Written answers

Monday, 27 April 2009

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 377-9W, on bovine tuberculosis, in how many (a)...

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many laptop computers have been provided to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his...

      Departmental Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, column 2413W, on departmental personnel, how many...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, columns 826-7W, on economic situation, what expenditure under...

      Domestic Waste: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when information on the number of fixed penalty notices issued for household waste receptacle offences in 2007-08 will be...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department's research project WR0105 "Project REDUCE monitoring and evaluation—developing tools to measure...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities are participating in the research project, "Understanding waste growth at local authority level"...

      Fisheries: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued to the fishing fleet on the status of (a) Western Sahara and (b) waters off Western...

      Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) quantity and (b) monetary value of soft fruit produced in England in each of the last...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy on the incineration of household waste in municipal incinerators is.

      Noise: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the final guidance to airport operators on preparing noise action plans in accordance with the European...

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which parish councils have been awarded quality parish status to date.

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expressions of interest his Department has received from local authorities to host nuclear waste disposal sites further...

      Rural Areas: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the research report "Potential impacts of national road user charging in rural...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice his Department provides to local authorities on taking account of the views of local residents in the provision of bus services.

    • Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many individuals have taken the driving theory test in each year since its introduction; in how many cases a voiceover has been used for those...

      Driving Tests: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average waiting time was for a driving test in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London in the latest period for which...

      Driving Tests: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average waiting time was between applying for and taking a driving test in Greater Manchester on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of licence renewal application forms have been lost by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency prior to processing in each of the last...

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has provided to private contractors who operate motorway service stations on their parking charges.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued since January 2008 to local authorities on the width and length of parking bays; what representations he has...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on negotiation on the terms of premium payment obligations with train operating companies which indicate they may default on them.

      Railways: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the merits of prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the rail network.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold discussions with representatives of the train operating companies to consider the provision of free travel for the unemployed in order...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance is issued to local highways authorities on reduction of guardrail street clutter on road crossings.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents on shared surface roads have been recorded in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament Square: Demonstrations

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what discussions the House of Commons Commission has had with the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis...

    • Temperature

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the average temperature in (a) Norman Shaw North, (b) Norman Shaw South, (c) Portcullis House and (d)...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Departmental Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many applications for succession of tenancy under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 on land owned by the...

    • Farms

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many rent review notices were served by the Church Commissioners on their agricultural tenants in (a) 2007,...

      Farms

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the average length of term offered on new farm business tenancies on the Church Commissioner's rural estate...

      Farms

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what area of land is let by the Church Commissioners to farm tenants under (a) the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986...

      Farms

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many agricultural tenants the Church Commissioners have in England regulated under the (a) Agricultural...

      Farms

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many hectares of agricultural land are owned by the Church Commissioners in England.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many officials for which she is responsible are suspended; how many are suspended on full pay; for how long each has been suspended; and what the reasons...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent progress her Office has made towards the Government's target of increasing its energy efficiency per square metre of the Government Estate by 15...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much was spent by her Office on furniture in each of the last five years.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House what account she took of submissions made to the Members' Estimate Committee in preparing the proposals to alter hon. Members' allowances announced on 21 April 2009.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Community Pubs Inquiry Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in finalising the Government's response to the Community Pubs Inquiry Report; and when it will be published.

    • Culture: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the component parts of tier (a) two and (b) three of the Cultural Olympiad are; what the cost of each part is estimated to be;...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of invoices his Department has paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last five months.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's policy is on holding departmental away days at locations other than departmental premises.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Film: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 29 January 2009, Official Report, columns 687-8W, on film:...

      Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in respect of which local authorities he has used his powers under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 to intervene in relation to...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of young people who cease participating in sport upon leaving school.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with boards of regional development agencies on tourism in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many live summonses have not been served in Northern Ireland because the individual to be summonsed could not be traced in each year from...

