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Written answers

Thursday, 23 April 2009

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) have been registered as fines; and how many PNDs have been paid (a) within and (b) outside the 21-day...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department and its predecessor in each...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he had with his EU counterparts at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 26 and 27 February 2009 on the implementation of the...

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was collected in victim surcharges in each court service region in 2008-09; and how such receipts have been distributed.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database as owned by HM Court Service was in each of the...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many illicit mobile telephones were found at each prison in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 15 year old offenders were detained on the secure estate at a location more than 50 miles from their home address at any time in each of the...

  • Olympics

    • Inspire Mark: Sutton

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which businesses in the London Borough of Sutton have applied for permission to use the Inspire Mark; and which have been (a) granted and (b) refused permission.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Ceremonies

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics by which port of entry the Olympic torch will enter the UK in 2012.

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which national Olympic committees have signed agreements for pre-London 2012 Olympic Games training camps in the UK; and what the location of the camp is for...

      Olympic Games 2012: Mass Media

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are to accommodate non-accredited international media for the London 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department and its agencies provided for the upkeep of (a) Grade I, (b) Grade II and (c) Grade III listed buildings...

    • Television: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) guidance has been issued and (b) rules are applied by Ofcom on the sponsorship of television programmes by (i) Government...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimates he has provided to businesses involved in (a) tourism, (b) hospitality, (c) leisure and (d) sport on likely (i) UK...

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to lay proposed revisions of the Ministerial Code before Parliament for its approval.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when his Department last reviewed its assets and land and property holdings with a view to identifying and disposing of surpluses.

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials in his Department are suspended; how many are suspended on full pay; for how long each has been suspended; and what the reasons are for...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he plans to withdraw and lay before Parliament in an amended form the draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing) Order 2009.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information UK Financial Investments holds on the level of lending to the non-financial private sector by (a) HSBC, (b) Royal Bank of Scotland, (c)...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of Asset Protection Scheme assets are held in foreign currency denominations; and if he will make a statement; (2) what his most...

      Banks: Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the average size of deposit held by British nationals with money deposited in (a) the Bank of Ireland and (b) the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Castle Point of 23 October 2008 sent on behalf of Mr. Malcolm Phillips, a constituent, on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the correspondence of 24 February 2009 from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West on business owners of motor dealerships.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 2 February 2009 from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford (PO REF: 2/02352/2009) concerning his constituent Dr....

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent, Mr Copeland.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Congleton of 8 October 2008, Ref 5/03545/2008, on depositor guarantees written on behalf of a...

      Smuggling: Tobacco and Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the changes which have resulted in the volume of (a) tobacco products and (b) alcohol entering the UK by mail since the...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each category of IT device in each...

    • Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to address the effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department of its ICT purchases since the...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department in each of the last five...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with the Government's Buy...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 197W, on departmental conditions of employment; how many civil servants in his...

      Driving Tests: Wisbech

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the marginal cost of operating the Driving Test Centre in Wisbech in addition to the centre in Kings Lynn was in the most recent 12-month period...

      Driving Tests: Wisbech

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made in the 12-month monitoring exercise at the driving test centre in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the revenue accruing to the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency from renewing expired 10-year photo card driving licences...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many provisional driving licences have been issued to non-EU residents in each year since 1997.

      Public Transport: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that public transport is accessible to people with disabilities in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b)...

      Railways: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of guidelines and regulations for the protection of rail staff from assault; and if he will...

      Railways: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many instances of (a) abuse of and (b) assault on rail staff have been recorded in each year since 2000.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to Lord Fearn of 12 March 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA279, on roads: repair, what the published criteria...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date average speed cameras came into full service on the A130 Canvey Way in Castle Point; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department in each of the...

    • Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 777W, on the USA, what discussions he has had with the new US...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of access to legal redress through the courts in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the quantity of heroin that will be produced in Afghanistan in 2009; and how much has been so...

      Binyam Mohamed

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

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which units of Hezbollah his Department has identified as reporting to the Jihad Council.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 390W, on Hezbollah, if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Iran: Jews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation of the Jewish community in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent of freedom of religion and belief in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Iraqi government on reported human rights abuses in Kurdish controlled...

