Written answers

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if the Commissioners will make it their policy to increase the amount of agricultural and horticultural produce...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 1 Carlton Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when 1 Carlton Gardens ceased to be used as a ministerial residence.

    • British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits to the outer Chagos Islands by members of the Chagossian community sponsored by his Department are planned in...

      British Overseas Territories: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of white collar crime have been recorded on (a) Anguilla, (b) Bermuda and (c) the Cayman Islands in each of...

      British Overseas Territories: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money the Overseas Territories Regional Crime Intelligence System has cost in each year since its establishment.

      British Overseas Territories: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by his Department to ensure acceptable standards of maritime and aviation security in the UK Overseas...

      British Overseas Territories: Tax Havens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the progress of UK Overseas Territories towards the signing of the tax-sharing agreements...

      British Overseas Territories: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of (a) St. Helena's and (b) Bermuda's gross domestic product was generated by the tourism sector in each year...

      Central Africa: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the proposed United Nations mission in the Central African Republic and Chad peace conference on Eastern...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department met representatives of the Colombian Government during 2008.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1235W, on the Democratic Republic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 131 of the 2009 Budget Red Book, what his Department's definition is of back office activity; and what...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 131 of the 2009 Budget Red Book, what the (a) UK mission, (b) current grade and (c) planned grade is...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the European Fast Stream is not available as a Graduate Fast Stream option.

      Ethiopia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Ethiopia on the (a) welfare of the leader of the Union for Democracy and...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions since 27 December 2006 the UN Sanctions Committee established pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on a UN prohibition on the export of arms and related material to Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer by Lord Davies of Oldham of 13 March 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, WA288, on Israel, what the...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Daventry of 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 1187W, on piracy, what the...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on the political situation in Darfur of restrictions on movement of the joint UN-AU...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the treason (a) charge and (b) trial of Dr. Kizza Besigye in Uganda; and if he will make a...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the February 2009 Annual Conference of the Forum for Democratic Change in Uganda; and if he will...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 99W, on Uganda: politics and government, what reports...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to support removal of a reference to foreign occupation in the draft text of the UN Durban 2...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount and proportion of child benefit paid to families earning more than (a) £100,000 and (b) £150,000 per...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 16 March 2009 concerning a constituent reference PO3/09295/2009.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean of 13 March and 26 March 2009 on Equitable Life, reference LT2480.

      Public Expenditure: Coventry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the 2009 Budget on learners resident in Coventry.

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was (a) spent from the public purse and (b) raised for the Exchequer from Northern Ireland in the latest year for which information is available.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much each local authority borrowed from the Public Works Loan Board at (a) fixed and (b) variable rates in each of the last five years.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made in each month since June 2008 of the likely effects on small businesses as a result of the downturn in the economy; what...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much stamp duty was paid on average by purchasers of (a) a Right to Buy purchase council house, (b) a Right to Acquire purchase, (c) a Social HomeBuy...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the number of first-time homebuyers who paid stamp duty land tax in each year since 1997.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much taxation was raised in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the top rates of (a) income tax and (b) social taxes in OECD economies.

      Taxation: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the average time taken by HM Revenue and Customs to (a) register small and medium-sized enterprises in the construction industry...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Castle Point of 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 129W, on trade unions, what office facilities are...

      Valuation Office: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1629W, on the Valuation Office: overseas...

      Valuation Office: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1629W, on the Valuation Office: overseas...

      Valuation Office: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handouts on (a) practical problems in the valuation of non-residential properties and (b)...

      Valuation Office: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1629W, on the Valuation Office: overseas...

      Valuation Office: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handouts presented by the representative of the Valuation Office Agency at the European...

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether 10 Downing Street is equipped with an air conditioning system with an output greater than 250kW; and whether the air conditioning system in 10 Downing...

    • 10 Downing Street: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions political events have been hosted at 10 Downing Street in each year since 1997; which organisation hosted each such event; and how much each such...

      Cricket

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will hold a reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate the victory of the England women's cricket team in the women's cricket World Cup tournament in Australia.

      Damian McBride

      To ask the Prime Minister to whom Damian McBride reported in the post he occupied before his recent resignation; what performance reporting procedures applied to him; what his job description...

      Damian McBride

      To ask the Prime Minister when he was first informed of the activities of Damian McBride that led to his departure from his office; whether he requested Mr. McBride's resignation; whether Mr....

