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Written answers

Monday, 15 June 2009

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what ring-fenced uplift in resources each of his Department's in-country programmes has received to fund the procurement of bed-nets in...

    • Liberia: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid the UK has given to Liberia to tackle corruption in the last three years; and what his most recent assessment is of levels of...

      United Nations: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to support the creation of a United Nations Agency for Women; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the pre-deployment urgent operational requirements planned for the Tornado GR4s due to be deployed to Afghanistan have been completed.

    • Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number of pilots for each aircraft type in the RAF is. [Official Report, 1 July 2009, Vol. 495, c. 5MC.]

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of pinch-point trades are in breach of their (a) tour interval guidelines and (b) individual separated service guidelines.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of paying pensions at an equivalent level for UK service people to (a) Commonwealth soldiers and (b) soldiers of other...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Panther vehicles are being upgraded as part of the recently announced £20 million improvement package.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the role of the Vector vehicle fleet following its withdrawal from operations; and whether planned upgrades to the...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many infantry combatants' courses at Catterick Infantry Training Centre have been cancelled in the last 12 months.

      Defence Infrastructure Information Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the Release 2C stage of the Defence Infrastructure Information Project has been, broken down by budgetary heading; how many desktop...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the recommendations contained in the National Audit Office report on the Risk of Fraud in Defence Procurement, Session 1994-5, HC 258, have...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 month since November 2008.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals are delivered to the private office of each Minister in his Department; and at what cost in the latest period...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he plans to allocate responsibility for defence procurement matters to his Ministers.

      Heroes Return 2 Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding had been allocated to veterans under the Heroes Return 2 scheme on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Korean War: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans he expects to attend the commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the ceasefire in the Korean War on 27 July 2010; and if he will...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 14 April 2009 on Trident (reference: MC01616/2009).

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) planned and (b) actual usage hours for (i) TriStar and (ii) VC10 aircraft there were in each year since 2003.

      Navistar Defence Husky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the Navistar Defence Husky was selected for the Tactical Support Vehicle: Medium requirement; and what other tenders for the contract for...

      Navy: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy warships are based in UK waters off Gibraltar.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days on average (a) his Department and (b) each of its executive agencies took to pay an invoice in each month since November 2008.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers who (a) retired and (b) resigned from the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last three years retained a...

      Prisoners: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated (a) numeracy and (b) literacy rate was among prisoners in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on pot plants in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for what reasons data collected in in-flight flight recorders are not transmitted in real time to (a) the Civil Aviation Authority and (b)...

    • Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department issued any guidance in relation to A330 aircraft following the warning by the US Federal Aviation Administration in...

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many bus drivers were examined under the driver quality monitoring scheme in 2008-09; and how many of them were found to be unacceptable...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from official journeys made by his Department's employees in the...

      Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what expenditure his Department incurred on taxis in each of the last two years.

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of sites for Module One motorcycle tests; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on how many occasions in each of the last three years for which information is available GPs or other medical practitioners have disclosed...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the Project Heathrow project delivery and risk reports, what level of probability his Department assigns to (a) low, (b)...

      Local Government: Parking

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which local authorities have expressed an interest in levying workplace parking charges to date.

      M25

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what change was made to the cost-benefit ratio for the M25 design, build, finance and operate widening project following each increase in...

      M25

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate was made of the cost of the proposed M25 widening scheme when (a) the decision was made to let the contract for that scheme...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much capital funding the Government has allocated to rail travel in (a) the North East and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accident fatalities there have been in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport in each of the last 10 years.

      Royal Family: Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 396W, on transport: Royal Family, if he will specify that (a) scheduled...

      Speed Limits: Chideock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects to announce his Department's decision on the cases of people wrongly notified of speeding offences as a result of the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission had on deposit in each Icelandic bank when each account was frozen; and how much of each deposit...

    • Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an impact assessment has been commissioned in respect of the proposed extension to property owners of the scope of...

      Commission on Architecture and the Built Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding the Housing Corporation provided to the Commission on Architecture and the Built Environment in the last 24 months...

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps he has taken to assist local councils to reduce the levels of rent charged to their tenants.

