Written answers

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the cost of the UK's mission to Afghanistan was funded from (a) contingency reserve funds and (b) other sources in 2007-08.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of all Urgent Operational Requirements for expenditure in Afghanistan in the year 2007-08 was funded from (a) the contingency reserve...

      Armed Forces: Estonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what visits were made to Estonia by (a) units and (b) personnel of HM armed forces in 2009.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of his Department's properties managed by Modern Housing Solutions have reached the EcoHomes06 standard of (a) pass, (b) good, (c) very...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints were received by Amec Turner about accommodation for service personnel and their families in each of the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests for repair call-outs were received by Amec Turner in each of the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect the negative level of retail price index inflation in September 2009 will have on the level of armed forces pensions in the next 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of deferring the Operational Utility Vehicle System programme for two years; and what assessment he has made of...

      Baltic States: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what air policing cover is in place to assist in fulfilling NATO's commitment to the Baltic states.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in each of the last five years.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what allowances are available to be paid to witnesses called to give oral evidence to the Iraq Inquiry.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, columns 453-55W, on military aircraft: helicopters, what estimate he has made of the cost of...

      NATO Defence College: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial and (b) other assistance the UK is providing to the NATO Defence College in Estonia.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost is of developing the (a) platform and (b) propulsion system for the successor submarine to Trident.

      Paul and Rachel Chandler

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he had with the Chief of Joint Operations on possible rescue operations in relation to Paul and Rachel Chandler on 23 October...

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the private finance initiative between his Department and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to provide search and rescue capability; how...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission has taken (a) to reduce electoral fraud and (b)...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon (Mr. Streeter), representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recent assessment the Electoral Commission has made of progress...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) area and (b) estimated value is of (i) vacant and (ii) occupied office space (A) owned and (B) rented by his Department.

    • Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many iPODs have been bought by his Department since 2005; and at what cost.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the quantity of food waste generated by his Department in each year for which figures are available.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Clergy: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 497W, on clergy: misconduct, what his policy is on initiating discussions...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many iPODs have been bought by the Government Equalities Office since its establishment; and at what cost.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality 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...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library a copy of the standard template contract for the provision of (a) goods and (b) services used by the Government...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library a copy of the results from her Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried out the survey; and...

      Employment: Bullying

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 378W, on dignity at work, and page 12 of the Dignity and Respect at Work...

      Local Government: Human Rights

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the (a) title and (b) remit is of each individual project being undertaken as part of the Human Rights and Local Government Project; and when...

      Olympic Games: Canada

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Office are planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February 2010; and what estimate...

      Pay: Derbyshire

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent assessment she has made of the gender pay gap in Derbyshire.

      Religious Buildings: Registration

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 524W, on religious...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Better Off in Work Credit Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to her Department's White Paper on Building Britain's Recovery, what estimate she has made of the number of people who would be...

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to her Department's White Paper on Building Britain's Recovery, what estimate she has made of the number of recipients of...

      Council Tax Benefits: Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what timetable has been set for implementation of the recommendations of the Lyons Inquiry into Local Government on an automated system of...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance claimants there were in Lewes constituency on the latest date for...

      Incapacity Benefit: Bexleyheath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance claimants there were resident in (i) Bexleyheath and Crayford...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to her Department's White Paper on Building Britain's Recovery, what estimate she has made of the number of full-time equivalent...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what continuing support will be provided for employment and support allowance claimants who do not move into work after participating in...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance her Department issues on medical assessments of benefit claimants.

      Unemployment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she has taken to reduce the level of unemployment amongst disabled people resident in Lewes constituency since 2001; and if she will...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) the UK and (b) Milton Keynes received the winter fuel allowance in 2008-09.

      Work Choice and Access to Work schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to her Department's White Paper on "Building Britain's Recovery", what steps her Department is taking to expand the Work Choice...

  • Wales

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Committees: Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost to the public purse has been of Regional (a) Select and (b) Grand Committees since their...

    • House of Commons: Empty Property

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how long the offices at 14 Tothill Street assigned to the House of Commons have been empty; what the cost of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many external consultants work for his Department.

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, column 391W, on the Gambling Act 2005, if he will assess the merits of...

      Parliamentary Questions: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to have printed in the Official Report all letters sent by Arts Council England to hon. Members in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Land: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for High Peak (Tom Levitt) of 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 646W, on...

