Written answers

Thursday, 7 January 2010

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside his Office's buildings attended by civil servants in his Office there have been since 2005; and what...

    • Departmental Written Questions

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

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister whether it is his policy not to make any substantive comment on Iraq until the Chilcot Inquiry on Iraq has completed its work.

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden (David Davis) of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1166W, on Members:...

      Official Gifts

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what official gifts he and his predecessor have received from the President of Pakistan in each year since 2001; (2) what official gifts he and his predecessor...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Disabled People

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps the House of Commons Commission has taken to apply the principles of Article 29 of the UN...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Kajaki dam in Northern Helmand province to be operational.

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his statement of 15 December 2009, Official Report, columns 801-04, on the future defence programme, (1) which training exercises will be...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of invoices submitted to his Department have been paid within 10 days in each month since October 2008; and if he will make...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games: Education

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she plans to take steps to provide educational materials to schools on the history of the Olympic Games.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 279W, on the Animal Welfare Act 2006, what progress...

    • Animals: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the recently published codes of practice for the welfare of dogs and cats did not include guidance on breeding.

      Campaign for the Farmed Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Country Landowners Association and the National Farmers Union on (a) the Campaign for...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities levy an annual charge for wheeled refuse containers; what charge was set by each such authority in...

      Food: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps in consultation with farmers and supermarkets to undertake research into the effects of climate change...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many convictions there have been under the Hunting Act 2004.

      Sewers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to implement a new Mandatory Build Standard for the transfer of private sewers and drains to water company...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House what timetable has been set for the cessation of the communications allowance.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Central Office of Information: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what criteria are used to assess a potential supplier to the Central Office of Information for inclusion on the list of approved suppliers; (2)...

    • Government Departments: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been in respect of technical attacks through the internet on the computer systems of...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when she expects the report of the latest review of non-departmental Government bodies to be published.

  • Northern Ireland

    • AccessNI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) basic, (b) standard and (c) enhanced applications have been processed by AccessNI in each month since April 2008; and what...

    • Clergy: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with (a) the Irish government, (b) the Roman Catholic Bishop's Conference of Ireland and Primate of Ireland and...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by secondary legislation sponsored by his Department since 1 May 2008.

  • Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) children and (ii) adults in (A) Stroud district, (B) Gloucestershire...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on what pay band his Department's chief information officer (CIO) is employed; whether the CIO is employed on a fixed-term or permanent...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment his Department has made of effectiveness of the recent advertisements on the dangers of drug driving.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department intends to make an assessment of the likely effect on public finances of retaining the East Coast Main Line in the...

      Local Government: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Local Government Association and (b) local authorities on the contingency plans of local...

      Lorries: Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many miles heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes travelled on dual carriageways in England in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Lorries: Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many miles UK and foreign registered heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes travelled on (a) motorways and (b) trunk roads in...

      Northern Rail: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had on the future of Northern Rail's Pacer (Class 142) rolling stock.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of operating rail passenger services in the public sector after each...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many of the 1,300 extra carriages referred to in the Government's Rail White Paper published in July 2007 are in operation on the...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport who will decide whether the super express trains manufactured by Hitachi will have provision for (a) an operational safety role for a guard...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what complaints relating to council tax collection the Local Government Ombudsman has adjudicated in the last 36 months.

    • Councillors: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the written ministerial statement of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 56WS, on judicial declarations...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on (a) print, (b) online, (c) television and (d) radio advertising in each of the last...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on conferences they organised which were subsequently cancelled in each of...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what programmes and projects for which his Department is responsible have been cancelled in the last 12 months; and in respect...

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 18 May 2009, Official Report, column 1193W, on energy...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's most recent estimate is of the effect on the sale price of homes to which energy efficiency improvements...

      Government Office for London: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made towards the relocation of the Government office for London; whether an alternative location has been...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the level of compliance of (a) estate agents and (b) home-sellers with requirements...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 18 May 2009, Official Report, column 1211W, on home information...

