Written answers

Monday, 11 May 2009

  • Prime Minister

    • Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the name of the Clerk of the Intelligence and Security Committee will be published in the next edition of the Civil Service Yearbook; and if he will make a statement.

    • Intelligence Services: Publications

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what facilities were afforded to Gordon Thomas by or on behalf of (a) the Security Service, (b) the Secret Intelligence Service and (c) others in the security...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • British Grand Prix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with third parties on the proposed relocation of the British Grand Prix from Silverstone to...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time staff employed by (a) his Department in London, (b) historic royal palaces and (c) the National Gallery earn less...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff employed in London on work contracted out by his Department earn less than £7.45 per hour.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

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

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent to date on administrative costs associated with the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Disabled Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will make an estimate of the effect of the proposed transfer of hon....

    • Parliament: Internet

      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 audio recordings, what progress has...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the value of (a) securities available for lending, (b) securities lent and (c) securities lent to hedge...

    • Church of England: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what proportion of the Church Commissioners' listed securities were invested overseas in each of the last three years.

      Church of England: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how much of the Church Commissioners' assets were held in real estate in (a) the UK and (b) overseas in each of...

      Church of England: Vehicles

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many vehicles the Church Commissioners (a) own and (b) operate.

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest unconstrained demand forecast for UK air travel in 2030 is taking account of (a) the errata published on 17 March 2009 to the January...

    • Aviation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights there were over London airspace in each year since 1997; and how many there are projected to be in (a) 2010, (b) 2020, (c) 2030 and...

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fines have been issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for failure to comply with the provisions of section 59 of the Vehicle...

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of cars in the UK were (a) diesel, (b) unleaded petrol, (c) hybrid, (d) electric and (e) other in each year since 1997.

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what timetable he has set for publication of the responses to his Department's consultation on amendments to the vehicle lighting and...

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on proposals for a common EU maritime policy on port taxes.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to prevent train operating companies raising the cost of unregulated fares further during 2009.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) National Express East Coast, (b) First Great Western, (c) East Midlands Trains, (d) First Capital Connect and...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria are used to determine the minimum service provisions of train operating companies' franchise agreements; and what processes there are for...

      Railways: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the level of overall demand for direct train services between Torbay and London.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have occurred in each year involving powered two-wheel vehicles causing (a) death, (b) serious injury and (c) other injury in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has paid back to the European Union following rulings in relation to breaches by the UK of...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the National Farmers Union on action to be taken following the consultation on...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of (a) honey and (b) bumble bees as a percentage of...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take in the next two years to protect the bee population in England.

      Bluetongue Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to (a) prevent and (b) monitor the import and spread of bluetongue disease in summer 2009.

      British Overseas Territories: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been distributed in grants to the British Overseas Territories from the Darwin Initiative scheme since 2006.

      Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs in England and Wales have been placed on the register of exempt dogs under section 4A and section 4B procedures...

      Departmental Assets

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to address the effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department of its...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department held discussions with HM Treasury before the recent decision to make reductions in his Department's budget.

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely effects on the income of hill farmers of European Commission proposals to modify the...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the use of kitemarked products for the purposes of (a) flood defences and (b) household (i) repairs...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his latest estimate is of the amount of food waste not sent to landfill in the last 12 months.

      Swans: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authority officers have authority to authorise isotope blood tests of swans.

      Swans: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many isotope blood tests of swans have been authorised in each of the last 12 years; and where the swans tested were treated.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of likely levels of compliance with the requirements of (a) part L and (b) part F of the Building...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of building control officers with the function of overseeing implementation of the...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of changing Building Regulations to introduce photoluminescent...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has to mark inter faith week; and if she will make a statement.

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 470W, on...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent discussions she has had with leaders of local authorities on levels of council tax; (2) what recent...

      Derelict Land: Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has commissioned on the (a) level of infill development in residential communities and (b) loss...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to assist local authorities in returning derelict residential properties to occupancy.

      Empty Property: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of residential properties which have become vacant and derelict in West...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications her Department has received from local authorities for permission to transfer housing revenue account...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of self-build properties constructed in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of her Department's expenditure in the last 12 months on rehousing people who lost their homes as a...

      Housing: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the new houses completed in (a) Merseyside and (b) Crosby constituency between 2003 and 2009 were vacant at the...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to planning authorities on the definition of the term eaves used in the Town and...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of first-time buyers purchased a home at a price under £250,000 in the last year for which...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the Decent Homes scheme has been funded through the Private Finance Initiative.

