Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2009

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishops

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if the Church Commissioners will take steps to seek to ensure that decisions on future numbers of bishops to be...

    • Church of England: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what average financial contribution was made to each diocese by each of its parishioners in the most recent year...

      Church of England: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 426W, on Church of England: finance, what...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 40W, on departmental land, (1) what estimate he...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners (1) what the value has been of the capital receipts generated by the Commissioners' Rural Strategic Property...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what procedures the Church Commissioners follow to determine the appropriate use for a former see house with a...

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Answers

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent assessment she has made of the performance of Government Departments in providing timely answers to parliamentary questions for written answer; and if...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Political Parties and Elections Bill

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the workability of the...

  • Transport

    • Crossrail Line: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much has been (a) spent on and (b) committed to the Crossrail project by (i) the Government and (ii) the private sector; and what...

    • Invalid Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many mobility scooter accidents involving (a) children and (b) adults have been recorded in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport by what date he expects a contract to have been signed to deliver each rail electrification scheme he has announced to date.

      Railways: Netherlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what barriers to the introduction of a through high-speed service between London and Amsterdam have been identified by his Department; and...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accidents involving (a) cars and (b) motorcycles in which at least one driver was found to be at fault have occurred...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on which initiatives of his Department and its agencies expenditure on advertising has been incurred in each of the last five years; how much...

    • Departmental Manpower

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the satellite photographs produced by the Rural Payments Agency as part of the Single Payment Scheme Remote...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average change in Single Payment Scheme payments per holding as a result of the Single...

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many live (a) cattle, (b) horses, (c) sheep and (d) ponies were exported in each of the last five years.

      Farming Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of producing and distributing the Farming Link publication in each of the last five years.

      Farms: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farm inspections were conducted by each inspection body in each of the last five years.

      Fisheries

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

      Milk: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the liquid whole milk equivalent volume of (a) imports and (b) exports of milk-based products...

      Nitrates: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of implementation of the Nitrates Directive on tenant farmers whose landlords may...

      Ragwort: Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to tackle ragwort on public property; and what guidance it has provided to local...

  • Justice

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions, (b) convictions and (c) police cautions there have been for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in each of the last...

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals for Employment and Support Allowance are outstanding in the East of England; and how many such appeals there are in relation to mental...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to undertake a formal evaluation and review of the new enforcement regime for unpaid employment tribunal awards.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the new enforcement mechanism for unpaid Employment Tribunal awards that he announced on 19 May 2009 will be (a) free at the point of delivery...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that compensation awarded to a plaintiff by an employment tribunal is paid without recourse to the courts.

      Injunctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will (a) collect and (b) publish statistics on the number of non-reportable injunctions issued by the High Court in each of the last five years.

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2009, Official Report, columns 831-2W, on the National Offender Management Service, how long each of the 184 employees...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours of time spent by (a) judges and (b) lay members were allocated to Parole Board oral hearings in respect of prisoners on (i) whole life...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were awaiting a Parole Board post-panel review on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average period of time is for which a case for (i) oral hearing, (ii) paper hearing and (iii) other...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases for (a) oral hearings, (b) paper hearings and (c) other consideration before the Parole Board were outstanding on the latest date for...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders whose tariffs had expired remained in prison while they awaited listing for an (a) oral hearing, (b) paper hearing and (c) other...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the operations of the Parole Board of its taking on the status of a court; what additional...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many judicial reviews brought in relation to (a) the time taken to hear a case and (b) other matters the Parole Board (i) is contesting and (ii)...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Parole Board has taken in response to the recommendations of the National Audit Office report on Protecting the public: the work of the...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) longest and (b) average period was between the original and rescheduled date of a deferred oral hearing before the Parole Board on the...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many oral hearings before the Parole Board were deferred in each of the last five years; and how many of those hearings were deferred more than once.

      Parole Board: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) caseworkers, (b) administrative staff at administrative officer or executive officer level and (c) staff at higher executive officer...

      Parole Board: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) caseworkers, (b) administrative staff at administrative officer or executive officer level and (c) staff at higher executive officer...

      Parole Board: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many caseworkers the Parole Board employed to work on (a) oral hearings, (b) paper hearings, (c) post-panel reviews and (d) other matters in each...

      Parole Board: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Parole Board has spent on hospitality in each of the last five years.

