Written answers

Monday, 14 September 2009

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cricket

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many registered amateur cricket clubs there were in each region in (a) 2000, (b) 2002, (c) 2004, (d) 2006 and (e) 2008.

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1376W, on public expenditure, how much his Department (a) allocated...

      English Heritage: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average price of entry to an English Heritage property was in (a) 1996-97, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

      Heritage Lottery Fund: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been distributed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (a) in cash terms and (b) expressed in current prices in each year since...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when a reply will be sent to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton's letter dated 27 July 2009 to him with regard to Ms Gina...

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of music venues and rehearsal spaces which have closed in (a) London and (b) each region in...

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the 12 pilot community music rehearsal spaces announced in December 2007 to be operational.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria will be applied to the assessment of local authority bids for Phase 2 funding from his Department's free swimming initiative.

  • Transport

    • A1(M): Hertfordshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects the roadworks on the A1(M) in the vicinity of junction 4 to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

    • A1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when the (a) Blyth fly-over and (b) associated A1 improvements in Nottinghamshire will be open.

      A14: Kettering

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when physical construction work on widening the A14 between junctions 7 and 9 around Kettering is scheduled to (a) start and (b) finish.

      A14: Kettering

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the (a) average and (b) peak daily traffic volumes for the A14 between junctions 7 and 10 around Kettering were in the latest period...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department plans to take to assist local authorities to meet the cost of freedom passes for pensioners and the disabled.

      Corby Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport further to his letter to the chair of the Transport Select Committee dated 6 July 2009, how many passengers (a) boarded and (b) alighted...

      Kettering Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many passengers travelling (a) north and (b) south on the Midland Mainline (i) boarded and (ii) alighted from trains at Kettering...

      London Midland: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the minimum level of service required to be delivered on any particular day of the week is for London Midland to fulfil its rail...

      London Midland: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment has been made of whether the level of service provided by London Midland on 6 September 2009 was in compliance with the...

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department holds on the effects of the ethanol and bio content of some modern fuels on fibreglass fuel tanks and...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the estimated cost to the public purse is of the work (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned by Network Rail into possible new...

      Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the estimated cost to the public purse is of High Speed Two's work to produce a report on a possible new rail link between London and...

      Rescue Services: Hope Cove

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1272W, on rescue services: Hope Cove, what the basis is of the operational...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects on human health of odours from agricultural muck-spreading.

    • Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made on the implementation of codes of practice for animal welfare under the Animal Welfare Act...

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he had on his recent visit to Ilam Hall Youth Hostel on the role of the Youth Hostels Association in...

      European Fisheries Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to seek funding from the European Fisheries Fund to assist the fishing industry following the agreement of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development on UK...

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's plans are for expenditure on flood defences in 2010-11; and how much it spent in 2009-10.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to increase the UK's self-sufficiency in food.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of the percentage of food consumed in the UK which was grown in the UK in the latest period for which...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many waste incinerators were operational in England at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of waste arisings incinerated in each year since 1997.

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions there have been for offences related to poor air quality arising from incinerator use in each year...

      Incinerators

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

      Office of Water Services: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the change in (a) staff costs and (b) other costs was between the Ofwat Business Plan for (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.

      Water: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued on the implementation of the EU Water Directive.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff from his Department are based in the provincial reconstruction team base in Lashkar Gar; what proportion of such staff...

    • Afghanistan: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the value to farmers in Afghanistan of growing (a) pomegranates and (b) poppies in the latest period for...

      Eritrea: International Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided to Radio Erena to broadcast to Eritrea in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the monetary value of his Department's aid seized by the government of Sudan; what steps he is taking to...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 956W, on housing,...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of suspected trafficked children who have gone missing from local authority care in each...

    • Children: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what arrangements have been made for the full implementation within the National Referral Mechanism of the provision of Article...

      Children's Centres: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much was spent on the Sure Start Children's Centres block of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant in each...

      Children's Centres: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what Sure Start children's centres are open in Hendon; what services each provides; what (a) capital and (b) revenue funding for...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of students aged 16 to 18 years in each secondary school in Hendon were in receipt of education...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils achieved (a) five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C and (b) five or more GCSEs at grades A*...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which five non-core curriculum subjects the number of GCSE entries was highest in (a) maintained comprehensive, (b)...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which state schools in England serve a school population aged from three to 18 years old.

      Schools: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the allocation for Barnet for (a) dedicated schools grant and (b) guaranteed funding per pupil is for (i) 2009, (ii) 2010...

      Schools: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in Hendon have received central government capital funds other than devolved formula capital since 1997; how much...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when Ofsted plan to report on their review of special educational needs.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission research into educational provision for children in each category of special educational needs.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching appointments were made in England in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what percentage...

