Written answers

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Catz Club: Political Parties

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission plans to investigate donations made by Catz Club to political...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which areas in England exceeded (a) national and (b) European air quality limit values for particulates at any time in the...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times the UK has breached European Union air quality (a) particulate, (b) sulphur dioxide, (c) lead and (d)...

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on his decision to suspend the third phase of London's low emission zone.

      Bees: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to consult beekeepers and other bee enthusiasts on the development of his Department's national bee health...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate has been made of the proportion of personal computers in each of his Department's offices that are turned off...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on (a) the purchase of and (b) bills for (i) BlackBerrys and (ii) other mobile telephones for (A)...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) BlackBerrys and (b) other mobile telephones have been provided to (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and...

      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 826-27W, on the economic situation, what expenditure was...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made to end the right to automatic connections to surface water drains for major new developments.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that water company price reviews for 2009 make provision for them to achieve required works...

      Forestry Commission: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which grants allocated by the Forestry Commission are (a) not and (b) partially funded by the Rural Development Programme...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) prosecutions have been made and (b) fixed penalty notices were issued by each local authority in West Sussex...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean of 2...

      Wild Boar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) in what circumstances wild boar may be fed meat; and if he will make a statement; (2) what precautions the Food and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Video Recordings

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission in what circumstances the House authorities may prevent (a) a live video link to a meeting at the...

    • Palace of Westminster

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the sums to be allocated for the renewal of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Energy

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

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance his Department issues on whether members of staff may claim for travel in first class carriages on trains if there are no seats in...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of (a) the gross annual revenue generated by bingo clubs and (b) the proportion of such revenue...

    • Cultural Heritage: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the World Collections programme since its inception; and on which activities.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what his most recent estimate is of his Department's capital expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d)...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance his Department has issued to its staff on claims for travel in first class carriages on trains if there are no seats in...

      Digital Technology: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost to his Department was of hosting the Digital Britain summit on 17 April 2009; and who attended the summit.

      Gambling Commission: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid in (a) salary and (b) bonus to the (i) chairman, (ii) chief executive, (iii) deputy chief executive, (iv) director...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) total purchase price and (b) estimated current market value are of the works of art from the Government Art Collection...

      Non-profit Making Associations: Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage social enterprises to take up commercial opportunities arising out of the 2014...

      Sports: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many community sport coaches have been in operation in each year since 2005.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Visit England's budget for tourism promotion is for 2009-10; what the budget for Enjoy England was in its last year of operation;...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 22W, on trade unions, which trade unions are recognised by his...

  • International Development

    • Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of new arrivals at the internally displaced persons camps in southern Darfur in the last six...

    • Sudan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the effects on the humanitarian situation in Sudan of the dissolution or expulsion by the...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Children

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she is taking to enable deprived children to attend events during the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he has had discussions with other Governments about the ending of charges by airlines for passengers with pulmonary hypertension, chronic...

    • Aviation: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) scheduled and (b) inclusive tour flights there were from British airports to (a) euro zone countries, (b) Germany, (c) France, (d) Spain...

      Aviation: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent estimate he has made of the level of use by private and leisure pilots of unlicensed aerodromes likely to follow the introduction of...

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of air safety standards of the incorporation of the Civil Aviation Authority into the European...

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of safety standards in the helicopter fleet servicing the UK offshore oil and gas industry; and if he will...

      Departmental Assets

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

      Driving Tests: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require candidates for the driving test to undertake training in first aid.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of the new computer system to be used by post offices to renew photocard driving licences.

      Exeter-Yeovil Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake an investigation of the likely effect of dualling the Exeter to Yeovil railway line on (a) demand for services on the line, (b)...

      Flying Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what dates since 1 January 2007 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had (i) discussions and (ii) meetings with representatives...

      M42

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the M42 to be free of roadworks and lane closures in both directions.

      M42

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the current roadworks on the M42 were not phased to take place after roadworks on the M1 motorway between Junctions 25 and 28 were...

      Motorcycles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of registering off-road bikes with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to reduce levels of antisocial...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the transport priorities of regional development agencies take account of the results of...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued to (a) local authorities and (b) regional development agencies on mechanisms for consultation with residents and other...

      Railways: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage an increase in travel to British seaside resorts by rail by (a) tourists and (b) business users.

      Railways: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the deployment of facial recognition technology on railway property.

      Railways: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of journeys between Torbay and London undertaken by rail; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Railways: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to alter the service level commitment of the First Great Western franchise agreement to increase the number of direct...

