Written answers

Thursday, 30 April 2009

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aetherius Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to Lord Lester of Herne Hill of 30 March 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column 203WA, on...

    • Common Purpose: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department has given to Common Purpose since the Department's establishment.

      Council Housing: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council dwellings have been (a) sold and (b) built in Tamworth constituency since 1997.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of its suppliers her Department has paid within 10 days of receipt of invoice in each of the last five months.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisation was the successful bidder for the contract for departmental travel with OGCbuying.solutions project code...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes had been empty for more than six months in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley and (d)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of tenants of (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authorities were in receipt of housing benefit in...

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the net cost to the public purse of the changes to the measures to support the housing market...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been built in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what additional funding will be provided to the Homebuy Direct scheme as a result of the Budget 2009; and how many...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, columns 886-87W, on housing: low incomes, how much of the funding...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new build social homes were built in each (a) region and (b) local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for planning permission to build new dwellings were (a) made and (b) granted in the last 20 quarters for...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average house price in 2008-09 prices was in each region in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been purchased through the First Time Buyers Initiative in each month since the scheme's inception.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress her Department has made towards its aspiration to build all housing to Lifetime Homes Standards.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the comprehensive area assessments.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in implementing reform of the Local Government Pension Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for changes to the Guidance on Local Authority Publicity; and whether an impact assessment has been...

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on publishing their own newspapers.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure her Department has incurred on establishing the (a) Mortgage Rescue Scheme and (b) Homeowners Mortgage...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning permissions were (a) applied for and (b) granted in the last quarter for which figures are available.

      Planning Permission: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes to planning guidance there have been relating to the development of airfields since 2005.

      Planning Permission: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps she has taken to increase efficiency, effectiveness and transparency in the planning system; and what recent...

      Regeneration: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from hon. Members on the redevelopment of Preston city centre.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding for infrastructure was allocated by her Department to the Milton Keynes/South Midlands Growth Area in (a)...

      Rented Housing: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 79W, on tenant services authority, how many people attended...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were in temporary accommodation in England in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007 and (e) 2008.

      Zero Carbon Hub

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 23 April 2009, Official...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many military helicopters have been available to provide search and rescue cover in each of the last 12 months; (2) how many search and rescue...

    • Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many search and rescue training exercises have taken place (a) in each year since 2003 and (b) in each of the last 12 months.

      RAF Welford: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 153W, on RAF Welford, whether the security...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Liberal Democrats: Donations

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what progress the Electoral Commission has made in its investigation into the permissibility...

    • Political Parties: Accountancy

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what revised timetable the Electoral Commission has established to take forward its...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cayman Islands: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration he has given to directing the Governor of the Cayman Islands to comply with the Organisation for Economic...

    • Cayman Islands: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason responsibility for (a) financial regulation and oversight and (b) compliance with (i) obligations imposed by...

      Community Relations: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 226W, on terrorism: finance, whether any of the projects to...

      Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UK Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe on the choice of the next Secretary...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the safety and whereabouts of Dolly Inefo Mbunga, Floribert Chebeya Bahizire and Donat Tshikaya...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2185W, on Iran: nuclear weapons, if his Department...

      Israel: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has obtained a legal opinion on the duty of recognition in international law to assist in formulation of policy on...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to investigate and report on the use of UK-supplied weapons during Israel's military operation in Gaza;...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department plan to have with governments of Arab states in...

      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 alleged murder of persons in the...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Pakistani Government on (a) power-sharing arrangements between the provincial and federal...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on the implications of the recent agreement between the...

      Russia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he has met experts on Russia, international affairs and broadcasting to discuss the BBC Russia Service...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on the political situation in the Chad-Sudan border area of the recent activities of...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the recent conflict between the Lou Nuer and Murle tribes on the security...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Yemeni government on the security situation in Yemen.

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the UK contribution towards tackling terrorist activity in Yemen.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the recording of his statement on hon. Members' allowances uploaded to his YouTube channel on 21 April required more than one take.

    • Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the names are of those whose honours have been cancelled by the Forfeiture Committee since 1997; and for what reasons each honour was cancelled; (2) how many...

  • Treasury

    • Adjudicator's Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been made by members of the public about the work of the Adjudicator in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Adjudicator's Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed (a) full- time and (b) part-time at the Adjudicator's Office on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he...

