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Written answers

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics with which providers her Office held contracts to provide postal services (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008, (c) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (d) after 1...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) has made of the economic effects of the London 2012 Olympics on (a) Essex and (b) Southend, West...

      Olympic Games 2012: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions the Government Olympic Executive has had with Southend Borough Council since May 2009 on its (a) participation in and (b) legacy from the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Oils

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much used cooking oil was produced by the Refreshment Department in each year since 2001; and what...

  • Wales

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building occupied by his Department was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005;...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department on procurement under tender because the tender process had been cancelled prior to the award of...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and its predecessor travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on Government business...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1442W, on Church Commissioners: land, what...

    • Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1442W, on Church Commissioners: land, what the...

      Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1441-42W, on Church Commissioners: land, which...

      Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2009, Official Report, column 997W, on departmental land, how many files the...

      Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what legal advisers the Church Commissioners retain in respect of the sale and development of land.

      Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how much the Church Commissioners spent on legal services relating to the sale of land in each of the last five years.

      Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the policy of the Church Commissioners is on the consultation of residents close to land developments proposed...

      Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how much the Church Commissioners have spent on legal services in relation to the proposed development of land to...

      Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what consultation the Church Commissioners carried out with residents of Bognor Regis prior to submitting a...

      Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what representations the Church Commissioners have received on the proposed development of land to the west of...

      Church Commissioners: Meetings

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the agendas and (b) the minutes of each meeting of the (i) Church...

      Church of England: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2009, Official Report, column 996W, on Church of England: finance, for what...

      Church of England: Investment

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the policy on planning, development and the environment is of the Ethical Investment Advisory Group of the...

      Written Answers: Government Responses

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners with reference to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 5W, how many questions for written...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Northern Ireland Policing Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much the (a) Northern Ireland Policing Board and (b) district policing partnerships cost to run in the latest year for which figures...

    • Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of the level of knife crime in Northern Ireland.

      Parades Commission for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff there are in the office of the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland; what information his Department holds on the religious...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the content was of (a) correspondence sent by and (b) other communications made by him to the First and Deputy First Ministers of the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many page hits the Big Lottery Fund website has recorded in each year since its creation.

    • Cultural Heritage: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many page hits have been recorded by the (a) English Heritage, (b) Heritage Lottery Fund and (c) National Heritage Memorial Fund...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many domestic flights within Great Britain officials from the Department made in 2008-09; and at what cost such flights were taken.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department's information assurance procedures have been subject to an independent audit.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many page hits have been recorded by his Department's website in each year since its creation.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with which providers (a) his Department and (b) its agency had a contract to provide postal services in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii)...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2009, Official Report, column 1033W, on departmental rail travel, how many (a) journeys were paid...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to provide money from the Digital Switchover Helpscheme Fund to pay for other services; and how much he expects to provide...

      Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the pilots of the proposed independently funded news consortia to start; which English region will host a pilot scheme;...

      Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with (a) the Football Association and (b) Premier Rugby on primacy of tenure at shared stadia.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission when the Electoral Commission plans to publish its guidance on the new provisions on...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average cost of processing a Single Farm Payment scheme claim was in each of the last four years for which figures...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of single farm payments which have been (a) withheld and (b) cancelled...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) bacillus thuringiensis and (b) agro bacterium have been identified in cases of bee colony collapse.

      Biochar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential use of biochar as a means of promoting agricultural production; and if he will...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many landowners in each designated area (a) were requested to take part in, (b) took part in and (c) refused to take...

      Cattle: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he plans to take to improve the animal welfare standards of cattle; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Leominster of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1002W, on...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings his Department has had with canine welfare organisations on the matter of dangerous dogs in the last 12 months.

      Fish: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's latest assessment is of the effects of koi herpes virus disease on fish stocks; and if he will make a...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many UK pair trawlers currently fish for bass beyond 12 nautical miles in the Western Channel.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many foreign-registered vessels have pair trawled within the UK's 12 mile limit in each month since the ban on British...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to increase the proportion of food consumed in England which is domestically produced.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of food consumed that is produced domestically.

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Marine and Fisheries Agency has spent on work by (a) external consultants and (b) other staff from (i) his...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the transfer of the Marine and Fisheries Agency and other agencies to the Marine Management Organisation to...

      Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what further steps the Government plan to take to improve the regulatory framework for fine particle PM2.5 emissions in...

      Reservoirs: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many megalitres of water were supplied to water companies serving the East of England from reservoirs in that region in...

      Water Charges: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to provide to community organisations and parish councils which own community buildings the...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will re-assess the funding formula for concessionary bus fares to reflect the actual cost incurred in each local authority area.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department holds on the reimbursement rates offered by each local authority for journeys made under the concessionary...

      Bus Services: EC Action

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what representations he has received in respect of the removal of all but international and national coach services from the proposed EU...

      Bus Services: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many violent incidents on buses were recorded in the Milton Keynes area in each of the last five years.

      Bus Services: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many complaints about bus services were recorded in the Milton Keynes area in each of the last five years.

      Crossrail Line: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the Crossrail project were it to be abandoned in June 2010.

      Cycling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many cycling officers there are in each local authority.

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what settlements have been designated as cycling communities; and how much funding his Department has allocated to each since their designation.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c)...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department's information assurance procedures have been subject to an independent audit.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building occupied by his Department and its agencies was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies on procurement under tender because the tender process had been...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Databases

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has produced a privacy impact assessment in relation to any of its databases or data held...