      Housing: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made in the methodology used to compile the English House Condition Survey in each year since 1997.

      Local Government Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have to charge for building control services in relation to small household extensions.

      National Brownfield Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each meeting of the National Brownfield Forum; and what the membership...

      Planning: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many consultations on planning policy her Department has issued since May 2005.

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on whether under the terms of the General Permitted Development...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 147, if she will place in the Library a copy of the recent...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much gross revenue the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre raised from bookings made by Government departments, agencies...

      Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1279W, on departmental procurement, whether the green spaces...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of tenure of (a) registered social landlord and (b) local authority tenant was in each of the last...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2009, Official Report, column 1382W, on repossession orders, when she expects her Department...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many registered social landlord properties were sold to (a) tenants and (b) non-tenants in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department and its agencies have provided to local authorities on conditions of tenancy applicable to social...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests for underage drinking there were in Tamworth constituency in each of the last five years.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for supplying alcohol to persons under the age of 18 years in Tamworth constituency in each of the last five...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects data collected on the number of anti-social behaviour orders issued and breached after 31 December 2006 to be available.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which passport or passports of persons with dual nationality will be registered on the e-Borders database.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 16 and to the answer of 29 April 2009, Official Report, column 1349W,...

      Borders: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigations she has undertaken in respect of (a) terrorism and (b) organised crime in relation to travel between (i) the South...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effect on community cohesion of the Government initiative to require migrants to undertake community...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of recent representations made by the Strangers into Citizens campaign in respect of migrant workers and...

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1773W, on closed circuit television (CCTV), how many of the 44...

      Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what procedures are in place for the regulation of forensic practitioners after the Council for the Registration of Forensic...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by the National High Tech Crime Unit in 2005 before its amalgamation into the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis consulted her on the policing of the demonstration in Parliament Square on 20 April...

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost of policing the protests by Sri Lankan Tamils has been to date in Westminster Square.

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police days have been spent on policing the demonstration by Tamils in Parliament Square since demonstrators first assembled there;...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department on flights (a) within England and (b) outside the UK by (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii)...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr. Ainsworth) of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 29W, on...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland (Dr. Kumar) of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column...

      Essex Police Authority: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislation regulates Essex Police Authority; what amendments have been made to such legislation since its entry into force; what recent...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the incidence of repeat trafficking of individuals.

      Human Trafficking: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to (a) identify and (b) prosecute offences related to the trafficking of babies into the UK.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department uses the category of non-UK born UK nationals in its immigration (a) policy and (b) statistics.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) are employed and (b) she estimates will be employed by the Independent Safeguarding Authority in July 2010.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the Independent Safeguarding Authority is for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's expenditure was on the Independent Safeguarding Authority on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government plans to implement its commitment to ensure that all internet service providers use filters to block images of child...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration plans to reply to the e-mail from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 19...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the civil powers to protect children from internet grooming under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 have been used in each year...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forms will be (a) removed and (b) reduced in length as part of the Government's commitment to reduce the administrative burden...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were made against the police in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Southend between 1997 and March 2004.

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training police officers must undertake before being authorised to carry a gun.

      Police: G20

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers from forces in England and Wales other than the Metropolitan Police Service took part in policing the G20 summit.

      Police: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England and Wales (a) have and (b) have not adopted the procedure on reviews of injury awards set out in Annex C to...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetables for the (a) development and (b) implementation of the revised Graduate Fast Track and High Potential Development...

      Police: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timetable she envisages for proposed legislative changes to give officers the power to (a) seize high value goods on arrest and (b)...

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the new performance and development review process for police leaders will be (a) finalised and (b) implemented.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the March 2009 target date set for the establishment of efficiency targets for police forces has been met by all police authorities.

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions Taser stun guns have been (a) drawn, (b) arced as a demonstration warning, (c) applied in a drive stun and (d)...

      Roadside Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of roadside drug testing kits as an alternative to current testing methods.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which trade unions are recognised in her Department.

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 17 March 2009...

      United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how her Department (a) monitors and (b) evaluates the work and performance of the UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC); when the UKHTC plans...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Foreign Workers: Pakistan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people who were born in Pakistan were in employment in the UK in each year since 1997.

