Written answers

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent discussions the Church Commissioners have had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Hamas

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the organisers of the meeting held on the Parliamentary estate on 22 April 2009 involving a video link...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England awarded in grants in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

    • Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licensed casinos were in operation in each local authority area under the provisions of (a) the Gambling Act 1968 and (b) the...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff in his Department and its agency were dismissed (a) for under-performance and (b) in total in each of the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of ICT systems in his Department...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many work placements his Department offered to (a) school pupils, (b) university students and (c) graduates in each of the last...

      English Heritage: Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the (a) administration, (b) staffing and (c) advertisement and promotion of the English Heritage free...

      Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much funding the Community Fund has (a) committed and (b) distributed since its creation; (2) how much funding the Big...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of people being treated for gambling addiction.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of online gambling companies based overseas which operate in the UK which (a) contribute and...

      Heritage and Culture Sector Club: VisitBritain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what functions the Heritage and Culture Sector Club has in relation to VisitBritain.

      Internet: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made on the proposal to establish international rules for the operation of English language websites; and...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent research his Department has commissioned to assess the effectiveness of the operation of premises licences.

      Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will commission research into the (a) financial viability of local newspapers and (b) number of journalists employed by local...

      Sports Equity Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding (a) his Department, (b) Sport England and (c) UK Sport has provided to each member of Sport England's Sports Equity...

      Sports: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many voluntary community sports coaches have been recruited under the Recruit into Coaching scheme since its inception.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public swimming pools (a) closed and (b) opened in England in 2008.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 22W, on trade unions, what office facilities his Department provides...

      VisitBritain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make an estimate of the effect on (a) the British economy and (b) Exchequer revenues which would arise from an increase in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent assessment is of air quality in the Torbay local authority area; and what steps the Government are...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to announce which areas have been chosen for the bovine tuberculosis wildlife vaccination pilot.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the veterinary profession and its representatives on (a) the Government's strategy...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to tackle testing fatigue among (a) farmers and (b) veterinary surgeons in relation to testing for bovine...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have been prosecuted under sections 1(3), 3(1) and 3(3) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since...

      Tourism: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 381W, on tourism: rural areas, how much of the £35...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 439W, on trade unions, which trade unions his Department's...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Ofwat undertook an impact assessment of the implementation of its proposals for water rate structures on community...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

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

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 477W, on departmental...

      Departmental Capital Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on departmental capital expenditure, what progress his Department has made in...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people work in his Department's Communications Directorate.

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on the practice of holding departmental away days outside the Department's buildings.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) provisional and (b) full driving licences were issued in each year since 1998.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time staff employed at the Government Car and Despatch Agency in London earn less than £15,944 per annum.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Windsor of 3 November 2008, Official Report, columns 49-50W, what progress has been made on the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with National Express on its East Coast Main Line franchise; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operating companies are required under the terms of their franchise agreements to introduce smart ticketing.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirements regarding smart ticketing he will place on the operating company awarded the South Central franchise currently under tender.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on delivering the commitments made in the 2007 White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway on smart ticketing;...

      Rushenden Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding stakeholders have committed to the Rushenden Link Road project.

      Rushenden Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the funding stakeholders for the Rushenden Link Road project are.

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold discussions at EU level to seek to establish a low emission shipping zone in European coastal waters.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 366W, on trade unions, which trade unions his Department's agencies recognise.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 366W, on trades unions, what office facilities his Department provides for the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding is in place to encourage the construction of zero-carbon homes.

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output; how many of...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) people and (b) households were in fuel poverty in each local authority area in each year since 2000; and what the...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK (a) carbon dioxide and (b) other greenhouse gas emissions arising from (i) cars,...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many buildings in each of the last five years have been constructed to PassivHaus standards.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1 is; and how much has been spent on Phase 1 to date.

      Peers' Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 409W, on Peers' interests, on what date the proposed meeting was...

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress the Government (a) made during 2008 and (b) has made to date in 2009 towards meeting the targets in the Warm Homes and...

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000...

