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Written answers

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Housing: Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the energy rating of each building on the House of Commons part of the parliamentary estate was in (a)...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account his Department took of the Prime Minister's request for expansion of the cadet force when determining changes to its level of funding.

    • Armed Forces: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the Joint Medical Command were based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) Cyprus and (f)...

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual strength of the defence medical services is in respect of each (i) service and (ii) trade.

      Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) civilian staff are presently employed in Kentigern House in Glasgow.

      Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what defence establishments in Scotland are presently operated by his Department.

      Departmental Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the future of HMS Endurance; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Air Force planes and (b) military planes from each country other than the UK have landed in Gibraltar in each of the last three years.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which companies are under contract to her Office to provide mail services; and when each such contract expires.

    • Olympic Delivery Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people the Olympic Delivery Authority has employed at each pay grade in the last two years.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what estimate she has made of the cost of hosting the London 2012 (a) badminton and (b) rhythmic gymnastics events at (i) Wembley Arena, (ii) Barking...

      Olympic Games 2012: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many suppliers based in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex have been awarded contracts by the Olympic Delivery Authority since April 2009; and if she...

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics on what criteria the venue for the (a) badminton, (b) rhythmic gymnastics and (c) boxing events in the London 2012 Olympic games was selected.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics for what reasons the programme delivery element of the Olympic budget has risen from £400 million in March 2007 to £678 million in July 2009; and if...

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the budget for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony is.

      Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the cost of hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic shooting event at the Royal Artillery Barracks; what assessment...

      Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she has had discussions with the (a) Olympic Delivery Authority and (b) the Secretary of State for Health on the implications for access to the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the full exclusion zone required by the International Shooting Federations will be in place for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic...

      Olympic Games 2012: Plants

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many cut Christmas trees will be acquired in 2009 from (a) within the UK and (b) abroad for growing and subsequent planting at the main Olympic site for...

      Olympic Games 2012: Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics for which public bodies the Government Olympic Executive is responsible; which individuals the Executive has appointed to each such body; and what the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Religious Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what provision has been made to respond to demand for facilities to practise faith and prayer arising from the number of people visiting London for the 2012...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • English Heritage: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on the website of (a) English Heritage, (b) the Heritage Lottery Fund and (c) the National Heritage Memorial Fund...

    • Sport England: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on the website of (a) Sport England, (b) UK Sport, (c) the Football Foundation and (d) the Youth Sports Trust in...

      UK Film Council: Internet

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

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the maintenance of world heritage sites in EU member states.

  • Transport

    • Air Transport Users' Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average response time is for consumer enquiries made to the Air Transport Users' Council.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what representations he has received on the effects on first person view flying of proposed air navigation order articles; and if he will...

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent reports he has received on the incidence of aerotoxic syndrome in airline cabins.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he plans to take to reduce the length of crossing times for the Dartford Crossing; and when he expects such steps to take effect.

      Departmental Postal Services

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

      Driving: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Employments Rights Act 1996 to extend the definition of Working Time Regulations to include...

      Finsbury Park Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has made a recent assessment of levels of (a) safety and (b) accessibility at Finsbury Park station; and whether...

      Railway Stations: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what monitoring his Department undertakes of the construction of step-free access to interchange stations in London; how much funding his...

      Railway Stations: Passengers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the maximum number of passengers is that can be accommodated at Euston station at any point consistent with safety requirements; and on...

      Railways: Contract Cleaning

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent representations he has received on the working conditions of contract cleaners providing services to train operating companies.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what capital funding he has allocated for the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak railway line; and what his Department's most...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) Transport for London and (b) the Mayor of London on the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak line.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much has been (a) received from and (b) paid out to each train operating company under cap and collar franchise arrangements in each...

      Railways: Penalty Fares

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will (a) extend the deadline of 17 November 2009 and (b) conduct a wider public consultation in respect of his consultation with the...

      Railways: Penalty Fares

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will publish a public consultation document setting out his proposals for the updating of the Penalty Fares Rules 2002.

      South London Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions his Department has had with (a) Transport for London, (b) London Travel Watch, (c) the Mayor of London and (d) other...

