Written answers

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Cats

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will consider the merits of providing a resident cat.

    • Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the House of Commons Commission has engaged any (a) private intelligence and (b) private security...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what redesigns of websites operated by the Electoral Commission have taken place...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recent estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the number of people...

      Hotels

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission has spent on hotel accommodation for its staff in...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-6, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, on what date the Government...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether operational commitments in Afghanistan have affected the military's capability to build temporary bridges in the UK.

      Air Force: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average unit tour interval was for each (a) aircraft and (b) helicopter crew type in the Royal Air Force in the latest period for which...

      Armed Forces: Absence without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel went absent without leave (a) from posts (i) in Scotland, (ii) in Northern Ireland, (iii) in Wales, (iv) in England and...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow of cadet forces staff has been in each month of 2009 to date.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow has been of each cadet and combined cadet force in each month of 2009 to date; (2) what the (a) required...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) trained requirement, (b) trained strength and (c) fit for duty strength is of each pinch point trade; (2) what percentage of each...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers have been diagnosed with mental health problems following active service in Iraq.

      Armed Forces: Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the funding of competitive sport as an element of adventurous training courses for members of the armed forces; whether this policy...

      Armed Forces: Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the policy of his Department is on the funding of competitive sport involving (a) teams and (b) individuals from the armed services; whether that...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the training restrictions placed on the Officer Training Corps apply to (a) University Air Squadrons and (b) University Royal Naval Units.

      Bailey Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department plans to continue using Bailey bridges; (2) how long it takes on average to construct a Bailey bridge in ideal conditions.

      Bailey Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the load capacity is of the Bailey bridge recently constructed over the River Derwent; and whether his Department plans to build a temporary road...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department's locations in the UK have recorded (a) laptop computers, (b) desktop computers and (c) memory sticks as having been (i) lost...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of parliamentary questions tabled for written answer by his Department on a named day in session 2008-09 received a...

      Military Bases: Browndown

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to continue the activities of those Army Cadet Force units which use the Browndown military accommodation following its planned closure.

      Naval Strike Wing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the order of battle of the Naval Strike Wing is; where it is based; and what its command structure is.

      Rescue Services: Pembrokeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times a search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor was operational off the coast of Pembrokeshire in (a) day time and (b) night time in...

      Rescue Services: Pembrokeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the helicopter flying time from (a) RMB Chivenor, (b) RAF Valley, (c) RNAS Culdrose and (d) Solent Coastguard to...

  • Olympics

    • Christmas

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many Christmas trees were purchased by her Office in each year since its was established; what the cost was of those trees in each year; from where the...

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in her Department since its inception; and what the cost to the public purse was of...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what redesigns of websites operated by her Office have taken place since 27 June 2007; and what the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) date of completion...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many overseas training courses were attended by her Office's civil servants in the latest period for which figures are available; how many civil servants...

      Hotels

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much her Office spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in each of the last five years.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many groups in the Government Olympic Executive have responsibility for 2012 Olympic legacy matters; what the (a) membership is and (b) responsibilities...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Historic Buildings: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the review by English Heritage on the proposed listing of Coventry Market to be concluded; what representations his...

    • Leisure: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on (a) leisure facilities and (b) sports facilities in each district and unitary council area in the Eastern region...

      Sports: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage participation in sport in Leeds West constituency in order to reduce levels of obesity;...

      Sports: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial assistance (a) the Government and (b) the National Lottery have given to (i) amateur sports clubs, (ii) sport in...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the inbound tourism figures were for the first three quarters of (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Prime Minister which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in 10 Downing Street in the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of...

    • Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Prime Minister how many plasma screen televisions his Office has purchased since 2001; and what the cost has been of purchasing and installing such screens in each such year.

      General Elections

      To ask the Prime Minister when the purdah period in advance of a general election will commence in respect of Government announcements; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish a list of all the documents the Government have made available to the Iraq Inquiry.

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last spoke to Tony Blair about official business.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for the Government Equalities Office.

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many and what percentage of Parliamentary Questions tabled for written answer by her on a named day in session 2008-09 received a substantive answer...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent progress has been made on reducing the pay gap between men and women.

      Equalities and Human Rights Commission: Research

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what research the Equality and Human Rights Commission has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated on equal pay in respect of (i) ethnic groups, (ii) disabled...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Christmas

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

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on (a) ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the last three...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the policing budget in Northern Ireland has been in each year since 1979.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent assessment is of the security situation in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Buses: Injuries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many injuries resulting from passengers falling on buses were reported in (a) England and (b) Greater London in the last five years.

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many buses he used during his mystery traveller bus tour; (2) how much his Department has spent on his mystery traveller bus tour.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has offset the carbon emissions arising from his mystery traveller bus tour.

      EU Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what (a) statutory instruments and (b) other regulations his Department has brought forward in this Parliament to meet obligations arising...

      Motor Sports Association

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what progress has been made in amending legislation to provide for the transfer of responsibility for authorising routes for UK rallies from...

      Official Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average level of carbon dioxide emissions was for new cars purchased by the Government Car and Despatch Agency in the last 12 months.

