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Written answers

Thursday, 26 November 2009

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many health clinics in Afghanistan have received funding from the Government in each year since 2001.

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided for rehabilitation projects for (a) health clinics, (b) schools and (c) drinking wells...

      Afghanistan: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many road projects in Afghanistan have been funded by the Government in each year since 2001.

      Afghanistan: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many schools in Afghanistan have been funded by his Department in each year since 2001.

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

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

      Departmental Meetings

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

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mass of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what training sessions were attended by (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department at public expense in each of the...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of staff of his Department and its non-departmental public bodies work flexibly or part-time; and what his...

      Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the value of remittances as a percentage of the gross domestic product of each country which...

      Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he made of the amount of remittances sent (a) in total, (b) to Pakistan and (c) to Nigeria in the latest year for...

      UNESCO: Prizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on UNESCO's decision to establish the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for...

      UNESCO: Prizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role his Department played in the processes leading to UNESCO's decision to establish the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo...

      World Food Programme: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what involvement the UK has in the World Food Programme's activities in Somalia; what actions the World Food Programme took in Somalia...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Farm Land Management

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the policy of the Church Commissioners is on the management of their holdings of farm land.

    • Church of England: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what formula each diocese uses for calculating parish share.

      Church of England: Finance

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

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Preferential Voting: Referendum

      To ask the honourable Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission has been requested to advise Ministers on the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to facilitate access to manorial documents held by (a) local record offices and (b)...

    • Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider the merits of (a) publishing in electronic format and (b) permitting free access to (i) phase I habitat...

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons applicants for the re-registration of land under Schedule 2(4) of the Commons Act 2006 are required to...

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether assistance from his Department is available to individuals or organisations applying to re-register common land under...

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the costs expected to be incurred by an individual or organisation applying to...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what efficiency savings projects (a) his Department and (b) its agencies put in place under the Operational Efficiency...

      Departmental Food

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 3 August 2009 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, transferred from the...

      Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 568W, on origin marking: Israel, for what reasons the...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Bribery Bill

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent discussions she has had with the Attorney-General on the implications of the proposed Bribery Bill for the role of the Attorney-General.

    • Eddie Gilfoyle

      To ask the Solicitor-General on what dates the Crown Prosecution Service received (a) the report of the review, (b) the draft report and (c) the notes of interviews with police officers...

      Euthanasia: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent representations the Director of Public Prosecutions has received on his interim policy for prosecutors on assisted suicide.

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Questions: Written Answers

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent representations she has received on the timeliness of answers to Parliamentary Questions for written answer.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House when she plans to reply to the letter of 21 September 2009 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

      Westminster Hall Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will make arrangements for a full weekly programme of Westminster Hall debates to be held in future in the first full week of a new parliamentary Session.

  • Transport

    • A3: Hindhead

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the cost to date was of the Hindhead Tunnel project on the latest date figures are available; and what his most recent estimate is of...

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent reports he has received of (a) incidents involving the contamination of aircraft cabin air supply by fumes from engine...

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what statutory basis there is for the use of the automatic number plate recognition technology.

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the governance system of the use of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system.

      Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what the average number of passengers on internal flights within Great Britain in the last period for which figures are available is,...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much aviation fuel he estimates has been used in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance his Department gives to local authorities seeking to reduce their expenditure on concessionary bus fares.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the cost to the public purse of subsidising bus services was in each year since 1997.

      Cheadle Hulme Station: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what proportion of the new £50 million allocated for station improvements will be allocated to Cheadle Hulme railway station; (2)...

      Climate Change

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

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many traffic accidents involving cyclists were recorded in each constituency in England in each of the last five years.

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he plans to implement the recommendations made by the review of class (a) two and (b) three powered wheelchairs and powered scooters.

      Disability Aids: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will commission an inquiry into the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from accidents involving powered wheelchairs and...

      Disability Aids: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many incidents causing injury involving mobility scooters have been reported to the police in each of the last five years.

      London Airports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what percentage of and how many passengers using (a) Heathrow Airport and (b) Gatwick Airport were in transit (i) between domestic and...

      London Airports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what percentage of journeys made to (a) Gatwick, (b) Heathrow, (c) Stansted and (d) Luton airports were made by (i) train, (ii) bus and...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average mileage of a car in England was in each year since 1997.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average level of carbon dioxide emissions in grammes per kilometre was for (a) new and (b) all cars in (i) the UK and (ii) each...