      West Coast Railway Line: Speed Limits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether there are plans to improve the signalling on the West Coast Main Line to enable 135 mph running speeds.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress the Government Equalities Office has made in implementing the recommendations of the Glover Report in its procurement processes.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.

  • Treasury

    • Business: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small businesses (a) in Coventry and (b) in the UK have applied to defer their tax payments over the financial year under the Government's late...

    • Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of parents receiving childcare vouchers from employers who pay income tax at the basic rate.

      Child Trust Fund: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of the Child Trust Fund in each year between 2010-11 and 2015-16; and if he will make a...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of economic growth in each of the next 12 months.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has for the future level of gold reserves held by the Government.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had on the level of gold reserves held by the Government.

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the projected inflation rate in each of the next 12 months.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives of former shareholders of Northern Rock; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Rock: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2009, Official Report, column 548W, on Northern Rock: compensation, if he will publish the submissions made by the...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the time taken by the Prime Minister's Working Group on the Presbyterian...

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the merits of delaying until April 2011 the proposed changes to the furnished holiday letting rules to undertake a consultation.

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people were granted relief under the furnished holiday letting rules in respect of an occupancy rate claim of (a) 10, (b) 15, (c) 20 and...

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many owners of holiday cottages in the UK who are in the European Economic Area claimed tax relief under the furnished holiday letting rules in the...

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue accrued to the Exchequer under the furnished holiday letting rules in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of revenue under such...

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of holiday cottages which will be affected by the proposed changes to the furnished holiday lettings rules.

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to raise the occupancy threshold for eligibility rules in relation to furnished holiday lettings.

      Taxation: South West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) individuals, (b) businesses, (c) estates and (d) other bodies in (i) Cornwall and (ii) the Isles of Scilly have paid in tax in each year...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) mean and (b) median income of tax credit claimants was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United States administration on proposals to close the Guantánamo Bay detention...

    • Africa: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of (a) Sudan, (b) South Sudan, (c) Uganda and (d) Democratic Republic...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on EU sanctions on Burma; and if he will make a statement.

      Colombia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2009, Official Report, column 377W, on Colombia: foreign relations, on what occasions in...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 70W, on the Diplomatic Service: databases, for what reason...

      Honduras: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of the political situation in Honduras; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) security and (b) political situation in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the security situation in Pakistan.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Pakistan on freedom of religion in that country; and if he will make a...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United States administration on Guantánamo detainee (a) Shaker Aamer and (b)...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent representations he has made to the Sri Lankan government on the sexual abuse of children in camps for...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 9WS, on the Turks and Caicos Islands,...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on the promotion of micro-generation projects powered by (a) bio-diesel produced from used cooking oil...

    • Climate Change: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the establishment of a European Commission Directorate General for energy and climate change; and if he will make...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many posts in his Department which were initially advertised six months or more ago are still (a) vacant and (b) unconfirmed.

      Energy: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from (a) Landis and Gyr Group, (b) African Minerals (UK) Ltd., (c) Eastern Petroleum...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to lay before Parliament for approval a draft of the proposed Renewables Obligation Order 2010.

      Renewable Energy: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the implementation of the EU Renewable Energy Directive for the...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the interaction between the Renewables Obligation and the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the Government's cross-departmental approach to the...

  • Justice

    • Coroner Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make provision for extra staff to be assigned to the office of HM Coroner for Wiltshire to process the outstanding inquests into the deaths of...

    • Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessor has spent on each research project relating to personality disorder amongst offenders in each year since...

      National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of recent staff re-organisations at junior levels at the National Archives on the services the Archives provide...

      National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of the recent refurbishment of reading rooms at the National Archives; and what proportion of the cost was met from...

      National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what comprehensive (a) race equality and (b) gender equality assessments were undertaken as part of the most recent restructuring exercise at the...

      National Archives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appointments to posts at the National Archives were made at a starting salary above the advertised (a) minimum and (b) maximum for the posts...

      National Archives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the National Archives spent on staff salaries in each of the last three years.

      Offences Against Children: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2009, Official Report, column 1145W, on offences against children: convictions, how many people were prosecuted for...

