Written answers

Friday, 3 July 2009

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps the Government plan to take to ensure universal availability of broadband access in the UK; (2) what...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has allocated for the roll-out of high-speed broadband in the next three years.

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely effect on (a) gross domestic product per capita and (b) average personal...

      Broadband: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies offered high-speed broadband services to households in (a) Mid Bedfordshire and (b) the East of...

      Broadband: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department has allocated for expansion of high-speed broadband usage in (a) Mid Bedfordshire and...

      Broadband: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to ensure competition among high-speed broadband providers in Mid Bedfordshire.

      Broadband: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many households in (a) Mid Bedfordshire and (b) the East of England had access to high-speed broadband services...

      Broadband: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many households in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point have had access to high-speed broadband services in each year...

      Broadband: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies offered high-speed broadband services to households in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each...

      Broadband: Merseyside

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies offered high-speed broadband services to households in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in each year...

      Broadband: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of households in Milton Keynes which do not have access to high-speed broadband.

      Broadband: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding the Government has allocated for expansion of high-speed broadband usage in Milton Keynes.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people living in remote rural areas who have access to broadband.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the number of businesses taking out loans under the (a) Working Capital and (b)...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Southend-on-Sea have (a) applied for and (b) received assistance from the (i) Enterprise...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Peterborough have (a) applied for and (b) received assistance from the (i) Enterprise Finance...

      Cabinet: Glasgow

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what car journeys were taken by the Secretary of State in attending the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009.

      Credit: Insurance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications have been (a) received and (b) accepted for the credit insurance scheme announced in Budget 2009.

      Demos

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

      Departmental Business Plans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to publish a business plan for his Department.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from road-based transport for...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from air travel by staff in his Department...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of letters to his Department's predecessor from hon. Members' parliamentary offices were answered...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Electricity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the percentage of electricity used by his Department and its predecessors which was...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total budget of his Department is for (a) 2009-10 and (b) each of the following four years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing his Department following the recent machinery of Government changes.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost of establishing his Department is.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date the domain name (a) www.berr.gov.uk, (b) www.dius.gov.uk and (c) www.bis.gov.uk was registered.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills on marketing itself during its existence.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department (a) has spent to date and (b) plans to spend on its (i) signage, (ii) websites, (iii)...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessor spent on event management services in each of the last three years; and...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills' Departmental Report for 2009 to be published.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of rebranding necessitated by the creation of his Department; and under what...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) volume and (b) percentage of waste his Department and its predecessors recycled in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of merging the Department of Innovation, Universities and...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of re-branding the Department for Business, Enterprise and...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what expenditure was incurred by his Department's predecessors on the establishment of the Department for Innovation,...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what committees the Secretary of State chairs; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which Minister in his Department will take over responsibility for the Digital Britain agenda from Lord Carter of...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to recommendation 57 on page 16 of the Digital Britain White Paper, what assistance his Department will...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the annual revenue to the public purse of the proposed levy of 50 pence per month on each fixed...

      Digital Technology: Conferences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to (a) his Department and (b) the public purse was of hosting the Digital Britain Summit on 17 April 2009.

      Employment Agencies: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employment agencies have been found by a court to have been in breach of the law in respect of allegations...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will bring forward proposals for Government support for trade credit insurance for exports in line with...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of those resident in (a) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c)...

      Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to reduce levels of anti-Semitism in universities;...

      London Development Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and...

      Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of Lord Davies of Abersoch's working time as a Minister is spent on matters relating to his Department.

      Network Design and Procurement Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements he proposes to make for the recruitment of the chief executive officer of the Network Design and...

      Network Design and Procurement Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria he will use to select members of the Network Design and Procurement Group announced in the Digital...

      Phorm

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish his Department's replies to the European Communications Commissioner's letters of 30 June 2008, 6...

      Phorm

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the compliance with UK and EU legislation of the use of Phorm's...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the merits of the Post Bank initiative.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of community-run post offices which have closed in each year since 1997.

      Regeneration: Bournemouth

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding South West Regional Development Agency has allocated to the regeneration of Shelley Manor in Bournemouth...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what regional strategies each regional development agency is participating in.

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent changes there have been to the investment budgets of each regional development agency.

      Regional Development Agencies: Mass Media

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations have provided media monitoring services to (a) each of the regional development agencies and (b)...

      Rover Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received the report of the inspectors investigating MG Rover.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

    • Grants for Education Support and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many families were (a) eligible for and (b) awarded grants under the Home Access Grant scheme in the (i) Oldham and (ii)...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils who are permanently excluded from a mainstream maintained (a) primary and (b) secondary...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2009, Official Report, column 50W, on pupil exclusions, how many of the exclusions were from...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on energy efficiency measures for his Department's and its predecessor's estate in each year from 2004 to...