      Motor Vehicles: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what percentage change there has been in the average level of fuel efficiency of cars sold in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Motorways: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the matrix signs over motorways are as up to date as possible; and if he will make a...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the siting of pedestrian crossings.

      Railway Stations: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether the funding for the station improvements referred to in his announcement on 17 November is to come from the National Stations...

      Railways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the written ministerial statement of 19 June 2009, Official Report, columns 39-40WS, on rail accidents (Grayrigg and...

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has spent on advertising the purpose of driver location signs; and what assessment he has made of the public...

      Roads: Stonehenge

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has plans to seek to mitigate the environmental impact of the use of roads passing close to Stonehenge.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the additional cost per vehicle of the proposed new Intercity Express trains which is directly attributable to...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much space will be allocated per seated passenger in (a) standard and (b) first class on the new Intercity Express trains; and how it...

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when his Department next plans to review the national contingency plan for marine pollution from shipping and offshore installations.

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what (a) conclusions were reached and (b) recommendations were made by the International Maritime Organisation Sub-Committee on Dangerous...

      Stockport Station: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what timetable his Department plans for the distribution of new funding for station improvements to Stockport railway station.

      Stockport Station: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what proportion of the new £50 million allocated for station improvements will be allocated to Stockport railway station.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects the childhood deprivation data which appeared in her Department's annual Opportunity for All reports to be published on her...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many Olympic contracts have been awarded to (a) UK registered and (b) other firms to date.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what he expects the (a) final severance and (b) pension arrangements to be for the outgoing executive director of Arts Council England...

    • Coastal Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which parliamentary constituencies received funding through the Sea Change programme in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and what the...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Meetings

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

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the statistical datasets collected by his Department it publishes.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many self-exclusions have been (a) in operation and (b) breached in relation to gaming machines in each of the last five years.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many gaming machines of each category have been located in (a) betting shops, (b) bingo halls, (c) family entertainment centres,...

      Horserace Totalisator Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which external parties he has met to discuss the proposed sale of the Tote.

      Sport England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated by Sport England to each of the national governing bodies for the (a) Grow, (b) Sustain and (c)...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he permits rabbits to be tested more than once in pyrogen tests under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many facilities are licensed under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to carry out pyrogen tests on rabbits.

      Ian Tomlinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Independent Police Complaints Commission report on the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests to be published.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who are not required to have a compulsory identity card have applied for a voluntary national identity card.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who are not required to have a compulsory identity card and do not work for his Department, its executive agencies, or...

      Identity Cards: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 430W on identity cards, how many people in Greater Manchester have...

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances (a) police and (b) Highways Agency traffic officers may order groups of two or more motorcyclists travelling together...

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether guidance has been provided for police forces on the policing of groups of two or more motorcyclists travelling in convoy on public...

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of the reports of all opinion polling commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police custody cells there are in (a) Dacorum and (b) Hemel Hempstead; what his plans are for the future number of such cells in...

  • Scotland

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Cost Effectiveness

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

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

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

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on (a) purchasing and (b) operating (i) Blackberrys and (ii) other mobile telephones in 2006 to 2009.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Scientists

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

      Departmental Taxis

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Climate Change

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

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Departmental Pay

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

  • Wales

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2008-09; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of...

    • Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of staff of his Department work flexibly or part-time; and what his Department's policy is on making jobs available on a...

  • Treasury

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East and (d) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency have claimed child tax...

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of jobs advertised by his Department in the last 12 months were online only applications; and what provision his Department makes for those...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the merits of introducing an automatic callback request feature for callers to his Department's telephone helplines in order to minimise...

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the Exchequer of providing welfare benefits and pensions on terms equivalent to those of the armed forces...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps his Department is taking to stimulate the house building industry; (2) what plans he has to assist the house building industry in the next...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which projects funded under the private finance initiative have received loans from the (a) European Investment Bank and (b) Infrastructure Finance Unit;...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to increase to £9,000 the income tax threshold for income earned through renting a room in a property.

      Taxation: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the tax cost of exempting from (a) income tax and (b) national insurance contributions liability those earning the national minimum wage.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British armed forces personnel have received serious groin injuries in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq since 2007.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of protection provided for translators engaged by UK forces in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Chinook helicopters (a) have been sent to Afghanistan in the last six months and (b) are planned to be sent for support operations in the next...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision his Department makes for compensation for British soldiers who incur severe groin injuries whilst serving in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Quick Impact Projects his Department has (a) supported and (b) participated in in the Babaji area of Helmand Province since 2001.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours Royal Air Force pilots spent transporting dignitaries in each of the last 12 months.

      Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours Royal Air Force pilots spent undergoing training in each of the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his policy is on the eligibility of people with nut allergies for service in the armed forces; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Armed Forces: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what special ration packs are provided to the armed forces to meet specific dietary requirements of service personnel.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many families have been evicted from service family accommodation for failing to vacate the premises during the agreed 93-day notice to vacate period...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many landlords of (a) substitute service family accommodation and (b) substitute service single accommodation properties are currently members of...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to provide armed forces personnel with body armour which includes groin protection.

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Secretary of State for Defence 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)...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) television programmes and (b) films have been filmed on locations owned by his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Devonport dockyards have been issued with the relevant safety certificates to receive the Trident submarines for refuelling.

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of Devonport dockyard's capability to meet the refuelling requirements of the Trident submarines.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many decisions for war pension awards causally linked to service for any condition other than leukaemia and polcythaemia rubra vera have made a...

      Iraq: Network Centre Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent US and UK land-based military services in Iraq share a common information platform to support network centre operations (NCOs); and what...

      Kentigern House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (a) how much is expected to be made from the sale of and (b) what the projected costs to the public purse are over the 20 year lease period of the sale...

      Kentigern House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultation was held with the Public and Commercial Services union prior to the decision being made to market the Kentigern House site on a sale...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future status of employees of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and if he will make a statement.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of the population has access to broadband of 2 Mbps or more.

    • Copyright: Internet

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by his...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in each age group resident in each local authority area in the South East had not repaid their student...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures to regulate telephone numbers with (a) 0844, (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed any internal or external reports on the effectiveness of its work...

    • Afghanistan: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what commitments he has (a) sought and (b) received from the Afghan Government regarding political reform and action against...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whom the Prime Minister plans to invite to the forthcoming conference on the future of Afghanistan to be held in London.

      Belarus: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation he has made to the Belarus Government on the decision of the Belarus Supreme Court to reject the appeals of...

      Bletchley Park: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when those who worked on code-breaking at Bletchley Park will receive their service medals.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which international parties are considered to be stakeholders for the consultation on the proposed creation of a Marine...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) entitlements and (b) historic entitlements apply under international law to the management of fishing stocks within...

      Colombia: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the status is of negotiations between the EU and Colombia on a free trade agreement; and if he will make a statement.

      Colombia: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on his Department's work with the European Commission on the negotiation of a free trade...

      Colombia: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of trade unionists murdered in Colombia in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of maintaining his Department's website in the 2008-09 financial year; and what the forecast cost is of...

      Departmental Pay

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

      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 executive agencies and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2008; what proportion of the total work force they represented; what...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of staff of his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies work flexibly...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many honorary consuls there are; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much Government Hospitality spent on (a) champagne, (b) wine, (c) china, (d) cutlery and (e) venue hire in 2008-09.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to support the Palestinian Authority in its police and security functions.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 29 October 2009, Official Report, column 506W, on Middle East: armed conflict, what are the...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the principles of the Oslo Accords of the proposal for a Palestinian state...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the proposal for a Palestinian state made by the Prime Minister of...

      Serbia: International War Crimes Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Serbia's co-operation with the International War Crimes Tribunal; and if he will make a...

      Vatican

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for a state visit from the Holy See in 2010.

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the security situation in northern Yemen; and what the Government's policy is on the matter.

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the governments of (a) Yemen and (b) Saudi Arabia on the security situation in...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • National Clearing House Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were purchased under the National Clearing House scheme in each of the last three years; and how many such homes...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for responding to the consultation on part J of the Building Regulations.

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to encourage applications for community grants.

      Cornwall Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on proposals for Cornwall council to be renamed as an (a) assembly, (b) parliament, (c)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of staff in each Government Office are in SCS pay band (a) 1, (b) 1A and (c) 2; and what job titles fall in...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Work Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of staff of his Department, its Executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies work flexibly...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) registered social landlord, (b) private and (c) commercial properties have been empty for longer than (i) one,...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to reduce levels of homelessness in each region.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been purchased with the aid of the HomeBuy Direct scheme in the last 12 months.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing development sites have been brought back into production as a result of the Kickstart Housing Delivery Programme.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent assessment is of the adequacy of the supply of affordable housing.

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to (a) extend the funding of the overcrowding pathfinders after 2011 and (b) create more pathfinders,...

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to extend the remit of the overcrowding pathfinders to include overcrowding in the private rented sector.