    • Departmental Assets

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

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of invoices his Department has paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last five months.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate has been made of the proportion of personal computers in each of his Department's offices that are turned off (a) overnight, (b)...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable was for the introduction of individual electoral registration in Northern Ireland.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many electoral identity cards have been (a) issued and (b) reported as lost or stolen in each year since they were introduced in Northern...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of (a) postal vote applications, (b) proxy vote applications and (c) postal vote ballot papers in Northern Ireland are...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to maintain public confidence in the efficiency of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners serving sentences for each category of offence have been released on licence under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998;...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to persuade farmers in Afghanistan to diversify crop production away from poppy production; what...

    • Afghanistan: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the effect of the military conflict in Afghanistan on the life expectancy of children and adults in that...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of co-operation between EU member states on work on Afghanistan's development and...

      Afghanistan: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the proportion of the Afghan population with access to clean water supplies (a) in 2000 and (b) at the...

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries will receive funding from the £100 million funding recently announced by the Government to improve transport links...

      Asylum: Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on the percentage of people in refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border who are malnourished.

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether staff of his Department based in Burma have free access to visit all projects in Burma which his Department funds.

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received of additional restrictions on access to the delta region of Burma imposed on aid workers in the last six...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of (a) levels of poverty in Burma and (b) how aid to that country should be targeted.

      Cameroon: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on allegations of connections between the Cameroon Parliamentary Caucus for Environmental...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate has been made of the proportion of personal computers in each of his Department's offices that are turned off (a)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with the...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department provided to the (a) International Inspiration project and (b) International Sport Development initiative...

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to implement the findings of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and...

      Developing Countries: Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the amount of money from the UK Environmental Transformation Fund which will be used to fund the...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries where Millennium Development Goals have been deemed to have been achieved there has been a statistically significant...

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of programmes funded by his Department to assist the reconstruction and...

      Malaria: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to ensure that funding for anti-malarial drug programmes is used for fixed-dose combinations.

      Sierra Leone: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what management and accounting mechanisms are in place to audit financial aid from his Department to Sierra Leone delivered through the...

      Sierra Leone: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of financial aid provided for construction in Sierra Leone is directed to local contractors; and how many Sierra...

      Sri Lanka: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of the level of humanitarian aid entering Sri Lanka.

      St. Helena: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on St. Helena from the public purse in the last 20 years, expressed in current prices adjusted for inflation.

      St. Helena: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on the (a) St. Helena Access Project and (b) Atkins Feasibility Report for St. Helena Air Access.

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2009, Official Report, column 791 on terrorism: finance, which of the projects aimed at...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the government of Zimbabwe on the humanitarian situation in that country.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers: Rosyth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many jobs he estimates will be created in east central Scotland consequent upon the construction of the new aircraft carriers at Rosyth.

    • Boscombe Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to upgrade the runway at Boscombe Down.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department met representatives of the Colombian government to discuss defence matters in 2008.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what properties (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies have sold in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Departmental Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on entertainment and hospitality in each financial year since 2001.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual flying hours were for (a) C-130, (b) C-17 and (c) Tristar aircraft in each year since 2001.

      NATO: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have with their (i) French and (ii) US counterparts discussed the relocation of...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for the introduction of the three Typhoon squadrons to RAF Leuchars.

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce his decision on the future of RAF Lyneham.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future development of RAF Northolt.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made towards bringing the Search and Rescue capability provided by his Department and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency together...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conditions bidders had to comply with in tendering for the contract to provide the Search and Rescue Service.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the unclassified version of the Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters daily counterpiracy campaign update slide...

      Territorial Army: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which Territorial Army units are based in the West Midlands; (2) how many Territorial Army units based in the West Midlands have taken part in...

      World War I: Battlefields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with representatives of the Belgian government on the preservation of First World War battlefield sites; and if he will make...

  • Home Department

    • Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1481W, on community relations: finance, how much of the work in prisons...

    • Departmental Assets

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

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the worker registration scheme for nationals of Eastern European EU member states is due to expire; what options to extend it there are;...