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on a local authority housing waiting list in Stockport; and how many were on such a list in (a) 2004 and...

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 423-4W, on councillors, for what reasons the Audit Commission...

      Departmental Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many videos his Department has uploaded to YouTube since July 2007; and what policy his Department has on the use of (a)...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, of 23 June 2008, Official Report, column 24W, on...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what training courses have been attended by special advisers in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued on the provision of energy performance certificates in (a) hard and (b) electronic copy.

      Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Homebuy agents are permitted to bring forward expected funding from one financial year into another under the terms of...

      Homebuy Scheme

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

      Homes and Communities Agency: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funds the Homes and Communities Agency has allocated to the development of the Olympic village for the London 2012 Olympic...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities operate choice-based housing allocation schemes.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each local authority allocated for its Housing Revenue Account for (a) maintenance, (b) management, (c) Decent...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the definition of zero carbon for homes...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Homebuy homes designated in each Homebuy scheme were available in (a) Welwyn Hatfield and (b) Hertfordshire in each...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 8 May 2009, Official Report, columns 448-9W, on housing: low...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2009, Official Report, column 749W, on Homebuy schemes, what the cost of services related to...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1119W, on local government...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) large and (b) small properties were assessed as having capped rises in business rates bills under a fifth year of...

      Parks: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated for parks in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year since 1997.

      Parks: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding his Department allocated for parks in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in each year since 1997; (2) how...

      Recreation Spaces: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding his Department allocated for parks in (a) Mid Bedfordshire and (b) the East of England in each year...

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Vale of Clwyd of 9 December 2008, Official Report, columns 56-7W, on the coastal...

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the operation of (i) full-time and (ii) floating support managers...

      Town and Planning Association: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments his Department has made to the Town and Planning Association for work on eco-towns.

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated for the preservation of trees in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year...

      World Heritage Sites: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish the results of the consultation on the Planning Circular on the Protection of World Heritage Sites.

  • Olympics

    • Government Olympic Executive: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much the Government Olympic Executive spent on consultants in each year since 2005.

    • Government Olympic Executive: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many actions under employment law have been brought against the Government Olympic Executive in each of the last three years; how many such actions were...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the Olympic Delivery Authority requires contractors to use water-borne means of transport to transport material to and from the Olympic site; and if...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what contracts have been signed with the Olympic Delivery Authority to enable water-borne freight to be transported to and from the Olympic site.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what criteria will apply to the award of contracts for landscaping of the London 2012 Olympic main site; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the cost of hosting the London 2012 Olympics (a) cross country, (b) equestrian and (c) modern pentathlon events at...

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics for what reasons the cost of the other Olympic Park venues has fallen from £446 million to £337 million in her May 2009 London 2012 Quarterly...

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics for what reasons Stratford City Land and Infrastructure and Stratford City Receipt are show as separate entries in her May 2009 London 2012 Quarterly Economic...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Culture and Sport Evidence Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the budget for the Culture and Sport Evidence Programme has been spent.

    • Culture and Sport Evidence Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of progress on the Culture and Sport Evidence Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Reviews

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

      Gaming Machines: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the effect that the introduction of a gross profit tax to replace the amusement machine...

      Tourism: Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will encourage English tourism leaders to promote holidaying on waterways; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to monitor the safety of asylum seekers returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to adapt its activities to climate change in the last two years.

      Climate Change

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

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date the property searches in the home information pack procured in respect of the sale of 62 South Eaton Place were undertaken; and...

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on water coolers in each year of the last five years.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) vetting and (b) security checks are undertaken in respect of staff working at the Abu Dhabi hub (i) prior to and (ii) during...

      Deportation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of accommodating British citizen children accompanying a foreign parent subject to...

      Deportation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 275W, on deportation: children, whether a race impact study has been...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the average street price of (a) cocaine and (b) heroin per gramme.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects UK Border Agency Sponsor Licence application reference SPL336000079X to be determined.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2009, Official Report, column 1293W, on entry clearances: overseas students, whether the stipulated...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to expedite the issuing of visas for schoolchildren from overseas who wish to attend independent schools in the UK...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal firearms were seized as a result of operations by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in 2008-09.