      Damian McBride

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of each letter he wrote to hon. Members about the activities of Damian McBride; and if he will make a statement.

      Damian McBride

      To ask the Prime Minister how many emails to (a) governmental and (b) non-governmental recipients were sent by Damian McBride from his Government email account between 1 September 2008 and 11...

      Departmental Email

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will install Pretty Good Privacy encryption software and an associated email address to enable members of the public to correspond with Downing Street...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what overseas visits were undertaken in an official capacity by special advisers in his Office in each year since June 2007; what the cost of those visits was; how many...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what training was provided to special advisers in 10 Downing Street in each year since 2007; how much was spent on such training for each special adviser in each such...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the register of interests of departmental special advisers.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister what his role is in the appointment of (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers to posts based in 10 Downing Street; and if he will make a statement.

      Derek Draper

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Mr. Derek Draper has a security pass to No. 10 Downing Street.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to discuss the matter of the protected persons status of persons in Ashraf City, Iraq under the Geneva Conventions with the Prime Minister of Iraq...

      Israel: Anniversaries

      To ask the Prime Minister 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 invited; what such invitations he has (i)...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he made of the merits to accepting the offers of meetings to discuss reform of hon. Members' allowances made by (a) the right hon. Member for Sheffield...

      Pakistan: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Pakistan's nuclear weapons were discussed during his visit to Pakistan on 27 April 2009.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) Ministers and (b) others attended the local media summit on 28 April 2009.

    • Conferences: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent (a) in total and (b) on (i) venue hire, (ii) food and drink and (iii) travel costs in respect of its...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency spent on official hospitality in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the hourly rates of pay of all non-permanent members of staff working in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were in each of...

      Empty Property: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's liability for unoccupied property rates was in 2008-09.

      Gambling: Antigua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visits the Gambling Commission has made to Antigua in relation to the addition of that country to the White List of countries...

      Licensed Premises: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the sale of alcohol of the implementation of European Commission proposals on the...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his most recent estimate is of the amount of money his Department expects to pay in unoccupied property rates in (a) 2009-10 and...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of (a) the popularity with personnel, (b) the value for money in comparison with the daily mess rate and (c) alternative...

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each financial year since 2005-06; and what the maximum bonus was in each such...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are serving in Gurkha regiments.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Land: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the monetary value of (a) grade A and (b) grade B agricultural land from the national land...

    • Wild Boars: Forest of Dean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to control the wild boar population in the Forest of Dean.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission plans to take to increase levels of electoral registration.

    • Electoral Register: Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission plans to publish a list of local authority electoral...

  • 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, if he will place...

    • House of Commons: Political Levy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what rules govern the holding of events funded from the trade union political levy on the Parliamentary estate.

      Parliament: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission for what reasons the Parliamentary intranet was not available on 26 April; what steps the Commission (a) has...

      Parliament: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on which occasions the Parliamentary intranet has not been available since January 2008; what the reasons were...

  • Scotland

    • High-Speed Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on a high-speed rail link between London and Scotland.

    • Electricity Generators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received on the costs of generators of electricity in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Budget 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect of Budget 2009 on taxpayers in Scotland.

      Pleural Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has recently discussed with the First Minister access to compensation for people in Scotland with pleural plaques.

      Banking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with representatives of banks on the future of banking in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent trends he has identified in the gross domestic product of Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Broadband Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the development of next generation broadband access in rural Scotland.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equality on equal pay between men and women in Scotland.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many aeroplanes were subject to (a) carbon monoxide, (b) carbon dioxide and (c) ozone gas level monitoring in cabin air in 2008; in how many and...

    • Aviation: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what factors underlie the decision to allocate the research project on cabin air quality to Cranfield; and for what reasons EU public procurement...

      Cycling: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department is providing to Torbay local authority for the National Cycle Network in 2009-10.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1223W, on departmental pay, what the equivalent figures are for each year since his...

      M18: Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1603W, on M42: lorries, if he will consider the merits of prohibiting heavy goods...

      M25: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will request the Highways Agency to conduct a preliminary study of (a) the construction of slip roads at junction 5 of the M25 and (b) the...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce rail fares.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to promote the availability of the Rover range of rail tickets.

      Railways: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of jobs likely to be created by planned work on (a) electrification of parts of the rail network, (b)...