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department at each pay band have responsibility for the (a) formulation and (b) implementation of policy on...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many laptop computers have been provided to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in the Government Equalities Office since...

    • Equality: Regulation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation has imposed new burdens on local authorities in relation to equality and diversity since 1997.

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding arrangements for rape crisis centres.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government has received in interest on loans to developing countries in each year since 2004.

    • Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to facilitate international support for the Global Framework for Action for water and sanitation in the next 12 months.

      Natural Disasters: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the merits of increased use of satellite imagery to monitor the humanitarian conditions of those affected by natural...

      Natural Disasters: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will raise at the United Nations the potential for increased use of satellite imagery better to monitor the humanitarian...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what priority is accorded to the provision of (a) water and sanitation and (b) health and education in his Department's...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he has made available to Sri Lanka for 2009-10; and to which projects such aid (a) has been and (b) is to be allocated.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Fireworks: Noise

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on...

    • Israel: EU External Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to ensure that individuals or companies which market or sell within the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Leader of the House how much her Office spent on furniture in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which departments participate in the inter-departmental group on the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research established...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms the inter-departmental group on the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research (3Rs) uses to ensure that...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of Government funding for the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research was...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been waiting 12 months or more for a decision on their case; and how many of these (a) have sought permission...

      Asylum: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many female asylum seekers were interviewed with their children present during the first or subsequent substantive interview in (a)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on building maintenance in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department's agencies spent on furniture in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Stationery

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

      Detainees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children of asylum seekers (a) had and (b) had not begun to receive a standard programme of child immunisation before entering...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent reports her Department has received on allegations that persons have been obliged to sign applications for leave to remain under...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an estimate of the (a) monetary value and (b) quantity of waste food disposed of from her Department's premises in the...

      Fuels: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign-registered heavy goods vehicles carrying (a) gas, (b) oil, (c) liquified petroleum gas and (d) petroleum have entered...

      Gateway Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Gateway Group established to oversee all requests from her Department and its agencies for the collection of data...

      Identity Cards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the sums to be allocated to the introduction of identity cards in each of the next six financial years.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision will be made in the case with Home Office reference G1082747; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent proposals on improving existing collaborative arrangements between (a) forces at the UK border and (b) police forces and the UK...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1187W, on immigration controls, when she expects the information on the...

      International Police Assistance Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timetable has been set for the establishment of the International Police Assistance Board; and what goals she plans to set for the board.

      Metropolitan Police: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the IT resources provided to Metropolitan Police officers in policing fraud.

      Police: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports she has received of allegations of information about environmental campaign organisations being passed by the police to energy...

      Police: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any members of the police have met (a) representatives of EDF Energy, (b) representatives of other energy companies, (c) Thierry...

      Police: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that police force procurement processes are coordinated nationally; and what timetable has been...

      Vetting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in respect of how many people each police force in England and Wales has provided information to assist with basic disclosure checks being...

      Vetting: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of the Independent Safeguarding Authority on trends in the levels of...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many persons who completed apprenticeships were unemployed one year after the end of the apprenticeship in each of the...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships were terminated by an employer on economic grounds in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what facilities there are in his Department's buildings for staff to stay overnight.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much each of his Department's agencies spent on furniture in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of his Department's staff work overseas; and in which countries such staff are located.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) BlackBerry devices and (b) mobile telephones have been lost by (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii)...

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on the purchase of (a) recycled office supplies in the last 12 months and (b) printer ink...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what offices are (a) owned and (b) leased by (i) the Learning and Skills Council, (ii) his Department and (iii) the Higher...

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in each constituency participated in training under the Train to Gain programme since the programme's inception.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (1) recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK Financial Investments Ltd. on the policy of (a) RBS and (b) HBOS on maintaining credit...

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 100W, on banks, if he will take steps to require information relating to pension...

      Banks: Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will insure monies invested by British nationals in (a) the Bank of Ireland and (b) Anglo-Irish Bank.

      Banks: Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether arrangements for the protection of deposits made in UK banks apply to UK holders of deposits in banks in the Republic of Ireland; and if he will...

