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Written answers

Monday, 30 March 2009

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of the recent redesign of the Scotland Office's website was.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost was of updating the official portraits on his Department's website during its recent update.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) staff and (b) Ministerial away days have been organised by his Department in each of the last five years; and what the cost of such...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what travel (a) he and (b) the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland undertook in respect of attendance at the Scottish Labour Party...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Air Accident Investigation Branch's interim report of 13 March 2009 on the incident at Heathrow Airport on 17 January 2008, when he...

    • Departmental Detergents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what training courses (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department have undertaken in the last 12 months.

      M1: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce variable speed limits on the M1 motorway; what the timescale for introduction of such limits is; on which stretches of...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 12W, on motor vehicles, if he will publish the results of the research from the recent...

      Motorcycles: Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorcyclists took a second or subsequent Compulsory Basic Training course in each month since April 2007.

      Motorcycles: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many candidates took the practical motorcycle driving test in each month since October 2008.

      Park and Ride Schemes: Bridlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the public expenditure requirement arising from construction and implementation of the proposed Bridlington park and ride...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on the positioning of rail freight interchanges on motorways; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport where he has discussed the proposed Kent International Gateway development with Kent Highways; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that future Design, Build, Finance and Operate contracts do not include incentives to increase traffic flows as a means...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what threshold of penalty points above which a contract may be cancelled was set for each Design, Build, Finance and Operate contract let by his...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what proposals the House of Commons Commission has considered in respect of in relation to the use of digital...

    • Disability Discrimination Act 1995

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether buildings occupied by the House and its staff are subject to the provisions of the Disability...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on what date the annual totals for hon. and right hon. Members' allowances for 2007-08 will be published.

      Parking: Disabled

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many disabled parking spaces on the House Estate are available for the use of visiting members of the public.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the availability of sheep shearers from non-EU countries in summer 2009; and if he...

    • Agriculture: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's policy on minimising pollution from arable farms.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid in export refunds for dairy products in each of the last five years.

      Agriculture: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an assessment of the likely effects of the implementation of the European Working Time Directive on the...

      Animals: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on his Department's study of the use of animals in circuses.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, columns 44-46W, on bovine tuberculosis, for how many head of...

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research he has commissioned on the potential health effects of composting; (2) if he will make an assessment of...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether an organisation collecting household recycling in one local authority area is able to sell those recycling credits to...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of local authorities he expects will meet the target of 40 per cent. recycling and composting of...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what method his Department uses to calculate the level of (a) domestic self-sufficiency in food production and (b) domestic...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward a programme of measures to ensure security of supply of (a) food and (b) water resources for the...

      Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of domestic (a) meat, (b) eggs, (c) bread, (d) wheat, (e) fruit, (f)...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average UK farm-gate price for (a) milling wheat, (b) milk and milk products, (c) beef and veal, (d) pigmeat,...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take legal action against those responsible for the 2007 foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foxes: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent reports he has received of groups or individuals releasing foxes captured in urban areas into the countryside;...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the change in the average farmgate price for milk in each year since 1997.

      Oils: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the effect on carbon dioxide emissions of the quantity of used cooking oil sent to landfill in...

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of pig farmers who ceased to trade in 2007-08.

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the production of biogas from municipal waste; and if he will...

      Trees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to prevent the spread of (a) oak and (b) rhododendron diseases; and if he will make a statement.

      Waste Disposal: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for the future provision of mechanisms for the disposal of trade waste in rural areas; and if he will make...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what properties his Department has sold in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme.

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps have been taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to improve the thermal efficiency of their buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the (a) production and printing and (b) other costs to his Department of producing its most recent (i) departmental annual...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much and what proportion of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Leader of the House how much and what proportion of its waste her Office recycled in each of the last five years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) who drafted the Guidance on the Termination of Pregnancy: The Law and Clinical Practice in Northern Ireland; which (a) individuals and...

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the legal costs of the Saville Inquiry were in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Flowers

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 773W, on departmental ICT, which ICT projects are over budget and by how...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Publications

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

      Forensic Science NI: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what budget was allocated to Forensic Science NI in each of the last five years.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people from each religious background (a) applied and (b) were appointed to join the police in Northern Ireland in recruitment...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether prisoners in Northern Ireland are permitted to have and use mobile telephones within prisons.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits were made by Ministers to Brussels, other than on NATO business, in the financial year 2007-08.

    • Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Commonwealth counterparts on the future of the Commonwealth.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what military involvement the United Nations has had in co-ordination with Congolese and Rwandan troops during their joint...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what buildings are owned or operated by his Department under a private finance initiative (PFI) arrangement; and which companies...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date for each ICT project initiated by his Department was for systems...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of his Department's capital expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d)...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1793W, on training, what the cost was of his training in...

      Falkland Islands: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what records he holds on the number of violent crimes that have taken place in the Falkland Islands in each of the last five years.

      G20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken in the preparations for the G20 meeting in north London in April to (a) ensure the sustainable use...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US administration on (a) the International Criminal Court (ICC) citation of President...

      Iran: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 29W, on Iran, in what ways the Iranian authorities have...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Statement during the Prime Minister's address to the US Congress that Iran should cease its threats and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 15 December 2008 sent on behalf of Mr. R Jenkins of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 19 December 2008 sent on behalf of M Taylor of...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations HM Ambassador in Tehran has made to the Iranian Government on its role in supporting Hamas during the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take steps at the United Nations with regard to the ambush and murder of two police...