      Local Government and Housing Act 1989

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individuals were found guilty of breaching section 19(2) of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 from its...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the monetary value is of the area-based grant to be allocated in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what criteria are used...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the central Government grant per capita was to each local authority, including police and fire authorities in (a) 2008-09...

      Local Government Finance: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding the Government provided to (a) Lancashire county council and (b) Preston city council in real terms in (i) 1997...

      Local Government: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on accountability mechanisms for local authority (a) strategic partnerships, (b)...

      Local Government: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has plans to update the publication Guidance on contracting for Services in the light of the Human Rights Act 1998,...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Standards Board for England has issued on whether local authority (i) buildings...

      Local Government: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an impact assessment was undertaken in respect of proposals to enable local authorities to set up mutual insurance...

      Local Government: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of the redress review; and which of its recommendations have been implemented.

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department has given to the Local Government Information Unit to conduct research in relation to the revised...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an assessment of the variation between mortgage rates offered to homebuyers who wish to purchase a new-build...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average business rate bill was in (a) cash and (b) real terms based on 2009 prices in each year since 1997-98.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 884W, on non-domestic rates: valuation, if he will...

      Ordnance Survey: Photography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what aerial photographs are contained in the Ordnance Survey Mastermap Address Layer 2 product; and to what scale such...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on the number of statutory notices placed by local authorities in local newspapers; and what...

      Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) small and (b) large properties in each local authority area there are on the (i) 2005 and (ii) 2010 Ratings List.

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were on local authority waiting lists for social housing in England in April 2009.

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the Tenant Services Authority will have in (a) determining policy on rent controls, (b) inspecting local authorities...

      Tenant Services Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent staff the Tenant Services Authority employs in its regulation team.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to pages 80 and 81 of his Department's Resource Accounts 2008-09, for what reasons the UK Border Agency made overpayments of...

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were supported in accommodation in each parliamentary constituency in (a) England and (b) Wales on the latest date...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who have been but are no longer subject to a control order are resident in the UK.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) objectives and (b) terms of reference are of the Association of Chief Police Officers' Prevent Channel project for which his...

      Crime: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) investigations, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for offences related to phishing attacks in each of the...

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies has to impose administrative penalties; what the statutory basis is for each...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what pay band his Department's chief information officer (CIO) is employed; whether the CIO is employed on a fixed-term or permanent...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials work in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism; how many flights (a) within Great Britain and (b) overseas...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2006.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects his Department's White Paper on policing to be published.

      Departmental Training

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

      Deportation: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on the removals process between 1 January and 1 December 2009.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2009, Official Report, column 215W, on the sponsor register, how many institutions (a) have had an...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his duty to assess the appropriateness of extraditing persons to the US in relation to health grounds applies (a) at the time of the...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) England, (b) Sussex and (c) Lewes constituency were (i) killed and (ii) wounded by a firearm in each year since 1997.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments the Gangmasters Licensing Authority has made to Cavendish Communications in the last 12 months; for what purpose; and if he...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hotel room nights were booked by officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each year since 2007; and how much (i)...

      Immigration: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of people in the London borough of Bexley who are awaiting a decision on an application...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter of 10 November 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. R. Z. Ullah.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 83W, on police, when the chief executive of the National Policing...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State expects to reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed dated 29 June, 17 September and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he plans to reply to the letter of 9 November 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S. Mpofu;...

      Police Stations: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons his Department decided to stop recording the number of police stations operational in the UK in 2007; and if he will make a...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 83W, on police, when the Independent Police Complaints Commission...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department plans to provide to each police authority in 2010-11; and what mechanism is used to determine the allocation...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff are employed in Gloucester; and what the equivalent figures were in 1997.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to his Department's publication, "Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000: Consolidating Orders and Codes of Practice...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to his Department's publication, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000: Consolidating Orders and Codes of Practice...