      Banks: Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Ireland on arrangements to protect deposits made by UK...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedure his Department follows for dealing with complaints received (a) by e-mail, (b) by post, (c) by telephone and (d) via his Department's website.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Fiscal Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government plan to bring forward proposals for a second package of fiscal stimulus measures for the UK economy.

      Furnished Holiday Lettings Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and (b) representatives of the tourism industry before reaching...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on compliance with requirements of health and safety at work legislation in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Interpal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requests he has made to the US administration for details of the evidence on the basis of which the US authorities designated Interpal as a global...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue accrued to the Exchequer from landfill tax in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare's letters of 2 December 2008 and 27 February 2009 sent on behalf of his constituent, Mr....

      Natural Gas: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the cost of cushion gas used in gas storage infrastructure is considered to be capital expenditure for taxation purposes; and if he will make a...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to freeze the rate at which pension years can be bought back at the rate applicable before 6 April 2009 in respect of persons...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of revenue lost to the Exchequer as a result of tax evasion in 2008-09.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental ICT

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

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the 10 most common medical conditions in respect of which incapacity benefit claimants received the benefit were in each of the last five...

      Incapacity Benefit: Heart Diseases

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

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to Jobcentre Plus on the priorities for processing different benefit claims within target timeframes.

      Jobcentre Plus: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the ratio of jobseekers to vacancies in each (a) region, (b) local authority area, (c) Jobcentre Plus...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contingency plans his Department has put in place to be invoked should delivery of flexible New Deal phase 1 not take place on the...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the average cost (a) per start and (b) per job of the Pathways to Work programme after its national...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to change the upper capital limit for pension credit for those who qualify for only the savings credit element; and if he will...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support, (c) employment and support allowance,...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanism there is for liaison between staff in Jobcentre Plus offices and local general practitioners on provisions in the Welfare Reform...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Hendon constituency received free television licences in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department provides on (a) training courses and (b) funding for such courses to (i) Jobcentre Plus and (ii) careers advisers.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of introducing a national insurance credit for grandparents of working age who provide 20 hours or more childcare...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in each (a) constituency and (b) weather station area who would be eligible for cold...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department has allocated for operations in Afghanistan in each year since 2001; and what estimate he has made...

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are engaged in work relating to overseas territories.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's staff work on issues related to the UK Overseas Territories; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidelines his Department has in place on train travel by its officials (a) in the UK, (b) between the UK and other...

      EU Institutions: Manpower

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

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates he had (a) discussions and (b) meetings with the European Union Special Representative for Central Asia on the...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department had with the House of Commons authorities on the meeting held on the Parliamentary estate on 22...

      Hostages: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens his Department has been informed are being held hostage abroad; in which countries they are being...

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will encourage the Indian government to implement the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of attacks on Baha'is in the Iranian town of Semnan on 25 February 2009; and if he will make a...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for East Londonderry of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 29W, on Iran, what his...

      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...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on the political situation in Swat; and if he will make a...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) officials and (b) experts have been sent to the Turks and Caicos Islands as part of his Department's Emergency...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many registered charities declared themselves insolvent in each of (a) the last five years and (b) the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

    • Death: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drug-related deaths there were in (i) Crosby constituency and (ii) Merseyside in the last 12 months.

      Death: Nutrition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths from malnutrition and the effects of hunger there have been in settings other than hospitals and private and public care homes in...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department spent on building maintenance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department spent on the purchase of (a) recycled office supplies in the last 12 months and (b) printer ink cartridges in each of the...

      Non-profit Making Associations: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on not-for-profit organisations in the London Borough of Bexley.

      Pensioners: Merseyside

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in households with a net income of less than £130 a week in (a) Crosby constituency and...

      Sexuality: Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Office for National Statistics' Sexual Identity Project has concluded; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the project's most...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women in each age group have been diagnosed with skin cancer in each of the last 10 years.

