Written answers

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have successfully applied for anti-social behaviour orders against their tenants in the last three years.

    • Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to move debt from highly indebted local authorities to those with no debt as part of his plans for a...

      Empty Shops Funding Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been (a) distributed to each local authority through the Empty Shops Funding Grant and (b) subsequently...

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have commenced but not yet completed processes for the approval of a new Local Development Framework;...

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have approved Local Development Frameworks with provision for new house building at a level lower than...

      Local Government: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the receipt of gratuities and hospitality by staff.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 100 elected local authority representatives had the highest total remuneration in the latest year for which information is...

      National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the contracts of each member of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit board expire; and what plans he has...

      National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent staff members the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit employed in each of the last three years.

      National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has reviewed the effectiveness of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit's remit.

      Refuges: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic violence refuges there are in each local authority area in England and Wales.

      Refuges: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic violence refuges have closed in the last five years.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations his Department has received on clarification of aspects of the Town and Country (General Permitted...

      Social Rented Housing: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties are expected to be added to the stock of social rented housing in Cornwall through (a) construction and...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any changes are planned to levels of Decent Homes funding to fund the other housing measures announced in the Draft...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when expenditure is planned to start under the Decent Homes programme to improve the standards of rented homes under the...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money is planned to be diverted from the arm's length management organisations decent homes programme in (a) 2009-10...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of former council properties transferred out of council ownership through local...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of properties owned by arm's-length management organisations which meet the Decent...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of homes owned by registered social landlords which meet the Decent Homes standard.

      Social Rented Housing: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to increase the standard of social housing in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) Leeds North West...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on hire vehicles in each of the last five financial years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on the Doha Declaration paragraph 31 commitment to reduce or eliminate tariffs and non-tariff barriers on...

    • UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change against what criteria he expects his Department to decide on the location of the 15 test hubs as identified in the UK Low Carbon...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been paid to Eaga since the inception of the Warm Front scheme.

  • Women and Equality

    • Human Rights: Gender

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the recommendations for Council of Europe member states on human rights and gender identity made by the Council of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of the expenditure of her Department and its predecessors on housing benefit was related to (a) social tenants and (b)...

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sanctions were imposed on incapacity benefit claimants who missed their (a) first, (b) second and (c) third work-focused interview...

      Minimum Wage: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the merits of applying the national minimum wage to apprentices.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Email

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 24 April 2009, Official Report,...

    • Members: Email

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 2 March 2009, Official Report,...

      Members: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will publish a list of the names of parliamentary passholders sponsored by...

      Visits

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the estimated marginal cost of opening Parliament for visitors during the summer adjournment was in 2008;...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) BAA plc and (b) the Manchester Airport Group on the change to its methodology for aeronautical...

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make it his policy to seek (a) additional powers for airport security personnel and (b) the creation of new and more specific...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many times tolls have been suspended at the Dartford Crossing in the last 12 months.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many times his Department has been taken to an employment tribunal in each of the last five years; what the reason cited in each case...

      Government Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which Minister with a Government car recorded the lowest average daily mileage in that car in the year to 31 March 2009.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many of the additional rail carriages announced in the 2007 Rail White Paper have been ordered; and what the timetable is for the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Landfill: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects on public health of leakage from landfill sites into aquifers.

    • Waste Disposal: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision has been made by the Government for the underwriting of the recently-agreed Greater Manchester Waste Disposal...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) London and (b) Greater Manchester waste authorities on their strategic waste...

      Waste: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities have embarked on local consultation on their energy-from-waste strategy since the publication of the...

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many water meters were installed in residential dwellings by water supply companies in each water supply area in each of...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken in the last three months to require banks to provide (a) financial resources and (b) credit lines to companies and businesses...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have had an application for assistance from the business payment support service declined in each month since the scheme was introduced.

      Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what grants his Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much child benefit was paid to children living in each other EU country in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what employee reward schemes are offered to staff of his Department; what the purpose of each scheme is; how many staff participate in each scheme; and what...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department had a salary of more than £64,000 in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have (a) been dismissed and (b) had their contract terminated by the Department in each of the last five years; what the reason cited in...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria the Financial Services Authority takes into account in regulating the take-over of listed public companies by Kazakh companies; and if he will...

      Insolvency: EC Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely cost to (a) the public purse, (b) insurance companies and (c) individuals of implementing the draft EU Solvency...

      Overseas Trade: Kazakhstan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on encouraging reciprocal investments between Kazakh and listed public companies; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Collection: Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the administration costs to HM Revenue and Customs of implementing the changes to tax collection recommended by the Calman Commission report.

      Taxation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Exchequer received in taxation from UK overseas territories in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on hire vehicles in each of the last five financial years.

