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Written answers

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, columns 697-8W, on air pollution, if he will indicate the...

    • Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on bottled water in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the formulation of the Courtauld Commitment Mark II; and if he will make a statement.

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on the environment of the operation of lorries weighing over 44 tonnes; and if he...

      National Bee Unit: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff of the National Bee Unit have qualifications in bee biology at postgraduate level or above.

      Recycling: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an assessment of the environmental effects of the separated refuse recycling scheme in use in Leeds; and if...

      Rural Areas: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued on the use of mobile advertising billboards in rural areas; and if he will make a...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the national adoption of a zero waste standard.

      Wind Power: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent guidelines his Department has issued on the construction of wind turbines on flood plains.

      Wind Power: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the need for new pylons to service the wind turbines across the Somerset Levels...

      Wind Power: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect the proposed construction of nine wind turbines on the Somerset Levels as proposed...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Portcullis House: Smoking

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the smoking shelter constructed between Norman Shaw North and Portcullis House is expected to cost....

    • Recruitment: Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what process the House of Commons Service follows to establish salaries for new posts; and which new posts...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in attendance allowance to residents of Mid Bedfordshire constituency in (a) 2001, (b) 2005 and (c) 2008.

    • Carer's Allowance: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Mid Bedfordshire constituency (a) are entitled to and (b) receive carer's allowance.

      Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government plan to initiate the review of carers' benefits outlined in her Department's carers' strategy.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of benefits as a result of a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis; and what...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the main disabling conditions are of claimants of employment and support allowance who have been placed in (a) the support group and (b)...

      Employment Services: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact assessment she plans to carry out in respect of the effects on disabled people of the implementation of recent changes to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what change there has been in the Government's latest published tax/benefit tables in the number of people with withdrawal rates of between 60...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Birmingham, Northfield constituency received a winter fuel payment in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people over the age of (a) 60 and (b) 80 years have claimed a winter fuel payment in North East Fife constituency in each year since...

  • Treasury

    • Child Trust Fund: Birmingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in Birmingham, Northfield constituency have received child trust fund payments since the scheme was introduced.

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services; and when each such contract expires.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training is available to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in respect of the delivery of value for money savings following the...

      Government Departments: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the procedures used by Government departments to make appointments to their boards; and if he...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 194W, on housing: construction, which local authorities in London provide details of (a)...

      Insurance: Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the insurance industry on reducing the cost of travel insurance for (a) older people and (b) older people with...

      Local Government: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's proposed sale of assets on local government; and what assumptions about the sale of assets...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable has been established for the repayment to local authorities of monies deposited with Icelandic banks.

      Met Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2009, Official Report, column 482W, on the Operational Efficiency Programme: Meteorological Office, which further public...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) representations and (b) evidence the Prime Minister's working group on the Presbyterian Mutual Society has received in its investigation.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

      Taxation: Self-Assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many attempts made by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors to collect tax payments outstanding under the self-assessment system resulted in...

      Taxation: Self-Assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many attempts have been made by HM Revenue and Customs to collect tax payments outstanding under the self-assessment system in each year since 1997; how...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average it took to complete a registration for value added tax in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many contracts related to the London 2012 Olympics have been awarded to businesses and organisations in Wales; and what the total value is of those contracts.

  • Transport

    • A14: Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the most recent traffic flow data are for each section of the A14.

    • A14: Suffolk

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities there have been on the A14 in Suffolk in each year since 1999; and how many of...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to paragraph 4.150 of the UK Renewable Energy Strategy 2009, what assessment he has made of (a) increases in commodity prices and...

      Bournemouth Airport: Roads

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether the Highways Agency has plans for the construction of a new road linking Bournemouth Airport and the A338.

      Departmental Motor Vehicles

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

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many vehicles identified by (a) mobile and (b) static speed cameras as driving in excess of the speed limit were not pursued for...

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his policy is in respect of the (a) identification by (i) mobile and (ii) static speed cameras and (b) prosecution of motorists...

      Driving Offences: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many drivers' hours offences were detected in respect of (a) UK-registered and (b) overseas registered drivers in each year since 1997.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of Commission Directive 2009/113/EC on the eligibility criteria for a UK driving licence; and if...