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many Driving Standards Agency occasional-use test centres offer module two of the new two-part motorcycle test; and how many such tests...

      Fisheries: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many fishermen have died on (a) under 10 and (b) over 10 metre fishing vessels in UK waters since 1997.

      Government Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the Government Car and Despatch Agency of the implementation of new working time regulations.

      M42: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many fixed cameras are in use on the M42 motorway; for what purposes such cameras are used; and for what reason this number of cameras...

      Marine Accident Investigation Branch

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many incidents the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has investigated since 1997.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 212W, which (a) Ministers and (b) senior civil servants are allocated...

      Palm Oil

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department was represented at the most recent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil meeting; and if he will make a statement.

      Palm Oil

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he last discussed the use of sustainable palm oil with (a) Ministerial colleagues, (b) representatives of the Roundtable on...

      Railways: France

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make representations to the European Commission on the policy of the French government in offering an exclusive contract to...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1103W on railways; franchises, which franchise operator received a...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many average speed cameras are in operation on (a) Highways Agency roads and motorways and (b) other roads.

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had on the merits of setting outline design parameters for wheelchairs to allow for their access...

      Transport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he next intends to publish an update of his Department's guidance, New Approach to Transport Appraisal.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building occupied by his Department and its agencies was in each year for...

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on Government business...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many visits members of his Department have made to the camps for internally-displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka since May 2009; and how...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has provided to Syria (a) directly and (b) through multi-lateral agencies for assistance to...

      Zimbabwe

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

  • Treasury

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects on small businesses of the downturn in the economy; what assistance he plans to give during the...

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency takes account of reputational issues connected with a dwelling when valuing it for council tax valuation and revaluation...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2009, Official Report, column 1285W, on departmental rail travel, how many (a) journeys were paid for and (b) people...

      Economic Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the data on which the Treasury Economic Model is based.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the findings contained in the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report on the British economy;...

      Excise Duties: Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax revenue was foregone as a result of the reduced rate of duty paid on red diesel for the agricultural industry in the latest period for which...

      Housing Benefit: Travelling People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the policy is of the Valuation Office Agency's Rent Service on whether Traveller pitches which do not have planning permission may be rated for local...

      Housing Revenue Account

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to add the estimated surplus on the housing revenue account (HRA) subsidy to the council house capital debt that is being considered for...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of receipts to the Exchequer were received from those (a) of working age and (b) over retirement age in payment of (i) income...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and what proportion of council tax is raised from (a) those over retirement age and (b) people of working age; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the merits of introducing new mechanisms for settling tax liabilities; (2) what mechanisms HM Revenue and...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment HM Revenue and Customs has made of the performance of private debt collection agencies in collecting tax debt.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of compatibility of corporation tax regimes in the Crown Dependencies with the EU code of conduct on taxation.

      Valuation Office: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what courses representatives of the Valuation Office Agency have attended at the National School of Government in the last 36 months; and at what cost to...

  • Justice

    • Pleural Plaques: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to announce his decision on compensation for those with pleural plaques.

    • Legal Aid: Child Abuse Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the future provision of legal aid in child abuse cases; and if he will make a statement.

      Solicitors: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he next expects to meet the Legal Services Commission to discuss its overpayments to solicitors in 2008-09.

      Prisoner Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made in the second stage of his consultation on voting rights for prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Released Prisoner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the provision of housing for offenders on their release...

      Female Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the imprisonment of women on their children.

      British Values Roadshow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate has been made of the cost of planned British values roadshow and consultation events.

      Human Trafficking: Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many confiscation orders against people convicted of human trafficking offences have been made in each of the last three years; and how much money...

      Magistrates Courts: Haverfordwest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had on the future of Haverfordwest Magistrates' Court.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 90W, on prisoner escapes, what the name is of the person convicted of murder who is...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on reducing the number of women in prison.

      Prisons: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has plans to extend to private prisons the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Vetting: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance has been given to local authorities by the Information Commissioner on the classifying of individuals on List 98.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average level of energy consumption was for a domestic property in the last 12 months period for which figures are available.

    • Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the merits of potential substitutes for natural gas supplies for (a) domestic and (b) industrial consumption in the UK.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the use of biomass boilers installed to meet Renewable Energy Strategy targets on...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) energy companies, (b) non-governmental organisations, (c) local authorities...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour interval will be for each unit deployed in the next Afghanistan roulement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Pakistan on Taliban activity in the border regions.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of (a) sleeping bags and (b) other kit for troops on active operations in Afghanistan.

      Air Force: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future strength of (a) the RAF Auxiliary Reserve, (b) the Royal Naval Reserve, (c) the Air Cadets and (d) the Sea Cadets.

      Armed Forces: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number is of (i) pieces of night vision equipment, (ii) pieces of body armour and (iii) small arms in the army.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the proceeds of the sale of Defence Estates stock has been used to upgrade the estate in each year since Defence Estates was...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 831W, on armed forces: housing, what the average monthly rent for properties in the...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has (a) commissioned, (b) funded and (c) undertaken on the mental health needs of service personnel and veterans since...