    • Immigration: Commonwealth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his most recent estimate is of the number of adult Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his most recent estimate is of the number of third sector organisations; and how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to such...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 20, on Olympic legacy (young people), when the feasibility study into the proposed...

    • Terrorism: Compensation

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the contribution of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 175, on international terrorism, who the lead Minister is for the consideration of a...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer to the hon. member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1463W, on...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of staff in his Department have received bonus payments since it was established; what the total amount of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead of 23 January 2009 on fuel cells.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when state aid approval from the European Commission was (a) sought and (b) granted for his Department's guarantee scheme for asset-backed...

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions he has issued to the Financial Services Authority on changes in the risk management (a) practices and (b) staffing of banks since...

      Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) cashable and (b) non-cashable efficiency savings non-ministerial departments will be required to make in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11; (2)...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) HM Revenue and Customs to improve the thermal efficiency of their buildings in...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the rates of vehicle excise duty for goods vehicles in each other EU member state;...

      Fred Goodwin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made in investigating whether some of Sir Fred Goodwin's pension may be clawed back.

      Knowledge Network Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 136W, on the knowledge network project,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Secretary plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Ashford of 23 October 2008, reference 07649/2008.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 18 February 2009 on behalf of Mr. Drew of Coalpit Heath, acknowledged by his...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 24 March 2009 from the hon. Member for Woking on his constituent Mr. P. Burdett.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 18 March 2009, on the Lloyds Banking Group (PO Ref: 1/69452/2009).

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect of employer national insurance contributions increases announced in the Pre-Budget Report 2008 on the level...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer Question 259158, tabled by the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire on 23 February 2009 on the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme;...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 340W, on the Barnett formula, whether he has set a date for the publication of his...

      Public Expenditure: Coventry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the 2009 Budget on (a) young people and (b) families resident in Coventry.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was spent on the review of sub-national economic development and regeneration; what the staffing costs of the review were; and which (a)...

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost is of information technology infrastructural changes associated with the implementation of HM Revenue and Customs Workforce Change programme.

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people work at (a) Shrewsbury, (b) Ludlow, (c) Oswestry and (d) Welshpool HM Revenue and Customs office; how many jobs are expected to be lost...

      Revenue and Customs: Crewe

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the effect on HM Revenue and Customs' expenditure of its vacation of two floors in Crewe House, Crewe in the 12 months...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Tamworth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents of Tamworth constituency have paid less stamp duty land tax from the stamp duty land tax holiday since it began.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much is owed by businesses in (a) Staffordshire and (b) the UK in respect of schemes to defer payment of liability for (i) pay as you earn, (ii) value...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information technology contracts have been entered into by the Valuation Office Agency or its representatives on its behalf in the last 36 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Brazil: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Brazilian government on public security in shanty towns in Brazil and the effects of...

    • Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

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

      G20: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) coaches for delegates and the media and (b) other transportation costs for the London...

      Middle East: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what involvement UK officials have in the US strategic review of defence and security policy in the greater Middle East,...

      USA: Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with his US counterpart about the merits of a US Special Envoy for the Balkans.

  • Justice

    • Court Funds Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the monetary value of cash deposits held by the Court Funds Office was at the latest date for which figures are available.

    • Crown Dependencies: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many troops from Crown Dependencies are serving in Afghanistan.

      Debts: Enforcement Restriction Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of enforcement restriction orders issued by the judicial system on the payment protection insurance market.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials from his Department of each (a) grade and (b) directorate have flown by British Airways on official business in each of the last...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals were convicted of each driving offence in each year since 1997.

      Electoral Register: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many expatriate British electors are registered to vote in general and European elections.

      Electoral Register: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission on underperforming electoral registration departments, as referred to in the Electoral...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which legal firms have received public money in support of an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in which the Government is a party since May...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to box 3.E of the final report of the Operational Efficiency programme, by what means the Land Registry will develop opportunities for the...

      Legal Profession: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which members of legal firms who have acted for those bringing cases against the Government in the European Court of Human Rights since May 1997 have...

      Probation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many trainee probation officers he expects to qualify in the South Wales probation area in 2009; and how many permanent posts for such trainees...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1015W, on departmental public expenditure, what proportion of the...

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) locally-engaged and (b) UK-based staff his Department employs in Pakistan; and how many of these (i) are based in and...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many development and education projects funded by his Department are located in Swat; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which (a) programmes and (b) projects his Department supports in (i) the North West Frontier Province and (ii) the Federally...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what effect recent events in the Swat valley have had on his Department's operations in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan;...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much humanitarian aid the UK has provided to Sri Lanka in the last 10 years.

