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Written answers

Friday, 12 June 2009

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for use of the vacant United States' European Command housing units at (a) RAF Molesworth and (b) RAF Chevelston; and if he will...

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse would be of extending eligibility for a full armed forces pension to those who retired from the armed forces before...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will consider extending eligibility for an armed forces pension to those who retired from the armed forces before 1975; (2) if he will...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who retired from the armed forces before 1975 and are (a) disabled, (b) injured and (c) have ill health as a result of their service...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who retired from the armed forces before 1975 and who had served in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the Second World War, (c) Greece, (d)...

      Crown Dependencies: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what UK armed forces are based in (a) St. Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, (b) South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands and (c) the...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to answer question 273046, on Somali piracy, tabled on 29 April 2009.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories:

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether records of DNA profiles are held on the Overseas Territories Regional Crime Intelligence System.

    • British Overseas Territories: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 357W, on British Overseas Territories: environment protection,...

      Demos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has any contracts with the think-tank Demos.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average number of days taken to pay an invoice by (a) his Department and (b) each of its executive agencies was in...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in weekly and regional newspapers in each of the last five years.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many consular staff his Department employs in each of its embassies in Africa.

      Election Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to send election observers to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Office for Democratic...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of changes in Government policy or practice necessitated by...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which luxury goods may not be exported to North Korea under the terms of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718 (2006).

      Poland: Anti-Semitism

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

      South America: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many consular staff his Department employs in other of its embassies in South America.

  • Health

    • Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to provide patients with rheumatoid arthritis with (a) an effective treatment pathway and (b) an individual care...

    • Burns: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the recommendation put forward by the National Burns Network Board for the treatment of (a) adult and (b)...

      Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether financial incentives are available to primary care trusts to encourage health professionals to identify and treat those at a high risk of...

      Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress his Department has made in the development of coherent clinical guidance on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of falls,...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department allocated to cognitive behavioural therapy treatments in NHS facilities in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which mental health conditions are treated by cognitive behavioural therapy available on the NHS; and what the average waiting time between diagnosis and...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time between diagnosis and the commencement of a course of cognitive behavioural therapy was for persons diagnosed with...

      NHS: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has allocated to local involvement networks for each of the next 10 years.

      Skin Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to increase levels of public awareness of skin cancer.

  • Olympics

    • Football: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the cost of hosting the London 2012 Olympics football events at (a) Hampden Park, (b) the Millennium Stadium, (c) Old...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Hadleigh

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of hosting the Olympic mountain biking event at Hadleigh.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to adapt to climate change in the last two years.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of his Department's potential gross (a) costs and (b) savings arising from its climate change adaptation...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to publish details of the Government's vision and priorities for the historic environment before the Summer Adjournment.

      Demos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has any contracts with the think-tank Demos.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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;...

      Gambling: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when he expects the new expert panel on sports betting to produce its first report on its work; (2) what the (a) terms of...

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what legal obligations are imposed on the Government by the 2005 UNESCO International Convention on Doping in Sport.

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what obligations arise in UK law from the Government's signature of the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code.

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the legal basis is for the testing of professional sportsmen and women for drug use in the UK.

      Tourism: Balance of Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the UK's tourism balance of payments was for 2008-09; and what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the...

      Tourism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make an estimate for benchmarking purposes of the level of financial support given to the tourist industry in other EU member...

  • Justice

    • Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average amount received in discharge grants by offenders sentenced to two months' imprisonment was in the latest year for which figures are...

    • Prisoners Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were released from prisons in each of the last 10 years.

      Sentencing: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of fixed-term sentences for serious violent offences.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Child Support Agency spent on hospitality and entertainment in each of the last five years.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which months since 1993 the number of cases on which decisions on maintenance have been made by the Child Support Agency and its successor...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many drug treatment places will be provided to support the planned introduction of a treatment allowance.

      Jobcentre Plus: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) benefit delivery centres and (b) customer-facing jobcentres were operated by Jobcentre Plus in each London borough in each of...

      Jobcentre Plus: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long on average a jobseeker's interview with a personal adviser (a) for initial assessment, (b) to make a jobseeker's agreement, (c) to...

      Jobcentre Plus: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much Jobcentre Plus has spent on redundancy payments in each year since it was established; and what proportion of staff costs such...

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how Jobcentre Plus performed against its (a) job outcome target, (b) monetary value of fraud and error target, (c) employer outcome target,...

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many calls received by the Jobcentre Plus contact centre were (a) answered and (b) not answered (i) in each month of the last two...

      Jobcentre Plus: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time, (c) permanent and (d) temporary vacancies were (i) registered by employers with Jobcentre Plus and...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the percentage change in the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance in (a) Wellingborough constituency and (b) the UK was in...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people over 25 years old have not been referred to the New Deal 25 plus or Employment Zones upon reaching 18 months as a...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, columns 62-63W, on social security benefits, when she plans to place the information on...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget for her Department's 'We're closing in' campaign is; and how much her Department has spent on the element of the campaign...

      Social Security Benefits: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how long her Department retains records of claimants who have ceased claiming each benefit; and on how many occasions a local authority has...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken to reduce unemployment levels amongst low-skilled people.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to assist unemployed people aged over 55 into work.

      Welfare Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much is planned to be spent on drug treatment centres for rehabilitation provision arising under the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill.