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government plans to update the 1935 statutory overcrowding definition in line with the bedroom standard.

      Housing: Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeowners there were in (a) Norwich, North constituency and (b) each region in each of the last 10 years.

      Local Authorities: Place Names

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what regulations govern the nomenclature of local authorities.

      Local Authorities: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what additional decision-making powers are available to (a) Cornwall council and (b) the council of the Isles of Scilly which...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was (a) billed to non-domestic rate payers and (b) collected in business rates by each local authority in the (i)...

      Non-domestic Rates: Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid in empty property rates on properties owned by banks with shares managed by UK Financial Investments Ltd. in...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) commercial and (b) industrial hereditaments in receipt of empty property relief there were of hereditament...

      Regional Government: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department provided to the South West Regional Assembly in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; how much funding...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects on the development of children of the advertisement of (a) food and...

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 9 November 2009, Official Report, column 107W, on children: protection, on what ground each of...

      Climate Change

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

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff are engaged (a) full-time and (b) part-time on handling responses to his Department's consultation on home...

      Personal Social and Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what account he took of the responses to the recent consultation on personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons he decided to include the requirement for an asbestos survey in the standard contract documentation for the...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in the Milton Keynes area are participating in the Targeting Mental Health in Schools programme; and whether he has...

      Science: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date he plans to publish the summary of responses to his Department's science and learning consultation.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with statements of special educational needs resident in each local authority area were educated in (a)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Compensation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what representations she has received on the proposals published by her Department to reform the Civil Service Compensation Scheme; (2) what...

    • Civil Service No-Fault Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much has been paid out under the civil service no-fault compensation scheme to civil servants in each Department in each year since the scheme...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many allegations of victimisation for whistleblowing have been made to her Department by its staff since 6 June 2006.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what date she last travelled by train in the course of her official duties.

      Government Departments: Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) with reference to the answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, columns 885-86W, on Government Departments: official hospitality, if she will...

      Government Departments: Land Registry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps she has taken to encourage Departments experiencing temporary increases in workload to consider outsourcing relevant tasks to Land Registry...

  • Justice

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

    • C-NOMIS Database Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which individual was responsible for the C-NOMIS database project up until October 2007.

      C-NOMIS Database Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial management and oversight there was in respect of the C-NOMIS database project up to October 2007.

      Community Justice Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has for the future funding of community justice courts.

      Community Orders: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department was of community sentences for those aged (a) under 18 years old and (b) 18 to 21 years old; and if he will make a...

      Debt Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will bring forward plans to limit advertising by fee charging debt management providers who target vulnerable individuals in financial...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) 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...

      Departmental Taxis

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) longest, (b) average and (c) shortest waiting period for entry into a domestic violence perpetrator programme was in each probation area...

      Fixed Penalties: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will reject any proposals to introduce a victims' surcharge for fixed penalties and on the spot fines; and if he will make a statement.

      Magistrates' Courts: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much his Department has spent on translating summonses into Welsh in each month since January 2009; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

      Mentally Ill: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the operational cost per patient per year of a (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high security mental health unit.

      Mentally Ill: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many patient places in (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high security mental health units were vacant at 1 June 2009.

      National Offender Management Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the National Offender Management Scheme spent on consultants in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.

      National Probation Trust Programme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) budget and (b) projected actual cost of the National Probation Trust Programme was for 2009-10.

      National Probation Trust Programme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what total budget was set for the National Probation Trust Programme over the lifetime of the programme; and what his latest estimate is of the total...

      Offenders: Mentally ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the relative effectiveness in alleviating mental health problems of (a) prison, (b) secure mental health units...

      Office for Criminal Justice Reform: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what projects the Office for Criminal Justice Reform has funded in each year since it was created; and how much funding was provided for each such project.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison places are available at each prison serving the Greater Manchester area when at full capacity; and how many prisoners were serving...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners sentenced to serve an indeterminate sentence for public protection were over tariff (a) having had a parole hearing and (b)...

      Prisoners Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the recent inquiry into the inappropriate transfer of prisoners between HM Prison Pentonville and HM Prison Wandsworth has considered whether...

      Staff Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the staff of the Legal Complaints Service (LCS) will have the right to move to the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC) under transfer of...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department was of dispensing methadone prescriptions in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Probation: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the estimated outturn of each probation area budget for financial year 2010-11 was at the time the budgets were set; and what his most recent...