      Railways: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the reliability of direct train services between Paignton and London Paddington.

      Railways: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with First Great Western on rail services between Exeter and Paignton in the last 12 months; and...

      Transport: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that his Department provides timely assistance and advice to local transport bodies seeking to introduce quality...

      Transport: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the performance of Torbay local authority in meeting the objectives of its local transport plan.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of each document in his Department's file (a) CPO 14/7 Abortion Laws in Other Countries, (b) CPO 5/5 Publicity...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 570W, on abortion, what the causes of death were in each case; and if he will make a...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were admitted to hospital as a consequence of intoxication through alcohol in each of the last 12 months; (2) how many people were...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the alcoholic drinks industry on trends in the rate of harm attributable to the...

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to increase the rate of breastfeeding by women from disadvantaged backgrounds; (2) what steps his Department is...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to inspectors of care homes to assist them in assessing how each home performs against each of the national minimum...

      Depression: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged (a) under 10 years and (b) under 16 years were diagnosed with depression (i) in each year since 1997 and (ii) in each primary...

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Food Standards Agency has made of the likely effects on manufacturers and retailers of nutritional supplements of the provisions of...

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from manufacturers and retailers of nutritional supplements on the economic impact assessment of the EU...

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on applications to the European Food Safety Authority for the approval of statements submitted under Article 13.1 of...

      Drugs: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were drug dependent at birth in each region in each of the last five years; and what the numbers of such children in the case of each...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to hospital for conditions related to the misuse of illegal drugs (a) in each region in each year since 1997-98 and (b) in...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 10, (ii) between 10 and 18 and (iii) over 18 years in each region were admitted to hospital for eating...

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance his Department has issued to (a) local authorities, (b) educational institutions and (c) voluntary organisations on the provision...

      Food: Labelling

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

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which sexual health clinics have (a) applied for and (b) been granted the 'You're Welcome' quality mark.

      Health Services: Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect on future commissioning services in primary care trusts of the provision for health-care made by social...

      Hospitals: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work his Department has undertaken with (a) the Design Council and (b) the national health service on the development of new furniture design for...

      Learning Disability: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what role the Transforming Adult Social Care Programme Board will have in relation to adult social care for people with a learning disability; (2)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on funding for cognitive behavioural...

      Mentally Ill: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prescriptions of anti-psychotic drugs were issued to children aged (a) under 10 years and (b) under 16 years (i) in each year since 1997...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of the payments made to independent sector treatment centres has been since their introduction; and what cost would have been incurred...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence follows to determine the order of priority in which it makes appraisals of...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 1235W, on orphan drugs, when he expects to publish the Government's response to the...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's strategy for accelerating the delivery for the National Programme for IT.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of pension payments made to NHS employees was who took early retirement between the date of their retirement and the date they reached the...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance the NHS pension scheme has issued on the award of enhancements under the scheme to NHS staff who are members of the scheme and who (a) are...

      Organic Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential effects on public health of organic foods in the last 10 years.

      Swine Flu: Royal Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has made arrangements to monitor the health of members of the royal family during the current outbreak of swine influenza in Mexico.

      Telecommunications: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated on the effects on public health of long-term exposure to wireless internet networks.

  • International Development

    • CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which CDC investee companies have been sampled for the purposes of estimating their tax payments in each of the last five years.

    • Malawi: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effects of his Department's funding for health services in Malawi on the number of unfilled (a)...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development by how much the monetary value of the Government's official development assistance has fallen as a result of the decline in the value...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

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

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 55W, on trade unions, what office facilities his Department provides for the exclusive use...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Saville Inquiry has spent on security for (a) legal companies and (b) witnesses.

    • Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) on how many occasions and in what circumstances the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Historical Enquiries Team has departed from its...

      Independent Monitoring Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Independent Monitoring Commission to publish its next report.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many Police Service of Northern Ireland police officers have been disciplined for concealing shoulder numbers in each of the last five...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff work in the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Historical Enquiries Team.

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many racially-motivated assaults in Northern Ireland were reported in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how many successful prosecutions there...

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many anti-Semitic assaults occurred in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 826W, on trade unions, which trade unions his Department's agencies recognise.

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices for disorder were issued in each year since 2004, broken down by (a) age of recipient and (b) offence.