      Middle East: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of media in Arab countries on extremist Islamic movements in the UK.

      New Delhi

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

      Regional Ministers: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Permanent Secretary of his Department has authorised expenditure on travel costs for the Parliamentary assistants to...

      Sudan: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's advice on travel to Sudan is; and what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the...

      Terrorism: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on delivery of the CONTEST programme overseas in each financial year since 2006-07; how much has been...

      Terrorism: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedures he has put in place to ensure (a) financial audit and (b) value for money in expenditure made as part of the...

      United Nations: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government has made to the Secretary-General of the UN on reform of the UN.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's humanitarian aid to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Central African Republic: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the reasons are for the change in his Department's (a) bilateral expenditure on and (b) imputed multilateral shares for the...

      Central African Republic: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he next expects an allocation from his Department's regional programme for aid to be made to the country programme for the Central...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the joint DFID/WB scoping study prepared for his Department by Roger Wilson in August 2007.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) total days worked, (c) salary, (d) daily rate and (e) other costs of employment for Roger...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what dates Roger Wilson (a) joined and (b) left the service of his Department as a direct employee; and what payments the...

      Departmental Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his official engagements on 23 February 2009 were; and by what (a) route and (b) method he travelled between each engagement.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which former (a) Members of the House of Lords and (b) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 have been appointed to public...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 861W, on departmental training, which Ministers attended the public...

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's policy is on the establishment of a new sovereign debt work-out mechanism to deal with the debts of poor countries.

      Overseas Aid: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development from which budget the allocation of £2 million for the prevention of the spread of malaria announced on 12 March 2009 will be...

      Overseas Aid: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of progress towards reaching Millennium Development Goal 7, target 3, for drinking water and...

      Sierra Leone: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department is providing to support education in Sierra Leone in 2008-09; and how much of this has been allocated...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Cabinet Sub-committee on Families, Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons it is his policy not to disclose information relating to proceedings of the Cabinet Sub-committee on Families,...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in 2008-09 to date.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on using unspent capital...

      Pupils: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students have been arrested for taking weapons into schools in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley...

      Pupils: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parents were (a) fined and (b) imprisoned in (i) England, (ii) Enfield local authority area and (iii) Enfield North...

      Religion: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities which permit the teaching of non-belief in schools as part of the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils with statemented special educational needs resident in each local authority area attended...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what powers a local authority has to place children with special needs into a special school that has attained trust status;...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many disabled children have been statemented in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Video Games: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps (a) his Department and (b) trading standards have taken to prevent sales of video games to those under age.

      World War II: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the Holocaust is included in the curriculum at primary school level; and if he will make a statement.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Advice and Careers Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the annual budgets for the proposed (a) Adult Advice and Careers Service, (b) National Employer Service and (c)...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of apprentices completed their apprenticeships in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) producing advertising copy and (b) buying advertising space under the Make Things...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what buildings are owned or operated by his Department under a private finance initiative (PFI) arrangement; and which...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether officials in his Department who have lost laptops that were the property of his Department in the last 12 months have...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which former (a) Members of the House of Lords and (b) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 have been appointed to...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing (a) late payment penalties and (b) compensation to recipients for...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has for the future role of post-16 specialist colleges in provision of education and training; and what...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects to receive the report by Andrew Foster on capital spending in further education.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the cost of further education college rebuilding projects in England has been funded by (a) the Learning...

      Further Education: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much (a) further education colleges and (b) universities paid in value added tax (VAT) in 2007-08; and what estimate he...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps he has taken to encourage universities to increase the volume of scientific research they undertake.

      Patents: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many complaints (a) the Patent Office and (b) his Department have received on the (i) registration and (ii)...

      Training: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding his Department has allocated for the provision of (a) staff training and (b) apprenticeship places in local...

      Vocational Training: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many businesses in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire have signed the skills pledge.

  • Defence

    • Procurement Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of progress on major defence procurement programmes relating to future expeditionary capability.

    • Lutyens War Memorial: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Lutyens War Memorial in Bury; and if he will make a statement.

      Helmand Province

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rounds of ammunition were fired in the last six months by UK troops in Helmand province.

      Counter-Narcotic Operations: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assistance UK forces have provided to the government of Afghanistan's counter-narcotic operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Persian Gulf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of the Royal Navy presence in the Persian Gulf to counter seaborne threats.

      Military Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the suitability of the military vehicles used by British soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan.

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of service accommodation for armed forces personnel and their families; and if he will...

      Air Trooping Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the capacity and reliability of air trooping arrangements.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Afghanistan.

      Army Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the cut and sew contract for army uniforms to go out to tender; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the Defence Training Review contract.

      Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy personnel were engaged on land in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of UK (a) service personnel and (b) civilian staff stationed in Afghanistan was in each financial year from 2001-02 to 2007-08.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops have served in Afghanistan since 2001.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) precision-guided munitions and (b) gravity bombs of each type have been dropped in Afghanistan by British (i) fixed-wing aircraft and (ii)...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gibraltarian troops are serving in Afghanistan.

      Air Force: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) average and (b) highest number of days detached duty was for each Royal Air Force trade in the last 12 months.

      Air Force: Manpower

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

      Armed Forces: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) compensation and (b) other remedy is available for a British citizen who is the victim of a serious offence committed by a uniformed and on...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of overseas (a) service family and (b) single living accommodation units there are in each condition grade in each country.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) service family and (b) single living accommodation units in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many overseas (a) service family and (b) single living accommodation units were in each condition grade in each year since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new referrals to each department of community mental heath there (a) were in 2008 and (b) have been to date in 2009.