      Identity Cards: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 508-9W, on disclosure of information: identity cards, what steps she...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 18 February 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, on Mr Alam Khan.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 25 February 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, on Shahin Vasi.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she takes to ensure that those in possession of overseas student visas continue to be enrolled students and work no more than 20...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the remit is of the Police Independent Bureaucracy Champion; what work the Champion has taken since July 2008; and if she will make a...

      Repatriation: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Zimbabwean citizens were repatriated to Zimbabwe from the UK in 2008.

      Terrorism: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of anti-terror policing in the West Midlands.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress made in achieving the goals of the Afghanistan Compact.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the Government have made to the US Administration's strategy review of Afghanistan.

      Beijing

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

      Burma: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on which countries are the main arms suppliers to the Government of Burma.

      Burma: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Japan on a global arms embargo against Burma.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the new constitution for Burma that will be enacted after elections in 2010.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 625W, on departmental public expenditure, what activities...

      Iran: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken at (a) United Nations and (b) EU level in response to the finding by the UN Iran Sanctions...

      Iran: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UN Sanctions Committee has received reports from (a) Iran and (b) Syria on the shipment of arms-related material...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his policy that suspension by Iran of its uranium enrichment programme should be a precondition for negotiations...

      Latin America: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources...

      Morocco: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek suspension of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement in the light of reports of EU vessels fishing in the waters off...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he and his predecessors have authorised warrants under section 7 of the Intelligence and Security Act 1994...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on new UN sanctions on North Korea following its recent satellite launch and decision to...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Sri Lankan government in respect of the political situation in...

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations in respect of statements about the state of...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress towards (a) democratic reform and (b) human rights reform in Zimbabwe since the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Warrants

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions he and his predecessor have authorised warrants under section 7 of the Intelligence and Security Act 1994 since 1997.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register: Databases

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission plans to seek to keep the new CORE electoral registration...

    • Voting Methods

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance the Electoral Commission has issued on the use of personal identifiers to verify...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for the introduction of individual electoral registration in Great Britain; in what ways the system will differ from that deployed...

      Legal Aid: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the recent statement by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) on managing the remaining BACS payment runs for March; how legal aid...

      Legal Aid: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 453W, on legal aid: negligence, when he expects the information requested to be available.

      Offenders: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) records and (b) data fields there are in (i) the National Offender Management Information System (C-Nomis), (ii) the Offender Risk...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date (a) his Department and (b) the Financial Services Authority informed local authorities of the risks in depositing funds in Icelandic banks.

    • Banks: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 101W, on banks: Iran, if he will place in the Library a copy of the advisory notice...

      Banks: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the amount of assets frozen in the United Kingdom is under the EU and UN sanctions on Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 304W, on capital gains tax, if he will estimate the revenue implications of taxing capital...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1184W, on inheritance tax: housing, what the differences are between a locality and a...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1184W, on inheritance tax: housing, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 940W, on valuation: housing, how many locality groups in England were used by the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 682W, on housing: valuation, if...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1181W, on debt collection: powers of entry, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Government's response to the report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman's inquiry into the potential regulation of the Equitable Life...

      G20: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on (a) coaches for delegates and the media and (b) other transportation for the London summit on 2 April 2009.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much each local authority deposited in the Debt Management Account Deposit Facility in the last six months.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter to him of 18 February 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Mr. Christian...

      Ocean View Properties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1186W, on Ocean View Properties, what the timetable is for the Financial Services...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in contributions the UK paid to the (a) World Bank Group, (b) European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and (c) European Investment Bank...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the merits of providing assistance to investors in the Presbyterian Mutual Society in Northern Ireland.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans the next comprehensive spending review to take place.

      Regional Economic Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the elected local government representatives on the Regional Economic Council are.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many complaints the Department has received from (a) hon. and right hon. Members and (b) members of the public as a result of processing delays...

      Revenue and Customs: Borders Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of the HM Revenue and Customs Offices in (a) Galashiels and (b) Hawick; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will arrange for a reply to be sent by the director at the tax credit office in Preston to the hon. Member for Walsall North's letters of 12 January...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people whose personal data was lost by HM Revenue and Customs in 2007 who have subsequently been affected by...