    • Ashwell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what factors he took into account when deciding on the nature of the review of the disturbance at HM Prison Ashwell on 11 April 2009.

      Ashwell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers constitute the normal night staff team at HM Prison Ashwell; and how many prison officers were on duty on the night of 10-11...

      Bribery Bill: Draft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice from which organisations he has received representations on the draft Bribery Bill; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each representation...

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse has been of advertising the Community Payback scheme; and what role members of the public have in determining the work...

      Crown Dependencies: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners from Crown Dependencies are serving time in British prisons for drug or alcohol-related offences.

      Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the...

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of (a) possession and (b) supply of illegal drugs in each year since 1997; and how many received a custodial...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what local authority electoral registration departments (a) use and (b) do not use cross-referencing of other local authority databases to assist in...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that there is no duplication in the workload of National Offender Management Service regional directors and HM Prison...

      Prison Service: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission a review of the effectiveness of management at HM Prison Service headquarters; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released in each month since the inception of the end of custody licence scheme, broken down by category of offence.

      Prisons: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the statement of 27 April 2009, on prisons and probation, when he plans to begin consultations on the proposed prison site at Curborough;...

      Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of special education needs tribunals in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people per 10,000 of the population in Northern Ireland were prosecuted for non-payment of the television licence fee in each of the last three...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which trade unions are recognised by each of his Department's executive agencies.

      Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring into effect the debt management scheme provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

      Victim Support Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding his Department has made available for victim support services in 2009-10.

      Wandsworth Prison: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons a scheduled inspection by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons of HM Prison Wandsworth did not take place in 2008; and if he will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • 62 South Eaton Place

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department owns the property at 62 South Eaton Place, London for the purposes of the Land Registry.

    • Angling: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1096W, on angling, if she...

      Audit Commission: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 752W, on publicity, what...

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many community projects formerly funded by her Department have had their funding from her Department discontinued in...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many groups receiving funding from local authorities in support of work to prevent violent extremism use subcontractors;...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 4 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1644-5W, on...

      Conveyancing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on (a) the property search fees levied by each local authority and (b) variance between...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing units were held by (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords in each region in each year...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in each local authority area in (a) Wales and (b) England have been prosecuted for non-payment of council tax...

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1101W, on councillors:...

      Departmental Air Conditioning

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

      Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of her Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with output greater than 250kW; how many of...

      Departmental Assets

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on consultancy contracts in 2008-09.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 313W, on departmental...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on maintaining its website in the last 12 months.

      Eco-Towns: Marston Vale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers for her Department on the Marston Vale...

      Eco-Towns: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations have responded to the Government's consultation on the draft planning policy statement on eco-towns.

      Empty Property: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the new houses completed in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency between 2003 and 2008 were vacant in...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions she has visited Brussels on official business in the last 12 months.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) original estimated and (b) current estimated (i) cost and (ii) completion date is of the (A) Durham, (B)...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire engines have (a) entered and (b) left service in the last 12 months.

      Fire Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire stations have closed in the last 12 months.

      Fire Services: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters have died in the last 12 months as a result of injuries sustained in the course of their duties.

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 316W, on fire services:...

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place for the provision of fire cover in the event of national industrial action by firefighters.

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether firefighters from other fire and rescue authorities will be asked to cross picket lines to provide emergency fire cover...

      Fire Services: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment the London Regional Resilience Forum has made of the effect of an influenza pandemic on the operation of...

      Fire Services: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters have (a) entered and (b) left the fire and rescue service in the last 12 months.

      Fire Services: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on the design of new uniforms for fire and rescue services; and what public consultation it...

      Firebuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether papers related to the Firebuy project are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Government Offices For The Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government Office Network's Places handbook.

      Green Belt: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes the East Midlands Regional Plan proposes to make to green belt designation and protection in the region.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget for administrative costs of the Homes and Communities Agency is in each of the next three years.

      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...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency spent on producing its Affordable Housing Survey publication; and how many copies were...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authority tenants were in receipt of housing...

