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Written answers

Thursday, 11 June 2009

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many generic licences issued under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 are in operation; how many designated establishments hold...

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of coaches entering the UK will be required to have all their passengers disembarked for immigration checks under the...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the likely operation of the e-borders system in respect of UK nationals who hold dual nationality.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 30W, on departmental ICT, when he expects all of his Department's...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on the maintenance of its website in each year since 1997.

      Deportation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 154W, on deportation: private sector, with which three operators the UK...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contribution (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Department for Work and Pensions has made towards his Department's consultation on Together...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to ensure adequate funding for specialist voluntary sector organisations dealing with violence against women.

      Educational Accreditation Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department paid to educational accreditation bodies in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: Tourists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tourist visas were issued to persons of each nationality in each of the last four years; how many such visas were issued to...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of (a) legal aid and (b) other costs incurred in respect of Article 20 of the Extradition Treaty in...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the United Nations on its new humanitarian centre at Calais; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former soldiers of Gurkha regiments are resident in the UK.

      Sexual Offences: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to reduce the incidence of crimes related to sexual offences in Coventry in the last 12 months.

      UK Border Agency: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports the UK Border Agency has lost in each of the last five years.

      UK Border Agency: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the relocation of UK Border Agency offices to Liverpool; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Border Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency and its predecessor bodies paid in staff bonuses over (a) £10,000, (b) £50,000 and (c)...

  • Justice

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many arrest warrants issued in respect of breaches of the terms of community sentences are outstanding; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

    • Crimes of Violence: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of serious violent offences and who served sentences of under two years duration re-offended in each year since 2000.

      Crimes of Violence: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were charged with each category of violent offence whilst under supervision by the Probation Service in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of invoices his Department and its agencies paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last 12 months; and if he will...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many solicitor's firms in (a) England, (b) the South West, (c) Devon and (d) East Devon provided legal aid services in each of the last 10 years.

      Legal Aid: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons legal aid expenditure in the South West has decreased since 2004-05.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders under Probation Service supervision were categorised as Tier 4 in each of the last five financial years.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many years experience a probation officer is required to have before being assigned to a violent offender.

  • Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Databases

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will require with immediate effect the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to deny access to data on motorists and vehicles to any...

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for what reason holders of non-UK driving licences who have taken and failed a UK driving test are permitted to drive in the UK on a non-UK...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many holders of non-UK driving licences have taken the UK driving test in each of the last 10 years; and how many have failed the test.

      London Gateway Port

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects the London Gateway Port to commence operation.

      Motor Vehicles: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many foreign-registered cars entered the UK in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Motor Vehicles: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what mechanism his Department uses to establish whether a foreign-registered car has been driven in the UK for a period of longer than six...

      Motor Vehicles: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many formerly foreign-registered cars were registered in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Motor Vehicles: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of foreign-registered cars using UK roads which did not re-register within six months in the latest...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what methodology is used by his Department and its contractors to monitor levels of congestion on rural, urban and inter-urban roads.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the effect of the frequency of the re-siting of fixed speed cameras on road safety.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time British sea fishermen have been operating in UK waters in each year since 1997.

    • Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what share of the sea fishing quota for (a) plaice, (b) cod and (c) halibut in the Irish Sea is held by fishermen using...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishing vessels of (a) 10 metres and under and (b) over 10 metres are licensed in the UK.

      Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on rat prevalence and the frequency of refuse...

      Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on trends in resistance to poisons in the rat population.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of invoices his Department has paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Children in Care: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the former children's home Kendall House.

    • Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirements there are upon pharmaceutical companies to report information on medicines for human use to his Department.

      Health Services: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to improve services for (a) cancer, (b) accident and emergency, (c) paediatric and (d) geriatric patients in Coventry.

      Health Services: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to improve health services for victims of sexual crimes in Coventry.

      Immediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many immediate care beds there are in England; and in which units such beds are located.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are used to allocate funding for intensive care beds.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to hospitals to assist them in determining the optimum number of intensive care beds.

      NHS: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest assessment is of the effectiveness of local involvement networks; and if he will make a statement.

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients representing what proportion of admissions died in (a) intensive care units, (b) theatre and (c) other wards in each NHS hospital in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operations of provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan which are...

    • China: Censorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on steps taken by the Chinese government to close access to websites commenting on the 20th...

      Czech Republic: Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Czech government on Czech ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon; and if he will...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 14 of the National Audit Office's report on the financial management of his Department, HC 289, what...

      European Union: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff there were at each grade at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in each year since 1997.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to Iraqi authorities on the security of the residents of Ashraf City.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) Israeli, (b) Egyptian and (c) Palestinian counterparts on the commitment of the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on his undertaking together with Italy, Germany and France, to provide naval resources to stop the...

      Poland: Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Polish government on Poland's ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon; and if he...

      Republic of Ireland: Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Irish Government on Ireland's ratification of the treaty of Lisbon; and if he...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 522W, on Tibet, what report was made to him by those officials...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards creating a plan for the digital migration of radio.

    • Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions the Digital Radio Delivery Group has met.