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of international aid agencies on the provision of humanitarian aid to Sri...

      Zimbabwe: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who have died of starvation in Zimbabwe in the last 12 months.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Aviation: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of the International Telecommunications Union on...

    • Bankruptcy: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bankruptcies there have been in each business sector in Wales since 2000.

      Business: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent steps his Department has taken to foster links between businesses and the third sector.

      Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) special advisers and (b) officials of his Department accompanied the Secretary of State to...

      Conditions of Employment: Carers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made on implementing the National Carers Strategy with respect to (a) flexible...

      Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to ensure that companies which do not complete work which they have contracted to...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bank branches the Secretary of State has visited on official business in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many laptops were provided to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies paid Opinion Leader Research in financial year 2007-08.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what payments for (a) polling and (b) other services his Department has made to (i) Deborah Mattinson and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1128W, on the economic situation, what...

      East Midlands Airport: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what assessment he has made of the cost to East Midlands Airport of the introduction of administered...

      Electronic Equipment: Forgery

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of (a) the prevalence of counterfeit electronic components and (b)...

      Minimum Wage: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consultation his Department undertook with the Public and Commercial Services Union before the...

      Minimum Wage: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which organisations bid for the national minimum wage helpline contract; and what the monetary value of the...

      Minimum Wage: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the business case for the decision to outsource the work of...

      Minimum Wage: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what training has been provided to BSS staff who will be employed on the national minimum wage helpline...

      Ministers: Members Interests

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice the Secretary of State received from (a) his Permanent Secretary and (b) the independent...

      Mobile Phones: Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many complaints Ofcom has received on the handling by each mobile telephone service provider of...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department has had with the Treasury and the Department for Communities and Local...

      Regional Development Agencies: Empty Property

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding each regional development agency has given to each regional health Brussels office in the most...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding had been allocated to each regional cultural observatory from regional development...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals for enabling regional development agencies to...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of local housing allowance.

    • New Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department provides for the newly unemployed.

      New Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what further provision he plans to introduce to support newly unemployed people.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the criteria for eligibility for winter fuel allowance were last reviewed; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioner Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance his Department provides to people who receive pension credit in relation to payment of council tax.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much additional funding he plans to provide for Jobcentre Plus to meet demand for its services in 2009-10.

      Flexible New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his plans are for the future operation of the flexible new deal; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to assist long-term incapacity benefit claimants into work.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the population in the West Midlands is in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of jobseeker's allowance claimants undertaking mandatory Jobcentre Plus training courses at six months found sustainable jobs...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged between 18 and 24 years claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years; and what proportion of the 18 to 24...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research the Government have funded into the consequences of long-term exposure to asbestos.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated cost overrun is for each IT project being undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies which is subject to a cost...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) benefits and (b) other concessions are available to those eligible for the income-related employment support allowance; if he will...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department decided to use an 0845 telephone number for queries from applicants for employment and support allowance; what...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance Jobcentre Plus has given to personal advisers on identifying employers eligible for payments under the employers' golden hello...

      Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to assist skilled long-term unemployed persons to gain access to re-training and new employment...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued to adult (a) non-UK EU nationals and (b) non-EU nationals in the latest year for which...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department provides for payments for the funeral expenses for the late husband of a woman aged under 30 years old in full-time...

      Incapacity Benefit: Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants had a recorded diagnosis which was or included rheumatoid arthritis in each of the last five years; and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter of 19 March 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr J. Harris.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Northavon of 17 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1038-39W, on pensioners: social security...

      Redundancy: Woolworths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of staff made redundant by Woolworth (a) accessed services and (b) have found new work through the Jobcentre...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of the (a) number and (b) monetary value each type of benefit payments made in each year since 1997 was (i)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) received a caution and (b) were convicted in respect of an offence of benefit fraud in each quarter of the last five...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) received a caution and (b) were convicted in respect of a benefit fraud offence in each of the last eight quarters for...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) received a caution and (b) were convicted in respect of an offence of benefit fraud in each quarter of the last year for...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were investigated for benefit fraud in each of the last three years; how many were subsequently (a) cautioned and (b)...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of adults are in receipt of a state retirement pension.