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has to transfer services from Scotland to other areas of the UK; what locations are being retained by HMRC in...

      Tax Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) families and (b) individuals are in receipt of (1) working tax credit in (i) Scotland, (ii) Glasgow and (iii) Glasgow, South West...

      Taxation: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the £400 million of funding to stimulate housing development referred to on page 105 of the Budget 2009 Red Book will be allocated to each...

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Budget Statement of 22 April 2009, what percentage of expenditure incurred in the provision of tax relief would be attributed to...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes the Valuation Office Agency has made to its methodology for valuing properties for the purposes of stamp duty land tax in the last 24 months;...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed by the Valuation Office Agency.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1191W, on the Valuation Office, on what dates the project board overseeing the (a)...

      Valuation Office: Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Valuation Office Agency's new geographic information system to become operational; and what his most recent estimate is of the (a)...

      Valuation Office: Northern Ireland Land and Property Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 829W, on Valuation Office: Northern...

      Valuation Office: Video Recordings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what video films the Valuation Office Agency has produced under its e-learning programme.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the operation of the 30-hour threshold for working tax credit eligibility for childless households of working age.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1626W, on the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, how many full-time equivalent staff in the...

    • Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1626W, on Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, what the estimated cost of legal action taken...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what consultations he has undertaken on his proposal to limit claimants to three Social Fund crisis loans a year; (2) what criteria he...

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people given a crisis loan from the Social Fund repaid the loan in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of invoices his Department has paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last five months.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of replacing lost or stolen property from his Department was in the last 12 months.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have had with trade union and business leaders to discuss the recruitment...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of those in receipt of incapacity benefit who will continue to qualify for the benefit as a result of...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the Jobcentre Plus National Workload Projection updates covering the period up to 2020-21 from each...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the distance travelled by jobseeker's allowance claimants to the Jobcentre Plus where they sign on is recorded by Jobcentre Plus.

      Jobcentre Plus: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 934W, on departmental internet,...

      Jobcentre Plus: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus personal advisers in (a) each region, (b) each Jobcentre Plus district and (c) total have resigned in each of the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average clearing time for (a) income support applications and (b) jobseeker's allowance applications was (i) at each benefit...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are claiming jobseeker's allowance in each of the phase one Flexible New Deal contract areas, broken down by length of claim.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many (a) UK and (b) non-UK residents would purchase an additional (i) six and (ii) nine years of national insurance...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget for the Flexible New Deal is in each of the next three years.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his latest estimate is of the number of people expected to be referred to phase 1 of the Flexible New Deal; (2) what proportion of...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of the (a) provision specification and (b) supporting information for phase one...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the voluntary drug rehabilitation scheme for benefit claimants; and if he will make a...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households were in receipt of (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) employment support allowance in each London (i)...

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his oral evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on 18 November 2008, HC397, Q65-71, what advice he received on the...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many families had cold weather payments paid manually during the most recent period of cold weather; (2) for what reason families in...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Accountancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many fines Companies House has imposed on small and medium-sized companies for late submission of...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how long he expects the (a) Enterprise Finance Guarantee and (b) Working Capital scheme to operate.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many publicly-funded business support schemes there are in the Business Support Simplification...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many loans were guaranteed under the small firms loan guarantee scheme (a) in the UK, (b) in each...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he expects a resident labour market test to apply to the movement of workers under mode 4 of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to reply to the letter of 12 February 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester,...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Government plan next to uprate the national minimum wage.

      Olympic Games 2012: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to ensure that fair trade principles and products are promoted at the London...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2009, Official Report, column 1279W, on post offices: closures, when...

      Small Businesses: Females

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding has been distributed to businesses from his Department's Aspire Fund since 19 November...

      Telecommunications: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects a report on the impact of the convergence of the UK communications market, as referred to...

      Usa

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost was of (a) flights, (b) accommodation and (c) other expenses for the Secretary of State's...