      Road Signs and Markings: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road signs have been purchased by Milton Keynes unitary authority in each year since its inception; (2) how much (a) Milton Keynes...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what major improvements have been made to the UK road network in the last 12 months.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effect of the extreme weather in winter 2008-09 on the condition of roads for which the Highways Agency is...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1606-8W, on rolling stock, (1) on what date and for what reasons the decision...

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the volume of pollution attributable to shipping activities.

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the level of pollution from shipping in UK coastal waters.

      Taunton-Penzance Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1609W, on Taunton-Penzance railway line: electrification, what conclusions were...

      Taxis: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that drivers of minicabs operating illegally are (a) apprehended and (b) prosecuted.

      Tintwistle Hollingworth and Mottram Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1286-87W, on the Longdendale bypass, what costs have been incurred in...

      Transport: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of children travelling to school by car in the Torbay local authority area; and what steps he is taking to...

      Vehicle Number Plates: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on his consultation on amendment of the Road Vehicles (Display of Registrations Marks) Regulations 2001 to permit the...

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many laptop computers have been provided to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in her Department in each year...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies confidential data have been downloaded on to compact discs (i) without and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy for her Department to sign the Information Commissioner's Personal Information Promise.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on (a) the purchase of and (b) bills for (i) BlackBerrys and (ii) other mobile telephones for (A) Ministers, (B)...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) BlackBerrys and (b) other mobile telephones have been provided to (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) civil...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which programmes funded by her Department experienced a real terms reduction in their budget for 2008-09 in comparison with 2007-08; and what...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which financial losses her Department was granted Treasury approval in 2008-09.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by (i) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in the last 12 months.

      Deportation: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will suspend all deportations of people to Zimbabwe until there is greater political stability in that country.

      Immigration: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Somali citizens are seeking (a) asylum and (b) leave to remain; and how many have been (i) granted indefinite leave to remain and...

      National Identity Scheme Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 158W, on the National Identity Register: data protection, what (a)...

      Passports: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pensioners have received a free passport in each year since the introduction of the policy.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of records of offences committed outside the United Kingdom held by the UK Central Authority were made available to the...

      Vetting: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many under-18 year olds had Criminal Records Bureau checks in 2008-09.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what visits he has made to Afghanistan in the last six months.

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions in the last six months he has visited military personnel in hospitals.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the armed forces who have applied for re-enlistment in the last 12 months are awaiting a decision; what the longest period an...

      Colombia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has provided training to the Colombian military in counter-guerrilla operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Act 1842

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times the powers contained within the Defence Act 1842 have been used since May 1997.

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what exercises with European Union military formations UK armed forces are committed for the next 18 months; and in which exercises they have...

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which European Union military formations UK armed forces currently have a potential obligation; and on what scale in each case.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what position the Government's delegation to the March OCCAR meeting took on adoption of the three-month moratorium on a decision on the A400M programme;...

      Military Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the acquisition of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets in each year since 1997; and what plans he...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what visits he has made to Northern Ireland on official business in the last 12 months.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Territorial Army barracks are under review following the report of the Reserves Review.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army posts will be affected by the implementation of the recommendations of the review of reserves.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 238W, on trade unions, what office facilities his Department provides for the exclusive...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 238W, on trade unions, which trades unions his Department's agencies recognise.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Burma on the investigation of the rape and mutilation of a...

    • Christmas

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 131 of the 2009 Budget Red Book, what effect the savings he expects to achieve through contract...

      Departmental Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which private security companies are employed by his Department in volatile countries; what the (a) duration and (b) monetary...

      Entry Clearances: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 85-88WS, on departmental...

      EU Institutions: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what percentage of applications to each (a) European Commission, (b) Council of the European Union and (c) European...

      Intelligence Services: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of (a) field-based and (b) office-based Secret Intelligence Service officers were of each (a)...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Iranian and (b) EU counterparts on the treatment of the Baha'i and other...

      Iran: Bahai Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Government of Iran on the treatment of members of the Baha'i faith in...

      Israel: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what events held in (a) the UK and (b) Israel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Tel Aviv he has been...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of persons allegedly murdered in the Gaza Strip by Hamas members since December 2008;...

      Pakistan: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations has he made to the Government of Pakistan on the case of James McLintock; and on what date he most...

      Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many prison places in Ilorin prison he expects to be provided under the Returns and Reintegration Fund.

