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Written answers

Monday, 2 November 2009

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Antiques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the monetary value of antiques seized by his Department in the last 12 months.

    • Arts Council of England: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England spent per capita on (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in (i) Wolverhampton, (ii) Sandwell,...

      Big Lottery Fund: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the Big Lottery Fund website in each year since its establishment.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on his Department's website in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on maintaining its Flickr channel in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people his Department employs to maintain its Department's social media and social networking accounts; and at what cost in the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on maintaining its Twitter feed in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on maintaining its YouTube channel in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Licensing Laws: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 19W, on licensing laws: language, in how many languages other than...

      Ofcom: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the Ofcom website in each year since it was established.

      Swimming: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for funding from pot 4 of the Free Swimming Capital Modernisation Programme were received in the first funding...

      Swimming: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people resident in (a) Leeds and (b) West Yorkshire have participated in the scheme for free swimming for people over 60 years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will send a substantive response to the letter dated 24 August 2009 sent to him by Dr. Jim Swire requesting a full public inquiry into the Lockerbie bombing; and...

    • Tony Blair

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on proposals to nominate Tony Blair to the position of President of the European Council; what the...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Solicitor-General what period of time on average elapsed between the passing of a case file on an arrested individual to the Crown Prosecution Service and the notification to a police...

    • Prosecutions: Shoplifting

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent representations she has received from small businesses on the rate of prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service for shoplifting offences.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she plans to respond to Question (1) 276122, on Crown Prosecution Service rates of prosecution, tabled on 13 May 2009; (2) 292029, on the response to a...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for (a) Ministers and (b) officials while overseas in each of the last three years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Children: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children under the age of 17 were subject to legal proceedings following their role in criminal activity in Northern Ireland in (a)...

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland how many helplines his Department operates; and how much his Department has received from the operation of such helplines in each of the last...

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for (a) Ministers and (b) officials while overseas in each of the last three years.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by what date he expects devolution of powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly to have been completed.

      Northern Ireland Policing Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what proportion of the administration budget of the Northern Ireland Policing Board was spent on the operation of district policing...

      Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff there are in the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland; and how much it spent on (a) administration and (b)...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many helicopters are available for use by the Police Service of Northern Ireland; (2) what provision has been made for the Police...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff of each rank work in the Police Service of Northern Ireland Historical Enquiries Team.

      Special Purchase Evacuated Dwellings Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the performance of the Special Purchase of Evacuated Dwellings Scheme against its objectives; and if he will make...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Press Gallery

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how long each member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery has been a member of it.

  • Women and Equality

    • Females: Developing Countries

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much her Department has spent on the promotion of women's rights in developing countries in each of the last 12 months.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Postal Services

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

    • Pakistan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2009, Official Report, column 1379W, on Pakistan: internally displaced persons, to which...

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 28 October 2009, Official Report, columns 16-17WS, on St. Helena, on what date he...

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to publish the responses to the consultation on access to St. Helena.

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with commercial organisations on the provision of an airport on St. Helena.

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on access to St. Helena.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many bus drivers have been assaulted by passengers in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough...

    • Crossrail Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has spent to date on the Crossrail project.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether there is a business plan for the flexible benefits project in his central Department.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when the last equal pay review for each of his Department's bargaining units was conducted.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to implement the efficiency recommendations of the Operational Efficiency Programme relating to his...

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Motorcycles: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accidents involving motorcycles resulted in (a) fatalities and (b) serious personal injuries in each local authority...

      Motorcycles: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what percentage of his Department's road safety budget is allocated to motorcycle safety in 2009-10; (2) what his Department's budget...

      Motorcycles: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with motor manufacturers on the requirement for daytime running lights.

      Motorways: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many times a motorway has been closed because of someone on or near it threatening to commit suicide in the last 12 months.

      Motorways: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on how many occasions in the last 12 months the initial decision to fully close a motorway by a road policing officer has been reviewed by...

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what proportion of the proposed efficiencies agreed between Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation for the period 2009-14 are...

      Office of Rail Regulation: Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificate and (b) advisory report for public buildings issued in...

      Parking Offences: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on levying (a) credit card fees and (b) other surcharges on parking fines.

      Railway Stations: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the capacity of the platforms at Euston station to receive the longer Pendolino trains planned for 2013; and...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much has been (a) spent on and (b) not yet spent and contractually committed to the proposed Intercity Express Programme train.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) economic and (b) environmental benefits to rail freight operators of electrification of the Gospel Oak...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many railway passenger carriages have been (a) exported, (b) scrapped and (c) refurbished for future domestic use in each year since 1994.

      Transdev: Mergers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) the French Government and (b) Transport for London on the proposed merger between RATP and the UK...

      Transport: Planning

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which draft national policy statements under the Planning Act 2008 for which his Department is responsible he expects to publish before...

      Transport: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on road transport workers of the implementation of regulations on working time.

  • Defence

    • Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the reserve forces.

    • Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to meet the training requirements of the Territorial Army and the cadet forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate the Chief of the General Staff has made of the Territorial Army retention rate from 1 April 2010.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Territorial Army.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on operational manpower levels of proposed reductions to Territorial Army training.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future deployment of the Territorial Army.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the internal and external threats to the military security of Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the internal and external threats to the military security of Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the Royal Air Force to UK military operations in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Gray Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he plans to implement the recommendations made in the Gray report on defence acquisition.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy personnel have been deployed in Afghanistan in each month since January 2006.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many additional Chinook helicopters he expects to be deployed in Afghanistan in 2010.

      Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Air Commodores and (b) Air Marshals were on the active list in the Royal Air Force in each year since 1997.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the fleet of aircraft carriers was last refurbished; and what the life expectancy of the fleet is.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent plans are for the procurement and future use of the new aircraft carrier; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to funding for the Army Cadet Force on his Department's fulfilment of its commitments under the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department allocated to the provision of soldier accommodation in (a) total and (b) the West Midlands in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2008.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to upgrade soldier accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what maintenance programmes are in place for soldier accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to build new soldier accommodation in the UK.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence through which commercial rental agencies his Department facilitates the substitute single living accommodation scheme.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average occupancy rate of the Defence Estates' housing stock was in each year since the formation of Defence Estates; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have sustained (a) damage to, (b) partial loss and (c) total loss of (i) upper and (ii) lower limbs in (A) Afghanistan...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who joined the armed forces since 1997 were from (a) England, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.

      Army: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has made to mark the 150th anniversary of the Cadet Force in 2010.

      Army: Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many lieutenant colonels there are in the (a) Army and (b) Royal Marines.

      British Forces Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has commissioned a review into the British Forces Post Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department gave to each Defence Technology Centre in each of the last five years; and how much each centre spent in (a) England,...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flights within Great Britain officials of his Department took in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable was set for the completion of the reports of the two studies announced by his Department in the last 12 months into the existence of a...

      Hebrides Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will compensate Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Council of the Western Isles) for the money it spent supporting a taskforce to oppose the...

      Hebrides Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government spent on its consultation over plans to downgrade the missile range and its associated sites on the Western Isles.

      Helicopters: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Chinook heavy lift helicopters are retained in a training role by the Royal Air Force (a) in the UK and (b) overseas.

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the (a) repair or (b) replacement of HMS Endurance.

      HMS Prince of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether HMS Prince of Wales will be classified as an aircraft carrier or a helicopter and commando carrier; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) HMS Queen Elizabeth and (b) HMS Prince of Wales are expected to join the fleet; and what (i) types and (ii) quantities of each type of...

      HMS Vanguard: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how long HMS Vanguard was non-operational following her recent collision at sea; what the (a) cost of repair and (b) extent of the resultant damage...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel who have served in the Iraq war are from (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to reply to the correspondence of 7 July 2009 from the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead sent on behalf of a constituent; and if he will make...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Queen's Golden Jubilee medals have been awarded; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service veterans' medals for those who have served a minimum of (a) one, (b) four and (c) five years have been issued in each of the last 10...

      Military Exercises: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2178W, on military exercises: nuclear weapons, on what dates the next joint US-UK...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on a future fourth submarine for the next generation of the nuclear deterrent.

      Nuclear Weapons: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) names, (b) dates and (c) locations are of the nuclear weapons emergency exercises being organised by his Department in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010.

      RAF Welford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to transfer activities from RAF Fairford to RAF Welford.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy (a) vessels and (b) personnel are deployed around the coast of Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      Spain: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships have docked at Spanish ports in each of the last three years.

      Territorial Army: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army (TA) units there are in Scotland; how many members are in each such unit; how many members of TA units based in Scotland (a)...

      University Officer Training Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on officer recruitment of changes to funding for the Officer Training Corps.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) destroyers and (b) frigates are available to the fleet at (i) short and (ii) medium notice.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many polling stations there will be in Afghanistan in the presidential run-off election on 7 November 2009; how many there...

    • Australia: Foreign Relations

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

      British Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the monetary cost to the British Council has been of teachers visiting overseas countries in each of the last three years;...

      Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1516-7W, on the United Nations Convention on Physical...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many properties his Department owns overseas; and what recent estimate he has made of the monetary value of his...

      Egypt: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the measures the Egyptian Government will take to ensure that the...

      Guinea: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to ensure that military equipment manufactured in the UK and exported to Guinea is used in...

      Guinea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to monitor the human rights situation in Guinea.

      Guinea: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development of democratic government in Guinea.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps at the United Nations he (a) has taken since July 2009 and (b) plans to take in the next six months on allegations...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department plan to have with governments of Arab states on...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the progress Iran has made toward the acquisition of a nuclear weapon; and if he will make...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to raise the issue of the Iranian nuclear programme in the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 1961W, on Iraq: human rights, whether British embassy...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on (a) an academic boycott and, (b) a general boycott of Israel.

      Libya: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the export of arms to Libya; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the policy of the Israeli government on the (a) volume and (b) type of goods entering...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the UK did not participate in the recent vote on the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on (a) violent incidents in Jerusalem and (b) the numbers of people injured in such incidents.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on investigations by the Israeli government in relation...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps at the United Nations he (a) has taken since July 2009 and (b) plans to take in the next six months to seek to...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

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

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the level of smuggling of (a) arms and (b) other material into Gaza from (i) Egypt and...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the effectiveness of the security barrier between Israel and the West Bank in preventing...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to seek to secure the release of missing Israeli servicemen reported to be held by (a)...

      Middle East: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress in economic development in (a) the West Bank and (b) Gaza; and if he will make a...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the report of the UN fact finding mission of the Gaza conflict; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on the Middle East peace process; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Dependants' Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the purposes for which the payment for £250,000 given to his Department on behalf...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many incidents of piracy involving (a) UK-owned vessels and (b) UK citizens have occurred in the waters off the coast of...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance his Department has provided for international efforts to tackle piracy in the waters off the coast of...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of international efforts to tackle piracy in the waters around the...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times Working Group 1 of the Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia has met since its formation; and what...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department has issued on travelling in waters around the coast of Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what activities the troika of the UK, US and Norway have undertaken in the Sudan over recent months.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US emissary to Sudan on the co-ordination of the Government's and US efforts to...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan on its response to clashes in the south of that country.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Major-General Scott Gration, the US emissary to Sudan, on the political situation in...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to (a) the government of Sudan and (b) others on the new agreement on the forthcoming...

