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Written answers

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what allowances were available to hon. Members in each Session since 1983-84; what conditions were imposed on...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate has been made of the number of vacancies for (a) flood risk engineers, (b) flood risk planners, (c)...

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) lofts and (b) cavities were insulated through the Decent Homes programme in each of the last three years.

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether those diagnosed with myasthenia gravis are eligible to participate in the Blue Badge parking scheme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Crossrail Line: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport in what year he estimates his Department's proportion of funding for Crossrail will be fully drawn down.

      Driving Tests: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average waiting time was for a driving test for applicants in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex in each of the last...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what funding will be provided for Highways Agency major road schemes in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the cost (a) in total, (b) per head and (c) per job of each of her Department's employment programmes in (i)...

    • Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, columns 572-74W, on Jobcentre Plus: recruitment, how many of the 6,000 extra staff...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her most recent estimate is of the level of benefit fraud.

      Social Security Benefits: Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to which benefits those diagnosed with myasthenia gravis are entitled; and if she will make a statement.

      Unemployed: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to her Department's press release of 12 January 2009 on guaranteed extra help for people unemployed for six months, how much and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 1 Carlton Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects negotiations with the Crown Estates Commissioners on his Department's lease on 1 Carlton Gardens to be completed.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have been (i) disciplined and (ii) dismissed for (A) breaches of...

      G8

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart on when (a) the agenda and (b) supporting papers for the G8 Summit in...

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 381W, to which organisations in Israel and Palestine his...

      Somali: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on steps to disrupt and dismantle pirate bases on the Somali coast; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the detention of Dr S. T. Rajah, T. Sathiyamoorthy and V. Shanmugarajah in Sri Lanka; and...

  • Justice

    • Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much expenditure was incurred by his Department in respect of the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009.

    • Commonhold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many commonhold residential developments in (a) England and (b) Wales have been recorded by the Land Registry since commonhold ownership was introduced.

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of those offenders sentenced for violence against the person or sexual offences received (a) a custodial sentence and (b)...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many notifications his Department made to the Information Commissioner in the year ended 30 April 2009 in respect of the loss or mishandling of...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what activities his Department determines fall within the definition of developing policies for the purposes of administering the policy development grant.

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timetable his Department has established for introducing the requirement for signatures for the issuing of ballot papers in polling stations.

      Firearms: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 620W, on firearms: sentencing, how many people were convicted for firearms offences for...

      Judiciary: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many members of the judiciary have been (a) suspended on full pay and (b) on sick pay for over 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Land Registry: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 24 April 2009, Official Report, columns 969-70W, on the Land Registry:...

      Land Registry: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints have been received by (a) HM Land Registry and (b) local Land Registry offices regarding (i) land registration decisions and (ii)...

      Land Registry: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many judicial reviews resulted from complaints relating to errors made by local Land Registry offices in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps have been taken to increase the number of magistrates.

      Parkhurst Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken in response to the recent report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on HM Prison Parkhurst.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases the Parole Board considered in 2007-08; how many and what proportion of offenders in such cases were granted oral hearings; and how many...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average elapsed between prisoners' cells being unlocked in the morning and prisoners being returned to their cells in the evening in each...

      Prisons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons in London he has visited since 2007.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were referred to multi-agency public protection panels in the Probation Service in each of the last five financial years.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation offices have closed in each of the last five years.

      Probation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in jobs in the probation service in the South Wales Probation Area on service delivery.

      Restorative Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have appealed against orders requiring them to take part in high-visibility community payback schemes.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received in support of decriminalising the offence of assisting suicide; and if he will make a statement.

      Torture: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 31 March 2009, Official Report, column 56WS, on Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture,...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was collected in fees for (a) junior concession, (b) senior concession, (c) disabled concession and (d) full...

    • Civil Service Agencies: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many ships and boats have been (a) owned, (b) leased and (c) hired by or on behalf of (i) the Marine and Fisheries...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on furniture by (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies in each of the...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many actions under employment law have been brought against his Department in each of the last three years; how many such...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) experience and (b) professional knowledge the Chairman of the sustainable access to inshore fisheries project has...

      Fisheries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget for fisheries management his Department and its predecessor set for each year since 1997; and what proportion of...