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which Minister in his Department has been assigned responsibility for overseeing the delivery of value for money in his Department; whether his...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what employee reward schemes are offered to staff of his Department; what the purpose of each scheme is; how many staff participate in...

    • Developing Countries: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many children have accessed the One World Zone of the Gold Star Café internet site funded by his Department through the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Breaking the Silence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding his Department provided through UK embassies and overseas missions to the non-governmental organisation...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff there were in his Department (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Iraq on the treatment of those living in Camp Ashraf.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 11 March from the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling on behalf of Mrs. Debra Guneri.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request the High Commissioner to South Africa to ensure that the hon. Member for West Chelmsford receives a response...

      Morocco: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received concerning (a) the detention in Morocco of six Western Saharan students who were to...

      Razouk Choummad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ask HM Ambassador in Rabat to investigate the detention on 1 September 2009 of Mr. Razouk Choummad.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the conflict in Yemen with his Saudi Arabian counterpart.

  • Defence

    • Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to review the operation of the interpretative declaration on article 1 of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of...

    • Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training has been delivered to armed forces personnel on the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has held with his US counterpart on vulnerability to electromagnetic pulse attacks; and if he will make a statement.

      Littoral Warfare: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of training provided for helicopter pilots participating in amphibious operations.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timescale is within which the helicopter fund announced by the Prime Minister will deliver 11 helicopters.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the length of time it would take (a) to place an order for new Merlin helicopters, (b) for Agusta Westland to manufacture...

      Territorial Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects on the deployability of the Territorial Army of the limitation on man training days.

  • Health

    • Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of cancer services in (a) Billericay constituency and (b) England; and if he will make a...

    • Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of levels of access to NHS dentistry in England.

      PCT Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the restructuring of primary care trust boundaries on the delivery of healthcare.

      East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive an application for foundation trust status from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

      Emergency Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the delivery of emergency care in (a) independent sector treatment centres and (b) NHS hospitals.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of strategic health authorities in promoting public health.

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to assist acute hospital trusts in which levels of accident and emergency department admissions have increased as a...

      National No Smoking Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to fund National No Smoking Day in 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the length of waiting times in North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Out-of-hours Care: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the provision and quality of out-of-hours care in London.

      PCT Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the primary care trust allocation formula used in 2009-10.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments in Greater London were not open 24 hours a day on the latest date for which information is available.

      Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) acute and (b) critical care beds were reported in situation reports to his Department as being in use in hospitals in each week since 1...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have called the National Breastfeeding Helpline in each of the last two years.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many additional (a) staff, (b) diagnostic centres and (c) diagnostics machines he estimates will be required to implement his proposals to provide...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he expects his proposals to provide patients with access to cancer diagnostics within one week of concerns being raised to cost (a) in each...

      CJD: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects to commence the second stage of trials for the anticipated blood test for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; and if he will...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which initiatives of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have been advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent in each case; and...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) Blackberrys and (c) laptop computers, were issued to staff of his Department in each of the last five years; and how...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff there were in his Department (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of his Department for publicity is in 2009-10.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what employee reward schemes are offered to staff of his Department; what the purpose of each scheme is; how many staff participate in each scheme; and...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made to enable students to undertake work experience in his Department; and by what means members of the public may obtain information...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what proportion of the expenditure of each primary care trust was spent on (a) all services relating to diabetes and (b) campaigns to...

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries have (a) applied for and (b) been granted funding to upgrade to become training practices in each strategic health authority area;...

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether tissue or blood samples taken from UK haemophiliacs, and held as library samples, have been tested for the presence of diseases in the last three...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve access to angioplasty services in (a) Cumbria and (b) Lancaster.

      Heroin: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology his Department used to calculate the average cost per patient of its clinical trials of medicalised heroin injections; how many patients...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much he expects his Department's proposals to give 350,000 people free personal home care to cost per year; from which budgets he expects the...

      Hospital Wards: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts in London have closed in-patient wards in the last 12 months.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he expects to be spent on each hospital building programme in each of the next five financial years.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of the £175 million fund to build new homes in the community for people with learning disabilities has been spent in each year since...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent midwives the NHS employed in each strategic health authority area in each year since 2005.

      Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure proper and effective NHS treatment for those diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivity.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls NHS Direct has received in each week since 7 May 2009; and how long on average it took for such calls to be answered in each such week.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) was spent in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09 and (b) is planned to be spent in (A) 2009-10, (B) 2010-11 and (C) 2011-12 on the (1) recruitment...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change in (a) NHS real terms expenditure and (b) finished consultant episodes has been since 1997.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS doctors, (b) NHS nurses, (c) NHS dentists and (d) GPs have been employed in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health authorities do not pay a salary to their board members.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to paragraph C.76, page 242 of Budget 2009, if he will place in the Library a copy of the actuarial advice he received on the NHS pension...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the percentage of prescriptions dispensed which have incurred charges and (b) the amount paid in prescription charges...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on mergers of primary care trusts.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for a public consultation on the proposals in the Shaping the Future of Care Together Green Paper to use attendance allowance and other...