      Football Foundation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Football Association and (b) the Premier League on the funding of the Football...

      Heroes Return 2 Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many veterans have received funding under the Heroes Return 2 scheme.

      UK Film Council: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) employees and (b) board members of the UK Film Council receive a salary higher than the Ministerial salary of a Secretary of...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what financial consultants were used by the Boundary Committee to model the possible...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been raised from all dedicated London 2012 Olympic Lottery games (a) in total and (b) in each quarter of 2008-09.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the cost of hosting London 2012 Olympics events at the ExCel centre in London.

      Olympics Games 2012: Safety

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what progress has been made by the Government Office for London in its corporate plan aim to develop and implement resilience plans to ensure the safety of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bus Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners resident in Denton and Reddish constituency who have received a free bus pass and free...

    • Cold Weather Payments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received the extra cold weather payment of £60 awarded for the winter of 2008-09 in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow and (c)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the principles of digital inclusion are applied to Jobcentre Plus.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions she has had with representatives of motor industry employees on private pensions for (a) retiring and (b) retired...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps her Department has taken to reduce the number of pensioners not claiming pension credit for which they are eligible.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in each local authority area are in receipt of pension credit; and what the average payment in each such area was in 2008.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Plymouth are estimated to have received a (a) free bus pass, (b) free television licence and (c) free eye test.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many UK pensioners formerly resident overseas have returned to live in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of those formerly employed in Remploy factories which have been closed in the last three years have subsequently...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the basic state pension payable to eligible (a) men and (b) women in (i) 2010, (ii) 2015, (iii) 2020, (iv) 2025 and (v)...

  • International Development

    • Cabinet: Glasgow

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

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for how long his Department has followed the Carbon Trust's Energy Efficiency programme.

      Developing Countries: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the likely effect on levels of employment in each country in (a) Africa, (b) Latin America and (c) Asia...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what reports he has received from the Financial Services Authority on the results of its stress testing of British banks; and if he will make a...

    • Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much his Department has spent on bottled water in each of the last two years; (2) how much his Department has spent on water coolers in each of...

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many days in the last year (a) the Union Flag and (b) no flag has been raised above his Department's main building.

      Insurance: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of regulating the practice of pressing for early settlement in the motor insurance industry.

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requests for assistance he has received from the Isle of Man Government relating to compensation of account holders with Kaupthing, Singer and...

      Loans: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of using his power under section 2(4)(b) of the Inner Urban Areas Act 1978 to alter the interest rates for loans...

      Private Finance Initiative: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the effects on contracts for waste disposal...

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2009, Official Report, column 1183W, on HM Revenue and Customs: closures, in which constituency each property planned to...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects of clause 37 of Schedule 17 to the Finance Bill will have on HM Revenue and Customs' ability to prevent...

      Taxation: Investment Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on Exchequer revenue of raising the dividend ordinary tax rate to 20 per cent. and the dividend upper tax rate to 40 per cent.

      Taxation: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets have been set in respect of the time taken by HM Revenue and Customs to process applications for tax refunds; and what the average time taken...

      VAT: Sunscreens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue accrued to the Exchequer from value added tax on sun protection products in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allocate 0300 telephone prefixes to (a) the Tax Credit Helpline and (b) the Child Benefit Helpline; and if he will estimate the likely level of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Air Pollution: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps are being taken to include emissions of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide from aviation in the EU Emissions Trading...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure the co-ordination of information from Government departments and agencies in respect of energy...

      Fuel Poverty: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2009, Official Report, column 1481W, on fuel poverty, what percentage of fuel poor homes in (a) the...

      Fuel Poverty: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2009, Official Report, column 1481W, on fuel poverty, how many fuel poor households there are in each...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Transport

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

      Renewable Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the benefits of increased expenditure on research and development in environmentally friendly...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much funding the Government have allocated to reducing class sizes in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year...

    • Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many and what proportion of secondary schools (a) at least 30 per cent. and (b) at least 50 per cent. of pupils achieved...

      GCSE: History

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils who sat a GCSE in history at mainstream maintained schools gained a grade of A* to C in...

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what effect the implementation of Tier 4 of the points-based system for immigration has had on applications from abroad to UK...

      Schools: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding the Government have allocated to the development of internet or e-based learning in schools in (a) Essex and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 on the maintenance of high hedges; and...

    • Commonhold and Leasehold Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation his Department has undertaken with leaseholders on sections 152 and 153 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Act...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average change in the level of Band D council tax was in (a) England, (b) Devon and (c) East Devon in each year...

      Eco-towns: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 14 May 2009, Official Report, columns 996-97W, on eco-towns, how much...

      Eco-towns: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 23 February 2009, Official Report, columns 108-10W, on...