      Adjudicator's Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funding his Department has allocated to the Adjudicator's Office in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Banks: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since November 2008 his Department has exercised its powers under Schedule 7 of the Counter Terrorism Act 2008 in respect of Iran; and...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters from hon. Members his Department received in (a) January and (b) February 2009; and how many letters received from hon. Members in 2008...

      Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) by what date he expects the Reclaim Fund established under the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008 will have transferred funds to the...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations his Department has received from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public on charges: the rate of duty on beer in the last...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the effect of the increase in beer duty announced in the 2009 Budget on (a) trends in the rate of public house closures and (b) local...

      Government Departments: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision he has made in his Department's expenditure estimates for the relocation of government services out of London in each of the next six...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provisions he plans to bring forward to introduce automatic rate relief for small businesses in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Collection: Languages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to make tax forms in (a) Polish, (b) Romanian, (c) Moldovan and (d) other European languages available for people whose first...

      Tax Havens: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to implement the commitments of the G20 Summit in respect of tax jurisdictions in overseas territories and Crown dependencies;...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of increasing the first income threshold for tax credits to £10,000, removing the second income threshold...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Maladministration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) wrongly entered the date of birth of the constituent of the hon. Member for Bassetlaw, reference 02005341/ND on...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 840W, on the economic situation, what the cost of his Department's...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1464W on Departmental Training, how much was spent by his Department...

      Israel: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the implications of the Israeli wall for the well-being of Palestinian people in the West Bank,...

      Non-Governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-governmental organisations have received funds from the public purse to conduct aid work in Pakistan in the last five years;...

      Non-Governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-governmental organisations have received funds from the public purse to conduct aid work in Iraq in the last five years; and...

      Overseas Aid: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure his Department's policies meet internationally agreed development goals in relation to provision of...

      Poverty: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expenditure his Department incurred on (a) catering, (b) speaker's fees, (c) venue fees, (d) staffing and (e) in total in...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on development projects in Yemen in each of the last five years.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations are involved in the delivery of his Department's project in Yemen.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with the Islamic Development Bank on reducing levels of poverty in Yemen.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria his Department uses to assess the effectiveness of UK assistance to Yemen.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Yemen.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding (a) his Department, (b) Sport England, (c) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and (d) the Arts Councils is...

    • Commonwealth Games 2014: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had any recent discussions with (i) the Secretary of State for Scotland and...

      Departmental Assets

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

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the changes recommended by the producers of the display energy certificate for 2-4 Cockspur Street regarding (a) run around...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason there was an underspend against his Department's estimated Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit in 2008-09 as referred...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contribution he expects each of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) business areas to make towards value for money savings in...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under which budgetary headings reductions to his Department's Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2010-11, as referred to in...

      Gambling Commission: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on staffing costs at the Gambling Commission in 2008-09.

      Legacy Trust UK: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Legacy Trust UK has spent since its inception.

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in what languages examinations for a personal licence to operate a pub, club or off licence can be taken.

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what requirements there are on designated premises supervisors to be present at the licensed establishment for which they are...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what baseline has been adopted against which to measure Sport England's progress towards the target of two million people...

      Sports: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many voluntary community sports coaches have been appointed since the scheme's inception.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wealdon of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 525W, on Kingsnorth power station,...

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 357, what percentage of GDP the Government are allocating to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's letters of 18 and 22 September 2008 transferred from the Department...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to Question 248582, on replying to letters, tabled on 13 January 2009; and what the reasons are for the time...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps were taken in response to the recommendations of the White Young Green Report of July 2007 on the Warm Front Scheme; and if...

      Warm Front Scheme: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value has been of Warm Front contracts with HES Ltd of Scunthorpe in the last eight years; and how many boilers have...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals to restrict the operation of dog rental companies in England; and if he will...

    • Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) starter, (b) progression and (c) large farms there are on each county council farm estate in England; and...

      Natural Gas: Canvey Island

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

      Recycling: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what financial support his Department offers (a) local authorities and (b) schools to assist in the setting up of...

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many domestic properties in England with a water supply (a) have and (b) do not have individual water meters.