      Lorries: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many personal injury collisions involved (a) left and (b) right hand drive heavy goods vehicles in each year since 1997; and in how...

      Lorries: Agriculture

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his policy is on the requirement of registration as heavy goods vehicles of agricultural motor vehicles other than agricultural and...

      Lorries: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the annual cost of maintaining the road network arising from its use by lorries weighing more than 44 tonnes;...

      Lorries: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of his Department's trial of Fresnel window lenses for improving heavy goods vehicles...

      Railways: East Midlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to improve the East Midlands peak time train service between Manchester and (a) Merseyside and (b) South Yorkshire.

  • International Development

    • Afghan Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated to the organisation Afghan Aid in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many members of his Department are based at Kandahar air base; and what their function is.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials of his Department are based in each district of Helmand province.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has budgeted for aid to Afghanistan in 2009-10; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his...

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on the delivery of the Government's humanitarian aid to Afghanistan; and if he will make a...

      Afghanistan: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many schools in Helmand province are (a) open and (b) in operation.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to implement the efficiency recommendations of the Operational Efficiency programme relating to his...

      Ethiopia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.

      India: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of his Department's support for the national tuberculosis programme in India.

      International Assistance: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of his Department's contribution towards global and regional progress on Millennium Development Goal 6 in...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much humanitarian aid the UK has provided to Pakistan in each year since 1998.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Social Enterprise

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment she has made of the contribution of social enterprise to the economy.

    • Population

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the population of the UK is; how many UK citizens there were in (a) 1992, (b) 1997, (c) 2002 and (d) 2007; and how many citizens there were of...

  • Scotland

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Christmas functions arranged by his Department (a) he and (b) officials of his Department (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2008; and if he...

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services; and when each such contract expires.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan, Peacekeeping operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the procurement of tank chassis based on those used for heavy armoured personnel carriers.

    • Afghanistan, Peacekeeping operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for UK security policy in Afghanistan of the report on NATO operations in that country by ISAF Commander...

      Afghanistan, Peacekeeping operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what leaflet drops UK forces have undertaken in Afghanistan in the last three years; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such leaflet.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he has made for civilian inspectorates to scrutinise elements of the Service Justice System in order to meet his commitment to...

      Chinook helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the HC3 Chinook helicopters to enter operational service with the Royal Air Force; and how many such aircraft are involved.

      Czech Republic: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vehicles his Department has purchased from Tatra Trucks in the Czech Republic in the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to reply to the letters of 27 July 2009 and 31 August 2009 from the hon. Member for Moray on Court of Appeal costs incurred by his Department.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the initial gate decision on Trident replacement has been delayed until after the forthcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference;...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Uganda on its invitation to Omar Bashir of Sudan to attend the African...

    • Colombia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 625W, on Colombia: foreign relations, on how many occasions the...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) which countries the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Conflict Resolution Mechanisms has visited in an official capacity...

      Counter-Terrorism: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the $750 million pledged by the UK to the Global Threat Reduction Strategy under the Global Partnership has been...

      Departmental Motor Vehicles

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

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services; and when each such contract expires.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many helplines his Department operates; and how much his Department has received from the operation of such helplines in...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which consulates he has visited in the last six months.

      Horn of Africa: EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2009, Official Report, column 2172, on the Horn of Africa: United Nations, what the...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how soon he expects good governance to be achieved in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and what steps he is taking to support this.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department has put in place to ensure sound financial management in the Turks and Caicos Islands following the...

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the districts where troops of the Lords Resistance Army are operating.

      United Nations: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what events in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) overseas territories took place on 24 October 2009 to celebrate United Nations Day.

  • Home Department

    • 62 South Eaton Place

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2009, Official Report, column 310W, on 62 South Eaton Place, how many viewings of 62 South Eaton Place...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink banning orders had been made on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many procedures carried out on animals in Scotland in 2008 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 involved (a) New World...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued on application from (a) the police force and (b) registered social landlords in...

      Crime: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) alcohol- and (b) drug-related crime were recorded in (i) Leeds West constituency, (ii) Leeds City and (iii) West...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private colleges of further education have been denied registration for the purpose of student visas since the introduction of the...

