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Written answers

Monday, 22 June 2009

  • Wales

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many breaches of information security there have been in his Department in the last five years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of anti social behaviour orders during the last four years.

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many actions under employment law have been brought against his Department in each of the last three years; how many such actions were...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-determined applicants for the Police Service of Northern Ireland there were in...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residential units owned by (a) the Police Authority for Northern Ireland and (b) the Northern Ireland Prison Service are vacant; and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Copyright

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission when he expects the internal copyright review to report.

    • Democracy Live

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent representations the House of Commons Commission has received on the forthcoming BBC Democracy Live...

  • Scotland

    • Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many (a) special advisers and (b) officials of his Department accompanied him to Glasgow for the Cabinet meeting on 16 April 2009; (2) what...

    • Demos

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many breaches of information security there have been in his Department in the last five years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he plans to answer Question (a) 273945, (b) 273946, (c) 273947 and (d) 273948 tabled on 5 May 2009 on the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to appoint an expert in beekeeping and honey bee health to the funding committee for the Living...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to the farming industry of the number of cattle slaughtered as a result of infection...

      Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research: 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...

      Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid in bonuses to (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d)...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the public purse of the Common Agricultural Policy integrated administration and control system was in each...

      Dairy Farmers of Britain: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) farmers and (b) farm businesses which are at risk of entering administration...

      Demos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has any contracts with the think-tank Demos.

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on hospitality in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Departmental Press

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

      Entec

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each contract his Department has with Entec UK environmental consultants.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department plans to publish its next progress report on implementation of the urgent recommendations of the Pitt...

      Floods: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans there are to improve sea defences at Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth.

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of local planning authorities have granted planning permission for a development against an Environment...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions of the Common Agricultural Policy on food prices in the UK in the...

      Great Crested Newts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of people qualified to survey land in England for signs of great crested newt activity.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the standard of the welfare of (a) horses and (b) racehorses; and if he will...

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department plans to take to support research and development in the production horticulture sector to...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what auditing of the records of incinerator operators the Environment Agency undertakes to establish compliance with the law...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 31 March 2009 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan on his constituents in...

      Pesticides Safety Directorate: 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...

      River Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the eutrophication status of the Humber estuary is; and if he will make a statement.

      Seas and Oceans: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what occasions monitoring of (a) fish stocks and (b) other marine wildlife has been instigated following the loss of a...

      Waste Disposal: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with Newcastle City Council on its decision not to pursue the incineration option for its...

  • Transport

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely effect of the proposed Air Passenger Duty charges on the number of passengers travelling on each Air...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many passes to his Department have been issued to employees of (a) BAA, (b) British Airways, (c) Virgin and (d) other airlines in...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the supply and demand of local bus services.

      Demos

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has any contracts with the think-tank Demos.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from offices in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many departmental identity cards or passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much (a) electricity and (b) gas was used (i) on his Department's estate and (ii) by his Department's agencies in each year from...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much was spent on energy efficiency measures for his Department's estate in each year from 2004 to 2009; what assessment has been made...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which official is responsible for the energy efficiency of his Department's estate.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the energy consumed per full-time equivalent member of staff in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what consultations have been carried out by his Department since July 2007; and at what cost.

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the amount of waste arising from his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per...

      Departmental Water

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the water consumption on his Department's estate in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, (i) in total and (ii) per...

      M25

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs which would be created by (a) widening and (b) applying hard shoulder running...

      Motor Vehicles: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to his answer of 11 June 2009, Official Report, column 959W, on motor vehicles: foreigners, what steps his Department takes to...

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department and its agencies have spent on preparatory work on uncompleted projects for conventional widening of the (a) M1,...

      Parking: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance his Department issues on the percentage of parking spaces in public car parks to be made available for disabled drivers.

      Railways

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has targets for the proportion of domestic freight and passenger transport made by rail.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will assess the likely effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions of electrifying the entire rail network.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding the Government provided to each train operating company franchise per passenger mile in 2008-09.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many franchise agreements with train operating companies in force in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 contained revenue support clauses.

      Reading Station: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the likely cost of works to Reading station; and how much of this cost will result from the payment of...

      Roads

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

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of (a) the effect of whisper concrete on roads and (b) its future use.

