Written answers

Thursday, 29 October 2009

  • Work and Pensions

  • Prime Minister

    • Devolution

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he met in a formal capacity the (a) First Minister of Scotland, (b) First Minister of Wales, (c) First Minister of Northern Ireland and (d) Leader of...

    • Employment: EC Law

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what discussions he has had with representatives of trade unions on implementing the EU Agency Workers Directive in the UK in 2011; (2) what discussions he has...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions for offences of cruelty to animals were brought by (a) the Crown Prosecution Service and (b) the Royal Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to...

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions of (i) men and (ii) women for acts of domestic violence there were in (A) Twickenham constituency, (B)...

      Fraud: Convictions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many convictions for offences of fraud in relation to corporate tax there were in (a) the UK, (b) the East of England region, (c) Essex and (d) Castle Point...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made towards meeting its 2010 biodiversity targets; and if he will make a statement.

    • Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking together with local authorities to ensure household waste is dealt with effectively.

      Grain Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average income of grain farmers in each of the last three years.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle diagnosed with bovine tuberculosis were slaughtered in the most recent month for which figures are available;...

      European Habitats Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibility he has for enforcement of the provisions of the European Habitats Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      Bluefin Tuna

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on preservation of bluefin tuna.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1595W, how much subsidy his Department received in...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the Navigator waste infrastructure study results.

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of categories of products which are presented for sale in unnecessary packaging; and if he will...

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals for a central database to trace the lifespan of each greyhound bred for racing.

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to remove ragwort (a) in Eddisbury constituency and (b) nationally in 2009; and what...

      Recycling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of its targets for recycling waste each London borough achieved in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Rivers: Canoeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase access to rivers for canoeists.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the carbon footprint of an air passenger when travelling from London to New York in (a) first, (b) business...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on whether funding allocated to his Department is to be re-allocated...

      Eurostar: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) when the Eurostar Carlisle Cleaning Group contract is to be renewed; (2) what payments have been made by Eurostar to Carlisle Group...

      Fire Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent guidance his Department has issued to fire and rescue services on the application of European Road Transport Working Time...

      Local Transport Plans: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the guidance issued in July 2009 to local transport authorities on the production of local transport plans, by what...

      Motor Vehicles: Norwich

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many vehicles were registered for (a) personal and (b) business use in Norwich, North constituency in (i) 1997, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2009.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) passenger cars and (b) light vans (i) were de-registered and (ii) had their registration certification annulled in the latest...

      Railways: Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what procedures are in place to encourage train operating companies to improve their environmental efficiency demands.

      West Coast Railway Line: Speed Limits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether there are plans for the improvement of the West Coast Main Line track north of Preston to increase running speeds.

  • Wales

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what discussions he has had with telecommunications providers on the loss of ITV channels as a result of digital switchover in Wales; (2) what...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army in each region who have served in Afghanistan have been awarded the Military Cross in each of the last seven years.

    • Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former service personnel who left the armed forces as a result of injury since 1997 were from (a) England, (b) Teesside and (c)...

      Armed Forces: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are assigned to operations (a) in and (b) related to Somalia; and whether any increase in such assignments is planned.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in his discussions with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on future funding arrangements for...

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on (a) members of his Department and (b) uniformed members of the armed forces using first class travel on official...

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there have been any recent changes to the Gurkha pension plan; and whether any changes are expected to take effect in the next five months.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft of each type are assigned to the (a) 12 Squadron, (b) 14 Squadron, (c) XV Squadron, (d) 617 Squadron, (e) 42 (R) Squadron, (f)...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of servicemen eligible for a medal to mark their service in the armed forces since 1945; and what estimate has...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1400W, on nuclear submarines, how many such incidents resulted in fatalities.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Territorial Army units the Armed Forces Minister has visited since his appointment.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make the initial gate decision on the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system; and what immediate costs are associated with...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the (a) number of those eligible to vote and (b) level of turnout in each district of Helmand...

