Written answers

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many laptop computers have been provided to (a) her, (b) her special advisers and (c) civil servants in the Government Olympic Executive in each year...

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent on (a) the purchase of and (b) bills for (i) BlackBerrys and (ii) other mobile telephones for (A) her, (B) her special advisers and...

      Government Olympic Executive: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people have been employed in the Government Olympic Executive in each year since 2005.

      Government Olympic Executive: Operating Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the operational costs of the Government Olympic Executive have been in each year since 2005.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) for what reasons the construction of the (a) North Olympic site and (b) Olympic site has been delayed; and what steps she is taking to reduce that...

      Olympic Games 2012: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) has made since December 2008 of the economic effects of the London 2012 Olympics on (a) Essex and (b)...

      Olympic Games 2012: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many suppliers based in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex have been awarded contracts by the Olympic Delivery Authority to date; and if she will make a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

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

    • Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (i) all staff and (ii) senior Civil Service...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on compliance with requirements of health and safety at work legislation in each of the last five years;...

      Mass Media: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will commission research on the effects on the UK media industry of foreign ownership of UK media outlets.

      Sports: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking in respect of the provision of sports facilities for disabled children.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the expected contribution of swimming to Olympics legacy targets for participation in sports.

      Television: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations he has received on television programmes with content claimed to be unsuitable for viewing being broadcast...

      VisitEngland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much VisitEngland has budgeted to spend on administration costs in 2009-10.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department paid in interest to suppliers under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 in the last three years for which...

    • Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) senior Civil Service staff in 2008-09; and how many such...

    • Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) review and (b) taskforce projects his Department has commissioned in each of the last five years; what the purpose of each such project is;...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many actions under employment law were brought against his Department in each of the last three years, broken down by category of action; and how many...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

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

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to reissue official photocard driving licences with all prior entitlements without the need for the applicant to provide...

      Local Transport Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish guidance on the quality contracts provided for by the Local Transport Act 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Newhaven Marine Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason a closure process for Newhaven Marine station has not been initiated.

      Private Roads: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of miles of unadopted road in Lancashire.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the cost of running the rail network was met from passenger revenue in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003; and what proportion he estimates...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the bond deposited by a train operating company awarded a rail franchise is fully forfeit in the event of a unilateral termination of the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings his Department has had with each rail franchise company in each month of 2009; and what requests from such companies to modify franchise...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on rail freight transport; and what steps...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the effect of the removal of South West Trains services west of Exeter from December 2009 on the economy.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2009, Official Report, columns 488-89W, on roads: accidents, how many of the drivers of (a) heavy goods vehicles,...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the merits of a carbon reduction fund relating to transport.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many violent crimes were committed in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Belfast in each of the last three years.

    • Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) BlackBerry devices and (b) mobile telephones have been lost by (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) civil servants in...

      Departmental Stationery

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

      Drugs: Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drug seizures were carried out by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each policing district in each of the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the number of (a) styrofoam and (b) plastic food...

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much has been spent on the provision of air conditioning to cool servers on the House of Commons estate in...

      Members: Data Protection

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what legal responsibilities the House authorities have under the Data Protection Act 1998 to keep hon....

      Ventilation

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the House of Commons Commission's most recent assessment is of the efficiency of the ventilation systems...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to afford special protection from military action for Afghan citizens, with particular reference to women and...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has considered a timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan; whether he has had recent discussions on the matter with...

      Armed Forces Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to mark Armed Forces Day on 27 June 2009 through national events; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met the chairman of each war pension committee.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of each war pension committee in the last year for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases were handled by each war pension committee in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of staff in his Department and its agencies were dismissed (a) for under-performance and (b) in total in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to publicise availability of the veterans' badge.

      Military Bases: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the effect of levels of handling equipment at military airports on the capacity to fulfil airbridge schedules.

      Pakistan: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military personnel are serving in Pakistan; and in what capacities such personnel are serving.

      Rosyth Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for Rosyth dockyard to undertake refitting of Royal Navy (a) frigates and (b) other vessels after 2012.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has provided for farming-related research and development in real terms in each year since 1997;...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department offers to owners of domestic animals on the risk of tuberculosis transmission from wildlife in...