      Public Transport: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the Home Department's Together we can end violence against women and girls strategy, how much his Department plans to...

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what mechanism governs the calculation of new annual tolls for the Severn Crossings.

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the Severn Crossing toll on businesses in Wales.

      Taxis

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of unlicensed taxis operating in (a) England and (b) Leeds North West constituency.

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many exemptions have been granted on medical grounds to licensed taxi drivers from the requirement under the Disability Discrimination...

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage licensing authorities to ensure that the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 for...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many plasma screen televisions his Department has purchased since 2001; and what the cost to the public purse has been of...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building occupied by his Department and its agencies was in each of...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the energy efficiency rating is of each of his Department's buildings in London.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received in 2008; and how many of these received a...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value is of his Department's contract with Seven Squared for the production of its staff magazine; and for...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of household waste sent for incineration in the London borough of (a) Bexley, (b)...

      Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of litres of (a) soft drinks, (b) mineral water and (c) fruit juice were consumed...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) monetary value and (b) quantity of canned fish purchased by the public sector in each...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department's planned collaborative procurement framework for the purchase of canned fish in the public sector...

      Forestry Commission: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what redesigns of websites operated by the Forestry Commission have taken place since 27 June 2007; and what the (a) cost to...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the licensing conditions relating to incinerator operators for the purposes of imposing requirements for...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made on the sampling of incinerator bottom ash for the purposes of classifying batches as...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) national and (b) international standards there are in respect of the sampling of industrial waste or other...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will direct the Environment Agency to make available on its website the quarterly reports produced by incinerator...

      Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals he has to identify products from the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza on labels; and if he will...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Christmas trees which were recycled in each of the last three years; and whether...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Christmas cards which were recycled in each of the last three years; and if he...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there are plans to revise EU Council Decision 7146/09 of 3 March 2009 in advance of the 62nd International Whaling...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the International Whaling Commission's Small Working Group on the future of the IWC (a) last met and (b) plans to meet...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the International Whaling Commission's Support Group of the Small Working Group on the future of the IWC (a) last met...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which Governments contributed to the delivery of aid supplies provided by his Department in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009, and...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Leader of the House which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in her office in the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of such...

    • Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Leader of the House how many plasma screen televisions her office has purchased since 2001; and what the cost has been of purchasing and installing such screens in each such year.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Leader of the House how many overseas training courses were attended by her Office's civil servants in the latest period for which figures are available; how many civil servants...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many and what percentage of Parliamentary Questions tabled for written answer by her on a named day in session 2008-09 received a substantive answer on that day.

      Hotels

      To ask the Leader of the House how much her Office spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in each of the last five years.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in 2009.

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many days sickness absence were taken by staff in his Department in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the cost to...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many overseas training courses were attended by his Department's civil servants in the latest period for which figures are available; how many civil...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Caravan Sites: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the written ministerial statement of 24 November 2009, Official Report, column 44WS, on Gypsy and Traveller...

    • Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support his Department gives for the recruitment of community development workers.

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many interfaith projects have been funded by his Department since 2005; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many...

      Comprehensive Area Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the Audit Commission has in inspecting local development plan documents as part of comprehensive area assessments.

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of local authorities have decided to reduce their level of social housing rent in 2009-10.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations has he received from the Local Government Association's Labour Group on council tax.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar on 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1136W, on...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 965W, on council tax, whether he has made an estimate...

      Council Tax: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the new requirements to publish efficiency information on council tax...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside his Department's building attended by civil servants in his...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2003.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many funding streams relating to (a) housing, (b) regeneration and (c) social exclusion are overseen by his Department...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments (a) the Fire Service College and (b) his Department has made to ICE Ltd in each of the last five years; and to...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 10 November 2009, Official Report, column 275W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, if he will...

      Fêtes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, columns 965-68W, on fetes, how many (a) forms and (b)...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance documents issued by his Department to fire and rescue authorities on integrated risk management plans relate to...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the recent impact assessment in respect of delays to the FiReControl projects; which fire services were...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanism exists for the transfer of individual fire and rescue authorities control functions to regional control centres;...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost of measures taken as a result of delays to the Firelink and FiReControl projects; and...

      Floods: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 1 December 2009, Official Report, column 643W, on floods:...

      Greenbelt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on his Department's policy on the protection of green belt land of the decision of the...

      Homelessness: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of people classed as homeless and in priority need are under the age of 25 years in Leeds city...

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion and number of homeless people aged 18 years or under; (2) what estimate he...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 525W, on housing, how many first-time buyers...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have responded to his Department's consultation on the Housing Revenue Account.

      Housing Benefit: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the incidence of housing benefit fraud in East Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are on a householder to make adjustments for the purposes of energy efficiency to a dwelling that...

      Housing: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department and its predecessors spent on housing in each year since 1997-98 expressed in real terms in 2009 prices.

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the £21 million for low-carbon heating systems announced in April has been spent in each region.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average purchase price of a first-time buyer's property was in each year since 1997.

      Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments (a) the Fire Service College and (b) his Department have made to ICE Ltd in each of the last five years; and to...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have in respect of the placing of dog refuse bins and litter bins on unadopted land.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's latest estimate is of the average level of employer contribution as a percentage of the employee's salary...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1107W, on Atherton...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms are used to (a) collect, (b) check and (c) publish statistical data for the purposes of the (i) local...

      Marinas: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidance is in place in relation to building marinas on (a) protected coastline and (b) adjoining green belt land.

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of households with a (a) mortgage and (b) second-charge loan which have been...

      National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which documents will have priority in cases where the contents of national policy statements differ from planning policy...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether church buildings which are used for purposes other than religious worship are liable for business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, columns 974W, on non-domestic rates: Greater London, what the...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the operators of mobile libraries are liable for the payment of business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage rise in rateable values for an average hereditament from the 2005 Rating List to the draft 2010 rating list...

      Oikos Storage: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum volume of fuel is which is to be stored at the Oikos terminal for the duration of BP's...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to provide support to the areas of the mapping sector not accounted for by the operations of...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the announcement of 17 November 2009 on the Making Public Data Public initiative, when he expects to begin the...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many requests in each region he has received for planning applications to be called in (a) under an article 14 declaration...

      Private Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the average length of private sector tenancies in each London borough; and what plans...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what process planning committee members are appointed to each of the development corporations.

      Scientists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions he has met (a) the Government chief scientific adviser and (b) his Department's chief scientific adviser...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the number of rough sleepers in (a) Leeds and (b) England.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated level of rough sleeping in England was in March 2001.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion and number of rough sleepers aged 25 years or under.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of individuals receiving Supporting People grants under the rough sleeper strand were aged (a)...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to ensure that social tenants who move to a different local authority area retain their security...

      Vacant Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tamworth of 25 November 2009, Official Report, column 184W, on vacant land:...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Conferences

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) buildings attended by civil servants in the CPS there have...

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Law Officers' buildings attended by civil servants in the Law Officers' Department there have...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the energy (a) rating and (b) band of each building occupied by the Law Officers' Departments was in each year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants in 2008-09.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what percentage of parliamentary questions tabled for written answer by her on a named day in session 2008-09 received a substantive answer on that day.

      Hotels

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in each of the last five...

  • Treasury

    • Mutual Building Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to assist mutual building societies during the recession.

    • Banks: Government Support

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response his Department plans to make to the National Audit Office report on the Government's support for banks; and if he will make a statement.

      Budget 2009

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of the fiscal measures to help businesses he announced in Budget 2009.

      International Finance Facility for Immunisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on financial support for the International Finance Facility for Immunisation; and if he will...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to announce the timetable for the next comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the UK are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of child tax credit.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2007.

      Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many interest-free loans have been made from employee benefit trusts in each of the last five years.

      Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will bring forward proposals to extend the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to include company registrars as...

      Income Tax Personal Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the levels of income tax personal allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much national insurance a person earning the national average wage paid in 1997; and if he will estimate how much it will be in 2010.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Microgeneration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hereditaments which benefited from the exemption for microgeneration plant and machinery in respect of non-domestic rates valuation from 2008 to...

      Taxation: Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to disallow losses made by banks for the purpose of calculating corporation tax.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the effects on the economy of the level of youth unemployment.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) plans to replace the computer systems in operation at the Child Support Agency...

    • Child Rearing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps her Department has taken to provide financial assistance to relatives and friends who care for children who would otherwise...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 1202W, on the child maintenance options helpline, what the equivalent...

      Cold Weather Payments: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cold weather payments have been made in respect of households in (a) Chesterfield and (b) Derbyshire in 2008-09.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of social fund crisis loan expenditure was spent on alignment payments in each quarter since 2007.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in her Department in the last three years; and what the cost to the...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in (a) Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency, (b) the Highlands and (c) Scotland received the (i)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects to publish her proposals on the future of housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average amount of housing benefit was paid to claimants who are (a) local authority, (b) housing association and (c) private sector...

      Housing Benefit: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information her Department holds on the average amount of housing benefit paid to those in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in the London...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants of jobseeker's allowance were aged (a) under 21, (b) 22 to 25, (c) 26 to 30, (d) 31 to 35, (e)...

      Personal Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the costs of establishing the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority will be met from charges made in respect of the proposed...

      Post Office Card Account: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of state benefit payments to residents of Castle Point constituency were paid into Post Office card accounts in...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate she has made of the number of households in England in which all resident adults (a) have a child under 16 years and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the effects of the availability of legal aid funding on the ability of people to obtain benefits administered...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Chesterfield constituency and (b) Derbyshire received winter fuel payments in 2008-09.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Leeds city area received winter fuel payments in 2008-09.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Leeds, West constituency received winter fuel payments in 2008-09.

      Winter Fuel Payments: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in West Yorkshire received winter fuel payments in 2008-09.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 10 November 2009, Official Report, column 300W, on Jobcentre Plus: training, what qualifications and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the monetary value has been of contracts entered into by his Department in Afghanistan with (a) Afghan and (b) non-Afghan...

    • Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support the Government of Bermuda in tackling gun crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina on the future role of...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the continued presence of the international judges and...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recommendations in the 3 December report to the UN Security Council by Prosecutor Serge Brammertz...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Christmas trees were purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; what the cost was of...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the tonnage of carbon dioxide emissions arising as a result of his activities undertaken in an...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in his Department in the last three years; and what...

      Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 14 August 2008, Official Report, column 125W, on Departmental coordination: Department for...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

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

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many plasma screen televisions his Department has purchased since 2001; and what the cost has been of purchasing and...

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what redesigns of websites operated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have taken place since 27 June 2007; and what...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what change there has been in the number of locally engaged staff at each overseas post as a result of budgetary changes since...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) alcohol and (ii) entertainment in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many days sickness absence were taken by staff in his Department in each of the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the decision was made to change the corporate services programme from a five to a three-year programme; and if...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many consultants are employed by his Department's corporate services programme; and what the cost to date of employing...

      Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contracts his Department has with private hire taxi companies; and what expenditure his Department has incurred against...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0870, (b) 0845 and (c) 0800 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii)...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many questions tabled for answer on a named day his Department received in each of the last 12 months; and to how many such...

      Gibraltar: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the status in international law of the extent of Gibraltar territorial waters; and if he will...

      Gibraltar: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of the government of Gibraltar's application to the European Court of First...

      Government Departments: Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated total value of alcoholic beverages in the Government wine cellar is; what it was in 2008-09; how many bottles...

      Hakluyt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 5 November 2009, Official Report, columns 1112-13W, on Hakluyt, if he will publish the...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in each...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Israel on the continued building of illegal settlements.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of (a) the number of (i) rockets and (ii) arms held by Hezbollah in Lebanon and (b) the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the blockade of Gaza on (a) the level of separation between the Gaza Strip and the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to his comments on the BBC World at One programme on 30 December 2008, what assessment he has made of whether the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on (a) UK nationals and (b) nationals of other European countries involved in shooting incidents...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he most recently reviewed the Government's policy on Gaza.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Prime Minister last asked his Israeli counterpart to end the blockade of Gaza.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist in preparations for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings he has had with representatives from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe; and if he...

      Overseas Territories Consultative Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the recently held Overseas Territories Consultative Council meeting.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to visit Gaza.

      Palestinians: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he received from the organisation Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights on 30 March 2009; what consideration...

      Panchen Lama

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent information he has obtained in respect of the whereabouts and health of the Panchen Lama.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to send British personnel to Somalia as part of an EU security sector reform mission.

      Spain: EC Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Spain's agenda for its forthcoming Presidency of the EU.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist the work of trades unions overseas; and if he will make a statement.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the recent suspension of human rights legislation in the Turks and Caicos Islands;...

  • Justice

    • Ashwell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on repair and reconstruction of HM Prison Ashwell since the riot of April 2009.

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Christmas trees were purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; what the cost was of those trees in each year;...

      Courts: Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provisions in rules of court permit physiotherapists to appear as expert witnesses in cases involving low-value personal injury claims in road...

      Health Services: Channel Islands and Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effects on (a) educational institutions and (b) businesses in the Isle of Man of the decision of the National...

      Pleural Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will provide the response to his Department's consultation on supporting people with pleural plaques launched in July 2008.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners committed suicide in each month of 2009.

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take in response to the recent Council of Europe resolution on prisoner voting rights in the UK.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons in England and Wales allow visits to inmates on Christmas day.

      Reintegration Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure his Department incurred on its reintegration support scheme in 2008-09.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to respond to question 301329, tabled by the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire on 19 November 2009, on departmental working practices.

      Young Offenders: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of juveniles imprisoned for breach of (a) bail and (b) statutory orders had previously been looked after in each of the last three years.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS was of the abortion procedures undertaken on non-UK residents in hospitals and clinics in England in 2008.

    • Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department's Prevention Strategy will be published; and whether it will include reference to cholesterol as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to encourage people to take steps to reduce their cholesterol levels.

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England have high cholesterol rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of high cholesterol on the population; (2) what recent assessment his Department has...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Christmas trees were purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; what the cost was of those trees in each year;...

      Chronically Sick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the scheduled dates are for (a) commencement and (b) completion of the mid-term review for the National Service Framework for Long-Term Conditions.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which conferences held overseas have been attended by officials of his Department in the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overseas training courses were attended by officials of his Department in the latest period for which figures are available; how many such...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of Parliamentary Questions tabled for written Answer by his Department on a named day in session 2008-09 received a...

      Dietary Supplements: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many illnesses attributable to the use of food supplements were recorded in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what interventions are used to meet the needs of (a) low, (b) moderate and (c) severe drug misusers in prisons; and if he will make a statement;...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children under 18 years old received opiate substitutes or methadone prescriptions in each year since 2000.

      Food Standards Agency: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Food Standards Agency has spent on hotel accommodation for its officials in each of the last five years.

      Food Standards Agency: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what redesigns of websites operated by the Food Standards Agency have taken place since 27 June 2007; and what the (a) cost to the public purse and (b)...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sexual health campaigns (a) directed at students and (b) in the Greater Manchester area his Department is undertaking.