      Unemployed: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 92 of the Pre-Budget Report 2008, to what areas the £1.3 billion funding to deliver support for the unemployed has...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to use the broad definition of work-related activity contained in the Gregg review in regulations to be made under the Welfare...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of vacancies of positions offering 30 hours or more employment a week notified to jobcentres in each of...

      Wedgwood: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had on the pensions of the Waterford Wedgwood workers.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in the family legal aid budget on the Government's ability to safeguard...

    • Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in post-16 education in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) England are in receipt of education...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the (a) level of take up and (b) cost of the education maintenance allowance in each of the next...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people are in receipt of education maintenance allowance; and what estimate he has made of the expenditure incurred by...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualifications have been considered for approval by the Joint Advisory Council for Qualifications in each month for which...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils achieved grade C or higher in GCSE physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics in (a) 1997, (b) 2003 and...

      Havering Sixth Form College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has allocated to Havering Sixth Form College for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Schools: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms exist for parents to complain about the standard of teaching in a school; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of computers in primary schools in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools have been taken into special measures more than once since 1997.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils attended schools which were taken into special measures for the first time in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which 15 local authorities have the (a) most and (b) highest proportion of schools assessed as inadequate by Ofsted; (2)...

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) independent schools, (b) comprehensive schools, (c) special schools, (d) pupil referral units and...

      Secondary Education: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government has taken to support pupils taking (a) A-level and (b) GCSE examinations in Coventry.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which official in his Department was first informed of the contents of the letter of 2 March 2009 from the Learning and Skills...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much each unitary local authority allocated per head of population for children's services in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils with special educational needs attended mainstream schools assessed by Ofsted as inadequate...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers have worked in (i) one, (ii) two and (iii) three or more schools in the...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the administration costs of the Teachers' Pension Scheme were in each of the last 10 years.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance the Teachers' Pension Scheme issues on enhancements under the scheme for teaching staff who are members of the...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost of pension payments to teaching staff who have taken early retirement between the date of their retirement and the...

      Young People: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to help young people understand the nutritional content of packaged foods; and if he will make a statement.

      Young People: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans the Government has to promote a requirement for young people to undertake community service.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships each local authority is providing.

    • Bologna Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what matters were discussed at the recent Ministerial meeting on the Bologna Process; who attended the meeting; and if he...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make an estimate of the number of undergraduate places additional to those available in 2008-09 which would be...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding was allocated under the Widening Participation programme to universities in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to announce the outcome of the bidding process for funding under the new university challenge scheme.

      Innovation: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to develop innovation in Coventry.

      Research: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the latest research assessment exercise in assisting universities to...

      Students: Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what information his Department holds on the percentage of students at (a) the London School of Economics, (b) Birmingham...

      Students: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidance his Department provides to universities on (a) the provision of help and support to students with disabilities...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are learning each language indigenous to Afghanistan with support from his Department.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-fatal UK military casualties there have been in Helmand province since 2006.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of shots fired by UK armed forces in Helmand province since 2006.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the cost of the two aircraft carriers on order; and what the total estimated cost was in 2006-07.

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign nationals from each country of origin (a) serving and (b) who formerly served in the UK armed forces are estimated would become...

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 2 February 2009, Official Report, columns 33-34WS, on Army nationality policy, whether he has received...

      Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Coventry South of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1531W, on service personnel: retention, which...

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are learning the German language with support from his Department.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) golden hello, (b) commitment bonus, (c) recruit an oppo bounty and (d) retention financial packages are available to members of the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much Army rejoin bounty has been paid in respect of each (a) unit and (b) trade in each year since its inception.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many residents of (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the Republic of Ireland enrolled in the UK armed forces in the last six months.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women were recruited into the armed forces in 2007-08.

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions an Army bomb disposal squad has been called out (a) to deal with devices and (b) to respond to hoax calls in each district...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) his Department spent on furniture in 2008-09 and (b) his Department's agencies spent on furniture in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on branded stationery and gifts for (a) internal and (b) external promotional use in each of the last five years.

      East Midlands University Officer Training Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conclusions his Department has reached following its investigation of alleged inappropriate and far-right extremist costumes worn by members of the...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an estimate of the (a) monetary value and (b) quantity of waste food disposed of from his Department's premises in the last 12 months.

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the security of UK army bases in Northern Ireland; (2) what...

      RAF Cosford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will put in place contingency plans for the use of RAF Cosford in the event that Operation Borona does not coincide with the vacating of RAF...