      Shipping

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what incidents where (a) chemicals and (b) radioactive material were lost overboard (i) in UK waters and (ii) elsewhere from...

      Southern: Railway Stations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what definition of station deep cleans is stipulated in the South Central franchise.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what (a) enhancements and (b) investments stipulated in the South Central franchise were stipulated as part of the 2007 High Level Output...

      Transport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed on (i) the efficacy of local transport plans and (ii) other...

      Transport: Devon

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the average number of journeys per day by each mode of transport between London and (a) the Torbay...

  • Justice

    • Probation : Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to recruit new staff to monitor the new monthly targets for the London Probation Service.

    • Crimes of Violence: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2009, Official Report, columns 954-55W, on crimes of violence: reoffenders, what the conviction rate was for persons...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average a person in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point convicted of (i) grievous bodily harm and (ii) violent disorder was sentenced to serve...

      Debt Collection: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the appropriateness level of costs charged by bailiffs in the execution of duties ordered by (a) the courts and (b)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the percentage of electricity used by his Department which was derived from renewable sources in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the energy consumed per full-time equivalent member of staff in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent upgrading its IT in 2008-09.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in 2008-09; and what the total cost of such bonuses was; (2)...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) volume and (b) percentage of waste his Department recycled in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the amount of waste arising from his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per full-time...

      Departmental Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the water consumption on his Department's estate in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, (i) in total and (ii) per full-time...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) probation staff and (b) staff work for the Interventions and Substance Misuse Department.

      Homicide: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average sentence was for offenders convicted of attempted murder or conspiracy to murder in each of the last five years.

      Homicide: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders prosecuted for (a) attempted murder and (b) conspiracy to murder (i) were found guilty, (ii) received a caution, (iii) received a...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much legal aid has been granted to parents seeking access rights to children in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of legal aid spending was incurred for lawyers' attendance at (a) police stations, (b) magistrates courts and (c) Crown courts in each...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the costs of the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Programme have been in each year since it began.

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the speedy recall processes to be introduced in the London Probation Service will be funded.

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget was for each probation area in each year since 1997.

      Probation: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of sickness absence in the Probation Service in (a) London and (b) the London Borough of Lewisham.

      Probation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any specific funding is to be provided for the prioritised training ordered for the London Service.

      Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of those convicted of rape since 2006 were aged (a) 10 to 15, (b) 16 to 18, (c) 19 to 25, (d) 26 to 30 and (e) over 30...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the sentencing guidelines for offences related to (a) child abuse, (b) child neglect and (c) sexual abuse of children.

      Sexual Offences: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the re-offending rate was for offenders convicted of sex offences who received (a) a community sentence, (b) a prison sentence of less than...

      Young Offenders: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2009, Official Report, column 894W, on young offenders: education, how much the Youth Justice Board was allocated for...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Romsey of 11 May 2009, Official Report, column 519W, on anti-social behaviour orders, on what...

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions pre-charge bail conditions were imposed by the police in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009; in how many...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, columns 289-90W, on departmental contracts, what the (a) purpose and (b) cost of...

      Energy Supply: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what work the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake in relation to the energy...

      Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he has received of allegations that a British resident, Mrs Balasingham, was involved in terrorist activities on behalf of the...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the automatic deportation of foreign prisoners convicted of (a) illegal gun possession and (b) drug dealing.

      Police: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the policing pledge in Greater Manchester.

      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, how many people have been trained under Project Argus; and...

      United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) children and (b) women over 18 years of age have been referred to the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre since the...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether national guidance has been issued to police forces on information which should be included in Criminal Records Bureau...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosures were issued for those (a) working with children, (b) applying for an alcohol...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her latest estimate is of the cost of hosting the London 2012 Olympics (a) athletics events and (b) opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the viability of a 14 to 25 academic hub for the creative industries.

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of progress on the Creative Britain project; how many apprenticeships have been created under the project;...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what factors were taken into account in determining the Government's targets for levels of BBC enhanced network production in (a)...

      Broadcasting: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding will be made available for broadcasting in Wales as a result of proposals contained in the Digital Britain White Paper.

      Coastal Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been made available for Bournemouth through the Sea Change Initiative; and what plans there are for further such...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 981W, on digital broadcasting, for what reasons the Ulster region...