      Sentencing: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 years old received a (i) community rehabilitation order, (ii) supervision order, (iii) community...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attacks on ambulance staff there have been in each constituency in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

    • Bone Marrow Disorders: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of patients who have received treatment for bone marrow cancer received bone marrow from (a) UK and (b) non-UK donors in the...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) admissions and (b) emergency admissions for breast cancer there have been in (i) England, (ii) each primary care trust area of...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) elective and (b) emergency bed days were accounted for by breast cancer patients in each year since 1997-98 (A) in total and (B) broken...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of mastectomies to breast conserving surgical procedures was in (a) England, (b) each cancer network and (c) each primary care trust...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women undergoing surgery for breast cancer received immediate breast reconstruction surgery in (a) England, (b) each cancer network...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage compliance was of each cancer network with (a) 3A and (b) 1E-1 measures, as set out in section 8.5 of his Department's Cancer...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated total expenditure on (a) cancer care and (b) breast cancer care was in (i) England, (ii) each cancer network area and (iii) for each...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has given to primary care trusts on the delivery of cascade testing for families of patients diagnosed with familial...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will consider the merits of inclusion of the therapeutic strategy of pacing as part of the treatment packages offered by specialist...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) 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...

      Departmental Internet

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

      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 his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Departmental Taxis

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

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of (a) psychological support and (b) education for people suffering from (i) Type 1 and...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential drug rehabilitation places there are in England; and what proportion of such places was in use on the most recent date for which...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost of an opiate substitute prescription for a problem drug user; (2) what his most recent...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Maize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which studies of links between genetically modified corn and infertility in mice his Department has considered in the last two years; and how many genes...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the Child Health Interim Application is still supported by manual systems; whether it can issue COVER reports; what recent progress has been...

      Health: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of GP practices use Directed Enhanced Service for annual health checks for people with learning disabilities.

      Learning Disability: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the new regulatory arrangements for improving access to justice for people with a learning disability; and if he...

      Liver Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to develop a new liver allocation scheme.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made of the finding of the National Lung Cancer Audit for 2007 that only 51 per cent. of lung cancer patients receive any form of...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to assist the Lung Cancer Awareness Month initiative.

      Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of the financial settlement reached between the Manchester Mental Health NHS and Social Care Trust and its former...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mental health budget was in each of the last 30 years.

      Mental Health: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the effect of unemployment on a person's mental health.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with voluntary and community organisations concerned with the delivery of care to patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of NHS staff earn more than £50,000 per annum.

      NHS: Pay

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

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times foreign objects requiring surgical removal have been left inside patients following an operation in each of the past 10 years.

      Swine Flu: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protection from swine influenza is available for babies under the age of six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many transplants were done in private clinical practice in the UK involving solid organs donated after death outside the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the estimated (a) operating reserves and (b) proved recoverable reserves are of coal in each coalfield in the UK.

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which (a) individuals other than ministerial colleagues and officials of his Department and (b) organisations he met in an official...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been allocated to the additional energy efficiency obligation in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13...

      Liquefied Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent representations he has received on the safety of liquefied natural gas shipping in UK waters; (2) what recent...

      Liquefied Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the role is of the (a) Health and Safety Executive, (b) Marine and Coastguard Agency and (c) Environment Agency in respect of...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales to have purchased (i) micro wind,...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department plans to spend on the Warm Front Programme in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e)...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people aged (a) under and (b) over 60 years in each (i) region and (ii) local authority area (A) were offered a Warm Front...

      Warm Front Scheme: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average grant awarded under the Warm Front scheme was in Tamworth constituency in each of the last three years.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: War Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 5 November (WA 82) regarding the late Gulf War veteran, Mr Terry Walker, whose war pension was cut...

    • Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the environmental impact of burning (a) natural gas, and (b) recovered fuel oil in plants compliant with the European Union waste incineration directive.

      Food: Horse Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in the negotiations in the European Union on banning the export of live horses for slaughter.

      Higher Education: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 12 November (WA 215), when they plan to finalise the list of higher education institutions receiving additional...

      HMS "Caroline"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 12 November (WA 216) concerning HMS "Caroline", whether there will be no decommissioning of the ship until further...

      National Heritage: Historic Environment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the statement of their vision and priorities for the historic environment, due to be issued by summer 2009.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 28 October (WA 161-62), why the main reason for the increase in British Waterways' pension costs in...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest calculation of the financial effect by income decile of making the personal allowance transferable between married couples and those in civil...

      Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies have invested in plants compliant with the European Union waste incineration directive for the burning of recovered fuel oil.

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