      USA: Exports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 8 July 2002, Official Report, columns 652-4W, on export licences,...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many officials in his Department are suspended; how many are suspended on full pay; for how long each has been suspended;...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department has taken to address the effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department of its...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each year since its creation; and if...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Education: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department takes to ensure compliance with health and safety requirements in respect of learners; and what...

      English Language: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many adult learners have been entered for GCSE English (a) language and (b) literature examinations in each year since 1990.

      Higher Education: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of school leavers resident in (a) Birmingham Hall Green constituency and (b) Birmingham entered higher...

      Petrol Alternatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on the (a) research and (b) development of alternative fuel...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people expecting to start higher education in 2009 have registered for financial support with Student Finance...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of former students owing money to the Student Loans Company are making use of the five-year...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many graduates were repaying tuition fee loans at nine per cent. above the £15,000 earnings threshold in (a)...

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether a portion of the additional funding for Train to Gain announced in the pre-Budget report will be used to fund...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, columns 667-68W, on abortion, on what date and at what time the abortion statistics for 2008...

    • Chlamydia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons reports are not made to the National Chlamydia Screening Programme of chlamydia tests carried out in genito-urinary medicine clinics.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were diagnosed with coeliac disease at the latest date for which figures are available; (2) what the average period between...

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on prescriptions for gluten-free products in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of locally enhanced service arrangements related to coeliac disease.

      Contraceptives: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the funding for contraception announced by his Department on 26 February 2009 has been allocated to each strategic health authority.

      Contraceptives: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to repeat for 2009-10 the allocation of additional funding under general allocations to primary care trusts for contraception services...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of dentistry was carried out by (a) NHS and (b) private dentists in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the level of dental health inequalities in England; and what steps he is taking to tackle such inequalities.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will survey attitudes among the public and dentists to the new dental contract introduced in 2006.

      Dental Services: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the percentage of people in (a) Guildford constituency, (b) Waverley district and (c) Surrey who do not see a dentist regularly;...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Health 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...

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the likely effects of proposed National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on depression, with...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the merits of appointing a national clinical director for epilepsy.

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to provide for accurate monitoring of the prevalence of epilepsy in (a) adults and (b) children on the part of primary care...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what counselling services are available on the NHS for couples seeking NHS-funded infertility treatment.

      Food Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people diagnosed as having food poisoning have been admitted to hospital in England in each year since 2000.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to require local authorities to operate a national Scores on the Doors scheme for rating hygiene standards in food businesses.

      Health Services: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to the provision of medical services for (a) pensioners, (b) young people, (c) families and (d) expectant mothers in...

      Health Services: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are provided by his Department to partners of expectant mothers in Coventry.

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms local involvement networks are expected to use to co-ordinate their work with those responsible for discharging local authority health...

      Hospitals: Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were screened for healthcare-acquired infections in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the last five years; and if...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to assist companies working on patient-centred technologies for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.

      Liver Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will prepare and publish a national liver disease strategy.

      NHS: Death Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 900W, on NHS: death rate, how many alerts the Healthcare Commission has received since...

      Orthopaedics: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans further to revise the national tariff for specialist orthopaedic operations; (2) what recent assessment he has made of effect of...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for ending prescription charges for people with long-term medical conditions; and if he will make a statement.

      Tranquillisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, columns 391-2W, on tranquillisers, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of his policy...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charity Commission: Surveillance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what use the Charity Commission has made of directed surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

    • Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to Lord Ouseley of 4 March 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA157, on Civil Service: salaries, which public...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to Lord Ouseley of 4 March 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA157, on Civil Service: salaries, how many...

      Death: Bacterial Diseases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many times (a) acinetobacter, (b) pseudomonas and (c) burkholderia has been mentioned on death certificates in England in each year since 1997.

      Government Departments: Communication

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much (a) each Government department and (b) central Government has spent on communications in each (i) year since 2004 and (ii) month since...

      Government Departments: Communication

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) each Government department and (b) central Government planned communications expenditure is over the next 12 months; and if he will make...