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library details of (a) arrangements, (b) contracts and (c) tariffs relating to the commissioning by the Isle of Man Government...

      Health Services: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the financial position of (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospital trusts in Leeds in the last 12 months; and if he will...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has put in place to assess patient satisfaction with hospital meals.

      Hospitals: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital inspections were carried out by the Care Quality Commission and its predecessors in each of the last three years; and how many visits to...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials of his Department in each of the last...

      Leicestershire Primary Care Trust: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by Leicestershire primary care trust on (a) diabetes prevention measures, (b) treatment of diabetes and (c) treatment of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the new patient right to maximum waiting times proposed for the NHS Constitution will apply to (a) mental health services, (b) consultant-led...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision for psychotherapy is available under the NHS.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the assessed value of (a) NHS-owned land and property in England was in each of the last three years and (b) NHS-owned land and property in England...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with patient representative groups about generic drug substitution; (2) if he will take steps to prevent...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have given up smoking through NHS programmes in each of the last three years.

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in reducing the incidence of smoking in the 11 to 15-year-old age group over the last three years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the models his Department has produced on changing (a) disability benefits and (b) attendance allowance.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contributions of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 8 December 2009, Official Report, column 154,...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what effect his policy of no cash losers has on the proposal for reform set out in the Government's social care Green Paper; (2) what estimate he...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations he has received on paragraphs 5.18 and 5.19 of the impact assessment for the Personal Care at Home Bill.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to paragraph 5.28 of the impact assessment for the Personal Care at Home Bill, what estimate he has made of the margin at which an...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding streams he has identified for the reform of the social care system.

      Social Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Big Care Debate events have been held since the publication of the Green Paper on shaping the future of care together, in July 2009; in which...

      Sunbeds: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the use of ultraviolet tanning equipment by minors; and if he will make a...

      Swine Flu: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons general practitioners are required to provide monthly returns to his Department on swine influenza injections giving the (a) date of...

      Swine Flu: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many telephone calls have been dealt with by the swine influenza hotline in each month since it came into operation.

      Tourette Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made in the training of general practitioners to enable them to recognise and support people with Tourette syndrome; and if he will make...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons academies at which pupils do not take standard assessment tests are included in the statistics for these tests;...

    • Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether a final date for full payment of sponsorship funding is agreed between his Department and the sponsor of each academy school.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many respect zones there have been in each year since 2007; how much funding each zone has received in each year; and what...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of Building Schools for the Future funding has been spent on laboratories for practical science in each of the...

      CAFCASS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedures the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has in place for handling complaints received regarding...

      Children: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) level of access by people under the age of...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of Sure Start children's centres in reducing child poverty; (2)...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what recent representations he has received on increasing the number of Sure Start children's centres; (2) how many people...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 201W, on children: social services, what the monetary...

      Children's Centres: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have children at Sure Start children's centres in Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many plasma screen televisions his Department has purchased since 2001; and what the cost has been of purchasing and...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received in 2008; and how many of these received a...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on employing agency workers in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many questions tabled for answer on a named day his Department received in each of the last 12 months; and to how many such...

      Ecosystem Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the cost of Becta's learning resources ecosystem project.

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what plans his Department has to support the development of after-school clubs; (2) what recent estimate he has made of the...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to extend the provision of free school meals.

      Free School Meals: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils receive free schools meals in Leeds, West constituency.

      Freud Communications: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the monetary value is of the communications contract his Department has awarded to Freud Communications; which Minister...

      Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools on educating pupils on tolerance of homosexuality.

      MyCurriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency's MyCurriculum initiative.

      National Safeguarding Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how often the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit has met since it became active on 1 July 2009; what work the Unit has...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support is provided by local authorities for children who have been excluded from school as a result of their Tourette...

      Pupils: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of pupils in the London borough of Bexley who attended secondary schools in (a) Dartford...

      School Meals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what payments the School Food Trust has made to Tetra Strategy in the last 12 months; for what purpose; and if he will place in...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice and assistance his Department provides to schools to enable them to reduce their energy use.

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) grants and (b) other assistance have been provided to schools in Leeds, West to help them reduce their energy bills;...

      Schools: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in East Lancashire 80 per cent. or more pupils are from visible ethnic minorities.

      Schools: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff were employed in Leeds local education authority...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many rural (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were opened in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what plans he has to rebuild and refurbish (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Leeds, West constituency, (ii)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with statements of special educational need in each local authority area have been educated in schools outside...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties there are in (a) Leeds, West constituency, (b) West...

      Specialised Diplomas: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of rural secondary schools (a) are offering new diploma courses, (b) will offer new diploma courses...

      Teachers: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (1) places were available in each region for people to train as dance teachers in each of the last 10 years; (2)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what provision is made in the training of teachers to enable them to recognise and support children with Tourette syndrome.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many electronic tag restrictions on children aged (a) 10 or 11, (b) 12 to 14 and (c) 15 to 17 years old have been (i)...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged between 10 and 17 years old were first-time entrants to the criminal justice system through receiving their...