      Trading Funds: Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to box 3.A of the final report of the Operational Efficiency programme, what additional resources are to be made available to the Office...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women over the age of 50 years became unemployed in (i) England, (ii) Essex and (iii) Castle Point constituency in each...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women over 50 years old became unemployed in (i) Crosby constituency, (ii) Merseyside and (iii) England in each of the...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of funding from his Department for third sector organisations is allocated to organisations which operate only in the United Kingdom.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children In Care: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care have a criminal record.

    • Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on making information on the location of children's homes available to police forces;...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what matters remain to be resolved regarding unshielded duplicate records of shielded children on ContactPoint; who is...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of registered IP addresses from which ContactPoint will be accessible.

      Children: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children recovered from trafficking activities who have subsequently gone missing from...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 548W, on children: protection, what legal qualifications the...

      Coln House Special School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has received a proposal from Gloucestershire County Council to change the status of Coln House Special School.

      Departmental Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedure his Department follows for dealing with complaints received (a) by e-mail, (b) by post, (c) by telephone and...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessor spent on event management services in each of the last three years; and whether such...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on branded stationery and gifts for (a) internal and (b) external...

      Pre-school Education: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Tamworth constituency took up free nursery places in each of the last 10 years.

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities will be assessed under national indicator 71 on young people who run away from home or care.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which local authority areas children's services work directly with the Supporting People programme to commission accommodation...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Council Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people have been prosecuted for a false claim for a council tax discount on a second home in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Health

    • Out-of-hours GP Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the performance of private healthcare companies contracted to provide out-of-hours GP care.

    • GP Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that patients resident in border areas of England have access to a GP registered in England.

      Specialist Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the future of specialist hospitals within the NHS.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of provision of maternity services in (a) Upminster and (b) England.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest assessment is of the adequacy of maternity services in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) England.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest assessment is of the adequacy of maternity services in (a) Gravesham and (b) England.

      Cervarix Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to investigate recent reports of partial paralysis and severe chronic fatigue syndrome experienced by a number of...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people not registered with an NHS dentist.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the ratio of NHS dentists to residents in (a) Kettering, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) England; and if he will make a statement.

      Allergy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the outcome of the specialist allergy services hub pilot in the north-west; and if he will make a statement.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provides specifically to support those people affected by thalidomide.

      Hospital Acquired Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number of people who (a) acquired infections and (b) died from infections acquired in hospital in the last 12 months.

      NHS Hospitals: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the performance of NHS hospital services in Bexley.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing the role of social enterprises in the provision of NHS healthcare.

      Prescription Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the pricing of pharmaceutical specials on NHS prescriptions for the purpose of identifying savings in prescription costs.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a national target for reducing the incidence of tuberculosis.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged under 10 years attended hospital accident and emergency departments where the primary or secondary diagnosis was alcohol-related in...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans (a) his Department and (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has to provide (i) cancer and (ii) cancer-related...

      Drugs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of prescribing anti-psychotic drugs to persons under the age of 16 years was in each health trust area in the last 12 months for which...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS facilities have been (a) closed and (b) had a reduction in the number of services provided since May 1997.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that immunosuppressive people with a prescription for influenza vaccine have access to the vaccine; and if he will make...

      Injuries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged under 10 years attended hospital accident and emergency departments where the primary or secondary diagnosis was a stab wound or...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the treatment of borreliosis.

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of prescribing methadone was in each NHS trust in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      NHS: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many thefts from NHS premises have been recorded in each of the last five years.

      Radon Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to provide (a) high level alerts and (b) public health advice to those resident in areas prone to high levels of radon gas.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the job descriptions of his Department's Deputy Regional Directors for Social Care and Partnerships are; and who has been appointed to each such post.

      Swine Flu: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to make swine influenza information distributed by the Government accessible to deaf people who use British Sign Language.

      Swine Flu: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions his Department will make to ensure that deaf and hearing-impaired people have access to the same information as hearing people in respect...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisation was awarded the contract as the national partner for the Community Builders programme.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Local Government on 26 March 2009, Official Report, column 473, on council...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column...

      Departmental Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedure her Department follows for dealing with complaints received (a) by e-mail, (b) by post, (c) by telephone and...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding has been assigned to the production of video content for her Department's YouTube channel in 2009-10.