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 964W, on AWE Aldermaston, if he will place...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to implement the UK's obligations under the terms of the Oslo convention on cluster munitions.

      Defence: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 831W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, what mechanism is used to assess a proposal to...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to Article 1.16 of the Final Report on Data Handling Procedures in Government of June 2008, whether any personal data from his Department...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions he has visited each region of England in an official capacity in the last 15 months.

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) electricity, (b) gas and (c) other fuel was used by (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) production and printing and (b) other costs to his Department of producing its most recent (i) departmental annual...

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Erasmus: EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the potential merits of pluriannual funding for a Military Erasmus programme from the European Security and Defence Policy budget.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he received from the Inter-Parliamentary European Security and Defence Assembly in 2008; and which of those he has responded to.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of UK (a) service personnel and (b) civilian staff stationed in Iraq was in each financial year from 2002-03 to 2007-08.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops have served in Iraq since 2003.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many seaborne attacks by armed gangs (a) in the Persian Gulf, (b) in the vicinity of Umm Qasr and (c) near the Basra oil terminal have been...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 176W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, for what reasons he does not publish information...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Lynx helicopters in each service were fitted with voice box recorders in each year since 2003.

      NATO: EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects of France's re-integration into the military structure of NATO on future development of European...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many warheads have typically been deployed at sea on Trident submarine patrols since 1997.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the typical duration of mid-life Trident submarine refits has been since 1997.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the probable duration of major ballistic missile submarine refits when no mid-life refuelling of the reactor is required.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to ensure the compatibility of the new generation of Trident submarines with future generations of Trident missiles planned...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the (a) missile launch tubes and (b) missile compartments in UK and US ballistic missile submarines have conformed to a common design since the...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel have visited the Nevada test site in each year since 2002; and what the (a) dates and (b) purposes were of each joint UK/US...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what protocols govern the seizure of suspected pirate ships and their equipment by British armed forces.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what agreements the Government has with the US administration governing the use of RAF Menwith Hill by the National Security Agency.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Space-Based Infrared System at RAF Menwith Hill is due to become operational.

      USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which British military bases will (a) form part of and (b) provide services in support of the US missile defence system.

      Veterans Day: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial assistance his Department has provided to Veterans Day events in each year since Veterans Day was introduced.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out-of-service dates are for each mine countermeasures vessel; and what the projected in-service dates are for each successor vessel.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for which (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels orders have been placed since May 1997.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned future numbers are of Royal Navy (a) destroyers, (b) frigates and (c) attack submarines.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the crew totals are for (a) Astute and (b) Trafalgar-class submarines, (c) Type 45 and (d) Type 42 destroyers, (e) current aircraft carriers,...

  • Health

    • Burns: north-west

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many serious burn cases have been dealt with by each burn unit in the north-west in each year since 2001.

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) complete upper and lower dentures, (b) complete upper dentures only, (c) complete lower dentures only, (d) partial upper and lower acrylic...

      Dentistry: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the first five years of training for a dental student.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which former (a) Members of the House of Lords and (b) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 have been appointed to public bodies for which his...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) production and printing and (b) other costs to his Department of producing its most recent (i) departmental annual...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of recent changes in the funding formula for primary care on primary care trust budgets in (a) London and (b)...

      Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account the 18-week target for time from GP referral to start of hospital treatment takes of a patient's request for a second opinion following referral.

      National Burn Care Review Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the National Burn Care Review Group last met; (2) who represents the providers of burn services in Merseyside on the National Burn Care Review...

      NHS: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals have lost money in the Icelandic banking collapse.

      NHS: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provided to NHS organisations on investing in Icelandic banks.

      NHS: Death Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 3 of the Healthcare Commission's report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, how many alerts regarding mortality the...

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to conclude the negotiations for the renewal of the protocol between his Department and the Welsh Assembly Government on commissioning for...

      Quarry House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what visits Ministers in his Department have made to Quarry House in Leeds since July 2007; and what the date of each visit was.

      Regional Ministers: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the permanent secretary of his Department has authorised expenditure on travel costs for the parliamentary assistant to the Minister for the South...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loans awarded in each of the last five years were made to applicants who had previously received more than three crisis loans...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) electricity, (b) gas and (c) other fuel has been used by (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies since its inception.

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of people diagnosed with autism who were in employment in each of the last 10 years; and if he will...

      Flowers

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what tapers have been applied in calculations of entitlements to housing benefit in each of the last three years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) job searches Jobcentre Plus handled through its website and (b) employers posted vacancies through Jobcentre Plus' Employer...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people and (b) households received local housing allowance in each of the last four quarters.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what level of assistance his Department provided for vulnerable households under the support for mortgage interest scheme in the period...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) maximum amount which could be claimed and (b) time limit for claims under the support for mortgage interest scheme was in the...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many vehicles comprise the Motability fleet.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the service fee element of the Flexible New Deal contracts will be (a) for the first 18 months and (b) over the full term of the contract.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether recipients of incapacity benefit are eligible to make an application for a social fund loan.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been disqualified from benefits for 13 weeks under the two strikes policy in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of vacancies were advertised in job centres in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Vacancies: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average number of job vacancies in Eastbourne constituency was in each of the last 12 months.