      Digital Technology: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding will be made available for the pilot independently financed news consortia announced in the Digital Britain White Paper.

      Digital Technology: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for how long the pilot independently financed news consortia announced in the Digital Britain White Paper are expected to last.

      Digital Technology: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when tenders will be invited for the pilot independently financed news consortia announced in the Digital Britain White Paper.

      Digital Technology: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who will take decisions on tenders for the pilot independently financed news consortia announced in the Digital Britain White Paper.

      Film: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent progress has been made on the implementation of the UK-Israel Film Co-production Treaty; (2) what recent discussions...

      Mass Media: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the merits of establishing a media commission for Wales.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations he has received on the funding by his Department of estimated local authority costs of operating the free...

      UK School Games: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what means the UK School Games has been funded in each of its first three years; and how it will be funded in each year to 2012.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the development of international financing mechanisms for mitigation and...

    • Earth Hour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to support Earth Hour on 28 March 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the Government's latest estimate is of the average cost of installing a smart meter.

      Fuel Poverty: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to reduce levels of fuel poverty in Denton and Reddish constituency.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints have been received by his Department from customers alleging excessive charges for work undertaken under the Warm...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contacts between British and Taliban forces there have been in Helmand Province in each of the last 12 months.

    • Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the strategic purpose of the Royal Air Force.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the in-service dates are for the two new aircraft carriers.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of upgrading naval bases for the new carriers in each of the next five years.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service personnel are stationed at each location overseas.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of personnel in each army corps are exceeding their harmony guidelines for (a) tour intervals and (b) individual separated...

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government have received representation from other governments on the employment of their citizens in the UK armed forces since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints about armed forces accommodation his Department has received from the families of servicemen and women on operation abroad in each of...

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests for schools presentation team visits from each service his Department has received in each year since 2005.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to expand provision of the Combined Cadet Forces in state schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which (a) universities and (b) other institutions the Atomic Weapons Establishment has developed strategic alliances.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) university departments and (b) other institutions receive research funding from the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Atomic Weapons Establishment's Five Year Strategic Plan.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from offices in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii)...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from road-based transport used for administrative operations by his...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from air travel by staff in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08...

      Departmental Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the percentage of electricity used by his Department which was derived from renewable sources in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the energy consumed per full-time equivalent member of staff in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) volume and (b) percentage of waste his Department recycled in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the responsibilities are of each Minister in his Department.

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the amount of waste arising from his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per full-time...

      Departmental Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of water consumption on his Department's office estate in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, (i) in total and (ii) per full-time...

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Gurkhas who were stationed in the UK prior to 1997 receive a pension from the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Internal Security Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies into counterinsurgency warfare his Department has conducted since 2003.

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many instances of damage to the axles of each type of armoured vehicles have been recorded by his Department in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in...

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of replacing assets lost, damaged or prematurely worn out by the conflicts in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in...

      Korean War: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has made to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military and what percentage of each helicopter type in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF are (i) in service and (ii) fit...

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the future requirements for Defence Training Estate Magilligan will be announced; and what consultation will be undertaken once an announcement has...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is Royal Navy policy to disarm but not detain suspected pirates who have not launched any attack.

      RAF Brize Norton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on the recent incident at RAF Brize Norton, in which a TriStar Ascot 833 made an emergency landing and was immobilised on...

      RAF Brize Norton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likelihood of the single runway at RAF Brize Norton being put out of action after the transfer of the fleet from RAF...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made for reservists from 33, 34 and 35 Signal regiments of the Territorial Army to continue their duties after the disbanding...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to place before Parliament proposals for Initial Gate approval for the programme to replace the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many months and what percentage time each Royal Navy (a) attack submarine, (b) destroyer and (c) aircraft carrier in service spent (i) on...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships are planned to carry a full anti-submarine warfare capability in (a) five and (b) 10 years' time; and which ships carry such...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department was first notified by the Governor of Bermuda of the Bermudan Government's discussions with the US on the...

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government of Bermuda notified his Department that it had agreed to accept the transfer of four former detainees...

      Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the security assessment of the four former detainees from Guantánamo Bay who have been transferred to Bermuda is...

      Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the Government of Bermuda began discussions with the US administration on the transfer of detainees from...

      Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the review of the legal basis of the Government's relations with Bermuda following the transfer of four former detainees...

      Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Bermudan authorities on the four people released from the US detention centre at...

      Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he had discussions with his US counterpart on the recent transfer of four detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Bermuda...

      Departmental Press

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

      Departmental Training

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

      EU Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on (a) democratic accountability of European institutions and (b)...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was levied in fines against the UK by EU institutions in 2008.

      Iran: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safety of UK citizens in Iran.

      Languages: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timetable he has set for publication of the United Kingdom's Fourth Periodical Report on the implementation of policies...

      Languages: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar on 12 November 2007, Official Report, column 37W, on...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the treatment in Sri Lanka of Tamils visiting Sri Lanka from the UK; what steps he is...

      USA and Canada: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many consular staff his Department employs in its diplomatic posts in (a) Washington DC and (b) Ottawa.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from offices in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i)...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from air travel by staff in his Department in (a) 2006-07...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) electricity and (b) gas was used (i) on his Department's estate and (ii) by his Department's agencies in each year from...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on energy efficiency measures for his Department's estate in each year from 2004 to 2009; what assessment has been...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which official is responsible for the energy efficiency of his Department's estate.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1879W, on the departmental internet, how many (a) unique visitors...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on relocation costs for new members of staff in each of the last three years.

      Western Sahara: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what development assistance his Department is providing for Sahrawi refugees and internally displaced people in Western Sahara; and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will undertake research into levels of compliance with building regulations relating to energy efficiency.

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 20W, on housing, in which local authorities the schemes are...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 383W, on council housing (1) which organisations undertook the...

      Council Housing: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority tenants in Castle Point have been evicted from accommodation for non-payment of rent in each of the...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 383W, on council housing (1) what the civil service pay band of...

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 March 2009, Official Report, columns 71-72WS, on local authority rents,...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 453W, on derelict land, how many (a) registered social...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much and what proportion of disabled facilities grant funding has been spent on alternative accommodation during...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) implementation and (b) management of the home improvements...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the operation of the disabled facilities grant scheme for the purposes of assessing (a) the effects on the...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which agency is responsible for ensuring that the sequential test for flood risk zones outlined in Planning Policy Statement 25...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Housing Market Renewal funding has been awarded to organisations operating in Copeland.

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient housing is built in rural areas.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the decent homes scheme in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were on a local authority housing waiting list in Milton Keynes on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has provided to the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government in each of the last...

      Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government in spreading...

      LLM Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 744W, on LLM...

      Local Government: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will take steps to seek the views of those living in the most deprived areas when examining the merits of formal...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to make a decision on whether a change in the Use Classes Order to recognise houses in multiple occupation is...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 141W, on planning permission, what...

      Planning Permission: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to the construction industry of compliance with conditions attached to planning...

      Planning: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the effects on high street retailers of his Department's planning policies in respect of out of town (a)...

      Planning: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on town centre development in the last five years.

      Private Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to ensure that privately rented housing meets the decent homes standard.

      Regional Planning and Development: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department plans to take in response to the recent ruling of the High Court on the East of England Plan; and...

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in each region are on social housing waiting lists.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what records his Department maintains of the ways in which local authorities spend funding provided by his Department under the...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have used Supporting People funding to provide wardens for sheltered accommodation in the last 12 months.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department provided to each local authority under the Supporting People programme in each of the last three years.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding from the Supporting People scheme his Department has allocated to Handyperson schemes in each of the last three...

      Tenant Services Authority: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints the Tenant Services Authority has received about the quality of its service in each month since its...

      Tenant Services Authority: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the staffing budget of the Tenant Services Authority is for 2009-10.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of the Government guarantee scheme for asset-backed securities; and if he will make a statement.

    • Banks: Government Securities

      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...

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons Bradford and Bingley was taken into public ownership; when the plans for such action were drawn up; and on what date the decision was taken...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual cost to his Department of the cost of child benefit if payment were restricted to households with an annual income of up to...

      Coastal Change Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Coastal Change Fund will have a Barnett consequential.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to assess the effect on the expenditure from the public purse for administration of the collection of local taxation of the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Valuation Office Agency's council tax banding support tool became operational for the whole of England; what the cost of the project to develop the...

      Debt Collection: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to monitor the practices of private debt collection firms contracted by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Debts: NHS

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology his Department uses to account for the (a) actual and (b) potential debt of NHS trusts and foundation trusts.

