Written answers

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the House authorities have requested the return of the disc containing personal financial information...

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will advise hon. Members on changing their bank details following the...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission has provided guidance to electoral registration...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of staff of his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies work flexibly or...

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats, (g)...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of legal (i) representation and (ii) advice sought by his Department and its agencies in each...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of providing official cars for the use of (a) Ministers and (b) officials in...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date he last travelled by train in the course of his official duties.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of jobs advertised by his Department in the last 12 months were online only applications; and what provision his...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department provides guidance on whether hon. Members and district councillors are included in the definition of 'interested...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many allegations of victimisation for whistleblowing have been made to his Department by its staff since 6 June 2006.

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of providing official cars for the use of (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what contracts his Department has with private hire taxi companies; and what expenditure his Department has incurred against each such contract in each of...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much funding is required for cadet instructors to resume training; (2) what remuneration cadet instructors will receive in 2009-10; and from...

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many deductions of earnings requests each of the armed forces received from the Child Support Agency and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of progress towards his Department's recruitment targets for the armed forces in the (a) short and (b) medium term;...

      Armed Forces: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of pyrolysis waste disposal systems generating heat and electricity whilst troops are on...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles of each type were classified as (a) in service, (b) fit for purpose and (c) not in service on the latest date for which...

      Defence Estates: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, columns 702-3W, on Defence Estates: sales, how much of the total receipts accrued in...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets of his Department are planned to be sold in each year from 2009-10 to 2013-14; what the (a) description and (b) book value of each such...

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much had been spent on the submarine dismantling project on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Territorial Army: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the Territorial Army budget for financial year 2010-11.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of providing official cars for the use of (a) Ministers and (b)...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff of each grade work at each location on services which his Department has contracted out; what the (a) contractors and...

    • Latin America: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided to each south and central American country in each year since 2006.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps have been taken to provide information for the public on the allocation of funds from the public purse to overseas...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the time taken between the commitment and delivery of funds was in respect of each pledge made by his Department in each of the...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received of sexual and gender-based violence against Tamil women in the camps of northern Sri Lanka; and if he will...

  • Women and Equality

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants from the Government Equalities Office will be attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in...

    • Departmental Hotels

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what expenditure the Government Equalities Office incurred on hotel accommodation in 2008-09.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in the Government Equalities Office was in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many staff in the Government Equalities Office received bonus payments in 2008-09; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what training sessions were attended by (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in the Government Equality Office at public expense in each of the last...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many and what proportion of staff of the Government Equalities Office work flexibly or part-time; and what her Office's policy is on making jobs...

  • Transport

    • A5: M1

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the costs (a) to date and (b) by the end of the 2009-10 financial year of preparing the A5-M1 link.

    • Bus Services: South East

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related violent, anti-social behaviour on buses in (a) Milton Keynes...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the (a) average and (b) highest non-consolidated performance related payment was in cash terms for senior civil servants in his...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer of 2 November 2009, Official Report, column 632W, on departmental pay, when the next equal pay review for each...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on what date he last travelled by train in the course of his official duties.

      Electric Vehicles: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of electric vehicles in Milton Keynes.

      Helicopters: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when the draft Air Accident Investigation Branch report on the Etap field helicopter incident will be with the statutory recipients; and...

      Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1103W, on the Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation:...

      M6: Walsall

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) whether the chief executive of the Highways Agency plans to visit residents of the parts of Walsall borough affected by works on the...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make it his policy to oppose any proposals from the European Commission which would require existing vehicles to use daytime...

      Public Transport: South East

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the level of violence and abusive behaviour on public transport in (a) Milton Keynes...

      Railway Network: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what account his Department takes of local authorities' growth point status when determining the level of funding for new railway infrastructure.

      Railways: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his policy is on the (a) promotion and (b) facilitation by his Department of the reopening of closed railway (i) lines and (ii) stations.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has spent on (a) consultancy fees and (b) other aspects of the Intercity Express programme to date.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many of the 1,300 extra carriages referred to in the Government's Rail White Paper of July 2007 have been ordered; and on which lines...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects to issue the rolling stock statement which the Secretary of State indicated in July would be published in the autumn of this...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 12W, on rolling stock:...

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 639W, on Thameslink: Rolling Stock, when he expects to (a) announce...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency has spent on its National Consultancy Unit since the establishment of that unit.

    • Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much the Homes and Communities Agency has spent on providing (a) signage and (b) security for the site at (i) St...

      Rent to HomeBuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to make a decision on the future of the pilot Rent to HomeBuy scheme.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Christmas parties his Department plans to host in 2009; what has been budgeted for each such reception; what estimate...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) his Department, (b) the Homes and Communities Agency, (c) the Homes and Communities Agency Academy and (d) the...

      Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants from his Department will be attending the United Nations Climate Change...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) drinks receptions, (b) seminars and (c) conferences have been hosted by (i) his Department, (ii) the Tenants...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many allegations of victimisation for whistleblowing have been made to his Department by its staff since 6 June 2006.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of providing official cars for the use of (a) Ministers and (b)...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date he last travelled by train in the course of his official duties.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what weight of paper his Department has recycled in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contracts his Department has with private hire taxi companies; and what expenditure his Department has incurred against...

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats,...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) shareholdings and (b) subsidiaries the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) owns; what the purpose of ownership of each...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor spent on (a) Places of Change, (b) the Thames Gateway and (c)...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has spent on staff costs related to the HCA Academy.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      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 the Homes and Communities Agency:...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the Homes and Communities Agency has had in the delivery of (a) the Mortgage Rescue scheme and (b) the National...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what target was set for the Homes and Communities Agency in relation to private sector investment in its property and...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency has spent (a) in total and (b) on each housing association (i) shared ownership...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average per household entitlement to the proceeds of future sales of properties owned by the Homes and Communities...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how much the Homes and Communities Agency's land at the Gateway site in Harlow was (a) purchased and (b) sold.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency has spent under each budget category in exhibiting a show garden at the Chelsea Flower...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the entitlements of the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor to...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many private finance initiative credits the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor allocated in each of the last...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency secured in private sector contributions to its property and regeneration programme in...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what target was set for the Homes and Communities Agency in respect of low cost homes ownership starts in 2008-09; and what...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates the Homes and Communities Agency Rural Housing Group has met since 1 December 2008; and if he will place in the...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency has spent on the Future Communities website; and how many (a) unique visitors and...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many sites listed as (a) Grade I and (b) Grade II the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor have redeveloped in...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff the Homes and Communities Agency has had on secondment since its establishment; from which organisations the...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) Tenant Services Authority has spent on signage since each was established.

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which of his Department's (a) strategic objectives and (b) public service agreement targets require action from (i) the Tenant...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Bankruptcy: Hampshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bankruptcies there have been in (a) the ceremonial county of Hampshire, (b) Southampton and (c) the Test...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants from his Department will be attending the United Nations Climate...

      Furs: Imports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was in sterling of fur pelts imported into the UK from China in each year since 1999.

      Insolvency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to set a cap on the fees charged by insolvency practitioners.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the number of applications for finance made to Student Finance England which are...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average time taken to process applications for finance made to Student Finance...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the length of time for which Student Finance England has retained the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the merits of increasing the salary threshold at which people are required to...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate Ofcom has made of the average waiting time before speaking to a person when calling telephone...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate Ofcom has made of profit made by operators of lines with numbers with (a) 0844, (b) 0845, (c)...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of people aged between 16 and 24 years were not in education, employment and training in...

  • Work and Pensions

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date he last travelled by train in the course of his official duties.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what financial assistance his Department makes available to low-carbon building projects to help to improve their energy efficiency in...

    • Christmas

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

      Community Energy Savings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department plans to spend on the Community Energy Savings Programme in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d)...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assets of his Department are planned to be sold in each year from 2009-10 to 2013-14; what the (a) description and (b) book...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats, (g)...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what date he last travelled by train in the course of his official duties.

      Energy: Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has taken steps to help park home residents reduce their (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) heating bills.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of homes which would benefit from insulation.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of domestic dwellings to have been insulated in each year since 1997.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the amount of black carbon which would be emitted consequent upon achieving biomass targets as set out in his...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on the renewable energy sector in each of the last five years; what the purpose is of the £18 million...

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress the Government have made on meeting the targets stipulated in the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 during (a)...

  • Justice

    • Climate Change

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

    • Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been found guilty of offences of drug (a) possession and (b) dealing in Avon and Somerset in each year since 1997.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there has been a proportionate alleviation or suspension of a specific right provided for in the European Convention on Human Rights since the...

      Offenders: Drugs and Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) offences and (ii) reoffences which are committed each year by those...

      Office for Criminal Justice Reform: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform was in each year since it was created; and what its budget is expected to be in each of the...

      Prisoner's Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the results of his Department's investigation into the release of a prisoner on remand by mistake from HM Prison Chelmsford on 16...

      Young People: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which youth offending teams were assessed as requiring significant improvement at their most recent inspections.

      Young People: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding has been received by each youth offending team in each of the last three years; how much such funding each such team will receive in the...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many National Challenge schools are academy schools.

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will assess the merits of using independent disability experts to review and monitor current and future Building...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools have been refurbished through the Building Schools for the Future programme; how many of them were found to...

      Departmental Air Travel

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

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what qualifications are required to become an examiner for (a) A levels and (b) GCSEs.

      Family Courts: Guardians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 945W, on family courts: guardians, how many cases the...

      Family Courts: Guardians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the caseloads of guardians employed by the Children and Family Court Advisory and...

      Family Intervention Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the number of families who have been subject to support from family interventions projects;...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect of modular GCSE courses on the level of examination grades awarded; and if he will make...

      National Curriculum Tests: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on the Key Stage 2 test contract for 2010; and if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of...