      Identity and Passport Service: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of the Identity and Passport Service were (a) investigated, (b) disciplined and (c) dismissed for (i) making procedural...

      Immigration Controls: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2009, Official Report, column 1295W, on immigration controls, whether the charge for each certificate of...

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on Government policy in respect of Gurkha settlement rights.

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of retired Gurkhas expected to settle in the UK following the High Court decision of 30 September 2008.

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many legacy cases involving Gurkhas the UK Border Agency has; (2) how many Gurkha legacy cases had been concluded by 31 May 2009.

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of (a) former Gurkha soldiers and (b) dependants of such soldiers eligible for residency in the UK...

      Immigration: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign-born (a) doctors and (b) nurses have achieved residency requirements in the UK in each of the last three years by country...

      Internet: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an assessment of the likely effects on the privacy of individuals of (a) Google's use of personal information in its online...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter of 11 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Safia Sher Wali...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter of 12 February 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. A Ur Rehman.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter of 21 April 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay on his constituents Mr and Mrs Adedoyin (case...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he plans to provide a substitution answer to question 265844, on European arrest warrants and prison escapes, tabled on 18 March...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he plans to provide a substitution answer to question 265789, on European arrest warrants, tabled on 18 March 2009 for answer on...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to answer Question 270715 tabled on 20 April 2009, on the hon. Member for Ashford; and if he will make a statement.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new passport applications his Department has (a) received and (b) refused in the last 12 months.

      Police Reform Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what files his Department holds on Part 2 of the Police Reform Act 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Police: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2009, Official Report, column 669W, on police: procurement, what the findings were of the review of police...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency Annual Report 2008-09, what the offences were for which the 266 convictions were...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed in the E-Crime Unit of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff were directly employed by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency on 31 March (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff resigned from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in each of the last four quarters.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which groups have been identified by the National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit as domestic extremist campaigns or threats.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 373W, on terrorism, whether counter-terrorism security advisers maintain a...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 29 April 2009 on a constituent, references...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many airport liaison officers are employed by the UK Border Agency; and what their average annual salary is.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Change AGEnts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if her Department will provide funding for the new organisation Change AGEnts for its work on behalf of older people.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects all child maintenance cases to have been transferred to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

      Council Tax Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of council tax benefit in each constituency in Scotland.

      Demos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department has any contracts with the think-tank Demos.

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many programmes centres her Department had in each of the last 10 years for which information is available; (2) how many programme...

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will place in the Library a copy of the independent review of Star Rating carried out for her Department by ATOS Consulting.

      Employment Schemes: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people aged over 50 years have been assisted back to work by her Department in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b)...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the money assigned to the Future Jobs Fund in Budget 2009 is classified as (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) employment programme...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk claiming incapacity benefits had drug or drink dependency listed as their primary...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new claims for incapacity benefit have been made in each year since 1997; and what the average time taken between the date of a first...

      Industrial Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions since 1999 court proceedings as a consequence of a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive relating to a...

      Industrial Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work-related deaths since 1999 have resulted in prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the Jobcentre Plus National Workload Projection update from Quarter (a) one and (b) two...

      Jobcentre Plus: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1302W, on Jobcentre Plus: civil proceedings, how many times legal action has...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her most recent estimate is of the number of permanent Jobcentre Plus staff who (a) are classified as without a permanent post and (b)...

      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 each local authority area in England and Wales was over...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reason was for the decision in Budget 2009 not to pay tenants the local housing allowance rate when their actual rent is less.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the number of landlords who have not accepted potential tenants who are on local housing allowance housing...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on benefits for New Deal participants in the latest year for which figures are available.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether participants who have not finished their existing New Deal programme by the end of September 2009 will be referred to the flexible New...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on the New Deal programme of the time taken to announce the preferred bidders for Flexible New...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to answer Question 271324, tabled on 22 April 2009, on 0845 telephone numbers.

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of (a) 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 117W, on incapacity benefit: voluntary work and (b) 5 May 2009, Offic...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance Social Fund administrators offer to potential recipients of assistance from the fund on other potential sources of assistance.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she takes to ensure that the typical characteristics of benefit claimants are portrayed accurately in official publications and...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent steps have been taken to assist young people in finding work; (2) what recent steps have been taken to assist older people...

