Written answers

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

  • Wales

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales for what reasons the amount of EU funding is shown as deducted from the grant to the National Assembly for Wales in the Wales Office Annual Reports up to...

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, columns 70-1W, on EU grants and loans, how much of the above-Barnett formula additions were...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much (a) has been paid by and (b) is planned to be paid in above-Barnett Formula additions to the block grant for Wales from the EU share funding for...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Assembly Government's receipts from the EU in respect of Objective One and Convergence Programme funding...

  • Scotland

    • Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the future of mail and post office services in Scotland.

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Advocate-General on devolution issues.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the work of the Commission on Scottish Devolution on the relative powers of members of the UK and Scottish Parliaments.

      House Repossessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on fiscal measures to assist mortgage holders in Scotland who are facing repossession.

      North Sea Oil and Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the North sea oil and gas industry on prospects for the industry in 2009-10.

      Scottish Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his most recent assessment is of the state of the Scottish economy.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the future jobs fund in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Economy: Argyll and Bute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the economic situation in Argyll and Bute.

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received on the effects of fuel duty rates on people in remote areas in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on (a) staffing costs, (b) IT equipment, (c) telecommunications, (d) stationery and office supplies, (e)...

  • Transport

    • A13

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans London Gateway Port has to fund improvements to the A13/M25 junction.

    • Airports: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding his Department allocated for the construction of airports in the East of England in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has issued guidance to airlines on use of pitot tubes on medium and long- haul jets.

      Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the reliability of computerised measurement of airspeeds on A330 aircraft; (2) what...

      Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on the safety of A330 aircraft; (2) what steps his Department is taking...

      Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research his Department has undertaken into the risks posed by the effect known as coffin corner in relation to aircraft.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on changes in levels of usage of bus services by those on low incomes arising from...

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many assessments under the driving quality monitoring scheme were conducted in (a) Liverpool, (b) Leeds, (c) Sheffield and (d)...

      Crossrail Line: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what estimate he has made of the sum which the London supplementary business rate for Crossrail will raise in gross revenue in each year of...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 295W, on departmental conditions of employment, what his most recent...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 485W, on departmental conditions of employment, on what calculations the...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has spent on hiring non-departmental premises for (a) hospitality and entertainment and (b) training events in the...

      Departmental Press

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

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many private finance initiative projects have been agreed by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many private finance initiative projects are being negotiated by each directorate in his Department.

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has for the future use of the private finance initiative in the (a) procurement, (b) construction and (c) operation of...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what training courses have been attended by special advisers in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Driving Standards Agency: Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much the Driving Standards Agency spent on consultants in each of the last five years.

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the arrangements for the safety of candidates taking the Module One motorcycle test;...

      Driving: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will seek an exemption for recreational horsebox drivers from EU regulations on drivers' hours; and if he will make a statement.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost of establishing a recharging point for electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many recharging points for electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles he expects to be procured from the £20 million allocated for that...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect of a third runway at Heathrow Airport on the quality of life of people living in...

      London and Continental Railways

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 June 2009, Official Report, columns 24-26WS, on London and Continental Railways, what...

      London and Continental Railways

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 June 2009, Official Report, columns 24-26WS, on London and Continental Railways, what...

      M25

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the public sector comparator figure is for the M25 design, build, finance and operate widening project.

      Motor Vehicles: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of foreign-registered (a) heavy goods vehicles, (b) vans, (c) cars and (d) motorcycles using UK...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many and what proportion of vehicles registered in each of the last 10 years were vehicles previously registered abroad.