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the written ministerial statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, columns 24-26WS, on home buying and...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the £600 million announced for housing in the Budget 2009 is additional to that announced in the Comprehensive...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations are participating in the Social HomeBuy scheme; 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 886-7W, on housing: low incomes, what budget has been...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of implications for her Department's policy on affordable housing of the findings of the Homes and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what percentage of HomeBuy applicants have registered an interest in (a) the First-time Buyers Initiative, (b) HomeBuy...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of (a) affordable housing and (b) homes for social rent built in each of the last five years had (i) one, (ii)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of (a) affordable housing and (b) homes for social rent built in each of the last five years were (i)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of her Department's expenditure on (a) OwnHome, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) HomeBuy Direct,...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much initial equity homebuyers on average have purchased through the New Build HomeBuy scheme to date.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average amount of assistance provided to a home purchaser under the New Build HomeBuy scheme has been to date.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1117W, on housing: low incomes, which local authorities...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the remit of her Department's Lean Six Sigma for local government initiative is.

      Local Government Information Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 318W, on the Local...

      Local Government Information Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 318W, on the Local...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much will be provided from the Homes and Communities Agency's budget for (a) the Repossession Prevention Fund, (b) the...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether property owners in negative equity are eligible for assistance under the Mortgage Rescue Scheme; (2) what changes...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many months arrears are required for a homeowner to be eligible for assistance under (a) the Mortgage Rescue scheme and...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government within how many years of purchase must a home be repossessed in order for mortgage lenders to be eligible for payment under the...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which banks are not participating in the Homeowner Mortgage Support scheme.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications were made in each of the last four quarters.

      Regional Government: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each (a) Government Office and (b) regional assembly spent on media monitoring services in each of the last three years.

      Repossession Orders: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home repossessions initiated by (a) building societies and (b) banks there were in (i) Essex and (ii) Castle Point...

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to encourage the use of smoke detectors in domestic properties.

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the Tenant Services Authority to launch its National Conversation; and what budget has been allocated to it.

      Travelling People: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1181W, on Travelling people: South East, how many...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many charities were on the Charity Commission register in each of (a) the last 30 years and (b) the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

    • Charities: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 17 October 2008, Official Report, column 1577W, on local government:...

      Civil Servants: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time civil servants have been made redundant in each of the last 10 years.

      Death: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many alcohol-related deaths there were in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in the last 12 months.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the electoral registration rates are for each local authority, ranked from highest to lowest; and how much each such authority spent on...

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what records the Office of National Statistics holds on the number of people employed by individual local authorities.

      Pensioners: Essex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners with a net household income of less than £130 a week in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Ammunition: Exports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 19W, on ammunition: exports, how many...

    • Better Regulation Executive: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) annual budget and (b) number of staff employed by or in support of (i) the Better Regulation...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether individuals are eligible to apply for a loan through (a) the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme...

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent on promoting the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme to potential borrowers since...

      Exports: Power Stations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy that fossil fuel plants exported with support of the Export Credits Guarantee...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on which dates in the last three years his Department held meetings with the Financial Reporting Council to...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) terms of reference, (b) estimated cost and (c) planned final reporting date are of Mark...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people aged (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 19, (e) 20 and (f) over 20 years old have been in...

      Nigeria: Exports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to reach a decision on the application for an export licence for goods for Nigeria referred...

      Royal Mail: Profits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much profit General Logistics Systems made in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Small Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made on allowing small businesses to access the £1 billion fund announced in...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small businesses operate in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on antisocial behaviour of levels of sales of alcohol from off-licences.

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of mosquito teen deterrents in use.

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on payments to individuals subject to control orders for (a) accommodation, (b) council tax, (c) utility...

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on police constables per 100,000 population were recorded in each police force area in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer from Lord West of Spithead of 29 October 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA165, on asylum...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were removed through (a) assisted voluntary returns and (b) enforced returns in each of the last five years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of age assessments made by the UK Border Agency in 2008 have been successfully challenged on appeal.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases there were in the Legacy casework system on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to have cleared the backlog of applications in the Legacy casework system.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications in the Legacy casework system were made in each of the last seven years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision will be made on the application for asylum by a constituent of the hon. Member for North-East Milton Keynes, Sima Salamat,...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted section 4 support in each of the last five years; and how many people were in receipt of section 4 support in...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 March 2009, Official Report, column 69WS, on asylum support, in which areas the plastic...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 March 2009, Official Report, column 69WS, on asylum support, if she will provide section...

      Asylum: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences since 11 September 2001 have at some point claimed asylum.

      Asylum: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those arrested in the course of Operation Pathway claimed asylum after being arrested.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 312W, on community relations, when she expects Her Majesty's Inspectorate...