      Welfare to Work: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will place in the Library a copy of each edition of her Department's monthly report summarising the performance of all welfare-to-work...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to answer Question 274722, tabled on 12 May 2009, on child maintenance arrears.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the recent (a) Ministerial reshuffle and (b) changes to the machinery of government; and if he will make a statement.

    • Intelligence Services: Publications

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2009, Official Report, column 495W, on intelligence services: publication, what facilities the security and intelligence agencies are...

      Prime Minister: Official Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister what his engagements were between 3pm and 8pm on Wednesday 10 June.

      World War II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what representations he has made to the French authorities on the representatives of the UK Government to be invited to the 65th anniversary commemorations of...

  • Treasury

    • Child Trust Fund: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child trust fund vouchers have been issued to residents of Cleethorpes constituency in each year since their introduction; and how many accounts...

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 personal...

      Demos

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) private meetings and (b) public engagements Ministers in his Department have attended at which representatives from the think-tank Demos were...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on health and safety training for its staff in each of the last two years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 12 May 2009 on National Savings, PO reference: 1/72186/2009; (2)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2009, Official Report, column 539W, on public expenditure, if he will publish the forthcoming factual paper on the Barnett...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many investigations concerning IR35 were launched in each of the last five years; and how many of them resulted in (a) prosecution, (b) an increase in...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent assessment is of the application of the Rees Rules on the introduction of retrospective legislation in light of HM Revenue and Customs'...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of granting 100 per cent. capital allowances to all business enterprises.

      Taxation: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the introduction of a gross profit tax to replace amusement machine licence duty with the Hampton...

      Taxation: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether each of the banks in which the Government has a shareholding makes it their policy to offer mortgages to buyers seeking to participate in...

      Valuation Office: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what external training courses Valuation Office Agency officials have undertaken in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exclude households with an income of over £50,000 from eligibility for tax credits.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to extend entitlement to tax credits to people with children under the age of 25 who receive education maintenance grant...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of his Department's potential gross (a) costs and (b) savings arising from its climate...

    • Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on the (a) spending plans, (b) income and (c) capital...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 616W, on antisocial behaviour: fixed penalties, how many penalty notices for disorder...

    • Crimes of Violence: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effect of subsection 3 of section 91 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 on custodial...

      Crimes of Violence: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged under 18 years were convicted of (a) grievous bodily harm and (b) violent disorder in each year since 2000; and what the average...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) its agencies paid in interest to suppliers under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts...

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on water coolers in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      National Offender Management Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what training is provided for first line managers in the National Offender Management Service; (2) how many first line managers in the National...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what evaluation has been made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) cost-effectiveness of the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Programme in (i)...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the merits of putting the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Programme on a statutory footing.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been treated under the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Programme in each year since 2001 in (a) Broadmoor Hospital, (b)...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mobile telephones were found as a result of searches in prisons in England and Wales in 2008.

      Probation Officers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of Probation Service (a) officers and (b) other staff in Lancashire who will be made redundant in (i) 2009-10,...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 21 years were charged with offences after having served a sentence restricted by section 91 of the Powers of Criminal...

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many acts of (a) restrictive physical intervention and (b) removal from association recorded in respect of those of each (i) sex, (ii) age group...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Burma on Aung San Suu Kyi.

    • Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Burma on the pro-democracy movement in that country.

      Colombia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet his Colombian counterpart to discuss UK-Colombian relations.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what gifts his Department has given to members of EU institutions since 2005.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks of 15 May 2009, Official Report, column 1061W, on...

      Election observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of (a) short-term and (b) long-term observers the UK will provide for the Organisation for...

      Election observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2009, Official Report, column 1196W, on elections: monitoring, if he will make it his policy...

      Election observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of (a) short-term and (b) long-term observers the Government plans to contribute to the election observation...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the designation by the Spanish Government of a maritime conservation...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Spanish Government on its designation of waters off Gibraltar as a marine...

      India: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the behaviour of British tourists in Goa.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 45W, on Iran: Baha'i faith, what representations he has made to...