      Government Departments: Communication

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants were employed by (a) each Government department and (b) central Government on government communications in each (i) year...

      Government Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on private sector management by Government departments in the last year for which figures are available.

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the Cabinet Office's policy is on contracts being signed by Government departments in the 12 months before the last possible date for a...

      Local Government: Referendums

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1210W, on local government:...

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average percentage yearly change in earnings in (a) the Civil Service, (b) local government, (c) the public sector and (d) the private...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the net international migration by non-British citizens was in respect of (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in...

      Public Sector: Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of jobs created have been in the public sector in each year since 1997.

      Public Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 409W, on public sector: manpower, whether the Civil Service employee...

      Public Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 409-12W, on public sector: manpower, whether the methodology that excludes...

      Public Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 404-9W, on public sector: manpower, for what reasons a list of the public...

      Small Businesses: Staffordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people have been employed in the small business sector in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each year since 1997.

      Taxation: Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, columns 308-9W, on taxation: income, if he will publish an updated copy of table...

      v: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much funding the Cabinet Office has provided for the charity v to date.

      Water Charges: Consumers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will estimate the number of households which spent more than 3 per cent. of their disposable income on water bills in each year since 1997.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what her Department's timetable is for (a) further consultation on the community infrastructure levy and (b) the full...

    • Community Relations

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

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 477W, on community relations: finance, how many national...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made by the locally led and managed demonstration projects to test and capture learning on a mixed...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 477, on community relations, if she will publish (a) a...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 234-6W, on community relations: Islam, how many of the...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, columns 976-7W, on local government finance, when she expects her...

      Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by her Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many officials in her Department are suspended; how many are suspended on full pay; for how long each has been suspended;...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions the approval of her Department has been sought for spending by one of its non-departmental public bodies...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many properties were vacant for a period of longer than six months in each region in each of the last three years; (2)...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her Department's Fire and Rescue Service: Operational Statistics Bulletin for England, December 2008, for what...

      Fires: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many refuse container fires in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire were recorded in each of the last five years.

      Fires: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many refuse container fires in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire resulted in death in each of the last five years.

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have applied for assistance under the first-time buyers initiative; how many applications have been granted; and...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what additional funding will be provided for the Homes and Communities Agency as a result of the 2009 Budget; what schemes this...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate has been made of the number of homes owned by housing associations in each of the last three years; (2)...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the market value of homes owned by housing associations in each of the last three years.

      Housing: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities make specific mention of the accommodation needs of care leavers in their (a) housing and (b)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the projected figure for housing completions in 2007-08 was in October 2007; how many such completions there were in...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy efficient homes have been built in England in the last five years.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the London and Quadrant Up2You portfolio completed the investment management system process under the National Affordable...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the maximum household income is at which a household is eligible for intermediate level (a) affordable housing and (b)...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what regulations govern the provision of domestic properties via property purchase-and-rent-back schemes.

      Affordable Housing

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

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency spent on acquiring unsold stock for affordable housing in March 2009.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the level of maximum right to buy discounts in each region; and if she will make a statement.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the maximum right to buy discount was in each region in each of the last 10 years; (2) what the maximum right to buy...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing association tenants were eligible to take part in the preserved right to buy scheme in each region in each of...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has undertaken into the effects of increasing the maximum right to buy discounts in each region.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords offered cash incentive schemes to assist their tenants to...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been purchased under the right to acquire scheme in each year since the scheme began; and if she will make a...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was (a) retained by her Department and (b) passed on to the Exchequer from the proceeds of the right to buy scheme in...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many new social homes she expects to be built using the £100 million funding for local authorities to deliver new...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on what date the first property was sold under Homebuy Direct; and how many properties have been sold under this scheme;...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to each local authority (a) in cash terms and (b) per head of population in the most recent round of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department provides guidance to local authorities on provision of public funding to groups which campaign in local...