      Vocational Training: Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the training courses to which Jobcentre Plus offers access lead to a certified qualification.

      Workstep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the percentage of funding under the relevant contract which has been spent on administration by (a) prime contractors...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Borrowing: Advisory Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on establishing the Stop Loan Sharks (a) telephone line, (b) website and (c) text...

    • China: Exhibitions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding his Department is making available to businesses wishing to be part of the British pavilion...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to ensure that debt collection procedures by banks, other financial institutions and...

      Debts: Enforcement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to include in the rules relating to debt enforcement a requirement for...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the volume of UK (a) imports from and (b) exports to (i) the European Union and (ii) the rest of the...

      Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what trade agreements between the UK and China (a) have been concluded in the last 12 months and (b) are...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Association of British Insurers on...

      Street Trading: Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to start his consultation on the findings of the street trading and pedlary in Great Britain...

      Syria: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the monetary value of Syrian exports to the United Kingdom was in each of the last five years;...

      Trade Unions: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood of 27 January 2009, Official Report,...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform who the members are of the UK Trade and Investment UK low-carbon sector advisory group.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform who the members are of the UK Trade and Investment UK low-carbon international marketing strategy board.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the proposed timetable is for the publication of the UK Trade and Investment UK low-carbon...

  • Women and Equality

    • Equal Pay: Private Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans she has to reduce the gender pay gap in the private sector.

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 1843W, on hospitality: Equality and Human Rights Commission, if she will publish a...

      Equality Bill 2008-09

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which organisations she has met to discuss the Equality Bill since 3 December 2008.

      Females: Patients

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Health measures to ensure that women patients are not discriminated against in the provision of NHS...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Services Authority first informed his Department of potential problems arising from the over exposure of British banks to the house...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 100W, on banks, what progress has been made in liaison between his Department, UK Financial...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment his Department has made of investments in (a) oil sands and shale oil, (b) conventional oil projects, (c) gas projects and (d)...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with (a) Lloyds TSB and (b) RBS on (i) the volume of their assets held in each (A) UK dependent territory, (B) UK...

      Banks: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the financial institutions and their subsidiary companies which are (a) wholly and (b) partly in public ownership have reported tax avoidance...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which initiatives introduced by his Department since November 2008 to assist (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and (b) individuals (i) have been...

      Business: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct the Financial Services Authority to publish a list of firms that did not meet its December 2008 deadline for the treating customers fairly...

      Child Trust Fund: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conditions of eligibility for the child trust fund apply to migrant workers from EU accession states.

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which works of art from the Government art collection each Minister in his Department has selected for display in a private office.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on (i) furniture and (ii) renovation and decoration for departmental buildings in each of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of the Prime Minister's (a) Strategy Unit and (b) Delivery Unit have a desk allocated in each other Government department.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what properties (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have sold in each of the last five years; and how many have been sold for housing developments.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the UK's net contribution to the EU budget has been in each year since 1994.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 3 December 2008 on behalf of Mr. P Deegan of Bradley Stoke, on annuities.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 8 December 2008 on behalf of Mrs. J Gray of Wick, on winter fuel allowance for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 1 December 2008 from the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire regarding his constituent, Mr. Brumwell.

      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 rate of...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount of additional funds transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office under the Overseas Price Mechanism was in each financial year...

      Tax Allowances: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the £30,000 tax free limit for redundancy payments.

      TNT: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations the Government received from TNT in respect of the UK tax regime between 1997 and 2003.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library the further report on the Olympic shooting venue commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the London...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps have been taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agency to improve the thermal efficiency of their buildings in the last...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress his Department has made towards the target of increasing its energy efficiency per square metre of its Estate by 15...

      Departmental Public Appointments

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to help those on low incomes update television sets in preparation for the digital switchover.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to inform the public about the digital switchover.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the number of households fully prepared for the digital switchover.

      Film and Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's officials work on policy to assist the (a) film and (b) video games development industry.

      Hague Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are for legislation to introduce the provisions of the Hague Convention; and if he will make a statement.

      Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many publicly owned buildings are included on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk register.

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which provisions of primary legislation for which his Department is responsible enacted in each of the last 10 years have yet to be...

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people who have visited a publicly funded museum in the last 12 months.

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many museums he has visited in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of households unable to receive Channel Five; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Television: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make an assessment of levels of use of blasphemous language in television programmes.

      Video Games: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much financial assistance the Government has provided to the video games industry since 1997.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels: Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change under what circumstances biogas production is eligible for renewables obligation certificates.

    • Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his role in the appointments of members of the board of (a) the Carbon Trust and (b) the Energy Saving Trust is.

      Carbon Trust and Energy Saving Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding from the public purse was provided to the (a) Carbon Trust and (b) Energy Saving Trust in each of the last five years.

      Carbon Trust: Public Relations

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

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will re-assess his estimate of the rate of global warming to take account of data demonstrating that the 2008-09 winter was the...

      Climate Change Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department attended the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen in 2009.

      Climate Change Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department attended the International Climate Change Conference in New York in 2009.

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the tonnage of coal burnt in the UK in each year since 1990.

      Committee on Radioactive Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on (a) levels of participation in stakeholder meetings held by the Committee on Radioactive...

      Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 918W, on Community Energy Saving Programme, when he expects to...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's budget is for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has a central strategy team.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many language translators are employed in (a) his Department and (b) its non-ministerial departments; and what the cost of...