      Iran: Nuclear power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the E3+3 on Iran's nuclear programme; what reports he has received...

      North Africa: al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the strength of al-Qaeda in North Africa.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many North Korean officials are subject to a travel ban and assets freeze under the provisions of United Nations Security...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Palestinian Authority security forces in creating stability in...

      Sri Lanka: Arms trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on alleged sales of military equipment to the Sri Lankan Government since 2006 by the UK and other...

      West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the West Bank; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 15 September 2008, Official Report, columns...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the potential effects of the REACH regulations on the numbers of animals required for scientific...

    • Climate Change

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

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals for the Government to underwrite the payments that Dairy Farmers of Britain were due to...

      Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental...

      Departmental Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output; how many...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies paid in interest to suppliers under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of carbon dioxide emissions arising from road-based transport for his Department's...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the levels of carbon dioxide emissions arising from air travel by staff in his Department (a)...

      Departmental Contracts for Services

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on salaries for communications and press officers by (a) his Department and (b) each of its...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bonuses were paid to staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies in each of the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (i) all staff and (ii) senior...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made in establishing a natural hazards team; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many breaches of security have been reported at (a) Animal Health, (b) the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and...

      Departmental Stationery

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

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of office supplies purchased by his Department were recycled products in the latest period for which figures...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what training courses have been attended by special advisers in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many work placements his Department offered to (a) school pupils, (b) university students and (c) graduates in each of...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 841W, on domestic waste: recycling, for what reason (a)...

      Fisheries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the locations are of the six environmentally responsible fishing schemes; and when he expects to publish the results of...

      Fisheries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which individuals and organisations are participating in the Sustainable Access to Inshore Fisheries project.

      Fisheries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the terms of reference of the Sustainable Access to Inshore Fisheries project are.

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the members are of each Under 10-Metre Fleet Regional Advisory Council.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions for fly-tipping were (a) brought and (b) successful in 2007-08; and what proportion of reported...

      Hazardous Substances: Oldbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Rattlechain chemical waste lagoon in Oldbury was last inspected by the Environment Agency; and what percentage of...

      Hazardous Substances: Oldbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Environment Agency and representatives of Rhodia, Oldbury on the future of...

      Hogweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to classify hogweed as a notifiable weed.

      Hogweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the spread of hogweed on soil fertility.

      Hogweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to inform the public about the potential health hazards of coming into contact with hogweed.

      Litter: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce smoking-related litter.

      Marine Management Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff of the Marine and Fisheries Agency have agreed to transfer to the Marine Management Organisation...

      National Poultry Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information is stored on the national poultry register.

      Pets: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on the vaccination of animals kept as pets.

      Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many instances of poaching in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) England have been reported to his Department in each of the...

      Rabbits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of regulations governing the welfare of farmed rabbits; and if...

      Recycling: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a national deposit and return scheme for drinks containers.

      Recycling: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings representatives from his Department have had with supermarkets to discuss recycling in the last 12 months.

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of amending section 1.1 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 to (a)...

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of sheep in England in each year since 1997.

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the practice of snaring; and if he will make a statement.

      Trees: Merseyside

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

      Water Charges: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued to Ofwat on surface water drainage charges for (a) voluntary, (b) religious, (c) sporting and...

      Water: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department has allocated to reducing water consumption in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (b)...

      World Oceans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what events his Department (a) supported and (b) participated in relating to World Oceans Day on 8 June 2009.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House what external (a) legal and (b) accountancy advice her Office has sought on the operation of the Members' Allowances scheme in the last six years.

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) debates and (b) votes there have been in the House on the subject of hon. Members' allowances since 1983.

      Parliamentary Procedure

      To ask the Leader of the House what the (a) date, (b) time and (c) number voting in each lobby was in each division which took place after 11pm in each Session (i) from 1983-84 to 1997-98 and...

      Parliamentary Procedure

      To ask the Leader of the House how many speeches were given by each of the 30 hon. and right hon. Members who delivered the most speeches in the Chamber in Session (a) 1983-84, (b) 1987-88,...

      Parliamentary Procedure

      To ask the Leader of the House what the (a) average hour of rising of the House, (b) number of divisions, (c) number of public bills (i) passed and (ii) reported from Standing or Public Bill...