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to his Department of press office staff other than press officers has been in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in his Department will reach the age of 65 by the year 2011.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding has been allocated to his core Department in real terms in (a) 2009-10 and (b) each of the next three years.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 203W, on official hospitality, in what format the intranet staff...

      Environment Protection: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding (a) the Government Office for London and (b) his Department has given to (i) Capital Standards and (ii) the...

      Fire Service College: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department and its agencies have allocated for the advertisement of non-executive director posts at the...

      Fire Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 318W, on fire services, whether staff in the London Fire...

      Fires: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the (a) number and (b) location of refuse fires reported as having been deliberately...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provision for redistribution mechanisms has been made in changes to the Housing Revenue Account system proposed by his...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 833W, on housing: construction, how many and what proportion of...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were purchased under (a) OwnHome, (b) MyChoice HomeBuy and (c) Open Market HomeBuy in each of the last three...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre has been retained in public ownership.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what terms and conditions are set by his Department in relation to the provision of funding from his Department's budget to (a)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of jobs to be created through digital radio switchover.

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will hold discussions with his Israeli counterpart to seek to improve collaboration between the UK and Israel in (a) theatre,...

      National Lottery: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Lottery funding has been allocated to organisations in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each of the last five years.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on each type of fuel in each zone in which British troops are engaged in military action in each of the last three years.

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine is expected to start delivering services in Birmingham.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the new (a) staff and patient accommodation block, (b) prosthetic limb workshop and (c) neurological laboratory at the Defence Medical...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial and (b) other arrangements his Department has put in place to support families visiting patients at (i) the Royal Centre for Defence...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have received a Certificate of Cessation of Entitlement to Occupy Service Living Accommodation (a) five months, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on (a) the Gurkha Pension Scheme, (b) the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005 and (c) the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975 in the last...

      Armed Forces: Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed services have been diagnosed with swine flu.

      Combat Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has provided to each Combat Stress centre for providing treatment to war pensioners in each of the last 10 years; and how many...

      Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has approved a review note authorising funding for the Defence Training Review Package 1 planning process.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which military (a) bases and (b) other sites owned by his Department containing accommodation areas are (i) redundant and (ii) shortly to become...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original target date for the completion of the first increment of the Defence Information Infrastructure programme was; when the original target...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Defence Information Infrastructure programme was estimated to cost at the latest date for which figures are available; and what the original...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the (a) total and (b) unit cost of the new Tranche 3 Eurofighter.

      Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when each Royal Navy frigate in service is due to be taken out of service.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkha soldiers have died while serving with the UK armed forces since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkha soldiers who served with the UK armed forces before 1997 receive no pension from his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft of each type are available for use on (a) operations and (b) training within the armed forces.

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of measures to preserve the identities of the battalions which make up the Royal...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to encourage young people to (a) remain in farming and (b) take up farming as a career.

    • Agriculture: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department allocated to the development of agricultural businesses in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point...

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress in the BTV8 vaccination programme; what recent assessment he has made of the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average amount of time was between the reporting of an initial test for bovine...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2009, Official Report, column 938W, on bovine tuberculosis: vaccination, if he will...

      Dairy Farmers of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the receivers of the Dairy Farmers of Britain co-operative on payment of the May 2009 milk...

      Dairy Farmers of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the receivers of the Dairy Farmers of Britain co-operative about the business...

      Dairy Farmers of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the UK dairy industry on the collapse of the Dairy Farmers of...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports his Department received of the financial difficulties faced by the cooperative Dairy Farmers in Britain before...

      Pollution: Tame Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the risk of diffuse pollution from (a) agriculture, (b) transport and (c)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Columbia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to monitor the number of allegations of human rights abuses made against Colombian security force...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of relations between the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Armed Forces...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Operation Kimia II against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of allegations of the use by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda of Congolese...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on attacks on the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo by Democratic Forces for...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2009, Official Report, columns 621-22W, on the Democratic Republic of Congo: mining, what...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) military equipment and (b) troops required for the UN Mission in the Democratic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo to protect civilians in...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Iran on the protection of religious and ethnic minorities.

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) funding and (b) other assistance his Department has provided to support the National Accord in Kenya in the last...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the role of the government of Egypt in the distribution of humanitarian aid to...

      Sri Lanka: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of allegations that candidates for the Jaffna Municipal Council elections in Sri Lanka have...

      Sudan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received any recent reports of the harassment of civil society organisations engaged in voter education and...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to seek the inclusion of a human rights monitoring role for the United Nations MINURSO mission.