      Maps: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans Ordnance Survey has to implement the EU INSPIRE Directive; and whether it plans to provide data under the Directive...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home owners in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England took out mortgages in the last five years.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what changes to the eligibility criteria of the Mortgage Rescue Scheme have been introduced as a result of the 2009...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 12 March 2009, Official Report, columns 750-1W, on non-domestic...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of planning applications for commercial purposes made in the last two years; and if she...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications were received by local planning authorities in each quarter of the last five years; and if she...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of households in the (a) local authority and (b) registered social landlord sector have held a...

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect on small businesses of recent private sector rent increases; and what...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic properties in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England have been repossessed in the...

      Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many second homes there were in each council tax band in each local authority area in England in each year from 1997 to 2008.

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many properties bought through shared ownership schemes have been repossessed in the latest period for which figures...

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints have been received from (a) tenants and (b) landlords regarding the tenancy deposit scheme since it became...

      Young Muslims Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects the Young Muslims Advisory Group (a) ran in 2008-09 and (b) is expected to run in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11;...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Buildings: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance his Department has issued to businesses on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from commercial buildings; and if he will...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of invoices his Department has paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last five months.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he received the reasoned opinion from the European Commission in respect of the transposition and implementation of the Energy...

      Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on the Johannesburg Summit agreement on phasing out energy subsidies which inhibit sustainable development;...

      Insulation: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent from the public purse on insulating the homes of pensioners in (a) Test Valley borough, (b) the ceremonial...

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what effect the planned changes to the carbon dioxide emissions reduction target announced on 12 February 2009 will have on...

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what target has been set for the number of (a) lofts and (b) cavity walls to be insulated in each of the next three years.

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) lofts and (b) cavity walls have been insulated in each of the last three years.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to inform members of the public of its consultation process in respect of the 11 sites identified...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the Department will spend on publicising its consultation on the proposed sites for new nuclear power stations.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many renewable energy plants there are in each region; and what the generating capacity of each plant is.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which 10 renewable energy projects have received the greatest amount of funding from Government sources in each of the last 30 years;...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints regarding Warm Front installations his Department has received in each of the last 10 years.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which 10 Warm Front contractors (a) received the most for work under the scheme and (b) installed the most (i) heating installations...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value of Warm Front grants awarded in (a) Shropshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England was in 2008.

      Wind Power: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will commission research into the effect of offshore wind farms on fish stocks.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of invoices his Department has paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last five months.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Schools in Deprived Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of recent trends in academic results in schools in deprived areas.

    • Standard Assessment Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprenticeships: Keighley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 and 17-year-olds in Keighley constituency were undertaking an apprenticeship in 2008.

      Diploma Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were enrolled on a 14-19 diploma course in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make...

      Sure Start Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to allocate funding for outreach workers in Sure Start Children's Centres.

      Youth Services: North-East Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has for the future provision of youth services and facilities in North-East Derbyshire.

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department takes to support secondary schools in offering fitness, health and sporting activity to 14 to 16...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to promote the take-up of school meals.

      Children's Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps his Department has taken to improve standards of children's social care.

      Children with Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the provision of schools for children with special educational needs.

      Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles: Primary School Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress his Department has made in encouraging healthy lifestyles among primary school children; and if he will make a statement.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to maintain academic standards of GCSE qualifications.

      Academy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Academy programme on educational outcomes.

      Building Schools for the Future: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the timetable is for assessment of Sefton local authority's bid for Building Schools for the Future funds; and if he will...

      Children Eligible for Free School Meals: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Copeland constituency eligible for free school meals achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE level in 2008.

      Home Access to Computers: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Staffordshire have made use of his Department's home access to computers scheme.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what accredited pre-tenancy training is available for young people leaving care; and what steps are being taken to make such...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children in care have parents that are (a) married or (b) living as a couple.

      Children in Care: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what entitlement a young person who has left the care of a local authority has to access personal information held on them by that...

      Children in Care: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have placed children or young people in their care in Warrington in each of the last five years; and how...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been removed from their parents following a single incident of child harm in each of the last five years;...

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of levels of workforce knowledge and skills in relation to e-safety following its...

