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each of the last five years.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the security services in Northern Ireland have had (a) a personal protection firearm licence revoked and (b) an...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many owners of personal protection weapons in Northern Ireland had their renewal applications (a) approved and (b) declined in 2008.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the Police Service of Northern Ireland was Roman Catholic as at 1 January 2009.

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the actual cost per prisoner place in Northern Ireland was in 2008-09; and what target cost per prisoner place was set for that year.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Buncefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has made an assessment of the implications of the Major Incident Investigation Board report on Buncefield for land...

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Leicester, East (Keith Vaz), of 18 June 2008, Official Report,...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 2 February 2009, Official...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funds were (a) allocated to and (b) drawn down by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessors in each of the...

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations she has received from housing associations on their financial position in each of the last three years;...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the net change in local authority housing stock was in each year since 1997; (2) how many homes from local authority...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid to electoral returning officers across the UK in respect of the elections held in May 2008; whether these...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in her Department have been assigned to work on the (a) implementation and (b) administration of the (i)...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have (a) applied for, (b) been granted and (c) been refused (i) additional and (ii) selective houses...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will review the methodology for (a) calculation and (b) distribution of small business rate relief for the purposes of...

      Private Rented Housing: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of vulnerable people in each vulnerability group lived in decent private sector homes in each year since 2002;...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care in 2008 had had more than (a) three, (b) five, (c) 10, (d) 20, (e) 30, (f) 40 and (g) 50 foster...

    • Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children at each age of first being taken into care who left care in 2008 had had more than (a) three, (b) five, (c)...

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) capital funds and (b) resource funds his Department has brought forward from its (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 budgets...

      Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much his Department and its predecessor spent per pupil in secondary education in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex in...

      Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much his Department spent on average per pupil in primary education in (a) Braintree constituency, (b) Essex and (c)...

      National Safeguarding Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he expects the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit to (a) establish and (b) publish timescales for the implementation...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department plans to publish its guidance on sexually exploited children.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupil referral units have been placed in special measures in the last 18 months; and in which local authority areas such...

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many fires in schools in England were recorded in each month in each of the last four years.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of comprehensive schools offer GCSEs in the separate sciences to all pupils, broken down by local...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with (a) statements of and (b) non-statemented special educational needs achieved an A* to C in both English and...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of children with special educational needs who do not have a statement.

      Teachers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers had a period of absence attributed to stress in the last four years for which figures are available; (2)...

      Truancy: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parents resident in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire were (i) fined and (ii) imprisoned for their children's...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the (a) capability and (b) capacity of local authorities to deliver the changes to the machinery...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa: Nuclear Free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Government have spent on legal assistance for African states to develop the Pelindaba treaty.

    • Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports (a) his predecessors and (b) officials in his Department received on the location of Mr Binyam Mohamed between...

      Cayman Islands: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to mitigate the risks of a future hurricane or storm event in the Cayman Islands.

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the number of extra-judicial killings by members of the security forces in Colombia in 2008.

      Colombia: Human Rights

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

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Colombia on human rights.

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on the human rights situation in Colombia.

      Colombia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answers of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1195-6W and 12 January 2009, Official Report, column...

      Cuba: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of people convicted of the crime of social dangerousness in Cuba in each of the last...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Electricity Generation

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

      Departmental Empty Property

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1746W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate he has made...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of measuring compliance with its targets under its public service...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what joint UK/USA initiatives are in place to tackle the production and distribution of drugs.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many leaflets promoting overseas voter registration were sent to each British mission overseas in the last 12 months.

      Ethiopia: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Ethiopia on its economy.

      Falkland Islands: Landmines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in de-mining operations in the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands: Landmines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many deaths have occurred from accidents involving land mines in the Falkland Islands in each of the last 20 years.

      Falkland Islands: Landmines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding has been provided to the Falkland Islands government for the purposes of de-mining operations in the last five years.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of levels of (a) political, (b) financial and (c) military support given by the...