      Departmental Procurement

      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, what the title was of...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Minister is responsible for each regional spatial strategy.

      Derelict Land: Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what date she expects her Department to have completed the first stage of its review of the effect of development on gardens.

      Derelict Land: Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses from local authorities her Department has received to its review of the effect of development on gardens.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contribution her Department has made to the cross-Government consultation, Together We Can End Violence Against Women and...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 2 April 2009, Official Report,...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 128W, on energy performance certificates, how many fixed...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to give fire authorities the power to promote well-being.

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated to the First Time Buyers Initiative for each of the next three years.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of new dwellings were built on previously residential land in (a) England and (b) each Government...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1117W, on housing: low incomes, what the average cash...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of major works voids in social housing in each (a) region and (b) local authority...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the right to acquire discount limit for each local authority is; (2) what discount was available to tenants under...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much her Department and its predecessors received in right to buy clawbacks in each year since 1997; (2) over what...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 245-6W, on housing: low incomes, (1) what the maximum right to...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average cost to a registered social landlord of maintaining a home in each age profile in 2008.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 127W, on council housing, when the Homes and Communities Agency's...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to what (a) completed judicial review cases and (b) partial review cases involving a ministerial decision (i) her Department...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 130 of Budget 2009, what steps she plans to take in respect of local authorities which do not contribute...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 6 November 2008,...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend her Department's (a) investment advice to local authorities and (b) procedures for transmitting...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on single member wards in local government.

      Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effects on local authorities of the ruling of the Court of Appeal in the case of...

      Local Government: Greater Manchester and Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers the city region pilots will have.

      Local Government: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for each local authority to be inspected under the new Comprehensive Area Assessment; and whether...

      Maps: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Valuation Office Agency is taking to comply with the EU INSPIRE Directive.

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for establishment of dispute resolution procedures for park home residents.

      National Secular Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has provided funding to the National Secular Society in the last 12 months.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities will be refunded under the new burdens principle for the cost of rebilling firms which defer 60 per...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will use her powers under the Rating (Empty Properties) Act 2007 to reintroduce the pre-April 2008 regime of empty...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable has been set for publication of the final version of her Department's planning policy statement on economic...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what areas simplified planning zones have operated; and over what period in each case.

      Planning Permission: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the effect of recent changes to the planning appeals system in relation to extending the costs...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 23 April 2009, Official Report,...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 889W, on the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, what the...

      Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support her Department provides to local authorities to assist them in discharging responsibilities to provide, manage and...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's latest estimate is of the cost of unitary restructuring in the areas which have new unitary councils.

      Unitary Councils: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which bodies will hold the records of local authorities which have been replaced under unitary restructuring for Freedom of...

  • Justice

    • Ashwell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the findings of the Prison Service investigation into the disturbance at HM Prison Ashwell on 11 April 2009.

    • Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) special advisers and (b) officials of his Department accompanied him to Glasgow for the Cabinet meeting on 16 April 2009; (2) what...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to issue child protection proceedings.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many child protection cases were heard by the family court in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many successful prosecutions there were for offences of electoral fraud arising from elections held in 2008.

      Extradition: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure his Department has incurred on the provision of legal aid for cases involving extradition to the United States in each of the last five...

      Judiciary: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many black and minority ethnic people were appointed to the judiciary in each of the last five years.

      Judiciary: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of applications to become a member of the judiciary were from black and minority ethnic candidates in each of the last five years.

      Legal Profession: Chinese Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria are applied to the selection of applicants to participate in the Lord Chancellor's Training scheme for young Chinese Lawyers; and if he...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving whole life tariffs are held in each Category A prison.

      Life Imprisonment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many female prisoners are serving life sentences with a whole life tariff.

      Life Imprisonment: Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners sentenced to whole life tariffs are held in secure NHS premises.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff (a) employed in and (b) seconded to the Interventions and Substance Abuse Group of the National Offender Management Service have...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for how many hours per week on average high security prisoners have been confined to their cells (a) in the latest period for which figures are...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women aged (i) under 18 years, (ii) 18 to 20 years and (iii) 21 years and over were serving indeterminate sentences for public...