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2009, Official Report, column 1627, on the UN Security Council, if he will (a) publish...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of arrangements for licensing animal dealers, with particular reference to...

    • Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to bring forward secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to make provision for pet vending.

      Animals: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department next plans to review the list of non-EU countries and territories from which mammals may enter the UK...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take (a) to set specifications for biomass boilers and (b) to ensure the maintenance of air quality...

      Biofuels: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of levels of emissions of (a) fine PM2.5 particulates and (b) PM10 particulates from biomass...

      Biofuels: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has undertaken into particulate emissions from biomass boilers and their effect upon climate change.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish the scientific evidence commissioned by his Department on the re-testing of cattle following an...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether restrictions have been placed on the use of the grant provided by the European Commission Standing Committee on Food...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the merits of testing for bovine tuberculosis annually in all parishes, as is done...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce emissions of black carbon in England and Wales.

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce a ban on the use of all non-domesticated animals in circuses; and if he will make a statement.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the submission for competition of dogs with docked tails to dog...

      Dogs: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations his Department has received on proposals to exempt search and rescue dogs from quarantine when they...

      Dogs: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1157W, on dogs: quarantine, how he defined formal...

      Dogs: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many rescue dogs there are in quarantine following their deployment on missions overseas.

      Dogs: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many representations he has received requesting special dispensation to enable Darcy, the Essex County Fire and Rescue...

      Dogs: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will amend the policy of quarantine for animals entering the UK to exclude rescue dogs attached officially to...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of remedying flood damage in each year since 1997.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to reduce domestic food production in order to achieve renewable energy targets; and if...

      National Parks: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he issues to the authorities of national parks on the procedures to be followed in examining expressions of...

      Noise: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people reside within the 75 decibel noise contour of (a) the M3 between Winchester and its junction with the M27...

      Noise: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the number of people resident within the 75-decibel contour of each motorway in England; and if he will...

      Oils: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of the annual cost to the public purse of cleaning up used cooking oil which has been inappropriately...

      Planning Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which draft national policy statements under the Planning Act 2008 for which his Department is responsible he expects to...

      Protection of Badgers Act 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences were issued under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 in each local authority area in each of the last three...

      Protection of Badgers Act 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what circumstances a licence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 may be issued; and if he will make a statement. [R]

      Recycling: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on local metal recycling capacity of metal recycling operators having to...

      Recycling: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department provided for research into the recycling of plastics in each year from 2004-05 to date.

      Rural Land Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department is making on its update of the Rural Land Register.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of trends in the number of disconnections by water companies in the last 20 years; and if he will...

      Water Charges: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average percentage change in domestic water bills has been in each local authority area in the East of England since...

  • Home Department

    • 62 South Eaton Place

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many months' empty property council tax has been paid on 62 South Eaton Place; and how much has been paid in total since the property...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the average time taken to process an application for asylum.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of applications for refugee status made over (a) 10 and (b) five years ago are still waiting to be resolved by the UK Border...

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2009, Official Report, column 1531W and the answer to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was allocated for the Basic Command Unit Fund in each year since its introduction; and how much has been allocated for 2009-10.

      Community Policing: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing schemes in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency.

      Community Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Community Safety Fund to be fully implemented; what the fund's budget for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 is;...

      Crime Prevention: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire have attended the community crime fighters one day training course;...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many flights within Great Britain officials of his Department took in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what IT projects are being procured by his Department; and what stage of procurement each project has reached.

      Detention Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the running cost of each immigration removal centre was in 2008-09.

      Domestic Violence: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets police forces have for arrests following reports of domestic violence.

      Drugs: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths of persons aged (a) below 16, (b) 16, 17 and 18, (c) 19 to 25 and (d) over 25 years of age were attributed to the use of...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the clearance process for applications for entry to the UK in cases where the entry clearance officers are not based in the...

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets apply to the British consulate in Islamabad on timescales for replying to letters from hon. Members on visa applications.

      Entry Clearances: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons charges for telephone calls to his Department's visa application centre based in Russia are charged at different rates...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the running costs of each forensic science centre were in each of the last five years.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have taken place between officials of his Department, the Forensic Science Service (FSS) and the private sector on private...

      Illegal Immigrants: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department (a) has taken to reduce the length of time immigrants spend in administrative detention and (b) plans to take to...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications the UK Border Agency has granted for indefinite leave to remain to individuals because they are dependants of EU...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the potential (a) risk to and (b) effect on critical infrastructure of an electromagnetic pulse...

      Neighbourhood Policing: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been made available for neighbourhood policing in (a) Birmingham, Northfield constituency and (b) Birmingham in (i)...

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the blocking of websites identified as containing illegal images of child pornography; and if...

      Police Community Support Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been recruited in (a) Gwent and (b) Newport East constituency since 2003.

      Police: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of services lost by each police authority as a result of the collapse of Icelandic banks in 2008; and if he will...

      Police: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many ethnic groups are represented in the population of each police force area in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c)...

      Police: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many ethnic minority police officers were employed in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

      Police: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many helicopters are available for use by each police force.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many chief constables received bonus payments for meeting his Department's targets in each year since 1997; how much was paid in such...