      Armed Forces: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have joined the (a) army, (b) navy and (c) RAF from (i) the North West, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) Chorley in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual trained strength is of each (i) service and (ii) rank in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual trained strength is of the Territorial Army (i) staff, (ii) Royal Armoured Corps, (iii) Royal Artillery, (iv)...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what planned reservist training exercises were cancelled in each year since 2003.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of training exercises have been cancelled in 2009 to date; and what exercises those were.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2009, Official Report, columns 569-70, on pre-deployment training, what his definition is of an unacceptable...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles of each type in the armed forces are (a) fit to be deployed and (b) in service in Afghanistan. [Official Report, 25...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual level of spare part availability is for each (i) armoured vehicle type and (ii) aircraft type in the armed forces...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many outstanding cases of litigation the Atomic Weapons Establishment is involved in.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 301W, what his most recent estimate is of the...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in the preparation of an integrated waste strategy for the Atomic Weapons Establishment. [Official Report, 12 March 2010,...

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when construction work on Project Pegasus at AWE Aldermaston is scheduled to commence.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether non-UK workers will be allowed to undertake construction work on Project Mensa at AWE Burghfield.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what emergency arrangements are in place to provide for the protection of contractors working on Project Mensa at AWE Burghfield in the event of an...

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to hold an exercise to rehearse arrangements for dealing with a radiation release at AWE Burghfield with the potential to affect...

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what safety rules construction work on Project Mensa at AWE Burghfield will be conducted.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 258W, on AWE Burghfield, how many of the work...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which providers (a) his Department and (b) its agencies had a contract to provide postal services in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) between 1 January...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Disposal Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what contractors have been approved by the Disposal Services Authority to sell surplus British defence equipment; (2) what items were sold by the...

      Helicopters: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters are (a) required and (b) available (i) for training and (ii) to support operations in Afghanistan.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have received requests to give evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry; and if he will make a statement.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times the Met Office Review Group has met; and if he will make a statement.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the meetings of the Met Office Review Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the members are of the Met Office Review Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any Ministers have attended meetings of the Met Office Review Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the level of immediately available combat air power.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sites his Department is considering for the submarine dismantling and radioactive waste storage elements of the Submarine Dismantling Project.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference are of the Nuclear Warhead Sustainment Steering Group; and whether US personnel will participate in the work of the group.

      Nuclear Weapons: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the next inspection of the nuclear weapons convoy and associated support establishments is planned to take place.

      Nuclear Weapons: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many activities were assessed in the last inspection of the nuclear weapons convoy and associated support establishments; and how many such...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 484W, on radioactive materials: transport, what the expected in-service date is...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the average cost of a round trip made by a truck cargo heavy duty convoy.

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of an original truck cargo heavy duty mark 2 vehicle at the time of initial purchase.

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists are serving overseas.

      Royal Gibraltar Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration has been given to allowing members of the Gibraltar Regiment to volunteer for front-line duties with UK forces in Operation Herrick.

      SAR Chivenor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons are for the proposed reduction of service at SAR Chivenor from 24 hour to 12 hours; and when the proposed changes will take place.

      SAR Chivenor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the implications are of the proposed reductions to 12-hour service at SAR Chivenor and SAR Portland for the service provided by SAR Culdrose in...

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have been deployed in mainland Somalia in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Territorial Army: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regular and (b) Territorial Army (i) officers and (ii) personnel of other ranks have been mobilised for service overseas within six months...

      Territorial Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) nurses, (b) paramedics, (c) mechanics and (d) other skilled personnel have been trained through the Territorial Army in each of the last...

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sub-committee meetings (SUBWOG) of all Joint Working Groups (JOWOG) have been held under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement between the US and the UK...

      Volunteer Reserve Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on each volunteer reserve force in each year since 1997.

      Volunteer Reserve Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow for each volunteer reserve service was in each month of 2009.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for the promotion of safe and responsible drinking in the period to Christmas and the New Year.

    • Barnet Primary Care Trust: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the unused capacity for NHS dental services in Barnet Primary Care Trust.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which cancer drugs the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has (a) recommended and (b) not recommended for NHS use since 1 November...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many invitations to participate in the national bowel cancer screening programme have been issued; how many persons have referred themselves to the...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 13 March 2007, Official Report, column 309W, on contraceptives, for what reasons the best practice guidance on...

      Contraceptives

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

      Dental Services: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the availability of NHS dentistry services in Wirral; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that there is...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost was of...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects Sir Christopher Edwards' review of the effect of the European working time directive on junior doctor training to begin.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of doctors in training had worked for 48 hours or fewer in each week of the 12 months prior to August 2009.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 16 and (b) between 16 and 18 years were admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of poisoning by drugs...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people entering treatment with the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse left treatment free of their drug dependency (a) with no drug...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the planned budget is for delivery of the new physical activity care pathway Let's Get Moving.

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what areas the second year of the pilot of the Fit for the Future scheme will take place.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many impact assessments conducted by the Food Standards Agency as part of its written consultations included rural-proofing analyses (a) before and...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) objectives and (b) terms of reference are of the programme of consumer engagement on genetic modification which he has asked the Food...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which research projects have been funded by (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council...

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 900W, on haemophilia, to which viruses haemophiliacs have been exposed through...

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures his Department used to take account of scientific evidence in taking decisions on which health promotion campaigns to undertake or...

      Health Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) advertising, (c) publishing, (d) public relations, (e) professional training and (f) other...

      Health Services: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) health visitors, (b) nursery nurses, (c) support workers and (d) midwives there were working in Hertfordshire in each year since 2006.

      Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people aged (a) 18 years and over, (b) 60 years and over and (c) 85 years and over who were diagnosed with a...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes each NHS Trust in England undertook under hospital resource group (a) N12 antenatal admissions not related to...

      Hospitals: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the protection of hospital staff from attack.