  • Home Department

    • Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2479W, on the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre: Government...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • 14 Tothill Street

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 26W, on 14 Tothill Street, what the length...

  • Justice

    • Court Funds Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much is held in cash deposits on behalf of Court of Protection clients by the Court Funds Office.

    • Court Funds Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much interest the Court Funds Office paid at the (a) standard and (b) special interest rate in the last year for which information is available.

      Court Funds Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average size is of a Court of Protection client's deposit with the Court Funds Office.

      Court Funds Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on clients of the reduction in the special interest rate paid by the Court Funds Office.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many licensed bailiffs there are in each parliamentary constituency.

      Departmental Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 116-19WS,...

      Electoral Register: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1214-5W, on electoral register: Commonwealth, whether a person from a Commonwealth...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many domestic properties were sold for (a) under £175,000 and (b) £175,000 and over in each of the last three years.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many job losses there have been in the Probation Service in (a) Leeds, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England and Wales in the last 12 months.

      Prison Service: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison service staff resigned in each year since 2003.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to announce arrangements for the Victims' Fund for 2009-10.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House what sums have been budgeted for the payment of expenses of hon. Members from the Members' Vote in each of the next six financial years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the Prime Minister's response of 22 April 2009 to the e-petition submitted by Miss A Birt and others on the extension to...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) applications for contracts have been received and (b) contracts have been awarded to Scottish-based firms by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Cycling

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her policy is on the balance between the number of cycling events open to (a) men and (b) women at the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Scotland what percentage of its suppliers his Department has paid within 10 days of receipt of invoice in each of the last five months.

      Whisky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Scottish whisky industry in advance of the recent Budget Statement.

  • Transport

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) EU, (b) UK, (c) departmental and (d) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) public procurement requirements applied to the recent...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will respond to the hon. Member for Billericay's letter of 9 February 2009, on his constituent Mr G. Bores.

      Rescue Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter based at (a) Sumburgh and (b) Stornoway has been called on to undertake flights...

      Transport Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what allocations were made from the Transport Innovation Fund budget in financial year 2008-09; and how much was allocated to each project; (2)...

  • Women and Equality

    • Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality from which local authorities the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is requesting an explanation for the level of support provided for victims...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment his Department has made of progress on the academy programme in (a) Kettering and (b) England.

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether local authorities are required to submit proposals that include an academy as part of the bid process for capital funding...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the Building Schools for the Future programme has spent in Coventry.

      Children: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1275W, on children: employment, what plans he has to...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that children who have been identified as being at risk are adequately housed.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish the results of the review on the availability of emergency accommodation for children and young people at...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which officials from his Department were present at the meeting of 17 June 2008 between the Minister for Schools and David Gee;...

      Economics: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to encourage more teaching of financial matters in secondary schools.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what mechanism exists for the reappraisal of eligibility for education maintenance allowance as a result of changes in...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in post-16 education in Coventry are in receipt of education maintenance allowance.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that schools and sixth form colleges in Torridge and West Devon constituency will be able to...

      Families: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make an assessment of the (a) effectiveness and (b) availability of the provision by local authorities of family...

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much time he expects trainee teachers to spend with pupils outside the classroom as part of their training.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support is available to newly-qualified teachers to assist in the provision of teaching outside the classroom.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects on the academic performance of pupils of educational field trips.

      Primary Education: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average cost of building a new primary school was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Schools: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what financial assistance his Department has given to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Coventry in the last 12 months.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much of the dedicated schools grant was reimbursed to local authorities in each of the last three years; how much was...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to increase the opportunities for school children to participate in school governance structures.

      Schools: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department gives school governors on the setting up and running of on-site recycling facilities at...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on school transport in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the latest period for which figures are...

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children were accepted at their first choice of secondary school in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what sixth form funding allocation was made for each local education authority by the Learning and Skills Council on (a) 2 March...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on funding allocations issued to schools and colleges for 16 to 18 year learners in...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of schools expected to receive a reduction in their per pupil funding for 16 to...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what formula is used to calculate the amount of funding a sixth form will receive; and if he will make a statement.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with the Learning and Skills Council on the funding of schools with sixth forms where the...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families under what circumstances schools receive exceptional funding support for sixth forms; and if he will make a statement.