      Flood and Water Management Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish his response to his Department's consultation on the draft Flood and Water Management Bill.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the (a) target completion date and (b) actual completion date was for each major flood defence project since...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of his Department's performance in facilitating information sharing in respect of flooding...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made in formulating guidance for regulators to encourage those building critical...

      Floods: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of hospital buildings in high flood-risk areas; and what recent estimate he...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date in 2010 he expects Waterways for Tomorrow to be published; and for what reasons the document is not to be...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to publish the minutes of the Inter-departmental Group on Waterways.

      Sewers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's timetable is for the transfer of private drains and sewers to water company ownership; and if he will...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for sale of alcohol to a drunk person (a) have been brought and (b) resulted in conviction in each criminal justice...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many under 18 year olds were (a) arrested and (b) cautioned for alcohol-related offences in each criminal justice area in the last two...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been (a) imposed and (b) breached in each police force area in the East of England in each year...

      Crime: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal firearm offences in respect of which legal proceedings have been completed have been committed within...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many staff based at his Department's Abu Dhabi hub are allocated to reviewing visa applications from Pakistan; (2) how many staff...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa entry clearance officers are employed at (a) Lahore and (b) Karachi; and how many were employed at each post in each of the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many staff are employed at the Abu Dhabi visa hub; (2) how many staff are employed in the visa hub in Abu Dhabi.

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications were received in (a) Karachi and (b) Lahore consulate in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of visa applications from Pakistani nationals are checked for fraud by entry clearance officers at (a) Karachi and (b) Lahore.

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications were (a) reviewed by entry clearance officers in Pakistan and (b) processed by the visa hub in Abu Dhabi between...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people brought to jurisdictions in the UK under the provisions of a European arrest warrant have subsequently been convicted of an...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European warrants for the arrest of (a) British citizens and (b) non-British citizens have been received from other EU member...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European warrants for the arrest of (a) British citizens and (b) non-British citizens her Department has issued; and how many...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European warrants his Department has issued for the arrest of (a) UK nationals and (b) non-UK nationals who have escaped from...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letters to him of 20 January and 16 February 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Organised Crime: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Serious and Organised Crime Agency spent on work undertaken in co-operation with (a) Europol and (b) Interpol in the last...

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 688W, on police: surveillance, whether he has completed his...

      Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from (a) the Association of Electricity Producers and (b) Drax Power Limited on the use of...

      Sexual Offences: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex offenders have been subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the...

      Sexual Offences: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been prosecuted for offences relating to sexual exploitation under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in (a) Essex and...

      Surveillance: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's guidance on the management of covert human intelligence sources with any elements...

      Theft: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bicycle thefts were reported in each police authority area in each year since 1997.

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent guidance issued by his Department to police forces on policing unauthorised...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what car journeys he took in attending the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009; (2) how much expenditure was incurred by...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many notifications his Department made to the Information Commissioner in the year ended 30 April 2009 in respect of the loss or...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have been (i) disciplined and (ii) dismissed for (A) breaches of data...

      Departmental Stationery

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

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of office supplies purchased by his Department were recycled products in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what expenditure (a) Arts Council England, (b) Sport England, (c) UK Sport, (d) English Heritage and (e) the Royal Parks Agency...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many actions under employment law have been brought against his Department in each of the last three years; how many such actions...

      Equality: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equality on the likely effects of the provisions of the Equality Bill on the...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the effect on UK companies of proposed changes to internet gambling...

      Licensing Laws: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what timetable has been established for action on the recommendations of the Independent Licensing Fees Review Panel in respect of the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in developing the community sports legacy from the London 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1003W, on the community pubs inquiry report, when he expects the...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £783 million allocated to the PE and Sport Strategy for Young People in 2009-10 to 2011-12 has been spent.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions his Department has had with Ofcom on a timetable for the completion of its investigation into the pay television...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions she has had with the House authorities on the interpretation of the requirement in the Additional Costs Allowance rules, paragraph 3.11.1 of the...

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions she has had with the House authorities on the interpretation of the requirement in the Additional Costs Allowance rules, paragraphs 3.1.1 and...