      Mentally Ill: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of anti-psychotic drug prescriptions for children under 16 years old was in each of the last three years.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have required treatment for mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of methadone overdose in each of the last five years; and how many of...

      NHS: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on (a) the number of clinicians suspended from their posts and (b) the cost to trusts of such suspensions.

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) actual and (b) risk-adjusted backlog maintenance was for each NHS trust in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts have (a) applied for and (b) been granted derogations from the provisions of the European Working Time Directive.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent in each category on ensuring that NHS trusts comply with the provisions of the European Working Time Directive.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has given to each NHS trust for the purposes of assisting with compliance with the provisions of the European Working Time Directive.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the potential savings to the NHS (a) nationally and (b) in each primary care trust of full implementation of the National...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to the provision of child weight management programmes in 2009-10.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) overweight and (b) obese children are participating in child weight management programmes in each primary care trust...

      Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full and (b) partial limb amputations were carried out in each of the last five years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance with smoking cessation his Department makes available to prisoners.

      Social Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the adequacy of arrangements for the provision of social care for older persons on their discharge from hospital.

      Swine Flu: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London have been diagnosed with swine influenza.

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of all documents held by his Department relating to the decisions on priority access groups for the swine influenza...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Coastal Areas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent employees had responsibility for the (a) Seaside and Country Homes scheme and (b)...

    • Coastal Areas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on the Seaside and Country Homes scheme under each budgetary heading in each of the last three years.

      Coastal Areas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenants applied for alternative accommodation under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each of the last three years.

      Coastal Areas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenants moved from each local authority area under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each of the last three years.

      Coastal Areas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenants moved to alternative accommodation through the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each of the last three years.

      Coastal Areas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) bungalows and (b) flats are managed by landlords taking part in the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme.

      Community Development: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many community wardens were in post in Doncaster (a) at the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in...

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his announcement of the £12 million Connecting Communities Programme on 14 October 2009, how much money...

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his announcement of the £12 million Connecting Communities Programme on 14 October 2009, how much of the...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the possible addition of future estimated surpluses on...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the (a) Homes and Communities Agency, (b) Tenant Services Authority and (c) Homes and Communities Agency Academy...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 29 of his Department's Resource Accounts for 2008-09, HC 449, what the (a) nature and (b) subject was...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with which organisations his Department has had exclusivity agreements relating to information technology (a) hardware and (b)...

      Departmental Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the rateable value of each of his Department's buildings was on the most recent date for which figures are available based...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and its predecessors travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and...

      Domestic Violence: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether people accommodated in domestic violence refuges are assessed as statutorily homeless; and whether such people are...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent guidance his Department has issued on the design of waste collection services and facilities in new housing;...

      Empty Property: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of council tax discount is applied to an empty dwelling which is (a) furnished and (b) unfurnished.

      Fire Services: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will introduce a national regime for the enforcement of safe working procedures in the fire service.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on which projects the Homes and Communities Agency has employed external consultants since its inception.

      Housing Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints the Housing Ombudsman received from leaseholders in each of the last three years.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the net balance of the housing revenue account subsidy system in each year to 2019-20.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the mean (a) income and (b) house price in each local authority area in each of the last three years.

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing units have been fully assessed by his Department under the Code for Sustainable Homes.

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average cost incurred in addition to the cost of meeting the requirement of Building...

      Housingmoves: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) unique visitors and (b) page impressions were received by the housingmoves.org website in each of the last 12 months.

      Housingmoves: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has provided for the housingmoves.org website in each of the last three years; what other...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authority pension funds in the East of England are (a) in surplus and (b) in deficit; and how much the surplus or...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be eligible for assistance under the Homeowner Mortgage Support...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hereditaments in London will be liable for supplementary business rate in London from April 2010.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individual hereditament (a) betting shops and offices, (b) bingo halls, (c) public houses, licensed restaurants and...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has provided guidance to the Valuation Office Agency on the application of business rates to wireless masts.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency takes into account (a) wireless internet connections and (b) wireless access points as a...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many car parking spaces listed as domestic properties were exempt from the non-domestic rate under the Local Government...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many hereditaments were on the Valuation Office Agency's Rating List with SCAT Code 279 in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hereditaments there are under each Valuation Office Agency (a) 2005 Rating List and (b) individual special category...

      Planning Applications Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to Recommendation 1 of the Killian Pretty Review of the planning application process of November 2008, how many...

      Planning Applications Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to Recommendation 15 of the Killian Pretty Review of the planning application process of November 2008, when his...

      Planning Applications Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to Recommendation 5 of the Killian Pretty Review of the planning application process of November 2008, how many...

      Planning Applications Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to Recommendation 2 of the Killian Pretty Review of the planning application process of November 2008, what...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions he and his predecessors have personally intervened to set a date for an appeal to the Planning...

      Planning Permission: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the number of planning applications which have been approved in respect of sites previously...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many right to buy sales there were in (a) 1980, (b) 1985, (c) 1990, (d) 1995, (e) 2000 and (f) each of the last five...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the turnover rate of tenancies held from (a) registered social landlords and (b) local...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many transfers from one local authority area to another there have been by (a) registered social landlord and (b) local...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for City of York of 4 November 2009, Official Report, column 1062W, on...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been transferred from the ALMO decent homes programme budget in order to fund new build in (a) 2009-10 and (b)...

      Valuation Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment the Valuation Office Agency made of the rateable value of its offices on Shaftesbury Avenue, London in (a) the...