      Religious Buildings: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 28 October 2009, Official Report, column 474W, on "Non-domestic Rates: Religious Buildings", which...

      Security: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are plans to contract private security firms for the 2012 Olympics.

      Terrorism Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students have been (a) stopped, (b) detained and (c) arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 in the last five years.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget is of the UK Border Agency Abu Dhabi hub for 2009-10.

      UK Border Agency: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to pages 80 and 81 of his Department's Resource Accounts 2008-09, for what reasons the UK Border Agency made payments of...

      Vehicle Intelligence Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) objectives and (b) scope is of the Association of Chief Police Officers' Vehicle Intelligence Scheme which receives funding...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many checks undertaken by the Criminal Records Bureau a dispute was (a) raised and (b) upheld in each year since 2002, broken down...

      Vetting: Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the (a) Independent Safeguarding Authority and (b) Criminal Records Bureau has provided guidance to local authorities on the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on art works in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Assets

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

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by her Department and its agencies on conferences they organised which were subsequently cancelled in each of the last three...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many external consultants work for her Department.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many plasma screen televisions her Department has purchased since 2001; and what the cost has been of purchasing and installing such...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what pay band her Department's Chief Information Officer (CIO) is employed; whether the CIO is employed on a fixed-term or permanent...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for her Department.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criminal offences have been (a) abolished and (b) created by primary legislation sponsored by her Department since 1 May 2008.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria will be used to determine which of those aged 18 to 24 years old will be covered by (a) the young person's guarantee and (b)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the expenditure by local authorities on housing benefit administration in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c)...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claims were not processed (a) within the Jobcentre Plus target time and (b)...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 48W, on local housing allowance, what the...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants for national insurance numbers have been refused national insurance numbers following right-to-work interviews in each...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse of the New Deal Gateway to Work programme was in the last 12 months; and how many participants the programme...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance her Department gives people whose benefit claims are rejected or withdrawn on grounds of excess capital on what future rundown of...

      Social Security Benefits: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for which benefits and allowances administered by her Department a retired grandparent is entitled to claim in respect of a grandchild who is...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral statement of 15 December 2009, Official Report, columns 818-20, on benefit reform, what changes to the work capability...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what efficiency savings projects the Government Equalities Office put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on what date each such...

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality on how many occasions she visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many plasma screen televisions the Government Equalities Office has purchased since its inception; and what the cost has been of purchasing and...

  • Justice

    • Council Tax: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for North West Norfolk of 18 May 2009, Official Report, column 1214W, on council tax: non-payment,...

    • Crimes Against Humanity: Jurisdiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to introduce legislation to restrict the universal jurisdiction of UK courts for crimes against humanity; and if he will make a...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what circumstances bailiffs can be used to collect unpaid credit card debts.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of invoices submitted to his Department have been paid within 10 days in each month since October 2008; and if he will make...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by secondary legislation sponsored by his Department since 1 May 2008.

      Driving Offences: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Magistrates' Association on sentencing policy for people convicted of driving whilst disqualified.

      Drugs: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) trials and (b) convictions there were for drug offences in East Sussex between 2000 and 2009.

      Insider Trading: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted for offences related to insider dealing in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) documents and (b) other items of information held in electronic format by his Department of each security classification have been...

      Jamie Douglas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Parole Board expects to consider the application for parole of Jamie Douglas.

      Legal Advice and Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Legal Services Commission has chosen the period between April and August 2009 to assess the annual run-rate of new matter start...

      Legal Aid: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many responses he received to the consultation paper 18/09 on legal aid funding reforms; (2) if he will publish the responses to the...

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders imprisoned under indeterminate sentence for public protection are in secure hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cells in the prison estate are not counted for the purposes of operational capacity; and for what reason each such cell is not counted.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the merits of increasing the period of time a person with a terminal illness can be released early from prison on compassionate grounds.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) offenders and (b) offenders on temporary licence were released from HM Prison Service into the Probation Service, in each year since 2004.

