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Written answers

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

  • Solicitor-General

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants from the Law Officers Departments will be attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in an...

    • Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the co-ordination of arrangements for the prosecution of cases of fraud.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent progress has been made on national implementation of integrated prosecution teams.

  • Transport

    • M18: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the reasons were for the closing off of one lane on the southbound carriageway of the M18 motorway on 24 October 2009, north and south...

    • M5: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the purpose is of fixed cameras on the M5 motorway.

      Network Rail: Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much Network Rail has spent on consultants in each year since the company was placed in the public sector.

      Ports: Liverpool

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he plans to seek advice from the European Commission on his Department's decision on whether to approve proposals on the relaxation...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what level of Government subsidy has been available to each train operator in each of the last five years.

      Road Signs and Markings: Bridges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what proposals his Department has issued on making metric measurements mandatory on road signs warning of or imposing height...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport, how many speed cameras there were in Norwich, North constituency on the latest date for which information is available.

  • Scotland

    • Health Care and Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Defence the provision of healthcare and housing for members of the armed forces based in Scotland who...

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the recommendations of the final report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution; and...

      Digital Economy Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the application of the provisions of the Digital Economy...

      Small Businesses: UK Financial Investments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on assistance for small businesses in Scotland from banks in which UK Financial...

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which (a) individuals other than Ministerial colleagues and officials of his Department and (b) organisations he met in an official capacity in the...

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

      Immigration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary regarding immigration into Scotland.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (a) was allocated to each local authority in 2008-09 and (b)...

    • Dogs: Electric Shock Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the research project commissioned by his Department on the effects of electronic training aids on the welfare...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many genetically modified food trials the Government has licensed (a) in each region and (b) for each species in each...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the compatibility of the horse-riding activities which form part of the Appleby Horse Fair...

      Nature Conservation: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that police are trained to enforce EC regulations 338/97 and 865/2006 on the...

      Pets: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities provide evidence to his Department on the enforcement of the Pet Animals Act 1951 Model Standards...

      Sewers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to enable private sewers to be transferred to water and sewerage undertakers; and if he will...

      Wildlife: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities applied to his Department for funding to support local wildlife facilities in each of the last...

      Wildlife: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of revisions to the schedule of restricted species of dangerous wild animals...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislative proposals to limit the remuneration of directors of banks with deposit-taking licences to 10 times the average wage paid to...

    • Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Christmas parties his Department plans to host in 2009; what has been budgeted for each such reception; what estimate he has made of the proportion...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue which would be raised by treating all capital gains accruing to companies as income and taxing them at the appropriate...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 asset...

      Departmental Coordination: Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what mechanism the activities of HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to tackle the recession are co-ordinated.

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what efficiency savings projects (a) his Department and (b) its agencies put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on what date each such...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

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

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats, (g) vegetables and (h) fruit...

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) individuals other than ministerial colleagues and officials of his Department and (b) organisations he met in an official capacity in the week...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by executive agencies and non-departmental public...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he last travelled by train in the course of his official duties.

      Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contracts his Department has with private hire taxi companies; and what expenditure his Department has incurred under each such contract in each of the...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of staff of his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies work flexibly or part-time; and what his...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his assessment is of the proposals in the Financial Services Authority's Retail Distribution Review, with particular reference to their effects on...

      Generic Financial Advice Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps his Department has taken to implement the findings of the Thoresen Review of generic financial advice which the Government have accepted.

      Government Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what cost-benefit analyses his Department carried out to assess the value for money of the issuance of a sterling sukuk; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties are recorded with each individual (a) dwellinghouse code and (b) value significant code in the local authority area of South...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the tax revenues likely to be raised as a consequence of the treatment for income tax purposes of all capital gains accruing to...

      Monetary Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent assessment is of the effects of quantitative easing on levels of high street credit; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation is planned for the implementation of the Clear Line of Sight Project.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with each of his Cabinet colleagues on plans for the next comprehensive spending review; when he expects to announce the...

      Tax Allowances: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the tax revenue which would be raised by limiting tax relief on pension contributions to the basic rate of income tax only for...

      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 the ending of tax relief on professional subscriptions paid by accountants and...

      Taxation: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the effect of tax competition in the European Union on revenues to the UK Exchequer; and if he will make a statement.