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the Waste and Resources Action Programme plans to end its support for subsidised composting bins for...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on IT training for its staff in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) with reference to the answers to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 30 April 2008, Official...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 679W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, if he will place...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 11 March 2008, Official Report, column 222W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, whether any...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 24 November 2008, Official Report,...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1007W, on...

      Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 to take account of the...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress in the delivery of the Government's commitment to the right to food as a...

      Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1281-2W, on geographical information systems, whether...

      Joint Waste Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much seed-corn funding has been allocated to the first group of joint waste authorities.

      Rabies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to prevent the importation of rabies into the UK.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relative costs of using (i) landfill, (ii)...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department has allocated to projects established to increase levels of (a) reuse and (b)...

      Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers his Department plans to provide to local authorities under the provisions of the Regulatory Enforcement and...

      Reservoirs: Ringmer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the Site of Special Scientific Interest at Ringmer, East Sussex of a...

      Reservoirs: Ringmer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with Natural England on the potential effects on the environment of a reservoir at Ringmer, East...

      Rights of Way: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support his Department is providing to local authorities to increase (a) public access to coastal areas and...

      Rural Payments Agency: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Rural Payments Agency has spent on hospitality and entertainment in each of the last five years.

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will (a) commission and (b) evaluate research into the implications for animal health of the pathogenesis between...

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from which countries the import of (a) live pigs and (b) pork carcasses is prohibited following the identification of swine...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which water companies are levying new surface water charges on non-domestic customers; and what the timetable is for the...

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has held with international counterparts on tackling the global illegal trade in wildlife.

  • Women and Equality

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether there are plans for further investigation into evidence of caste discrimination in the UK following the informal survey carried out in...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 March 2009, Official Report, column 69WS, on asylum support, what estimate she has made...

    • Asylum: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners applied for asylum (a) before their conviction and (b) following their imprisonment in each of the last...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the implementation of the revised Contest strategy; and...

      Criminal Records: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU nationals have been refused entry to the UK on the basis of previous criminal convictions in each of the last three years for...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government house in Pimlico at 62 South Eaton Place became empty.

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many and what proportion of computers in her Department malware was detected in 2008.

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on minimising the use of paper in her Department.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department seeks advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with regard to the safety of specific countries in respect of...

      Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of the United Kingdom hold dual citizenship; and what the top 10 most common nations of dual citizenship are, ranked in...

      Emergency Calls: Speech Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to enable people who are deaf, speech-impaired or otherwise unable to use voice telephony to opt to use a short...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) highly-skilled migrants and (b) dependants of highly-skilled migrants have been given leave to enter the UK under (i) the...

      Entry Clearances: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many temporary visas were issued for migrant agricultural workers in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and what estimate she has made of the...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what differences exist between her Department's methods of treatment of visa applications from spouses of British passport holders who hold...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2009, Official Report, column 1355W, on immigration controls: overseas students, whether students who pay...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 856W, on immigration controls: educational institutions, what criteria the...

      Entry Clearances: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review her policy on determining visa applications from Zimbabwean nationals to take account of changes in the political...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1829W, and 23 April 2009, Official Report, column 856W, on foreign...

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of the A8 states have completed a year on the Worker Registration Scheme and are entitled to full access to benefits.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timetable has been set for the distribution of identity card readers to (a) police stations, (b) border entry points, (c) local...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent meetings she has had with the chief executive of the UK Border Agency on backlogs in processing immigration casework.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision will be made in the case of the hon. Member for Billericay's constituent Mr W. Mlangeni, with reference to the hon. Member's...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there will be a charge for each certificate of acceptance for studies issued under the new Tier 4 immigration rules.

      Internet: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further plans her Department has to monitor internet use and telephone calls.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people arrested (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each police force area in England and Wales had been the subject of a...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been made against the South Yorkshire police force in each of the last five years.

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many officers of each rank in Essex Police have voluntarily ceased employment, excluding redundancy, since March 2008; (2) how...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many non-UK nationals in UK prisons she expects to be deported in the next 12 months; (2) how many non-UK nationals in UK prisons...

      Repatriation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what expenditure her Department has incurred on the provision of financial incentives to foreign national prisoners to serve the...