      Railways

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent assessment is of the capacity of the existing rail network for (a) passenger and (b) freight services.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of an assumption of an increase in unregulated rail fares of RPI plus one per cent. in each...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what account his Department takes of the effect of expenditure on railways on levels of tax receipts from other modes of transport when...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what funding his Department is providing for community rail partnerships in 2009-10.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of his Department's (a) actual and (b) potential liabilities under revenue support clauses in contracts...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding to meet liabilities or potential liabilities under...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what proportion of the rail budget has been allocated to settle franchise disputes in Control Period Four.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many disputes were dealt with by the Rail Industry Dispute Resolution Committee in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much was spent by his Department on the re-letting of the South Central franchise.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding has been allocated to his Department's infrastructure grant programme for low carbon transport.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effects of his Department's infrastructure grant programme on progress towards meeting targets on...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2009, Official Report, columns 773-74W, on roads: accidents, what the combined duration of road closures...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2009, Official Report, columns 773-74W, on roads: accidents, what the combined duration of road closures...

      Shipping

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1729W, on shipping, when he expects to decide whether to conduct a second...

      Shipping: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will commission the Health and Safety Executive to undertake research into the circumstances surrounding the capsize of (a) offshore...

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he plans to set targets for carbon dioxide emissions reductions from the shipping industry.

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the methodology for calculating carbon dioxide emissions from shipping.

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking in international fora to reduce pollution emissions from shipping.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether the new South Central operator proposed targets for passenger satisfaction as part of its bid.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what (a) enhancements and (b) investments stipulated in the South Central franchise will be funded by (i) the Government and (ii) Southern...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department plans to spend on staffing of new gating systems for the new South Central franchise; and how much Transport for...

      Southern: Tickets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation smartcards are planned to be in place across the whole South Central franchise area by 2012.

      Southern: Tickets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the terms are for the delay repay scheme stipulated in the South Central franchise.

      Southern: Tickets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for what period the winning bid for the South Central franchise assumes an RPI plus one per cent. increase for unregulated fares.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by each Safety Camera Partnership and successor organisation since 2001.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 19W, on speed limits: cameras, whether he has established a regular...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance his Department issues to safety camera partnerships on their (a) expenditure on and (b) use of communications services.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of Bosnia and Herzegovina's progress towards meeting the conditions for closure of the...

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many graduates have been recruited into the European Fast Stream in each year since the establishment of the programme.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek the addition of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to the UN's list of territories in the process of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 14 February 2009 from Mr. Colin Adams of Newport Pagnell, a constituent of the hon....

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 5 May 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms J. Wilkinson.

      Nigeria: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Nigeria on its military action in the Niger Delta.

      Serbia: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the (a) Serbia-EU interim agreement and (b) Serbia-EU Stabilisation and Association...

      Serbia: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on (a) the implementation of the Serbia-EU interim agreement and...

      Serbia: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Serbia's levels of cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia...

      Sri Lanka: International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the International Monetary Fund to suspend its support to the Government of Sri Lanka; and if...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the chemicals industry on minimising levels of animal testing in...

    • Central Science Laboratory: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and...

      Dairy Farmers of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain on (a) North Yorkshire and (b)...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of dairy farming in the UK; and what steps he is taking to ensure the...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much each of his Department's agencies spent on furniture in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much expenditure was incurred by his Department in respect of (a) Marten Walsh Cherer Ltd, (b) Nicholls Investigation...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 701W, on domestic waste:...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of buildings in high flood-risk areas which are not...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the national flood emergency framework to be published.

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the role of ornamental plants in mitigating the effects of climate change.

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the provision of...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in the preparation of detailed implementing rules for an EU scheme for free fruit provision in...

      Total Horsemanship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what purpose expenditure was incurred by his Department in respect of Total Horsemanship Ltd in 2007-08.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to Baroness Warsi of 11 May 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA177, on waste management,...

      Water Companies: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment Ofwat has made of the level of investment in renewable energy infrastructure by water companies.

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to secure a comprehensive ban on whaling by the Japanese Government; and if he will make...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to answer Question 270193, tabled on 17 April 2009, on domestic waste recycling.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Press

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals are delivered to the Prime Minister's private office; and at what cost in the latest period for which figures...