    • Dairy Farming: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of dairy farmers in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009.

      Dairy Farming: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance his Department has provided to dairy farmers in Staffordshire as a result of the entry into administration of...

      Domestic Waste: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information the Environment Agency holds on the number of fixed-penalty notices issued by local authorities for...

      Environment Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff work in the Environment Agency's (a) flood and coastal risk management, (b) water resources, (c) fisheries,...

      Fly Tipping: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of incidents of fly-tipping in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford...

      Livestock: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to the agricultural industry of cross-compliance inspections carried out by (a) the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 8 December 2009 on the UK egg industry.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees of his Department and its agencies have been convicted of a criminal offence of each type in each year...

      Public Sector: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects his Department to publish its third report on the proportion of domestically produced food used by Government...

      River Lune

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether British Waterways classifies the River Lune at Halton as navigable.

      Rural Payments Agency: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people (a) entered and (b) left the employment of the Rural Payments Agency in each of the last five years.

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many proposals for (a) special areas of conservation and (b) special protection areas in the UK offshore marine...

      Tomatoes: Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken in response to the breach by Morocco of the (a) export volumes and (b) input prices provisions...

  • Health

    • Chlorpromazine Hydrochloride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the (i) potential risks to health and (ii) other effects of chlorpromazine...

    • Chlorpromazine Hydrochloride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has provided to clinicians on the use of chlorpromazine hydrochloride for treatment of patients in mental health care facilities.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the quantity of food waste generated by his Department in each year for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of GP surgeries in (a) Chorley and (b) each Lancashire district are open (i) in the evenings and (i) at weekends.

      Health Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the (a) South Essex Partnership NHS University Foundation Trust and (b) South Essex Mental Health Trust has spent on advertising in the...

      Health Services: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of NHS waiting list times in Preston since 1997.

      Hospital Beds: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many beds were available in NHS hospitals in Preston in each year since 1997; (2) how many beds were available in NHS hospitals in Preston in...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the healthy life expectancy rate was for people from each socio-economic group in each of the last three years.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the healthy life expectancy rate was for (a) men and (b) women in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each (a) primary care trust, (b) hospital trust and (c) mental health trust spent on redundancy pay for members of the trust board in each of...

      Surgery: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area underwent elective surgery in each of the last five years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he plans to answer Question (a) 301022 and (b) 300382, on performance pay awards, tabled on 18 November 2009; (2) when he expects to answer...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 659W, on aviation: security, when the code of practice will be...

    • Bus Lanes: Preston

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many miles of priority bus lanes have been introduced in Preston since 1997.

      Bus Services: Chesterfield

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many smartcard concessionary bus passes have been issued to residents of Chesterfield constituency in the most recent period for which...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 90W, on Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: tolls, what the evidential basis is...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in December 2009.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether any citizen juries or summits have been hosted by his Department since October 2008.

      Driving Standards Agency: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much the Driving Standards Agency has spent on (a) Twitter and (b) other online communications systems in each of the last three years.

      Driving Standards Agency: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many full-time equivalent employees of the Driving Standards Agency are in the salary band (a) £150,000 and above, (b)...

      Driving Standards Agency: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much was claimed in expenses by each member of the senior management of the Driving Standards Agency in each of the last three years.

      Driving Standards Agency: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much was spent on the salaries of press officers employed by the Driving Standards Agency in each of the last three years.

      Driving Tests: Facilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what driving test centres have closed in each of the last three years.

      Driving Tests: Facilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which driving test centres are planned to be relocated in the next three years.

      Driving Tests: Wisbech

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the net effects on his Department's expenditure will be of relocation of the Wisbech driving test centre to Kings Lynn in (a) 2009-10,...

      Driving Tests: Wisbech

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate has been made of the net effect on the costs of (a) driving instructions and (b) driving examiners of the relocation of the...

      Highways Agency: Quantity Surveyors

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many quantity surveyors have been employed by the Highways Agency in each year since its inception.

      Policing and Crime Act 2009

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, column 339W, on the Policing and Crime Act 2009, for what reason it is necessary...

      Roads: Salt

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether there are plans for the Highways Agency to hold a central strategic reserve of salt.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what guidance his Department provides on the maximum amount of grit to be laid on roads during icy weather conditions; (2) what...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps he has taken to monitor the implementation by local authorities of their severe weather emergency procedures; and if he...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he will announce the successful bidder for the Thameslink rolling stock order.

