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Written answers

Thursday, 25 June 2009

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to restrict the means by which business may promote alcohol consumption.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

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

      Anti-Terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend counter-terrorism legislation in light of the recent Law Lords ruling on control orders;...

      Community Policing

      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) Essex and (b) Castle Point.

      Data Protection Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether all refusals of access to personal data held by his Department for the purpose of safeguarding national security are subject to a...

      Fingerprints: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who have not been convicted of a crime have their fingerprint records retained on the National Fingerprint Database.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which countries the UK has a visa facilitation agreement.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications from (a) Afghanistan and (b) Pakistan were referred from entry clearance points in those countries to London for...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the colleges that withdrew of their own volition from the new UK Border Agency register process currently sponsor visas for...

      Police Community Support Officers: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers were assaulted while on duty in each of the last three years.

      Police: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the budget for policing in Plymouth was in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; (2) what percentage of the budget for policing in...

      Police: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to promote the uptake of collaborative procurement strategies within police forces in England, as...

  • Women and Equality

    • Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality on what criteria her most recent estimate of the gender pay gap in the (a) public and (b) private sector is based.

    • Breast Feeding

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will bring forward proposals to provide a legal right for women to breastfeed in public places.

      Females: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what her estimate is of the number of women trafficked into the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation in 2008.

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 826W, on rape: victim support schemes, what use was made of the £200,000 of the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2009, Official Report, column 1405W, on departmental billing, how much his Department's...

    • Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on relocation costs for new members of staff in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many laptop computers belonging to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have been lost or stolen in the last five years.

      Departmental Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what crèche facilities his Department provides for its employees working in Whitehall.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) paid and (b) unpaid graduate internships his Department has awarded in each of the last six months.

      Rugby: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will investigate allegations of illegal drug consumption by individuals associated with rugby football.

      Taking Part Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the results of the Taking Part Survey for 2008-09 to be published.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her latest estimate is of the cost of hosting the London 2012 Olympic cycling events at the VeloPark.

  • Northern Ireland

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Postal Votes

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many forms of ballot paper are used for postal voting in elections.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Chondrocalcinosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent research has been commissioned by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies on whether chondrocalcinosis can result from industrial...

    • 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 arising from road-based transport used for administrative operations by...

      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 arising from air travel by staff in her Department in (a) 2006-07 and...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many UK citizens resident in other EU countries who are entitled to receive disability living allowance payments have claims outstanding;...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance her Department issues to the relevant authorities on the extent of areas in which persons are liable to be affected by a major...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what average length of time jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants resident in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point received JSA in each of the...

      Pension Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Pensions Service spent on consultants in each of the last five years.

      Petrol: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what developments within development proximity zones surrounding (a) large-scale petrol storage depots and (b) onshore non-nuclear major...

      Public Information Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the radius is of public information zones surrounding (a) large-scale petrol storage depots and (b) onshore non-nuclear major hazard...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what use her Department makes of voice risk analysis products; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of their use in her...

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to which benefits recipients who move to another country in the European Economic Area continue to be entitled when they are no longer resident...

      Unemployed: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate she has made of the marginal cost of providing the 75,000 additional training places under the six month offer to the...

  • Treasury

    • Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (1) if he will list the names and locations of structures sited on Crown Estate land but not owned by the Crown Estate to which repair work has been...

    • Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent by the Crown Estate on repairs to historic structures within its care or ownership in each of the last five years.

      Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by the Crown Estate on (a) piers and (b) harbours (i) owned by the Crown Estate and (ii) located on Crown Estate land in each of the...

      Departmental Nurseries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what crèche facilities his Department provides for its employees working in Whitehall.

      EU: Legislation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of statutory obligations provided for by legislation on matters for which his Department is responsible which...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimated additional revenue would be raised in 2010-11 by increasing the higher rate of income tax to 50 per cent. for one year for those with incomes...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 25 February 2009 on behalf of Mr. Bracey of Coalpit Heath, acknowledged by his...