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much her Department spent on tickets for (a) air and (b) rail travel for (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) civil servants in her...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the cost of having the Olympic grandstand in Hyde Park.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members Staff: Contracts

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many hon. Members have not lodged the contracts of all their staff with the Department of Resources.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a summary of representations received by his Department from the public on measures to tackle anti-social behaviour in the...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will estimate the cost to the (a) economy and (b) public purse of anti-social behaviour in each local authority area in the...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) anti social behaviour orders and (b) acceptable behaviour contracts have been issued in (i) Tameside and (ii) Stockport...

      Closed Circuit Television: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which towns in Greater Manchester operate closed circuit television for the purposes of crime prevention.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of security have been reported at the (a) Criminal Records Bureau, (b) Identity and Passport Service and (c) UK Border...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parliamentary questions for written answer his Department has declined to answer in substantive form on the ground of (a)...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples recovered from crime scenes produced multiple matches when checked against the national DNA database in the last 12...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on tackling the offence of driving without insurance in each of the last five years.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of driving without insurance and one other or more offences in the last 12 months; and which were the five...

      Entry Clearances: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many family visitor visa applications were received from people in each of the six countries from which most applications were received...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1227-28W, on human trafficking, how many of those foreign nationals...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detained at their point of entry to the UK in each month of 2008; and how many were subsequently deported.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues to reduce levels of enforced migration to the UK, with particular reference to (a)...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisation will be responsible for the preparation of the code of conduct for vehicle immobilisation companies; and what standards...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers his Department expects the Security Industry Authority to have in respect of vehicle immobilisation.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter dated 5 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. A. Hamid.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency's MPs' Parliamentary Business Unit plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 13 May...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter to his predecessor of 29 April 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on projects relating...

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many holders of student visas applied (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully for the right to remain in the UK in a category other...

      Personal Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Epping Forest of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 174W, on personal records: data...

      Police: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing schemes in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport.

      Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with the US Administration on the creation of the list of foreign nationals barred from entry to the...

  • Women and Equality

    • Females: Protection

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what measures are in place to help women affected by the no recourse to public funds rule.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Demos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) private meetings and (b) public engagements Ministers in his Department have attended at which representatives from the think-tank...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in 2008-09 to date.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the expected exposure range for bad debt is in relation to the Asset Protection Scheme.

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made in the implementation of the Asset Protection Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government plans to publish its factual paper on the Barnett formula.

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date Ministers in his Department asked departmental officials to draft proposals to take the Bradford and Bingley Building Society into public ownership.

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the decision to take the Bradford and Bingley Building Society into public ownership was taken.

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons his Department determined that (a) bonds held by the Government in Bradford and Bingley would be ranked above Bradford and Bingley...

      Council Tax: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the cost of administering council tax.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 384W, on council tax: valuation, what types of property data...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 make a...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many actions under employment law have been brought against his Department in each of the last three years; how many such actions were brought under...

      EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been received by the UK from the EU under the Objective One and Convergence Programmes Fund in respect of Wales in each year from 1999-2000.

      EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of monies received from the EU as part of Objective One and Convergence Programme funding in Wales has been transferred to the Welsh...

      EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which departments have an agreement with his Department permitting the use in accounts of EU receipts to offset expenditure; and from what date each such...

      Geographical Information Systems: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies have been awarded the contracts under OGCbuying.solutions contract tender Reference RM 341, on geographic information services and...

      Government Departments: Capital Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proceeds from asset and property sales available to Departments for accounting in their capital budgets in the next five years.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made towards implementation of the recommendations in the May 2009 review Operational Efficiency Programme: collaborative procurement...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the package for housing announced in the 2009 Budget is to be funded from (a) bringing forward budgets from future years, (b) the Consolidated...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1006W, on the Valuation Office: South East,...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1043W, on council tax: valuation, what the average number...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many domestic property transaction records the HM Revenue and Customs Stamp Duty Office provided to the Valuation Office Agency in 2008-09.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) proposals he has considered and (b) discussions he has had on amendment of the lower rate of income tax in the last nine months; and if he will...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the deficit in the Local Government Pension Scheme counts towards national public sector debt.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent timetable is for repayment of loans advanced to Northern Rock.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) median and (b) mean gross household income was for a household comprising (i) two working age adults and two children, (ii) one working age...