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek agreement at EU level to exclude the waters off occupied Western Sahara from future fisheries agreement with Morocco.

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Moroccan Government on (a) ending the movement of members of the Moroccan civilian...

      Yvonne Fletcher

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last had discussions with the Libyan Government on bringing to justice those responsible for the death of WPC Yvonne...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many UK Ministers and officials attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan on 13 December 2008; and what...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 404W, on the economic situation, what estimate he has made of the...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many grant applications were received by the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in respect of (a) schools, (b) hospitals and (c)...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many grants have been made through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to (a) schools, (b) hospitals and (c) other public...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of grant applications received by the Low Carbon Buildings Programme from the London borough of Bexley have been...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many grant applications have been received by the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in respect of (a) schools, (b) hospitals and...

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what cost recovery will be applied to operators of nuclear plants in respect of the proportion of the public investment in new...

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the subsidy to support low carbon energy industries under the fund announced in the New Industry, New Jobs programme...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to answer question 246697, tabled by the right hon. Member for Wokingham on 12 January 2009, on attendance at the United...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of homes he estimates will be supplied with electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of homes are supplied by electricity from renewable energy sources.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many times his Department's officials have discussed complaints made by the hon. Member for Bassetlaw about Warm Front with Eaga...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 933W, on the Warm Front scheme, when he expects his Department's...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what contribution his Department's Energy and Climate Change Unit has made to the development of...

    • Home Information Packs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 952W, on home information packs, how many...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the percentage split of profits arising from the joint venture between Post Office Ltd and the...

      Rover Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the Companies Act investigation into MG Rover had cost on the latest date for which figures are...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which (a) organisations and (b) individuals are advising (i) the Secretary of State and (ii) Royal Mail...

      Short-Time Working

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) businesses that are operating short-time working...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what powers Ofcom has to (a) investigate and (b) take action in respect of inaccurate claims made by...

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the Trading Funds Assessment.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to answer question 259782, on the Aspire Fund, tabled on 24 February 2009.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many documents his Department received from (a) Lloyds Banking Group and (b) RBS as a result of their participation in the Asset Protection scheme;...

    • Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding was allocated for the child care element of the working tax credit in each year since 2003; and how much has been spent from that...

      Coins: Forgery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Royal Mint has made of the number of counterfeit £1 coins in circulation.

      Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of progress on the Operational Efficiency programme.

      Departmental Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 91W, on departmental bank services, what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his statement of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 237, what the evidential basis is for the statement that he expects the economy to...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue to the Exchequer from the 2 per cent. increase in alcohol duty in each of the next three years.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answers of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 406W, on financial services: standards to question (a) 265933, (b) 265929, (c) 265934,...

      Government Departments: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what guidelines govern the procedures by which (a) Government Departments and (b) Executive agencies are permitted to insure their assets; (2)...

      Loans: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of personal loan accounts were in reportable arrears in each quarter to date since 1997.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which categories of (a) housebuilder and (b) low carbon sustainable homes will be eligible for support from the £100 million of new capital being...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Billericay of 23 March 2009 on his constituent, Mr D. Randall.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Billericay of 12 March 2009 on his constituent, Mr Gray.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Billericay of 13 March 2009 on his constituent, Mrs N. Finlay.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the amount of mortgage lending which has funded (a) new build, (b) mortgages for first-time buyers and (c) high...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has received from the motor trade on the effect on car dealers of the provisions in the Finance Act 2008 specifying that...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to reintroduce historic accounting systems for Government expenditure; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what predicted Government expenditure as a proportion of gross domestic product is in each year from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

      Public Sector: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public sector land will be made available for development, as referred to in paragraph 5.78 of the Budget 2009 Red Book.

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies operating in the UK's life sciences sector have received research and development tax credits in each of the last three years; and what...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) the basic state pension, (b) single pensioners' means tested benefit, (c) child benefit for up to two children, (d) incapacity benefit and...

      Tax Allowances: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England claim tax relief under the furnished holiday letting rules; and...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue which has accrued to the Exchequer directly attributable to the introduction of IR35 measures.

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual increase in revenue to the Exchequer which would otherwise have been forgone in tax avoidance as a result of the...

      Taxation: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of housing sector receipts as a percentage of (a) total taxation receipts and (b) gross domestic product in each of...

      Taxation: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions he made on (a) house prices and (b) numbers of new build (i) starts and (ii) completions in reaching the estimates on housing sector...