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets apply for timescales for processing visa applications at the British consulate in Islamabad.

      Firearms: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) handguns, (b) sawn-off shotguns and (c) unmodified shotguns were (i) used in crimes and (ii) confiscated in the Essex...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have been held between his Department, the Forensic Science Service (FSS) and chief constables on the proposed closure of...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria have been taken into account when assessing the costs and benefits of closing forensic science centres.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identity card readers he expects to be provided for use by the general population; what estimate he has made of the cost of such...

      Motorcycles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy and effectiveness of the regulatory regime affecting off-road bikes.

      North Yorkshire Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the North Yorkshire police authority has spent in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year since 1996-97.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what treatment programmes are made available to those convicted of offences of child abuse.

      Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of reducing from 16 to 14 the age at which section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 applies.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which (a) UK Ministers and (b) Ministers from devolved administrations, will be included in the UK delegation to the UN framework...

    • Power Factor Correction: Capital Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons Power Factor Correction is not included in the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme; and whether he plans to include...

  • Wales

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Christmas functions arranged by his Department (a) he and (b) officials of his Department (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2008; what the cost to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he plans to take to assess public opinion on the adequacy of police coverage across the district command units of Northern Ireland.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the police in Northern Ireland have to inform persons interested in applying for police careers that from 2011 all applicants are to...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent from the Exchequer on (a) heritage, (b) sports and (c) the arts in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each year...

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will consider the merits of securing accreditation of his Department's helplines to the Helplines Association's quality standard;...

      National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills: Thurrock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills during the summer adjournment on funding...

      Olympic Games 2012: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Cultural Olympiad is taking to celebrate the British cultural contribution to sport and the Olympics.

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what effect his Department estimates the reduction in VisitBritain's budget will have on international visitor numbers to the UK in 2010.

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of sports clubs were eligible to participate in the community amateur sports club scheme in each local...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Apprentices: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the application of health and safety requirements on apprentices under the age...

    • Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many cases of residents absconding from children's care homes there have been in each local authority area in each of the last...

      Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many special guardianship orders have been granted in (a) England and (b) Essex in each year since their inception.

      Children: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission research to establish the lawfulness of practices used by institutions to restrict the freedom of movement...

      Family Intervention Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department may take to deal with families which refuse to enter into a Family Intervention Project contract...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what proportion of schools in each index of multiple deprivation decile fewer than 30 per cent. of pupils obtained five A* to C...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he plans to publish the School Sport Survey for 2008-09; (2) how many schoolchildren participated in (a) two, (b)...

      Schools: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in his Department's Review of the definitions of frequency and intensity in the vetting and barring...

  • Justice

    • Community Orders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women received community sentences with requirements in relation to (a) compulsory unpaid work, (b) participation in any specified activities,...

    • Criminal Proceedings: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (1) what recent steps his Department has taken to assist armed forces veterans in the criminal justice system; (2) what recent estimate he has made...

      Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people (a) of each sex and (b) in each age band were sentenced to immediate custody for non-violent and non-sexual offences in each year...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for how many years the data gathered on electoral registers are retained; whether such data are retained centrally; and if he will make a statement.

      Homicide: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of murder have been released from prison in each of the last 10 years; what their original prison sentence was in each case;...

      Human Trafficking: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many compensation orders against convicted human traffickers there have been in each of the last three years; and how much money has been realised as...

      Injunctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what information his Department holds on the number of non-reportable injunctive orders each judge of the High Court has issued in each of the last...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal aid lawyers (1) dealt with (a) housing cases, (b) employment cases and (c) family cases in (i) Mid Bedfordshire constituency, (ii)...

      Legal Aid: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid from residents of (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England there have been in each of the last...

      Legal Aid: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Legal Services Commission does not allow consortium bids for funding on immigration cases.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter of 15 September 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard Mr. D Smith.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released in each year since 2000 for which figures are available had already completed (a) a community sentence, (b) one custodial...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were found guilty of (a) possession of and (b) drug dealing offences involving (i) cannabis, (ii) ecstasy, (iii) cocaine, (iv) crack...