      Community Relations: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any of the tasks to be undertaken under the Channel Project will be delivered by subcontractors.

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1482W, on community relations: finance, how many of the 33 projects aimed...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1481W, on community relations: finance, which of the grass roots projects...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1481-82W, on community relations: finance, what projects aimed at...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Prevent strategy has cost in each year since its inception; and if she will make a statement.

      Community Security Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place a copy of her speech to the annual dinner of the Community Security Trust on 2 March 2009 in the Library; and if she will...

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group were arrested during the demonstration in Parliament Square on 20 April 2009;...

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that Parliament Square is kept free of demonstrators on parliamentary...

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many arrests the police have made of persons demonstrating in Parliament Square and adjacent areas since 3 April 2009 under section...

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the daily cost of policing the ongoing demonstration in Parliament Square has been; how many police officers of each rank are taking...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private contractors have been granted access to personal data held by her Department in the last 12 months; and if she will make a...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have reported that they are compliant with the...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) guidelines and (b) safeguards her Department has in place for the commercial licensing of its departmental databases.

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of her Department's (a) centrally managed and (b) agency managed databases are commercially licensed for the use of private...

      Departmental Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department undertook courses funded by the Department for (a) undergraduate degrees, (b) postgraduate degrees or...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which companies were contracted to carry out the surveys.

      Departmental Training

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been deported on the grounds of national security in the last (a) 12 months, (b) five years and (c) 10 years;...

      Deportation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a race impact study has been undertaken of the practice of removal from the UK of British citizen children with a foreign parent.

      Detainees: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many children aged (a) under five, (b) five to 10 and (c) 10 to 15 years old have been held in immigration removal centres in...

      Detection Rates: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate for crimes of (a) violence against the person, (b) robbery, (c) burglary in a dwelling, (d) theft of a motor...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from each police force area had their DNA samples and personal information removed from the National DNA Database in each of...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what her latest estimate is of the number and proportion of people in each police force area who had their DNA stored on the DNA...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for student visas from (a) Pakistan and (b) Algeria were interviewed by UK-based immigration staff in each of the last...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas were granted to applicants from (a) Pakistan and (b) Algeria in each of the last 10 years.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether people who are outside the UK may apply to be subject to the transitional arrangements under the Tier 1 for post-study workers.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes involving a firearm were recorded in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the last 10 years.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of forced marriages which took place in (a) Luton, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) East of England...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department is providing for specialist support for organisations dealing with forced marriage in 2009-10; and if she will...

      Forced Marriage: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of forced marriages which took place in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the last 12...

      G20: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on the policing of the G20 demonstrations in the City...

      Heathrow Airport: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish her response to the report of the Independent Monitoring Commission on immigration detention conditions at Heathrow...

      Hillsborough Stadium: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what papers held by her Department on the Hillsborough disaster she plans to publish in addition to those which have been placed in the Library.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for trafficking for (a) sexual exploitation and (b) labour...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of victims of human trafficking who are repeat victims.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will publish her Department's report on the Pentameter 2 operation against human trafficking; what assessment she has made of the...

      Identity Cards: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether airside workers will be able to request removal of their data from the temporary National Identity Register (a) on leaving their job...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many clandestines were detected in vehicles attempting to enter the UK from France in 2008.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she expects local immigration teams to be operational; (2) what estimate she has made of the likely cost of local immigration...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications under the Highly-Skilled Migrants programme have been received in each year since the programme began.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many failed applicants under the Highly-Skilled Migrants programme have subsequently been deported; (2) what the average cost of...

      Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate revenue from charges for applications for (a) visas to the UK, (b) UK citizenship and (c) work permits in each of the...

      Immigration: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will hold discussions with representatives of the government of Romania on the number of people from that country who were refused...

      Immigration: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people applying for work as guards with the Security Industry Authority were asked to prove their immigration status in the latest...

      Iona School: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost to the public purse was of the recent police operation at the Iona School, Sneinton; and whether there is to be a charge...

      Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what occasions the decision to include the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the list of proscribed organisations has been reviewed in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Macclesfield of 23 March 2009, Ref M7032/9, UKBA Ref M1368250, on indefinite...

      Metropolitan Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints have been made against police officers serving in the Metropolitan Police for concealing shoulder numbers in each...