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to move the premises of the Office of the Public Guardian from Archway Tower; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were released on (a) temporary release licence, (b) home detention curfew, (c) early release and (d) juvenile temporary release...

      Secure Accommodation: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of placing remanded children in secure training centres was in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what...

      Secure Accommodation: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Youth Justice Board pays per person for a place in (a) a secure training centre, (b) a young offenders institution and (c) a local...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 10 to 12 year-olds were convicted of each category of criminal offence in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Young People: Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children have been placed in each secure training centre by local authorities whilst on remand in each month in the last two years.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many legal abortions for women in each age group were performed on each statutory ground in each year since 1979; and what the age standardised rate...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient safety incidents in accident and emergency departments in England were reported to the National Patient Safety Agency in each year since 1997.

      Airedale Hospital: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether digital mammography equipment is available on site at (a) Airedale Hospital and (b) Burnley General Hospital; (2) what services are...

      Blackburn Royal Infirmary: PFI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what percentage of its income the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust spent on servicing the Royal Blackburn Infirmary private finance...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS spent on children's cancer care in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the average time elapsing from diagnosis to start of treatment for cancer patients resident in (a) England, (b)...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2009, Official Report, column 1338W, on dental services, what information his Department holds on the criteria used...

      Departmental Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees of his Department have been convicted of an offence of fraud in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department operates any Twitter accounts.

      East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many specialist neuromuscular physiotherapists are available to patients within the area covered by the East Kent Hospitals Trust; (2) what...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what scientific papers he has considered in respect of animal studies that document the effect of the consumption of genetically modified food on...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) funding for (i) fees and (ii) expenses and (b) other assistance his Department has provided to each Royal College or Society for...

      Health Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were registered as working in each primary care trust serving Lancashire and their predecessors in (i) 1997 and (ii)...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure consistency in relation to the choice of providers offered in respect of NHS health checks by primary...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's second phase of economic modelling for vascular checks which used a pharmacy setting as its...

      Hydrotherapy Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hydrotherapy pools are available for treatment in each primary care trust in England.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bed days were recorded for patients aged under 16 years old on adult psychiatric wards in each quarter of the last three years.

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many working days were lost through employee sickness in the National Health Service in each strategic health authority area in each of the last five...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has commissioned a training programme for clinicians to enhance the quality of discussion with patients on treatments not routinely...

      Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student nurses are working in Lancashire Primary Care Trust; and what the average number of student nurses working in a primary care trust was in...

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females have been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Patients' Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will encourage the National Clinical Audit and Patients' Outcomes programme to conduct an audit of dignity for patients in hospital and other care...

      Prostate Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1552-7W, on prostate cancer staff, which cancer networks (a) have met and (b) are...

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements his Department has made for informing GP surgeries of the dates upon which their allocation of swine influenza vaccine will be received;...

      Tuberculosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of primary care trusts in England are part of a local multi-disciplinary clinical network for tuberculosis; (2) what steps the NHS...

  • International Development

    • CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial arrangements were in place for the seeding of CDC Group plc's sub-Saharan power assets in the new $750 million...

    • Tanzania: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much humanitarian aid was provided by the Government to Tanzania in each of the last five years for which figures are available; on...

      Tanzania: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment his Department has made of standards of governance in Tanzania.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there will be a residual power for the Government to intervene in relation to a decision by a Northern Ireland Justice Minister to...

    • Prisoner Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent steps he has taken to strengthen mechanisms for the supervision of offenders following their release from prisons in Northern Ireland.

      Dissident Republicans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the level of activity of dissident Republicans in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on reorganisation of local government in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Christmas functions arranged by his Department and its agencies (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) officials of its...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland staff administer the issue of firearms certificates.

      Fireworks: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries have been caused by fireworks in Northern Ireland in each year since 2005.

      Terrorism: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance his Department is providing to families in Northern Ireland who have yet to establish the location of the remains of relatives...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to prohibit the sale of puppies in pet shops.

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have been prosecuted under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for importing a prohibited breed of...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department provides to police forces on the implementation of the measures in section 1 of the Dangerous...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of dog owners proceeded against under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 subsequently had their dogs placed on the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) data tapes, (b) CDs, (c) memory sticks, (d) laptops and (e) other equipment containing data of each type...