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many health in pregnancy grants have been disbursed.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in (a) current, (b) capital and (c) all public expenditure in real terms between 2011-12 to 2013-14.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what publication sets out the Government's budgeting rules for EU receipts in respect of Wales.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the next long-term public finance report.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1390-91W, on public sector pensions, what estimate he made of the cost to his Department...

      Regional Economic Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1046W, on the Regional Economic Council, what the name of...

      Revenue and Customs: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target has been set in respect of the time taken by HM Revenue and Customs to process a claim for (a) a National Insurance contribution refund, (b)...

      Valuation Office: Northern Ireland Land and Property Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1049W, on the Valuation Office: Northern Ireland Land and...

      Valuation Office: Video Recordings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has produced any video films under its e-learning programme relating to council tax valuations.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit awards were modified or changed in-year from their original calculation in 2007-08.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the mandated target for bottled water holdings is held in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of (a) theft and (b) vandalism have been reported in relation to British military supplies during transit from the port of...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Pakistani military personnel are (a) assigned, (b) attached and (c) embedded with UK military forces in Regional Command South.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements there are for the training of RAF pilots in air-to-air refuelling techniques before Tornado GR4s deploy to Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2009, Official Report, column 828W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what his estimate is of the number of...

      Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow rate was of RAF pilot crew for each aircraft type in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Air Force: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cannibalisations of each type of RAF aircraft there have been in (a) each year since 2005 and (b) the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of making retrospective wage payments to (a) Commonwealth soldiers and (b) soldiers of other nationalities who served in...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on upgrading accommodation for serving personnel and their families in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland since 2000.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of each armoured vehicle type is (a) fit for operations, (b) in limited role, (c) awaiting spares and (d) not operational for other...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of vehicles of each type in the armoured vehicle fleet has been cannibalised in each of the last 12 months; (2) how many vehicles...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many urgent operational requirement armoured vehicles of each type have been (a) ordered since July 2006 and (b) delivered to UK Land Command.

      Army: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Army's latest Total Fleet Requirement document.

      Ex-servicemen: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will commission further research on (a) the incidence of suicide among former service personnel and (b) the merits of psychological autopsies in...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) freight and (b) passenger capacity is of (i) the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft and (ii) each commercial air-to-air service provider.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the fuel off-load capacity is of (a) the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft and (b) each commercial air-to-air service provider.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what trials his Department has undertaken with commercial air-to-air refuelling service providers in the last three years; and what assessment he has...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the airworthiness of the (a) TriStar and (b) VC10 fleets.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters are in service in the armed forces; and what the (a) target and (b) actual number of each type of helicopter fit for purpose is.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the replacement of the Royal Navy's fleet of Lynx helicopter at the end of its service life.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value is of his Department's contract for the upgrade of Puma helicopters; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated (a) market value and (b) area is of (i) DCSA Inskip, Preston, (ii) RAF Church Fenton, Tadcaster, (iii) RAF Syerston, (iv) RAF...

      Nigeria: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK provides military aid to Nigeria.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Nimrod MRA4 aircraft his Department plans to procure in the next three years.

      Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much liquid radioactive waste has been discharged into the sea loch at Faslane in each year since it first hosted Polaris nuclear submarines; and...

      RAF St. Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether construction work has been started at St. Athan military academy; when the work is expected to be completed; and how much (a) has been spent and...

      Weapons: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many weapons of each type have (a) been stolen and (b) gone missing from armed forces bases in each year from 1997 to 2004.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many apprenticeships in the creative industries have been taken up since his Department's publication of its Creative Britain document.

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will refer the matter of the establishment of a sports right for online betting operators to the new expert panel on sports betting.