      World Political Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on regional security in (a) Asia, (b) the Americas,...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women who had an abortion in 2008 were married at the time of the abortion; what the modal (a) age of the women, (b) length of...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) 18, (b) 17, (c) 16, (d) 15, (e) 14, (f) 13 and (g) 12 years old in each strategic health authority area who had had (i)...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) 18 to 24 years and (b) 25 to 30 years old in each strategic health authority area who had had (i) one, (ii) two, (ii) three,...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) people, (b) under 18 year-olds, (c) under 16 year-olds and (d) under 12 year-olds were given drug rehabilitation treatment for each type...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies have been diagnosed as having foetal alcohol syndrome in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many armed forces veterans have received priority NHS care in each of the last 10 years.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of primary care trusts which have implemented National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to revise his Department's guidance on good practice in continence services issued in 2000.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many episodes of level (a) 3 and (b) 2 critical care there were in each NHS trust in England in 2008.

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for an NHS operation was in (a) the East of England, (b) Essex and (c) Castle Point in (i) 1997 and (ii) each of the last...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether nurses receive (a) pre-registration and (b) post-registration education and training in the provision of continence services.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 219 of his Department's Annual Report 2009, whether the projections for prescription charge income take account of his Department's...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Security Guards: Parliament

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many days sickness absence have been taken by security officers of each category working on the...

  • International Development

    • Kenya: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to build capacity to support democratic institutions in Kenya.

    • Kenya: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to the government of Kenya for the promotion and implementation of the National Accord.

      Kenya: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to assist the development of civic society in Kenya.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department funded in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much bilateral aid his Department provided to Pakistan in each of the last five years; and on what projects such aid was spent.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much money has been spent on maintaining flags owned by his Department in the last year.

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on the maintenance of his departmental website in each year since 2007.

      Fraud: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for offences of fraud in relation to property leases there were in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c) Teesside and...

      Judicial Appointments for England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many recommendations for the appointment of judges have been made to him in his capacity as Lord Chancellor in each of the last three years.

      Judicial Appointments for England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appointments the Judicial Appointments Commission has made in each of the last three years.

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average period of imprisonment had been served by prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment who were released in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      National Offender Management Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the National Offender Management Service has spent on staff salaries in each financial year since its establishment.

      Police: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were fined for an offence of (a) wasting police time and (b) giving a false report in each year since 2003.

      Probation Officers: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation staff, excluding trainee probation officers, were in post in the Probation Service in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on 31...

      Probation Officers: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation staff, excluding trainee probation officers, were in post in the Probation Service in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on 31...

      Probation Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many probation staff, excluding trainee probation officers, were in post in the Probation Service in England and Wales on 31 December 2007; (2)...

      Probation: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) probation staff and (b) trainee probation officers he expects will be made redundant in Staffordshire probation area in (i) 2009-10 and...

      Road Traffic Offences: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for road traffic offences relating to the use of personal transporters there were in the calendar years (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much his Department has spent on water coolers in each of the last six months; (2) how much his Department spent on bottled water in...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 2004-05...

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many flags his Department owns.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which (a) sections of his Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have requested money saved from...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to the public purse of the Consultative Group on the Past has been since its inception in June 2007.

  • Prime Minister

    • Draft Legislative Programme

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on his draft legislative programme for 2009-10 prior to its...

    • Eastern Europe

      To ask the Prime Minister on what occasions since June 2007 he has met (a) President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic, (b) President Lech Kaczynski of Poland and (c) President Dmitri...

      Email

      To ask the Prime Minister whether members of the public are able to email the Prime Minister.

      Intelligence and Security Committee: Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) date of appointment to post is of each member of staff providing support to the Intelligence and Security Committee.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's (a) target and (b) actual performance for the time taken to respond to correspondence was in the most recent period for which...

    • Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any full-time equivalent members of staff in his Department are working on projects relating to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any full-time equivalent staff in (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on projects relating to legacy planning for...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Ashford of 23 October 2008, reference 62109/2008.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 5 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. E. Warne.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 5 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. E Warne.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what upgrade is being undertaken to the National Insurance computer system; what assessment he has made of the effect of the upgrade on (a) access to...

      Public Service Delivery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps his Department has taken to co-ordinate the improvement of public service delivery.

  • Wales

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department's (a) target and (b) actual performance for the time taken to respond to correspondence was in the most recent period for which...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what information databases the Government Equalities Office (a) maintain and (b) uses which do not contain personal information.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been in receipt of carer's allowance in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in the last 12 months.

    • Carer's Allowance: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of carer's allowance in (a) the London borough of Enfield and (b) Enfield North constituency on the latest...

      Disability Living Allowance: Epilepsy

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

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