      Young People: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to assist schools to encourage responsible alcohol consumption in young people.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Bexley

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized businesses in the London Borough of Bexley are employing apprentices.

    • Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements his Department has put in place for funding for apprenticeships for those aged 19 or more during the...

      Apprentices: Staffordshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many adult apprenticeships have been completed at the Tamworth campus of South Staffordshire College in each of...

      Business: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of businesses in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency...

      Business: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many companies are registered under UK Standard Industry Classification codes for public administration,...

      Competition Commission: Public Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what payments the Competition Commission has made to Euro RSCG Apex in each of the last three years; for what...

      Construction: Economic Situation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the effects on the construction industry of the recession; and if he will make a...

      Construction: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department intends to take to support the construction industry in the next two years.

      Dietetics

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Masters of Dietetics degrees were awarded in each of the last five years.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of participants in the Learning and Skills Council's Golden Hello scheme his Department estimates have...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria the Learning and Skills Council applies for the selection of participants in its Golden Hello scheme.

      Higher Education: Leeds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people applied for places at universities in Leeds for the academic year 2009-10; and how many studied at...

      Higher Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the targeted allocations provided by the Higher Education Funding...

      Hospitality Industry: Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made on the provision of skills training for those working in the hospitality industry;...

      Learning and Skills Council for England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 987W, on Learning and Skills Council for England:...

      Office of Fair Trading: Hotels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Office of Fair Trading has spent on hotel accommodation for its officials in each of the last five years.

      Office of Fair Trading: Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) buildings...

      Older Workers: Vocational Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of people over 55 years old have been assisted in learning new job skills in each of the...

      Policy Objectives

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many regulatory impact assessments have cited peace of mind as a policy objective since 1997.

      Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on the national skills base of the proposed reduction in the number of...

      Regulations: Audit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Reporting Council on the regulation of audit firms.

      Students: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to Lord Addington of 5 November 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column 372, on...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many enquiries have been made to the Student Loans Company (a) by telephone, (b) by email, (c) via its website...

      Tax

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many regulatory impact assessments have included mitigation of the general reluctance to pay tax as an issue since...

      Trade Agreements: Peru

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on its decision to continue multiparty trade...

      UK Trade and Investment: Hotels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much UK Trade and Investment has spent on hotel accommodation for its staff in each of the last five years.

      Vocational Training: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding under the (a) Train to Gain and (b) Skills for Life programme was provided to each college in the East...

      Vocational Training: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of professional education and training for (a) lawyers,...

      Voting Rights: Public Companies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to review the operation of company law in respect of the sale and purchase of shares for the purposes...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were conducted in Wales in 2008.

    • Animal Experiments: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places in Wales were designated as (a) a supplying establishment, (b) a breeding establishment and (c) a scientific procedure...

      Animal Experiments: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the primary purpose was of each (a) procedure and (b) field of research carried out on animals in Wales in 2008 under the...

      Animal Experiments: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many procedures carried out on animals in Wales in 2008 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 involved (a) New World...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued to residents of (a) Leeds, West constituency and (b) West Yorkshire since 2002.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of passenger movements (a) into and (b) from the UK in each of the next five years; and what percentage...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.

      Crimes of Violence: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pupils in each region were (a) convicted, (b) permanently excluded and (c) temporarily excluded for (i) assaulting and (ii)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received in 2008; and how many of these received a substantive...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1774W, on...

      Departmental Meetings

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

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers in the 2008-09...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on (a) Ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the last three...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many security passes his Department has issued to contractors providing consultancy services in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Taxis

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0870, (b) 0845 and (c) 0800 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) cost was of each of the last four away days held by his Department's Departmental Board.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse has been of legal proceedings relating to the deportation of foreign nationals in each year since 1997.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2009, Official Report, column 474W, on deportation, from what budget the cost of legal proceedings...

      Entry Clearances: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas were issued to Iranian nationals by posts in (a) Dubai and (b) Tehran in each of the last 10 years.

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applicants resident in Pakistan who were granted entry clearance to the UK following an appeal have been waiting for over two...

      Entry Clearances: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in the Irish Republic on the...

      Entry Clearances: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) people have been granted post-study entry into Tier One of the points based system in each quarter for which information is...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effects of migrants in meeting the skills requirements of the economy; (2) what research his...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many economic migrants of each profession came to the UK from each country in South America, Central America and Europe in each year...

      Fraud: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the incidence of internet fraud.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group has met since the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of applications for a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national had been decided within six months on the...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children aged (a) 17 years, (b) between 12 and 16 years, (c) between five and 11 years and (d) under five years who have been...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2009, Official Repor t, column 489W, on the internet, if he will issue guidance on the application of...

      Internet: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to regulate online advertising.

      National Policing Improvement Agency: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the National Policing Improvement Agency has spent on advertising and marketing in each of the last five years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports have been issued in each of the last two years.

      Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been paid under the Facilitated Returns Scheme in each year since its inception.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many officers from regional crime squads have been transferred to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in each of the last three...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many warranted officers of the Serious Organised Crime Agency were based (a) in the UK and (b) overseas on 1 December 2009.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effect on victims of a serious sexual offence of the decision not to introduce national indicator...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were reported to police on suspicion of shoplifting offences in (a) each division in Cambridgeshire and (b) England in each...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which 50 parliamentary constituencies, listed from highest to lowest, the UK Border Agency received the highest number of enquiries...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) budget and (b) outturn of the UK Border Agency was in respect of IT in 2008-09.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on information technology in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009.

      Victim Support Schemes: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the outcomes of the pilot of national indicator 26, Specialist support to victims of a serious sexual...

      West Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed in (a) armed response units and (b) specialist firearms officers teams in West Yorkshire regional police...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work visas have been issued to recipients with each level of qualification in each of the last five years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of (a) UK and (b) global carbon dioxide emissions were attributable to (i) aircraft, (ii) ships and (iii) cars in the...

    • Climate Change: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many visitors have visited the Act on CO2 website.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many external consultants work for his Department.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009.

      Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what mechanisms are in place to ensure that staff who drive (a) a vehicle for which his Department is responsible have valid driving...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the comparative average costs are of transmitting electricity to London from (a) Scotland and (b) Northern Ireland.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the merits of changes to the transmission charging methodology in order to vary charges according to...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the merits of introducing incentives for pumped electricity storage in Scotland.

      Energy Efficiency Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he made of the number of households likely to receive assistance under his Department's energy efficiency schemes at the...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Government are taking to encourage energy suppliers to assist their customers in avoiding arrears.

      Fuel Poverty: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the susceptibility to fuel poverty of pensioners in sheltered housing accommodation.

      Fuel Poverty: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2009, Official Report, columns 819-20W, on fuel poverty: pensioners, what proportion of...

      Gilmerton Core Store

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what date in 2005 ownership of the Gilmerton Core Store was transferred from the Department of Trade and Industry to his Department.

      Innovation Investment Fund and Carbon Trust's Venture Capital Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the statement of 9 December 2009, Official Report , columns 359-71, on the Pre-Budget Report, what criteria apply in...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department issued a notice to tender for the contract to prepare an appraisal of sustainability of the draft nuclear national...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Oldbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what additional infrastructure will be required to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Oldbury to the National Grid;...

      Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has paid to Opinion Leader Research since its establishment.

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Ofgem, (b) EDF Energy and (c) the Energy Ombudsman on the power cuts at...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to offer to other renewable technology projects the same grandfathering principles it is proposed to apply to...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the statement of 9 December 2009, Official Report , columns 359-71, on Pre-Budget Report how many households he expects to...

      Renewable Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on ensuring that the transmission charging methodology in...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 490W, on Sellafield, if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with (a) Vattenfall, (b) London Array Ltd. and (c) the Port of Ramsgate on the suitability...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential employment opportunities represented by the maintenance and operation of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charity Commission: Conferences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Charity Commission's buildings attended by civil servants in the Charity...

    • Charity Commission: Operating Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of running the Charities Commission was (a) in the 12 months before the introduction of the Charities Act 2006 and (b) in the last 12...

      Death: Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths attributable to the use of food supplements were recorded in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Death: Leeds

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the main causes of death were for (a) men and (b) women living in Leeds, West constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Death: Pressure Sores

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many death certificates included the words pressure sores in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) her Department and (b) its agency spent on (i) alcohol and (ii) entertainment in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much her Department has spent on (a) Ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which (i) the Prime Minister and (ii) other Ministers...

      Diseases: Leeds

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) diagnosis and (b) mortality rate was for (i) chronic lung disease, (ii) coronary heart disease and (iii) cancer in Leeds, West...

      Employment: Leeds

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in (1) the service sector in Leeds; (2) the financial sector in Leeds; (3) commerce in each industry sector in (a)...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which charities claimed more from the Exchequer in Gift Aid than the sum spent on charitable purposes in the most recent year for which figures are...

      National Income: Leeds

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the gross domestic product per head of the resident population in the City of Leeds was in each year since 1992.

      Population: Leeds

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what forecast she has made of the population of Leeds City Council area in (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years' time.

      Private Life: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the number of (a) marriages, (b) civil partnerships and (c) divorces in the London Borough of Bexley in the most recent...

      UK Statistics Authority: Conferences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the UK Statistics Authority's buildings attended by civil servants in the UK...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many and what percentage of economically inactive working age people would like a job; and how many and what percentage of economically...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which national infrastructure voluntary organisations operate in England; in what year each started operation; and if she will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place regarding the removal of asbestos in school buildings. To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place regarding testing...

    • Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers have contracted asbestos-related diseases.

      Asylum Seekers: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many failed deportations of illegal asylum seekers there were in each of the past five years.

      Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many specialist advisers are available to provide personalised advice to jobseekers with autism.

      Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the operation of the work capability assessment as it affects employment and support allowance claimants with autism.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 25 November (WA 2), and in view of the commitment to parity of esteem outlined in the Belfast...

      Civil Service: Retirement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average age of retirement in the civil service in each department, excluding the senior civil service.

      Civil Service: Retirement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average age of retirement in the senior civil service in each department.

      Counterterrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 6 July (WA 116), whether they will place in the Library of the House all bid documents relevant to the...