      Ulster Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received recent representations on the foreclosure by Ulster Bank on (a) building contractors and (b) small businesses.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic and Paralympic Games

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of the £9.325 billion public sector funding package for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been spent since 2005-06.

    • Operational Efficiency Programme

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what efficiency savings projects her Office put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on what date each such project was initiated; how much...

      Third Sector Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what funding her Office has allocated to third sector organisations to develop their sporting facilities as part of the plans for the legacy from the London...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his contribution of 15 October 2009, Official Report, column 466, how many Mastiff 2 and Ridgeback armoured vehicles military forces...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are involved in the training of Afghan security forces in Helmand province.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to increase the amount of training forces personnel receive in counter-insurgency measures relevant to combat operations in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 10 November 2009, Official Report, column 223W, on armed forces: accommodation, what the maximum sum payable under (a)...

      Armed Forces: Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the protection offered to servicemen's testicles by body armour in current use; (2) whether his Department is...

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medical service and readjustment programmes were provided to wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan in each year since 2001; what his planned...

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen have lost one or both testicles as a result of injuries received on operations in the last five years.

      Christmas

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

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure his Department and its agencies have incurred on external legal advice and representation in each year since 1997; and for what purposes...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department has allocated for (a) year-end and (b) in-year bonuses for staff in 2009-10.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role is of the European Defence Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has responded to the European Defence Agency's Capability Development Plan.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding from the public purse has been provided to the European Defence Agency in each year since 2005; what assessment he has made of its...

      Military Aircraft: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of the creation of a European air transport fleet on (a) jobs, (b) income and (c) military operational...

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Warships: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the UK will play in relation to the European initiative on naval interoperability; and what the principle objectives are of this initiative.

  • Wales

    • Christmas

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

    • Climate Change

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

      Departmental Air Travel

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

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what efficiency savings projects his Department put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on what date each such project was initiated; how...

      Departmental Food

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09.

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which (a) individuals other than Ministerial colleagues and officials of his Department and (b) organisations he met in an official capacity in the week...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Scientists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in his Department.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Christmas

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

    • Departmental Food

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

      Police: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent estimate is of the cost under each budget heading of implementing his Department's proposals for devolution of policing and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of bereavement benefit in 2008-09; what the total amount paid was; and in what percentage of cases the benefit...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of housing benefit in Norwich North constituency on the latest date for which information is available.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the tax cost of doubling the winter fuel allowance for people who have retired.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Canada: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Canadian citizens have sought the protection or assistance of British embassies and high commissions in the last 12...

    • Christmas

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

      Colombia: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to oppose a free trade agreement between the EU and Colombia unless human rights in Colombia are...

      Departmental Food

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

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department and its agencies have incurred on external legal advice and representation in each year since...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what bonus schemes for its staff his Department operates; and what the purpose is of those schemes.

      Departmental Property: Theft

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date he last travelled by train in the course of his official duties.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Diplomatic Relations: Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for the UK of the report on promoting parliamentary diplomacy produced by the...

      Gibraltar: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Gibraltar on (a) the application of the European Convention on Human...

      Government Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which functions the Government Hospitality Fund provided services in 2008-09; and which Department hosted each such event.

      Government Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by Government Hospitality in 2008-09.

      Iraq: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of higher than usual (a) birth and (b) other health defects in the population of Fallujah,...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of conditions in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, with particular reference to (a) access for (i) doctors and...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's assessment is of the status in international law of the residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq; and if he will...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy at the UN General Assembly on the Goldstone report on the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict is; what...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the United Kingdom abstained from the vote in the UN General Assembly on a resolution endorsing the findings of...

      National Independent Electoral Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of (a) the effectiveness of the National Independent Electoral Commission and (b) the...

      Somalia: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on levels of human trafficking in Somalia; and what discussions he has had with his Somali...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 2 November 2009, Official Report, column 666W, on Somalia: piracy, if he will place in the...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aims and objectives he has set for UK foreign policy in respect of the United Arab Emirates.

      Whistleblowing

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Population: Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment the UK Statistics Authority has made of the accuracy of the population projections at the 20-year range which it and its...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the Committee on the Medical Aspects of Radiation to publish its review of the incidence of childhood cancers.

    • Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the average cost has been of a unit of electricity supplied to domestic dwellings in each year since 1997; (2) how many...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the average cost has been of a unit of gas supplied to domestic dwellings in each year since 1997; (2) what estimate he has...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contracts his Department has with private hire taxi companies; and what expenditure his Department has incurred against each such...