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the merits of microchipping of dogs.

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider the merits of compulsory microchipping of dogs.

      Floods: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding the Government has allocated for the maintenance and upgrading of flood defences in the West Midlands in the...

      Floods: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further steps the Government plans to take to prevent flooding in the West Midlands.

      River Trent: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking in respect of the discharge of cyanide into the River Trent in October 2009; what discussions he has...

      River Trent: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reported incidents of pollution in the (a) River Trent and (b) River Tame there have been in each of the last...

      River Trent: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the specifications of the Severn Trust Water sewage treatment plants at (a)...

      Rural Payments Agency: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on what date (a) he, (b) the Minister for Food, Farming and the Environment and (c) officials in his Department was...

  • Home Department

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data other than those contained on a passport are requested of carriers as part of the e-borders scheme.

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date he expects the e-borders scheme to be implemented in respect of each mode of transport used to enter the UK.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Neighbourhood Policing Fund was in each year since 2002-03; and what proportion of funding from the Fund was allocated for...

      Crime: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of each type have been committed by children aged (a) under 10 and (b) between 11 and 14 years old in the Milton Keynes...

      Crime: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were reported in (a) 1997, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008 in Norwich North constituency and how many of them resulted in...

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions he has had with (a) the House authorities and (b) the former Speaker, Lord Martin in the last 12 months on...

      Hakluyt

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contacts his Department has had with Hakluyt and Co. Ltd. since 1 January 2009.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal migrants have been found to be working in (a) the UK Border Agency and (b) the Immigration and Passport Service in each of...

      Immigration: Pakistan and Abu Dhabi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from whom entry clearance officers in his Department's visa hub in (a) Pakistan and (b) Abu Dhabi received instructions not to carry out...

      Immigration: Pakistan and Abu Dhabi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether visa processing work carried out at his Department's (a) Pakistan and (b) Abu Dhabi visa hub has been transferred to other visa...

      Party Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any of his Department's non-departmental public bodies sent representatives to attend one or more political party conferences in 2009.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers police community support officers have in relation to the use of speed detection devices.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) pay and (b) pay-related cost of employment of a full-time police officer was in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each police authority recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in each of the last five years.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the charging regimes in place for mobile location information disclosed under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the net change in the stock of local authority housing was in 2008-09.

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to assist those local communities which are most vulnerable to the effects of the recession;...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the contingent liabilities in relation to (a) alleged financial irregularities with the...

      Fire Services: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much public money has been spent on the proposed Fire Service Regional Control Centre at Fareham; how much is being spent on...

      Fire Services: Lancashire

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

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) social housing new lets and (b) households were accepted as homeless in each local housing authority area in...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps his Department and its predecessors have taken to assist (a) teachers and (b) other key workers with housing...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the median (a) house price and (b) income in each (i) region and (ii) local authority area in...

      Housing Associations: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance his Department issues to housing associations on best practices in (a) tendering for and (b) selecting...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated to housing construction in Islington in each of the last five years; how many (a) council...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what maximum expenditure limit has been set for the (a) Social HomeBuy and (b) Rent to HomeBuy scheme in (i) 2009-10 and (ii)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what maximum limit was placed on expenditure on the (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) Rent to HomeBuy and (c) Open Market HomeBuy...

      Local Government: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on seeking to reduce work-related stress levels amongst their staff.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average council tax bill for a home for social rent owned by (a) a registered social landlord and (b) a local...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with (i) registered social landlords and (ii) local...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration his Department has given to the introduction of a national social housing exchange (a) programme and (b)...

      Tenancy Deposit Solutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department paid to Tenancy Deposit Solutions Ltd in each of the last five years.

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department expects to make available to local authorities in England from the Working Neighbourhoods Fund in...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business Council for Britain

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the achievements of the Business Council for Britain against its objectives.

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small businesses in Coventry have applied for financial assistance under (a) the Enterprise Finance...

      Companies Act 2006

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps were taken to enable Companies House to manage the demand for electronic incorporations following the...

      Companies: Complaints

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints Companies House received in respect of companies registered with it in each of the last four years.