      Police: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whom police authorities are required to consult before they appoint a chief constable; what regulations govern such appointments; and if he...

      Police: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers there were in each year since 1997 and (b) police community safety officers there have been in each year since...

      Radicalism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget his Department has allocated to tackle the spread of extremism on the web.

      Radicalism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what organisations his Department is working with to prevent the spread of extremism on the web; and if he will make a statement.

      Radicalism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which industry partners he has had discussions on preventing the spread of extremism on the web.

      Security: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to ensure the security of foreign dignitaries attending the London 2012 Olympics.

      UK Police Portal Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed in the UK Police Portal Team; and what the budget for the team has been in each year since its inception.

  • Health

    • Cancer: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) funding and (b) other support has been provided to the National Cancer Intelligence Network in each of the last three financial years.

    • Cancer: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) public funding and (b) other support has been provided to each of the cancer registries in each of the last three financial years.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Richmond and Twickenham Primary Care Trust spent per head on treating each type of cancer in each of the last five years; and how much on average...

      Care Quality Commission: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure the revision of the Care Quality Commission's website to make it more user-friendly.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women giving birth in (a) the Vale of York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England did so at home in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007...

      Childbirth: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women gave birth at (a) Barnet Hospital, (b) the Royal Free Hospital, (c) Northwick Park Hospital and (d) Chase Farm Hospital in each of the...

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average case load for district nurses (a) in each primary care trust area and (b) nationally in the latest period for...

      Community Nurses: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many family nurse partnerships are in place in (a) Derbyshire and (b) North East Derbyshire constituency.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) staff of his Department and (b) specialist commissioned consultants worked in support of the Dental Access Programme in the latest period...

      Dental Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of dentists in each county in the East of England undertake NHS work.

      Dental Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of dentists in each county in the East of England were offering treatment to new NHS patients at the latest date for which...

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been allocated to support the immediate priorities identified in the Independent Review of NHS Dental Services in England in each...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many flights within Great Britain officials of his Department took in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Derbyshire: General Practitioners and Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many new GP surgeries have opened in (a) Derbyshire and (b) North East Derbyshire constituency since 1997; (2) how many one-stop primary care...

      Drugs: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the extent of the practice of parallel exporting of pharmaceuticals.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes with a primary diagnosis of mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use were recorded in...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria the National Drug Treatment Agency uses to make its assessment of whether a person leaving treatment is drug-free; and whether such...

      Mental Health: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will (a) estimate the number of NHS counsellors and (b) assess the likely demand for NHS casualty services required to deal with increases in the...

      Mental Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on each research project relating to personality disorder among offenders in each year since 1999; and what publications...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of a methadone prescription was in each of the last five years; and what the total cost of methadone prescriptions was in the last...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average duration of a methadone prescription for a problem drug user was in the last five years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness of 25 June 2009, Official Report, columns 1119-20W, on NHS: drugs, what progress has...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses per 100 hospital beds there were in (a) England, (b) West Suffolk Hospital and (c) Ipswich Hospital in each year since 1999.

      Osteoporosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will extend the length of the Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Prevention Scheme.

      Patients: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress (a) Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, (b) Northwick Park Hospital and (c) the Royal Free Hospital have made towards fulfilment of their...

      Pharmacy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2009, Official Report, column 352W, on pharmacy, what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of the use of...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers there were in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last...

      Swine Flu: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has assessed on the safety of the swine influenza vaccine to pregnant women and unborn children.

      United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken in response to the allegation of bullying and harassment by NHS East Midlands staff in respect of senior management at...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to reply to Question 291712, on the percentage of women giving birth at home, tabled on 9 October 2009.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when she plans to reply to questions (a) 291792 and (b) 291793, on numbers of live births, tabled on 9 October 2009.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were diagnosed with (a) breast cancer and (b) other cancers in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and...

    • Childbirths

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many live births occurred in (a) the Vale of York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008.

      Childbirths

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many live births occurred in (a) Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, (b) Malton Hospital, Malton, (c) James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough and (d)...

      Death: Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) diagnosed cases and (b) deaths from each type of cancer there were in (i) England, (ii) Twickenham constituency and (iii) Richmond and...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will consider the merits of securing accreditation of her Department's helplines to the Helplines Association's quality standard; and if she will...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps she has taken to reduce the number of cyber attacks on Government departments in 2009.

      Olympic Games 2012: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress she has made in promoting volunteering opportunities associated with the London 2012 Olympics in sports clubs; and if she will make a...

      Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people under the age of 18 are resident in each local authority area.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes her Department plans to make to the Access to Work programme in support of the Government's Valuing Employment Now strategy; and...

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on which initiatives of (a) her Department and (b) its agencies expenditure on advertising has been incurred in each of the last five years;...

      Departmental Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what flexi-time arrangements were available to staff of her Department in each of the last five years; and how many staff participated in such...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of procurement contracts (a) her Department and (b) its agencies awarded to small businesses in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08,...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money was re-allocated from her Department to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its predecessor in (a) 2008-09...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data her Department holds on the level of diversity in its recruitment of employees in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Responsibilities: Young Person's Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) who has responsibility for identifying the sectors in which opportunities will be created under the sectoral routeway element of the...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many external training courses were attended by staff of her Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of attendances at each...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people over the age of 50 years and claiming jobseeker's allowance have found employment through Jobcentre Plus in each (a) region...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how employers who are willing to provide Work Trials are identified; and what provision is made for external supervision of participants on...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work trial placements in each work sector have been available in each of the last 24 months.