      Wind Power: Market Harborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the scale of hazard presented by the erection of wind turbines in proximity to the high...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has provided to planning authorities considering applications to erect wind turbines on requirements not to...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether guidance is provided to the Crown Prosecution Service on the relationship between viewing online child abuse images and child abuse.

    • Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much and what proportion of the budget of the Law Officers' Department for 2009-10 has been allocated to the prosecution of offences of viewing online images of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Rules: Care homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will take steps to ensure that residents of care homes have regular access to benefits and pension advice from her Department.

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of calls made to crisis loan application lines at each benefit delivery centre were answered in each of the...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many first class flights were taken by each Minister in her Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b) destination and (c) cost...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sick days have been taken by staff of her Department in each of the last five years; and what the cost of such absences was in each...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Disadvantaged: Merkinch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Highland ward of Merkinch received from the deprived areas funding 2008-09; and how much it is expected to receive in 2009-10.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of households have been living in fuel poverty in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) England in each year...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department is taking to ensure that local housing allowance claimants pass their local housing allowance on to their landlords;...

      Housing Benefit: Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single parent households were in receipt of (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit in each year since 1997.

      Incapacity Benefit

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

      Incapacity Benefit: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefit (IB) there were in Norwich, North constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007; how many claimants of...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for osteoarthritis of the knee have been received from coal miners and former coal miners since osteoarthritis of the knee...

      Industrial Injuries: Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will bring forward legislative proposals to extend to (a) those who have been employed to maintain or repair boilers and (b) others in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio of personal advisers to jobseeker's allowance claimants in (a) the UK and (b) each region of England, (c) Wales, (d)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is provided to Jobcentre Plus staff to make medical assessments on individuals' fitness for work; and what criteria are used for...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons are for the lower levels of jobseeker's allowance for people who are (a) single and under the age of 24 and (b) lone parents...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 160W, on jobseeker's allowance: employment schemes, whether work trials are...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average duration of a jobseeker's allowance claim was in each local authority area in the North West in each of the last (a) 12...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of jobseeker's allowance claimants in (a) total and (b) each local authority area in the North West had...

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her Department's policy is on participating in the Total Place initiative with local councils.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of local housing allowance recipients who are in receipt of the local housing allowance rate for a...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in receipt of housing allowance are in rent arrears; (2) what percentage of people in receipt of (a) rent allowance and...

      Mesothelioma: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have died from mesothelioma in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the north- east and (c) the UK in each year since 2006.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have received assistance through New Deal schemes to undertake voluntary work or training subsequently entered employment...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to respond to Question 291499, on social security benefits, tabled on 9 October 2009.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monetary cost to her Department has been of implementing voice risk analysis technology for the detection of benefit fraud in each...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many medical examinations for benefit claimants have taken place outside the 13 week assessment phase in the last two years.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time was for a medical examination for claimants of employment support allowance in the latest period for which...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of the payment of the basic state pension to all those reaching the state retirement age in (a)...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department plans to provide transitional payments to jobseekers who have found work; and if she will make a statement.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of vacancies were advertised in job centres in each of the last six months for which figures are available.

      Vetting: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she made of the effect on the employment prospects of young jobseekers of spent convictions for minor cautions being disclosed...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of (a) the average number of hours volunteered per week and (b) the total number of hours volunteered by...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the average length of volunteering placements under her Department's six month offer.

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria regarding participation on the part of those with (a) mental health disorders, (b) alcohol-related problems and (c) drug...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the saving to the Exchequer of increasing the age of entitlement to winter fuel payments to 65 years in each of the next...

      Work Experience

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

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects to answer question 288473, on Jobcentre Plus, tabled by the hon. Member for Northavon for answer on 20 July 2009.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the number of people aged (a) 18 years and over, (b) 60 years and over and (c) 85 years and over who were diagnosed...

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many helplines her Department operates; and how much her Department has received from the operation of such helplines in each of the last three years.

      Google Adword Online Advertising Keywords

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for which Google Adword on-line advertising keywords her Department has paid in the last 12 months.

      Green Ministers Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions the Green Ministers Committee has met in 2009; and which Ministers attended each such meeting.

      Housing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) the lowest quartile of house prices and (b) average earnings were in (i) England, (ii) each region of England and (iii) each housing...

      Knowledge Archive Database

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the title is of each job within the Central Office of Information (COI) as recorded on the Knowledge Archive database of COI jobs.

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will request the Committee on Standards in Public Life to place in the Library a copy of each paper relating to the legal advice (a) sought and...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow Constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year...

      National School of Government: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much income the National School of Government received for consultancy services in 2008-09.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) average earnings and (b) average house price was in each region in each of the last 20 quarters for which figures are available.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the ratio of female to male earnings in Great Britain.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 on the Enterprise Coaching Scheme; and how many businesses...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for how long funding for the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme is estimated to last; and whether he plans to provide...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the number of jobs in the economy as a result of regulations...

      Charlie Whelan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 2072W, on Derek Draper and Charlie Whelan, what...

      Companies House: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what targets Companies House set for the time taken to process electronic incorporations in (a) July, (b) August,...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many first-class flights were taken by each Minister in his Department in 2008-09; and what the (a) origin, (b)...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department (a) has spent since its inception and (b) plans to spend in 2010-11 on market research to...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department (a) has spent since its inception and (b) plans to spend in 2010-11 on (i) the design of its...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) work for and (b) provide assistance to his Department.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2009, Official Report, columns 436-7W, on departmental reorganisation, what his most...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to implement the efficiency recommendations of the Operational Efficiency...