      Departmental Cleaning Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations provided cleaning services to his Department in each of the last three years; and what the cost of each such contract was in each such year.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the water consumption on his Department's office estate in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, (i) in total and (ii) per...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 585W, on the departmental internet, how many (a) unique visitors and (b) page...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many laptop computers belonging to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have been lost or stolen in the last five years.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest staff satisfaction survey for (a) his Department, (b) each of its agencies and (c) HM Revenue and...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the report of the Select Committee on Public Administration on Equitable Life.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the most recent report of the parliamentary ombudsman on Equitable Life.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date Mr. Simon Bor was seconded from his Department to assist Sir John Chadwick's inquiry into the Equitable Life ex-gratia payment scheme.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the adequacy of the resources available to the Financial Ombudsman Service to deal with present levels of demand.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance the Office of Government Commerce's Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement has provided on environmental criteria for government ICT...

      Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the evidence given by the Health Service Ombudsman to the Public Bill Committee on the Health and Social Care Bill, Session 2007-08, what...

      Lord Paul

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times Lord Paul of Marylebone has visited No. 11 Downing Street on matters related to his Department's responsibilities in each of the last five...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter of 2 February 2009, ref 3/08735/2009, on value added tax from the hon. Member for Congleton on behalf of her...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter of 29 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan on the closure of the Peterhead HM Revenue and...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of assisting private finance initiative projects through (i) its Infrastructure...

      Private Finance Initiative: Derbyshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of private finance initiatives in (a) West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire.

      Sri Lanka: International Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2009, Official Report, column 1328W, on Sri Lanka: international assistance, when he expects the International Monetary...

      Tax Credit: Peterborough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents of Peterborough constituency are in receipt of tax credits; and what the average level of tax credit payment to such residents was in the...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs staff administered the provisions of anti-tax avoidance legislation (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008 and (c) on the latest date...

      Tax Evasion: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has commissioned on the effect of the provisions on IR35 on the IT contractor sector in the last five years.

      Taxation: Members

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans HM Revenue and Customs has to enable hon. Members to submit tax returns online.

      VAT: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 54W, on value added tax: repairs and maintenance,...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision there is for tax credits for those between 18 and 24 years old without children.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Islington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents of Islington North constituency are in receipt of tax credits; and what the average tax credit payment to such residents was in the last...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he plans to answer question (a) 279978 and (b) 279979, tabled on 10 June 2009, on the Asset Protection Scheme; (2) when he plans to answer...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer Question 279980, tabled on 10 June 2009, on Northern Rock.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Departmental Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of electricity used by his Department which was derived from renewable sources in (a)...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the energy consumed per full-time equivalent member of staff in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many laptop computers belonging to his Department and its predecessor have been lost or stolen in the last five years.

      Departmental Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of water consumption on his Department's office estate in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, (i) in total...

      Extracurricular Activities: Essex

      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) Essex and (ii) Castle Point in each of...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has evaluated for benchmarking purposes on comparative nutritional standards in school meals in EU...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues to (a) schools and (b) local education authorities on the methodology to be used in...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils who achieved a GCSE in both core science and additional applied science were educated in...

      Social Services: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter received by his Department's predecessor on 16 February 2007 arising from an...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department has taken to adapt to climate change in the last two years.

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from offices in her Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on energy efficiency measures for her Department's estate in each year from 2004 to 2009; what assessment has been made of...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which official is responsible for the energy efficiency of her Department's estate.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the energy consumed per full-time equivalent member of staff in her Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed in each section of her Department in (a) the Borough of Wyre, (b) the Borough of Blackpool and (c) the City of...

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the amount of waste arising from her Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per...

      Departmental Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the water consumption on her Department's estate in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, (i) in total and (ii) per...

      Digitial Technology: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the Benefits Agency applies principles of digital inclusion.

      Disability Living Allowance: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claims for disability living allowance, carers allowance and associated benefits submitted by expatriate UK citizens are under...

      Employment Services: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of deaf and hard of hearing people who require effective text or other...

      Employment Services: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deaf and hard of hearing people had access to captioned telephone relay services through the Access to Work scheme in (a) 2007 and...