      Monetary Policy Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether taking up full-time residence in the UK is a condition of the appointment of Adam Posen to the Monetary Policy Committee.

      Revenue and Customs: Maladministration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the error rate in activity dealing with EU claims relating to business and taxation was at HM Revenue and Customs (a) Ty-Glas, (b) Bootle and (c)...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2009, Official Report, column 444W, on HM Revenue and Customs: manpower, how many grades of officer there are in HM...

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made an estimate of the effects of swine influenza on inflation in the UK.

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the UK economy of the outbreak of swine flu.

      Taxation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2009, Official Report, columns 444-45W, on taxation: alcoholic drinks, whether he has made an estimate of the revenue...

      Taxation: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress he has made in negotiations with Crown Dependencies on the establishment of tax information exchange agreements; and if he will make a...

      Valuation Office: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance the Office for Government Commerce has provided to the Valuation Office Agency on Gateway reviews; and what the (a) title of each project...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel are deployed on operations; and what the location is of each such deployment.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many service personnel have had salary payments reduced or stopped in order to offset overpayments made as a result of errors in the Joint...

      Armed Forces: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of armed forces personnel in each service were (a) unable to deploy and (b) only able to undertake limited deployment for...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of the procurement of (a) aircraft carriers, (b) Joint Strike Fighter, (c) the Trident replacement programme,...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on defence procurement in each of the armed services in the latest year for which figures are available; and how much of that...

      EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the proportion of statutory obligations provided for by legislation on matters for which his Department is responsible which...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cameroon: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request a report from the Cameroon authorities on the (a) health of and (b) availability of medical assistance,...

    • Commonweatlh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department's White Paper on the Commonwealth is expected to be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Commonweatlh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) financial and (b) other contribution his Department will make to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in...

      Departmental Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what crèche facilities his Department provides for its employees working in Whitehall.

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which international bodies the European Commission has representational rights greater than those of the UK.

      Georgia: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to ensure the continuation of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's...

      Georgia: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had in the Council of Ministers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Indonesian government on reported attacks on civilians in the Puncak Jaya...

      Iran: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations at EU level for a prohibition on the supply to Iran of technology to inspect, monitor and filter...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the preconditions necessary for the establishment of a lasting two-state solution with regard...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the types of weapon used by Israeli forces in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what international security conditions the Government would participate in the multilateral nuclear disarmament process.

      Nuclear Weapons: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his Department's evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee's inquiry into Global Security: Non Proliferation, HC...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the security situation in (a) the province of Sindh and (b) Karachi following violence in...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions has he had with the Sri Lankan government on the return of all internally-displaced people from the former...

      Sudan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to monitor the presidential elections in Sudan in 2010.

      Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports of Tamil fighters aiding Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the shooting at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC on 10 June; and if...

  • Transport

    • Satellite Navigation Devices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the merits of regulating satellite navigation devices.

    • Rail Network: Capacity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the capacity of the rail network.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions the Secretary of State has had on the implications for air quality and road traffic congestion of a third runway at...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions the Secretary of State has had on speed limits on single-carriageway roads.

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps the Secretary of State is taking to reduce the number of uninsured drivers.

      Concessionary Travel: Jobseekers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the provision of concessionary...

      NHS Facilities: Transport Requirements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has issued any recent guidance on transport requirements in relation to new NHS facilities.

      London City Airport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions the Secretary of State has had with the National Air Traffic Service on the effect on congestion of the recent...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1124W, on departmental internet, how many (a) unique visitors and (b)...

      Ports: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effect on...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which train operator franchises include revenue support clauses.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects to publish the Fares Direction for London; and whether the Direction will specify a date by which the use of Oyster Pay As...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Mayor of London on (a) responsibility for the rail network in London and (b)...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the deferral by Network Rail of track renewals as a means to meet efficiency targets...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many direct payments to farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment Scheme have been reduced by (a) five...