      Rescue Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1024W, on rescue services, when he expects to announce the result of the competition...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with the Comptroller and Auditor General to seek to ensure public access to the National Audit Office's 1992 report on the Al...

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many courses of influenza chemoprophylaxis (a) are held and (b) have been ordered by the Defence Medical Services; (2) which (a) members...

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) masks and (b) pairs of gloves (i) are held and (ii) have been ordered by the Defence Medical Services for the purposes of preventing the...

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the reserve forces have in the contingency plans of the armed forces in relation to a swine influenza pandemic; and what mechanisms are in...

  • Health

    • Anabolic Steroids: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to inform the public of the health risks of anabolic steroids; how much has been spent to that end in the last...

    • Asthma and Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the population in England were diagnosed with (a) asthma and (b) clinical depression in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest 12 month period...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether local authorities are required to consult the residents of a local authority care home prior to sale of the home.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average cost of a care home resident to a local authority in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average residence charge to a care home resident in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Care Homes: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent guidance issued by his Department on infection control in care homes; (2) what guidance...

      Care Homes: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1093-4W, on care homes: manpower, when he expects the review of evidence to be...

      Chiropody: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve foot care for the elderly.

      Cholesterol: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the clinical effectiveness of polypills combining statins for cholesterol reduction with low doses of other...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of ICT systems in his Department under the Greening...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to Table C11 of the Budget Report 2009, for what reason his Department (a) spent £1.5 billion less on its resource budget for 2008-09 and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assumptions NHS organisations are using to plan spending in years after 2010-11.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on branded stationery and gifts for (a) internal and (b) external promotional use in each of the last five years.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an estimate of the (a) monetary value and (b) quantity of waste food disposed of from his Department's premises in the last 12 months.

      Fractures: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that mechanisms for primary care trust commissioning provide co-ordinated strategies for the treatment...

      Fractures: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts in England ensure that the further assessment and management of fracture patients is co-ordinated by a fracture liaison nurse or a...

      Health Services: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has taken to support charities providing NHS services who had deposited funds in Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander bank; and...

      Health Visitors: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the ratio of children to health visitors in each primary care trust in England.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 234W, on maternity services, which of the maternity units listed on the NHS Choices...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to guarantee access to general practice services for patients who wish to opt out of having their clinical information...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Minister of State for Public Health plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 13 February 2009, on measles and...

      NHS: Death Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 900W, on NHS: death rate, which NHS organisations were the subject of alerts in the...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the deployment of Lorenzo and Cerner Millennium in each early adopter site for the National Programme for IT.

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate his Department's expenditure on its toolkit for the National Programme for IT; and whether capital for this expenditure will be...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many sites in the Southern cluster of the National Programme for IT are (a) due to deploy and (b) in the process of deploying (i) the RiO...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether provision of the regional distribution centre to provide a loan equipment delivery service for complex equipment as part of the transforming...

      Physiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to consult on proposals for the regulation of clinical physiologists.

  • House of Lords

    • Air Quality: Carbon Dioxide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the present level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in parts per million.

    • Airports: Taxes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the justification for the introduction of differential airport departure taxes for passengers travelling from the United Kingdom to different parts of the...

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 26 November 2008 (WA 329), whether air carriers are obliged to check the identities of passengers flying...

      Belfast Agreement: Parity of Treatment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as a result of the Belfast agreement of 1998, all residents on the island of Ireland (a) should be treated with parity, and (b) are treated with parity.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the increase to the child tax credit which is proposed in the 2009 Budget for each of the years 2010—11 and 2011—12.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the additional payments into child trust funds for disabled children which are proposed in the 2009 Budget for each of the years 2010—11...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of children in poverty in 2010 both before and after taking account of the 2009 Budget changes.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to reduce (a) the level of income disparity in the United Kingdom; and (b) the number of children living in poverty.

      Civil Service: Performance Pay

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

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the Government of Sweden climate change targets beyond the European Union's target of a 20 per cent cut in emissions, should...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to visit the Commission for Sustainable Development in Stockholm, to discuss climate change targets with its chairman, the Swedish Prime...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the United Kingdom and other European Union member states of the Government of Sweden's announcement in early March...

      Climate Change

      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 to be carbon neutral by 2050.

      Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the two Northern Ireland Court Service officials investigated over hospitality abuses were suspended; and how much each has been paid since suspension.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what deadlines to process approvals the Criminal Records Bureau set itself; and what percentage of cases are within its targets.