      Parole Board: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days of sick leave were taken by Parole Board staff (a) as a result of stress-related conditions and (b) for other reasons in each of the last...

      Prisoners: European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what payments were made to prisoners as a result of cases brought under legislation implementing the European Convention on Human Rights in 2008; and if...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer Question 288113, on unpaid penalty notices for disorder, tabled on 15 July 2009.

      Youth Custody: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the total monthly cost of a custodial place at (a) young offender institutions, (b) secure training centres and...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will establish the number of spouses of armed forces personnel refused state benefits because of inadequate payment of national insurance contributions.

    • Iraq and Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) planned and (b) actual average flying hours of each aircraft type operating in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan was in each year since...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pilots qualified to fly Puma helicopters have re-qualified to fly (a) Merlin and (b) Chinook helicopters in 2009 to date.

      Territorial Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps have been taken to enable members of the Territorial Army to complete minimum training standards in order to qualify for bounty in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Bassetlaw constituency have child maintenance arrears of six months or more outstanding from (a) the Child Support...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many widows unsuccessfully applied to the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission for fresh assessments of maintenance following the death...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2009, Official Report, column 59W, on departmental internet, what the (a) names and (b) versions are of...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individual visitors accessed the Directgov service via (a) Sky, (b) Virgin Media, (c) NTL, (d) Telewest, (e) Freeview and (f)...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the set up cost of making Directgov available via (a) Sky, (b) Virgin Media, (c) NTL, (d) Telewest, (e) Freeview and (f) mobile...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost of employing a member of staff of each job title at Jobcentre Plus was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints her Department has received from Jobcentre Plus staff on (a) working conditions and (b) other matters in each month in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability employment advisers in Jobcentre Plus are in (a) post and (b) training; and what estimate her Department has made of the...

      LinkAge Plus: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans she has to publish a report on the effectiveness and value for money of the Village Agents Scheme in Gloucestershire; and what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects to reply to the letter dated 19 August 2009 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North on her Department's Green Paper on...

      State Retirement Pensions: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of men who will qualify for a full state pension as a result of the reduction in qualifying years for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legally binding targets have been set regarding renewable energy generation in UK Overseas Territories.

    • Egypt: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received since July 2009 on the number of tunnels between Egypt and Gaza; what further steps he is taking to...

      Gilad Shalit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had since July 2009 with the International Red Cross on (a) the imprisonment of Gilad Shalit by Hamas...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Israel on the findings of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on...

      USA: United Nations Fact Finding Mission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on the findings of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1166W, on Members: surveillance, whether the Wilson...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much financial assistance was provided by the Government to the banking sector in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009 to date.

    • Business Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether members of the board of (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs are vetted for connections to (i) companies involved in tax avoidance...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in the investigation of (a) eligibility of claimants and (b) fraudulent claims for child tax credit in...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 418-9W, on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, what forecast he has made of the price of carbon...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average cost of a litre of petrol for the month of October has been since 2000; and what percentage of such costs was accounted for by road...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income tax was due to the Exchequer in respect of how many people on 31 March 2009.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants his Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

    • Cricket: Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the (a) accuracy and (b) completeness of the most recent sports survey undertaken by Sport England in...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the relocation of units of his Department to locations outside London.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of procurement contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agency awarded to small businesses in (i) 2006-07, (ii)...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on first class rail travel for officials in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on (a) car hire, (b) train travel, (c) air travel, (d) hotels and (e) restaurant meals for (i)...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates he met the Channel 4 board to discuss the draft updated statutory remit as set out in the Digital Britain report.

      Digital Broadcasting: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the Digital Britain report, on what date his Department published a community radio consultation seeking views on...

      Horserace Totalisator Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions he has had with European Commission officials on transferring the Tote to the horse racing industry; (2)...

      Sport England: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the start-up cost of Sport England's Active Places website was; and what its running costs were in the most recent 12 month period...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of people aged (a) 11 to 15, (b) 16, (c) 17 to 18 and (d) over 18 years old were recorded as having participated in...

  • Women and Equality

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she plans to reply to the letters of 23 February 2009 and 23 May 2009 from the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling on behalf of Mr. Colin...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Death: Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many women aged (a) 12 to 16, (b) 17 to 21, (c) 22 to 24, (d) 25 to 30, (e) 31 to 35, (f) 36 to 40 and (g) 41 years and older have died from...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff there were in (a) her Department and (b) the Prime Minister's office (i) in 1997 and (ii) on the latest date for which figures are...