      Prisoners: Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on the strip-searching of females under the age of 18 years in prison.

      Prisoners: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at what average distance from home (a) young adult prisoners, (b) adult prisoners and (c) children prisoners were held in each year since 1997, broken...

      Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mother and baby units exist for female prisoners in England and Wales; and what the capacity for female prisoners and their children is of each.

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) who the respondents were to the second round of consultation on voting rights for prisoners; (2) how many respondents to the second round of...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in each prison in England and Wales were held in overcrowded accommodation in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Probation Service: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff of the Probation Service in England and Wales who have been diagnosed with a disability have been dismissed under the sickness...

      Radicalism: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many officials of his Department have responsibility to tackle extremism by developing interventions and programmes for extremist offenders;...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the most recent figures are for the re-offending rate of people aged (a) under 18, (b) between 18 and 21 and (c) over 21 years old for people who...

      Sentencing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people received a (a) simple caution, (b) conditional caution, (c) cannabis warning and (d) penalty notice for disorder following a...

      Victim Support Schemes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much Government funding has been allocated to victim support in the Lancashire Constabulary area in each year since 1996.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people there are in (a) the Josephine Butler Unit at Downview Young Offender Institution (YOI), (b) the Mary Carpenter Unit at Eastwood Park...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of young offenders' institutions have (a) a resettlement officer and (b) a social worker.

      Young Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many females under 18 years were in custody (a) on remand and (b) after sentence in each month in each of the last three years.

      Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what detoxification facilities are available in (a) the Josephine Butler Unit at Downview Young Offender Institution (YOI), (b) the Mary Carpenter Unit...

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15, (e) 16, (f) 17, (g) 18 and (h) 19 year-olds who were released from each young offenders...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what loan loss rate his Department assumes in respect of the £280 billion portfolio of debts it is underwriting.

    • Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average, (b) upper quartile and (c) lower quartile length of time was taken to obtain confirmation that family benefits were not in payment...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on conferences they organised which were subsequently cancelled in each of the last three years; and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the total...

      EU Emission Trading Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the projections in Table 2.9 of the Budget 2009, how much revenue he expects to come from the receipts from future phases of the EU...

      Fiscal Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis his Department has undertaken of fiscal consolidation measures undertaken in other advanced economies over the last 30 years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will declare a no-take marine reserve in respect of the vulnerable reef systems of the Chagos Archipelago.

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 9 October 2009, Official Report, column 1241W, on "British Overseas Territories: Prisoners",...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 14 October 2009, what proportion of households in (a) the Falkland Islands, (b) St. Helena and...

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, columns 66-67W, on "British Overseas Territories: Police",...

      Croatia: EC Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on accession negotiations between the EU and Croatia; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on the accumulation and use of air miles by his Department's personnel flying at public expense.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether officials posted to UK embassies overseas who are not officials of his Department operate under the authority of the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much press officers in his Department claimed in reimbursable expenses in each of the last three financial years.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what percentage of Parliamentary Questions tabled for written answer by his Department on a named day in session...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many hotel room nights were booked by officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each year since 2007; and...

      International Criminal Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in securing an internationally agreed definition of the crime of aggression; what the Government's...

      Kenya: Foreign Relations

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

      National Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what indicators with which to measure process efficiency and programme effectiveness his Department plans to include in the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the new agreement between the National Congress Party and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the human rights situation in South Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives on Sudan the Government has put forward under the recently re-established troika mechanism; and if he will make...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the implementation of the border ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration for the area of...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Sudan consequent on the North-South agreement on progress...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) civil servants and (b) others are available on a (i) full-time and (ii) part-time basis to support Tony Blair in...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will itemise how the £400,000 funding allocated by his Department to the United Nations Development Trust Fund in...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials of his Department are presently seconded to support Tony Blair in his role as Middle East peace envoy; what...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department last met Tony Blair in his capacity as Middle East peace envoy.