    • Afghanistan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the report of the Afghanistan Electoral Complaints Commission for the...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the terms of reference for the latest review of the Helmand road map are; and in what way they differ from the terms of...

      Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the conditions under which Aung San Suu Kyi is being held; what recent discussions he has...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to implement the efficiency recommendations of the Operational Efficiency Programme relating...

      Embassies: Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civil partnerships have been celebrated in British consulates.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the members of the United Nations General Assembly who (a) applauded and (b) protested against...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps at the United Nations he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in respect of statements about Israel made by the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken in the last six months and (b) plans to take in the next 12 months to assist the Egyptian...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of rocket attacks from Gaza aimed at southern Israel; and if he will make a...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the allegations of war crimes made in respect of each party to the recent conflict in Gaza; and...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of military action against Iran by (a) Israel and (b) other states in the...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which members of his Department attended the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council to (a) discuss and (b) vote on...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress in bringing Fatah and Hamas together to create a unified Palestinian negotiating...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the UK did not vote in the UN Human Rights Council on the motion relating to the report of the UN Fact Finding...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of (a) Iran and (b) Syria on their support for Hezbollah and Hamas;...

      Middle East: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on proposals to share water supplies from the River Jordan; and if he will make a statement.

      Monitor Group: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Ministers or officials in his Department have had (a) meetings, (b) communications and (c) other contacts with the...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Israel on the building of settlements in the West Bank; and if he will...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress in negotiations on the matter of Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank;...

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet his Russian counterpart to discuss UK-Russian relations and global issues.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government plan to take in response to the EU report on Sri Lanka's human rights record.

      Temple Mount

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on recent incidents of disorder on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

      Turkey: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for UK policy of the state of relations between Turkey and Israel; and if he...

      Yvonne Fletcher

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Metropolitan Police officers are working on the investigation into the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Copyright

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will (a) place in the Library and (b) publish on the parliamentary...

    • Lighting

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the Department of Facilities has made of the cost of compliance with legislation on incandescent...

      Members' Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost to the public purse was of the production of the House of Commons Commission's Report on...

      Portcullis House: Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission when the energy performance certificate for Portcullis House was last updated; what the most recent...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Northern Ireland Independent Monitoring Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the operational cost of the Independent Monitoring Board for Prisons in Northern Ireland has been in each year since its inception.

    • Prisons: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints the Independent Monitoring Board for Prisons in Northern Ireland has received in each year since its inception; how many...

      Prisons: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prison officers have been given the right of reply by the Independent Monitoring Board for Prisons (IMB) in Northern Ireland to a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Postal Services

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

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to implement the efficiency recommendations of the Operational Efficiency programme relating to his...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) meetings he has had with representatives of (i) his Department's sponsored bodies and (ii) outside organisations or...

      Football Foundation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made in the forthcoming round of Football Foundation funding allocation; and if he will make a statement.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for which public bodies the sports division of his Department is responsible; which individuals his Department has appointed to each...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage school students to participate in competitive sport.

      Young Offenders: Princes Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will provide funding to the partnership of the Prince's Trust and the Football Association football initiative in helping young...

  • Olympics

    • Domestic Christmas Trees

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been allocated for spending on (a) imported and (b) domestic Christmas trees for the main Olympic site in 2009.

    • International Olympic Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many officials from (a) her Office and (b) the Government Olympic Executive attended the International Olympic Committee conference in October 2009; and...

      Olympic Games 2012: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many Olympic construction contracts have been awarded to firms based (a) in Scotland, (b) in Wales, (c) in Northern Ireland, (d) in England and (e)...

      Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she has had discussions with the (a) Olympic Delivery Authority and (b) Secretary of State for Defence on safety arrangements for the Olympic and...

      Olympic Games 2012: Transport

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the implications of the closure of a lane of the Blackwall Tunnel for the purposes of Olympic Family transport services for...

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what expenditure the Olympic Delivery Authority incurred on (a) hospitality, (b) accommodation and (c) other expenses in relation to attendance at the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many grants to voluntary groups Communitybuilders has made since January 2008.

    • Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the amount of housing debt in each local authority.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) special and (b) policy advisers work for each Minister in his Department.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1353W, on public...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Disabled Facilities Grant funding was (a) applied for and (b) received by each local authority in each year since 2001.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many agency staff were employed by (a) the Homes and Communities Agency, (b) the Tenant Services Authority, (c) the...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to amend the Firefighters Pension Scheme entitlements in respect of high earners who are members of the scheme.

      Government Office for the North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the Regional Director for the Government office for the north-west has visited Chorley since her appointment.

      Government Office for the North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many overseas visits the Regional Director for the Government office for the north-west has made since her appointment; and...

      Government Office for the North West: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Regional Director of the Government office for the north-west has claimed in travel and accommodation expenses in...

      Local Government: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what average time was taken by Chorley borough council to pay invoices to their private business suppliers in each of the last...

      Local Government: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many meetings the Regional Director of the Government office for the north-west has had with the (a) Chief Executive and...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to limit the pensions of members of the Local Government Pension Scheme who earn high salaries; what limits he...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the average liability of businesses in London for business rates before the application...

      Planning Obligations: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish all correspondence between the Government office for the north-west and Chorley Borough Council on section...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the current Regional Business Plan agreed between his Department and each regional...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the mini-review of each regional spatial strategy was completed; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the report...

      Retail Trade: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to promote retail diversity through the planning system.

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the outcomes of each of the projects undertaken on the basis of a successful bid in the shared...

  • Women and Equality

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what applications have been received from (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Scotland for support from the Low Carbon Communities...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many scientists and academics who disagree with the theory of man-made climate change he has met in a ministerial capacity in the...

      Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking regarding sustainable alternatives for energy production in preparation for the forthcoming...

      Consolidated Contractors Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) meetings, (b) communications and (c) other contacts Ministers and officials in his Department have had with the...

      Wind Power: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in how many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty there are planning applications for (a) wind farms and (b) related electricity cables.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) 10 to 12, (b) 13 to 15 and (c) 16 to 17 year olds were (i) cautioned and (ii) prosecuted for alcohol-related offences in each...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders, (b) penalty notices for disorder and (c) police cautions have been issued for on-street...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of anti-social behaviour there have been in (a) North Yorkshire, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many acceptable behaviour contracts have been made in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency in each of the last five years.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Wales and (b) Newport East constituency since 1998.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued to young people aged between 13 and 19 years old in (a) England, (b) the North East...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of anti-social behaviour there were in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 in Norwich, North constituency.

      Crime: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what eligibility criteria are used to assess applications for grants from the Small Retailers Grant Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed by under 25 year olds in (a) 1997, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008 in Norwich, North constituency.

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees in his Department and its agencies in England and Wales were subject to basic disclosure checks undertaken by Disclosure...

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate was for (a) all offences, (b) violence against the person, (c) sexual offences, (d) robbery, (e) burglary, (f)...

      Domestic Violence: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets for arrest rates for incidents of domestic violence have been set for police forces.

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths have been caused by dangerous driving due to the use of a mobile telephone in (a) England, (b) Teesside and (c)...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions officials of his Department have had with the British Parking Association on wheel clamping on private land.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent to date in (a) the establishment and (b) the operation of the Independent Safeguarding Authority in (i)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter dated 7 September 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton concerning Ms Martina Palfrey.

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for offences of fraud in relation to passports there were in (a) the UK, (b) the East of England region, (c) Essex...

      Proceeds of Crime: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of assets (a) seized and (b) frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in each police force area in the East of...

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of communications covered by the current interception of communications data procedures; and what...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been convicted of an offence under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been convicted of an offence under section (a) 56 and (b) 59 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) prosecuted for inciting terrorism overseas in each year since 2000.

      Terrorism: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted under Section 57(4)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since 2001; and what the sentence was in...

      Terrorism: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted under counter-terrorism legislation of fundraising in each of the last five years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Birmingham

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in Birmingham, Northfield constituency completed an apprenticeship in each year since 2004.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what areas of (a) England and (b) North Yorkshire receive broadband over the BT network but cannot receive digital...