      Prisoners: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was allocated for prison food on average per prisoner per day in the last 12 months.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanism is in place to assess the compliance of prison establishments with suicide watch monitoring standards.

      Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children born in custody were subsequently taken away from their mothers while in custody in each of the last 10 years.

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were remanded in custody in each of the last five years. (2) how many people have been given bail by the courts in each year since...

      Trafigura: Injunctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Prime Minister's Answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 204, what steps he plans to take to assess the implications of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Construction: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts for construction works his Department has put out to tender and then withdrawn in each of the last...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much it cost to establish his Department following the machinery of government changes in June 2009.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people aged (a) 21 years and under and (b) over 21 years old in each socio-economic group resident in (i)...

      Higher Education: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people aged (a) 21 years and under and (b) over 21 years old in each socio-economic group resident in (i)...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of the 10,000 additional student places available in 2010-11 have (a) already been assigned to existing...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of internet users in each local authority area whose internet access is...

      National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills: Thurrock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made during the summer recess on securing the funding package for the National Skills Academy...

      National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills: Thurrock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the funding...

      Party Conferences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any of his Department's non-departmental public bodies sent representatives to attend one or more political...

      Public Sector: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to facilitate the tendering of public sector contracts for construction works.

      Royal Mail: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of industrial action at Royal Mail in 2009 to date.

      Vetting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to publish regulations to outlaw blacklisting; if he will ensure that they (a) make it unlawful for...

  • Health

    • Bolton and Wigan Primary Care Trust: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of senior managers (a) employed by Bolton and Wigan primary care trust and (b) who were employed by...

    • Bolton Primary Care Trust: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of the management costs of Bolton Primary Care Trust spent on public relations activities in the latest period...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of care homes did not meet the National Minimum Standard for Care Homes in 2008-09.

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent in (a) cash and (b) real terms on NHS general dental services in York in each year since 1996-97.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services; and when each such contract expires.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the merits of securing accreditation of his Department's helplines to the Helplines Association's quality standard; and if he will...

      East of England Strategic Health Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of running the East of England Strategic Health Authority was in each year for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners were providing NHS services in Leeds West constituency on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Health Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there have been (a) in total and (b) in each speciality at York Hospitals NHS Trust in each year since 1996-97.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what surveys of patient satisfaction with hospital food the NHS has undertaken in the last 12 months; (2) what recent progress his Department has...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated in NHS hospitals for food on average per in-patient per day in the last 12 months.

      Kidney Patients: Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a system to ensure that NHS patients requiring kidney dialysis may receive dialysis through the NHS while staying temporarily outside...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any NHS counselling services have been discontinued as a result of the implementation of his Department's Improving Access to Psychological...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase access to NHS counselling services during the economic downturn.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timescale his Department proposes for the introduction of statutory regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists.

      NHS Connecting for Health: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) advertising and (b) public relations for Connecting for Health in the last five years.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of central Government funding to primary care trusts in (a) Bolton and (b) England which is spent on...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the most recent annual benefits statement for the National Programme for IT; and for what reasons he has not yet published it.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to amend the NHS Pension scheme entitlements of NHS employees on high salaries.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 126-7W, on NHS procurement, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      NHS: Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional expenditure the NHS incurred in ensuring continuous staffing levels (a) over bank holidays and (b) over the Christmas period in the last...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average starting salary of an NHS nurse was in (a) cash and (b) real terms in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average pay of an NHS nurse was in (a) cash and (b) real terms in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student nurses there are in (a) England and (b) Bassetlaw constituency.

      Nutrition: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request the Care Quality Commission to take account in its work of the findings of the report commissioned by the Healthcare Commission on a...

      Nutrition: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data the Care Quality Commission plans to use to assess adherence by (a) NHS trusts, (b) care homes and (c) other regulated providers to the...

      Office of the Health Professionals Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Office of the Health Professionals Adjudicator will commence operations.

      Pain: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on tackling chronic pain in patients in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency in the latest period for which figures...