      Employment Services: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sign language users had access to video relay services through the Access to Work scheme in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2009, Official Report, column 570W, on foreign workers, how many national insurance numbers were issued to...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to answer question 277276, on the Future Jobs Fund, tabled on 20 May 2009.

      Future Jobs Fund: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Future Jobs Fund in relation to jobs in culture and the creative industries.

      Olympic Games 2012

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

      Pensioners: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance her Department is providing to pensioners adversely affected by the economic downturn.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were claiming (a) incapacity benefit and (b) disability living allowance when their primary health problem or condition was...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 104W, on social security benefits: medical examinations, how many doctors were...

      Vibration White Finger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many coal miners have retired on medical advice having contracted vibration white finger in the last 30 years.

      Woolworths: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many former Woolworths employees have been placed into new employment by Jobcentre Plus in each constituency; (2) how many former...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to answer question 275954, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 15 May 2009, on 0845 telephone numbers.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people began apprenticeships under the apprenticeship programme for 16-to-18 year olds in (a) North West...

    • Apprentices: Merseyside

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people commenced level 2 apprenticeships in (a) Crosby, (b) Sefton and (c) Merseyside in each of the last...

      Basic Skills: Coventry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what basic numeracy and literacy courses there are for adults in Coventry.

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many colleges at the feasibility stage of preparing for Building Colleges for the Future had not submitted (a) an...

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the costs of each Building Colleges for the Future project has been met by a grant from the...

      Business Growth

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to stimulate business growth in super output areas with high levels of deprivation.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the (a) allocation of responsibilities to (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in his Department and (b)...

      Further Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State's contribution to the Westminster Hall debate on building...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 580W, on higher education: admissions, what...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of young people living in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport entered university in each of the last 10 years.

      Higher Education: Coventry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department plans to provide to universities in Coventry for research in (a) medicine, (b) history,...

      Higher Education: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of 18 to 25-year-olds resident in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point was in higher education (i) in 1997...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter of 19 May 2009 from the hon. Member for Castle Point, on his constituent, Mrs Hilton.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Technology plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 7 May 2009 on BWB Consulting Ltd.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to respond to the hon. Member for Billericay's letter of 21 April 2009 on Visteon, transferred to his...

      Minimum Wage: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish the tender document for the contract for the national minimum wage helpline.

      Overseas Students: Russia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Russian nationals were enrolled on (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate courses at educational...

      Research Councils: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much in (a) compensation for foreign exchange exposure, (b) loans and (c) other funding his Department has...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many under 25-year-olds will receive (a) jobs and (b) training in the logistics sector under the scheme...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Leader of the House how many breaches of information security there have been in her Office in the last five years.

    • Members: Misconduct

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will bring forward proposals to provide for (a) (i) the suspension from the House and (ii) the dismissal from the House of hon. Members found to have...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Leader of the House how many public consultations have been conducted by her Office since 27 June 2007; what the title of each has been; how many responses to each consultation were...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many foreign nationals were employed in the civil service in accordance with a Ministerial certificate under the Aliens Employment Act 1955 in (a)...

    • Civil Servants: Merseyside

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Civil Service jobs were (a) created and (b) abolished on Merseyside in each year since 2003-04.

      Civil Servants: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Cabinet Office has issued guidance to Government Departments and non-departmental public bodies on whether recognised trade unions with...

      Civil Servants: Vacancies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1057W, on civil servants: vacancies, if she will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Civil Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what percentage of civil service posts are reserved posts for UK nationals as public service posts.

      Community Assets Programme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many community assets have been transferred into local community ownership under the £30 million community assets fund scheme; and how many she...

      Death: Dengue Fever

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths of residents of (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b) Teesside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been...

      Departmental Cleaning Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which organisations provided cleaning services to the Cabinet Office in each of the last three years; and what the cost of each such contract was in...

      Departmental Dismissal

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many members of staff in 10 Downing Street were dismissed (a) for under-performance and (b) in total in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much (a) electricity and (b) gas was used (i) on the Cabinet Office estate and (ii) by the Cabinet Office's agency in each year from 2004-05...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate she has made of water consumption on her Department's office estate in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, (i) in total and (ii) per...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many laptop computers belonging to (a) her Department and (b) its agency have been lost or stolen in the last five years.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what information her Department holds on the number of persons appointed to executive positions in bodies for which her Department has...