      Broadband: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase access to broadband services in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire.

      Business Links: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff of Business Link have taken time off work as a result of a diagnosis of stress in each of the last five...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what deadlines have been set for repayment of loans offered under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on what conditions loans are offered to businesses under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the reasons for which businesses which were offered loans under the Enterprise Finance...

      Further Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the KPMG report for the Learning and Skills Council on learner success rates...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria the Learning and Skills Council requested its consultants to apply in evaluating bids by further...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of university students had not received payments due to them from Student Finance England before the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of students studying for higher education qualifications concerning (a)...

      Internet: Computer Viruses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government are taking to protect UK internet users from computer viruses and malicious software.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have traded in their cars under the car scrappage scheme in the West Midlands since the introduction...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many car dealerships have accepted cars under the car scrappage scheme in the West Midlands since the introduction...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans there are for the future of the car scrappage scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the additional revenue accruing to the motor industry as a result of the car scrappage...

      National Economic Council Sub-Committee on Better Regulation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what (a) regulations and (b) other proposals for new regulation the National Economic Council Sub-Committee on...

      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 Culture, Media and Sport on the funding package for...

      Quantum Technology Partnership

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on the proposed Quantum Technology Partnership in South Worcestershire; what involvement...

      Spaceflight

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had on the development of a UK Space Agency in the last two years.

      Spaceflight

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Government spent directly or through indirect support for projects relating to space exploration in the...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students received non-repayable maintenance grants from (a) Richmond-upon-Thames education authority and...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Student Loans Company (SLC) on its research on the number of students...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Student Loans Company on the robustness of its complaints system.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received concerning the operation of the Student Loans Company; and if he will make...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students have not yet had their application to the Student Loans Company finalised; and what assessment he...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been deducted in student loan repayments from the salaries of individuals in each income group resident...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people of each age group resident in (a) the Truro and St. Austell constituency, (b) Cornwall and (c)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the average time it will take for an individual to repay in full a student...

      Telephones: North West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) households and (b) businesses in each local authority area in the...

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many qualifications at each level have been awarded through Train to Gain in each year since the programme's inception.

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many qualifications have been awarded to individuals working for (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large...

      UK High Technology Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 2092W, on the UK High Technology Fund (UKHTF),...

      Vocational Training: Birmingham

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department has made available to (a) all unemployed persons and (b) unemployed persons under the...

  • Justice

    • European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of cases resolved in the UK courts under the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 in respect of which leave to...

    • Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff working for the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity have been seconded from (a) his Department and (b) other Government...

      Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria were used to appoint members of the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity.

      Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the estimated annual cost is of running the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted for driving cars while uninsured in each police authority area in the East of England in each year since 1999.

      Judges: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many judges have retired in each of the last three years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will issue a direction to the coroner for North West Kent to reply to the letters of 29 June and 26 August 2009 from the right hon. Member for...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders convicted of terrorism offences have been housed in approved premises following their release from custody since January 2007; and...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released under the End of Custody Licence scheme since June 2007 had previously been refused release on Home Detention Curfew.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons convicted of terrorist offences have been released into post-custody supervision in the community since 2001.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 18 to 24-year-olds released from prison received support under (a) section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948 and (b) section 47 of the...

      Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of the female prison population are mothers.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reconviction rate of offenders (a) under and (b) over the age of 18 following (i) a non-custodial sentence and (ii) each successive custodial...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) minimum and (b) maximum sentence applies for someone convicted of an offence involving stealing car keys from a house then stealing a vehicle...

      Shoplifting: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of shoplifting led to (a) a caution and (b) a conviction resulting in (i) probation and (ii) a custodial sentence in each...

      Young Offender Institutions: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many actual or suspected fractures were incurred during use of force incidents at each young offender institution in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Building Britain's Future

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment was made of the sustainability of the policies set out in Building Britain's Future.

    • Cancer: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many deaths from breast cancer there have been in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in each year since...