      Tuberculosis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatric tuberculosis cases have been notified in England in the last five years.

      Viral Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many antiviral collection points have been provided in each primary care trust area; and how many courses of antivirals have been distributed in...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2009, Official Report, column 2165W, on motor neurone disease: wheelchairs, when he expects the Care Services...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Influenza

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether civil servants will have priority access to antiviral drugs in the event of an influenza pandemic.

    • Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths as a result of (a) heat-related and (b) cold-related factors there have been in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when she plans to publish a revised list of ministerial responsibilities; and what the reasons are for the time taken to prepare the revised list.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) female and (b) male employees in the Bolton North East constituency receive wages at the national minimum rate.

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death there were in each (1) county of England and Wales in each quarter in (a) 2006, (b)...

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death there were in England and Wales in each quarter in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what monitoring his Department is undertaking of the pace of delivery of the broadband universal service commitment.

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which rural areas of the UK have exchanges that are not broadband-enabled.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what monitoring his Department carries out of bandwidth speeds available in rural areas.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what barriers he has identified in the delivery of the broadband Universal Service Commitment to rural areas.

      Business Link

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how long it took on average for Business Link to carry out a health check from the original business enquiry in the...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2009, Official Report, column 430W, on business: Government assistance, which banks...

      Business: Insurance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many policies have been written under the Trade Credit Insurance scheme; and what the monetary value is of the...

      Business: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the supply2.gov.uk portal in increasing the number of bids by...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to his Department of employing (a) press officers and (b) other press office staff has been in each year...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff there were in (a) his Department's predecessor in 1997 and (b) his Department on the latest date for...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost of (a) designing and (b) purchasing branded stationery for the Department for Innovation, Universities...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of staff in his Department have worked on attachment to institutions of the European Union.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many members of his Department have been on sick leave for over six months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many working days in the last month were lost owing to sick leave taken by staff of his Department.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to the public purse of sickness absences in his Department and its predecessors was in each of the last...

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of funds available under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme has (a) been lent to businesses,...

      Learning Grid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of Learning Grid programmes on the teaching of science, technology,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Minister for Economic Competitiveness, Small Business and Enterprise will reply to the hon. Member for...

      Met Office: Reviews

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has met representatives of the Met Office to discuss the recommendations of the Operational Efficiency...

      Met Office: Reviews

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the Shareholder Executive's review of the Met Office to be concluded; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministers: Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which training courses were attended by Ministers in his Department or its predecessor in the last 12 months.

      New College Nottingham: Basford Hall

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment the Learning and Skills Council has made of the application from New College Nottingham for approval...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what access his Department has to information stored on the Police National Computer.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with (a) UK Financial Investments and (b) the management of the Royal Bank...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what expenditure his Department has incurred on external advisory fees in relation to the proposed part-privatisation...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what role the Shareholder Executive has in (a) delivering and (b) administering (i) the Working Capital scheme, (ii)...

      Union Modernisation Fund: Publications

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1756W, on the Union Modernisation Fund, if he will...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1484-86W, on crime: statistics, how many antisocial behaviour...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) aims and (b) eligibility criteria are of the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Grant is; how much funding was (i)...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what categories of expenditure are covered by the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Grant; how many children have received such funding...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the progress of his departmental goal to transfer a large number of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many loans have been granted under the Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme to small and medium-sized businesses in Birmingham,...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average length of employment of staff of his Department at each Civil Service payband.

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been sentenced to immediate custody for possession of drugs of each (a) type and (b) class in (i) each police force...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to prohibit Yunus Yosfiah and Christoforus da Silva from entering the UK following their naming by the Coroner of New...

      Entry Clearances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued on the time elapsing between an appeal determination being issued by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and a...

      Entry Clearances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department plans to implement the decision of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in respect of the appeal OA/46462/2008; what the...

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision on the entry clearance application made to the High Commission in Islamabad, reference 1494299, will be made.

      Entry Clearances: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people who entered the UK on a student visa and remained in the UK after the expiration of the...

      Entry Clearances: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to ensure the effectiveness of the system for granting visas to overseas students wishing to study in the UK; and...

      Human Trafficking: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many shelters for trafficked women his Department plans to build in each of the next five years.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to protect the supply of (a) water, (b) food and (c) communications from burn-out caused by an electromagnetic...

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in the last five years have been convicted of offences of both child abuse and viewing online child abuse images.

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to implement the commitments made by G8 Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in...