    • Departmental Theft

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

      Gambling Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what mechanism the performance of the Gambling Commission against its objectives is assessed; and how often the Commission's...

      Gambling Commission: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much officials of the Gambling Commission claimed for reimbursement of travel expenses in the last 12 months.

      Gambling Commission: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received from the gambling industry on the effectiveness of the Gambling Commission.

      Leisure: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authorities have applied to his Department for funding for local leisure facilities in each of the last five years.

      Olympic Games 2012: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the legacy from the London 2012 Olympics on participation in sport in the West Midlands (a) in general...

      Operational Efficiency Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what efficiency savings projects (a) his Department and (b) its agency put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on...

      Public Libraries: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish the Charteris review on Wirral libraries; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which 10 tourist attractions in England (a) had the most visitors and (b) raised the most revenue in each of the last two years.

      Whistleblowing

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Register of Surplus Public Sector Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many sites on the register of surplus public sector land are classed as suitable for new homes to be built on; and...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were built in rural areas in each year since 1997.

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department and its predecessors have taken to develop community life in each of the last 12 years.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers were purchased by the (i) Tenant...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of jobs advertised by his Department in the last 12 months were online only applications; and what provision his...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of home information packs produced in each month since August 2007.

      Homelessness: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless people there were in (a) Lewes constituency, (b) Sussex and (c) the South East in each year since 1997.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons were for the requirement for an advance from the National Loans Fund to the Homes and Communities Agency...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many property interests with negative value the Homes and Communities Agency holds; and if he will make a statement.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what salary has been set for each Homes and Communities Agency regional director for 2009-10.

      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 received in interest payments in each of the last three years.

      Housing: Planning

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

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much surplus public sector land there was in each (a) region and (b) local authority area in each of the last eight quarters.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of each piece of legal representation and advice obtained by (i) his Department and (ii)...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) current, (b) retired and (c) deferred members of the local government pension scheme in each scheme...

      Mortgage Rescue Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people resident in each local authority area have (a) applied for and (b) received help under the Mortgage Rescue...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many first time buyers defaulted on their mortgage in each of the last three years.

      National Coalfields Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made on the National Coalfields Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Overcrowded Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the overcrowding pathfinders in tackling overcrowding and severe overcrowding.

      Sheltered Housing: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Tamworth Borough Council spent on sheltered housing in each of the last three years.

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to require (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords to ensure that all of their...

      Vacant Land: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many acres of green space excluding flood plains there are in the Borough of Tamworth.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to address the variation in levels of repeat abortions across England.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it cost his Department to (a) collect, (b) process, (c) collate and (d) store statistics on abortion in the most recent 12-months for which...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will rank by mortality rate those accident and emergency departments with annual admissions below 69,000 in the latest year for which information is...

      Bone Marrow Disorders: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department has spent on advertising for the recruitment of bone marrow donors in each of the last 12 years; and if he will make a...

      Bone Marrow Disorders: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of using DNA swabs to identify matches for bone marrow donors.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of all breast cancer cases were diagnosed through the (a) non-urgent referral route, (b) screening and (c) urgent referral...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage of bed occupancy was for patients with breast cancer was in (a) England, (b) each cancer network and (c) each primary care trust...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were offered breast prostheses following surgery for breast cancer expressed in each cancer network in the latest period for which...

      Climate Change

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

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department plans to respond to the British Dental Association's proposal for changes to the dental access contract to be introduced on a trial basis.

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what efficiency savings projects (a) his Department and (b) its agencies put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on what date each such...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

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

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure his Department and its agencies have incurred on external legal advice and representation in each year since 1997; and for what purposes...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by executive agencies and non-departmental public...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Theft

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

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated by the National Treatment Agency for substance misuse to each local authority in the last three years; and how much is...

      Eye Tests and Dental Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of providing every person with a free annual (a) eye test and (b) dental check in 2009.

      Eye Tests and Dental Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are entitled to a free annual (a) eye test and (b) dental check; how many people received such tests in 2008-09; and what the cost was.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for patients to receive the 15 key diagnostic tests in each year since the collection of these data began in 2006.