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what checks are in place to ensure that monies made available to the United Nations Development Trust Fund to support the work...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the United Nations Development Trust Fund's budget to fund the office of the Quartet Representative was used...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what objectives Tony Blair has set in his capacity as Middle East peace envoy; and what the role of his Department was in...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has authorised the registration of any company in connection with the work of Tony Blair has set in his...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Tony Blair in his role as Middle East peace envoy.

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the achievements of Tony Blair in his role as Middle East peace envoy.

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions Tony Blair has provided a written briefing to his Department pursuant to his role as Middle East peace...

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Polisario Front was consulted on the 2006 EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement prior to the making of that agreement.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's policy is on the negotiation of the proposed international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

    • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on the proposed international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement; and if he will...

      Core Storage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what independent valuation has been made of his Department's core store site at Gilmerton; and (a) by whom and (b)...

      Core Storage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) constructing and (b) operating the proposed new core storage facility...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on conferences they organised which were subsequently cancelled...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether there has been any nugatory cost to (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies arising...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) Ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for which policies implemented as part of the Government's response to the recession his Department is responsible;...

      Employment: Bullying

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of bullying in the workplace.

      European Investments Bank's 2020 Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which companies and organisations will be eligible to apply for support for green infrastructure projects from the...

      Gilmerton Core Store

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what response the Secretary of State has given to representations from stakeholders objecting to the closure of the...

      Gilmerton Core Store

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what response the Secretary of State has made to the representations received from representatives of the oil, gas and...

      Gilmerton Core Store

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether a risk assessment has been commissioned on the effects on the national rock archive of proposed transport from...

      Gilmerton Core Store

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from stakeholders on the conduct of the consultation process to close core store...

      Gilmerton Core Store

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the appropriateness of the proposed new site for the cores presently...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time students are in their (a) first year, (b) second year and (c) final year of an undergraduate...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of residents in each local authority area who (a) have applied to start a...

      Middlesex University: Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much research funding has been allocated to Middlesex university in each year since 1997; (2) what his...

      Minimum Wage: Nottingham

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people in Nottingham, North constituency who have been paid the uprated...

      Postal Services: Castle Point

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if his Department will make an assessment of whether post office services in Castle Point constituency comply with the...

      Renewable Energy: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has contributed to the development of the Government's proposed feed-in tariffs scheme.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Higher Education Funding Council for England and (b) Research...

      Students

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students in higher education have received payments in respect of (a) tuition fee loans, (b) maintenance...

      Students

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students in higher education did not receive payments in respect of (a) tuition fee loans, (b) maintenance...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from Chesterfield constituency have received student loans for university courses in each year since...

      Students: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students resident in the Milton Keynes area (a) attended university courses and (b) received student loans...

      UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been allocated to the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology in each...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what methodology his Department used to determine the number of people not in education, employment or training...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • British Educational Communications and Technology Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much BECTA has cost in each year since 2007; and if he will make a statement.

    • BTEC Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16-year-olds completed a BTEC First Diploma in each subject in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) West Yorkshire and (c)...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the cost of conducting a serious case review.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Christmas trees were purchased by his Department in each of the last five years; what the cost was of those trees in each...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many smart meters are in use in his Department's main building; and (a) when and (b) at what cost such meters were installed.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what expenditure his Department incurred on hotel accommodation in 2008-09.

      Departmental Meetings

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses have been paid to officials in his Department in each of the last three years; and...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many overseas training courses were attended by his Department's civil servants in the latest period for which figures are...

      Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms are in place to ensure that staff who drive (a) a vehicle for which his Department is responsible have valid...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to extend the education maintenance allowance to age groups other than those currently eligible; and...

      Educational Institutions: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what sanctions will be taken against language schools which use host families for foreign students who have not undergone...