      Copyright: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of (a) bandwidth capping and (b) temporary internet account...

      Copyright: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the likely effect on internet accounts which have been used to unlawfully file...

      Copyright: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the likely effect on consumers of a reduction in the level of unlawful...

      Copyright: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the likely costs to internet service providers of compliance with the...

      Copyright: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to obtain assessments from internet service providers of the likely cost to them of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff were allocated to defence-related work in each of the last four years.

      Further Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received from the further education sector on the use of the title of college.

      Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his most recent assessment is of the proportion of the UK's internet traffic that is peer-to-peer; (2)...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many cars had been purchased under the car scrappage scheme in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North...

      Video Games

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the monetary value of (a) exports of UK-produced video games and (b) video game imports...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's budget for publicity and advertising was in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.

    • GCE A-Level: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils on free school meals were awarded a grade A in A Level history in 2008.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department was first informed by the Learning and Skills Council of the projected reduction in funding for 16 to 19 year...

      Teachers TV: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessor paid towards the production of Teachers TV in the last three years for which figures...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Grants: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many student nurses have unsuccessfully applied for bereavement grants from her Department in each of the last three years.

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency to respond to emails from the hon. Member for Eastbourne dated 31 July, 11...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency to respond to emails from the hon. Member for Eastbourne dated 20 May, 24 July...

      Council Tax: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in each region were in receipt of (a) council tax and (b) housing benefit in each of the last 12 months for which figures...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will consider the merits of securing accreditation of her Department's helplines to the Helplines Association's quality standard; and if...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Mid-Bedfordshire constituency have (a) applied for and (b) been refused employment and support allowance since October 2008.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she is taking to ensure that under 25 year olds in Norwich North constituency are provided with an employment or training...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the Future Jobs Fund has been allocated to bids in (a) Basingstoke, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in 2009-10.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the Future Jobs Fund has been allocated to the creation of 50,000 jobs in unemployment hotspots; what criteria her...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated cost per job was of each successful bid proposal under the Future Jobs Fund.

      Future Jobs Fund: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs she expects to be created under the Future Jobs Fund in (a) Scotland, (b) the Highlands and (c) Inverness in the next 12...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) original estimate of expenditure on and (b) actual expenditure on local housing allowance was in each financial year since its...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much expenditure from allowing claimants to receive more in local housing allowance than they have to pay in rent the Government (a) has...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of local housing allowance claimants had their allowance paid directly to their (a) social and (b) private...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals received local housing allowance in England in each quarter since the allowance was introduced.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department has made a recent estimate of the number of recipients of housing benefit who have been unable to meet their rent costs...

      Housing Benefit: St. Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in St. Albans constituency were in receipt of housing benefit at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to Sellafield Ltd. on meeting the...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Jobcentre Plus National Workload Projection updates are for the most recent four quarters, broken down by the smallest possible...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal advisers have been employed in jobcentres in each of the last 10 years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evaluation she has made of the effectiveness of Jobcentre Plus; and what recent steps have been taken to improve the performance of...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants in each constituency have been in receipt of the allowance continuously since 1997.

      Means Tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of people who did not claim a means-tested benefit to which they were entitled in the last 12 months;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to reply to the letter of 21 September 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss A. S. Tame.

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what procedures her Department follows to revoke national insurance numbers from those whose right to work in the UK has expired; (2)...

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were withdrawn from those deemed to be illegal immigrants in each year since 1997.

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her most recent estimate is of the number of people in possession of a national insurance number and working beyond the expiration of...

      New Deal Schemes: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Mid-Bedfordshire constituency have participated in a New Deal scheme in each year since 2004.

      Post Office Card Account: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of state benefit payments to residents of North East Fife constituency were paid into Post Office card accounts in...

      Recruitment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many employers have (a) applied for and (b) secured funding from her Department to recruit people who have been unemployed for more...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the change to the number of pensioners eligible for a full state pension was following the reduction in the number of qualifying years...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the state pension as a proportion of gross domestic product in each year since 2005.

      Unemployed: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance her Department has issued to Jobcentre Plus staff on referrals to (a) employment subsidy vouchers, (b) train to gain, (c)...