  • Home Department

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of employees in his Department are (a) women and (b) men; and what the average hourly pay of (i) male and (ii) female...

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the level of vulnerability of the electricity supply network to malicious damage.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many incidents of malicious damage to the electricity network in the UK have been recorded in the last five years.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of the conditions imposed by domestic energy suppliers on customers on social tariffs on...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households designated as being in fuel poverty which use (a) heating oil, (b)...

      Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the merits of extending the remit of Ofgem to include responsibility for regulation of the...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the reported (a) 84 per cent. increase in helicopter hours and (b) 60 per cent. increase in the number of helicopters available to British...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the journalist Michael Yon is no longer embedded with British armed forces in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) Jackal, (b) Panther and (c) Viking vehicles in Afghanistan are fully operational.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of food consumed by members of the armed forces in Helmand province consisted of locally-grown agricultural products in the latest period...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Tornado airframes deployed to Afghanistan have been unserviceable for more than 30 days since the date of deployment since 2001.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopter journeys have been made to transfer civilian staff to and from the provincial reconstruction team base in Lashkar Gar in the last 12...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the budget of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom was spent in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales in...

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has received requests for UK troops to be deployed to Afghanistan from (a) NATO and (b) individual NATO member states in the last six months.

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have served in Afghanistan since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of bullying in each of the armed forces have been reported in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the budget of the Defence Medical Services was spent in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure his Department incurred on postgraduate education for serving members of the armed forces normally based in (a) England, (b) Scotland,...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was charged to occupants of Modern Housing Solutions housing for damage to that housing in each financial year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future training for members of the Indonesian Kopassus Special Forces by the UK Joint Counter-Terrorist Training and Advisory...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to improve the provision of mental health services to serving and former members of the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel normally based in Scotland were referred to the Priory Clinic as (a) inpatients and (b) outpatients in each year since 2003.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what grounds applications to join the armed forces may be rejected.

      Depleted Uranium: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times and at what locations depleted uranium shells have been test-fired in Scotland in each of the last five years; (2) how much is...

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of (a) the Global Positioning System and (b) NIDAR radar for missile tracking.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many missile practice camps there were at each UK missile range in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009 to date; what missiles were tested at each; how many camps...

      Helicopters: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the adequacy of the provision of helicopters for use by...

      Met Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria determine the awarding of bonuses to staff at the Met Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the level of use of each British military training site was in each of the last 10 years.

      Oil: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the (a) environmental and (b) safety impact of the oil spill at Faslane on 29 July 2009; and what steps he plans to...

      Territorial Army: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on each university corps in the University Officer Training Corps in each year since 1997.

      Type 42 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on recycling decommissioned Type 42 destroyers to date.

      Type 42 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where each of the Type 42 destroyers which remain to be decommissioned will be recycled.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account his Department took of levels of taxation of air travel in (a) the Netherlands and (b) Belgium in assessing the likely effect of changes in...

    • Financial Services: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the UK financial services sector on the likely effects on competitiveness in the sector of an...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties are recorded with each (a) individual dwelling house code and (b) value significant code in the local authority areas of Shropshire,...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what external legal costs the Valuation Office Agency has incurred on cases relating to the new retrospective business rates being levied on firms in ports;...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which QCs have been hired by the Valuation Office Agency in relation to valuation hearings and tribunals relating to the new retrospective business rates...

      Valuation Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Valuation Office Agency's policy is on whether property attribute data on individual dwellings are treated as personal data under the Data...

      Valuation Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Valuation Office Agency's freedom of information disclosure log for December 2006, what the Agency's policy is on using information...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) contractors on its behalf have spent (i) in total and (ii) since September 2005 on the automated...

      Valuation Office: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 30 of the Valuation Office Agency's Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09, HC 521, what the reasons were for the level of the increase...

      VAT: Lighting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the European VAT agreement relating to light emitting diode lightbulbs; and if he will make a...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 115W, on disability living allowance, how many applications for disability...

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in (a) England and Wales, (b) each region in England and (c) each parliamentary constituency in England and Wales...

      Employment Schemes: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what employment programmes are available for disabled people who are out of work but are (a) not eligible for and (b) not in receipt of (i)...

      Employment: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the 400 employment opportunities to be created for people with learning disabilities by her Department as identified in the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate her Department has made of the total monetary value of payments to recipients of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to reply to the letter of 9 July 2009 from the hon. Member for Walsall North, transferred from the Cabinet Office, concerning a...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance and (b) employment and support allowance claims have commenced in each quarter...