      Hungary: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of incidents of anti-Semitism in Hungary since January 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Politics and Government

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

      Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Irish counterpart on UK-Irish relations.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the reply to the right hon. and learned Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) of 27 January 2009, Official Report,...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

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

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the findings of the EU Heads of Mission report on East Jerusalem; and if he will make a...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of Israelis killed in terrorist attacks since 3 February 2009; and if he will make a...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent EU Heads of Mission Report on East Jerusalem; and if he will make a...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was paid in subsidy from the public purse in respect of St. Helena in each of the last 10 financial years; and what...

      St. Helena: National Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the annual per capita gross domestic product was of St. Helena in each of the last 10 years.

      St. Helena: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many tourists visited St. Helena in each of the last 10 years.

      Sudan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he proposes to take with his EU colleagues to impose sanctions on the government of Sudan.

      Sudan: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Sudanese government about its use of the Press Act 2004 to censor newspapers and limit...

      Sudan: War Crimes

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

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 227W, on terrorism: finance, to which (a) countries and...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, columns 226-7W, on terrorism: finance, if he will publish details...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will withdraw UK (a) representation and (b) support for the United Nations Durban II Conference; and if he will make a...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries (a) have withdrawn from and (b) are not otherwise participating in the United Nations Durban II Conference;...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy not to attend the forthcoming Durban II Conference in Geneva; and if he will make a statement.

      Uzbekistan: Political Prisoners

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

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer question 259021 on China, tabled on 25 February 2009; what the reason is for the time taken to answer;...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise the matter of the political situation in Zimbabwe at the United Nations Security Council.

      Zimbabwe: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what EU sanctions are in place in respect of Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Sequestration of Assets

      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 have assets frozen...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme.

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average time taken by his Department to answer parliamentary questions for (a) ordinary and (b) named day written answer was...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the findings of the study commissioned by his Department and the Department for International Development on options for financing...

      Forests: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how much was spent on (a) forest protection and (b) reducing levels of deforestation in each of the last three years; and under...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK (a) carbon dioxide and (b) other greenhouse gas emissions arising from (i) domestic...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assistance is available from his Department to enable households with solid walls to improve the insulation of their houses.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of employment in the UK renewables sector of the withdrawal of the Low Carbon...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letters of 5 November 2008 and 9 January 2009 from the hon. Member for Canterbury, sent on behalf of a...

      Power Stations: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking further to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired power stations.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Warm Front installations took (a) more than 30, (b) more than 60, (c) more than 90, (d) more than 120, (e) more than 150...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1007-8W, on loans, if he will make an assessment of the likely...

    • Africa: Peacekeeping Operations

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

      Burma: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been allocated by the Three Diseases Fund to tackle HIV/AIDS in Kachin state, Burma, since the fund was established.

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development through which United Nations organisations his Department channels funding for Burma-related aid and activities; and how much was...

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the future of the Conflict Prevention Pool; and if he will...

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's priority areas are for the Conflict Prevention Pool.

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the Conflict Prevention Pool funding is being spent in sub-Saharan Africa in 2008-09.

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Conflict Prevention Pool funds are not duplicated by spending by (a) other...

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's plans are for the future of the Conflict Prevention Pool.

      Departmental Detergents

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

      Departmental Empty Property

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

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking in conjunction with allies and international agencies to encourage community and inter-communal...

      RMS St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what dates (a) the discussions on the construction of RMS St. Helena commenced, (b) the approval for construction was given, (c)...

      RMS St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the projected (a) lifespan and (b) cost of RMS St. Helena was when it was commissioned; and what the cost to the public purse...

      RMS St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) funding of an airport on the island of St. Helena, (b) the...

      RMS St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consideration he has given to the procurement of a vessel to replace RMS St. Helena.

      RMS St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on (a) repairs to and (b) maintenance of RMS St. Helena in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate he...

      RMS St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of a replacement vessel for RMS St. Helena.

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to visit St Helena before reaching a decision on the possible construction on an airport on the island.

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