      Electricité de France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information he has received on the operations of European Union anti-trust inspectors on the offices of Electricité de France...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the UK's electricity supply capacity margin; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 56W, on energy: advisory services, what the address of each energy...

      Environmental Transformation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, column 2161W, on Environmental Transformation Fund, by what date he...

      Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who represents the Government on the governing body of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure that an international agreement on reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation does not...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding his Department has provided to assist developing countries to participate in international negotiations associated with...

      Forests: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding for forest protection as a measure of reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere he has allocated to (a)...

      Framework Convention on Climate Change Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of his Department's staff attended the recent press briefing in New York by Mr. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households with at least one person with a long-term illness or disability were estimated to be in fuel poverty at the latest...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to include the replacement of circulation pumps in proposals to enhance home energy efficiency.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average daily demand for gas was in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average daily demand for gas...

      Parliament: Energy Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will hold discussions with the authorities of (a) the House of Commons and (b) the House of Lords on measures to reduce energy...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which public bodies have received funding from his Department since its establishment; and how much each (a) has received in 2008-09...

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an estimate of the potential contribution of gas produced by community-based anaerobic digesters to the supply of...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Warm Front installations there have been in each of the last five years; what the cost to the public purse of such...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of successful applicants to the Warm Front scheme who topped-up the grant with funds from...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the percentage of successful applicants to the Warm Front scheme who were in fuel poverty in the latest...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications were made for grants under the Warm Front scheme in each year from 2000 to 2008.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 59W, on the Warm Front scheme, what estimate he has made of the number...

      Warm Front Scheme: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of the households supplied with light bulbs under the Warm Front scheme in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex received bulbs...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of using (a) F1 and (b) F2 primates in (i) pharmaceutical testing and (ii) other common areas of testing.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the immigration status of the asylum seeker with the Home Office reference M1225028 was on 2 April 2007.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the immigration status of the asylum seeker with Home Office reference Y1062497 was on 2 April 2007.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outstanding cases the UK Border Agency's Case Resolution Directorate had at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases the UK Border Agency's Case Resolution Directorate has resolved in each month since it was established, broken down by (a)...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of applicants granted leave by the UK Border Agency's Case Resolution Directorate were granted (a) temporary and (b)...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases the UK Border Agency's Case Resolution Directorate planned to resolve in each quarter of 2008.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which countries her Department cannot return unsuccessful asylum seekers on humanitarian grounds; and how many unsuccessful asylum seekers...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 915W, on asylum: housing, how many properties are covered by the 28...

      Asylum: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers there are in the UK from (a) the Palestinian territories and (b) the Gaza Strip who have not been granted...

      Asylum: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers there are in the UK from (a) the Palestinian territories and (b) the Gaza Strip awaiting a decision on a new...

      Asylum: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers on entry into the UK have used (a) sexual assault, (b) rape and (c) gender-based violence as the basis for their...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the e-Borders system to have captured (a) 100 million and (b) 200 million passenger movements; and when she expects the...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 673W, on cannabis, where illegal drugs used for police training purposes...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of (a) firearms incidents, (b) licensing incidents, (c) suspicious circumstances and (d) truancy, as defined by the...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the results of the most recently completed crime and disorder reduction partnerships survey.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what properties (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have sold in each of the last five years; and how many have been sold for housing...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value of new external contracts let by Home Office Research, Development and Statistics to (a) institutions supported by...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how much...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of measuring compliance with its targets under its public service agreements in the...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on the provision of training to Ministers and civil servants in each of the last three years.

      Detainees: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of each nationality held in immigration removal centres have been detained for more than a year in each year since 2001.

      Detainees: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) women and (b) children held in immigration removal centres have identified themselves as being subject to (i) sexual assault,...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dogs for the detection of (a) drugs, (b) foodstuffs and (c) other illegal imports are in use at (i) sea, (ii) air and (iii) rail...

      Eddie Gilfoyle

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) inquiries and (b) disciplinary measures have been taken following the response of Merseyside Police to (i) the Police Complaints...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of hoax 999 calls made to the police.

      Entry Clearances: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the UK Border Agency will check that a foreign national entering the country as a business visitor does not work whilst in the UK.

      Entry Clearances: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records UK Border Agency will keep of the companies that receive individuals who have entered the UK as a business visitor to act as...

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreign nationals applying overseas for visas to remain in the UK for a period greater than three months will also be required to...

      Immigration Controls: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a resident labour market test will apply to the movement of workers to the UK under Mode 4 of the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

      Immigration Controls: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department had with educational institutions in its preparation of the requirements placed upon higher and further...

      Mosques

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were received by the police alleging corporal punishment in mosques in England and Wales in 2008.

      National DNA Database: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children's DNA records have been removed from the national DNA database since the database was established.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the implications of the recent terrorist attacks in Lahore for the security of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Performing Arts

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

      Police: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hand-held devices have been issued to police officers and police community support officers by South Yorkshire Police Authority.

      Police: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the advertising and marketing of the Policing Pledge in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adult and (b) young offender foreign national prisoners were held in prison under immigration powers beyond the expiration of...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether applicants for a Security Industry Authority licence (a) are required and (b) have previously been required to have a health and...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer question 251383, tabled on 22 January 2009, on ICT projects; and if she will make a statement.

      Young People: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles were detained in police cells overnight in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each year of the last five years.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Alastair Campbell

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when Alastair Campbell's security pass for 10 Downing Street was withdrawn.

    • Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the number of births in each of the years from 2008 to 2031 inclusive; and what...