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many and what proportion of children travelled to school by (a) walking or cycling, (b) private motor vehicle and (c) public...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer: Salford

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cancer mortality rate was in Salford (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

    • Central Office of Information: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Central Office of Information received from each Government department in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09 and (d) 2009-10 to date.

      Death: Homelessness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths of people of no fixed abode have been recorded in (a) the last 31 days and (b) the corresponding period in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.

      Deaths: Circulatory Disease and Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mortality rate for people under 75 years old in (a) England and (b) Wales with (i) circulatory disease and (ii) cancer was in each of the...

      Deaths: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mortality rate for people with severe mental illness was in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of invoices from suppliers her Department paid within 10 days of receipt in December 2009.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff (a) her Department and (b) the Charity Commission employ to monitor compliance with the Charities Act 2006.

      Employment: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in (a) call centres and (b) manufacturing in Hemel Hempstead constituency in each of the last five years.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much on average was paid in resettlement grants to chief executives of Government bodies on their relocation under contract in the last 12 month...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mean annual earning of a (a) full-time public sector employee and (b) full-time private sector employee were in (i) the UK, (ii) England and...

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people in each 10 year age cohort committed suicide in each of the last three years.

      Unemployment: Tamworth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) people and (b) young people were unemployed in Tamworth constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009.

  • Justice

    • Burges Salmon Solicitors: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of provision of advice by Burges Salmon Solicitors in respect of mortgages and other...

    • Burges Salmon Solicitors: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the handling by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of complaints against Burges Salmon Solicitors; and if...

      Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what guidance has been provided to the public on what should be done with cremation ashes which are not taken home, left at a crematorium or...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the quantity of food waste generated by his Department in each year for which figures are available.

      Expert Evidence: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the Exchequer of expert witnesses in (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid cases was in the last five years.

      Gender Recognition Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding his Department has provided to the Gender Recognition Panel in each of the last three years.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) land purchase, (b) architectural fees, (c) fixtures and fittings and (d) other costs of the construction and...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much consultants employed to assist on the Land Registry's Accelerated Transformation Programme have been paid to date.

      Magistrates Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to his Department's consultations on court closures which ended on 5 January 2010.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average annual cost is of a place for a young offender at Medway Secure Training Centre.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders there are at Medway Secure Training Centre.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours of education and training a week young offenders at Medway Secure Training Centre receive.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours a day young offenders at Medway Secure Training Centre spend out of cell.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours a week are spent by offenders at Medway Secure Training Centre in (a) team sport and (b) physical exercise.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of young offenders aged (a) 12 to 15 and (b) over 15 years released from Medway Secure Training Centre have been convicted of a further...

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of young offenders have spent (a) less than three months, (b) three to six months and (c) six to nine months at Medway Secure Training...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the prison population achieved a basic skills qualification in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of burglary have been released under the End of Custody Licence scheme.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training is required to be undertaken by prison staff working in women's prisons on self-harm, suicide, domestic abuse and sexual abuse.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of Probation Service Staff in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Dyfed Powys undertake duties involving face-to-face contact with...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to increase the amount of time probation staff spend in face-to-face contact with offenders.

      Victim Support Schemes: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has contributed to victim support schemes in Gloucestershire in each year since 1999.

  • Home Department

    • Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) committees and (b) sub-committees of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs are; when each such committee last met; and...

    • Arrests: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people resident in the London borough of Bexley have been arrested but released without charge in each of the last five years.

      Closed Circuit Television: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers the interim CCTV regulator will have to investigate complaints of the abuse or misuse of CCTV; and what sanctions the regulator...

      Closed Circuit Television: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department has given to local authorities in Greater London for the provision of CCTV in each of the last five years.

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many independent medical assessments of the (a) mental and (b) physical condition of individuals subject to a control order have been...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of individuals subject to a control order have been assessed as requiring care in relation to their mental health since the...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents with notifiable crime codes (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 4.1, (d) 4.2, (e) 4.3, (f) 4.4, (g) 4.6, (h) 4.7, (i) 4.8, (j)...

      Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he issues to chief constables on recording crime involving wildlife.

      Crime: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in numbers of (a) overall recorded crimes, (b) recorded violent crimes, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violence against the person (a) with and (b) without injury were recorded by each police force in each month since...