      Sixth Form Education: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what changes were made in the final allocation funding for sixth forms in Hertfordshire for 2009-10 compared with the previous...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, columns 271-72W, on special educational needs, what types of...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of the graduate teacher programme places made available by the Training and Development Agency in 2008-09 were eligible...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for how long each of the two vacant ministerial residences in Admiralty House have been vacant.

    • Civil Servants: Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Cabinet Office has issued guidance to Government Departments and agencies in respect of the award of excess fares allowances to civil...

      Civil Servants: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether the National Whitley Council Agreement on Facilities for Industrial Relations Duties and Trade Union Activities in the Non-Industrial...

      Civil Service: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Civil Service jobs have been re-located from London to (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) each English region in...

      Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with output greater than 250kW; how many of these systems...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 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...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he plans to reply to the letter of 14 November 2008 from the hon. Member for North Norfolk on meetings of the Prime Minister held at Chequers.

      Ministers: Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Ministerial residences are unoccupied.

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will undertake an audit of the efficiency of non-departmental public bodies.

      Non-profit Making Associations: Essex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on not-for-profit organisations in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and...

      Non-profit Making Associations: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what support the Government are providing to social enterprise during the economic downturn; what steps he has taken to inform social enterprises...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information the Commissioner for Public Appointments holds on the public appointments to be made in the next 24 months.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many public appointments were made in the last 12 months according to records held by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what reasons and on what date the Cabinet Office's Public Appointments Unit was disbanded.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what public sector bodies were classified as part of the Civil Service in 1997.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his latest estimate is of the number of retired public sector workers to have been underpaid as a result of errors in the administration of...

      Public Service Forum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1453W, on the Public Service Forum, (1) what the (a) remit and (b)...

      Public Service Forum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1453W, on the Public Service Forum, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Stress

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of working days lost in the Cabinet Office as a result of workplace stress in the most recent year for...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, columns 943-44W, on trade unions, whether special leave may be granted for trade...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many third sector organisations with international operations receive funding from his Department.

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what financial criteria are used to assess the eligibility of a third sector organisation for allocation of funding.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related hospital admissions of (a) men and (b) women aged (i) under 10 years, (ii) between 10 and 16 years, (iii) between 17 and 21...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bolton North East of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1923W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, when...

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of testing for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in blood products on the supply of red cells, platelets and...

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation his Department has undertaken of the uptake of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations on the treatment of...

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on guidelines for the treatment and management of...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on implementation of provisions relating to drug users in the Welfare...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of building a new district hospital in England was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated for healthcare-acquired infections in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were screened for healthcare-acquired infections in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) females and (b) males aged (i) under 16, (ii) from 17 to 21, (iii) from 22 to 26 and (iv) over 26 years old were admitted to hospital with...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 252W, if he will bring forward proposals for regulations to require that a patient...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which working groups of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control the UK (a) is and (b) is not a member of; and what...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms exist by which signatory countries to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control join its working groups.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the membership is of each working group of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of which the UK is a member;...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with European Union counterparts on the development of protocols and guidelines in respect of the World Health...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the UK's progress in meeting its obligations as a signatory to the World Health Organisation Framework...

      Personal Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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) at...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications of funding difficulties in the Building Colleges for the Future programme for...

    • Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what capital funding has been allocated to further education colleges in (a) Wellingborough constituency and (b) England...

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Learning and Skills Council allocated to each further education college for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and...

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to his Financial Statement of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 241, what additional funding will be...

      University Campus: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing a university campus in Swindon.

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to assist further education colleges with their capital programmes.

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he next expects to meet the Learning and Skills Council to discuss the funding of further education colleges.

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of funding for capital projects undertaken by further education...

      Colleges: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will hold discussions with the Association of Colleges on the number of new students applying for college places in 2010.

      Colleges: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of higher education institutions on their procedures for allocating...

      Self-Employed: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government are taking to encourage the training and development of the self-employed in Denton and Reddish...

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the funding of London...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many residents of Macclesfield constituency received funding for an apprenticeship in 2008-09.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of sector skills councils on access to apprenticeships for people...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of provision of apprenticeships by employers in (a) local...

      Scientific Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution scientific research can make to an economic upturn.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in (a) Croydon and (b) England enrolled on a further education course in the last three years.