      Japan: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to encourage the Government of Japan to adopt a stronger position in regard to the political and human...

      Japan: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the Government of Japan on the political and human rights situation...

      Japan: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed the political and human rights situation in Burma with his Japanese counterpart; and what plans he has...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 February 2009 from the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire on the Prime...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations in respect of the reported Qassam rocket attack on...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer question number 260384 tabled by the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks on 2 March 2009 on Mr....

      Syria: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to assist and support Maryam Kallis, who is being detained without charge in Syria.

      Thailand: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Thailand on the timetable for an inquiry into the air crash in Phuket...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese authorities to seek to halt the death sentences recently imposed upon certain...

      Zimbabwe: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the Government's policy that former Zanu-PF Minister Florence Chitauro should be included in the list of those...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel have been engaged in operations in Afghanistan since 2001; and how many are expected to be involved over the next five years.

    • Annual Survey of Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the latest Annual Survey of Leave.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account his Department takes of life cycle costs in the procurement of armoured vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles he expects his Department to procure in the next 10 years; what estimate he has made of the cost of such procurements of each...

      Defence: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's budget for cyber defence was in each of the last three years.

      Defence: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which countries the Government has signed bilateral agreements on cyber warfare and terrorism in the last three years.

      Defence: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on cyber security.

      Defence: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms are in place to co-ordinate the work of the different Government Departments that deal with cyber warfare.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department last reviewed its assets and land and property holdings with a view to identifying and disposing of surpluses.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department in each of the last five...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with the Government's Buy...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the delays to the A400M announced by Airbus Military.

      Mediterranean Region: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British warships have deployed in the Mediterranean in 2009; and what the mission of each has been.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force aircraft of each type are (a) in service, (b) in the forward air fleet and (c) fit for purpose. [Official Report,3 June...

      Monuments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy that no organisation be deterred from showing a cross or military emblems on war memorials on the grounds that to do so may...

      West Africa: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost of the British Military Advisory Team in West Africa has been in each of the last five years; (2) how many UK (a) military and (b)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many legal proceedings his Department has lost in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 1875W, on...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken by his Department to improve the thermal efficiency of its buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1226-7W, on departmental ICT, what the (a)...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which waste collection authorities have installed microchips in household bins; (2) what guidance his Department has...

      Environmental Transformation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects for which his Department is responsible are receiving funding from the Environmental Transformation Fund; how...

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of farm businesses with an income of less than £10,000 in each year since 1997.

      Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of farms have been recorded as being smaller than 27 acres in each of the last 10 years.

      Flood Control: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much EU funding was allocated for the implementation of flood prevention measures in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Food: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the monetary value of EU export refunds for each commodity in each of the last 10 years.

      Green Belt: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what approvals Natural England has given for development on green belt land in the last 12 months.

      Morocco: Fishery Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy in European Union negotiations to seek the exclusion of waters south of 27°40" from any...

      National Parks and Broads Authority: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to make his response to the outcomes of the consultation on direct elections for the National Parks and Broads...

      Power Stations: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1330W, on power...

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market...

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Waste and Resources Action Programme has a statutory basis.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to promote anaerobic digestion as a means of managing the disposal of household waste.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 334-35W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, whether...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates his Department's Waste Strategy Stakeholder Group has met since it was established.

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken on the establishment of a permanent South Atlantic Sanctuary; what steps it plans...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in countries which do not engage in whaling on coastal whaling; and...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy on coastal whaling is; and if he will make a statement.

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on voting on the international moratorium on commercial whaling;...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Iceland on its quotas for (a) minke and (b) fin whales in...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on the international moratorium on commercial whaling; and...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many early medical abortions were performed in England by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service at the request of the NHS on women who gave...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the change in the rate of abortions performed in England on women with addresses in the...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) 18, (b) 17, (c) 16, (d) 15, (e) 14, (f) 13 and (g) 12 years old who gave addresses in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) the...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in England under the Abortion Act 1967 on women who gave addresses in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the Republic of...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in England on women who gave addresses in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the Republic of Ireland in the latest year for...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed on women who gave addresses in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the Republic of Ireland under the provisions of the...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the then hon. Member for Ilford, North of 16 July 1996, Official Report, columns 494-96, on abortion, what the...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people attending accident and emergency departments in the last 12 months who could have been treated by their...