      Welfare Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether medical professionals will be employed by Jobcentre Plus to deal with claimants with drug-related problems following the implementation...

      Welfare to Work: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will publish the results of the gap analysis in welfare-to-work provision undertaken by her Department.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer question 274723, tabled on 12 May 2009, on child maintenance.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on UK-Icelandic relations of the use of powers under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 to freeze...

    • Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to establish enforceable limits on the time taken to transfer cash ISAs between providers.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 28 April 2009, on fuel tax PO Ref: 1/71584/2009.

  • Transport

    • A47: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Minster of State, Department for Transport how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents there were on the A47 between Guyhirn and the Thorney bypass in each of the last 10 years.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the National Air Traffic Service on the merits of stacking flights over the sea;...

      Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what recent progress has been made in the development of a universal consumer protection scheme for air travellers; and if he will...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many route miles of bus service were provided in England in each year since 1997; (2) what estimate he has made of the (a)...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport 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...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many candidates of each sex and age group (a) took and (b) passed the motorcycle driving test in each month since October 2008.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many complaints were received by (a) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority and (b) his Department about the processing of driving...

      Driving: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he has had at EU level on proposals to extend the application of the European Regulation on drivers' hours to drivers of...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of electric vans and light commercial vehicles in use on public roads; and what plans he has to...

      Highways Agency: Collective Bargaining

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether all staff working in the Highways Agency are covered by collective bargaining arrangements.

      Level Crossings: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent representations he has received on hearing-impaired people and safety at level crossings on railways; what research his...

      Lorries: Vetting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many drivers of heavy goods vehicles carrying hazardous liquid fuels have been security vetted in each of the last three years; what the...

      M25

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on what date each cost increase for the M25 design, build, finance and operate widening project was approved by Ministers.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Roads plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 8...

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the decision by South West Trains to cancel the Bordon-Liphook rail link bus; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of installing overhead line warning signs on roads for which the Highways...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many victims of hit-and-run incidents have (a) claimed and (b) obtained compensation from the Motor Insurers Bureau in each year since...

      Transport: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to improve (a) rail transport links and (b) other elements of transport infrastructure in Coventry.

      Transport: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to encourage bicycle usage in (a) Mid Bedfordshire and (b) the East of England in each year since...

      Transport: Merseyside

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to encourage bicycle usage in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in each year since 1997;...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made in controlling the spread of bovine tuberculosis among cattle.

    • Council for the Protection of Rural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Council for the Protection of Rural England on its Keep Britain Tidy Day...

      Dairy Farming: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department allocated for the support of dairy farmers in (a) Mid Bedfordshire and (b) the East of...

      Dairy Farming: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to assist dairy farmers during the economic downturn.

      Dairy Farming: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department allocated for the support of dairy farmers in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in each year...

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of (a) liquid milk, (b) butter and (c) cheese was (i) produced in and (ii) consumed in the UK in each of the...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) street cleanliness, (b) the welfare of wildlife and...

      Livestock: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department has allocated for the support of livestock farmers in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in...

      Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the Government Office for London's performance in implementing the Public Sector Food...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) special advisers and (b) officials accompanied her to Glasgow for the Cabinet meeting on 16 April 2009.

    • Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what car journeys she took in attending the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009.

      Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much expenditure was incurred by her Department in respect of the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009.

      Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure on (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) food (i) she and (ii) officials in her Department incurred in...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of invoices his Department and its agencies paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last 12...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many notifications his Department made to the Information Commissioner in the year ended 30 April 2009 in respect of the...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 18 of the Government response to the Communities and Local Government Committee's Report on the...

      Food: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the Government Office for London's performance in meeting its objectives in relation to the...

      Government Office for London: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid in bonuses to (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive...

      Local Government Delivery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) remit and (b) membership of the Local Government Delivery Council is.

      Regional Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the operating budget was of each regional Government office for (a) salaries, (b) accommodation, (c) non-salary...

      Regional Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and...

      Regional Ministers: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the official engagements of (a) the Minister for London, (b) the Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) the Minister...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children went missing from care homes in each local authority area in each year from 1999 to 2003.

    • Children in Care: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 413W, on children in care: personal records, what penalties local...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many representations he has received on the allegations of child abuse at Kendall House.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average number of days taken to pay an invoice by (a) his Department and (b) each of its executive agencies was in each...

      Family Courts: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) recent discussions he has had and (b) discussions he has planned with the Children and Family Court Advisory and...

      Rehabilitation: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2009, Official Report, column 1434W, on rehabilitation: Lincolnshire, how much of the (a)...

      Schools: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding the Government allocated to increasing parental engagement in schools in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each...

      Schools: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has allocated to increasing parental engagement in schools in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in...

      Schools: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has allocated towards increasing parental engagement in (a) Mid Bedfordshire and (b) the East of...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of his Department's aid programme for Afghanistan is planned to be channelled through (a) the Afghan national...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the average number of days taken to pay an invoice by (a) his Department and (b) each of its executive agencies was in each...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answers of 5 June 2008, Official Report, column 1131W, on overseas aid, and 24 March 2009, Official Report,...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has received requests from the Zimbabwean government for financial support; and what the Government's policy on such support is.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received of the level of the budget deficit of the Zimbabwean government in the current financial year; and what...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

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

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Environment Protection: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department has allocated to encourage take up of environmentally-friendly means of transportation in (a) Mid...

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