      Census: Religion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what account was taken of the process and results of the 2001 Census in deciding which religions to list on the 2011 Census; what criteria were used to...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many external training courses were attended by staff of her Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost of attendance was of each such course.

      Government Departments: Power of Information Taskforce

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what changes in practice have been implemented by Government Departments following publication of the final report of the Power of Information Taskforce...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Norwich

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many under 25 year olds in Norwich North constituency claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) 1997, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009.

      National Economic Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what costs the National Economic Council has incurred since October 2008.

      National Economic Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times the National Economic Council has met since October 2008.

      National Economic Council: Arrests

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment she has made of the performance of the National Economic Council in meeting its objectives to date; and if she will make a statement.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many conceptions and what (a) rate and (b) percentage of conceptions there were for (i) under 18-year-olds and (ii) under 16-year-olds in each (A)...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many pregnancies there were where either the mother or the father was aged (a) 13 and under, (b) 14 or 15 and (c) between 16 and 18 years in each...

      Unemployment: Newport Gwent

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged between 16 and 24 years had been unemployed in Newport East constituency for over (a) six and (b) 12 months on the latest date...

      Vetting: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government employees in England and Wales were subject to basic disclosure checks undertaken by Disclosure Scotland in each year since 2002.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has given to Sangin district, Helmand province in each of the last five years.

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has provided to emergency relief initiatives to support those affected by the famine in Chin State, Burma, in...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will provide assistance to cross-border humanitarian aid initiatives across the India-Burma border, for the purpose...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has provided in cross-border humanitarian assistance to eastern Burma in 2009; and whether he plans to increase...

      Christmas

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

      Indonesia: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the effectiveness of the operations of the UK search and rescue teams in Pedang, Indonesia following the...

      Overseas Aid: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what search and rescue missions to non-EU countries were undertaken by the Urban Rescue Team with UK registered search and rescue dogs...

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has contributed to Somalia in the last 12 months; and on what has it been spent.

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish the results of his Department's recent consultation on future access to St. Helena.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of the expulsion of aid agencies in South Kordofan and eastern Sudan following the...

  • Treasury

    • Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees have taken part in an employer childcare voucher scheme in each year since the introduction of exemptions from tax and national insurance...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 775W, on council tax, if he will...

      Economic and Monetary Union: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2009, Official Report, column 966W, on the Euro Preparations Advisory Group, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures his Department has implemented to encourage the construction of new homes in each year since 2001.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's per capita spending was in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii)...

      Revenue and Customs: Repayment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor made a discretionary payment to a member of the public as an acknowledgement of error or...

      Thalidomide Trust: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether extraordinary factors have been taken into account in determining the taxation status of the Thalidomide Trust in the last 30 years; and if he will...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of repeat abortions undertaken in relation to (a) married and (b) unmarried women aged (i) under 16,...

    • Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley), of 12 October 2009, Official Report, columns 802-3W, on...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated expenditure on community contraceptive services for women (a) aged under 20 years and (b) aged 20 years and over was in (i) England...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in each primary care trust area began using each type of primary method of contraception following their first visit to a community...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times each Minister within his Department has visited (a) an accident and emergency department, (b) an independent sector treatment centre,...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Derbyshire and (b) North East Derbyshire constituency have received free eye tests since 1999.

      General Practitioners: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries in south Birmingham have offered extended opening hours in each quarter since April 2008.

      Health Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have received treatment at York NHS walk-in centre in each year of its operation.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage general practitioner surgeries in areas with high levels of HIV/AIDS to include an HIV test in their registration...

      Hospital beds: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 75 years and over who had at least one emergency readmission to hospital in (a) 1997, (b) 2003...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley) of 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 901W, on...

      Hypergonadism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance the NHS issues to clinicians treating men with hypergonadism; (2) whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his latest estimate is of the number of users of the Lorenzo software system at (a) Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust, (b) Bradford...

      Nutrition: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the nutritional value of food served in NHS hospitals to post-natal mothers who are breastfeeding.