      Employment Schemes: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her most recent estimate is of the average cost to her Department of a Work Trial placement.

      Employment Schemes: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people she estimates will be involved in the Community Task Force programme in Luton in the next 12 months.

      Employment Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department is taking to ensure that autistic people are able to access a third party advocate during employment support...

      Employment: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (Sir Micheal Spicer), Official Report, column 834W, on the Ethnic Employment...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate her Department has made of the number of people resident in unemployment hot spots and claiming employment support allowance,...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many jobs she expects to be created under the Future Jobs Fund in (a) Luton, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) the East of England in the...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the average cost of a job created under the Future Jobs Fund to date.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children under the age of 16 lived in households where one or more individuals were in receipt of incapacity benefit in each (a)...

      Incapacity Benefit: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) incapacity benefit participated in work-related programmes in each year since 1997 and (b) employment and support...

      Incapacity Benefit: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the working age population resident in Tamworth constituency received incapacity benefit in the latest period for which...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Jobcentre Plus offices have designated maximum workload capacities.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Jobcentre Plus offices there are in each region; (2) how many Jobcentre Plus offices closed in each region in each of the last...

      Jobcentre Plus: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) agency staff have been employed in (i) benefit delivery centres and (ii) customer-facing...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff Central (Jenny Willott) of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 834W, on Jobcentre Plus:...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time a claimant received jobseeker's allowance in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency was in each of the last (a)...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants in England and Wales who are aged 18 to 24 years and who have disabilities have been...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Employment Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of jobseeker's allowance claimants in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland had previously applied unsuccessfully for...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many blind or partially sighted claimants of jobseeker's allowance are between the ages of 18 and 24 years.

      New Deal for Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) registered on and (b) obtained (i) employment and (ii) sustainable employment through the New Deal for Disabled People in...

      New Deal Schemes: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people resident in the London Borough of Bexley have found work through the New Deal in each year since 2005.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the work force in Britain are aged over 60 years.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male pensioners with national insurance contributions of between 30 and 43 years were born before 6 April 1945 and (b) female...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2009, Official Report, column 695W, on social security benefits, what the monetary value of all benefit...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of people affected by a marginal withdrawal of benefit rate of more than (a) 90 per cent., (b) 70...

      Social Security Benefits: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance she is making available to (a) pensioners, (b) benefit recipients and (c) other vulnerable individuals living in North East...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent advertising the Government's crackdown on benefit cheats (a) in total and (b) in airline magazines in 2009.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans her Department has for future increases in the level of the state pension.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 63W, on Jobcentre Plus: training, in which training modules or topics new...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

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

    • Discrimination: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many complaints of age discrimination were made to the Employment Tribunal Service in January to October 2009; (2) how many complaints of...

      Henry VIII Clauses: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Henry VIII powers have been enacted in primary legislation in the present Session of Parliament.

      Judicial Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) originally estimated cost and (b) actual cost was of the research recently commissioned by the Judicial Appointments Commission from the...

      Judicial Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of applications to the Judicial Appointments Commission were from (a) male, (b) female and (c) black and minority ethnic candidates in...

      Judicial Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are used (a) for him to be informed about and (b) to monitor the work of the Judicial Appointments Commission.

      Judicial Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times he has met the Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission in each of the last three years.

      Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage mark is needed to pass the written tests which are part of the application process for new judicial posts; and what the pass rate was for...

      National Archives: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial governance arrangements have been in place at the National Archives for the last three years; and what assessment he has made of the...

      National Archives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new staff at pay bands (a) G and (b) H have been appointed at the National Archives in the last three years.

      National Archives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) directors of finance and (b) heads of finance there have been at the National Archives in each of the last three years.

      Prison: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison visits there have been in each of the last five years; and what the average number of visits per prisoner was in each such year.

      Prisoners Release: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to instigate risk assessments and home circumstance reports prior to release on End of Custody Licence of any offender whose...

      Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of manslaughter committed while on End of Custody Licence since 29 June 2007; (2)...

      Prisoners Transfers: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice to what extent consideration of the effect on commercial contracts for oil and gas were taken into account in negotiations between the Government and...

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any compensation has been paid to Shane Gormally, formerly held in HM Prison Hull; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners received treatment for alcohol addiction in the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions each London prison has declared a lock-out in the last 12 months.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much alcohol was detected in prisons in the last five years.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison workshops have (a) opened, (b) closed and (c) changed function in each of the last seven years.

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of service in a single post of a serving prison governor is.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what definition of overcrowded accommodation his Department uses in respect of prisons; and what percentage of prisoners in England and Wales have been...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of each type of instances of disorder were recorded in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last three years.

      Remand in Custody: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many adults usually resident in the North Wales Police force area are (a) remanded in custody and (b) serving a custodial sentence.

      Supreme Court: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the estimated running costs of the new Supreme Court are for the 2010-11.

      Supreme Court: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employees of the new Supreme Court earn more than (a) £50,000, (b) £75,000 and (c) £100,000 a year.

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of his Department's staff are recorded as having been diagnosed with swine influenza.

      Transgendered Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of transgendered prisoners in England and Wales; (2) how many (a) draft and (b) final prison...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies Enterprise Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what dates in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 officials from his Department met representatives of the Academies Enterprise...

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department's Freedom of Information liaison officer is routinely involved in the process of preparing answers to...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1664-67W, on children: social services, whether the...

      Education: Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of false allegations made about education staff in their work in each of the last five...

      Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation has received from his Department in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) primary school pupils and (b) secondary school pupils in England have access to a professional counsellor in...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of implementation of the diploma programme.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much expenditure under each budget heading his Department has incurred on the introduction of diploma courses and...

      Young People: Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many of those diagnosed with (a) dyslexia and (b) dyspraxia between the ages of 11 and 18 have gone on to attend...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many helplines his Department operates; and how much his Department has received from the operation of such helplines since its...

    • Departmental Telephone Services

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

      G20: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what commitments the Government entered into during the G20 London summit on energy, climate change and related matters.

      G8: Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for which aspects of the Government's contribution to commitments agreed at the G8 Summit in L'Aquila his Department is responsible.

      Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which countries were represented at the Major Economies Forum on Climate Change held on 18 and 19 October; what papers were presented;...

      Renewable Energy: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department is monitoring the adherence of local authorities to their obligation to promote and encourage the development of...

      United Nations Adaptation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding the Government provided to the United Nations Adaptation Fund in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; what funding is planned for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses were received to his Department's public consultation on proposals to revise Building Regulations (a) Part F...

    • Chief Fire Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the post of Her Majesty's Chief Inspectorate of Fire Services has been renamed as Chief Fire Adviser; and if he...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendations made in the report of the Commission on Integration and...

      Council Housing: East of England

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

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the capital expenditure per unit of council housing has been in each local authority area in each of the last two years for...

      Council Housing: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the capital receipts from the sale of local authority housing stock in Tamworth constituency were in each of the last 10...

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken for (a) all applicants and (b) single mothers to be allocated to local authority accommodation in...

      Council Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many 18 to 21-year-olds are housed as priority need owing to their status as a former relevant child.

      Council Tax: Bromley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties are recorded with each individual (a) dwelling house code and (b) value significant code in the local...

      Council Tax: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 584W, on council tax: debt collection, what the timetable is for...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether it is the policy of the Valuation Office Agency to value a self-contained annexe as a separate dwelling for council tax...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the addition of a conservatory to a dwelling is considered by the Valuation Office Agency to be value significant for...

      Council Tax: Windsor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in the local authority area of Windsor are recorded with each individual (a) dwelling house code and (b)...

      Council Tax: Wokingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in the local authority area of Wokingham are recorded with each individual (a) dwelling house code and (b)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the cost of maintaining and updating its Twitter account in 2009-10; and how many staff...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what training is available to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in respect of the delivery of value for money...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will require local authorities to ensure that (a) there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the FiReControl...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the implementation of the FiReControl programme; and what difficulties have been encountered in...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new fire stations were built in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Shropshire in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the initial estimate of the cost of the regional FiReControl project was; and what his most recent estimate is of the final...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what evidence was assessed by his Department prior to proposing to create one body responsible for the governance of Firebuy...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses were received in respect of the consultation which closed on 5 October, on merging the functions of Firebuy...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the In-Service Management Consultation document in respect of the amalgamation into a...

      Fire Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire stations were closed in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Shropshire in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.

      Fire Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received from Cumbria County Council on the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

      Fire Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what effect the implementation of the FiReControl programme will have on frontline fire and rescue services in Copeland.

      Fire Services: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether participation in the Fire Service High Potential Development Programme is part of the programme of enhanced diversity...

      Fire Services: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) targets and (b) guidance his Department has issued to fire and rescue authorities on diversity and equality in their...

      Fire Services: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will introduce national standards for fire service equipment.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) originally estimated costs, (b) costs to date and (c) estimated future costs of implementing the FiReControl...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Fire Service firefighters were employed by the Fire and Rescue Service in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c)...

      Fire Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will introduce nationwide standardisation of fire service operational procedures.

      Fire Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will introduce national standards for the training provided to firefighters.

      FiReBuy: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria were used in selecting the six individuals shortlisted for the vacant post of Chairman of Firebuy Limited; and if...

      Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the number of domestic fires caused as a result of the operation of (a) electric...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities with no known or suspected rough sleeper problem are not required by his Department to conduct rough...

      Homelessness

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

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of 18 to 21 year olds who are in (a) homeless, (b) emergency and (c) night shelter...

      Housing Benefit: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Travellers are eligible for housing benefit under the local housing allowance scheme when residing on sites which do not...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes were built on surplus public sector land in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) East Herts district are recorded with each individual (i) dwellinghouse code...

      Land Use: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many acres of (a) brownfield and (b) greenfield land there were in Norwich North constituency in (i) 1997, (ii) 2007 and...

      Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on consultations on the establishment of procedures for the direct...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Billericay of 20 July and 5 October 2009 regarding the...

      Property: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of empty properties in rural areas in each year since 1997; (2) how...

      Regional Planning and Development: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the revision of the draft South West Regional Spatial Strategy in relation to undertaking strategic...

      Regional Planning and Development: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the policy of (a) his Department and (b) the Government Office for the South West is on requiring local authorities to...

      Regional Planning and Development: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the oral answer of 27 October 2009, Official Report, column 145, on the regional spatial strategy, what the nature,...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recommendations of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's 2002 report, Social tenants' access to home working opportunities,...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received from the Local Government Association in respect of funding decisions affecting the Decent...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) special needs provision and (b) domestic violence services in (i) Luton and...

      Tenant Services Authority: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the Tenant Services Authority's National Conversation is expected to close.

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings his Department 's officials have had with Philip Brown Associates on matters relating to policy or planning...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Mellat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1-2WS, on delegated legislation (counter-terrorism), to which...

    • Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the government of Iceland on the effect on UK (a) savers, (b) charities, (c) local authorities...

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on encouraging the provision of mortgages and lending by UK banks to existing borrowers who have not defaulted on their mortgages; and if...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has for future increases in the level of child benefit.

      Child Benefit: Grandparents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases child benefit payments are being made to grandparents of the child to which the benefit relates.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the backlog of child benefit payments was in each month in each of the last five years.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has for future increases in the levels of child tax credits.

      Child Tax Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many cases of fraudulent claims of child tax credit have been investigated in each year since child tax credit was introduced; and in how many...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on maintaining its Flickr channel in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) full- and (b) part-time employees his Department had each year since 1997.

      EC Budget: Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the UK's net contribution to the EU budget in 2010-11.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to respond to the interim advice given by Sir John Chadwick on Equitable Life.

      Financial Services: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to restrict UK financial and credit institutions from dealing with Iran; what steps he plans to take in the...

      Fuels: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on proposals for a fuel duty derogation for island communities in Scotland.

      Government Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Government contracts were awarded to companies which were members of the Consulting Association between 2000 and 2009.

      Income Tax: Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people resident in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland and employed in the Republic of Ireland were liable to pay UK income tax in...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of raising the inheritance tax threshold to £1 million per person and £2 million per couple...

      Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the mechanisms other than the use of credit reference agency services by which lenders assess a loan...

      Local Government: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many local authorities in (a) Norfolk and (b) England have current loans from the Public Works Loan Board; when each loan was taken out; what interest...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to assist those affected by shared appreciation mortgages.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether PAYE is included in the payroll taxes that can be deferred by small businesses facing cash flow difficulties.

      Public Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to promote a reform of public services centred on the citizen.

      Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors received in each year since 1997; how many of those complaints were upheld in each such...

      Taxation: Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish guidance for businesses in respect of their tax liability for corporate entertainment in lap dancing clubs.

      Taxation: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the estimated financial value of tax to be collected on the use of recovered fuel oil from the lime manufacturing industry is in the UK over the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the tax credit system to reflect the respective financial contribution by parents who have separated towards the cost of raising their children.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) his Department and (b) tax credit claimants who have received overpayments of the Court of Appeal...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on meeting the universal broadband...

    • Construction: Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made since February 2009 in ensuring that payments to sub-contractors of tier one...

      Copyright: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the effect on the levels of employment in the creative industries of unlawful...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many flights within Great Britain officials of his Department took in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 447W, on departmental video conferencing, what the...

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students diagnosed with (a) dyslexia, (b) dyspraxia and (c) dyslexia/dyspraxia and who received (i) one to...

      Employment: EC Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have held with the British Chamber of Commerce on...

      Higher Education: Bexley

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of students from Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency awaiting (a) a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to respond to the letter of 26 August 2009 from Cambridge University Eco Racing.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to increase the national minimum wage.

      Public Transport: France

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations his Department has received from UK transport operators on access to the public transport system...

      Public Transport: France

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make representations to the French Government on access for overseas operators to bid for contracts in the...

      Public Transport: France

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assistance his Department has given to companies in the UK transport sector seeking to win contracts in France.

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many science departments in institutions of higher education have closed in each of the last 10 years.

      Spaceflight: EC Action

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the future of EU space projects.

      Spaceflight: EC Action

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the UK is contributing to the European Space Agency in 2009-10.

      Spaceflight: Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the European Union, Brazil, India, China, the US and...

      Spaceflight: Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what UK space projects the Government is (a) fully and (b) partially funding.

      Street Trading

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when the consultation document on street trading and pedlary legislation will be published.

      Students: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration the review of the Student Loans Company, headed by Professor Sir Deian Hopkin will give to the...

      Students: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) all disabled students and (b) disabled students entitled to...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the review headed by Professor Sir Deian Hopkin on the Student Loans Company to report to the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints on the operations of the Student Loans Company his Department has received in the latest period...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of temporary and agency workers in (a) each region of England, (b)...

      Underground Railways: France

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make representations to the European Commission on the policy of the French Government in offering an...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Casualties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether servicemen wounded in Afghanistan have to pay to watch television in United Kingdom hospitals.

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft Carriers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial penalties they would incur if one new aircraft carrier was cancelled.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft Carriers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they envisage will be spent before completion of the new aircraft carrier project.

      Armed Forces: Drumadd Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the army vacated Drumadd Barracks in Armagh City; whether the Ministry of Defence still owns the barracks; if so, for what purpose they are used; and, if not,...

      Avian Flu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered the risk factors identified following the Italian outbreak of H7N1 when devising control measures for a similar outbreak in the United...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce measures to require banks in receipt of state support to pay bonuses in new shares.

      Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they propose to regulations governing banks to ensure that branches whose headquarters are outside the United Kingdom but who trade in the United...

      Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of non-motorised cycles on the roads of the United Kingdom has increased in the past 10 years; and, if so, by how much.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the information technology cost of the single farm payment scheme in each year from 2005 to 2008, including the costs of equipment and administration.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 34,500 cases of inaccurate payments made in 2007 to farmers in respect of the single farm payment remain unresolved; and how many new cases were...

      Cyprus: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the refurbishment of the Ledra Palace, Nicosia, in order to provide improvised accommodation for the United Kingdom contingent of the United Nations...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 June 2007 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 7), whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is...

      Department for Transport: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Department for Transport agencies' budgets for 2010-11 (a) will fall by more than 5 per cent from 2009-10, (b) will fall by less than 5 per cent from...