      Empty Property: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of properties in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point were vacant in each of the last five years.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in implementing a service level agreement to ensure co-ordination between the recovery operations of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance his Department issues on the continued marketing of a home with a home information pack which lacks (a) a...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1505-06W, on the Homes and Communities Agency, what the...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what transfers of underspend in one Government office region the Homes and Communities Agency has allocated to other Government...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many applications for planning permission for zero carbon homes were (a) requested and (b) granted in each of the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 107W, on the design for manufacture programme, if he will...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of initial equity was purchased on average under the Social HomeBuy scheme in each of the last three years.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average sale price of a property purchased under the (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) Right to Acquire and (c) Right to...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2009, Official Report, columns 447-48W on housing: low incomes, what the average percentage...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what amounts were transferred from one region to another with respect to the regional allocations for the National Affordable...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which were the groups described as representing ratepayers who expect significant rises in their rate bills and who are pressing...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the administrative cost to (a) the Valuation Office Agency, (b) local authorities and (c) his...

      Planning Permission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning authorities are able to exempt educational and charitable organisations from planning fees in order to...

      Transition Towns Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Transition Towns Movement; and whether her Department has undertaken research into...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Afghan nationals have received military training in the UK in each year since 2001.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who has operational responsibility for air combat missions flown by UK aircraft in Afghanistan; and where that person is based.

      Armed Conflict: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many systems to investigate and provide compensation for civilian casualties of International Security Assistance Force operations are in place in...

      Armed Forces: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to standardise the data gathered in records of discharge from the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel of each (a) rank, (b) regiment and (c) age cohort have been treated for (i) psychological disorders, (ii)...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment he has made of levels of poverty amongst armed forces veterans who retired before 1975 and do not receive a full armed...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who retired from the armed forces before 1975 do not receive an armed forces pension; and how many of those had over (a) 20, (b) 15 and...

      Army: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many combat vehicles of each type are in service with each infantry battalion; who the manufacturer of each type of vehicle is; and how many of each...

      Puma Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has awarded the contract for the upgrade of the Puma helicopters; and if he will make a statement.

      RAND Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each study commissioned by his Department from the RAND Corporation since 1997.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1159W, on Somalia: piracy, what records the Royal Navy keeps of the (a) identity and...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Learning for Pleasure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage people to learn for pleasure.

    • University Places

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for university places were made for the academic year 2008-09; and how many students were accepted.

      University Places

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of new students who will apply for university and college places in (a) 2009...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made on the proposed part-privatisation of Royal Mail.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the proposed timetable and scope is of his Department's review of student finance.

      Balance of Trade: UK and India

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the balance of trade between the UK and India was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he...

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the performance of the South West Regional Development Agency against its objectives.

      Further Education Capital Budget

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria apply to allocation of funding from the further education capital budget; and if he will make a statement.

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to ensure the delivery of the Government's Skills Agenda.

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the UK's skills base.

      Low-Carbon Economy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to assist in the development of a low-carbon economy.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what policies of his Department have objectives to increase social mobility.

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total revenue received by the Exchequer from the sale of alcoholic drink in 2008.

    • Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the value and duration of the outstanding Royal Bank of Scotland loans to Oleg Deripaska and his companies.

      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 HM Treasury and its agencies, (b) how many and what...

      Deen International

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 14 May (WA 237—8) concerning a public relations campaign currently supported by the Foreign and...

      Dogger Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 20 May (WA 316), whether the discussions with the Netherlands and Germany have considered how the...

      Ecological Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the principle of repaying ecological debt to protect future generations.

      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 Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Gambling Commission to investigate the practice of casinos running promotions offering a free bet and a free drink to new customers.

      Government Departments: Bottled Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for Culture, Media and Sport spent on bottled water in each of the last five years.

      Health: Statins

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking regarding the distribution of statins on prescription.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 21 May (WA 361), whether the appropriate proportion of the £3.72 billion paid in 2005—06 and...

      Income

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 1 June (WA 43), what are the measurable components of the "living standards" for the poorest households and the...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the speech by President Obama in Cairo on 4 June proposing two viable states in Israel and Palestine.

      Marine Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they are considering for signage to explain marine protected areas to visitors.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Bahraini authorities to cease the unlawful confiscation of British passports of dual Bahraini-British citizens, and to return any...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the trial of 12 Muslims in Kazan, Russia, is being observed by European Union representatives; and whether their prosecution was initiated by the Tatarstan...

      Somaliland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 2 June (WA 71), why they do not recognise Somaliland as an independent state.

      Sport: Personal Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how guidelines recently issued by the European Commission concerning privacy and personal data protection will impact on the "whereabouts tests" for sportsmen and...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 2 June (WA 79) concerning inter-government discussions, why they will not indicate when the policy of not...

      Television Licensing Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what right the Television Licensing Authority has to demand that those people without a television should telephone to tell them so.

      Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tourists visited the United Kingdom in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, and (c) 2008.

      UK Trade and Investment: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK Trade and Investment posts there are in Iraq; and for how long they have been staffed.

      UK Trade and Investment: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British defence companies were given support by UK Trade and Investment under the trade access programme to attend events in Iraq, broken down by year...

      UK Trade and Investment: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many grants for British trade in Iraq have been given to British defence companies wishing to participate in the UK Trade and Investment Export Marketing...

      UK Trade and Investment: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British-sponsored trade delegations have visited Iraq since the establishment of the new republic in 2005.

      Water Supply: Surface Drainage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are available for community and volunteer groups to reduce costs related to surface water draining.

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