      Communications Champion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has appointed a Communications Champion as referred to in the Speech, Language and Communication Needs Action Plan.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many officials in his Department are suspended; how many are suspended on full pay; for how long each has been suspended; and...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many requests his Department received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in 2008; and how many of those were answered...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department and its predecessor was in each of the last five...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of his Department's capital expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12;...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1951W, on the education maintenance allowance, how many...

      Islam and Citizenship Education Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many area-based consultants are involved in delivering the Islam and Citizenship Education project; what funding they receive;...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals have been entered for (i) higher and (ii)...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many GCSE short courses are accounted for in his Department's league tables.

      Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of schools with a specialism in modern foreign languages offer more than one modern language GCSE.

      Literature: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many boys in (a) maintained and (b) independent schools were entered for an English literature GCSE examination in (i) 1997,...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of (a) maintained, (b) specialist science, (c) grammar and (d) independent schools offered triple science GCSE...

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of schools with a specialism in science offer single science GCSEs.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what remuneration he expects Dr. Ken Boston to have received from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority between the date of...

      Outdoor education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support his Department has made available to (a) small and (b) independent organisations which provide learning experiences...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding allocations have been made to schools in each London borough in respect of post-16 education in (a) 2008-09 and (b)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedures govern the establishment of non-maintained special schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what (a) criteria and (b) mechanisms funding is allocated to non-maintained special schools.

  • House of Lords

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the future of banks that trade in Ireland and the United Kingdom; and...

    • Banking: Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the recently announced loan scheme to begin.

      Banking: Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest figures for lending under the enterprise finance guarantee scheme.

      Banking: Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been lent under the enterprise finance guarantee scheme to each lender since its inception.

      Banking: Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been lent in total under the enterprise finance guarantee scheme since its inception.

      Banking: First Trust Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Competition Commission required the Northern Ireland-based First Trust Bank to raise its interest rates; and, if so, whether such a request was within...

      Civil Service: Performance Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 31 March (WS 83—84), what was the estimated size of the Department of...

      Communications Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what timetable they have set for a consultation on the public authorities able to access communications data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

      Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of crime and disorder have been reported for each of the last ten years at (a) professional football matches; (b) screenings of professional...

      Crime: Lethal Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the law permits persons, who claim to be followers of a religion which requires them to carry a lethal weapon in public, to do so.

      Criminal Justice: Penalty Notices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government since the introduction of "on the spot" penalty notices, for each broad category of offence and to the latest convenient period, (a) how many have been issued; (b)...

      Cultural Festivals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that competitors in cultural festivals have no difficulty entering the United Kingdom.

      Education: Home Schooling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often ministers have met Education Otherwise or the Home Education Advisory Service in the past 10 years.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 31 March (WA 220—21), how they ensure that public funds are...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 31 March (WA 220—21), whether the Equality and Human Rights Commission...

      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 Cabinet Office since 1997; and which of those have...

      Health: Former UK Residents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries are in receipt of annual payments to fund health treatment of those who previously worked in the United Kingdom; and how the amounts paid are...

      Health: Former UK Residents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments have been made to the Republic of Ireland in the last ten years to fund health treatment of those who previously worked in the United Kingdom;...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 30 March (WA 191) concerning the average cost of deporting an illegal immigrant, what is the cost of not...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been made to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in the last 12 months for licensing immunotherapy products; and To...

      Mental Health: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what secure psychiatric accommodation exists or is planned for Northern Ireland.

      Petitions

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

      Police: Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for appointment and dismissal of Chief Police Officers in the Metropolitan Police Service.

      Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (HL2394) concerning the length of time taken to answer parliamentary...

      Roads: A470

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to upgrade the A470 road.

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the consultation on the draft Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, they will require the General Lighthouse Authorities...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the joint programmes and exercises between police and the armed forces referred to on page 14 of The United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering...

      Transport: ID Papers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require passengers to carry identity papers on domestic air and sea routes; and To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will collect...

      United Kingdom Financial Investments Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom Financial Investments Ltd is liable if all legal actions against the Royal Bank of Scotland succeed.

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