      Leisure Facilities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial assistance his Department has provided for the redevelopment of leisure centres in each local authority area in each of...

      Local Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) economic viability and (b) social contribution of local radio.

      Olympic Games 2012: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make an assessment of the likely effect on (a) women's and (b) disabled people's football of fielding a football Team GB at...

      Sports: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding he plans to provide for sport in Denton and Reddish constituency in 2009-10.

      Sports: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding he plans to provide for sport in Milton Keynes in 2009-10.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of an increase in EU carbon reduction targets.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to appoint a permanent Director General for National Climate Change and Consumer Support.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 628W, on departmental personnel, how many Civil Service fast...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect of the application of the provisions of the Climate Change Act 2008 on levels...

      Fuel Poverty: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2009, Official Report, column 1481W, on fuel poverty, what the reasons are for the relatively high...

      Lighting: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department has allocated to the encouragement of usage of light emitting diode variety light bulbs in (a) Mid...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 28 April 2009, on an emissions performance...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many full-time equivalent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on projects...

      Renewable Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what financial incentives his Department provides to encourage the (a) construction and (b) adaptation of homes to incorporate (i)...

  • International Development

    • Balkans: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the extent of poverty in (a) Kosovo and (b) other Balkan countries; and if he will make a statement.

    • Demos

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) private meetings and (b) public engagements Ministers in his Department have attended at which representatives from the...

      Demos

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has any contracts with the think-tank Demos.

      Departmental Press

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

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the World Bank's health, nutrition and population support for...

      Kosovo: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the prevalence of (a) HIV/AIDS and (b) tuberculosis in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of (a) infant and (b) maternal mortality rates in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo: National Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of Kosovo's (a) gross national income and (b) average earnings per head of population; and if he will...

      Kosovo: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of levels of unemployment in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      South Ossetia: Overseas aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in South Ossetia; and what plans his Department has for the delivery...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian aid (a) his Department, (b) the EU and (c) the UN has delivered to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka in the last 12...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many referrals from Jobcentre Plus to Connexions services were made (a) in the 2007-08 academic year and (b) in the latest period for...

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure her Department has incurred in the provision of programme centres, excluding expenditure on New Deal programmes, in each of...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget for programme centre provision was in 2008-09; and what budget has been set for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland are claiming disability living allowance; and at what...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans she has had to review the scheme for providing businesses with recruitment subsidy via Jobcentre Plus.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have applied for a work trial placement in each of the last six months.

      Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Jobcentre Plus Support contracts will replace (a) new provision for newly unemployed (non-professional) support delivered by programme...

      Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of the Jobcentre Plus support contracts in each of the next three years.

      Employment Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget her Department has allocated for (a) new provision for newly unemployed (non-professional) support delivered by programme centres...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many actions under employment law have been brought against her Department in each of the last three years; how many such actions were...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost of a course delivered at a Jobcentre Plus programme centre is.

      Jobcentre Plus: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent assessment she has made of the capacity of Plymouth Jobcentre Plus office to meet the demand for its services; (2) what the...

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps Jobcentre Plus has taken to manage an increase in the number of people claiming benefits.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants resident in (a) Great Grimsby and (b) Cleethorpes received JSA was in...

      National Insurance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new national insurance numbers excluding those generated automatically at the age of 16 have been issued to residents of the London...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals have been on the (a) new deal 25 plus, (b) new deal 50 plus, (c) new deal for partners, (d) new deal for disabled...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a cap may be placed on referrals to (a) New Deal for Young People, (b) New Deal 25 plus, (c) Employment Zones, (d) New Deal for...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding her Department has allocated from (a) the £1.7 billion funding allocation announced in the Budget 2009 and (b) the...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 483W, on welfare state: EU...

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate she has made of the average bridging payment to be paid to claimants of each type of benefit moving to fortnightly benefit...

      Train to Gain Programme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the North East are taking part in the Train to Gain programme.

      Work Trials

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Cotswolds Conservation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the (a) Cotswolds Conservation Board and (b) Chilterns Conservation Board is not on the list of statutory...