      Lobbying: Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when she plans to respond to the First Report of the Public Administration Select Committee of Session 2008-09 on Lobbying: access and influence in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the letter from the Cabinet Secretary to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 21 April 2009, if she will place in the Library a copy...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what policy applies to the appointment of policy advisers who are not special advisers to assist Ministers on 12 month contracts; and what recent...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Official Gifts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance sets out the procedures to be followed by (a) civil servants and (b) senior officials of non-departmental public bodies in relation to...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Speaker

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what procedures were used to recruit Mr. Speaker's special adviser; who (a) carried out those procedures and...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials will accompany the ministerial delegation to the UN framework convention on climate change conference in Copenhagen;...

    • Coal: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Group 3 coal health compensation claims submitted by each solicitor's firm have been disputed.

      Coal: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many payments in respect of disputed claims made under the coal health compensation scheme have been made to each of the 50...

      Energy Supply: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the (a) average and (b) maximum premium paid by customers for using pre-payment meters for...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Charlie Whelan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what matters were discussed at the meeting between the Secretary of State and Charlie Whelan on 29 January 2009.

    • Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to give further education colleges greater financial freedom to enable them to make flexible use of...

      Grocery Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria he plans to use in reaching a decision on whether or not to establish a grocery market ombudsman; and...

      Higher and Further Education: Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from whom a (a) university and (b) further education college is required to seek permission to sell any of its...

      Internet: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Digital Britain report, what reports his Department has received from the Consumer Expert Group...

      Learning and Skills Improvement Service: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department provided to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service in the latest period for which...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he will reply to the letters of 1 June and 3 September 2009 from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare on behalf...

      Network Design and Procurement Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Digital Britain report, on what date the Network Design and Procurement Group was established.

      Public Houses: Satellite Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Competition Commission on the supply to public houses of satellite...

      Train to Gain Programme: Skills for Life Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding support for the (a) Train to Gain and (b) Skills for Life programme (i) was provided in 2008-09 and...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1756-7W on the Union Modernisation Fund, if he will...

  • Home Department

    • Accreditation Service for International Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigations his Department has made into the Accreditation Service for International Colleges; and if he will make a statement.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the aim of the alcohol arrest referral pilot is; how much has been (a) distributed to and (b) spent by each local authority through...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what categories of expenditure are covered by the Alcohol Arrest Referral Pilot; how many people have participated in the pilot; what...

      Animal Experiments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many infringements of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Scotland were recorded in 2008; and how many of those resulted in a...

      Animal Experiments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many project licences in respect of work to be carried out in Scotland were granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in...

      Animal Experiments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places in Scotland were designated as (a) a supplying establishment, (b) a breeding establishment and (c) a scientific procedure...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the use of Mosquito ultrasonic deterrent devices; and if he will make a statement.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in England in the last three years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many external training courses were attended by staff of his Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each course.

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest period has been between the (a) application for and (b) issue or refusal of a UK visa in Pakistan; and on what date the...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearm offences, excluding those in which an air weapon was used, were recorded in each police force area in England and Wales in...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces use the Forensic Science Service centre in Chorley.

      Hooliganism: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance his Department is providing to the organisers of the Euro 2012 football tournament in Poland and Ukraine on safety and...

      Identity Cards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to Baroness Hanham of 1 June 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA35, on identity cards, what payments...

      Immigrants: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people at each young offender institution who were detained beyond their sentence expiry date as a consequence of unresolved...

      Offensive Weapons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the adequacy of the provisions of current legislation in reducing the number of offences related to the...

      Offensive Weapons: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations have received funding from his Department under the Tackling Knives Action Programme; and how much was allocated in each case.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the aim of the Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Grant is; how much Government funding has been (a) distributed to and (b) spent by each...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what categories of expenditure are covered by the neighbourhood crime and justice grants funding; how many neighbourhood crime and justice...

      Police: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with police forces on the effects of the compensation paid to football supporters on the application of...

      Racial Hatred: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of racist abuse relating to football matches police forces in England and Wales received during the 2008-09 football season.

      Road Traffic Offences: M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought for illegal use of the M4 bus and taxi lane since the lane was established.