  • Justice

    • Conditional Cautions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice following the pilots that commenced on 1 September 2008, what decision the Government have made regarding the use of conditional cautions for vulnerable...

    • Convictions: Fraud

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

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions were brought and (b) convictions were secured for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each local authority area in...

      Departmental Drinking Water

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

      Departmental Drinking Water

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on the maintenance of his departmental website in each of the last two years.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish draft legislation on reform of the House of Lords; if he will take steps to promote the Government's proposals for a wholly or...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter of 12 August 2009 from the hon. Member for Walsall North concerning a constituent; and what the reasons are for the...

      National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much the annual budget for the National Archives (a) has been in each year since 1997 and (b) is for 2009-10; (2) which organisations were...

      Political Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he intends to use his powers under section 143(6) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 to produce rules for the inclusion...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average daily allocation of funding is for food for a prisoner in England.

      Prisoners: Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoner transfer applications have been received from foreign governments since 2005; and how many such applications have been (a)...

      Prisoners: Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoner transfer agreements the Government has signed with foreign governments since 1979; and on what date each such agreement was signed.

      Prisoners: Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what overwhelming United Kingdom interests he took into account in agreeing to a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya which did not exclude Mr....

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of (a) male and (b) female prisoners are in paid employment within prison.

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of (a) male and (b) female offenders released from prison were in sustained employment (i) three months, (ii) six months and (iii) one...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) certified normal accommodation and (b) total capacity to house female prisoners is.

      Prisoners: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Libyan prisoners have been requested to be transferred to Libya since the ratification of the prisoner transfer agreement with the Libyan...

      Prisoners: Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners on parole from Whitemoor Prison (a) breached their parole terms and (b) his Department has lost touch with in each of the last 15...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners have been placed on suicide watch while serving a custodial sentence of each type in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) ships, (b) hospitals and (c) other sites in public ownership other than sites owned by the Ministry of Defence representatives of his...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether Lancaster is under consideration as a potential site for a new 1,500 place prison.

      Prisons: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many abstinence-based therapeutic programmes there are for drug and alcohol addiction in women's prisons; and how many prisoners (a) entered and...

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each ethnic group were convicted of racially aggravated offences in 2007; and for what offences they were convicted.

      Reoffenders: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the 954 offenders who had their licence recalled in 2008-09 and have not been returned to custody are foreign nationals.

      Michael Shields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to make a final decision on a pardon in the case of Michael Shields.

      Michael Shields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of legal advice and representation in the concluded judicial review in the case concerning Michael Shields.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of (a) the Office of Public Sector Information logo and (b) other rebranding of Her Majesty's Stationery Office as the Office of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 351W, on central government: public relations, which public relations firms were on...

    • Civil Servants: Resignations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many senior civil servants resigned from office to take up positions in the private sector in each of the last 10 years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Chelmsford

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of young people aged between 18 and 24 years resident in the Chelmsford local authority area claimed jobseeker's allowance...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department's Performance Delivery Team has had with strategic health authorities on the response times of the Greater Manchester...

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many manufacturers of generic antibiotics had operating manufacturing units at which generic antibiotics were manufactured in the UK (a) in 1997 and...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) people and (b) children underwent an emergency hospital admission following an asthma attack in 2008.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding was allocated to each primary care trust from the £50 million provided for funding breaks for carers in 2009-10; (2) how much...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received on the age at which cervical cancer screening starts; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will...

      Clinical Physiologists: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish a summary of the responses received in the consultation on The Future of the Healthcare Science Workforce:...

      Doctors: Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust takes to establish the qualifications of doctors contracted to MK Doc.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors (a) of each nationality and (b) qualified in each country (i) are and (ii) have been contracted by MK Doc out-of-hours service since...

      Health Professions: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hours of (a) general practitioners', (b) nursing, (c) dentists' and (d) surgeons' time was available in the NHS per head of population in (i)...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue was generated by charges on (a) staff, (b) patients and (c) others for the use of car parks at (i) Broomfield and (ii) St John's...

      Learning Disability: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of adults with learning disabilities were in settled accommodation (a) in total and (b) in each of the smallest...

      Mental Health: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of adults receiving secondary mental health services were in employment (a) in total and (b) in each of the smallest...

      Motor Neurone Disease: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when officials from his Department last met representatives of the Motor Neurone Disease Association to discuss wheelchair services; and if he will make a...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the recent report on NHS staffing by McKinsey and Company was commissioned by his Department; and at what cost.

      Olympic Games 2012: Manpower

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

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will exempt from the payment of prescription charges those with coeliac disease.

      Smoking: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to enforce legislation on smoking in vehicles used for business purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) fines, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been against managers or occupants of smoke-free premises for (i) failure to...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the health benefits of the free swimming initiative for children...