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much debt is owed to the United Kingdom by developing countries; and which are the ten most indebted nations.

      Debt: United States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 20 April (WA 324) concerning the war debt owed to the United States, whether this debt is still regarded as a live debt.

      Department for International Development: Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the details of the Department for International Development's £647 million contribution to the new 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review target set out...

      Department for International Development: Travant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what benefits accrued to the United Kingdom from the Department for International Development's £15 million investment in Travant in 2007.

      Euro

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Bank of England last intervened to support the euro; what was the extent of that intervention; and how much of that intervention has been refunded to the...

      Euro

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will send a delegation to Malta, Cyprus, Slovenia, Slovakia, the United Kingdom Sovereign Bases in Cyprus, and Iceland, to examine the effect on those...

      Houses of Parliament: Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers were deployed on 29 April to supervise a meeting about former Gurkha soldiers and a demonstration in Parliament Square by Tamils.

      Houses of Parliament: Road Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why St Margaret Street and Old Palace Yard were closed to traffic on 29 April; and for how long they were closed.

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

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

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

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

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

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

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

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

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

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

      Houses of Parliament: Summer Recess

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the length of the parliamentary Summer Recess in view of the current financial situation.

      Housing: Valuations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (a) garden sheds, (b) conservatories, (c) fish ponds, or (d) garden gnomes, within the curtilage of a domestic dwelling, are potentially taken into account...

      Justice: Family Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the average net earnings after VAT and expenses of family law practitioners dependent upon publicly funded work in each of the past three years. To ask...

      Northern Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they played in the reimbursement of funding to the Northern Bank following the robbery of its Belfast headquarters.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 30 March (WA 199—200) concerning funding of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, why...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the murders of two soldiers in Antrim on 7 March and a police constable in Craigavon on 10 March, they have considered the legality of the visit...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the murders of two soldiers in Antrim on 7 March and a police constable in Craigavon on 10 March, they have been informed of the nature of the...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the murders of two soldiers in Antrim on 7 March and a police constable in Craigavon on 10 March, Professor Monica McWilliams, of the Northern...

      Northern Ireland Office: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 24 April (WA 420) concerning the number of staff in the Northern Ireland Office who received...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 23 April (WA 412) that the Government Olympic Executive "is the only body assessing the entire Olympic...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 20 April (WA 362) concerning police officers undertaking television interviews while driving a police car...

      Police: Photography

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue new guidance to the Metropolitan Police regarding the photographing of public transport and public transport facilities in light of the...

      Polygamy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 28 April (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 105), what provision for financial and property protection is...

      Prisons: Alcohol Problems

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in ensuring that courses to deal with alcohol problems are available to prisoners in (a) HM Prison Gartree, and (b) HM Prison High Down.

      Public Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications to disqualify a director of a public company have been made by the Companies Investigation Branch and the Insolvency Service of the...

      Public Sector Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the prediction made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in each of the past 10 years relating to the public sector borrowing requirement and annual...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she will ask Ministers to answer parliamentary questions directly and not request questioners write directly to (a) the Equality and Human Rights...

      Regional Development Agencies: South West

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what benefits have accrued to communities from the West Dorset District in the past five years from the activities of the South West Regional Development Agency.

      Roads: Byways Open to All Traffic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether regulation-making powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 are adequate to protect Byways Open to All Traffic from damage by mechanically...

      Senior Salaries Review Body

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 21 April (WA 383) concerning the amount of funding for Senior Civil Servants' performance-related pay, what...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comparison between their proposals in the Budget for the top marginal rate of income tax, and the threshold at which it will...

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for conditional exemption from inheritance tax for chattels were made in the years 1997—2008; and what was the total value of the...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Home Office expects to publish statistics covering those arrested, charged, convicted and imprisoned under terrorism legislation.

      Terrorism Act: Section 44 Powers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the grounds for stopping a motorist under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000; whether the police are expected to give reasons for stopping a motorist;...

      United Nations: Olympics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the collaboration between the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations in their efforts to support peace, development and the...

      United Nations: Olympics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to promote the 1993 United Nations Resolution to "build a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal".

      Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 1 April (WA 253—54) on waste management, why (a) an impact assessment, and (b) a consultation...

      Young Offenders: High Down Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that resources are provided to meet the needs of young offenders held at HM Prison High Down.

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