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1104W, on council...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities may apply for National Affordable Housing Programme grant funding to build local authority housing.

      Council Tax: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 29 April 2009, Official Report, column 1340W, on statistics: council...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was spent on the establishment of websites for the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) Tenant Services...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements there are for (a) audit and (b) evaluation of the customer service given by HomeBuy agents.

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of (a) the annual cost of office accommodation for the Infrastructure Planning Commission and (b)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans (a) his Department and (b) the Audit Commission has to review guidance to local authorities on investment policies.

      London Development Agency: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the London Development Agency spent on consultants in each of the last five years.

      London Development Agency: 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...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in each district of Greater Manchester have (a) received assistance from and (b) been refused assistance under...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications have been made to the Homeowner Mortgage Protection Scheme to date; and how many of these have met the...

      Parks: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many parks in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport are receiving funding from his Department.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local planning authorities have completed the process of adopting their local development documents.

      Planning Permission: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of planning applications have been made in respect of sites where a population of (a) great...

      Regional Resilience Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who the members of each regional resilience forum in each Government Office region are.

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will provide guidance to local authorities on use by tenants in sheltered housing of individualised budgets for the...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many boilers have been replaced under the Decent Homes programme in each of the last three years.

      Supporting People Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to ensure the continued operation of Handy Person schemes after 1 April 2010.

      Waste Management: Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1164W, on the Waste Regional Advisory Group, what the (a)...

  • Health

    • Blood: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what process his Department follows for approving medical products designed to ensure the safety of blood prior to their adoption for use by the...

    • Blood: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the P-Capt prion filter has been subjected to safety and efficacy tests additional to those performed by the manufacturer by his Department.

      Blood: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to his Department of testing the efficacy and safety of the P-Capt prion filter has been since such tests were required.

      Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the suitability of the use of (a) pushchairs and (b) car seats of categories 0 and 0+ as domestic seating for infants.

      Climate Change

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

      Diabetes: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people diagnosed with diabetes had an amputation in the year 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on (a) research into and (b) treatment of epilepsy in each of the last five years.

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to provide guidance on service improvement to those parts of the NHS engaged in the delivery of services to patients...

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of too much fluoride entering the water supply in relation to each water (a) authority and (b) company have been reported since 1997.

      Health Services: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to develop the role of the voluntary sector in the provision of health and social care.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many retailers are participating in his Department's Healthy Start scheme.

      Hospitals: Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further steps he plans to take to reduce levels of healthcare-associated infections.

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure his Department has incurred on the procurement of services from (a) Deloitte and (b) other consultants in respect of the review of Part...

      Mental Health Services: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the development of measures to co-ordinate the provision of mental health services with the...

      Mentally Ill: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners were diagnosed with a mental illness in (a) Essex and (b) the Eastern region in each of the last five years.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of midwives recruited into the NHS who were recruited from overseas in the latest period for which figures are...

      MRSA: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of MRSA in the East of England region have been reported to his Department in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which interventions (a) have been assessed and (b) are being assessed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) through its...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on the NHS IT dispute process in respect of its dispute with Fujitsu to date.

      Osteoporosis: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to encourage young people to take action to reduce their chances of having (a) osteoporosis and (b) fragility fractures in...

      Osteoporosis: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve treatment of men who (a) have osteoporosis and (b) are at high risk of fragility fractures.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of stroke there were in (a) males and (b) females in each age group in North Devon in each year since 1999; (2) how many (a)...

      Swine Flu: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of his Department's effectiveness in the distribution to households of information on swine influenza; and if he will make a...

      Tranquillisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2009, Official Report, columns 1228-30W, on tranquillisers, in what format information on the number of in-patient...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the reliability of the shielding process on the ContactPoint database; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) out-of-school and (b) holiday play schemes for children there were in (i) North East Lincolnshire and (ii) North...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many registered childcare places for children under eight years old there were in Cleethorpes constituency in (a) 1997 and...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of parents who were in care who have had their children removed from them as a result of...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which official is responsible for the energy efficiency of his Department's estate.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of GCSE entrants achieved each grade in (a) history, (b) citizenship, (c) physics, (d) English...

      Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much has been spent from the public purse on petitioning and balloting procedures in relation to selective admission...

      Integrated Children's System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 540-41W, on the integrated children's system (ICS), who...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on...

      Play: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has allocated for children's play in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport in 2009-10.

      Pre-school Education: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many registered childcare places for children under eight years old there are in Milton Keynes.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much contact time pupils of each age in pupil referral units received on average in the latest period for which figures are...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible to receive free school meals achieved level 4 or above in (a) English and (b)...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on participation in the EU School Fruit scheme.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what results each local authority in England achieved against the criteria included in the National Challenge in each of the last...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools which achieved a rating of good or outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection received a rating of satisfactory...

      Sure Start Programme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point have enrolled in Sure Start in each year since 2003.

      Young People: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) records and (b) data fields there are in (i) the National Pupil Database, (ii) ContactPoint, (iii) the Common...

  • Justice

    • Civil Service Bill: Draft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his latest timetable is for a Civil Service Bill.

    • Civil Service Bill: Draft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the latest timetable is for the parliamentary stages of a Civil Service Bill.

      Coroners: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of the operation of coroners' courts in each of the last five years.

      Coroners: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the resources available to coroners' offices in the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority area.

      Crime Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Department's funding was allocated to the Children's Fund for youth crime prevention in the last 12 month period for which...

      Environmental Protection Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 have been sought in each of the last 10 years; and how many such...

      HM Courts Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much HM Courts Service spent on consultants in each of the last five years.

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases the Parole Board considered in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; (2) how many and what proportion of offenders were granted oral...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were granted compassionate release in each of the last five years.

      Restorative Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) community and (b) custody caseload of the probation service was in March in each of the last five financial years.

      Young Offenders: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people under 21 years old who were convicted of (a) grievous bodily harm and (b) violent disorder under the provisions of the Powers of...

      Young Offenders: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people under 21 years old in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point who were convicted of (i) grievous bodily harm and (ii) violent disorder...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding he plans to allocate to adult learning centres in Derbyshire in 2009-10.

    • Aviation: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the home country rule in relation to the provision of...

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the use of languages other than English and Welsh in advertising skills courses.

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase skills levels amongst 18 to 24 year-olds.

      Better Regulation Executive and Local Better Regulation Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much and what proportion of the annual budget for the (a) Better Regulation Executive and (b) Local Better...

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the capacity of (a) the Skills Funding Agency, (b) the Young People's Learning Agency...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps his Department has taken to adapt to climate change in the last two years; (2) what steps his...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Minster 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...

      Consumer Credit: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies whose consumer credit licence had expired were still trading while awaiting a decision on renewal...

      Consumer Credit: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the maximum length of time is that a company which requires a consumer credit licence may continue to trade...

      Data Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the functions of the Data Service are in relation to the provision of information for further education; and if...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many notifications his Department made to the Information Commissioner in the year ended 30 April 2009 in respect...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, column 697W, on departmental training, which Minister took...

      Education: Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the final (a) administrative, (b) recruitment, (c) staffing, (d) building,...

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many British businesses UK Trade and Investment have assisted in exporting for the first time in each of the last...

      Fire and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provisions of the Fire and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.

      Higher Education: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many residents of Cleethorpes constituency were in higher education in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2007-08.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills who from his Department attended the reviews between Ministers and the Learning and Skills Council's Chairman and...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2009, Official Report, column 672W, on the Learning and Skills Council, how much...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of Bank of England interest rates on levels of manufacturing output in each...

      Manufacturing Industries: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the competitiveness of manufacturing industry.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications had been made for assistance under the automotive assistance programme on the latest date for...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to assist the automotive industries in the next 12 months.