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many disciplinary offences by Serious and Organised Crime Agency staff have been recorded in each month since March 2006.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars, (c) consultation documents and (d) other documents she (i) has issued since...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether during the recruitment process individuals applying for positions at the UK Border Agency are asked whether they are members of...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits the UK Border Agency has issued to software developers from each country of origin in the last six months.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on implementation of the National Carers Strategy 2008; and if he will make a...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what percentage of cases in which 40 per cent. of a parent's income had been assessed as the liability for child maintenance arrears the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what factors underlie the time taken to release to Mona McNamara by the Child Support Agency monies collected from the non-resident parent in...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of council tax benefit claimants of working age who have capital assets of between £6,000 and...

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) review and (b) taskforce projects his Department has commissioned in each of the last five years; what the purpose of each such...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to take up the additional support provided through (a) incentives to employees...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants attended an appointment for a personal capability assessment in each of the last three years; and what...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of group review interviews for existing Jobseeker's Allowance claimants conducted in place of...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the change in revenue for the Exchequer if employee and employer national insurance contributions were charged on aggregate...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1057W, on national insurance contributions, if he will estimate how many (a)...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals in each region have been on the new deal for young people more than once since its inception; (2) how many...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer question 265969 on 0845 telephone numbers, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 19 March 2009.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people of working age have been claiming pension credit (a) in each month of the last two years and (b) in each year since pension...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made in implementing the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in UK and international...

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to take account of the needs of women and girls in its work on reconstruction and assistance to...

      Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that girls from communities in Afghanistan where they are prevented from attending school...

      Afghanistan: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the work of the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether (a) CDC and (b) the Business Linkages Challenge Fund operate in Afghanistan.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in March 2009.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Abyei in Sudan.

      Uzbekistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid the Government gave to Uzbekistan in the last 12 months; and whether any funding from his Department is targeted on reducing...

      Zimbabwe: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with officials from the African Development Bank on a financial rescue package for Zimbabwe; and if...

  • Justice

    • Ashwell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been transferred out of HM Prison Ashwell since 12 April 2009.

    • Ashwell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population at HM Prison Ashwell was in each of the last six months.

      Council Tax: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many successful prosecutions there were in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point for non-payment of council tax in each of the last five years.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many court orders were obtained by each local authority in England in 2007-08; and how many of these related to (a) council tax, (b) housing...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on legal aid in (a) North West Cambridgeshire, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) the East of England and (d) England and Wales in each of...

      Lindholme Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners he expects to be released early from HM Prison Lindholme in the next six months.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, the right hon. Member for Delyn (Mr. Hanson) plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Rugby...

      Prisoners' Discharge Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much on average prisoners received in a discharge grant in 2008.

      Prisons: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what area of land is required to build the proposed prison on the Beam Park West site; (2) what proportion of the London Development Agency's Beam...

      Prisons: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 27 April 2009, Official Report, columns 569-71, on prisons and probation, what factors he took into...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inmates of each age group there were in each young offender institution in each year since 1997.

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timetable he has set for the publication of the strategy on the health and social care needs of children and younger people across the youth justice...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • US-EU Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of President Obama's recent visit to Europe on US-EU relations.

    • G20 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for UK policy of the outcomes of the recent London G20 Summit.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of discussions with his European counterparts on a united European approach to the Middle...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in the Middle East peace process; and if he will make a statement.

      General Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had in the General Affairs Council on EU policy to tackle trade protectionism; and if he will...

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to facilitate the opening of all border crossings into Gaza.

      EU-US Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with his US counterpart on EU-US relations following President Obama's recent visit to Europe.

      Pakistan: Swat Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens in the Swat region of Pakistan.

      BBC Kinyarwanda Service: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the suspension of the BBC Kinyarwanda service for Rwanda; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which the Government's political objectives for Afghanistan have been...

      General Affairs Council: Swedish Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Swedish counterpart on the Swedish Presidency's programme for the General Affairs Council.

      General Affairs Council: Swedish Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Swedish counterpart on the Swedish Presidency's programme for the General Affairs Council.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek an early meeting with the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe to discuss the political situation in that country.

      Afghanistan and Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens are directly employed by his Department in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; and in what capacities.

      Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the health of Aung San Suu Kyi and the medical treatment that she is receiving; and if he...

      Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the conditions in Insein Prison in Burma; and if he will make a statement.

      Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for the UN Security Council to take steps in response to the arrest and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi by...

      Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on international security with the Australian Government.

      British Overseas Territories: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many records are stored on the Overseas Territories Regional Crime Intelligence System.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his UN Security Council (UNSC) counterparts on implementation of UNSC Resolution 1843 in...

      Departmental Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department paid for telecommunications services in the most recent year for which figures are available; when the...

      Embassies: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department has issued on the marking of (a) Christmas, (b) Easter and (c) other religious festivals in...

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) equipment and (b) personnel have been committed to the EU Atalanta mission.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for reform of the EU budget; and if he will make a statement.

      Gambia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Government of the Gambia on (a) the case of David and Fiona Fulton...

      Ghana: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Ghanaian counterpart on the political situation in Ghana.

      Gibraltar: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the appointment of the new Governor of Gibraltar is expected to be announced.

      India: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the probable outcome of the general election in India; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iranian authorities on the detention without charge of Maryam Rostampour and Marzieh...

      Iraq: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the Government of Iraq on (a) the return of monies held in escrow under the UN...

      Malta: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the government of Malta and (b) the EU on illegal migration to Malta from the...

      Mauritania: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of relations between Mauritania and the UK.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the French Government on Israeli soldier Corporal Shalit.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent representations (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have made to the Palestinian Authority on Israeli...

      Morocco: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will investigate reports of the torture and solitary confinement of Yahya Mohamed el Hafed Aaza, detained at Ayat-Melol prison.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether representatives from his Department plan to attend the international conference on piracy in Malaysia in May 2009; and...

      Spain: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of levels of anti-Semitism in Spain; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for further UN Security Council action in response to the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka; and if he...

      Sri Lanka: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his UN Security Council counterparts on the $1.9 billion IMF emergency loan package for Sri...

      Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in talks between his Department and representatives of (a) Spain and (b) Gibraltar on...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on international security with the US administration.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what matters were discussed in his meeting with his US counterpart during his recent visit to Washington DC; and what the...

      Uzbekistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the human rights position of children employed in the cotton industry in Uzbekistan.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) applicants and (b) accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in England there were in each of the...

    • Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of students studying for a higher education qualification in a further education college in...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to reply to question 245558, on Islamic Studies outside the Islamic world, tabled on 16 December 2008 and...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of staff in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Central Office of Information received bonus payments in each of the...

    • Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if his Department will commission research on the relationship between levels of public spending and levels of deprivation across the UK.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he plans to answer question 270079 tabled on 17 April 2009, about special advisers; and if he will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what average rate of interest is being paid on the 30 Building Schools for the Future contracts which had been signed with the...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what rate of interest is being charged by the Government on the £2.4 billion set aside as the additional HM Treasury...

      Cam House School Dursley

      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 Cam House school.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what forecast he has made of the number of children there will be in primary schools in each year to 2031.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils entered state secondary schools in each local authority in year 7 in September 2008; how many and what percentage...

      Teachers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) head teachers, (b) deputy head teachers, (c) other teaching staff and (d) non-teaching staff were suspended from...

      Young Offender Institutions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many and what proportion of computers in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure training centres malware was...

      Young Offenders: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people were in young offender institutions in Essex in each of the last five years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of allowing members of the armed forces to claim single household council tax rebate...

    • Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the Government plans to promote the UK as a standard setter for Islamic studies outside the Islamic world, as referred to on...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessors spent on building maintenance in each of the last five years; and if she will make...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which services her Department and its predecessor have outsourced in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many and what proportion of computers in her Department malware was detected in 2008.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (i) all staff and (ii) senior...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies spent on acquiring surplus public sector land in each of...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many surplus public sector land sites were purchased by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies in each...

      Derelict Land: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many of the sites currently on the Homes and Communities Agency's Register of Surplus Public Sector Land have been...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 2 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1498-502W, on...

      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 complaints...

      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...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the fees charged for adding an entry to the register of energy display certificates.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many accredited providers of home information packs there were in each of the last three years.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the completion date was of the most recent independent research commissioned by her Department to evaluate the effect of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to limit the maximum cost to consumers of home information packs.

      Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average income of a tenant purchasing under the Social Homebuy Scheme was in each of the last five years.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of the assets sale receipts of the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies were (a) retained by...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions her Department has been contacted by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies about the...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 133W, on housing: low incomes, (1) how much has been repaid to...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what equality impact assessments the Homes and Communities Agency has carried out on its options for relocation; and what...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1505W, on the Homes and...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to her Department of the Working Group on Condition Information in the Home Buying and Selling Process has been.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built in each millennium community to date.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built on surplus public sector land in each of the last five years; and what estimate has been made of...

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of empty dwellings in each London local authority area in each tenure group; and what...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average annual income of a household taking part in each of the HomeBuy schemes has been in each region in the last 12...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average price of a property purchased under each of the HomeBuy schemes has been in each region in the last 12 months.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average level of support has been under each of the HomeBuy schemes in each region.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) first-time and (b) key worker buyers have purchased a share of a property via (i) HomeBuy Direct, (ii) OwnHome,...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average annual income was of a tenant purchasing a (a) registered social landlord and (b) local authority property in...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average price paid by a tenant purchasing a (a) registered social landlord and (b) local authority property was in...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social homes have been empty for more than six months in each region in England.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets her Department has set for take up of each Homebuy scheme.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how frequently local authorities are expected to carry out valuations on social dwellings in relation to (a) Right to Buy and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords participate in the (i) Social Homebuy, (ii)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties were purchased under the (a) Right to Buy, (b) Right to Acquire and (c) Social Homebuy schemes in each...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 133W, on housing: low incomes, what calculation is used to decide...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 133W, on housing: low incomes, how much has been recycled in...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many buyers participating in the (a) HomeBuy Direct, (b) OwnHome, (c) OpenMarket HomeBuy, (d) the First Time Buyers...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to be able to publish data on HomeBuy Direct sales.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data her Department holds on HomeBuy Direct sales; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Rent to Homebuy providers there are in each region.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for support under the Rent to Homebuy scheme have been received in each year since the scheme was established.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding will be available for the Rent to Homebuy scheme in each of the next three years; (2) how much has been...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what events have been held as part of the Homes and Communities Agency's Single Conversation.

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the budget of the Homes and Communities Agency's Single Conversation is in 2009-10; (2) how many local authorities...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average market value of a property owned by (a) a registered social landlord and (b) a local authority sold to a...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings in each London local authority area in each tenure category are deemed to be below the Decent Homes Standard.

      Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will prohibit (a) executive agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department from spending...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum amount of equity in a property is that a household must hold in order to qualify for the Mortgage Rescue...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date details of (a) the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme and (b) the Mortgage Rescue Scheme were added to the...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what rates of interest will be applied by each mortgage lender to mortgages in circumstances where repayments are late under the...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department plans to produce an information leaflet on (a) the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme and (b) the...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2009, Official Report, columns 451-2W, on mortgages: Government assistance, on how many...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2009, Official Report, columns 451-2W, on mortgages: Government assistance, (1) when she next...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to collect data on business turnover in order to manage the application of business rates on (a)...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to vary business rates according to (a) region, (b) local authority and (c) super output area...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 31 March 2009, Official Report, column 48WS, on revenue protection, what...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 31 March 2009, Official Report, column 48WS, on revenue protection, what the...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by (a) the Tenant Services Authority and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies on...

      Prisons: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the Thames Gateway Development Corporation will have in respect of any planning application to build a prison on the...

      Rent to Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which registered social landlords took part in the Rent to Homebuy pilot; and what contribution was made by each of them.

      Rent to Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households participating in the Rent to Homebuy scheme have subsequently bought the property; and of those how many...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the size of right to buy discounts as a percentage of average social property prices in each year...

      Shelter: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1284W, on...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 133W, on housing: low incomes, how many applications for section...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of child benefit payments in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

    • Child Trust Fund: Plymouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child trust funds have been established for children resident in Plymouth, Sutton constituency.

      Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 717W, on the Crown Estate Commissioners, for what...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the recession on (a) blue and (b) white collar workers.

      Equity Release

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) research and (b) investigations the Financial Services Authority has conducted into local authority home appreciation loans.

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the effects on the (a) public purse and (b) economy of the UK's membership of the EU for the 2009-10 financial year.