      Private Members Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House which Private Members' Bills have been referred to a Second Reading Committee in each Session since 1988-89.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women seeking an abortion in England gave addresses in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) the State of Israel, (d) Malta...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed under the Abortion Act 1967 in each year since 1991; and how many and what percentage were performed (a) to save...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the abortion rate per 1,000 women aged (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16, (e) 15, (f) 14 and (g) under 14 years was in 2007-08; and what forecast...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which 10 primary care organisations had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates in England per 1,000 women aged (i) under 16, (ii) 17, (iii) 18,...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which 10 primary care organisations had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates in England per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years in 2007.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, columns 830-32W, on abortion, what the characteristics were of the statistically most likely...

      Abortion: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in 2008, broken down by (i) age of the women, (ii) grounds of the abortion and (iii)...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each strategic health authority area were admitted to hospital with (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of alcohol-related...

      Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust on debt collection agencies in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many foreign nationals who have not provided payment to the NHS towards the cost of their treatment have had children treated in (a) NHS trusts in...

      Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold discussions with representatives from the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust on payments owed to the Trust by foreign nationals.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have (a) died and (b) contracted sepsis as a result of receiving bacterially contaminated transfused blood products in the last five years.

      Christie Hospital Manchester: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has made to the Financial Services Compensation scheme on behalf of the Christie Hospital.

      Dental Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated at Class 1 accident and emergency units in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospitals: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with a learning disability were (a) admitted to hospital and (b) treated by hospital out-patient services in each of the last five years.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on its proposed review of guidance No. 152 on drug-eluting...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of personality disorder placements made in 2008-09 were (a) private and (b) public sector placements; and what the cost was of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential for allowing the use of a range of therapies for psychotherapy treatments for depression; and for what...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 505W, on mental health services, whether the 3,159 average daily number of available beds...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 505W, on mental health services, what the average daily number of available beds in all...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 505W, on mental health services, which 10 mental health hospitals had the highest average...

      Mental Health Services: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to prepare and publish a strategy for male mental health.

      NHS: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much bad debt has cost NHS foundation trusts in each year since 2004-05.

      NHS: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what requirements there are upon (a) his Department and (b) the Government to hold equity equivalent to the debt of NHS trusts; (2) what...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to primary care trusts under his Department's Express Local Improvement Finance Trust programme; and if he will make a...

      Social Services: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reports of care providers employing illegal immigrants have been received by the (a) Commission for Social Care Inspection and (b) Care Quality...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the contribution that can be made to public health by reducing the amount of extrinsic sugars in foods and beverages;...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in achieving targets for reducing the incidence of childhood obesity; and what steps he is taking to increase (a)...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has provided to other Government Departments on their dealings with the tobacco industry under the guidelines of Article 5.3...

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consult the National Federation of Retail Newsagents on the provisions contained in Part 3 of the Health Bill [ Lords].

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the carbon dioxide emissions arising from the continuous operation of (a) televisions and (b) other electrical...

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of implications for his Department's policies of the definition of zero-carbon used in proposed new...

      Eaga

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments his Department and its predecessors have made to Eaga for providing benefits advice in each of the last five years.

      Energy Saving Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 523W, on the Energy Saving Trust, how his Department monitors the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effect on the average annual household energy bill of the operation of (a) the climate change levy...

      Fossil Fuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that global fossil fuel subsidies are reduced as part of a post-2012 agreement at the UN Framework...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 21 November 2008, regarding Warm Front grants, sent on behalf of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 19 February...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have received grants under the Warm Front scheme in each year since its inception; and what categories of information...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints have been received by his Department regarding the quality of Warm Front heating installations in the last 12 months.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what cash in bank requirement there is for Warm Front contractors.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average Warm Front grant per heating installation has been for each sub-contractor under the scheme.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments have been made by his Department to (a) Eaga and (b) its associated companies in each of the last eight years.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many former officials of his Department and its predecessors now work for Eaga and its associated companies.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Warm Front heating installations have been inspected by his Department's officials.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many visits Ministers in his Department and its predecessor have made to properties where Warm Front heating has been installed in...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1807W, on Warm Front scheme: lighting, on what assumptions...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many boilers installed under the Warm Front scheme in (a) Sutton and Cheam constituency and (b) England have required repair on...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many domestic properties have received insulation improvements under the Warm Front scheme since its inception.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many companies Eaga plc have removed from the approved supplier list for the Warm Front scheme in (a) the East Midlands and (b)...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which companies Eaga plc has removed from the approved supplier list for the Warm Front scheme in (a) North West Cambridgeshire...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) lofts and (b) cavities were insulated through the Warm Front programme in each of the last three years.