      Motor Vehicles: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the car scrappage scheme in the West Midlands.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the administration budget was for each non-departmental public body that receives funding from his Department in...

      Overseas Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much has been received by universities in fees from foreign students taught in higher education institutions...

      Press: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the contracts (a) awarded in the newspaper and magazine wholesale distribution...

      Press: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions in the last month (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had discussions with...

      Regulation: Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of suggestions received on the Better Regulation website identified a regulatory conflict...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with (a) Tescos, (b) Asda, (c) Sainsbury's, (d) Morrisons, (e)...

      Trading Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what definition his Department uses for a participant in a trading scheme in its publication The Trading Scheme Guide;...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) males aged 16 to 18, (b) females aged 16 to 18, (c) males aged 19 to 24 and...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of people aged 16 to 24 years old were not in education, employment and training in the...

      Yes Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) for what reason Yes Loans has been allowed to continue trading after its consumer credit licence expired in June...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of the war in Afghanistan to date.

    • Benefits: Uprating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much extra monies in (a) social security benefits, and (b) public sector pensions, are forecast to be paid in the financial year 2009—10 to take account...

      Community Empowerment, Housing and Economic Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 7 May (WA 134), what criteria were applied in deciding whether further changes in policy and practice...

      Community Empowerment, Housing and Economic Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 7 May (WA 134), on what grounds they have decided not to take forward "a number of more minor proposals,...

      Community Empowerment, Housing and Economic Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 7 May (WA 134), what the remaining proposals are which require legislation, in addition to any legislation...

      Cycling

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

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 24 April (WA 419) and 4 June (WA 105), what performance assessment process is in place for...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in future consultations with food retailers and trade associations, they will propose inclusion of information additional to guideline daily amounts in...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development missions have been combined under the co-location programme; and when the...

      Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Gurkha ex-servicemen who retired prior to 1 July 1997 are living (a) in the United Kingdom, and (b) overseas.

      Health: Clinical Diagnoses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 June (WA 28), what they estimate would be the cost of obtaining centrally the information referred to in...

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to respond to the increase in the number of homeless persons in town and city centres; and what are the implications of that increase for mental...

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers were estimated to be in the Greater London area in (a) 2000, (b) 2005, (c) 2007, and (d) 2008; and how those figures were obtained.

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (WA 346), on how many occasions and in what circumstances Ministers...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new residential property starts have been made since 1999. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new residential property starts were made in the first...

      Justice: Sharia Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Bach on 4 June (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 296), whether they will take steps to ensure that resident Muslim men cannot...

      Latvia and Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether economic support to Latvia and the Republic of Ireland will be provided only by nations in the eurozone or by the whole of the European Union; and what are...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding was provided as legal aid in Northern Ireland in each of the past 10 years.

      NHS: Ageism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle ageism in the National Health Service in the light of the survey of British Geriatrics Society members reported by Help the...

      Parliaments: Members' Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average annual cost of maintaining a member of (a) the House of Lords; (b) the House of Commons; and (c) the European Parliament including salaries,...

      Poland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Poland about the safety of black British citizens visiting Poland.

      Population Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they supply the United States Census Bureau with United Kingdom population statistics; and, if so, in what form and how frequently.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recourse they have if a body set up by an Act of Parliament exceeds its brief.

      Public Sector: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place in the process for tendering public sector contracts to protect local specialist providers of services from exploitation by prime...

      Questions for Written Answer: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they refer to websites to answer parliamentary questions instead of supplying the information, and whether they will ensure that in future answers are provided...

      Shipping: Ferry Operators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 9 June (WA 147-8), whether the agency issued a temporary passenger-carrying certificate on or about 12 September...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they raised in tobacco-related taxes in 2006—07.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many statutory instruments were laid in each of the Sessions 1996—97; 1997—98; 2001—02; 2002—03; 2006—07; and 2007—08.

      Territorial Army

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Territorial Army soldiers who are currently unemployed are able to claim jobseeker's allowance whilst attending to their Territorial Army duties.

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