      Prison Sentences: Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects of the outbreak of swine influenza on (a) levels of sentencing to custody by...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on prisoner re-education in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Probation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation posts are planned for (a) Dyfed Powys, (b) Gwent, (c) North Wales and (d) South Wales probation areas in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service personnel serving in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq are residents of (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) the Republic of Ireland.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel from each of the armed forces are serving in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward plans to improve liaison between his Department and the Department for International Development on reconstruction in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome of his Department's challenge was to the inquest verdict in the case of Ronald George Maddison which the then Parliamentary...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of (a) service family accommodation and (b) service single living accommodation...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on upgrading accommodation for serving personnel and their families in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland since 2000.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation properties in Scotland have been declared unfit for habitation.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to review the functions of the war pension committees.

      Armed Forces: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the voluntary outflow rate from each (a) service and (b) rank of the armed forces was in each of the last three years.

      Armed Forces: Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparations his Department is making to ensure that sufficient military forces are available to participate in civil contingency operations in...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were enrolled in an officer training corps course at each university in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the Defence Training Review contract over the next five financial years.

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) fit for duty strengths of each regiment of the (i) Royal Armoured Corps, (ii) Royal Corps of Signals, (iii)...

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Faslane primary effluent barge to return to service; and what plans he has for its replacement in the long-term.

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for a new facility to handle radioactive waste at Faslane.

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) procedures and (b) protocols will apply to the discharge of radioactive coolant from submarines at the new Astute jetty.

      Defence: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in (a) Devon and (b) Cornwall are employed in the defence sector.

      Defence: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in the South West of England work in the defence sector.

      Defence: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) target and (b) actual number of terminal installations completed for the Defence Information Infrastructure programme is.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) original forecast in-service date at main gate and (b) actual in-service date of each post-main gate Category (i) A, (ii) B and (iii) C...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on building maintenance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on external consultants for services delivered in 2008-09.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedure his Department follows for dealing with complaints received (a) by e-mail, (b) by post, (c) by telephone and (d) via his Department's...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on (a) conference services and (b) banqueting services in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on entertainment and hospitality in the last two financial years.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent assessment is of progress in the ordering of Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoons.

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an estimate of the number of British veterans of the Korean War who have not received each medal for military service in that war for...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 927W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, what the established procedures for the gifting...

      Israel: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much aid was given to Israel for military purposes between 1997 and 2008.

      Military Aid: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment his Department has authorised the armed forces to gift to other nations in each of the last five years.

      Navy: Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what drug seizures were made by Royal Navy vessels since 1997; where the seizures took place; what the value of each seizure was; and if he will make a...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his Department published its report on Future Radioactive Waste Management Capability, RWMF/URD/001; and what representations have been...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much liquid radioactive waste has been discharged into the sea loch at Faslane in each year since it first hosted Polaris nuclear submarines; and...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the extent to which the recommendations in the report Assessment of Arrangements to Comply with Best Practicable Means for...

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken at HM Naval Base Clyde to ensure that requirements on waste prevention and minimisation have been incorporated into waste...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy personnel of each rank are stationed in the Gulf of Aden.

      Special Reconnaissance Regiment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (a) have served in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months and (b) are serving there.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what locations will be included in the Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Submarine Dismantling Project; what timetable he has set for the...

      Warships: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual manning strength for each (i) frigate and (ii) destroyer in the Royal Navy is.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: DDA Exemption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the comments by Lord McKenzie of Luton in Grand Committee on 28 April (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. GC44-5), what is the justification for the...

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering whether to permit banks to raise the value of their assets above market conditions in order to increase their net worth.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 27 April (WA 1) concerning discussion with the government of the Republic of Ireland, when the practice was...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will amend the paragraph on the UK Border Agency website page www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/eligibility/reg istration/britishmother...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 3 March (WA 150) concerning the payment of £40.5 million to Avalon Solicitors in the British Coal...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current total amount of costs paid to solicitors representing claimants under the claims handling agreement, British Coal vibration white finger litigation.