      Patients: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has considered the effect on patients of (a) King's College hospital and (b) South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust of...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 230W, on patients: safety, how many nutrition-related adverse incidents have been...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 758W, on social services, whether he proposes that funding for the service will be...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have taken up (a) a direct payment and (b) an individual budget in each local authority area; and what targets have been set for the...

      Suffolk Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by Suffolk Primary Care Trust on salaries and wages for (a) general and senior managers, (b) nurses and midwives and (c)...

      Swine Flu: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners have been diagnosed with swine influenza.

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of likely take-up rates of swine influenza vaccine (a) amongst different age groups, (b) amongst people with...

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of each swine influenza vaccination.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has funded research into the potential effectiveness of the use of Thalidomide in the treatment of certain illnesses.

      West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by (a) West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust and (b) Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust on salaries and wages for (i) general and senior...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to amend building regulations to encourage a reduction in energy consumption through heating and lighting controls.

    • Buildings: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance his Department has issued to local planning authorities in relation to the provisions of (a) building...

      Central Manchester Development Corporation: Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to answer to the hon. Member for Vauxhall of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 809W, on the Central Manchester...

      Central Manchester Development Corporation: Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to answer to the hon. Member for Vauxhall of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 809W, on the Central Manchester...

      Central Manchester Development Corporation: Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Vauxhall of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 809W, on the Central Manchester...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the likely effect of the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy on (a) the...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the revenue generated by the Community Infrastructure Levy in each of the first three years of its...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether new (a) nuclear power stations and (b) wind turbines are liable for community infrastructure levy.

      Council Housing: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tenants there were in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) the East of England in...

      Council Housing: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what additional funding his Department plans to provide to implement the policy of placing teenage single mothers in supervised...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the E-BAR/Valuebill interface for council tax reports established by the Valuation Office Agency includes the transfer...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) the Valuation Tribunal Service takes of increased levels of crime and...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 17 of his Department's Resource Accounts for 2008-09, HC 449, for what reasons 13 per cent. of invoices...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 30 of his Department's Resource Accounts for 2008-09, HC 449, for what reason the sensitive documents on...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 76 of his Department's Resource Accounts for 2008-09, HC 449, whether the stolen unencrypted laptop was...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons policy advisers are recruited on terms and conditions different from those of other civil servants.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what analysis of his Department's expenditure by local authority area has been undertaken in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to the application of the precautionary principle in relation to the development of public policy.

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what expenditure was incurred on recruitment agency fees in respect of staff recruited to work in (a) his Department's...

      English Partnership Public Relations Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what companies and individuals were on the English Partnership Public Relations Panel in each year since the Panel was set up;...

      Environmental Health: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many environmental health officers have been recruited to work in Leeds in each year since 2001.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, columns 201-202W, on home information packs, what the evidential basis...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on (a) consultancy fees, (b) recruitment agencies and (c) staff costs by each of the regional offices of...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on corporate branding by the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) the Tenant Services Authority...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 814W, on housing, for what reasons the letter for local...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years; and what proportion...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been built in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) the East of England...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what reasons the Homes and Communities Agency has revised downwards its targets for rural affordable house building;...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many accredited energy assessors there are in each region.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research his Department has evaluated on the effect of the height of electricity sockets in walls on the length of time it...

      Housing: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has issued recent guidance to local trading standards authorities on prosecutions for the sale of...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the average cost of building a new unit of (a) social housing and (b) affordable housing.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much central Government expenditure there has been on the Social Homebuy scheme.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of homes in each region met the Decent Homes standard in each of the last five years.

      Institute for Public Policy Research and New Local Government Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments his Department made to the (a) Institute for Public Policy Research and (b) New Local Government Network in the...

      INTERREG Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects in the UK have received funding under the Interreg (a) IVA and (b) IVB programme.

      Land: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provisions regulate the sharing of data in the joint Ordnance Survey-Land Registry data centre; and if he will place in the...

      Local Government Information Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 247W, on the Local Government Information Unit, (1) which...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the amount of money deposited with Icelandic banks by local authorities which has not yet been...

      Local Government: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 12 May 2009, Official Report, column 659W, on equality:...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average salary of the highest earning 10 per cent. of local government employees is; and how many employees he...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) mean, (b) median and (c) mean per decile annual pension was of local government pension scheme members claiming...