      Private Members' Bills: Parliamentary Procedure

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will bring forward proposals to amend Standing Orders to provide that in respect of private members' Bills on Fridays no fewer than 20 hon. Members rising in...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the deployment of the Headquarters of 6 (UK) Division to command the International Security Assistance Force's Regional Command (South) from...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of UK military equipment formerly deployed to Iraq is intended to be (a) redeployed to Afghanistan and (b) gifted to the Iraqi armed...

      Armed Forces: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of transporting each type of fuel to each zone in which British troops are engaged in military action in each of the last three years.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel received overpayments in their pension provision in each of the last 10 years; for what reasons the overpayments were made;...

      Army: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army (a) guns and (b) other weapons have (i) been stolen and (ii) otherwise gone missing in each year since 1997.

      Cabinet: Glasgow

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

      Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what car journeys he took in attending the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009.

      Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much expenditure was incurred by his Department in respect of the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009; (2) what expenditure on (a)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) land and (b) buildings his Department has sold since 1997.

      Kenya: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1159W, on Somalia: piracy, how long the eight suspects transferred to Kenyan custody...

      Special Forces: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to provide for counter-sniper systems similar to those used by US forces in Iraq to be used by British armed forces.

      Special Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take in respect of funding for the UK special forces in advance of the implementation of the rebalancing strategy for the armed forces.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent progress his Department has made in its review of the future of war pensions committees; whether the review will take account of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) regular police officers and (b) reservists of each rank served in the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five...

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are applied by the museum at the Police Service of Northern Ireland headquarters on whether to accept donations of (a) Royal...

      Prison Service: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which offences by prison service staff constitute gross misconduct warranting termination of employment.

      Prison Service: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prison officers have been (a) suspended and (b) dismissed on grounds of gross misconduct in each of the last three years; and for...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much (a) her Office and (b) the Government Olympic Executive has spent on (i) conference services and (ii) banqueting services in each year since their...

    • Olympic Delivery Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people are employed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA); what the staffing costs of the ODA were in the last 12 months; and how many ODA staff...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) what her most recent estimate is of the cost of hosting Olympic events in the Lower Lea Valley; (2) what her most recent estimate is of the cost of...

  • Health

    • Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times for breast cancer screening in each primary care trust were in the latest period for which information is available.

    • Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) his recent letter regarding the potential costs of compliance with Part 3 of the Health Bill [ Lords] sent...

      Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish in draft form the draft regulations provided for under the provisions of the Health Bill [ Lords].

      Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations he plans to consult on the provisions contained in Part 3 of the Health Bill [ Lords].

      Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to undertake a regulatory impact assessment on the effect of the provisions of the Health Bill [ Lords] on small retail...

      Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the provisions contained in Part 3 of the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's impact assessments in measuring inequalities in (a) gender, (b) social, (c)...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 712W, on hospitals: infections, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of co-incidence of clostridium difficile and other healthcare-associated infections has been in individual patients in England in the last...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman will be limited to the investigation of maladministration or service failure in his consideration...

      Putney Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Wandsworth Primary Care Trust has spent on (a) the development plans for Putney Primary Care Centre, (b) the security and maintenance of the...

      Social Services: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms exist for hon. Members to request an immediate response from social services to urgent cases referred to them by those hon. Members; and...

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) high street banks and (b) major accounting firms on measures to reduce tax avoidance.

    • Tax Reporting Requirements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the cost to businesses of complying with tax reporting requirements.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what date he next expects public sector debt to fall below 40 per cent. of gross domestic product.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the chairman and the chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority on the authority's performance against its...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the aggregate percentage change to departmental expenditure limits between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the aggregate percentage change to departmental expenditure limits between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of employment of the measures in the 2009 Budget.

      Small Businesses

      Mr. Reid: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that banks continue to provide liquidity to small businesses.

      Automotive Assistance Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Ministers and officials in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the automotive...

      Financial Services: Consumer Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that UK Financial Investments takes into account the interests of consumers of financial services.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect on levels of pensioner poverty of the proposals made in the 2009 Budget.

      Bank Lending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect on levels of bank lending of measures introduced in the 2009 Budget.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans his Department has to publish a report on the outcomes of the consultation on proposed changes to landfill tax; and if he will make a...

      Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department takes to ensure that debt collection work contracted out by HM Revenue and Customs is undertaken only by registered bailiffs.

      Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what categories of information on creditors are provided to debt collectors working on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs; and what procedures are in place to...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures his Department has put in place to reduce the unemployment rate for 18 to 24 year olds.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children will be permitted to read full serious case reviews.

    • Local Government: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms exist for hon. Members to request an immediate response from local education authorities in respect of urgent...

      Pre-school Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate the number and proportion of the early years childcare workforce without a level 3 or higher qualification;...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service have had internal disciplinary procedures opened...

    • Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service: Dismissal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service have been dismissed before the scheduled end of a...

      Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service have taken time off work as a result of a...

      Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service: Industrial Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff complaints against managers have been received by the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service in...

      Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much expenditure was incurred by his Department in respect of the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April...

      Departmental Air Conditioning

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North West Cambridgeshire of 19 March 2009, Official Report, column...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many actions under employment law have been brought against his Department and its predecessor in each of the last...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effects on business solvency and closures of levels of commercial rents.

      Parental Leave: Lone Parents and Low Incomes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the recommendations in the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Working Better report...

      Public Houses: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovations and Skills if he will assess the effect on employment in the beer and pub sector of trends in the level of alcohol sales from...

      Public Houses: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the net changes in the number of jobs in the brewing and public house sector in the last...

      Regeneration: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what community-led physical regeneration projects each regional development agency funded in each year since 2000.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2009, Official Report, column 1378, on departmental manpower, what expenditure his Department...

    • Developing Countries: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of maternal mortality in the developing world.

      Iraq: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to assist the economic development of Iraq.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what analysis his Department has carried out on the potential effect on levels of (a) remittances, (b) resettlement and (c)...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) reconstruction and (b) development projects are being funded in Gaza (i) by his Department, (ii) through the European Union...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which businesses in Gaza have been awarded grants through the Facility for New Market Development; and what assessment he has made of...

      River Nile: Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2009, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Nile Basin documentary film produced by Wild Dog...

      St. Helena: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of maintaining the RMS St. Helena service to St. Helena was in each year since 2000; and what the projected cost is for...

  • House of Lords

    • Access to Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 5 May (WA 104), what assessment they have made of how the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis has...

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many alcohol-related deaths occurred on United Kingdom roads in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2008.

      Banking: Bank of Scotland (Ireland)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 7 May (WA 131), why, if the operations of the Royal Bank of Scotland are a matter for the directors of the bank,...

      Banking: Bank of Scotland (Ireland)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Myners on 7 May (WA 131—2), what was the cost to public funds of providing those Answers; and whether they will review...

      Banking: UK Financial Investments Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make publicly available a redacted version of the United Kingdom Financial Investments Ltd mandate, with commercially sensitive material removed.

      Civil Service: Performance Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 30 April (WA 44) concerning the amount of funding for Senior Civil Servants' performance-related pay, what...

      Civil Service: Performance Pay

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

      Economy: Recession

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development reports of an easing of recessionary pressures in the British...

      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 Justice.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints the Financial Services Authority has received in the past two years concerning mortgages.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meaning they attribute to the statement by Lord Warner on 8 March 2005 during the debate on the Water Fluoridation (Consultation) (England) Regulations 2005...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 18 May (WA 253—4) and 20 May (WA 323—4), whether opposition expressed by members of the...

      Housing: Property Purchase

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why, further to the answer by Baroness Andrews on 14 May (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 1105—07) on funding purchasers under the MyChoiceHomeBuy...

      Northern Ireland Office: Hire Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 30 April (WA 71) concerning the cost of hire cars for staff of the Northern Ireland Office, what is...

      Palace of Westminster: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to make representations to the appropriate authorities concerning the safety of Members and staff of the House of Lords on footpaths around...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with Sir Fred Goodwin regarding his pension claim.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding has been allocated in the current and last year for the Metropolitan Police Human Trafficking Unit; whether they will maintain that funding; and...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they encourage bodies in receipt of public funds to publish the salaries and expenses of their senior members of staff.

      Service Industries: Strikes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered making it obligatory for disputes in service industries such as the railways to be submitted to an independent arbitrator before...

      Shipping: Ferry Operators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was aware that in September 2008 the ferry MV CANNA operated by the Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd was operating without a...

      Sport: Swimming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that consultation on swimming policy is balanced and incorporates the views of all swimming industry stakeholders.

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