    • Agriculture: Test Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department allocated for the development of environmentally-sustainable farming in the Test Valley...

      Agriculture: Test Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department allocated for the support of farmers in the Test Valley borough in each of the last five years.

      Agriculture: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government have spent on research into (a) bioreducer methods, (b) anaerobic digestion, (c) biodigestion and...

      Central Science Laboratory: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Central Science Laboratory spent on consultants in each of the last five years.

      Dairy Farming: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on assistance to farmers who lost money owing to the failure...

      Dairy Farming: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support his Department has given to dairy farmers in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of letters to his Department from hon. Members' Parliamentary offices were answered within 30 days of the...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many public consultations have been conducted by his Department since 27 June 2007; what the title of each has been; how...

      Floods: Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy that the Cabinet Committee on Flooding should meet at least three times a year.

      Floods: Canvey Island

      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 on Canvey Island which (a) are not...

      Floods: Peterborough

      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 Peterborough which (a) are not flood-resistant...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of land in England is (a) woodland and (b) covered by peat.

      Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his assessment is of the cost to farmers of livestock rustling in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 to date; and if he...

      Marine and Coastal Access Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what forecast he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of the inshore fisheries and conservation authorities...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Billericay of 6 April and 7 May 2009 regarding his...

      Ministers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hours he spent on his ministerial duties in the seven-day period beginning Sunday 7 June 2009.

      River Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely effect on levels of greenhouse gas emissions of the designation of the River Humber...

      River Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs which would be incurred if the River Humber were to be designated as a sensitive area...

      Rural Payments Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints in relation to the processing of claims by the Rural Payments Agency his Department has received in (a)...

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 96W, on sheep, what estimate has been made of the number of...

      Waste Disposal: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the use of private finance initiative funding for waste disposal projects in circumstances where the...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to (a) identify viable alternatives to child labour and (b) improve children's working conditions...

    • Africa: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist women and girls in Africa whose employment and education is jeopardised by the recession.

      Burma: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the number of people who have moved from Burma to Thailand as a result of the renewed military action...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to provide famine relief in Chin state, Western Burma in the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      Cambodia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of Government corruption on the effectiveness of UK aid to Cambodia.

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on bottled water in each of the last six months.

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many flags his Department owns; and how much has been spent on maintaining flags owned by his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) buying and (b) renting cars in the last financial year for which records are available.

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of UK overseas development aid on the level of Government corruption in natural resource...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of Government corruption on the effectiveness of UK overseas development aid to developing...

      Pakistan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the shortfall in financial assistance for the UN appeal for...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to aid refugees from the Swat valley living in camps or ad hoc accommodation; and if he will make a...

      Sri Lanka: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to aid children injured or displaced during the recent conflict in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a...

      Uganda: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to improve the survival rate of mothers during childbirth in northern Uganda; and if he will make a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Age

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the average age of the population in each district in each year since 1997.

    • Carbon Emissions: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1847W, on carbon emissions, what cross-departmental co-operation her Department is...

      Lord Paul of Marylebone

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether Lord Paul of Marylebone has a security pass for 10 Downing Street; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will take steps to ensure that all increases in senior executive pay in the public sector are below the rate of inflation.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the results of the School Sport Survey for 2008-09 to be published.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which proposals in his Department's White Paper, Communities in control: real people, real power are not planned to be implemented.

    • Demos

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

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many days on average (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies has taken to pay invoices from suppliers in each...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2009, Official Report, column 1192W, on departmental billing, how much his Department's...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from offices in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b)...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from road-based transport of administrative...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from air travel by staff in his Department in (a)...

      Departmental Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the percentage of electricity used by his Department which was derived from renewable sources in...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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 Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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...

      Departmental Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the responses received relating to the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) stage one financial viability study of the eco-towns...

      Empty Housing: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the number of empty dwellings in Milton Keynes.