      Cardiovascular System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the merits of issuing guidance on the administration of (a) treatment and (b) laser treatment for extreme vascular malformations in...

      Cardiovascular System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to be identified as at risk by the Vascular Risk Assessment programme; and what plans he has to...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental graduates there were in each year since the new contract for NHS dentistry was introduced in April 2006.

      Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output; how many of these systems have...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he expects the Community List foreseen by Article 13.2 of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation to be published by 31 January 2010.

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish proposals for public consultation arising from his Department's joint review with the Home Department on NHS charging regulations...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into the circumstances in which people gain access to health care outside the UK through the European Health...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the planned external review of the implementation of the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease to be completed; and if he...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of healthcare-associated infections of the development of patient-centred technologies; and if he will...

      Hygiene: Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will allow exemptions from dairy hygiene inspection in cases where hygiene standards at a farm are guaranteed by farm assurance.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners have received free influenza inoculations in each year since the introduction of the policy.

      Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether personal anti-microbial products are supplied by the NHS to patients identified through screening to be carrying MRSA; (2) what steps he...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to provide counselling services for (a) patients and (b) relatives of deceased patients of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust...

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long Estates Return Information Collection data indicate each NHS trust took on average to answer a call made to its main telephone number in the most...

      Thyroid Gland: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the treatment of people with hypothyroidism; what definition his Department uses of hypothyroidism; and if he will make...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of tuberculosis per 100,000 people was in each primary care trust area in the most recent period for which figures are available; and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Pensions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what progress the House of Commons Commission has made in its examination of the merits of extending to hon....

    • Trade Unions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1212W, on trade unions: political levy,...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the House of Commons Facilities Time Agreement, whether recognised trade unions in the House...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's employability advertising campaign; what indicators have been used to...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each category of IT device...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2024-5W, on redundancy, how many staff left his Department under...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on media training for each Minister in his Department in each of the last three years; how many sessions have been...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons those renting a property which they have previously owned are not normally eligible for housing benefit.

      Jobcentre Plus: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2024-5W, on redundancy, how many of the staff leaving his...

      Natural Gas: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many gas technicians in Scotland (a) were registered under the CORGI scheme and (b) are registered under the new Gas Safety Register scheme.

      Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he made of the performance of the Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee in advising the Health and Safety Executive.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid out in (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants in (i) each Jobcentre Plus district and (ii)...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Fraud: Convictions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people have been convicted of fraud offences in each of the last 10 calendar years.

  • International Development

    • Asylum: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the Government's official development assistance has been spent on providing temporary assistance to refugees from...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken by his Department to improve the thermal efficiency of its buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Energy

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

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian assistance the Government has provided to the population of Darfur in the last 12 months.

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Answers

      To ask the Leader of the House what guidance she has provided to Ministers on arrangements to ensure that answers to parliamentary questions for written answer are provided first to the hon....

    • Written Answers

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of answers given by Ministers to parliamentary questions for written answer.

      Written Answers

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent representations she has received from hon. Members on the completeness of answers to parliamentary questions for written answer.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Leader of the House how many officials in her Office are suspended; how many are suspended on full pay; for how long each has been suspended; and what the reasons are for any such...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision will be made on the application by relatives of the constituents of the hon. Member for West Lancashire, Mr Katona, visa...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to enable UK Border Agency caseworkers to examine new evidence in respect of individuals seeking asylum.

      Asylum: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria apply to decisions on whether to grant asylum to a Bahraini national.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were on the e-Borders watch list on 30 December 2008.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 79W, on police: crime, and 30 March 2009, Official Report, columns...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what IT projects (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii)...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on severance pay to special advisers in 2008-09.

