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Written answers

Monday, 23 November 2009

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has budgeted for Christmas decorations in 2009.

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Christmas parties his Department plans to host in 2009; what has been budgeted for each such reception; what estimate he has...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants from his Department will be attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on interior decoration in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) laptop computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) items of office furniture and (d) works of art have been (i) lost by and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by his Department in each of the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by executive agencies and...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on taxis in 2008-09.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what expenditure his Department has incurred on (a) international travel and (b) overseas accommodation in respect of staff in each of...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Premier League 4 Sport partnerships have so far been set up; and what assessment he has made of their impact.

      Sports: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the timetable for further steps to be taken in response to the David Davies Review of Listed Events.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of legal (i) representation and (ii) advice sought by her Department and its agencies in each year since May 1997.

    • Government Olympic Executive: London Development Agency

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the Government Olympic Executive has held discussions with the London Development Agency on altering the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding...

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which community projects have received direct funding from the Olympic Lottery Distribution since its inception.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police stations in Northern Ireland have closed permanently in the last four years; and how many police personnel posts have been freed...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many domestic flights within Great Britain officials from his Department took in an official capacity in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public...

    • Departmental Energy

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

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the level of economic inactivity in Scotland.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in her Department will be attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen...

    • 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 full basic state pension to all those reaching the state retirement age in...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many domestic flights within Great Britain officials from his Department took in an official capacity in 2008-09; and at what cost to...

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many vehicles have been given away by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency as prizes for motorists taxing their vehicles online in...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1103W, on railways: franchises, in which dispute in October 2006...

      Stratford Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will publish the report commissioned by his Department from Oliver Wyman on the use of Stratford as a Eurostar station after 2012.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Belarus: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Belarus on the death sentence passed on a young man in that country on 29...

    • China: Fur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with the Chinese authorities on the regulation of Chinese fur farms; and if he will make a statement.

      Hanslope Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of staff are employed in each department at Hanslope Park.

      Hanslope Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Milton Keynes Council and (b) Hanslope Parish Council on future...

      Morocco: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Morocco on the number of applications for citizenship it has received...

      Nepal: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the incidence of religiously-motivated violence against Christians and Muslims in Nepal,...

      Secret Intelligence Service: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much the Secret Intelligence Service spent on security for (a) Sir Richard Dearlove in the six months prior to...

      Western Sahara: Landmines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 548W, on Western Sahara: landmines, whether the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an assessment of the value for money of the fees charged by the Audit Commission for auditing the annual...

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of answering Questions 292544 to 292558, 292572 to 292585, 292587 to...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of his Department's officials have (a) been reprimanded, (b) had their contract of employment terminated and (c)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of local government employees earn more than £50,000 per annum.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) year end and (b) in year bonuses were paid to officials in his Department in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08; how...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) laptop computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) items of office furniture and (d) works of art have been (i) lost...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned, (b) funded and (c) undertaken on fire safety in rented properties;...

      Government Hospitality Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many functions his Department has hosted in each of the last three years; and at which such functions the services of the...

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new domestic dwellings which use (a) electricity and (b) gas as their primary source of heat have been built since 1997.

      Housing: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses were completed in Milton Keynes unitary authority in each of the last 12 months.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1124W, on house prices, by what means his Department...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid in salary and wage costs for local government employees in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the written ministerial statement on 30 June 2008, Official Report, columns 43-44WS on planning appeals, what...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times he has exercised his powers to recover a planning appeal under section 79 and paragraph 3 of Schedule 6 of the...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in each London local authority were placed in temporary accommodation in each other London local authority...

      Tenants: Deposits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has plans to alter the threshold for the tenant deposit protection scheme.

      Tenants: Deposits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the number of tenants in houses of multiple occupation whose deposits are not protected...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses of the time to pay measures.

    • Corporation Tax: Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the levying of corporation tax on credit unions; and if he will make a statement.

      Corporation Tax: Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in corporation tax by credit unions in each of the last five financial years; and how much he estimates will be paid (a) 2009-10 and (b)...

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department carried out a regulatory impact assessment on new tax rules for furnished holiday lettings included in the Budget 2009.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to complete the review of the de minimis rules on value added tax; and when any changes to the rules will be announced.