      Fires: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of trends in levels of smoking in domestic premises on...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated by the Homes and Communities Agency to each local authority in each of the next two years.

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding each local authority has received from the Homes and Communities Agency since its establishment.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in each local authority area registered with HomeBuy agents in each of the last three years.

      Local Government: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates the monitoring group established under the Local Government (Early Termination of Employment) (Discretionary...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have (a) applied for and (b) been refused assistance through the Mortgage Rescue Scheme in (i) England and...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be assisted by the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme in (a)...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire which qualify for small...

      Police: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date his Department first informed Surrey Police Authority that it intended to use (a) a 2008-09 notional budget...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the role of (a) regional planning bodies and (b) regional development agencies is regarding decisions on regional funding...

      Regional Planning and Development: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirement there is for regional planning bodies to develop regional transport strategies.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date he expects to publish his Department's most recent figures on Right to Buy (a) receipts, (b) sales and (c)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration: Algae

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on the use of artificial measures to create algae bloom for the purposes of carbon capture; and if he...

    • Coal Health Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the net present value of the Coal Health Compensation Scheme is; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on the effect on progress towards energy consumption reduction...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to encourage energy suppliers to simplify (a) tariffs and (b) bill format for domestic customers.

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how the review of tidal energy in the River Severn plans to take into account the views of people resident beside the river.

  • Health

    • Chiropractic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the implementation of the new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on access to chiropractice.

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the (a) meat, (b) fruit and (c) vegetables procured by his Department in the last 12 months was produced in the UK.

      Departmental Lost Property

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

      Drugs: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the number of off-label drug treatments (a) provided and (b) denied to patients in the last 12 months; and if he will...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to primary care trusts on the application of premises criteria to the designation of general practice surgeries.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds in NHS organisations (a) there were and (b) were occupied in each ward type in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms there are for hospitals where fires have occurred to share information with other hospitals about those fires.

      Hospitals: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 21 May 2009, Official Report, column 1595W, on hospitals: ICT, if he will direct the NHS to develop a national IT protocol for...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many in-vitro fertilisation treatments were funded by the national health service in each region in each of the last three years.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department is providing for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2009-10.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of centres of excellence for people with muscular dystrophy.

      National Child Measurement Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the results of the National Child Measurement Programme for 2008-09 to be published.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) requirements and (b) regulations govern the promotion of medicines outside their licensed indication by (i) manufacturers, (ii) healthcare...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 927W, on the NHS: drugs, whether...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in commissioning a national audit of demand for unfunded drugs, as referred to on page 6 of Improving access to...

      NHS: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent by his Department on fire response training for NHS staff in each year since 2003; (2) what fire response training is being...

      NHS: Gypsies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to ensure that Gypsies and Travellers have the same access as others to the NHS.

      NHS: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the national health service spent on external consultants in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to inform primary care trusts of the Moving Beyond Sponsorship programme; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure his Department has incurred on services enabling patients to make hospital appointments in the last 12 months; and how many people worked...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the use of generic prescription drugs in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, columns 230-1W, on prescriptions: fees and charges, how many respondents there were to Professor...

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms his Department uses to ensure the efficient use of the funds allocated by his Department for the purpose of stem cell research.

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which (a) neurological research and (b) other projects his Department has allocated funding for the purpose of stem cell research.

      Strokes: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases of stroke there were in (a) males and (b) females in each age group in the London Borough of Bexley in each year since 1999.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships in each industry have been (a) advertised and (b) filled through the National...

    • Council for Science and Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what work the Council for Science and Technology (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake on energy and...

      Council for Science and Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what work the Council for Science and Technology is undertaking on future infrastructure policy.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the merits of designating electric vehicle charging points as regulated assets.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of likely future trends in the pump prices of (a) unleaded petrol and (b) diesel.

      Overseas Students: USA

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to increase the number of US students studying in this country.

      Rover Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will request the inspectors investigating MG Rover to produce a progress report setting out (a) the estimated...