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to collect data on the proportion by value of all medicinal products which are herbal medicinal products; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting lists for mental health services in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) the South East.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the risk-sharing scheme for the provision of multiple sclerosis disease-modifying drugs on the...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many packs of the drug Natalizumab, brand name Tysabri, have been issued in each strategic health authority area in each of the last two years.

      National Child Health Immunisation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the minutes of the most recent meeting of the National Child Health Immunisation Board.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has issued to NHS trusts on holding board meetings in public; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) foundation trusts...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 108W, on NHS: finance, how much will be repaid against each loan in (a)...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average speed is of N3 network connections.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage an increase in the number of people in the thoracic surgical workforce in the NHS.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of NHS prescription items attracted a charge in each of the last three years.

  • Home Department

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many full-time equivalent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on projects...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions there were for selling alcohol to people under the age of 18 years from (a) on-licence and (b) off-licence...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of (a) Afghanistan, (b) Belarus, (c) Burma, (d) the People's Republic of China, (e) Colombia, (f) Cuba, (g)...

      Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations his Department has received of ill-treatment of asylum seekers returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo in each of...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the governance structures for the e-borders programme.

      Child Migrant Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether children sent to Australia under the Child Migrant Programme are entitled to (a) UK citizenship and (b) unrestricted access to the UK.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of (a) violent and (b) non-violent crimes committed in (i) urban and (ii) rural areas in each of...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 three years.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many security passes his Department has issued in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas were issued to students of each nationality in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has made an estimate of the number of Gurkha ex-servicemen who retired prior to 1 July 1997 likely to settle in Nepal if they were...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to bring forward proposals for restrictions on the level of fines imposed by private vehicle immobilisation companies.

      Intelligence Services: European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure compatibility between the work of those intelligence services for which the Secretary of...

      Local Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department provided to local authorities in 2009-10; how much it expects to provide in 2010-11 by (a) programme, (b)...

      National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department has provided to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse in 2009-10; and what funding it expects to...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to undertake a review of the accreditation arrangements for institutions wishing to bring international students to the UK.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consideration he has given to the use of private policing services by local authorities and residents.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of (a) police officers and (b) civilian police force staff earn more than £50,000 per annum.

      Police: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the average (a) target and (b) actual police response time to violent crime in (i) urban and (ii) rural...

      Police: Public Order Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have public order units or branches; and how many staff are working in each such unit or branch.

      Police: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in Sussex in each of the last five years.

      Safer Schools Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the number of safer schools partnerships; and how many such partnerships are structured on the basis of a...

      Sponsor Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which institutions (a) have had an application to join the sponsor register refused and (b) have been removed from the register of licensed...

      Student Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria students who are travelling to the UK to study for a period of less than 26 weeks must meet to be permitted to enter the UK...

      Students Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visa applications have been (a) granted and (b) refused in Pakistan since the introduction of the Tier 4 immigration...

      Terrorism Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) stopped, (b) detained and (c) arrested under Schedule 7 (Port and Border Controls) to the Terrorism Act 2000...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to paragraph 27 of the letter of 19 October 2009 from the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency to the Home Affairs...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the letter of 19 October 2009 from the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency to the Home Affairs Select Committee, what...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many raids UK Border Agency officials conducted in each region in 2008.

      Warehouse Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of illegal raves which have taken place in the Milton Keynes local authority area in each of the last...

  • Women and Equality

    • Equalities and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission concerning transparency in respect of (a) opening the Commission's...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many households in North East Milton Keynes constituency a child under the age of 18 years fulfils the role of a carer for...

    • Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Lewes constituency, (ii) Sussex and (iii) England...

      Departmental Food

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

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent by his Department on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants since February 2009.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which qualifications have been accredited for the 2009-10 academic year; if he will estimate for each qualification the proportion...

      History: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of students in year nine who were not taught history in that year in (a) 2005, (b)...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which sport has the highest rate of participation for females in schools.

      Social Services: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken in response to the Ofsted joint area review of Haringey council's children's services held in July 2009;...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was paid in salary and wage costs for teachers and teaching staff in maintained schools in the last 12 months; and what...

  • International Development

    • Burundi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of support, and in which sectors, his Department intends to provide to Burundi in the next five years; and if he will make a...

    • Christmas

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

      Departmental Air Travel

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

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efficiency savings projects his Department put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on what date each such project...

      Departmental Food

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; what proportion of the total work force they...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) average and (b) highest non-consolidated performance-related payment was in cash terms for a senior civil servant in his...