      Primary Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on proposed primary school closures in West Lancashire.

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether he has plans to extend the operation of the Sure Start programme in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire; (2) how much...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent assessment is of the outcomes of the Sure Start programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what timetable has been set for the review by the Training and Development Agency for Schools of the qualified teacher status...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has made an assessment of the merits of collecting more detailed information on pregnancies involving one or more...

      Truancy: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parents have been fined as a result of their children not attending school in (a) Lewes constituency, (b) Sussex and...

      United Church Schools Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has funded sponsorship funds operated by United Church Schools Trust.

  • Treasury

    • EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's projections are for the level of the UK's (a) contributions to and (b) receipts from the EU budget in each calendar year from 2009...

    • EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast his Department has made of UK (a) contributions to and (b) receipts from the EU budget in pounds sterling for each calendar year from 2014...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department's officials have had with (a) other EU member states and (b) EU institutions on the EU Financial Framework 2014-20.

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to help UK businesses apply for European Investment Bank funds.

      Israel: EU External Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs has had contact with its Dutch counterpart in relation to its investigation into whether Ahava products originate in whole or...

      Israel: EU External Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) volume and (b) monetary value of Ahava products was imported to the UK in the last 12 months; and what proportion of such imports was eligible...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Parking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria the Valuation Office Agency uses to determine the rateable value of reserved parking spaces.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to increase research and development expenditure; what assessment he has made of the effect of research and development tax...

      Tax Allowances: Professional Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the tax revenues likely to be raised as a consequence of ending the charitable status and tax exemptions for which the professional...

  • Health

    • Health Warnings: Super-Strength Lager

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to introduce health warnings on cans of super-strength lager.

    • Dementia: In-patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the standard of hospital care received by in-patients with dementia.

      Hospital-Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of steps taken against hospital-acquired infections.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his policy on the provision of local community hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of patients who have access to an NHS dentist.

      Social Care Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the reform of social care.

      Care Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the arrangements for the provision of care for the elderly and the disabled.

      Organ Donation Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the number of schools which have made use of the NHS Blood...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned any recent research on the effects of the operation of incinerators on the health of local...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent consideration he has given to the establishment of a national programme for the co-ordination of services to prevent and control tuberculosis.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of repeat abortions undertaken in relation to females aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e)...

      Ambulance Services: Hornsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the data held by his Department on the time taken for people in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency to get to...

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the average (a) target and (b) actual ambulance response time to 999 calls in (i) urban and (ii) rural areas; and if he...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts (a) provided information on inflammatory arthritis to GPs in the last 12 months and (b) plan to provide such information in...

      Cancer: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer specialists have received training on the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will ensure that facilities to monitor blood carbon monoxide levels through breath analysis are available in every general practitioner's...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has evaluated on the causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research (Department of Health) spent on dementia research in 2008-09.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when all patients with a summary care record will be offered HealthSpace; and how many people have registered each year since December 2003 in the early...

      Hip Replacements: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the risk of a hip replacement being required for those who have a history of...

      Hospital Beds: Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of hospital beds available within the region served by the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS...

      Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has spent on the provision of newsletters in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Learning Disability: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women with a learning disability waited over 18 weeks after diagnosis of cancer to treatment in each year since 1997; and if he...

      Learning Disability: Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the prostate cancer screening programme is accessible for men with a learning disability; and if he...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated for mental illness on the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of primary care trust funding levels for treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in 2008-09.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) current, (b) retired and (c) deferred members of the NHS pension scheme (i) were members prior to 1 April 2008 and (ii) have joined the...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of (a) the number of volunteers using their own vehicle to transport patients on behalf of the NHS and (b) the mileage...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to lay the draft Pharmacy Order before Parliament.

      Sickle Cell Disease: Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence plans to issue clinical guidelines for the management of pain in sickle cell disease.

      Social Services: Sight Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of blind or partially-sighted people have received a visit from social services in each of the last five years; (2) what percentage...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people working in (a) pubs, (b) bars and (c) nightclubs have been prosecuted for selling alcohol to underage persons in...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years have been arrested for alcohol-related acts of disorder or violence in each of the last five years.

      Closed Circuit Television: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consideration he has given to the establishment of a TV Regulator in respect of the use of closed circuit television to monitor...

      Crime: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of each type were committed by young people aged (a) under 16 and (b) between 16 and 18 years in the Milton Keynes local...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in S. and Marper v. the United Kingdom has been implemented in relation to the...

      Immigration: Polygamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to Lord Pearson of Rannoch of 21 July 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, columns 301-02WA, on polygamy,...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any documents issued by the Security Industry Authority indicate that it is permitted for a licensed clamper to place a clamp on a...

      Police: Newark

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Newark constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009; and how many police community support officers there...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone calls the UK Border Agency helpline has received in the last 12 months.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone calls the UK Border Agency helpline has received in the last 12-months.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what period of time the UK Border Agency helpline has been out of order in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what periods the UK Border Agency helpline has been out of service in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the number of...

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