      Green-Collar Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage collaboration between universities and the private sector in the development...

      South Devon College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent consideration the Learning and Skills Council has given to funding the proposed development at South Devon College.

      Departmental Assets

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

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many colleges applied for funding under the Further Education Specialisation and Innovation Fund in 2008; which...

      Higher Education: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what opportunities there are for undergraduate study in Coventry for those in full-time work.

      Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory on his proposed guidance...

      Skills Funding Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff will transfer from the Learning and Skills Council in 2010 to work for the Skills Funding Agency in each...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much is outstanding in child support payments under the (a) former and (b) new child support scheme; over how many years such outstanding...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have had refunds from the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission for overpayments made to it and its predecessor during...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1446-7W, on civil servants: pensions, how many civil servants have pension...

      Departmental Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to address the issues of maladministration raised in the Parliamentary Ombudsman's report, Putting Things...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average (a) length and (b) cost (i) in total and (ii) per minute to callers of calls to each helpline...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average cost to a caller of a mobile telephone call to a helpline operated by his Department; and if he will...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to reduce the cost to callers of a telephone call to its helplines; and if he will provide freephones in...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies received on the cost of telephone calls to their helplines in the latest...

      Disadvantaged: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the deprived areas funds (a) allocated by his Department in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08 and (b) carried forward to 2008-09 have...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants have terminated their claim and immediately claimed incapacity benefit on the grounds of poor mental...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people previously in receipt of incapacity benefit have been transferred to contributions-based jobseeker's allowance in the most...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to inform claimants of contribution-based jobseeker's allowance of (a) the maximum payment period, (b) the date...

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracts his Department has with social enterprises; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

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

      Social Security Benefits: Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 87-8W, on control orders, how much his Department spent on (a)...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) employment vacancies and (b) persons claiming jobseeker's allowance in each...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 20 April (HL2343), when they expect to respond to the Simmonds/Ferozuddin report Support to the Health Sector...

    • Animal Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 February (WA 108), whether the 322 per cent increase in the Department for Environment, Food and...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Myners on 17 March (HL Deb, col 111) that action against the auditors of Lloyds Bank or the Royal Bank of Scotland "should be...

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, before considering giving financial support to charities which lost money in the Icelandic banking crisis, they will investigate (a) concerns about...

      Biometric Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the introduction of biometric cards on the numbers of seasonal workers from Australia and New Zealand applying to...

      Bottled Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much (a) the Drinking Water Inspectorate, (b) OFWAT, and (c) the Environment Agency, spent on bottled water in each of the last five years.

      Chaplains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in the development and implementation of a standards and recruitment framework for all chaplains engaged in public service.

      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...

      Communities: Preventing Extremism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what projects have been funded by the Preventing Violent Extremism Community Leadership Fund; and at what cost.

      Counter-Terrorism Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given supervisory authorities or bodies in drawing up sector guidance for the purposes of paragraphs 25(3) and 30(3) of Schedule 7 to the...

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 2 April (WA 260) concerning the use of two counsel in Northern Irish courts, when the results from the related review...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 200), what proportion of the £1 million transfer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was...

      Department for International Development: DEL

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 201) on the Department for International Development's departmental expenditure limit, in which...

      Department of Health: Arts/Health Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the undertakings by the Secretary of State for Health in his speech at the Wallace Collection on 16 September 2008 and in his letter to Lord Howarth of...

      Disabled Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration Ministers at the Department of Health and the Department for Children, Schools and Families have given to the implications for other disabled...

      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 it is usual for staff satisfaction surveys...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission on Gypsies and Travellers' accommodation needs, published on 18 March.

      Health: Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health is considering the appointment of a national clinical director for dementia.

      Health: Former UK Residents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries provide annual payments to fund health treatment of those in the United Kingdom who previously worked in that country; under what arrangements; and...

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (WA 346), on how many occasions and in what circumstances Ministers...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many public house-building schemes commenced in 2008; how many completions were effected; and how many would have been needed in each category to make an...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Andrews on 20 April (HL2707—2711), what was the allocation of the regional housing pot budget in each region in...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they needed the permission of the European Commission before implementing the Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme allowing homeowners to defer 70 per cent of...

      Iraq: Foetal Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received concerning the rise in foetal abnormalities in Fallujah.