      Taxation: Second Homes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the cost to UK residents with property holdings in the European Economic Area outside the UK of the extension of the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Short-Time Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of workers on short-time working who are eligible for tax credits.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the recession on the costs of running his Department's estate.

    • Land Registration Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consultation he has undertaken with the property, retail and business sectors on the increase in land registration fees to take effect on 6 July 2009.

      Prisoners: Literacy Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to provide literacy skills to functionally illiterate prisoners.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the effect of the economic downturn on levels of public expenditure on legal aid.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the size of the prison population; and what percentage of that population is comprised of foreign nationals.

      Legal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made in establishing alternative business structures for the provision of legal services.

      Prisons: Market Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the deadline is for the submission of bids for the market testing of prisons in Wellingborough and Birmingham; and when he expects decisions on...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timetable has been set for implementation of his proposals for greater transparency in the family courts; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what sentencing guidance his Department provides to judges who preside over human trafficking cases.

      Electoral Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of standards of electoral administration in the UK, with particular reference to postal voting.

      Electoral Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an estimate of the number of people unable to vote on a Thursday as a result of their work or child care commitments.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government are taking to reduce levels of electoral fraud.

      Prison Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure adequate capacity in the prison system.

      HM Prison Ashwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the recent disturbances at HM Prison Ashwell.

      Prisoners: Learning Difficulties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to identify prisoners with learning difficulties.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which of his Department's programmes will be subject to reductions in their planned budgets between 2009 and 2011.

      Civil Service: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the planned parliamentary timetable is for the passage of a Civil Service Bill.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many house sales have been recorded by the Land Registry in each region in each month since January 1990; (2) pursuant to the answer of 24...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2009, Official Report, column 969W, on housing: sales, what the earliest (a) monthly and (b) annual data on numbers...

      Offences against Children: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for offences relating to child abuse there were in each London borough between 1998 and 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission the Social Exclusion Unit to review its work on the prison population and the cost of reoffending.

      Prisoners Release: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the effectiveness of electronic tagging of (a) young offenders aged between (i) 10 and 15 and (ii) 12 and 16 years old, (b) prisoners...

      Prisons: Basford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what size of prison was considered for the Basford East and West site; (2) what categories of prison have been considered for the Basford East and...

      Prisons: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions have taken place on (a) extending existing prison capacity and (b) providing new prison facilities in Essex; and if he will...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mobile telephones were seized in each prison in England and Wales in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Young Offenders: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Advisory Steering Group for the proposed young offenders academy; (2) whether he...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what factors he took into account in the decision to reduce the number of places contracted for custodial places in local authority secure children's...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether people attending confidential meetings at 10 Downing street are required to enter through an entrance other than the main door.

    • 10 Downing Street: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) with reference to the Answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1229W, on departmental email, for how long the contact email form...

      10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1350W, on 10 Downing Street: repairs and maintenance, which contractors were...

      Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Charity Commission's monitoring of links between charities and extremism; and if he will...

      Charities: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to his Department's press release of 8 April 2009, on campaigning charities, what restrictions will govern the use of the available...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many babies (a) had a low birth weight and (b) were stillborn in each (i) ward and (ii) low layer super output area in England in the most...

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many death certificates mentioning (1) thrombosis have been issued in each of the last five years; (2) arteriosclerosis have been issued in...

      Death: Malnutrition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many hospital deaths were caused by malnutrition among those in each age group over 65 years in each region in the last 10 years.

      Employment: Defence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the population is directly employed in defence and related industries.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1353W, on employment levels: private sector, what estimate the Office for National...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which existing public bodies the Office for National Statistics has stopped classifying as part of the civil service since 2004.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which bodies were classified by the Office for National Statistics as public corporations (a) in 1996 and (b) on the latest date for which...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 252WA, on teenage pregnancy, if he will rank the wards in each local authority...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of third sector organisations in receipt of public funds.

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which third sector organisation received the largest allocation from the public purse in each of the last five years.

      Voluntary Organisations: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps have been taken to increase access to Government grants for small, community-led projects.

      Voluntary Organisations: Leicestershire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to third sector organisations in (a) Leicester East constituency and (b) Leicestershire...

      Voluntary Organisations: Leicestershire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent estimate he has made of the number of third sector organisations operating in Leicester East constituency.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances there were at each type 1 accident and emergency department in England in the most recent year for which figures are available.

    • Cancer: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer among (a) men and (b) women; and if he will make a...