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many grants have been made annually by the Active Communities Unit since May 2006; how much that represented; and how many grants were given to...

      Death: Drugs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths by overdose from drugs in Class (a) A, (b) B and (c) C there were in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Death: Malnutrition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for how many deaths of people in each age group malnutrition was given as a cause of death in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much (a) electricity, (b) gas and (c) other fuel was used by (i) the Cabinet Office and (ii) each of its agencies in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much and what proportion of its waste (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office recycled in each of the last five years.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1666-7W, on employment, how many and what proportion of (a) UK born UK...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in green industries in the UK.

      Unemployment: Essex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average rate of unemployment was in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2009, Official Report, columns 726-30W, on business improvement districts, when each...

    • Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition of a principal seaside town is; and whether this category is sub-divided.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Prevent strand of Project Contest, in which boroughs the Pan-London Somali Youth Forum is operating; how...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has plans to rename the Preventing Violent Extremism programme.

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget for Preventing Violent Extremism projects is for 2009-10.

      Council Housing: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of Housing Revenue Account subsidy in (a) East Cambridgeshire District Council area and (b) South...

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on local authority housing waiting lists in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex; and what the equivalent...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 304W, on departmental procurement, if she will place in...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her latest estimate is of her Department's capital expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d)...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) production and printing and (b) other costs to her Department of producing its most...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of measuring compliance with its targets under its public service...

      Departmental Training

      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 training, which Ministers took advice...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) uniformed and (b) non-uniformed fire service personnel there were in each (i) fire brigade and (ii) region in...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost has been including value added tax and expenses, of consultants working on the FireLink Project since the start of...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetables are for the implementation of the data capture and migration toolkit in each fire brigade in each region;...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the current planned date is for each fire brigade to cut over to each regional control centre; and if she will make a statement.

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of first-time home buyers in each year since 1997.

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of housing associations in need of financial assistance in the most recent period for...

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) banks in which the Government has...

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent against its Objective 4 to deliver a better balance between housing supply and demand in each of...

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research has been commissioned by her Department on likely changes in housing (a) need and (b) demand arising during the...

      Housing: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of new homes constructed met the minimum levels of security set out in the Sustainable and Secure...

      Housing: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps have been taken to implement the provisions of the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessors have spent on the provision of affordable housing in each year since 1997; and what...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department plans to spend on improving the supply and quality of housing in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c)...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes which did not meet the Decent Homes Standard there were in (a) housing association stock, (b) local authority...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding her Department has provided to local authorities in social housing grant in each region in each year...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of a caravan is used in relation to decisions under planning regulations.

      Mobile Homes: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many licensed sites for park homes are registered in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers planning authorities have to prevent development of houses of multiple occupation.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the percentage change in business rates for (a) small and (b) medium-sized and large firms which...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will adjust the small business rate multiplier for 2009-10 to ensure that it is not increased above the rate of inflation.

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate her Department has made of the proportion of affordable housing made available under section 106 agreements...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning policy statement 6 relating to sequential tests applies to new NHS facilities.

      Planning: Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the development of urban horticulture as a contribution towards climate change mitigation; and if she will...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses have been received to the South East Plan Consultation (a) in total and (b) from people in Guildford.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps she has taken to support financially-sound small and medium-sized housing associations to obtain bank credit...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties financed through social housing grants have been sold by each local authority in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many registered social landlords there were in each of the last five years; and how many properties were owned by...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects on rates of (a) homelessness and (b) overcrowding in social rented stock.

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the Tenant Services Authority's expenditure on its National Conversation.

  • Justice

    • Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of residents of ClearSprings properties have breached their residency obligations since the scheme was introduced; how many...

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 774, whether proposals on the constitutional position of the Civil Service will be...

      Courts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget of (a) HM Courts Service in each area and (b) the Royal Courts of Justice group is for (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10.

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each (a) region and (b) London borough have been (i) charged with and (ii) convicted of offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (Mr. Duddridge) of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 257W, on...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessor have spent on (a) flat screen televisions, (b) DVD players and (c) stereo equipment in each of the last...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps have been taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to improve the thermal efficiency of their buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress his Department has made towards the target of increasing its energy efficiency per square metre of its Estate by 15 per cent. by...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Lost Property

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which former (a) Members of the House of Lords and (b) hon. Members who left Parliament since 1997 have been appointed to public bodies for which his...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the (a) production and printing and (b) other costs to his Department of producing its most recent (i) departmental annual...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much and what proportion of its waste his Department recycled in 2007-08.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      National Offender Management Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the policy of the National Offender Management Service is on appointing consultants from firms not approved by the Office of Government Commerce.

      National Offender Management Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of consultancy contracts initiated by the National Offender Management Service were awarded to ASE Consulting Ltd in (a) 2006, (b) 2007...

      National Offender Management Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the processes by which the National Offender Management Service appoints consultants to ensure efficiency.

      National Offender Management Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the National Offender Management Scheme spent on consultants in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

      National Offender Management Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the planned resource budget of (a) the National Offender Management Service headquarters, (b) HM Prison Service and (c) the National Probation...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what change is planned in the full-time equivalent headcount of (a) the National Offender Management Service, (b) the National Probation Service and...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders aged 21 years or over received a caution for sexual activity with a child under 13 years in each year since 2004.

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders received (a) a caution, (b) immediate custody, (c) a fine, (d) a community sentence, (e) an absolute or conditional discharge and...