      Warm Front Scheme: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Warm Front contractors have declared themselves bankrupt; and on what date each did so.

      Warm Front Scheme: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of work under Warm Front heating installation contracts has been directly delivered by Eaga under each company brand...

      Warm Front Scheme: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many pensioners resident in Cornwall have (a) been eligible for and (b) received a grant from the Warm Front scheme in each year...

      Warm Front Scheme: Winchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many pensioners resident in Winchester constituency (a) were eligible for and (b) have received a grant from the Warm Front...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the number of secondary schools that do not have their own sports playing fields.

    • Primary Capital Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he has allocated to the Primary Capital Programme in Blackpool for the next three years.

      Literacy Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve the teaching of literacy in schools.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children diagnosed with autism are not excluded from mainstream education.

      Permanent Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of school age who have been permanently excluded from school are without schooling.

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of educational standards in secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Careers Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to improve careers advice for school pupils; and if he will make a statement.

      School Buildings: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to bring forward spending on school buildings to 2009-10.

      Children's Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve standards of children's social care; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans there are to renew and refurbish the fabric of schools in Halifax.

      Language Teaching: Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of language teaching in secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of standards of educational achievement in primary schools.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will increase his Department's funding for local authority provision for vulnerable children in care homes.

      CRB Checks: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the retention of information on the outcomes of Criminal Records Bureau checks on...

      Standard Assessment Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure the timely marking of standard assessment tests in 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has allocated to apprenticeships for young people aged 16 to 18 years in 2010-11.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) assistance and (b) funding his Department provides to people under 18 years old undertaking an apprenticeship.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many notifications his Department made to the Information Commissioner in the year ended 30 April 2009 in respect of the loss...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many officials in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) breaches of data protection...

      Departmental Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many members of staff in his Department and its predecessor and their agencies were dismissed (a) for under-performance and...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have received the education maintenance allowance since the inception of the scheme.

      History: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of children in each school year from 7 to 11 who are being taught British history.

      Pupils: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children are entitled to free school meals in each local authority area; and what the percentage change in such...

      Schools: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has plans to visit schools in Romford in 2009-10.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on school transport in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) England in the latest period for which figures are...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average cost of placing a child with a statement of special educational needs for behavioural, emotional and social...

      Special Educational Needs: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 279W, on special educational needs: general certificate of...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 1 June (WA 1), what action they propose to take to meet the concerns of the Independent Monitoring Board...

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been a significant reduction in disturbances on the London Underground and London Buses since the alcohol ban was introduced.

      Ambulances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they regard ambulances operated by the Red Cross or St John Ambulance and other voluntary ambulances as ambulances within the meaning of the Road Traffic Acts.

      Civil Service: Performance Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 31 March (WS 83—84), what was the estimated size of the Ministry of...

      Crime: DNA Database

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many offences of (a) murder, (b) rape, (c) other sexual offences, and (d) other violent offences were committed in (1) 1976—77, (2) 1986—87, (3)...

      Crime: London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many criminal offences are recorded as having been committed in underpasses in London in (a) 1995, (b) 2000, (c) 2005, (d) 2006, (e) 2007, and (f) 2008.

      Crime: Strict Liability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether since 16 April they have published evidence concerning the creation of a new strict liability offence, as provided for by Clause 13 of the Policing and...

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is implementing the Government's cycle-to-work-scheme.

      Diplomatic Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which are the member states of the United Nations where the United Kingdom shares diplomatic relations with another state.