      Cancer: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths from cancer there were in each (a) ward and (b) lower layer super output area in England in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) overseas and (b) domestic (i) travel and (ii) subsistence in respect of its (A) officials and (B) contractors in...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on the comparative effects on health of bottled water and tap water.

      Eczema: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with eczema in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the last 10 years.

      Epilepsy: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2009, Official Report, column 933W, on epilepsy: waiting lists, for what (a) clinical and (b) other reasons no...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners resident in Hendon had free eye tests in 2008-09.

      First Aid: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an estimate of the proportion of new parents who undertook training in first aid prior to the birth of their children in the last 12 months.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many businesses selling food have been closed consequent upon visits from environmental health inspectors in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b)...

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many businesses selling food have been closed after visits from environmental health inspectors in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley...

      Health Visitors: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts in England provide for health visitors to carry out routine development checks upon children at (a) eight months and (b) two...

      Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 510-11W, on hospital wards, how many staff at each grade are working in the...

      Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, columns 510-11W, on hospital wards, (1) what funding was released to each strategic health...

      Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged (a) under 10 years and (b) under 16 years were diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (i) in each year since...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which voluntary organisations have been involved in developing his Department's plans for responding to an influenza pandemic; and what mechanisms are in...

      NHS: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the number of staff hours lost and (b) other costs to the NHS arising from workplace accidents in each of the last...

      NHS: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1934-5W, on NHS: accountancy, what recent assessment he has made of the likely...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the Chief Executive of Monitor to discuss salary levels of senior management of NHS foundation trusts.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the administration costs of the NHS Pension scheme were in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff started claiming their pension from the NHS Pension scheme before the scheme's normal retirement age in each of the last five years for...

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time NHS staff have been made redundant in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the policy of the NHS on the size of redundancy payments is; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average ratio of nurses to patients was at each hospital in Hertfordshire in each of the last 10 years.

      Patient Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, column 2186W, on patient rights, what the financial levers will be in the standard contracts...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) women and (b) men aged (i) under 30 years, (ii) between 30 and 50 years and (iii) over 50 years (A) were admitted to hospital and (B) died...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 391W, on trade unions, which trade unions his Department's agencies recognise.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what relevant interests were declared by those responsible for (a) advice on and (b) drafting of the Health and Safety Executive report...

    • Benefits Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government plans to relax the 16-hour rule relating to work and benefits; and if he will make a statement.

      Construction: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria applied to the selection of buildings in the Health and Safety Executive report RR624 - Further measurements of fibre...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Employment: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure under what budgetary headings was incurred by his Department in relation to the Employment Summit held on 12 January 2009.

      Employment: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were advertised in job centres in North East Fife constituency in each month of 2008; and for how long on average such...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what visits he has made to Brussels on official business in the last three months.

      Health and Safety Executive: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) summits, (b) conferences and (c) seminars the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has held since January 2008 at which the primary...

      Housing Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud in London in the last three years for which figures are available.

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many frontline Jobcentre Plus staff there were in each Jobcentre Plus district in each quarter of the last two years; (2) how many...

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the ability of Jobcentre Plus staff to deliver the full range of services provided under re-employment...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years; and what proportion of the population in (a) the UK, (b) each...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) the UK and (b) (i) Birmingham, (ii) Leeds, (iii) Glasgow, (iv) Sheffield, (v) Hull, (vi)...

      Local Employment Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget has been allocated for the organisation of the Local Employment Partnership Awards 2009; and how much (a) each of the 11 local...

      Nuclear Power: AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements the Health and Safety Executive has made for consultation on proposed changes to the nuclear licensed site boundary at the...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the performance of (a) private sector providers and (b) in-house teams providing Pathways to Work...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value was in (a) real and (b) cash terms of (i) the state pension, (ii) pension credit, (iii) income support and (iv) jobseeker's...

      Social Security Benefits: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who successfully claimed asylum since 1997 have (a) claimed and (b) been granted benefits.

      Swimming Pools: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive publishes on safety in municipal swimming pools.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 865, on trade unions, what office facilities his Department provides for the...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 865W, on trade unions, which trade unions his Department's agencies recognise.

      Winter Fuel Payments: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount paid to pensioner households in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency in winter fuel...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer Question 248120 on the UK's membership of the Euro, tabled by the hon. Member for Forest of Dean on 12 January 2009.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer Question 263741, on Woolworth, tabled by the hon. Member for Forest of Dean on 11 March 2009.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the Review of Council Housing Finance to be completed; and if she will make a statement.