      Engagement Programme Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 14 to 19 engagement programme funding is allocated to (a) schools, (b) colleges and (c) other organisations...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils of each ethnic group at the end of Key Stage 4 who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has received any reports of (a) abuse and (b) poor educational practice in the home educated environment in the last...

      Hotels

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

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what communication there has been between the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit and the Independent Safeguarding Authority since...

      Personal Social and Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether education about homosexual relationships is a compulsory part of the school curriculum for (a) primary school and (b)...

      Pupils: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will produce an action plan to improve the results achieved at school by children with epilepsy; (2) what recent...

      Pupils: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has made an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the European Court of Human...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average cost of providing a school meal in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Schools

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

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost of undertaking an assessment for special educational needs.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of schoolteachers earn more than £18,000 a year.

  • International Development

    • Commonwealth: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 113-14WS, on the Commonwealth Heads of...

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by his Department on conferences they organised which were subsequently cancelled in each of the last three years;...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by secondary legislation sponsored by his Department since 1 May 2008.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many employees of his Department have been convicted of a criminal offence of each type in each year since 1997.

  • Health

    • AIDS: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females were diagnosed with AIDS in (i) Chorley, (ii) Lancashire and (ii) the North West in each of the last five years.

    • Alcoholism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of alcohol-related hospital admissions in each strategic health authority area were repeat admissions in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Babies: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what professional qualifications are required for a health practitioner in the NHS to perform the Ortolani and Barlow manoeuvre at the newborn and six to...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase participation rates in bowel cancer screening in (a) Waltham Forest, (b) Redbridge, (c) London and (d)...

      Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed in the area covered by Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are...

      Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for (a) an in-patient and (b) an out-patient in the Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust was in (i) 1997 and (ii) the...

      Community Health Services: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) research and (b) consultation his Department undertook before instructing local authorities to become the accrediting bodies for the...

      Community Health Services: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many equipment stores have been decommissioned as a result of the implementation of the Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchairs...

      Continuing Care: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of continuing healthcare has been in each primary care trust in each of the last three years.

      Dental Services: Aluminium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of the extent of use of yellow-coloured copper aluminium alloy in place of dental gold in dental treatments; (2) how...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by secondary legislation sponsored by his Department since 1 May 2008.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost of treating diabetes in children under the age of 16 years was in each of the last five years; (2) what the cost of treating diabetes...

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many 16 to 24-year-olds are being treated for diabetes in (a) England, (b) Leicester and (c) the East Midlands; (2) how many 16 to...

      Dietary Supplements: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Food Standards Agency will raise at future meetings with the authorities in Guernsey and Jersey the implementation of the EU (a) Food Supplements...

      Disabled: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether all existing and future claimants of (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance who are over the age of 65 years will...

      Health Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on healthcare in the Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust area (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) other health care categories in...

      Health Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) Gloucestershire county council and (b) district councils in Gloucestershire were paid by the NHS for joint-funded projects in each year...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether EU citizens are entitled to free hospital care and treatment in circumstances where admission to hospital is non-elective as the need for...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS (a) was entitled to reclaim and (b) has reclaimed for health care carried out on UK citizens in other countries with which the UK...

      Hospital Wards: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) mixed-sex and (b) single-sex wards there are in South London Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals.

      Ice Skating: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people required hospital treatment as a result of ice-skating accidents in (a) Lancashire and (b) each county in the North West in each of the...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people with multiple sclerosis.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses specialise in caring for people with multiple sclerosis.

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many websites have the suffix nhs.uk in their web address.

      Nottingham Hospital: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed at Nottingham City Hospital in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees of his Department and its agencies have been convicted of a criminal offence of each type in each year since 1997.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to limit the entitlement available to those in receipt of (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance under proposals...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 762W, on social services, if he will publish the elements of the micro-simulation...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, columns 553-4W, on social services, in what month those discussions and clearances took place.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column 495W, on social services, what methodology was used to calculate the (a) residential...