      Widowed People: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many widows and widowers (a) in total and (b) under 35 years old have received (i) the bereavement payment, (ii) widowed parents'...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Memorial

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be represented at the unveiling on 8 November at the British Cemetery in Kyrenia of the memorial plaque to the 371 British servicemen who lost...

    • Communications Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many authorisations were made for (a) directed surveillance, (b) covert human intelligence sources, and (c) communications traffic data under the Regulation of...

      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), what progress the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many statutory instruments the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has introduced since 18 June 2007; how many created new regulations; and how...

      Education: Examination Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the recent report on the consultation conducted with examination awarding bodies with the aim of...

      Education: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Joint Advisory Committee for Qualifications Approval does not include value for money in its criteria for recommending that qualifications be funded.

      Elections: Botswana and Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the elections held in Botswana on 16 October 2009; and how these elections compare with the last elections held in Zimbabwe.

      Elections: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the entitlement of Moroccans resident in Gibraltar to vote in Gibraltar elections is identical to that of Moroccans resident in the United Kingdom to vote...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 22 October (WA 89—90), which future projects involving provision of eggs to research in...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Drayson on 5 May (WA 95—96) and by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 22 October (WA 89—90), how the views, values...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 22 October (WA 89—90), whether it is standard practice for social science studies to be...

      Energy: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to pages 73 to 75 and table 11.4 of the European Commission's impact assessment of the proposal for a directive on the indication by labelling and...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in persuading the Government of Kenya to follow the latest recommendations of Kofi Annan, in support of those of the 2008 Waki...

      Lisbon Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to British sport and recreation policies and programmes if the Lisbon treaty is ratified.

      Marketing of Fresh Horticultural Produce Regulations 2009

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

      Morocco: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reply they have received from the Government of Morocco to their demands concerning the decision to withdraw permission from students who had been given visas...

      Nauru

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of the arrears owed by Nauru to the Commonwealth Secretariat for membership.

      Nauru

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been discussions with Nauru to negotiate the payment of arrears owed to the Commonwealth Secretariat.

      Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further confidence-building measures they will consider in preparation for the forthcoming non-proliferation treaty review conference; and whether a reduction...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 10 February (WA 180), what is the outcome of the review of special allowances paid to staff of the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Trade Unions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how many paid staff in the Northern Ireland Office are seconded to trade unions and what facilities are made available to them; (b) in the latest year...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether European legislation allows firms with paramilitary links to undertake contracts within police stations in Northern Ireland and hindering that process...

      Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the purpose of Section 54 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the Procedure Committee will invite the Attorney-General and the Permanent Secretary of the Attorney-General's Office to explain why Lord Oakeshott of...

      Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have access to or maintain a register of locations in the United Kingdom at which plastics are recycled. To ask Her Majesty's Government where in the...

      Regional Development Agencies: North West

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what area the Mersey Forest covers; and when it will be completed.

      Schools: Inspection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations, apart from Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate, have been licensed to inspect state and independent schools in England; and which...

      Schools: Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the value of schools teaching pupils to become proficient in playing one or more musical instruments; and what plans they have to...

      Schools: Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will add teaching the ukulele to the music syllabus of the national curriculum.

      Schools: Unregistered Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of organisations not registered with the Department for Children, Schools and Families which provide education in...

      Shipping: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the anticipated budget for the General Lighthouse Authorities for financial years 2011—12, 2012—13 and 2013—14. To ask...

      Shipping: MV "Canna"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 7 July (WA 147), why the Maritime and Coastguard Agency did not extend the period of validity for the existing...

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom passenger ships in the past five years have had survey dates entered on their passenger ship safety certificate which go beyond the...

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria were used in the decisions to recognise the independence of Eritrea, East Timor and Kosovo; whether those criteria will apply to Somaliland; and...

      Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many areas Natural England has declared as special areas of conservation under the European Habitats Directive (a) in the United Kingdom inshore area, and (b)...

      Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what management regulations inshore and offshore special areas of conservation are subject; whether all special areas of conservation are subject to the same...

      Waterways: Moorings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the connection between British Waterways' support for a reduction in the navigation width by the installation of new moorings in...

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