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what floor area space standards are expected of (a) one, (b) two and (c) three bedroom homes in local authority high density...

      Derelict Land: Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1503-05W, on gardens, (1) how long she expects the (a)...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of how many of the potential eco-towns sites which appeared on her Department's shortlist in April 2008 construction...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what penalties may be imposed on (a) social and (b) private rented sector landlords who do not supply prospective tenants with...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of roll-out of energy performance certificates; and if she will make a statement.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of costs of business rates on fire stations on the level of service provided by fire...

      Fire Services: Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of maintaining the Regional Fire Control Centre in Taunton was in each month since April 2008.

      Fire Services: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the FiReControl centre in Warrington (a) has cost to date and (b) is expected to cost in each of the next five years;...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the changes in average cost of a home information pack as a result of the changes to the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average price of a home information pack in each year since the packs were introduced.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) gifts, (b) losses and (c) special payments were reported to her Department as having been received by the (i)...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what losses were incurred by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies as a result of legal claims being...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts were let by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies in which competitive tendering was...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1111-12W, on Homes and Communities Agency: finance, how much...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the draft housing revenue account subsidy determination 2009-10 amending determination for 2009, what recent...

      Housing: Rent Back

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to provide advice on buy and let back schemes to those home owners experiencing financial...

      Housing: HomeBuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average income has been of a (a) first-time buyer, (b) social tenant and (c) key worker taking part in the (i)...

      Housing: HomeBuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedure is followed by developers wishing to withdraw a property from a Homebuy scheme.

      Housing: HomeBuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) New Build Homebuy and (b) Open Market Homebuy completions there were in each region in each of the last three months.

      Housing: HomeBuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Social Homebuy sales there were in each region in each of the last three months.

      Housing: HomeBuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether HomeBuy scheme variants are in operation; and what the differences in eligibility, equity terms and scope between each...

      Housing: HomeBuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have applied for assistance under the (a) MyChoiceHomeBuy and (b) Ownhome scheme to date.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the low-income households helped into home ownership in 2007-08 were resident in each local authority area.

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average cost to the public purse of building a new home for social rent was in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of (a) social homes and (b) affordable housing was judged to be of (i) average and (ii) poor design quality in...

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of (a) social homes and (b) affordable housing was judged to be poor in its provision for adaptation,...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households purchased a home via the First Time Buyers Initiative in each region in each of the last three years; and if...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1507W, on housing: low incomes, what the average price of a...

      Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of (a) the level of progress achieved in the roll-out and (b) the effectiveness of the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local councils have not yet had their core strategies (a) submitted and (b) approved; and what the timetable is for...

      Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding was disbursed during the equal pay capitalisation round in 2008-09.

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 877W, on corporate improvement boards, what Audit Commission...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households have received support under the Mortgage Rescue Scheme.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many loans she expects to be provided under the Repossession Prevention Fund; and what the maximum loan value is under...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effect of the Homeowner Mortgage Support scheme on the total level of mortgage debt.

      Mortgages: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeowners in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire took out mortgages in the last five years.

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the extent to which (a) the provision of guidance and (b) sharing good practice has...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Treasury and Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to make payment of small business rate relief automatic for eligible businesses; and if she will make a statement.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for each local planning authority to complete its core strategy; and what penalties will apply in the case...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made in her Department's Growth Points programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 76W, on regional planning and development, what timetable has...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was spent on maintaining (a) local authority and (b) registered social landlord properties which are (i) newer...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance is given to (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords on reducing the numbers of...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department has on the age profile of housing owned by (a) registered social landlords and (b) local...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of tenure for a tenant leaving a property in (a) the registered social landlord sector and (b) local...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average cost was of maintaining a domestic dwelling owned by (a) a local authority and (b) a registered social...

      Repossession Orders: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic properties in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire have been repossessed in the last five years.

      Roads: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's plans are for storm drainage standards for future road adoptions; what account those plans take of...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the performance of the Office for Tenants and Social Landlords; and if she will make a...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance her Department has issued to (a) police forces and (b) local authorities on the eviction of unauthorised...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the application process is for an apprenticeship under the Government apprenticeship scheme for 16 to 18 year-olds.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the role and responsibilities are of local colleges in delivery of the apprenticeship programme for 16 to 18 year-olds.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to publicise the apprenticeship programme for 16 to 18 year-olds in (a) rural areas and (b)...