      Office for Criminal Justice Reform: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget for each major area of expenditure of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform has been in each year since its establishment.

      Office for Judicial Complaints: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Office for Judicial Complaints spent in 2007-08.

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners enrolled on courses for drug and alcohol abuse in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of suicides in prisons in England and Wales were committed by (a) foreign national prisoners and (b) foreign national...

      Prisoners: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Syrian nationals are serving sentences in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether each of the three new titan prisons will be privately managed.

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1789W, on prisons: standards, when the function of (a) Her Majesty's Prison Wolds and...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many assaults by prisoners on a (a) prisoner and (b) prison officer were recorded in each prison establishment in each year since 2002; and...

      Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget savings are planned in each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution over the next 12 months.

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether victims of crime (a) are informed and (b) have their consent requested before their details are passed to private sector firms undertaking...

      Wymott Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for how long the absent governor of HM Prison Wymott has been on sick leave; how long the prison has been operating on a two governor basis; and how long...

      Wymott Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the three latest roof-top protest incidents at HM Prison Wymott (a) involved the same prisoners and (b) took place in the same part of the prison.

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of self-harm by (a) male and (b) female prisoners held in each young offenders' institution were recorded in each year since...

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of (a) people and (b) women aged from 18 to 24 years old who received a criminal conviction in the last 12 months had previously been...

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents involving the use of restraint by staff occurred in each young offender institution and secure training centre in England and Wales in...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Military Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protection afforded by the Vector vehicle to United Kingdom troops serving in Afghanistan.

    • Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whom they consulted in respect of the European Union Regulation for the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market.

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the precautionary principle was exercised in their deliberations upon the European Union Regulation for the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the...

      Armed Forces: Belize

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for Airport Camp, Belize.

      Armed Forces: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider reducing defence expenditure in view of pressure on the public finances and debt ratios.

      Asylum Seekers: Legal Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to draw conclusions from the Solihull pilot project providing legal advice to asylum applicants from the first interview onwards; whether they...

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the tender document recently sent to bailiff companies in respect of the renewal of the contracts...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether deposits made with banks in which the Government have a majority shareholding are guaranteed without limit by the Government.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to require the banks in which they have a controlling interest to make contact by their clients more accessible and branch-based. To ask Her...

      Banking: Bad Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of banks' toxic assets for possible inclusion in a bad bank. To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the...

      Banking: Bank of Scotland (Ireland)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 16 March (WA 1) concerning the loan book of the Bank of Scotland (Ireland) Belfast branch, which organisation was...

      Beavers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what risk assessment they have undertaken on proposals to reintroduce beavers into England; what costs are involved; and what assessment they have made of the...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 11 March (WA 247) concerning equality as a human right under the Belfast agreement of 1998, whether...

      Belize

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their current aid projects to Belize; and what are the value of such projects.

      Bloody Sunday: Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 23 February (WA 9), what are the individual measures referred to which have been agreed with the...

      China: Demonstrators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why, as reported in the Daily Express on 12 March, a Tibetan demonstrator holding up a placard opposing the Government of the visiting Chinese Prime Minister was...

      Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Third Sector, Kevin Brennan, on 17 March (Official Report, House of Commons, cols. 1062W—63W), what...

      Crime: Lethal Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which persons or categories of persons are allowed to carry lethal weapons in public places.

      Crime: Organised Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have regarding the process of seizing assets funded by crime.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many troops of each of the Guarantor Powers are in Cyprus; and how many troops Greece and Turkey are allowed to have in Cyprus in accordance with the Treaty of...

      Data Entry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 25 February (WA 86-87), whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has set an overall...

      Deen International

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when Deen International, the group heading the "I Am The West" campaign, was established; who are its board members; and how much funding they have received to date.

      Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their investment in solar power, anaerobic digesters and biofuels will be included in the proposed infrastructure programme.

      Energy: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce their choices for the locations of the next generation of nuclear power stations.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional renewable energy sources will arise from full implementation of the windfarm tender schemes awarded by the Crown Estates Commissioners.

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 10 March (WA 228), whether the beliefs expressed in respect of equality apply to Northern Ireland.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Equality and Human Rights Commission did not carry out an equality impact assessment, as required by all public bodies, prior to making 50 people redundant...

      EU: Economic Recovery Plan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they anticipate in the final list of European Commission projects to be selected by COREPER in the euro economic recovery plan for decision at the...

      EU: Rural Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the annual allocations for support for rural development from European Union funds to member states in each year from 2007-13; what was the annual average...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 23 January (WA 238), following the flooding in July 2007, which (a) local authorities, (b) individual property...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 11 February (WA 190), why Southampton Primary Care Trust's view that it had adequately explored...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is making on its proposals for animal welfare descriptions on food and animal products sold in...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the Government of Israel concerning the Israeli air force's strike on the premises of the Gaza community mental health programme.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have agreed to offer Great Britain as a place of humanitarian protection for detainees released from Guantanamo Bay; if so, how many places are to be...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent last year on public education campaigns to promote responsible use of antibiotics; and, following the Chief Medical Officer's warning of...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the Parkinson's disease drug Midodrine is prescribed uniformly across Somerset and across England.

      Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students who attended educational establishments in the City of Manchester went on to higher education courses in each of the past five years.