      Swine Flu: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to assist Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust to cope with increases in cases of swine flu; and if he will make a statement.

      Swine Flu: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of (a) Tamiflu and (b) Relenza (i) have been and (ii) are planned to be made available to Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust; how many...

      Swine Flu: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of swine flu were registered by Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust in each week of the last six months; and if he will make a...

      Tobacco: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of the prohibition of tobacco point of sale displays on public health.

      West Sussex Primary Care Trust: Management Consultants:

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much West Sussex Primary Care Trust estimates it will spend on management consultancy in 2009-10.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arctic Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he received on the seizure through piracy of the vessel Arctic Sea and its passage through the English Channel;...

    • Eritrea: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens have been held for questioning in Eritrea by the Eritrean secret police in each of the last five...

      Holidays Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on each of its campaigns aimed at Britons travelling abroad in each year since 2001; what research...

      Horn of Africa: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to support the establishment of an EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa region; when he...

      Israel: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department submitted a further request for an explanation from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are working full-time on assisting the victims of IRA terrorism to seek compensation from...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects his Department's unit dedicated to helping those affected by Irish Republican Army terrorism and their families...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the team being established in his Department to provide assistance to those affected by Irish Republican Army terrorism...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to prevent UK nationals being taken hostage off the coast of Somalia.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of its projects Advantage West Midlands has (a) reviewed and (b) cancelled in the last 12 months.

    • Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the merits of funding research on the effects on the economy of downsizing by companies.

      Business Links

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints have been received by his Department in the last 12 months in relation to the health check offered...

      Business Links

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the take-up rate among businesses of Business Link's health...

      Business Links

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of complaints received by Business Link were answered in (a) 10, (b) 11 to 15, (c) 16...

      Business Links

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what targets exist for the time within which Business Link responds to complaints received; and what the equivalent...

      Business Links

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints were received by Business Link in each of the last four years.

      Business: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department and its predecessors allocated to the development of small businesses in (a) Essex...

      Business: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department and its predecessors allocated to the development of information technology businesses...

      Business: Insurance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many applications have been (a) received and (b) approved under the trade credit insurance top-up scheme...

      Business: Insurance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications made under the trade credit insurance top up scheme from businesses with an annual turnover of...

      Business: Insurance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications made under the trade credit insurance top up scheme have been rejected because applicants were...

      Business: Kent

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) rate and (b) percentage of business failure in Folkestone and Hythe constituency has been in each...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answers of 17 October 2007, Official Report, column 1148W, and of 10 September 2007, Official...

      Debts: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist those with high levels of personal debt; what steps Ministers in his...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of applications for jobs relating to contracts let by his Department from those (a) with...

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many advertisements for contracts with his Department have included reference to the need for security clearance...

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applicants for contracts with his Department who were previously security cleared but whose clearance had...

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on what occasions the Secretary of State has visited Dorneywood since his appointment.

      Electoral Commission: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1443W, on Electoral Commission: codes of practice,...

      Employment Schemes: Coventry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps the Government has taken to assist young people in Coventry to secure employment.

      Further Education: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the net change in the number of teaching staff in further education colleges was over the academic year 2008-09.

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps the Government has taken to assist graduates to secure employment.

      Graduates: Work Experience

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many graduates have obtained a place on the National Internship Scheme (a) in England and (b) in Coventry.

      Graduates: Work Experience

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for how long the National Internship Scheme is planned to operate.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of funded, full-time university places that will be available for students...

      Innovation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Building Britain's Future document, what mechanisms will be used to ensure that the new...

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with London Metropolitan University on (a) job losses and (b) reductions in...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of payments made under the Vehicle Scrappage Scheme to date relate to vehicles written...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent on the vehicle scrappage scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many cars have been scrapped under his Department's scheme for vehicles over 10 years old; and how many of those...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individuals have claimed the £2,000 allowance for scrapped vehicles over 10 years old in respect of more...

      Overseas Trade: Afghanistan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken with the government of Afghanistan to encourage the export from Afghanistan to Britain of (a)...

      Regional Development Agencies: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding each regional development agency has granted to trade union bodies since each such agency was established.

      Response With Responsibility

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to respond to the recommendations contained in the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council's May 2009...

      Risk and Regulation Advisory Council: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the budget of the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council is for 2009-10; and how much the Council spent on (a)...

      Safety: Window Blinds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2009, Official Report, column 324W, on domestic appliances: safety, what assessment...

      Students: Radicalism

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lancaster and Wyre of 15 July 2009, Official Report, column 507W, on...

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