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what factors he took into account in making the recent decision to decommission beds at local authority secure children's homes.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what role (a) local authorities, (b) sub-regional groups of local authorities, (c) Government offices of the regions, (d)...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which sub-regional groups of local authorities he expects to provide funding for 16 to 19 education from April 2010; and what...

      Educational Psychology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what consideration he gave to continuing the top-slicing of funding for the training of educational psychologists in the...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funds his Department has allocated to (a) further education and (b) sixth form colleges to support capital building...

      Learning and Skills Council for England: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff will transfer from the Learning and Skills Council in 2010 to (a) each local authority in England and (b) each...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the (a) overall cost of introducing the Early Years Foundation Stage and (b) cost of monitoring the...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much funding has been allocated to the extension of the entitlement to free early education to all two year-olds; (2)...

      Schools: Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many appeals against decisions of schools to (a) temporarily and (b) permanently exclude children for carrying a knife...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many mainstream secondary schools were attended by pupils with statements of special educational need in each year since 1997.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of adult education courses available in England in each year since 1997.

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether building projects that come within the Adult Safeguarded Learning budget are safeguarded until the end of the...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent representations he has received on the effects of levels of availability of apprenticeship places on the ability...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the final report of the UK Skills Commission's inquiry into...

      Apprentices: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding his Department is providing for apprenticeships in Coventry in 2009-10.

      Apprentices: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to provide apprenticeships in the energy sector.

      Apprentices: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent on apprenticeships for 16 to 18 year olds in (a) Cheshire and (b) England in the last 12 months.

      Basic Skills: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding his Department is providing for adults' skills development in Coventry in 2009-10.

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on what date he received a copy of the report commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council's Director of Property and...

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many projects delayed by the Learning and Skills Council's moratorium on capital spending for further education colleges...

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of capital projects in further education colleges were at the time of the announcement of the Learning and Skills...

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the costs incurred by those colleges bidding for contracts which have been affected by delays...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects the outcomes of his Department's review of its relationship with its non-departmental public bodies to be...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills who the members of the Learning and Skills Council's Prioritisation Working Group are; and if he will make a statement.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which of his Department's officials (a) are members of and (b) observers on (i) the Prioritisation Working Group, (ii) the...

      North Devon College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of progress in the construction projects at North Devon College.

      Overseas Students: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students were awarded qualifications by further education colleges not on the UK Border Agency's accreditation list...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the new research priorities referred to in Table 6.1 of the Budget 2009 Red Book are; and what steps his Department (a)...

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects the research councils to publish their plans for refocusing research priorities; and whether he plans to...

      Research Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what instructions his Department has issued to the research councils on identifying the value-for-money savings...

      Training: Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding was made available to local learning and skills councils for the provision of veterinary nurse training in...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills for what reasons the Statistical First Release on further education, DS/SFR1, published in December 2008, does not include...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether British components for F-16 fighter aircraft and Apache helicopters have been exported to the United States and subsequently used by Israel for attacks on...

    • Armed Forces: Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether components for naval communications and radar for weapon sights and general military aircraft and naval vessels manufactured in the United Kingdom and...

      Belize

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 30 March (WA 178), (a) what is the breakdown of the €11.8 million from the European Development Fund...

      Belize and Guatemala

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 30 March (WA 178), (a) what is the breakdown of the £500,000 allocated to projects in Belize and...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide additional funding to local authorities to cover any shortfall in funding free bus travel for persons over 60; and, if so, when.

      Buses: Concessionary Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the level of shortfall for concessionary bus fares among local authorities which cover tourist destinations.

      Business Support: Minorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence is available to demonstrate that their public procurement policies and practices lead to benefits for businesses run by women, black minority ethnic...

      Care Services: Older Adults and Disabled People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what comments they have received on the debate in the House of Lords on 19 March on care services for older adults and disabled people (Official Report, House of...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of their target to end child poverty.

      Disabled People: Dropped Kerbs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following their consultation exercise on parking on dropped kerbs which are required for wheelchair users, they will introduce measures to discourage such...

      Disabled People: Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of members of government advisory panels and other public bodies are disabled people.

      Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research has been conducted into links between drug addiction among young people and family disintegration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many electors in each constituency were registered anonymously in (a) 2007—08, and (b) 2008—09.