      Maps: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the conclusions of his Department's consultation on the transposition of the EU...

      Maps: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce his decision on whether to build a national geo-portal as part of the implementation of the INSPIRE...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to provide mortgage help to those who are eligible for shared ownership housing but who cannot find...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (1) on what date the Building Research Establishment submitted to his Department the second stage of its review of the...

      National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills: Thurrock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills during the summer adjournment on funding...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether hereditaments which are levied on a workplace parking levy will receive any reduction in the rateable value calculated...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby of 16 September 2009, Official Report, column 2219W, on...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 591W, on non-domestic rates: religious buildings, for which...

      Parking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on influencing levels of (a) car ownership and (b) car use through the planning system.

      Parking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2070W, on planning permission: parking, whether following...

      Parking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 2070W, on planning permission: parking, what maximum...

      Party Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any of his Department's non-departmental public bodies sent representatives to attend one or more political party...

      Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) in respect of which local plans in which Government Office regions he and his predecessors have made a direction under...

      Planning Permission: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on the procedure by which appeals against a decision by a local authority to refuse an...

      Planning Permission: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1437W, on...

      Planning: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether additional funding is being provided to local authorities in relation to additional functions and roles resulting from...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of approved planning developments which have not proceeded pending resolution of...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on Planning Policy Guidance 25.

      Regeneration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 591W, on...

      Regeneration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 591W, on...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been repossessed in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) the East of England and (d)...

      Shops: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to support small shops through the operation of the planning system.

      Shops: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Valuation Office Agency's Zone of Shops Valuation Handbook was last updated.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects in allocation of social housing on (a) A8 nationals on the Worker...

      Social Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on new social housing for rent in (a) England and (b) the City of York in each year since 1997-98.

      Social Rented Housing: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties were added to the stock of social rented housing in Suffolk through (a) construction and (b) purchase in...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable has been set for (a) the revised edition of Planning Policy Statement 4 and (b) the introduction of a...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of consumer choice his Department plans to use in its revision of Planning Policy Statement 4.

      Tenant Services Authority: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Tenant Services Authority has spent on branded bags since its establishment; and how many such bags have been produced.

      Tenants Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of National Tenant Voice; and whether it will be located apart...

      Valuation Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the Valuation Office Agency will have access to records held on the national...

      Valuation Office: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 593W, on the Valuation Office: local government, which local...

      Valuation Office: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 593W, on the Valuation Office: local government, which version...

  • House of Lords

    • Africa and Asia: Consular Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes are planned to consular services in countries in (a) Africa, and (b) Asia; and when those changes will be implemented.

    • Agriculture: Higher Level Stewardship Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent higher-level stewardship schemes in relevant areas must or may require the maintenance or enhancement of public access to access land.

      Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will produce estimates of deaths in 2009 due to poor air quality during summer smog episodes, as they did for 2003 and 2006.

      Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates in 2009 a Government minister has met the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, or his representatives, to discuss air quality related matters; and who was...

      Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what new measures to improve air quality in Greater London have been agreed between the Government and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in 2009; by how much...

      Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to issuing legal directions to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to improve air quality in London under the Air Quality...

      Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to put the new European Union directive for ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe into legal effect in the United Kingdom; and how they...

      Bats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 5 October (WA 392), which Government department paid the £300,000 for the construction of two bridges for bats...

      Botswana: Clean Coal Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in order to minimise greenhouse gas emissions, they will assist the Government of Botswana with clean coal technology expertise in its plan to become a...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what rules and limitations they apply to British Overseas Territories wishing to borrow money to stimulate their domestic economies.

      Broadcasting: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they gave to the exclusion of the BBC from complying with the equality duties in the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Equality Act 2006.

      Broadcasting: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration the Government Equalities Office took account of in excluding broadcasters from having to comply with the new single equality duty in respect of...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority will have the powers under the Local Transport Act 2008 to introduce quality bus contracts.