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks her Department and its agencies make of the immigration status of couriers working within her Department and its agencies;...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanism she uses to evaluate the efficacy of her policy of removing individuals who have no legal right to remain in the United...

      Detainees: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the UK's opt-out from the EU returns directive; and if she will adopt a maximum time limit for the detention of illegal...

      Detention Centres: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who had worked as a prostitute in the UK were subsequently detained in an immigration removal centre in each year since 2000.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what non-notifiable crimes involving firearms and imitation firearms would be recorded as a firearm incident as defined by the Incident...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1829W, on foreign workers, what the definition of a temporary worker...

      Immigration Controls: Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many academic advisors the UK Border Agency employs to assess whether students have made sufficient academic progress under the...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals under the points-based immigration system have resulted from errors in registering the date on which an application was...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the feasibility study relating to wheel clamping on private land recently received by her from the Security...

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has heard since its establishment; and how many of these were upheld.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Congleton to the Ministry of Defence transferred to her Department on 21...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to provide a substitution answer to Question 265753, on Operation Koala, tabled on 18 March 2009 for answer on 24 March.

      Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each police force area have been issued with penalty notices for disorder in each of the last three years, broken down by...

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department paid to the Plain English Campaign for (a) corporate membership fees, (b) additional training for officials, (c)...

      Police: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many head-cameras are in use by police forces in England and Wales.

      Police: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether people applying to become (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers and (c) police civilian staff are required to...

      UK Border Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency has taken to monitor the way in which complaints of racism against the UK Border...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits for intracompany transfers were issued in each month of 2008; and how many dependants were included in such permits.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued under the Shortage Occupation Scheme in 2008; and how many dependants were included in such permits.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many permits were issued in each month of 2008 under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme and Tier One of the points-based system; how...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to Question 261890, tabled by the hon. Member for Woking on 4 March 2009, on criminal activities and convictions.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether the Government Equalities Office has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme.

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps have been taken by the Government Equalities Office to improve the thermal efficiency of its buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent progress her Office has made towards the Government's target of increasing its energy efficiency per square metre of the Government Estate...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much capital spending is planned to be brought forward by her Office to (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what her latest estimate is of capital expenditure of the Government Equalities Office in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Household Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to improve energy efficiency in domestic properties by 2020; and if he will make a statement.

    • Household Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps he has taken to meet his Department's 2020 target on household energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on Government policy on nuclear power; and if he will make a statement.

      Marine Renewables Deployment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the marine renewables deployment fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Global Warming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent scientific evidence his Department has evaluated on global warming.

      Fuel-poor Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the change in the number of fuel-poor households between 2006 and 2009.

      Low-carbon Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on the Government's low-carbon industrial strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Copenhagen Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of prospects for progress towards a global climate change agreement at the forthcoming Copenhagen...

      Carbon Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what mechanisms are used to set the UK's carbon budgets.

      Kingsnorth Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Hurd) of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1805W, on...

      Wholesale Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on trends in wholesale gas prices; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage people to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide emissions attributable to them.

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of reaching an international agreement on climate change in the current economic...

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which circulator pumps sold in the UK have an A rated energy label.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what expenditure the Cabinet Office incurred on management consultancy in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Redundancy: West Sussex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people have been made redundant in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex in the last six months; (2) how many people under the age...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the unemployment rate in (a) Wales and (b) the UK was at the beginning of the economic downturn; and what such rates were at the latest date...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring foward proposals for a scheme based on the same principles as the ProAct scheme for...

    • Company Liquidations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make an assessment of the effect on customers and other creditors of companies filing for...

      Dimethyl Fumarate

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on the control of imported goods containing Dimethyl Fumarate.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to reply to the letter of 2 March 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay on his...

      Rescue Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the ending of the UK's Working Time Directive...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent guidance (a) the Certification Officer and (b) his Department has issued on whether office...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent guidance (a) the Certification Officer and (b) his Department has issued on the proportion of...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 1 April 2009, Official Report, columns 70-72WS, on the Further Education...

    • Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) responsibilities and (b) powers the Technology Strategy Board has in respect of the research and development of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 477W, on community relations: finance, which projects...