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many plasma screen televisions there are in the Prime Minister's office in No. 12 Downing Street; and how much each of these cost to purchase.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what training courses have been attended by special advisers in her Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals, (e) EU A8 nationals and (f)...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many actions under employment law have been brought against her Department in respect of (a) the Prime Minister's Office, (b) the Office of the...

      Employment: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people resident in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point were unemployed for a period in each of the last five years; (2) how many people...

      Employment: Peterborough

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many (a) males, (b) females and (c) single parents were (i) in employment and (ii) unemployment for at least a period in Peterborough in...

      Public Expenditure: Leyton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the Office of National Statistics has made of public expenditure in Leyton and Wanstead constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      USA: Official Gifts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to section 7.22 of the Ministerial Code, whether the gift of film DVDs to the Prime Minister from President Obama has been valued (a)...

      Voluntary Organisations: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent representations her Department has received from specialist voluntary sector organisations dealing with violence against women on the future...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related deaths there were in each strategic health authority area in each year since 1997.

    • 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 Charity.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of letters to his Department from hon. Members' parliamentary offices were answered within 30 days of the date of receipt in each quarter...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent steps he has taken to ensure that NHS organisations comply with the recommendations of the Cabinet Office report on Data Handling...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 114W, on departmental marketing, when he expects his Department to complete its review of...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how frequently his Department reviews its expenditure on advertising.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public consultations have been carried out by his Department since July 2007.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on tickets for (a) air and (b) rail travel for (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) civil servants in his...

      Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners have been (a) detoxed for up to 14 days with the prescription of methadone, (b) maintained on methadone beyond a 14-day...

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he issues to strategic health authorities on the proportion of representations required in opposition to fluoridation of tap water in...

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussion he has had with the Prime Minister on his recent statement in Southampton that the people should decide whether the city's water should be...

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on ministerial statements for or against fluoridation during a period of public consultation on whether or not to fluoridate a water supply.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will call in for examination the decision of South Central Strategic Health Authority to introduce fluoridation in Southampton and Totton.

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much income the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust received from payments from foreign visitors not entitled to free NHS treatment in the...

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has (a) allocated to and (b) spent on translational medical and health research in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospital admissions there have been for diagnosis codes (a) F19.0, (b) F19.1, (c) F19.2, (d) F19.3, (e) F19.4, (f) F19.5, (g) F19.6,...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospital admissions there have been for diagnosis code (a) Y65.0, (b) Y65.1, (c) Y65.2, (d) Y65.3, (e) Y65.4, (f) Y65.5 and (g)...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have died while waiting for NHS operations in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Teesside and (d) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for an operation on the NHS was in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Teesside and (d) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts provide an integrated continence service; (2) what plans he has to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of the provision...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether walk-in health centres will be able to make referrals to incontinence nurses.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received treatment in intensive care units in 2008.

      Malnutrition: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that sheltered housing scheme managers are trained to (a) identify and (b) treat malnutrition.

      Medical Equipment: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding his Department has allocated for the purchase of (a) spirometers, (b) anaesthesia machines, (c) electrosurgical units, (d)...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and administration staff there were in...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much on average the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency charged for management costs in respect of purchases in each of the last two years.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage change in the budget for the NHS between 2009-10 and 2010-11 in (a) cash and (b) real terms.

      Hospitals: Weight Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of hospitals with accurately calibrated (a) electronic measuring chairs, (b) beds and (c) hoist...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultations have been conducted in respect of Part IX of the Drug Tariff; how much each consultation cost; what changes have been made to part...

      Prostate Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information is provided in advance to men (a) considering and (b) starting hormone therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer; (2) how...

      Tranquillisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, columns 391-94W, on tranquillisers, for what reasons the number of prescriptions for the...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Sheep

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 June (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 519—21), what will be the cost to farmers of buying an electronic...

    • Armed Forces: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose to minimise the endangerment of Armed Forces personnel following the ruling by the Court of Appeal that the European Convention on Human...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so how, they track the fate of failed asylum seekers on their return to their own countries.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, at the town meeting to be held on 3 July, they will ensure that the £10 million funding programme aimed at multi-disciplinary research into insect...