      Social Services: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the implementation of his plans for the NHS in respect of social care provision will require legislation; (2) whether social care provision...

      Surgery: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the London borough of (a) Bexley, (b) Bromley and (c) Greenwich underwent elective surgery in the last three years for which figures...

      Surgery: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical operations were carried out on the NHS in Nottingham North constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008.

      Surgery: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical procedures to treat obesity were carried out on the NHS in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority area...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households were in fuel poverty in (a) the UK and (b) Billericay constituency in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2009.

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to reduce the level of fuel poverty among households not on the gas main.

      Fuel Poverty: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce fuel poverty among older people.

      Climate Change: Scientific Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the scientific evidence relating to climate change.

      Climate Change: Copenhagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the outcome of the Copenhagen climate change conference; and if he will make a statement.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made in defining its biomass sustainability criteria.

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the boiler scrappage scheme applies to boilers operating on liquefied petroleum gas.

      BP: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects on the use of the local road network of BP's contract to lease the Oikos terminal on Canvey...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to encourage the further development of carbon capture and storage technology; and if he will make...

      Climate Change: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the effects on the British Overseas Territories of decisions reached at the Copenhagen climate change...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of each document he presented to the recent United Nations climate change conference in...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department attended the Copenhagen climate change conference; and at what cost to the...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the Copenhagen climate change conference.

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

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

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by secondary legislation sponsored by his Department since 1 October 2008.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department and its agencies spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons the oxygen specification threshold of natural gas was set at 0.2 per cent.; and whether his Department has made an...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what additional volume of gas storage capacity he expects to be available in the UK by 2012.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure that local communities benefit directly from local renewable energy generation.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department is making in the establishment of an incentive mechanism for the development of renewable heat technologies.

      Sellafield: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on policy on disposal of nuclear waste from Sellafield.

      Warm Front Scheme: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Lewes constituency and (b) East Sussex county council area received assistance under the Warm Front...

      Warm Front Scheme: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on the Warm Front programme in Stroud district in each year since its inception; and what other measures the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of the United Kingdom's energy needs are generated by wind power; and how many wind turbines are operating in the UK.

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what advice the maximum permitted night-time noise from onshore wind turbines was set at 43 decibels; when this limit was last...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he will respond to Question 301323, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 19 November 2009, on departmental...

  • House of Lords

    • Education: Home Schooling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 11 December (WA 167), whether they will provide an example to justify the statement that the...

    • Elections: European Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the electorate in Northern Ireland for the European Parliament elections in (a) 2004, and (b) 2009.

      Elections: European Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage turnout in Northern Ireland at the European Parliament elections in (a) 2004, and (b) 2009.

      Elections: European Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for postal votes there were in Northern Ireland for the European Parliament elections in (a) 2004, and (b) 2009.

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the recent opinions of the European Commission regarding the United Kingdom allegedly not giving full effect to European Union equality...

      NHS: IT Strategy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the gross expenditure on the NHS National Programme for IT at actual and constant prices in each year from 2002-03 to 2008-09; and what is the forecast...

      Northern Ireland Office: Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of officials in the Northern Ireland Office are in car-sharing schemes for work purposes which are officially encouraged.

      Northern Ireland Office: Political Directorate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the sections into which the Political Directorate of the Northern Ireland Office is divided; and what are their roles.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether 77 children suspected of having been trafficked went missing from a children's home near Heathrow since March 2006; if so, whether any of them have been...

      Prisoners: Literature

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 7 December (WA 96), why individual prison governors can determine which books may be received by inmates of their prisons.

      Prisons: Muslim Chaplains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 30 April (WA 44), whether the report into Muslim chaplains in public service has been completed; if so, how...

      Roads: Motorways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 8 December (WA 118) which indicated that there have been no recent discussions on the joint funding...

      Taxation: Personal Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which years since 1977 income tax personal allowances have not risen in line with inflation.

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