      Offensive Weapons: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the number of offences related to the possession of a knife of those aspects of the...

      Opiates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the weight notified to his Department by manufacturers of opiate derivatives and finished products of loss or theft of product was of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of differences in the delivery of policing in (a) rural and (b) urban areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Authorities: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salary is of the (a) chair and (b) vice chair of each police authority in England.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were (a) per head of population and (b) per notifiable offence in each police force area in each year since 1997.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed in (a) Vale of York constituency, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d)...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees of police services received more than £64,000 in salary in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Police: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum acceptable response time is for a police force to respond to a report of a crime in a rural area.

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests were (a) made and (b) granted to use powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 by (i) each local...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of terrorism offences in the UK since 2001 are foreign nationals.

      Terrorism: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of terrorism offences in the UK since 2001 have been deported.

      Terrorism: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of terrorism offences in the UK since 2001 were illegal immigrants.

      Work Permits: Bulgaria/Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK work permits have been issued to (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian nationals since the accession of those countries to the EU.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme: Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 636W, on the Building Schools for the Future programme: sixth...

    • Children: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assistance is made available to children with one or both parents in prison (a) to maintain contact with their parents where...

      Children: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support is given to children with one or more parents in prison, with particular reference to (a) maintaining contact with...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken to ensure social workers and directors of children's services are aware of the provisions of section 53 of...

      Children's Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what roles schools have in providing information to parents on Children's Trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of maintained mainstream schools did not enter any pupils for (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c)...

      National Curriculum Tests: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils who failed to achieve a Level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics in their Key...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what research his Department has commissioned on the effects of exclusion on pupils in the last three years; (2) what...

      Schools: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants were employed in maintained schools in each local education authority area in...

      Schools: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the value added measures for each school in Nottingham were in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools in the (a) maintained mainstream and (b) independent sector had one or more students achieve a GCSE in...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in the National Challenge programme (a) entered pupils for and (b) offered courses in the separate sciences at...

      Serlby Park School: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what capital funding bids submitted to his Department by Nottinghamshire County Council in the last 12 months contained reference...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the standards of (a) English and (b) mathematics teaching for students studying for the...

      Sure Start Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of funding for Sure Start (a) children's centres and (b) local programmes has been retained by each local...

      Teachers: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average full-time equivalent gross pay of teachers was in schools in Hemsworth constituency in (a) cash and (b) real...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many entrants to postgraduate certificate of education courses had a lower second class degree or better in the last...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many entrants for B.Ed degree courses had no A level passes, excluding equivalents, in the last year for which figures are...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what average number of hours of continuous professional development training was received by teachers in the last year for which...

  • Justice

    • Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many files were destroyed by the fire at the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal Centre in London on 19 March 2009; how many such files have yet to be...

    • Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for offences related to female genital mutilation in each of the last five years; and...

      Land: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many claims there were to the Land Registry Indemnity Fund by nature of claim in each of the last four years; how many such claims were paid;...

      Magistrates Courts: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which magistrates courts in Leicestershire he proposes to (a) close and (b) reduce the sitting hours of in the next (i) 12 and (ii) 24 months.

      Offences Against Children: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted for offences related to viewing child abuse images in each of the last five years.

      Offences Against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum length of sentence handed down for offences relating to viewing child abuse images was in each of the last five years.

      Prison Visitors: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on (a) the administration of and (b) expenditure by the Assisted Prison Visits Unit in each of the last three years; and whether...

      Prisoners Release: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mentoring programmes are available for people with (a) mental health problems and (b) learning disabilities who leave custody; and if he will make...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have died from cancer while in custody in each year since 2001; (2) how many inmates have died in prison from natural causes in...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian nationals have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment in each of the last three years.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that private sector prisons take action in response to criticisms contained in the reports on them by HM Inspector of...

      Prisons: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much HM Prison Service (a) spent on televisions in prisons in the last 12 months for which figures are available and (b) received from prisoners...

      Probation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of trainee probation officers expected to qualify in 2009 who will not find employment in the Probation Service.

      Probation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of probation facilities management contracts in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Probation: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were referred to multi-agency public protection panels in Hertfordshire Probation Area in each of the last five financial years.

  • House of Lords

    • Palace of Westminster: Media

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many journalists are holders of parliamentary passes; and how many (a) United Kingdom, and (b) overseas publications or media organisations they represent.

    • Stamp Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent estimate of the costs of increasing the stamp duty threshold to £250,000 for (a) first-time buyers, and (b) all house buyers, for...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent estimate of the total financial effects by income decile of increasing the stamp duty threshold to £250,000 for (a) first-time...

      Ulster-Scots

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 21 July (WA 353) concerning support for minority groups in the Northern Ireland Office, who is the...

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