      Derek Draper

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 2072W, on Derek Draper and Charlie Whelan, on...

      Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps his Department is taking to support the electronics manufacturing industry; (2) if he will increase...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been allocated from the Future Jobs Fund to create apprenticeships in the creative industries.

      Insolvency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from representatives of small businesses on fees charged to them by insolvency...

      Job Creation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many green British jobs his Department expects to be created in each of the next five years.

      Learning and Skills Council: Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) paid (a) Fishburn Hedges, (b) John Barnes and (c) Ian McMillan as...

      Low Carbon Zones

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government has taken to identify designated low carbon zones.

      Manufacturing Industries: Minerals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of the UK lime manufacturing industry.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of new cars bought under the vehicle scrappage scheme were (a) manufactured in the UK and (b)...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department allocated to each of its non-departmental public bodies in 2008-09.

      Sanctions: Iran

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions UK companies have informed his Department that they have notified the European Commission under...

      Strategic Investment Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made with the competition for a national composites centre as part of the Strategic Investment...

      Technology Strategy Board: Grants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Technology Strategy Board allocated to (a) all UK businesses and (b) UK video games businesses in 2008.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anti-Semitism: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on incidents of anti-Semitism in Poland since July 2009; what recent discussions he has had with...

    • Britain-Israel Research and Academic Exchange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department has provided to the Britain-Israel Research and Academic Exchange partnership in the last 12...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on Government...

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department received reports that Iraqi civilians employed as locally-engaged staff had been killed because they worked...

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department first received reports of threats to the lives of Iraqi locally employed civilians.

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how long on average elapsed between the announcement of the (a) asylum and (b) financial payment scheme for former Iraqi...

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's budget is for its activities in Kosovo in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on a European Union-Libya co-operation agreement; what assessment he has made of the issues to be...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the state of relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority; and if he will make a...

      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 progress towards peace in the Middle East.

      NATO: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration his Department has given to extending the definition of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty to include...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the political situation in Zimbabwe on the economy of southern Africa.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Commonwealth counterparts on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps he has taken to reduce levels of alcohol-related violence.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in (i) England and (ii) Vale of York constituency in each of the...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people under the age of 18 years were given antisocial behaviour orders in (a) Reading, East constituency and (b) Berkshire...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many files relating to applications for refugee status the UK Border Agency has lost.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for Section 4 support were (a) considered and (b) refused in each year since 2006.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with representatives of (i) airlines, (ii) ferry companies, (iii) international rail...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account his Department takes of length of residence in the UK when determining the merits of applications for citizenship, with...

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time was for a person to take a British citizenship test in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) took and (b) passed the life in the UK citizenship test in each month of 2009.

      Crime Prevention: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars in (a) the Vale of York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England are fitted with a tracking device.

      Crime Prevention: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is provided to people who leave their cars parked in the driveway on protecting their vehicle from theft.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of his Department's staff worked (a) part-time and (b) full-time on asylum removals in each of the last five years.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were working in the assisted voluntary return unit on 1 October 2009.

      Detention Centres: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) children and (b) adults are recorded as having attempted suicide while held in immigration removal centres in each of the last...

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications submitted to the British consulate in Islamabad are outstanding; and what steps he plans to take to expedite the...

      Entry Clearances: Religious Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants from each country seeking to visit the UK for the purpose of speaking in mosques have been (a) granted and (b) refused...

      Entry Clearances: Religious Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many imams from each country have been (a) granted and (b) refused the right to work in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Fraud: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps he has taken to reduce the incidence of fraud against people with learning disabilities.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) individuals and (b) businesses have paid a civil penalty fine for employment of an illegal immigrant in 2009.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases an application for (a) asylum and (b) leave to remain was initially refused and subsequently granted following the...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of sponsor licence applications have taken longer than four weeks to process in each of the last 36 months.

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on participating in the Total Place initiative with local councils.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 29 September 2009, reference: P 1185 I27 (CTS reference B27551/9).

      National Public Order Intelligence Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) is based; who its director is; how many staff the NPOIU (a) employs and (b)...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of sexual offences committed by drivers of unlicensed cabs in each of the last 12 years.

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases there have been of thieves stealing car keys from a house then stealing the vehicle parked outside that house in (a) the Vale...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency plans to respond to the letters of 29 April, 10 July and 9 September 2009 from the hon. Member for Hammersmith and...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • CAFCASS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate the percentage of time spent by Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service practitioners in direct...

    • Care Homes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether he has assessed levels of (a) antisocial behaviour and (b) other criminal activity by residents of privately run...

      Children and Young Persons Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when section 8 of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 will be brought fully into force.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what arrangements are in place to (a) monitor the use of and (b) report on (i) accidents and (ii) security breaches in respect...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many providers of daycare and early years foundation stage on non-domestic premises registered with Ofsted are (a)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children received free child care in (a) Birmingham, Northfield constituency and (b) Birmingham in the last 12 months;...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding he has allocated to train those practitioners involved in safeguarding child victims of trafficking.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1504-05W, on children: social services, in which local...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to ensure all parents and children are able to access their nearest Sure Start centre.

      Departmental Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families under which budgetary heading in Table 8.4 of his Department's Annual Report 2009, pages 175-76, his Department's expenditure on...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with which organisations his Department has had exclusivity agreements in relation to information technology (a) hardware and...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 13 October 2009, Official Report, column 15WS, on official receptions, if he...