      Disabled People: Mobility Scooters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the outdoor mobility and living standards of disabled ex-service men and women, and other severely disabled people,...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 June (HL 3769), whether all aspects of the clinical and research roles are separated so that neither the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 23 March (WA 92) and by Lord Drayson on 19 May (WA 290), what is their assessment of the comments...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 29 October 2007 (WA 144) regarding Medical Research Council expenditure, what assessment they have made of...

      Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the report published in January by the National Grid, The Potential for Renewable Gas in the United Kingdom.

      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 of Energy and Climate Change.

      Equal Pay: Government Departments

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

      Equal Pay: Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer Question HL3512 tabled on 7 May about whether there is a gender pay gap in HM Treasury, and, if so, what are the percentage difference and...

      EU: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken against European Union member states who have allowed discrimination in favour of their nationals in employment.

      EU: Historical Analysis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 2 June (WA 73), whether he or those who advise him have read The Great Deception by Christopher Booker and...

      Euro

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 11 May (WA 160), what was the net cost to public funds of the intervention by the Bank of England, acting as agent...

      European Commission: Minutes of Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 20 May (WA 321—2), whether the European Commission keeps minutes of all its meetings.

      European Parliament: Members' Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the daily allowance of €298 available to United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament for attending the European Parliament is taxable; and, if...

      Food: Supplements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why no discussions have taken place between officials of the Department of Health and the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industries of the European...

      Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Gurkha soldiers left the Army upon completion of their service in each year between 1975 and 1997.

      Health: Bisphenol Exposure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health impact of bisphenol A in the manufacturing of plastic bottles. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the recommendation of the Independent Inquiry on NHS Supplied Contaminated Blood and Blood Products that the Government should review the...

      Health: Haemophilia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 14 May (WA 229—30) on the implications for haemophilia patients of a post-mortem having found vCJD...

      Health: Haemophilia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 14 May (WA 229—30), whether it remains the view of the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of...

      Health: Haemophilia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the statement by Lord Thomas of Gresford on 23 April (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 1613) in the debate on the use of NHS blood...

      Houses of Parliament: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they approved the charging with public-order offences of recent demonstrators in Parliament Square, who sat down in the road, thus causing traffic...

      Houses of Parliament: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the police to delete images, photographic or other, of Members of both Houses of Parliament who visited recent demonstrations in Parliament...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the registrar and other registry staff working at the European Court of Human Rights are accountable to the judges of the Court or to the secretary general...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what standards they decide whether to monitor a country's human right abuses; and how often those standards are reconsidered.

      Maryam Kallis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Mrs Maryam Kallis, a British citizen arrested in Damascus on 15 March, and another British citizen who was being held on 8 April, have been charged or...

      NHS: Fertility Treatment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 28 February 2008 (WA 135), 3 July 2008 (WA 49) and 20 May (WA 332—3), how they have responded to...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 13 May (WA 207), what are the numbers of commissioners on the Northern Ireland Human Rights...

      Nuclear Plans: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the determining factors that contribute to defining site security at any licensed nuclear facility.

      Older People: Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will establish a directory of organisations which offer services and help to older people.

      Parole

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 1 June (WA 52), how many prisoners who consistently maintained their innocence of the crimes for which they were...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and what percentage, of civil servants pay 1.5 per cent of their pensionable earnings towards their pensions; and how many 3.5 per cent.

      Public Sector: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they scrutinise contracted-out public services to ensure that contracts are honoured by successful contractors.

      Railways: Eurostar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they are using to determine how Eurostar UK will be sold; and whether the sale will be conducted under the standard public sector competitive...

      Safety Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what initiatives are in place to promote higher safety standards in the United Kingdom consistent with the rest of Europe.

      Territorial Army

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the statement by Lord Tunnicliffe on 28 April (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 120—23) concerning Territorial Army soldiers whose posts are...

      Territorial Army

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Territorial Army soldiers claim to have been dismissed by their civilian employers, in each year since 2003.

      Territorial Army

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances legal and financial support will be made available to Territorial Army soldiers who are involved in litigation over unfair dismissal from...

      Transport: Free Passes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which border areas of Wales and England have reciprocal public transport free pass arrangements.

      Transport: Free Passes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which border areas of Scotland and England have reciprocal public transport free pass arrangements.

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