      Crimes of Violence: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded incidents of violent crime there were in Halifax in (a) 2005 and (b) 2009.

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many records on the Police National Computer are held in respect of individuals arrested but not charged with or convicted of a criminal...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) area and (b) estimated value is of (i) vacant and (ii) occupied office space (A) owned and (B) rented by his Department.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the quantity of food waste generated by his Department in each year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) flats and (b) houses are (i) owned and (ii) rented by his Department for use by officials who are required to work in London...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the former ministerial residence at 62 South Eaton Place has not yet been sold; and what advice his Department has...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) citizens' juries and (b) summits have been hosted by his Department since June 2007; on what date each event took place; and...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizen juries or summits have been hosted by his Department since October 2008; on what date each event took place; and which...

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the UK Border Agency on policy on detention of children in immigration removal centres.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications have been made to enable attendance at courses at each National Qualification Framework level in the UK since...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many colleges which have had Tier 4 sponsor licences revoked are registered with Companies House.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications have been made to study in (a) higher education institutions, (b) further education colleges, (c) sixth form...

      Entry Clearances: Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitor visa applications have been made from British missions in Thailand in the last 12 months for which figures are available;...

      European Convention on Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are required in order for the UK to achieve ratification of the Council of European Convention on Cybercrime.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 518W, on extradition: USA, and pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010 by...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many handgun licences are held by individuals who are not members of the security services, the armed forces or the police.

      Forensic Science Service: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he had with the Chief Constable of Lancashire Police on the closure of Chorley Forensic Science Service laboratory.

      Forensic Science Service: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent assessment is of the future of the Forensic Science Service laboratory at Chorley.

      Identity Cards and Passports: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been made by residents of (a) Manchester and (b) the Greater Manchester area for (i) a stand alone identity...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training staff of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will undertake on commencement of their employment; and what ongoing...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average cost to the Independent Safeguarding Authority of processing a vetting application.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has produced on the obligations of organisations in respect of the vetting of their staff by the Independent...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations his Department has received from voluntary organisations on the Independent Safeguarding Authority's vetting procedure.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the amount of fees to be paid for registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority in the next three years.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Independent Safeguarding Authority procedures will apply to companies which have school pupils undertaking work experience.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which occupations Independent Safeguarding Authority procedures relating to controlled activities will apply.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to be referred to the Independent Safeguarding Authority on the grounds that they...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed on the Independent Safeguarding Authority helpline; and what training such staff have received.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of public sector workers likely to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority in each of...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of agency workers who will be required to pay the full fee for registration with the Independent...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of (a) pensioners and (b) unemployed people who will be required to pay the full registration fee...

      Internet: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with (a) his EU counterparts and (b) the European Commission on protection of the privacy of UK internet...

      Olympic Games: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department are planning to attend the winter Olympics in Vancouver in February 2010; and...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts relating to biometric passports have been let; to whom each such contract has been let; for what projects or services each...

      Rape: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Thames Valley Police's rape awareness campaign.

      Rape: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the total cost of Thames Valley Police's rape awareness campaign to date.

      Sexual Offences: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many referrals to a sexual referral centre were made by (a) Essex police force and (b) Essex county council in the latest year for...

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where each sexual referral centre is located.

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a sexual referral centre in Essex.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the criminal record checking systems completed by the Criminal Records Bureau were last reviewed in respect of (a) their efficiency and...

      Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted under section (a) 28(1) and (b) 29(2) of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will place in the Library a copy of the results from her Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried out the survey; and what the total...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on restrictions on movement of Palestinians in the west bank; and if he will make a statement.

    • Iranian Nuclear Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his overseas counterparts on the Iranian nuclear programme.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the political situation in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on policy to combat piracy round the horn of Africa and off the coast of Somalia.

      Middle East Peace Envoy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received from the Quartet's middle east peace envoy on the envoy's activities.

      Pakistan-Afghanistan Border

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on the security situation along the border between Pakistan...

      Iraq: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on arrangements for the forthcoming elections in Iraq.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage negotiations to resolve the conflict in Yemen.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Yemen.

      Military Attachés

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many military attachés are assigned to the British embassies in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Accession: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on Turkey's accession to the EU as part of the next phase of EU enlargement.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made in discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on the future financial arrangements for...