      Courts: Magistracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Bach on 13 October (WS 21—22) concerning the possible closure of magistrates' courts, whether it is their long-term...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Northern Cyprus having paid £32 million compensation to Greek Cypriots for their abandoned property in the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 8 May 2008 (WA 89—90), what information is provided to women who provide eggs that will be used in...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the remarks by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 21 January 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 46—47), what steps have been taken by UK...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to make it a requirement of allowing research on embryonic stem cells that the specific consent of the donor has been given; and whether they...

      Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further measures they plan to direct investment in capacity towards non-fossil-fuel generation.

      Energy: Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further measures they propose to install insulation and micro generation of energy in schools and hospitals.

      Energy: Gas Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 5 October (WA 483), whether they have estimates of the cost per mile of constructing cross-channel...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask Ofgem to promote the development of charging systems that provide an allowance of electricity or gas at a lower price than supplies above...

      Energy: Severn Barrage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with regard to their commitment to ensuring security of energy supply in the United Kingdom, what is the status of the outstanding consultation process on the...

      Energy: Tidal Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Crown Estate regarding the current round of licensing of the Pentland Firth for tidal energy; and why the results of...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours of down-time has been incurred for all mechanical, electrical or systems failures for each of the wind turbines in the installation at Rye in Sussex...

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to respond to reports of increased levels of homophobic attacks and abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

      EU: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they expect to be the order of precedence on diplomatic occasions involving the European President and heads of state of European Union member states.

      Government Initiatives: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives of the Attorney General's Office or its agencies have been advertised in each of the past five years; how much was spent in each case; and which...

      Health: Heart and Lung Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome and flash pulmonary oedema have been diagnosed in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Ireland: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the Republic of Ireland concerning that government's decision to cut the funding to Protestant schools in...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered ways, alongside other aid donors, of strengthening the effectiveness of the Parliament of Zimbabwe through such channels as the United...

      Marine Environment: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union contacted the United Kingdom prior to its decisions to designate Gibraltar territorial waters as a Spanish protected location under...

      Nature Conservation: Wild Flowers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the issues contained in Plantlife's document The Ghost Orchid Declaration—Saving the UK's wild flowers today; and what measures...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 16 July (WA 262), whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence between...

      Pakistan: Visit of Shahid Malik MP

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Shahid Malik MP's August 2009 visit to Pakistan, including his meeting with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, was in his official capacity as...

      Pensioners: Personal Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the most recent estimate of the cost of raising pensioners' personal allowances by £2,000 for each of the next five years. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the British Waterways Report and Accounts for 2008—09, why pension costs rose by £2.5 million and on average £1,250 per employee from...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many extra posts were created in the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland as a consequence of the Criminal Justice Review's recommendations; how...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many posts requiring legal qualification and how many administrative posts in the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland (PPSNI) are estimated to be...

      Political Honours Scrutiny Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee was set up; when it was disbanded; and which committee now carries out its functions.

      Pollution: Airborne Particles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage estimates the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants has given for each 10 micrograms per cubic metre reduction in exposure to fine...

      Pollution: Airborne Particles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government along which sections of the six kilometres of roads in Greater London referred to in the Government's time extension notification to the European Union for...

      Pollution: Airborne Particles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the quantified impact of each named measure or effect estimated in mid-2008 and January 2009 to reduce the length of road in Greater London exceeding...

      Pollution: Airborne Particles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the impact on inequality in Greater London if the Government obtain a time extension until 2011 to comply fully with European Union limit values for...

      Prisoners: Escape

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute or seek the extradition of Pearse McAuley and Nessan Quinlivan on the charge of escaping from lawful...

      Risk and Regulation Advisory Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council; how often it meets; whether it publishes an annual report; and what is the annual cost of its activities.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of people smoked in the United Kingdom in each of the past 10 years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend free school meals to families on working tax credit to ensure that they stay in work as opposed to claiming benefits.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the most recent estimate of the cost of abolishing income tax on savings for all basic rate taxpayers for each of the next five years. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional income a person with an annual gross income of (a) £20,000, (b) £50,000, (c) £70,000, (d) £100,000, and (e) £150,000...

      Turkmenistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent request for commencement of British Council services in Turkmenistan; and what they are doing to meet demand.

      Vehicles: Electric Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the approach of electric cars will be signalled to other road users, particularly in rural areas to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

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