      Departmental Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pilot schemes his Department has commissioned in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on first class train tickets for (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the last 12 months; and if...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors spent on first class rail travel for officials in each of the last three years; and...

      Dogs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the Government have spent on educating young people in responsible dog ownership in the last 12 months.

      Education: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent (a) in total and (b) per inmate on education for inmates of young offender institutions in 2008-09.

      Faith Schools: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received from the charity Islamic Help on the establishment of a girls' boarding school and...

      Family Intervention Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what sanctions will apply to families which do not comply with the conditions of a family intervention project; (2) how...

      Home Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which 15 local authorities will be contacted by Ofsted to discuss the potential inspection regime for home education.

      Home Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has provided to each local authority in England and Wales for children with special educational...

      Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to assess the suitability of the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation as (a) a school provider and...

      Learning and Skills Improvement Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department provided to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service in the latest period for which figures are...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what impact assessment was made of proposals to change the date of standard assessment tests from May to June 2011.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what effect the change of the date of standard assessment tests from May to June 2011 will have on opportunities for learning...

      Ofsted: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many calls have been received on Ofsted's whistleblower hotline since the service was established.

      Primary Education: Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many surplus primary school places there were in each local authority area in each year since 2005.

      Primary Education: Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities his Department has directed to reduce the number of surplus primary school places in each year since 2005;...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether a school may receive funding from (a) his Department and (b) local authorities without (i) a registration number and...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of progress towards his Department's targets under its policy of extended secondary and primary schools.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will initiate a survey of school discipline.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department plans to spend on schools in each of the next five years.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which maintained (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools Ofsted classified in each local authority as (i)...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have been given notices to improve by Ofsted since 1 September 2009.

      Schools; Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) of 9 September 2009, Official Report, columns...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effects of Sure Start children's centres on low income families.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teacher training entrants did not gain qualified teacher status within 12 months of beginning initial teacher training in...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Training and Development Agency for Schools has taken to encourage applications from...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Training and Development Agency for Schools takes when Ofsted grades an initial...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teacher training providers have had their number of places reduced for (a) five or more successive years, (b) the last...

      Vetting and Barring Scheme Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects Sir Roger Singleton to publish his review of the vetting and barring scheme.

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether 24-hour alcohol licensing has, since November 2005, improved Britain's drinking culture; and, if so, how.

    • Bats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 28 October (WA 147), on the advice of which other Government agency the Highways Agency decided to build two...

      Bats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government over which roads the Highways Agency has constructed bridges for bats in each of the past five years; and what was the cost of each such bridge.

      Bats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the legal obligation to protect endangered species, there is any limit to the expenditure that the Highways Agency is required to undertake to...

      Bats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the cost to public bodies of complying with the legal obligation to protect endangered species such as bats.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the effect of the world economic downturn on each of the British Overseas Territories; and what measures they are taking to mitigate...

      British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reduction there has been in the ordering of newspapers by the British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat as a cost-cutting measure; which newspapers were...

      Central Asia:

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scope there is for temporary deployment to central Asian posts of experienced Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff currently assigned to the Foreign and...

      Central Asia: British Embassy Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the number of staff in each British embassy in each country in central Asia, including Azerbaijan.

      Central Asia: Heads of Missions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which of the current British ambassadors, deputy heads of missions or chargés d'affaires posted to central Asia have conversational fluency in (a) Azeri, (b)...

      Central Asia: Heads of Missions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Foreign and Commonwealth Office head of missions eligible to serve in central Asia are fluent in (a) Azeri, (b) Kazakh, (c) Kyrgyz, (d) Tajik, (e)...

      Church Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given, in regard to the myplace project developing new facilities for young people, to entering into partnerships with little-used...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research, plans or projects (a) have been completed, (b) are ongoing, or (c) are planned to mitigate the impact of climate change in (1) St Helena, (2)...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial penalties have been imposed by the European Union authorities on the Rural Payments Agency in respect of their administration of the single farm...

      Courts Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what number and proportion of criminal cases were heard in (a) the Crown Court, and (b) magistrates' courts, in Northern Ireland, England and Wales over the past...

      Crime: Shootings and Stabbings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths there were in (a) Greater London, and (b) Manchester, caused by (1) shootings, and (2) stabbings, in each of (i) 2005 to 2009, and (ii) 1995 to 1999.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which European Union countries have been involved in joint military exercises with the armed forces of the Government of Cyprus in the Greek Cypriot part of the island.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many bodies of missing persons were found by the United Nations following the conflict in Cyprus in 1974; and whether those bodies were of both Greek Cypriots...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Greek military personnel based in Cyprus; and whether that number is within the limit required by the Treaty of...

      Cyprus: Larnaca Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with authorities in Cyprus about whether part of Larnaca airport has been developed over land in Greek Cyprus owned by Turkish...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Turkish Cypriot land and property in Southern Cyprus has been taken over by the Greek Cypriot authorities since 1974; and whether payments have been made...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about whether the Turkish Cypriot Immovable Property Commission has received applications by Greek Cypriots to purchase properties...

      Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what extra training has been given to teachers and carers involved with children with special educational needs.

      Elections: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to ensure that military personnel overseas who are registered for postal voting receive their ballots in sufficient time for them to be...

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average number of electors per parliamentary constituency in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland, and (d) Northern Ireland, at the latest date for...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 28 October (WA 150—51), whether it is a legal requirement that re-consent procedures should be in...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 October (WA 124) and 2 November (WA 7) stating that research licence applications and renewals are...