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether closing dates for the schemes under the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal vibration white finger litigation have been extended;...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pro formas have been sent out by solicitors in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal vibration white finger litigation to...

      Common Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which applications for restricted works on common land have been made under Section 38 of the Commons Act 2006; and what was the outcome in each case.

      Common Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which applications for deregistration of common land have been made under Section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 in relation to (1) commons, (2) village greens and (3)...

      Counterterrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many counterterrorism security advisers have been trained by the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office in each year since 2001. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Education: Sponsor Licence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which colleges, schools and universities have been refused a sponsor licence by the UK Borders Agency.

      Elections: Northern Ireland Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the electorate for the European elections in June 2004, and how many applications there were for postal votes, in each of the 18 Northern Ireland...

      Elections: Northern Ireland Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the present electorate in each of the 18 Northern Ireland parliamentary constituencies.

      Elections: Northern Ireland Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether notices for postal vote applications for the June 2009 European elections were advertised in the (a) Down Recorder, (b) Down Democrat, (c) Mourne Observer,...

      Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the contracted standing charge per year by 2020 that will fall on all electricity consumers in order to recover the cost of subsidising generation and...

      Equalities Targets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the budget statement, there is justification for maintaining equalities targets; and whether they will propose savings by abolishing the...

      Foster Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of foster carers in the United Kingdom.

      Foster Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that foster carers receive monetary allowances that are commensurate with their duties.

      Government Departments: Staff Absence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the rates of staff (a) absence, and (b) sickness absence, were at (1) the Department for Communities and Local Government, and (2) each of its agencies and...

      Government Departments: Staff Absence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the rates of staff (a) absence, and (b) sickness absence, were at (1) the Home Office, and (2) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, in the...

      Government Departments: Staff Absence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the rates of staff (a) absence, and (b) sickness absence, were at (1) the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and (2) each of its agencies and...

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

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

      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 the Leader of the House further to her Written Answer on 20 April (WA 346), on how many occasions and in what circumstances she and her predecessors have refused to give evidence to...

      Housing: Valuations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what factors are taken into account by the Valuation Office Agency when deciding whether to allocate a dwelling with a GG (garden—where not usual) value...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to consolidate the 2008 power-sharing agreement in Kenya and to encourage the government of Kenya to follow up the recommendations of...

      Motorway Service Stations: Price Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as alleged by a spokesman for Moto in the Financial Times on 1 May, Government restrictions are imposed on motorway service station cafés and shops...

      Motorway Service Stations: Price Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that motorway service station cafés and shops do not charge excessive prices for basic food and drink.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 30 March (WA 198) and 24 April (WA 421) concerning bonuses for staff in the Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland Office: Sick Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is an annual number of days allowed to staff of the Northern Ireland Office as sick leave; if so, how many days; when it was introduced; and what are...

      Northern Ireland Office: Sick Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of staff of the Northern Ireland Office are currently off work on long-term sick leave; and how many of that number claim to be suffering from stress.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many substitute staff were employed by the Northern Ireland Office in the past three years; what the cost in salaries and administration was; and whether they...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was claimed by staff in the Northern Ireland Office on taxis in each month of 2008.

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 30 April (WA 72) which indicated that the Answer to a previous Question was incorrect, why the...

      Pakistani Christians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the research and report on the Pakistani Muslim Community in England commissioned by Communities and Local Government from the Change Institute does not...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society of Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the situation of savers who have deposited funds with the Presbyterian Mutual Society of Northern Ireland; and what action is...

      Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer questions HL1594, HL1595 and HL1597, tabled on 23 February; and what is the reason for the delay.

      Schools: Performance Tables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 20 April (WA 370), why they do not rely on the work of UCAS to judge the compatibility of IGCSE and...

      Sport: Swimming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of having dual awarding bodies for the teaching of swimming.

      Treaties: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the comments by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 28 April (Official Report, House of Lords, GC 41), whether they will support the introduction of procedures...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any complaints have been received about the regional administration of visa applications made overseas; if so, how many; and what steps are being taken to...

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