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase funding for research into bee health.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will undertake research into the native British black bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, through breeding and queen rearing programmes.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the state of the United Kingdom bee population.

      Blackburn Diocese Board of Social Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the funding of the Family Days and Support Project run by the Blackburn Diocese Board of Social Responsibility has been cut.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much compensation has been paid to farmers over the past 10 financial years for the slaughter of cattle infected or suspected of being infected with tuberculosis.

      Business Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they compensate businesses caused financial loss by following inaccurate advice given by government officials concerning the impact of European Union law...

      Cattle Compensation Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Cattle Compensation Advisory Group has not convened since 2006.

      Children: ContactPoint

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the first phase training programmes for ContactPoint management teams to be completed.

      Children: ContactPoint

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a written examination for professionals who work with children and young people to become authorised users of ContactPoint.

      Children: ContactPoint

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households are in receipt of the direct mailing about ContactPoint; whether the direct mailing will be nationwide; and what the cost of the mailing will be.

      Children: ContactPoint

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances they would recommend that a child's record be shielded on ContactPoint.

      Children: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making in increasing levels of awareness about infants' nutrition.

      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 Cabinet...

      Coroners and Justice Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which recommendations made by the Shipman inquiry have not been incorporated in the Coroners and Justice Bill; and why those recommendations have not been so...

      Criminal Justice Acts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the provisions of the 65 Criminal Justice Acts since 1997 are not yet in force; and what are those provisions in date order.

      Department of Health: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total cost to public funds of (a) the salaries and all other emoluments, Ministerial and Parliamentary, paid to each of the Ministers at the Department...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will increase the education maintenance allowance from £30 a week.

      Employment: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employers did not pay compensation awarded by tribunals in the period from 2003 to 2008; and what action they propose to ensure that enforcement against...

      Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for increasing food production in England.

      Food: Salt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider a new campaign to persuade restaurants to reduce the salt in their food.

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report in The Lancet on the number of cases of childhood diabetes in Europe.

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers were estimated to be in (a) Birmingham, (b) Leeds, (c) Manchester, (d) Liverpool, and (e) Newcastle upon Tyne, in (1) 2000, (2) 2005, (3)...

      House of Lords: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will appoint a Minister in the House of Lords with sole responsibility for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many selective licensing areas are in existence; what are their names, locations, relevant local authorities and dates of establishment; how many houses are...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many empty dwelling management orders have been made; and, in each case, by which local authority.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they can take in relation to houses owned by private landlords which are empty and derelict or in poor condition in selective licensing areas (SLAs);...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered appropriate human rights for particular areas of England similar to the Belfast agreement's section on human rights; and, if so, for...

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to over-rule the majority decision of the Law Lords in the case of YL v Birmingham City Council and others.

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place for the Intelligence and Security Committee to obtain independent legal advice. To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will...

      International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the nature of the evidence they require for the purpose of deciding whether to accept the First Optional Protocol to the United Nations International...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they continue to support the Arab League peace initiative; and whether they will work to ensure that multi-lateral conversations start this year.

      IT Projects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, on 12 November 2008 (Official...

      Judicial Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many judicial review proceedings were brought in England and Wales in 2008—09.

      Judicial Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 8 June (WA 123), which of the 266 judicial review cases in Northern Ireland in 2008—09, for which legal aid was...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding has been provided to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since 1 January 2008, against what business cases, and when.

      Railways: Engineering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask Network Rail how many significant engineering proposals to improve the running of the railway network have been made in the past three years;...

      Railways: Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss re-opening old railway lines with Network Rail and the train operating companies.

      Railways: Public Subsidy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the public subsidy to the rail network in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000, and (d) 2005.

      Railways: Signalling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will inquire into why Network Rail is installing an obsolete signalling system on the Cambrian line.

      Reactor Animals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken any research into whether the tabular valuation mechanism has speeded up the removal of reactor animals.

      Sir Alan Sugar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the enterprise champion, Sir Alan Sugar, will be advising the Government on the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill.

      Waterways: Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have received from United Kingdom farmers to the new legal obligations to avoid pollution of lakes, ponds and rivers on their property.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when officials first raised the European working time directive's impact upon (a) training, and (b) service provision, with the Secretary of State for Health.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Department of Health has made should full compliance with the European working time directive not be achieved in August.

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