      Excise Duties: Diesel Fuel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether an impact assessment was produced in relation to the guidelines issued in January 2008 on local authorities using red diesel in agricultural vehicles.

      Financial Institutions: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Financial Services Authority has produced guidance for financial institutions on their use of bailiffs to collect unpaid debts.

      Government Departments: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons (a) employees of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and of the Department for International Development deployed overseas pay Class 3...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been assisted by the Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme.

      Inheritance Tax: Tamworth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of residents of Tamworth constituency who paid inheritance tax in 2008-09 who would have paid inheritance tax if the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 9 February 2009, on mortgages and interest rates, PQ reference: 1/67151/2009.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 27 November 2008 from the hon. Member for Wycombe concerning his constituent, Armitabh Naik.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the merits of giving pensioners the ability to divide their pension between current income and capital as they wish.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what planning applications were made by his Department between May 1997 and May 1998; and for what purpose in each case.

      Steering Committee on Harmonisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the (a) 47th and (b) 48th meeting of the Steering Committee on Harmonisation (Practice and...

      Tax Havens: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance the Government offered to each of the Crown Dependencies to facilitate (a) the completion of tax information exchange agreements and (b)...

      Taxation: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue accrued to the Exchequer through taxation on the arms sector in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's generic Method of Work Statement.

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 262W, on the Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble,...

      Valuation Office: Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) names and (b) job titles of senior staff of the Valuation Office Agency's installation of a geographical information system working group...

      Valuation: Business Premises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average rental value in pounds per square metre per year for a (a) type 1, (b) type 2 and (c) type 3 office premises was in England,...

  • Health

    • Benzodiazepines and Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions of (a) individual benzodiazepine drugs and (b) individual anti-depressants were dispensed in the community in 2008.

    • Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect on blood supplies of implementing the recommendations contained within the Archer Report on levels of...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what programmes his Department has for screening for bowel cancer; what estimates he has made of the cost of operating such programmes in the last 12...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2009, Official Report, columns 932-33W, on dental services, what form the consultations referred to took; and when...

      Dental Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2009, Official Report, column 932W, on dental services, what consultation on the dental services statement of...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of 16 years sought treatment for the effects of cannabis use in (a) North West Cambridgeshire, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c)...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of arrangements for pre-conception counselling for women with epilepsy.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the number of units of anti-influenza vaccines other than those prepared against swine influenza which will be...

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) teenagers and (b) others have been treated by the NHS for addiction to khat in each of the last five years; (2) how many (a)...

      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) St Albans and (b) England.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) independent and (b) internal investigations into the NHS there have been in the last (i) five years, (ii) two years and (iii) 12...

      Osteoglophonic Dysplasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what medical research his Department has commissioned recently on methods to increase detection rates of development dysplasia of the hip in the...

      Starthere Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish in full the report provided to his Department on the effectiveness of Starthere as a means of expanding access to information for...

      Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to prevent the marketing and selling of unlicensed stem cell therapies to people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and other...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled for non-clinical reasons in each strategic health authority area in each of the last three years; and what percentage...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of whether a third runway at Heathrow will cause a significant increase in pollution.

    • Armed Forces: Parachuting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of (a) 2 Para, (b) 3 Para, (c) 7 Para and (d) 9 Para are identified as out-of-date parachutists in accordance with the two-year military...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many solicitors have been convicted of charges before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal arising from professional misconduct in the handling of cases under...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many solicitors have yet to appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to answer allegations of professional misconduct in the handling of cases under...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints have been lodged with the Legal Complaints Service by or on behalf of retired miners and widows concerning inadequate professional service on...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the number of occasions upon which the Legal Complaints Service has not acted upon the recommendations of Zahida Manzoor,...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the number of complaint investigations suspended by the Legal Complaints Service in connection with the conduct of...

      British Coal Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of Raleys Solicitors not repaying former clients in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal...

      Care Services: Social Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are made to ensure that clients of social workers are satisfied with their care.

      Civil Service Year Book

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the Civil Service Year Book when the contract with The Stationery Office expires.

      Civil Service: Performance Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what the total monetary value of Senior Civil Service non-consolidated performance pay awards was in the Ministry of Defence, (b) how many and what proportion...