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have received a portion of the £286 million assigned by the Government for end-of-life care in the End of Life Care...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1614W, whether he plans to discuss a replacement of the prescription item threshold with...

      Pharmacy: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the practice of parallel exporting on the availability of pharmaceuticals to NHS patients.

      Pharmacy: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last reviewed licensing arrangements for pharmaceutical wholesalers; and if he will make a statement.

      Sedation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidelines the NHS issues on the use of continuous deep sedation until death; (2) what assessment he has made of the rate of prevalence of...

      Social Services: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly people in (a) Birmingham, Northfield constituency and (b) Birmingham pay for social care services at home.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academy funding agreements entered into since 2007 have local authorities, schools, further education colleges or a...

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the number of adopted children under the age of 18 in each local authority area.

      BECTA: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department plans to provide to BECTA in each year for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the number of committees registered with Ofsted for the provision of daycare and early years...

      Children: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on their provision of support for vulnerable children suspected of...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether (a) school governors and (b) members of management committees at early years childcare providers are subject to the...

      Children's Centres: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) Sure Start and (b) Children's Centres have been opened in (i) Derbyshire and (ii) North East Derbyshire...

      Children's Centres: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on Sure Start Children's Centres in (a) Derbyshire and (b) North East Derbyshire constituency...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Christmas functions arranged by his Department (a) he and (b) officials of his Department (i) hosted and (ii) attended...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average size of (a) primary and (b) secondary school classes was in (i) 1997, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2005 and (iv) the last...

      Class Sizes: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average (a) middle school and (b) upper school class size has been in each constituency in the East of England in each...

      Classroom Assistants: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching assistants have been appointed in (a) Derbyshire and (b) North East Derbyshire constituency since 1997.

      Climate Change: Teaching Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what materials his Department provides to schools on the subject of the environment and climate change.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors spent on freelance press officers in each year since 2001; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many civil servants were employed by his Department on a permanent basis in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2009, Official Report, column 1094W, on departmental public expenditure, which individual...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many helplines his Department operates; and how much his Department and its predecessor has received from the operation of...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department plans to spend on one-to-one tuition in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.

      Faith Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants have been made by his Department to independent faith schools in each of the last five years; which schools received...

      Family Intervention Projects: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many family intervention projects there have been in (a) Derbyshire and (b) North East Derbyshire constituency.

      Family Intervention Projects: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to family intervention projects in each of the next three years.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 929W, on children: disadvantaged, how many and what...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils (a) eligible and (b) ineligible for free school meals did not sit GCSE examinations in five or more subjects in...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals did not obtain a C grade or above in (a) any GCSE, (b) mathematics GCSE and (c)...

      GCSE: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children at schools in Enfield North constituency obtained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C or equivalent in each...

      Gifted Children: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in Leeds West constituency have participated in gifted and talented programmes in the last academic year.

      Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many executive heads and executive directors of secondary schools there are in England; and what the salary range is.

      Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families at how many and what proportion of maintained mainstream schools which offered modern language GCSEs no pupil received a GCSE in a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will reply to the hon. Member for Christchurch's letter of 16 September 2009 on the Mediabox project, The Dreamwalkers.

      National Council for Educational Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many times the National Council for Educational Excellence has met since 1 January 2009; and which Ministers attended those...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were being taught in primary schools with over 800 pupils in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009.

      Primary Education: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and for what reasons primary school pupils of each age were given a fixed-period exclusion in 2007-08.

      Private Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the average annual sum spent per pupil in the private educational sector; and if he will make...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have had one or more periods of absence from school for more than a week due to serious illness in (a) England,...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each local education authority area are entitled to free school meals; and if he will...

      Pupils: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pupil to teacher ratio has been in each local education authority in the East of England at key stage (a) 1, (b) 2 and...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department plans to spend per school pupil in each local education authority in the East of England in 2009-10; and...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the per pupil funding for (a) primary and (b) secondary school children in Birmingham was in each of the last five years.