      Energy: Gas Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 5 October (WA 483), what are the diverse sources from which natural gas can be imported; and how much...

      Energy: Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many power stations in the United Kingdom they expect to be shut down before 2015 due to the 20,000-hour operating limit in the European Union's large...

      EU: Council President

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (a) Ministers, and (b) civil servants, have lobbied (1) foreign Governments, and (2) officials in the European Union institutions, to promote Mr Tony...

      Fishing: Discarded Fish

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the weight and retail value of edible fish discarded by British fishermen due to being over-quota in the past 12 months for which...

      Food: Horse Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much United Kingdom reared horse meat is (a) sold in the United Kingdom, and (b) exported.

      Food: Supplements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of European Union legislation concerning vitamins and food supplements; and what is their stance on that legislation.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Territories Department

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to relocate the Overseas Territories Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £20 million pledged by them in March 2009 at Sharm el-Sheikh for relief and reconstruction in Gaza and economic development has been spent;...

      Health: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure (a) that herbal practitioners can continue to use a full range of herbal remedies after the Traditional Herbal Medicinal...

      House of Lords: Fair Trade Goods

      To ask the Chairman of Committees further to the Written Answer on 19 January (WA 187), what is the present situation in relation to the sale of fair trade bananas by the House of Lords...

      Houses of Parliament: Surveillance of Members

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Wilson Doctrine prohibits surveillance of Members of either House of Parliament which is authorised by (a) a general certificate rather than a warrant,...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, as a Guarantor Power, of the standards of human rights for Greek Cypriots living in the Northern Turkish Cypriot sector and for...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Iraqi asylum applicants are being returned to Iraq; if so, why; and to what places.

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 43 persons deported on a flight in October to Baghdad were accepted by the Iraqi authorities and remained there; how many were rejected and brought...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for (a) better medical care for detainees, and (b) improved reception for mobile telephones, at Yarl's Wood detention centre.

      Internet: Illegal Material

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to enable Ofcom to examine and possibly control the use of the internet for illegal or immoral purposes.

      Licensing: Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the 5 per cent increase in venues with a live music permission, reported in the 2008—09 alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment...

      Migrant Workers: Bulgarians and Romanians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord West of Spithead on 5 October (WA 485) and by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 17 July (WA 216), why the numbers of...

      National Archives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make sufficient resources available to enable the National Archives to be open to the public on all working weekdays.

      Nauru and Tuvalu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in aid over the past three years to (a) Nauru, and (b) Tuvalu.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of (a) United Kingdom citizens, and (b) German citizens, resident in Turkish Cyprus has increased during the past 10 years.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether flights from (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Germany, (c) Turkey, and (d) Azerbaijan, land at Ercan airport in Turkish Cyprus.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether sea transport from (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Germany, (c) Turkey, (d) Syria, and (e) Lebanon, docks in Turkish Cyprus.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which nations have offices or consulates located in Turkish Cyprus.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which international organisations have offices located in Turkish Cyprus.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on the tourist industry in Turkish Cyprus in the past year if the currency were the euro and not the Turkish Lira.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the largest religion in Turkish Cyprus; and whether there are restrictions on religious observances by (a) Anglicans, (b) Roman Catholics, (c) Protestant...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times this year Her Majesty's High Commissioner in Cyprus has visited Turkish Cyprus.

      Official Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the forecast cost of hiring the "Hebridean Princess" cruise liner for official visits by HRH the Duke of York around the coast of the United Kingdom in the...

      Organophosphates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the inter- departmental Official Group on Organophosphates (previously the Carden Committee) last met; when it is next to meet; and whether its agenda will be...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 26 October (WA 106) saying they are not aware of any decision or direction by the Northern Ireland...

      Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Governments of other European Union member states and European Union institutions on the proposed integrated pollution...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which board appointments for the regional development agencies are due for renewal or reappointment by June 2010; and what guidance they have issued on making...

      Roads: Londonderry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what undertakings they gave to the Northern Ireland Executive about ring-fencing the funding for a new motorway from the Tyrone Border to Londonderry.

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support has been given to schools that have children with special educational needs.

      Schools: Unregistered Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 3 November (HL6067), when they intend to commence the provisions of the Education and Skills Act...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 3 November (WA 52), on how many occasions personnel from the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 3 November (WA 52), what were the travel and subsistence costs of the General Lighthouse Authorities' Research and...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Audit Office or any other such body has investigated the General Lighthouse Fund since 1993.

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 3 November (WA 51) what was the total income from charges levied by the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of...

      Spain: Urbanisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report prepared by Margrete Auken MEP, dated 20 February, on the impact of extensive urbanisation in Spain on individual...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated additional cost of imposing direct rule on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Vietnam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of Vietnam about recent arrests and sentences imposed on critics of official policy and practices, as...

      Visas: Watoto Children's Choir

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made to allow the Watoto children's choir to arrive in January 2010 in the United Kingdom to undertake their concert tour.

      Visas: Watoto Children's Choir

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in 2009 to enable the Watoto children to enter and perform in the United Kingdom.

      Young Offenders: Transfers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) male prisoners, and (b) female prisoners, were transferred between secure training centres in the 12 months to September; and what were their ages.

      Young Offenders: Transfers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) male prisoners, and (b) female prisoners, were transferred between secure children's homes in the 12 months to September; and what were their ages.

      Young Offenders: Transfers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the numbers of transfers per prisoner for prisoners aged 12 to 18 who were transferred between (a) young offenders' institutions, (b) secure training...

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