      National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has allocated to the National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit in each year since its inception.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on private contractors for escorted deportations in 2008.

      Police: Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers in each police force area have (a) been subject to criminal proceedings, (b) been suspended from duty and...

      Police: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the cost of policing (a) late alcohol licences and (b) football matches in each of the next six financial years.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the budget of each police force in Wales was derived from central Government funding in each year since 1997.

      Police: Leyton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been provided to the Metropolitan Police in Leyton and Wanstead constituency in each of the last five years; and what...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) special constables there were in each year since 1997-98 and (b) community support officers there were in each year since the...

      Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on which date each organisation proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000 was so proscribed; and if she will make a statement.

      Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on which date each organisation that has been removed from the proscription list under the Terrorism Act 2000 was removed; what the reasons...

      Racial Discrimination: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Minister in her Department has policy responsibility for tackling racism on the internet; what funds her Department has allocated to...

      Reparation by Offenders: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on its advertising campaign Justice Seen, Justice Done to date.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) complaints and (b) items of correspondence (i) her Department and (ii) Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has received...

      Stop and Search: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were found to be carrying illegal (a) weapons and (b) drugs during stop and search procedures by the police in (i)...

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the annual cost to businesses of implementation of her proposals to retain email and web information on customers.

      Territorial Support Group: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints were received against officers of the Territorial Support Group in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how many such...

      Terrorism: Anthrax

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment has been made of the level of risk of anthrax infection to workers in Government Department postal sections arising...

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions have been made under the (i) Terrorism Act 2000 and (ii) Terrorism Act 2006 in...

      Terrorism: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of indictments on charges of terrorism has resulted in convictions in the last two years.

      Terrorism: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional training is proposed for employees of (a) civil nuclear facilities, including research laboratories, and (b) military bases...

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many thefts from vehicles were recorded in Staffordshire Police Authority area in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to reduce the incidence of vehicle crime in rural areas since 2005.

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions have been brought for offences related to (a) speeding, (b) jumping red lights and (c) stolen vehicles as...

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) individuals, (b) private businesses and (c) public authorities are able to access data collated by automatic number plate...

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what period of time police forces are allowed to retain data acquired via automatic number plate recognition systems.

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislation governs the operation of automatic number plate recognition systems by police forces.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer question 247959, on loss of departmental property, tabled on 12 January 2009.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Adoption: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy to apply The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to all overseas territories.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of grandparents and other family members in England who are (a) family and friends carers...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care in 2008 had had more than (a) 60, (b) 70, (c) 80, (d) 90 and (e) 100 foster placements while in care.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in council care homes subsequently moved into private housing in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) the Leeds...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which local authorities have not completed the first phase of implementation of the ContactPoint database; and if he will...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Annette Brooke) of 20 April 2009, Official Report,...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have raised concerns with his Department about tracing co-resident children in ContactPoint; and what...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent assessment is of the performance of the ContactPoint database in penetration tests.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish anonymised versions of the full serious case reviews into the deaths in Doncaster of (a) Alfie Goddard, (b)...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the effect on child protection of proposed reductions in...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish the Missing from Home and Care guidance; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to page 66 of "The Protection of Children in England: a progress report", HC330, what recent estimate he has made...

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what indicators his Department uses to monitor the performance of local safeguarding children boards; and if he will make a...

      Schools: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of schools with the capacity to provide education remotely in the event of school...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding from (a) the public purse and (b) the National Lottery has been spent on school sport in each of the last five...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on the criteria for access to international funding for the purposes of reducing carbon dioxide...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will introduce the proposed pay as you save initiative in advance of 2013.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the introduction of the PassivHaus standard; and if he will make a statement.

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1128-9W, on insulation: housing, how many homes have been insulated...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timescale Ofgem requires to assess the suitability of renewable heating products for funding through the Carbon Emissions...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what procedures Ofgem uses to assess the suitability of renewable heating products for funding through programmes associated with the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Audio Recordings: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of catalogued lists kept by (a) PPL and (b) the Performing...

    • Audio Recordings: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what representations he has received from (a) the Radio Centre and (b) representatives of business organisations on...

      Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with output greater than 250kW; how many of...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether a financial penalty will be imposed on higher education institutions for over-recruitment against the admission...

      Higher Education: Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students from (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) outside the UK undertook university courses in veterinary studies in...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he has taken to improve skills in the house-building sector in order to assist progress towards the Government's...

      Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 421-2W, on trading standards: weights and measures,...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many graduates of universities in England who have moved abroad to (a) other EU member states and (b) non-EU countries...

      Training: Energy

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance...

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with output greater than 250kW; how many of these systems...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on IT maintenance in the last 12 months.

      EU Globalisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will co-ordinate a UK bid for funds from the EU Globalisation Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Hazardous Substances: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether aircraft (a) static on the ground and (b) travelling through UK airspace are subject to Control of Substances Hazardous to Health...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed housing benefit at least once in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount claimed by a housing benefit recipient was in each of the last three years.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been removed from incapacity benefit because they do not have enough points to continue to qualify in the last 12 month...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in North East Fife constituency have received assistance from his Department with the cost of meeting mortgage...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people have been helped into work by Jobcentre Plus in each (a) regional and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what grounds formal complaints were made to Jobcentre Plus in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent customer-facing Jobcentre Plus staff there were on average in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district...

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of Jobcentre Plus in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district against each of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter of 26 January from the hon. Member for Manchester Central regarding TW (ref: GREA01009/GAB); and what the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what explanatory and administrative provisions are in place to enable prospective eligible claimants to receive the £1,000 employer...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions he has had with scientists working in the field of voice risk analysis technology on the accuracy of the technology...

      Unemployed: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire Jobcentre Plus were assisted into employment in each of the last five...

      Unemployment: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to address seasonal unemployment fluctuation in seaside towns; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Carers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise the average wage for carers for the elderly.

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Clinical Network Collaborative Consortium for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is fulfilling the purposes for which it was...

      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 total amount for...

      Climate Change: Sweden

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on United Kingdom policy of the Government of Sweden's pledge that all vehicles will not use fossil fuels by 2030.

      Cuba: Havana

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of travel by officials between the United Kingdom and the British Embassy in Havana in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Drugs: Khat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were admitted to hospital due to khat-induced psychosis in each of the past five years.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) responded publicly to media coverage of Dr P M Zavos's work, as televised on 22 April and reported in...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of United Kingdom electricity they expect to be provided by land-based wind energy by 2020 without disproportionate damage to the rural landscape.

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 3 March (WA 138), why the use of small wind turbines is allowed if it is not known how much each costs...

      European Parliament: Members' Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the rise of £13,000 per annum in the salaries of Members of the European Parliament will apply to United Kingdom MEPs; and whether their salaries will...

      Health: Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent per patient on dementia research compared with (a) cancer, and (b) stroke research in each year since 2004.

      Health: Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Department of Health has had with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills about the dementia research summit planned for summer...

      Health: Irish Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments have been made by the Republic of Ireland to fund health treatment for Irish citizens living in the United Kingdom who previously worked in the...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals have been subject to control orders since they were introduced; and, of those, how many have since been deported.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals subject to control orders were served between February 2008 and February 2009 with notices of intention to deport; on what date each of...

      India: Binayak Sen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations the European Union has made to the Government of India on the case of Dr Binayak Sen; and whether the European Union will send an observer to...

      Mental Health: Hospital Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were admitted to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the past five years.

      NHS: Allergy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the impact of the development of over-the-counter self-diagnostic tests for food allergy on NHS allergy services; and what safeguards exist to ensure...

      NHS: Whistleblowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether persons who work in the National Health Service and who speak to the media about problems they encounter in their working lives may face disciplinary...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, regarding property claims within the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, they continue to be guided by (a) the precedent set in Hesperides Hotels v...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 20 April (WA 355) concerning the payment of bonuses to the officials of the Northern Ireland...

      Police: Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue new guidance to Thames Valley Police regarding laws on harassment in the light of the case of Mr Robin Demczak of Witney.

      Police: National Computer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Security, Vernon Coaker, on 16 March (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 924W),...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the purchase of ballistic steel for Police Service of Northern Ireland vehicles was last put to tender; who won the contract; and what were the value and...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any administrative staff of the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been suspended following an investigation into the termination of a contract with...

      Roads: Moped Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take to reduce the number of serious road accidents to young moped riders, as illustrated in a recent report published by the Institute...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assets have been seized under terrorism legislation in each of the past five years. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been convicted under...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are assessing the compliance of Turkey with its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular concerning...

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