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for anonymous electoral registration were rejected in (a) 2007—08, and (b) 2008—09; and what proportion this was of the total...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Drayson on 20 April (WA 329—30), whether the Medical Research Council (MRC) is responsible for funding research...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Drayson on 20 April (WA 329—30) regarding the disproportionate cost of analysing many hundreds of journals worldwide,...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Drayson on 20 April (WA 329—30) regarding the disproportionate cost of analysing many hundreds of journals worldwide,...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 20 April (WA 329) regarding competitive science, how research previously described as having a "virtually zero...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 April (WA 235) and by Baroness Thornton on 20 April (WA 329), which of the 15 inspection reports...

      Energy: Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the winning bids to construct up to six anaerobic digestion plants funded by the Environmental Transformation Fund.

      Energy: Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what schemes currently promoted by government departments reward energy efficiency.

      Energy: Waste Plants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the energy efficiency of waste plants in the United Kingdom is determined; and what changes will have to be made to transpose into United Kingdom law the waste...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how many posts there are at the Equality and Human Rights Commission; (b) how many vacancies there are; and (c) how many vacancies have been temporarily filled...

      EU: External Action Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the European Union's decision to train its staff to build a European Union External Action Service in advance of the ratification of the...

      Further Education: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many capital projects have been frozen or deferred in the further education sector in 2008—09 and 2009—10; what are the value of such building...

      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 Government Equalities Office and its predecessors...

      Government: IT Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which information technology contracts with a value of £50 million or over have been entered into by the Department for Work and Pensions and its predecessors...

      Health: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis are to be reviewed; and, if so, when.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answers by Baroness Thornton on 5 March (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 844—46), what representations they have received from Mrs...

      Houses of Parliament: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why on 20 April the Metropolitan Police prevented vehicles entering Parliament Square; for how long this action continued; whether it hindered access to Parliament...

      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...

      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...

      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...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 20 April (WA 348) concerning human rights issues in the Republic of Ireland, for what countries they make an...

      Iran: Baha'i

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement of 15 February by the Prosecutor General of Iran, Ayatollah Dorri-Najafabadi, that it is the declared intention of...

      Iraq: NAPS Tablets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of Her Majesty's armed forces on military duties in Iraq have been issued with Nerve Agent Pre-treatment Sets (pyridostigmine bromide) since the...

      Marine Environment: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider the United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the European Union to have been negligent in failing to make the Government aware that the...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the 19 April election result in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and whether there is any link between that result and promises...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 25 March (WA 146), which benefits and pensions are inflation-proofed; which price index governs...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue to support workplace advice on pension planning, such as that provided by the Pensions Advisory Service.

      Police: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are included in the police DNA database.

      Private Military Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what use they make of private military companies in operations in countries where United Kingdom forces are deployed; and what is the chain of command in respect...

      Qatar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Qatar their reasons for detaining Mr and Mrs Martin Wright in that country without support.

      Questions for Written Answer: Cost

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last reviewed the £750 threshold above which parliamentary questions will not be answered on the ground of cost; and when they next intend to review it.

      Railways: Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office of Rail Regulation has the power to decide whether schemes for increasing railway capacity should be able to proceed ahead.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider changing the policy where regulated railway fares are capped at an increase of the level of the retail prices index plus 1 per cent each...

      Railways: Seven-day Railway Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Network Rail over the implementation of the seven-day railway policy.

      Railways: Station Staffing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with Train Operating Companies proposals to reduce staffing levels at stations.

      Somaliland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the findings of the three officials from the British Embassy in Addis Ababa who visited Somaliland from 19 to 22 April.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received about the setting ablaze of a church in the village of Chat in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan during a service on 24 March; who is...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in rolling out Operation Nicole.

      Terrorism: Violent Extremists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been recruited by violent extremists in the United Kingdom.

      Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 2 April (WA 294), whether Regional Development Agencies will have to account for the provision of rural transport...

      Transport: Satellite Navigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they are considering to regulate satellite navigation devices.

      Treasury: Overseas Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any HM Treasury officials have visited any British overseas dependent territory in the Caribbean (including Bermuda and Turks and Caicos Islands) in the...

      Trident

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current estimated cost of replacing Trident submarines.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the Government of Turkey regarding the arrests of some 100 members of the Democratic Society Party including national deputy...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will assess the reaction of (a) islanders, and (b) Caribbean Community countries to their proposal to impose direct rule on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the percentage unemployment rates in (a) the United States, (b) Germany, (c) France, (d) Spain, (e) the Republic of Ireland, (f) the European Union as a...

      United Nations: Conventions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which United Nations conventions they have yet to ratify.

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