      Iraq: Gay People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 April (HL2772), to what extent they take into consideration reports of the persecution of gay men and...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the costs of Christopher Donaldson, who brought an action for judicial review when prohibited from wearing an Easter Lily in prison common areas, are being...

      Licensing Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, further to the Written Answer by Lord Carter of Barnes on 1 April (WA 242), they (a) consider that the application of the Licensing Act 2003 to music and...

      Mental Health: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Bamford Review of mental health has yet reported; and, if not, when its report is expected.

      Metal Detection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Natural England about the advice Natural England provides to land owners who apply for permission to hold metal detecting...

      Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have provided to the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board.

      NHS: Allergy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the level of funding identified and required to support the development of allergy services in the pilot area of north west England. To ask Her Majesty's...

      NHS: Pharmaceutical Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 April (WA 245), when they expect to complete the initial discussion stage of the proposals to introduce...

      Northern Ireland Office: Hire Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has the Northern Ireland Office paid for private hire cars in each of the last ten financial years.

      Northern Ireland Office: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (HL2453) concerning staff in the Northern Ireland Office, who decides...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 18 March (WA 51) concerning the details of costs of taxis for the Northern...

      Northern Ireland: Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who owns the weapons, ammunitions and explosives reportedly placed beyond use by the Commission on Disarmament in Northern Ireland.

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the population of the world can continue to increase at the current rate.

      Presbyterian Mutual Society of Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland about people in that country who have invested in the Presbyterian Mutual Society in...

      Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners currently held in custody have exceeded their tariff.

      Prisoners: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have in Northern Ireland to provide more and better alternatives to custody, together with restorative justice, for non-violent and repeat...

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will avoid increasing the capacity of the Northern Irish prisons, so as to devote resources to the education, care and resettlement of offenders.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (HL2524) concerning the answering of written questions for the...

      Questions for Written Answer: Northern Ireland Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the length of time the Northern Ireland Office takes to answer parliamentary Questions.

      Railways: East Midland Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 2 April (WA 284), and having regard to the demand elasticity attaching to train journey times between principal...

      Railways: East Midland Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will meet interested local people to explore means by which the train service between Lincoln and Nottingham and further afield might be enhanced.

      Railways: East Midland Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 2 April (WA 284), what studies they have made of links between demand for a railway connection and the population...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much regulated rail fares have increased since 1997.

      Roads: Traffic Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what functions on main roads, trunk roads and motorways are given to Traffic Officers; and what functions they do not have which remain with the police.

      Roads: Traffic Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to whom Traffic Officers are responsible; how many are employed in the United Kingdom by region or police authority; and what is the total annual cost of Traffic...

      Roads: Traffic Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many vehicles are currently used by Traffic Officers; what is the cost of putting each fully-equipped vehicle on the road; and for how many hours each vehicle...

      Social Care: Adults

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards they propose to introduce to combat alleged elderly abuse as highlighted in the Panorama programme on "Britain's Homecare Scandal" of 9 April; and...

      Social Care: Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they monitor private elderly care companies employed by local councils.

      Sport: Free Swimming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Councils in England have chosen not to provide free swimming for those aged (a) under 16 and (b) over 60; and, in each case, what reasons they have given for...

      St Helena: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for what purpose Option B is included in the consultation document on an airport for St Helena; and whether they will delete that option.

      St Helena: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in assessing responses to the consultation on an airport for St Helena, what weight they will give to submissions from individuals or organisations who (a) have...

      Sudan: Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current policy towards Darfuri asylum seekers of non-Arab origin.

      Sudan: Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what form of assessment is undertaken when investigating the ethnic background of non-Arab Darfuri asylum seekers.

      Sudan: Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in light of recent evidence of mistreatment and arbitrary arrest of Darfuris upon their return to Sudan, whether they will consider reviewing their asylum policy.

      Sudan: Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider imposing a moratorium on returns of Darfuri asylum seekers to Sudan until their safety can be guaranteed.

      Tennyson Obih

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Tennyson Obih was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic within the United Kingdom; what medical treatment and supervision was available to him; and whether...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in developing a communications toolkit for local delivery partners to build their capacities to implement effective communications...

      Young Offenders: Dyslexia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 26 February (WA 106) regarding Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre, during the three years...

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