      Economy: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review their stance on regulation, having regard to the findings of the recent Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' report on the...

      Education: Home Schooling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House details of the evidence on which Mr Graham Badman based his statement that he is aware of 52 care plans in...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 June 2007 (WA 129-30), what consideration the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 29 October 2007 (WA 144) and by Lord Darzi of Denham on 10 January 2008 (WA 216) and 18 June 2009 (WA 226), at...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the level of unemployment among young people and their need to acquire skills, they will remove the 16-hour rule for persons over 21 wishing to...

      Energy: Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve or facilitate connections to the gas and electricity grids to ensure the viability of anaerobic digestion plants and encourage...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Budgetary Report of the European Community which argues that the United Kingdom's budgetary position poses severe risks to the...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor the first elections under the Falkland Islands' new constitution on 5 November.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures (a) have been implemented, and (b) are planned, to prevent flooding in (1) Gloucestershire, (2) Worcestershire, and (3) Herefordshire.

      Food: Horse Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much horse meat is imported to the United Kingdom; whether it is all covered by horse passports; and how the link between the passport and the meat is made.

      Gaza: Birth Defects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will recommend that reporting mechanisms be set up in Gaza, following the offensive by Israel, to investigate congenital abnormalities in babies born...

      Health: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the annual payments in (a) 2007-08, and (b) 2008-09 to the United Kingdom from European economic area countries for reimbursement of healthcare costs for...

      Health: Heart and Lung Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been invested into research into sudden arrhythmic death syndrome and flash pulmonary oedema in each of the past five years for which figures are...

      Health: Hydration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 20 October (WA 60), how patients over 18 are made aware of their rights to request hydration in advance of...

      Health: Stroke Patients

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to their report Building a Society for all ages (pages 39-40), what is the minimum viable number of admissions for stroke damage for a hospital to have (a)...

      Health: Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their current and future funding commitments to the Find and Treat tuberculosis project in London.

      International Day of Non-Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they promoted 2 October as an international day of non-violence, as designated by the United Nations as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

      Iran: Embassy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or will make, representations to the appropriate authorities concerning the possible change of name of the street where the Iranian embassy...

      Iraq: Birth Defects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received regarding the incidence of congenital abnormalities in babies born since the offensive in Fallujah.

      Iraq: Birth Defects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what investigations are being ordered into the reports of congenital abnormalities in babies born in Iraq, since the war, and Fallujah in particular.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of Israel about the alleged deaths of two Palestinians, the wounding of 75 others, the destruction of 3,400...

      Marketing of Fresh Horticultural Produce Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why a warrant issued under Regulation 7(5) of the Marketing of Fresh Horticultural Produce Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/1361) is valid for three months; and whether...

      Marketing of Fresh Horticultural Produce Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to Regulation 9(2)(a)(iv) of the Marketing of Fresh Horticultural Produce Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/1361), why the logotype of the Rural Payments...

      National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for setting speed limits in English national parks.

      NHS: Data Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Phorm on the management of data relating to the operations of the National Health Service. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      NHS: Data Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what tendering arrangements there are to ensure that there is competition in the awarding of contracts for the gathering, management and distribution of data...

      NHS: Feeding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the rights of NHS hospital patients in respect of regular feeding in the case of those aged (a) below 65, and (b) 65 and over.

      Northern Ireland Office: Legal Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Northern Ireland Office spent on legal fees in each of the past five years.

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Northern Ireland Office spent on taxis from 1 September in each of the past five years.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 October (WA 16) concerning the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission obtaining funding from...

      Olympic Games 2012: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate the proposed cost and temporary build of the venue for the 2012 Olympic shooting events at Barking; and whether the costs quoted will...

      Olympic Games 2012: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Olympic Delivery Authority or any Highways Authorities or both undertook a transport assessment covering the road transport aspects of the Olympic Park...

      Olympic Games 2012: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether suppliers to the Olympic Delivery Authority comply with its Guidelines on Sustainable Transport if their means of delivery contributes significantly to a...

      Olympic Games: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses owned or run by women, black and ethnic minorities, and disabled people have been awarded work among the 1,036 businesses which have won work...

      Palace of Westminster: Cyclists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 25 June (WA 297) concerning the enforcement of the law against cyclists in and around Westminster, why...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what numbers and percentages of (a) men, and (b) women will be entitled to the full basic state pension in (1) 2020, (2) 2030, (3) 2040, and (4) 2050.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the total administrative and legal costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence in contesting war pension claims in each of the past five years.

      Racism and Homophobia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they envisage for education and sport in tackling racial and homophobic hate propaganda; what resources are being made available to counter material...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 26 October (WA 107) indicating that there is less need for diesel trains, in the light of the number of rolling...

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Timms, on 18 May (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 1184W), what the...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 13 October (WS 26-8) and the European Union decision to exclude Sri Lanka from the generalised...

      St Helena: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor the elections to St Helena's Legislative Council scheduled to be held on 4 November 2009; and whether they intend to announce their...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Sudan regarding the conviction of Lubna Hussein under Article 152(1) of the Sudanese Criminal Act; and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase investment in benefits and tax credits to support families and children in order to help them avoid debt, stimulate the economy and...

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the total receipts from value added tax in the United Kingdom; and what percentage of those receipts goes towards the United Kingdom contribution to the...

      Transport: Road Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were killed or seriously injured in the 37 road accidents in 2008 where lorries were involved and which might have been avoided if retro-reflective...

      Vehicles: Electric Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to require planning authorities to ensure that public buildings have electrical power points for electric road transport.

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