      Road Traffic Offences: M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to monitor compliance with the terms of use of the M4 bus lane.

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department plans to make a submission to the Scottish Executive's National Conversation consultation on Scotland's constitutional...

      Students: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students from colleges not on the Register of Education and Training Providers have applied for permanent residence in the UK in...

      Stun Guns: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what safety assessment his Department has conducted on the use of taser guns and attenuating energy projectiles in relation to children; and...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration officers his Department employs overseas to screen passengers of inbound flights to the United Kingdom at airports (a)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what obligations local authorities have to provide sufficient allotment sites to meet demand.

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average waiting time for an applicant to secure a local authority allotment.

      Audit Commission: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) members of his Department's board have had with the Chief Executive...

      Building Regulations: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contraventions of Part L of the Building Regulations have taken place in each year since 2000; how many of them were...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new council homes have been built in England in each year since 1997; and at what cost in each such year.

      Council Tax: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2009, Official Report, columns 308-9W, on council tax: appeals, what information his...

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2009, Official Report, columns 309-11W, on councillors, what mechanisms he uses to assess the...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on sending a written acknowledgement, including a case reference number, on receipt of a request...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 234W, on departmental furniture, which (a) offices and (b)...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 234W, on departmental furniture, how many Herman Miller chairs...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwellings were owned by (a) local authorities, (b) registered social landlords and (c) others in each of the...

      SpaceFlex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the SpaceFlex initiative in his Department; and how much has been spent on consultancy services...

      Housing: Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce the outcome of his review of part J of the Building Regulations in respect of the provision of...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much housing revenue has been transferred from each local housing authority to central government in each of the last three...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment of the Government's commitment to build all publicly-funded homes to...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the requirements for compliance with the Lifetime Homes Standard are.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answers to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 September 2009, Official Report, columns 1924-7W, to...

      Land Use: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the amount of undeveloped land appropriate for housing owned by those local authorities in the...

      Looking After Our Town Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the Independent Retailers' Association's submission to his Department's review,...

      National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what remuneration each of the board members of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit received in each of the last three...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what reference number format is used by the Valuation Office Agency to describe different sub-locations for non-domestic rates...

      Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what directions have been issued to date by the Secretary of State, pursuant to Part 1 section 2 of the Planning and Compulsory...

      Positive Futures Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the aim of the Positive Futures Programme is; how much funding was (a) distributed to local authorities via the Programme...

      Positive Futures Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what categories of project the Positive Futures Programme budget has been spent on; how many people have received assistance...

      Public Land Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations attended the event hosted by the Homes and Communities Agency of 21 July 2009 on the proposed Public Land...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on changing the level of priority accorded to tackling (a) violent extremism, (b)...

      Regional Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 398W, on regional assemblies, what the estimated total revenue...

      Shops: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities have received funding from his Department's empty shop revival fund; (2) with reference to his...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to ensure that rent increases for housing association tenants in England are affordable.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in discussions with the Tenant Services Authority on future rent restructuring to replace the...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing associations in England have increased rents by the full guideline limit in each of the last three financial...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social housing units have been built in each of the last 10 years; what the cost (a) in total and (b) per unit was in...

      Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what capital funding his Department has provided for social housing in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Lapis Lazuli

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department's efforts to promote economic development in Afghanistan have included steps to support exploitation for trade...

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many press officers his Department employs.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) car hire, (b) train travel, (c) air travel, (d) hotels and (e) restaurant meals for (i)...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK bilateral aid he plans to allocate to each of the five fragile states identified in his new aid programme for job creation.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many jobs he expects to be created in (a) Nigeria, (b) Afghanistan, (c) Nepal, (d) Yemen and (e) Ethiopia by 2013 under his...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what partners his Department has appointed to deliver his Department's bilateral aid programme for job creation in each of the five...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of bilateral aid allocated to the five fragile states identified in his Department's new programme for job creation...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which country received the largest allocation of funding support from his Department in 2009; which country is expected to receive the...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expenditure his Department has incurred on engaging private security companies and private military companies for work undertaken...

  • Health

    • Arthritis: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that GPs have greater awareness of rheumatoid arthritis to enable earlier identification of the disease.

    • Arthritis: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that GPs make information on rheumatoid arthritis available to the public.

      E.coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements there are to ensure that, when a case of E.coli infection is diagnosed, information regarding the diagnosis is passed to the Health...