      Civil Service: Performance Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 20 April (WA 370) concerning the amount of funding for Senior Civil Servants' performance-related pay, what were...

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the appropriate authorities about discouraging cycling on footpaths in the area of the Palace of Westminster.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 5 May (HL2987), what was the time lag between funding of research with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells by the...

      Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in light of the report in The Financial Times of 5 May, whether there is a gender pay gap in the Health and Safety Executive; if so, what is the percentage...

      Equal Pay: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what pay gaps there are in respect of gender, race and disability among employees of the Department for Transport.

      Equal Pay: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what pay gaps there are in respect of gender, race and disability among employees of the Department for Work and Pensions.

      Equal Pay: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what pay gaps there are in respect of gender, race and disability among employees of the Ministry of Defence.

      Equal Pay: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what pay gaps there are in respect of gender, race and disability among employees of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

      Equal Pay: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what pay gaps there are in respect of gender, race and disability among employees of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

      Equal Pay: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a gender pay gap in the Department for Transport; if so, what is the percentage difference; and what are the reasons for the difference.

      Government Departments: Bottled Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for Transport spent on bottled water in each of the past five years.

      Government Departments: Bottled Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Ministry of Defence spent on bottled water in each of the past five years.

      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 Culture, Media and Sport, and (2) each of its agencies and...

      Government: Ministerial Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total salary of each Secretary of State.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answers by Lord Tunnicliffe on 27 April (Official Report, House of Lords, cols 8-10), whether his statement that the United States Institute of...

      Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Nepalese citizens are serving in the Gurkhas; and how many in other branches of Her Majesty's armed forces.

      Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Gurkhas are expected to be recruited in the financial year 2009—10.

      Higher Education: Student Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether university-managed student accommodation is required to hold first-aid medical supplies for staff to give to residents who seek their help in dealing with...

      Housing: Private Landlords

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Revenue and Customs have access to details of councils' payments to private landlords whose properties are the subject of the payment of housing benefit.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 5 May (WA 102) which indicated that United Kingdom missions overseas regularly report on human rights in...

      Human Rights: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the human rights which should be recognised in Northern Ireland and not in the rest of the United Kingdom referred to by the Secretary of State for...

      Ira

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether in the last ten years the IRA has sold its expertise in bomb making and planting to other terrorist groups; if so, to...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shaun Woodward, meant when he said at the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 1 April that in...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has studied the minority reports from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and, if so, whether he will...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in view of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission producing three reports on proposed rights for Northern Ireland, whether the process of considering human...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to the oral evidence given by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shaun Woodward, before the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs...

      Northern Ireland Office: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Northern Ireland Office's efficiency gains forecast for its political directorate of £2.7 million were under target last year by £1.5 million;...

      Northern Ireland Office: Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the 170 efficiency initiations identified by the Northern Ireland Office as part of the 2004 Spending Review.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were employed by the Northern Ireland Office, excluding agencies, executive and non-departmental public bodies, on 1 January in each year since 1998.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 28 April (WA 32) concerning allowances paid to staff of the Northern Ireland Office, why they...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether proposals for a bill of rights for Northern Ireland will apply to the entire United Kingdom.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the targets for transport of materials to and from the Stratford Olympic site by sustainable means by (a) water, and (b) rail, broken down into (1) bulk...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many loaded delivery trucks entered and left the Stratford Olympic site during each of the past 24 months; what are the forecast monthly numbers during the...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what limits are placed on the hours of freight movement by road, rail and waterway into and out of the Stratford Olympic site.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proportion of materials delivered to or from the Stratford Olympic site up to the present compared with targets based on (a) tonne-miles, (b) value,...

      Olympic Games 2012

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

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, having regard to the state of the public finances and the need to reduce public expenditure, they will reconsider their decisions to replace Trident...

      Social Care: Employers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action has been taken against employers of social care workers who provide an inadequate service.

      Social Care: Inspectors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers social care inspectors have.

      St Andrews Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes were made to the remit and administration of the Ulster Scots Agency as a result of the St Andrews agreement.

      Taxation: Private Residence Relief

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the benefit to the Exchequer of ensuring Private Residence Relief (main house) exemption from capital gains tax is granted only...

      UN: Human Rights Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consult the former President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, before voting in elections for membership of the United Nations Human Rights...

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