      Developing Countries: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects on the economies of his Department's partner countries of their achievement of...

      Developing Countries: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to meet the target of ensuring that girls have equal access to secondary education in all his...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has made a recent assessment of the level of integration between the HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights...

      Landmines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of mine clearing contracts let by his Department have been granted to (a) The Halo Trust and (b) the Mines Advisory...

      Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries in receipt of development aid from his Department have experienced a reduction in the (a) number and (b) monetary...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of his Department's proposed activities in Zimbabwe; and if he will make...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) the Secretary of State, (b) he and other Ministers in his Department and (c) officials of his...

    • Christmas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Christmas parties his Department plans to host in 2009; what has been budgeted for each such reception; what...

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many company liquidations there were in each (a) constituency and (b) region in (i) the fourth quarter of 2008...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what family-friendly working policies his Department and its predecessors have implemented in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) speechwriters, (b) press officers and (c) secretaries are assigned to work for each other Minister in...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of providing official cars for the use of (a) Ministers and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2008-09; what the total amount of...

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants since its creation.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what weight of paper his Department has recycled since June 2009.

      Products: Flood Control

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any BSI Kitemarked flood resilient products are available to the consumer.

      Products: Flood Control

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what tests are undertaken to ensure that flood resilient products are fit for purpose; and what redress to the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students applied for loans through Student Finance England for the academic year 2009-10; how many students...

  • Justice

    • Ashwell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. and learned Member for Harborough of 11 November 2009, Official Report, columns 262-63W, on Ashwell Prison,...

    • Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what efficiency savings projects (a) his Department and (b) its agencies put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on what date each...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure his Department and its agencies have incurred on external legal advice and representation in each year since his Department was...

      Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to make the use of body orifice security scanner chairs mandatory for (a) visitors and (b) staff members entering a prison in...

      Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of alcohol being (a) brought into and (b) brewed in prison there have been in each prison in England and Wales in each of the last...

      Females: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many female prisoners were held (a) under 30, (b) under 50, (c) under 100 and (d) over 100 miles from their home in each of the last 10 years.

      HM Courts Service: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what progress has been made towards developing a bilingual version of the Libra IT system; and if he will make a statement; (2) how much (a) has...

      HMP Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on the operation of HMP Liverpool of the prison officers strike at that prison on 17 and 18 November 2009.

      Legal Aid: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the average cost of legal aid in respect of an asylum case.

      Mentally Ill: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total construction cost was of the three most recently completed (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high security mental health units in England and...

      Offenders: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the relative likelihood of a prisoner identified as having mental health problems on entry to prison reoffending on...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many adult prisoners who were sentenced to custody in an adult prison in each year since 1997 had already served sentences for previous convictions...

      Prison Performance Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department produces prison performance tables with more precise rankings, data and detail than the Prison Quarterly Ratings published on his...

      Prison Service Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to amend Prison Service Order 0900.

      Prisoners Release: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the number of prisoners who are suffering from substance misuse problems who have been released from prison in each...

      Prisoners Release: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the number of prisoners who are suffering from serious mental health problems who have been released from prison in...

      Prisoners Transfers: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoner transfer applications his Department has received in respect of Libyan prisoners in the UK since 17 November 2008.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what provisions have been made within the design specifications for new-build prisons to encourage the more effective management of visitors,...

      Prisons: Closed Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons have closed visits; and whether there are plans to trial closed visits in prisons which operate open visits.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serious further offences were committed by offenders under level 1 multi-agency public protection arrangements in each of the last 10 years.

      Secure Accommodation: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 4 November 2009, Official Report, columns 1025-6W, on secure accommodation: young offender institutions, for what...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons some youth offending teams represent more than one local authority.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children aged between (a) 10 and 14 and (b) 15 and 17 years were in custody on (i) the latest date for which figures are available and (ii)...

  • House of Lords

    • Food: Horse Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers the European Union has to prevent the origin of horsemeat for human consumption being labelled as from the country where it is sold, rather than the...

    • Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use spare television spectrum to improve access to broadband facilities in rural areas.

      St Andrews Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 November (WA 234-5) concerning the St Andrews Agreement, what is the outstanding business...

      Vehicles: Electric Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 28 October (WA 168-70), whether they will require those researching the extent of any problems of using electric...

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