      E.coli: Godstone Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Health Protection Agency's performance in containing the spread of E.coli from Godstone Farm; and if he will make a...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent health visitors were in post in (a) the NHS and (b) each primary care trust in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2009, Official Report, column 2159W, on hospitals: parking, for what reasons income from charges on NHS staff for...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) maternity wards and (b) maternity ward beds there were in (i) England, (ii) each strategic health authority and (iii) each NHS trust in...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of women preparing for birth in the NHS who received support from the same midwife throughout pregnancy...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the midwife to birth ratio was in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority area and (c) each primary care trust area in the latest period...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent maternity support workers were in post in (a) the NHS, (b) each primary care trust and (c) each acute trust in each of...

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on maternity services in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each NHS trust in each of the last three years.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent midwives were in post in (a) the NHS, (b) each primary care trust and (c) each acute trust in each of the last five years.

      Midwives: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to increase numbers of NHS midwives in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the 4,000 extra midwives to be provided by 2012 have already been provided in each strategic health authority area; and how many he expects...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have enrolled on the Midwifery Return to Practice course in each of the last two years.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places were available for midwifery in each of the last five years.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the attrition rate from (a) three-year and (b) 18-month midwifery courses in each strategic health authority was in each of the last five years.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery training places were commissioned by his Department for the 2008-09 academic year.

      Midwives: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery vacancies in the NHS there are; and what the (a) three-month vacancy rate and (b) total vacancy rate for NHS midwives was in each of...

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sickness days were taken as a result of assaults of staff in each NHS trust in the most recent year for which figures are available; how many...

      NHS: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses from developing countries have joined the NHS in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of the NHS pension scheme are expected to reach scheme pension age in each of the next 10 years.

      Obstetrics: Gynaecology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent obstetrics and gynaecology consultants were in post in (a) the NHS and (b) each acute trust in each of the last five years.

      Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent paediatricians were in post in each strategic health authority in each of the last five years.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 106 of his Department's Green Paper, Shaping the future of care together, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the costs...

      Social Services: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for publication of his Department's report on nutrition in care settings; and if he will make a statement.

      St. Thomas' Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to maintain the standard of service provided by the specialist stroke unit at St Thomas' Hospital.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants his Department and its predecessors made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many registered childminders there have been in each local authority area in the North West in each quarter of each year since...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what IT systems have been in development for use within his Department in the last five years; what the reason for the development...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of procurement contracts his Department and its predecessors awarded to small businesses in (a) 2006-07, (b)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to table 8.4 of his Department's Annual Report 2009, page 176, to which programmes (a) the 2009-10 and (b) the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will send a copy of his reply to the letter of 21 September 2009 from Mr. Christopher Curtis, the headmaster of St. Bede's...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children attended (a) two, (b) three, (c) four, (d) five and (e) 10 primary schools in each of the last 10 academic...

      Pupils: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what forms his Department issues to schools to complete relating to disruptive pupils; and if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Pupils: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pupil to teacher ratio in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools is in each London borough in the latest period for...

      Schools: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support is available to introduce broadband services into primary and secondary schools.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to the public purse of undertaking the most recent Schools Sport Surveys was.

      Secondary Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding per secondary school pupil has been allocated in (a) Sunderland and (b) England for 2009-10.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many members of the teachers' pension scheme are expected to reach scheme pension age in each of the next 10 years.

  • House of Lords

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what benefits have been achieved by the "light touch" regulatory regime used by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

    • Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further representations they have had from the MacFarlane Trust on the Department of the Health's response to the report of the Independent Public Inquiry,...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the numbers suffering each year (a) from addiction to benzodiazepines and other prescribed drugs, and (b) from withdrawal from such...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 5 October (WA 473), why patients do not have the right to know whether doctors or nurses working for the...

      Palace of Westminster: Media

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the budget for external media facilities in the Palace of Westminster; and what is the contribution of the media to those costs.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which rail services Pacer units are in regular use; what plans are in place for their replacement; what the expected lifespan is of the Class 142, 143 and 144...

      Shipping: Navigation Aids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the terms of reference of the review into the scope and establishment costs of the provision of navigation aids; and which organisations and companies...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Government of Sri Lanka has informed them about the nature of its plans for resettling all internally displaced people; and, if so, how they assess the...

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