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions they will issue to the judiciary in Northern Ireland about sentencing policy for those found guilty in road traffic cases which involve a death.

      Crimes: Knives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the change in the level of knife-related crime in Northern Ireland over the past five years.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of hostilities in eastern Congo, the role played by the Rwandan Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, the estimated number of fatalities...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for the purposes of countering extremism, violent extremism and terrorism in...

      Disabled People: Student Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the administration of the disabled students' allowance was transferred from local authorities to the Student Loans Company; and whether any difficulties were...

      Disabled People: Student Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Student Loans Company has met its corporate objective 3 "to provide a high quality service" in respect of the administration of the disabled students'...

      Dublin: British Embassy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to reduce the cost of running the British embassy in Dublin.

      Ecclesiastical Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many candidates the Prime Minister's ecclesiastical adviser considered for the appointment of Bishop of Peterborough before two names were presented to the...

      Education: Extremist Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed by each institution of higher education overseen by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for the purposes of countering...

      Education: Extremist Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the threat posed by extremists, violent extremists and terrorists on student campuses in the United Kingdom.

      Education: Extremist Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which student campuses they assess that Hizb-ut-Tahrir is active in the United Kingdom.

      Education: Extremist Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have means of measuring the level of far-right extremism on student campuses in the United Kingdom.

      Education: Guaranteed Places

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the number of 16 and 17 year-olds who are not in education, employment or training who are expected to take up the offer of a...

      Education: Home Schooling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for each local authority for which they have data, (a) how many home-educated children are considered not to be receiving a suitable education, (b) what is the...

      Education: Home Schooling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for each local authority for which they have data, (a) how many home-educated children are subject to child protection plans, (b) how many home-educated children...

      Employers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued guidance to employers about whether it is a dismissible offence for employees to express their Christian faith and to suggest that others...

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr Pat McFadden, on 12 October (Official Report,...

      Extremist Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which student campuses (a) Islam4UK, (b) Al-Ghurabaa, (c) Al-Muhajiroun, (d) the Saved Sect, and (e) Sunnah wal Jamaah, are active in the United Kingdom.

      Foreign Office: Travel Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice the Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers to United Kingdom citizens on which geographical areas are classified as restricted areas by foreign Governments.

      Higher Education: Accreditation Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 November (WA 214), whether they will ask the Accreditation Service for International Colleges to...

      Marine Environment: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the incident which took place on 7 December regarding a Spanish patrol boat in the British waters off Gibraltar.

      NHS: Cardiology Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to improve cardiac remote management technology within hospitals.

      NHS: Race and Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS organisations have been issued with compliance notices by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for not complying with their obligations under the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 9 November (WA 118), whether, under Section 69 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Northern...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to abolish religious requirements in recruiting officers to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will respond to those with investments frozen in the Presbyterian Mutual Society.

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their treatment of investors in the Presbyterian Mutual Society took account of the treatment of investors in the Dunfermline Building Society.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House what changes have taken place to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to enable it to answer Questions for Written Answer within 14 days, in view of...

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of excavated material and waste arising from the excavations for Crossrail, (a) what is the total and maximum daily expected output from each removal...

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the expected destinations and means of transport from each removal site of excavated waste and material from Crossrail.

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how materials from excavations for Crossrail will be tested to check for contamination; where; and by whom.

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much steel waste from excavations for Crossrail is estimated to come from sprayed concrete lining waste; and whether that will be disposed of in the bird...

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the haulage contracts for removing material and waste from excavations for Crossrail will be let; and whether the haulage contractors will be responsible for...

      Railways: Eurostar Terminal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they transferred ownership of the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station to BRB (Residuary) Ltd rather than to Network Rail; and whether it will be...

      Retail: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they require supermarkets and retail organisations to use supply contracts that are the same for United Kingdom and overseas suppliers; if so, whether they...

      Revenue and Customs: Website

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been problems with the website of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (online.hmrc.gov.uk); if so, when those problems started; why they occurred;...

      Royal Mail: Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Royal Mail is phasing out the use of bicycles for postal deliveries; what means of transport will replace them; and what will be the effect of this on carbon...

      Royal Mail: Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how Royal Mail will dispose of bicycles no longer used for postal deliveries; and whether they will be offered to a charity for use overseas before being...

      Schools: Kitchens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of (a) primary, and (b) secondary schools have their own kitchens producing school meals for pupils.

      Sport and Recreation: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent on sport and recreation by local authorities in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Sport and Recreation: Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to promote sport and recreational activity through the planning system.

      Sufi Muslim Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 6 July (WA 116), under which funding streams the £392,500 was provided to the Sufi Muslim Council.

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reduce the rate of value added tax on repairs to buildings and charge a similar rate of value added tax on new constructions.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of people under the age of 25 are unemployed.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who left university with a degree in 2008 are without a job. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who left university with a degree in...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many student visas have been granted in each year since 1997.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the risk of individuals who pose a terrorist threat using the student visa system to enter the United Kingdom.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been any successful attempts since 1997 by individuals who pose a terrorist threat to enter the United Kingdom using student visas.

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