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people (a) started and (b) completed a training course under the Train to Gain scheme in the last 12 months.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's press release of 17 December 2008, on funding for advice to people who have lost...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many pre-employment training places have been funded by his Department in each month since June 2007; and if he...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of pre-employment training offered by Jobcentre Plus is funded by (a) his Department and (b) the...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which 10 occupations have the largest number of unemployed workers undertaking retraining.

      Woolworths: Vocational Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many former employees of Woolworths have undertaken government retraining courses; and how many of these have...

  • Justice

    • Consultants: Ministry of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget his Department has set for expenditure on external consultants in 2009-10.

    • Departmental Lost Property

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

      Disclosure of Information: Royal Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons (a) Cabinet papers and (b) information in respect of the royal family are not included in his proposals to replace the 30-year rule...

      Driving Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each age group in each local authority area have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of driving offences in each of the last five years.

      Furniture: Ministry of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on furniture in 2008-09.

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many National Offender Management Service employees are viewed as surplus.

      Offences against Children: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of sexual offences against children in each year since 1997.

      Offences against Children: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each region of England and Wales were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted on charges relating to having sexual intercourse with an...

      Offences against Children: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were prosecuted for sexual offences against those under the age of 18 years in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and how many such...

      Prime Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consult on the merits of direct elections to the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as part of his programme for...

      Prisoners' Discharge Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who had been in custody for less than 14 days received discharge grants upon release in each of the last 10 years for which figures...

      Prisons: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his estimate is of the cost of constructing a new prison at Beam Park West; (2) whether he has made arrangements to deal with the eventuality...

      Probation Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vacant probation officer positions there are in each region.

      Probation Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) qualified probation officers and (b) Probation Service officers have been employed by the Probation Service in each quarter since the...

      Probation: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unfilled posts there are in each region in the Probation Service.

      Release on Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released on temporary licence in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Young Offenders: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average sentence for a (a) section 18 and (b) section 20 grievous bodily harm offence for those aged (i) 21 years and over and (ii)...

  • House of Lords

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes are required to domestic legislation in order to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

    • Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the police concerning the enforcement of the law against cyclists using the footpath in the area around Westminster.

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the rates for the wearing of cycle helmets were in each of the past five years among children aged (a) 8—10, (b) 11—13, (c) 14—16, and (d)...

      Elections: European Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which member states of the European Union voting was compulsory at the recent elections for the European Parliament.

      Equality Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the facility in Northern Ireland for all-women shortlists which they propose to extend to Northern Ireland in the Equality Bill from 2015 to 2030 has been...

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 4 June (WA 107), why he did not mention that European Union regulations have direct effect in the United...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WS 121—22), whether all payments made to beneficiaries of the Macfarlane Trust in...

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure increased research into the causes and treatment of Type 1 diabetes, in the light of the report in the Lancet on the number of cases of...

      Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer Question HL3139 tabled on 24 April about the occasions and circumstances when Ministers of the Government Equalities Office and its...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the figures for (a) inward immigration, and (b) net immigration, in each of the past 12 years.

      National Parks Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the full report of the review team's work on the National Parks Authority will be published.

      National Policy Statements

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether proposals for the way in which the House of Lords will scrutinise national policy statements are under consideration; and, if not, when this matter will...

      New Forest: National Park

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the revised draft National Park Plan for the New Forest National Park will be produced; and how long the consultation on it will last.

      New Forest: Riding Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many commercial riding schools there were in the New Forest in each year from 1992 to 2008.

      Post Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose to Post Office Limited measures to address morale amongst Post Office workers, in the context of the Postal Services Bill.

      Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the United Kingdom is importing glass bottles, used tin cans and scrap paper to keep United Kingdom recycling plants...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish Sir Robin Auld's final report on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial consequences to the United Kingdom of imposing direct rule on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Window Blind Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to take actions concerning looped cords for blinds and curtains following the recommendations of the sheriff in Alloa at the conclusion of the...

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