      VAT: Health Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) pharmacy contractors and (b) appliance contractors are zero rated for value added tax when supplying products and service on NHS Form F.P.10;...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of nutrition provided to troops in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of enemy losses in Helmand province in the last 12 months.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what overseas dockyards have been considered by his Department as potential support locations for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 10 November 2009, Official Report, column 223W, on armed forces: housing, what the average monthly rent under the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests for repair call-outs were received by Modern Housing Solutions in each region in each of the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of armed forces personnel earn more than £50,000 per annum.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid in salary and wage costs for armed forces personnel in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the proportion paid to such...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants from his Department will be attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in an...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the stages were of the procurement process for the new sniper rifle sight recently deployed by the army.

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many properties owned by his Department had been unused for (a) under three, (b) between three and six, (c) between six and 12, (d) between 12...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Investment Approvals Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what programmes the Investment Approvals Board has under consideration; and by what date the Board is expected to make its determination in each case.

      Territorial Army: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he made of the likely effect on Territorial Army training of the original £20 million reduction in the Territorial Army budget made...

  • Health

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on each brand of antibiotics in each primary care trust area in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1165W, on chronic fatigue syndrome, what discussions his Department has had with...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health checks for those aged between 40 and 74 years were carried out by general practitioners in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what responsibility (a) his Department, (b) strategic health authorities, (c) NHS hospital trusts and (d) primary care trusts have for implementing...

      Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to revise its leaflet on mobile telephones and health.

      North Central London Service and Organisational Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what targets have been set in relation to the savings to be made as a consequence of the North Central London Service and Organisational Review; and...

      Pregnancy: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy to ensure that Celvapan will be made available to pregnant women who have declined to be vaccinated with Pandemrix;...

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) children, (b) adults aged between 18 and 65 years and (c) older people who (i) have and (ii) have...

      Townlands Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable for re-development of Townlands Hospital in Henley-on-Thames is; what funding will be allocated to ensure its completion; and what risk...

      Whittington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all of the proposals made to the North Central London Service and Organisation Review include the Whittington Hospital, Islington, having a (a)...

  • International Development

    • United Nations: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans there are to consult civil society organisations on the structure and mandate of the new single UN agency for women.

    • United Nations: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with the UN Secretary General on the appointment of an Under Secretary General to head...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Cast Iron: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) supply and (b) quality of cast iron for use in UK industry.

    • Company Liquidations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many liquidations commenced in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Contracts for Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 2070W, on departmental pay, in respect of...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people took part in paid market research to improve the Department's website at the end of October 2009; and...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish the results of the paid market research undertaken at the end of October 2009 to improve the...

      Higher Education: Bexley

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applicants from (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley did not get...

      Higher Education: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 9 November 2009, Official Report, columns 169-170W on higher education: historic...

      Higher Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many students (a) commenced and (b) completed HNC/HND qualification courses in each year since 2000; (2)...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage greater transparency in the insolvency sector.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how long on average it took for an insolvency case to be settled in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to review the regulation of the Insolvency Service.

      Insolvency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what regulation his Department undertakes of the level of fees charged by insolvency practitioners.

      Insolvency: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many licensed insolvency practitioners there are.

      Insolvency: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many insolvency practitioners have had their licences withdrawn in each of the last 10 years.

      Limited Liability Partnerships: Company Accounts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons limited liability partnerships do not have access to the webfiling service provided by Companies House.

      Postcodes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of making the Royal Mail postcode database freely accessible for (a)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether energy companies may count interest free loans which they provide for the greening of community buildings against their carbon...

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department plans to spend on steps to achieve the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c)...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department he expects to (i) attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the biomass to be deployed in his Department's renewable energy strategy will be compliant with the Searchinger factor.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons Question (a) 245083 and (b) 245084 on the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000, tabled on 15 December 2008,...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • UK School Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have competed in the UK School Games in each year in which they have been staged; and what the cost of staging...

  • Home Department

    • Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in salary and wage costs for police forces in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of that...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many domestic flights within Great Britain officials from her Department took in an official capacity in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse.

    • Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals, (e) EU A8 nationals and (f)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when she plans to reply to that part of the letter of 8 October 2009 from the hon. Member for Walsall North which was transferred from the Department...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of young people aged between (a) 16 and 17 and (b) 18 and 24 years were unemployed in each (i) year since 1987 and (ii)...

  • Justice

    • Driving under Influence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in each police authority area in each year since 1999 had previous...

    • Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged 18 years or under and resident in each local authority area were placed in a (a) young offender institution, (b) secure children's...

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