      House of Lords: Life Peers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 12 March (WA 274) on the appointment of party-political life peers, what are...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the provision of affordable housing in the City of Manchester.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the promotion of equality is a human right in Northern Ireland.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 13 March (WA 287), whether human rights in the Republic of Ireland were considered when they agreed the...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have ever intervened in individual proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights in support of an applicant's submissions.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Davies of Oldham on 13 March (WA 287) and Lord Malloch-Brown on 23 March (WA 97) concerning human rights in the Republic of...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 23 March (WA 97) concerning human rights in the Republic of Ireland, whether, in developing their foreign...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of deporting an illegal immigrant.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants are detained in immigration detention centres in the United Kingdom.

      Immigration: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of France regarding its intention to establish camps for refugees and immigrants on the coast near Calais.

      Immigration: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been advised whether any information will be provided at the proposed camps for refugees and immigrants near Calais regarding the seeking of...

      Immigration: France

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants who have been detained entering the United Kingdom through the Channel Tunnel since the closure of the French Red Cross centre at...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London about the impact of Part 1 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether under Clause 16(4) of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill a principal local authority could interpret "relevant officer" as...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an officer appearing before an overview and scrutiny committee as a result of a petition submitted in accordance with Clause 16 of the Local Democracy,...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps a local authority will be required to take if a petition is submitted calling for an officer to be held to account under Clause 16 of the Local...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they plan to issue to local authorities on the steps they should take if an officer refuses to attend or to answer any questions when before an...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a meeting of an overview and scrutiny committee that has been convened to hold an officer to account following receipt of a petition under Clause 16 of the...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Clause 16 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill will apply to the bodies listed in Clause 20 of that Bill; and, if not,...

      Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consulted Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Ministers about Clause 16 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill; if so,...

      Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as reported in The Times on 23 February, Ministers have been asked to "advise on a moratorium on legislation and legislative announcements made but not...

      Multi-area Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of Ministers for the Regions in relation to multi-area agreements in their region.

      Multi-area Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which areas with multi-area agreements (MAA) have received visits by the Minister for their Region for discussions with the appropriate body consisting of...

      NHS: Infection Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made to combat healthcare associated infections in National Health Service hospitals.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 16 March (WA 7) regarding staff bonuses for the Northern Ireland Office, how much funding for...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 28 January (WA 62) and 17 March (WA 26) concerning the payment of bonuses to officials of the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 24 February (WA 62) concerning the cost of taxis for the Northern Ireland Office, why, in order to...

      Northern Ireland: Equality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in appointing people to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding has been provided to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in the current financial year; how much it requested; and whether they are...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what religions and faiths are officially recognised by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the remit of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission allows it to fund a staff member obtaining a qualification.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether when they respond to the report of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission they will also respond to the minority reports.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all documents, including notes of relevant conversations, regarding the appointment of the chairman of the...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the arrest on 19 March by Israeli Defence Forces in Palestinian occupied territories of five elected members of the Palestinian...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the arrests on 19 March by Israel Defence Forces in Palestinian occupied territory included Dr Nasser al-Shaer, recently Deputy Prime Minister and Minister...

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what "senior management" means in the terms and conditions of the Number 10 Downing Street e-petition scheme; and whether any petitions have been accepted that...

      Petitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin (WA 10) and Lord Young of Norwood Green (WA 10-11) on 16 March, what Whitehall standards they refer...

      Places of Religious Worship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 25 February (WA 91) regarding faith denominations whose places of meeting for religious worship have been...

      Police: Race and Gender

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 5 March (WA 185), how local communities are involved in the setting of race and gender targets for each...

      Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House when the Government will answer the Written Questions HL921 and HL966, tabled on 21 January and 22 January respectively.

      Railways: Intercity Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to the Intercity Express Programme's mixed diesel and electric trains, under what combinations of speed and acceleration it is planned that the...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to improve the chances of children gaining entry into their first choice of secondary school.

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the drop-out rate of 16 to 18 year olds from school sports each year.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest figures for the number of men and women who died from diseases they describe as smoking-related; how many of those were smokers of tobacco; and...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proportion of deaths from diseases they describe as smoking-related to total deaths from all causes.

      Sport: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 23 February (WA 29), what are the seven academies in London with a sports specialism.

      Sport: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 23 February (WA 29), what are the names of the 17 academies in London with new or refurbished buildings.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Sudan about the closure of the Sudan Social Development Organization, the Amel Centre for the Treatment...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their relations with Syria have altered as a result of recent visits by ministers and parliamentarians.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take with regard to individuals in the Turks and Caicos Islands who are alleged to have been involved in corrupt activities.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands played in the creation of the situation which led to the suspension of the...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider the early reintroduction of an elected Government in the Turks and Caicos Islands, on the conditions that an independent commission...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering suspending the constitution of any British Overseas Territory other than the Turks and Caicos Islands; and, if so, whether they would...

      Universities: Palestinian Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Palestinian students from (a) Gaza, and (b) the West Bank, are studying in British universities.

      Universities: Palestinian Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have offered any scholarships for Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank to study in British universities; and, if so, how many for (a) Gaza, and...

      Universities: Palestinian Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any twinning or collaboration arrangements between British universities and Palestinian universities; and, if so, which universities from (a)...

      Waste Management: Household Bins

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 12 February (WA 248), in what circumstances a road traffic or pedestrian accident caused by the...

      Waterways: Ecology Status Targets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they require all water bodies in England and Wales to achieve the ecology status targets set by the European Union Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC)...

      West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what remedy exists under international law to remove any illegal settlements in the West Bank.

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