      Pupils: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with special educational needs there were in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what account he has taken of the most recent population projections provided by the Office of National Statistics in assessing the...

      Schools: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on (a) primary and (b) secondary school refurbishment in (i) Derbyshire and (ii) North East Derbyshire...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of his Department's budget was allocated directly by his Department and not devolved to schools or local...

      Schools: Hearing Impaired Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the level of compliance of schools with the acoustic requirements of deaf and hard of hearing...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the 2005 Ofsted Framework for Inspecting Maintained Schools in England.

      Schools: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what strategies his Department has considered to raise awareness of mental health issues in schools.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) all schools and (b) Catholic schools Ofsted rated as excellent or very good against its respect for...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities offer grants to parents to purchase uniforms; and which local authorities offered such grants in 1997.

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of science teachers specialised in (a) physics, (b) chemistry and (c) biology in the latest year for which...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary schools with more than (a) 500, (b) 1,000, (c) 1,500, (d) 2,000 and (e) 2,500 pupils there were in (i)...

      Secondary Education: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of trends in levels of applications to secondary schools in the Milton Keynes area.

      Special Educational Needs: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been allocated to special needs provision in each county in the east of England in each year since 1999.

      Sure Start Programme: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start centres are (a) open and (b) planned to open in Birmingham.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to amend the Teachers' Pension Scheme entitlements for scheme members on high salaries.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many entrants to undergraduate teacher training courses did not have any qualifications at A2 level or higher in the latest...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which providers of initial teacher training have had their number of teacher training places reduced by (a) his Department and...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many providers of initial teacher training have requested an increase in the number of teacher training places in each of the...

      Travelling People: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many laptops have been issued to Travellers under the E-LAMP scheme since its inception; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Young People: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to support voluntary sector youth projects in promoting constructive activities for young...

      Youth Inclusion Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much each local authority (a) has spent on youth inclusion programmes in each year since their inception and (b) plans to...

  • House of Lords

    • Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not responded by legally required deadlines to the request and subsequent appeal by the Campaign for Clean Air in London in relation to information...

    • Alpacas and Llamas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place regarding the health of alpacas and llamas in England.

      Alpacas and Llamas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they pay compensation for bovine tuberculosis to owners of alpacas and llamas; or whether such payments are decided locally in England.

      Alpacas and Llamas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which anatomical part of llamas and alpacas is used for testing for bovine tuberculosis.

      Armed Forces Day: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding was provided by the Ministry of Defence for the Armed Forces Day in Carrickfergus.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many farmers receiving the single farm payment were wrongly paid in each year from 2005 to 2008; and how many farmers have outstanding claims for those years.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been recovered from overpayments of the single farm payment in each year 2005 to 2008.

      Devolved Administrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have funded, or intend to fund, major capital projects for the devolved Administrations which are opposed to its policy on the environment.

      Devolved Administrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances they will allow a devolved Administration to undertake an option which is more expensive than an option based on environmental considerations.

      Italy: Antiquities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what requests have been received from the Italian legal authorities for assistance in returning to Italy antiquities allegedly exported illegally, formerly in the...

      Morocco: Fisheries Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what terms they consider the fisheries agreement between the United Kingdom and Morocco should be renewed.

      National DNA Database

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove innocent citizens from the DNA database. To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on crime...

      Northern Ireland Office: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what outside consultants were employed by the Northern Ireland Office from 1 September in each of the past five years; for what tasks; and at what cost.

      Pollution: Airborne Particles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average number of years lost per person in England and Wales who dies prematurely from short-, medium- or long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM10).

      Pollution: Airborne Particles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their calculation, based on the latest advice from the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (using a six per cent coefficient for all-cause...

      Sierra Leone: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on citizens of Sierra Leone of the decision to cease issuing visas in Freetown; and what is the estimated annual...

      Universities: Officer Training Corps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in light of the suspension of training for the University Officer Training Corps (UOTC), how many officers from the UOTC they expect will go to Sandhurst in (a)...

      Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are registered under the Worker Registration Scheme in respect of each of the European Union accession countries.

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