    • Corporate Improvement Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities in England are in receipt of support from Corporate Improvement Boards; and how many such Boards include...

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether changes in levels of local authority rents in 2010-11 will be linked to retail price index (RPI) inflation if RPI...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Band D council tax fire precept was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were revalued for council tax purposes at the point of sale in each region in each year since 1997; and how many...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes to a property would count as a material increase for the purposes of council tax re-banding.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been raised by each type of precepting authority in council tax revenue in England in each year since 1997.

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brent, East of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 547W, on empty...

      Fires: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many refuse container fires were reported in each of the last five years in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire;...

      Fires: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many refuse container fires resulted in deaths in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire in each of the last five years.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many summaries of flood recovery progress have been published since June 2008; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department issues on the land area allocated to a two- or three-bedroom house in a local authority high...

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 973W, on the housing market, how much her Department has...

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 973W, on the housing market, when she expects the research...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has undertaken on market demand for (a) code level 6 and (b) zero-carbon homes; and if she will...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes have been commissioned in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new build (a) starts and (b) completions there were in each region in the first quarter of 2009.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will estimate how long it will take for 90 per cent. of homes to reach efficiency level B or above in respect of energy.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 476W, on Home Ownership Incentive Schemes, how much of the...

      Land: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of land are on the register of surplus public sector land.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which of the proposals made in the 2006 Local Government White Paper have not been implemented; and for which such proposals no...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the general fund revenue account outturn for (a) education, (b) highways and transport, (c) social care, (d) housing...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) specific and (b) special grants were made by her Department to local government in each year between 1997-98 and...

      Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 89 of the report, The United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering International Terrorism, published in...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what forecasts her Department has made of the number of households which will have negative equity in the next 12 months.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what figures her Department holds on how many residential buy-to-let mortgages there are.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money was raised by charging business rates on fire stations in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England in each of the...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what bookings the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre has arranged at (a) commercial and (b) discounted rates for...

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to paragraph 6.5 of her Department's document entitled Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction...

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will introduce legislation to limit private sector rent increases in respect of small businesses.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average cost of housing a homeless household in temporary accommodation in terms of (a) accommodation costs for...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 79W, on the Tenant Services Authority, what the cost under...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 79W, on the Tenant Services Authority, how much was spent on...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department issues on the land area to be allocated to a Traveller's pitch on a local authority site.

      Zero Carbon Hub

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the performance of the Zero-Carbon Hub against its objectives to date.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who the members of the Autism Research Co-ordination Group are; and on what dates the group has met since its formation.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what dates minutes of meetings of the Autism Research Co-ordination Group have been published.

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the costs incurred in ensuring the needs of children with autism are taken into account in the...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether (a) the Security Service and (b) the Secret Intelligence Service will be allowed access to data on ContactPoint.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the child internet safety website, as referred to in the Byron Review Action Plan, to be launched.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) meetings and (b) discussions took place between Ministers and Mr. Ken Boston of the Qualifications and Curriculum...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether asbestos is routinely removed from those schools buildings where it has been identified under the Building Schools for the...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of former teachers have had their pension payments (a) reduced and (b) increased in the last 12...

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers: Legal Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 30 March (WA 174-75), why they cannot draw conclusions from the Solihull asylum project, in the light of...

    • Broadcasting: Digital Switchover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they expect to be raised for the digital switchover help scheme between 2008 and 2012; and what is the anticipated cumulative surplus by 2012. To...

      China: Human Cloning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 29 October 2007 (WA 144) and 12 November 2007 (WA 1-2), whether they have had any discussions with Chinese...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Tunnicliffe on 17 March (WS 59), what conditions are attached to the grant of £50 million for reconstruction in Gaza;...

      Government: IT Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which information technology contracts with a value of £50 million or over have been entered into by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

      Government: IT Contracts

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

      Olympic Executive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the Government Olympic Executive.

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom is obliged by Article 3 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights, as interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights...

      Railways: Intercity Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of each type of Intercity Express Programme train, (a) how many dedicated cycle-carrying spaces are planned; and (b) how much flexible space is planned...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will hold their planned consultation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

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