      Colombia: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Canadian and (b) Norwegian counterpart on the negotiation of a free trade...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the security situation in Equateur province of Western Congo; and if he will make a statement.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries are involved in the training of the Congolese army; how many official languages are used in such training;...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the Government have put forward for the reconfiguration of the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what advertising campaigns his Department has been responsible in each of the last three years; which such campaigns (a)...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many iPods have been bought by his Department since 2005; and at what cost.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) citizens' juries and (b) summits have been hosted by his Department since June 2007; on what date each event took...

      EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any parts of the contents of the speech by Baroness Ashton in her capacity as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs...

      European Economic and Social Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria the Government use to select candidates for nomination to serve on Section III of the European Economic and Social...

      Maritime Protection Zone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what organisations his Department has consulted on the proposed Maritime Protection Zone for the Chagos Archipelago.

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a Minister of his Department last visited South Africa; and what the purpose of the visit was.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) the economy, (b) the health service and (c) tourism provision in the Turks...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer question 307049, on officials serving at overseas posts, tabled on 9 December 2009.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact there has been between the Minister of State for Africa and members of the unity Government of Zimbabwe since...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress by the unity Government of Zimbabwe in re-drafting that country's constitution since the...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on proposals for the future EU sanctions regime against Zimbabwe; and when he next expects the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) planning applications and (b) planning appeals have been made in respect of telecommunications masts in the last...

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social homes were (a) built and (b) acquired in rural areas in each year since 1990.

      Affordable Housing: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on improving social housing in Nottingham North constituency since 1997.

      Airfields: St. Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received from Helioslough regarding the former aerodrome site in St. Albans following the conclusion...

      Bankruptcy: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment his Department has made of rates of bankruptcies in coastal towns; and what steps he is taking to reduce...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much net revenue has been raised in council tax in (a) cash and (b) real terms based on 2010 prices in each year since 1997-98.

      Council Tax: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of properties which have been revalued for council tax purposes in (a) West Chelmsford...

      Council Tax: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable has been set for the transfer of arrangements for council tax enforcement from magistrates courts to county...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the Valuation Office Agency have made of the merits to holding a council tax...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answers to the hon. Member for Meriden of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 701W, and of 19 February...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in December 2009.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) area and (b) estimated value is of (i) vacant and (ii) occupied office space (A) owned and (B) rented by his...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much his Department paid to each of its suppliers of goods and services in 2007-08. (2) to what suppliers of goods...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planned visits by Ministers in his Department within the UK were cancelled within 72 hours of the visit taking place in...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many iPods have been bought by his Department since 2005; and at what cost.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the quantity of food waste generated by his Department in each year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which websites his Department's staff are prevented from accessing on departmental networked computers.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1121W, on departmental recruitment, how many of the 87...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research projects commissioned by his Department have not yet reported.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the results from his Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Chichester of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 140W, on...

      Export Credits Guarantee Dept

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason his Department paid £309,699 to the Export Credits Guarantee Department in 2008-09.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps his Department is taking to protect the green belt in (a) England and (b) Coventry; (2) what his...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for development on green belt land his Department has received in each of the last five years.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many people have been accommodated by local authorities under severe weather emergency procedures in the last 31 days;...

      Housing: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many first-time buyers purchased a home in the London borough of Bexley in the last three years.

      Housing: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many mortgages were approved in respect of purchases in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last three years.

      Housing: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities require applicants for independent living adaptations and equipment to disclose former service as...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many persons later discovered to be illegal immigrants his Department has employed in each of the last three years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to require local authorities to publish online details of all expenditure on goods and services...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what rate of local government (a) cost and (b) wage inflation his Department has assumed for the purposes of calculating...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent assessment is of progress made by local authorities in obtaining the return of 100 per cent. of their...

      Local Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his latest estimate is of the monetary value of efficiency savings local authorities are expected to make in (a) 2009-10,...

      Local Government: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 28 October 2009, Official Report, column 471W,...

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent employees were employed by local authorities in each year since 1996-97.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 228W, on local government:...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residents of (a) West Chelmsford constituency, (b) Chelmsford local authority area and (c) England have received...

      Negative Equity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of households in negative equity.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much net revenue has been raised in business rates in (a) cash and (b) real terms based on 2010 prices in each year since...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many petrol station outlets will be eligible for rural rate relief from 1 April 2010; (2) how many petrol retail...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria (a) his Department and (b) the Valuation Office Agency use for the allocation of a hereditament to (i) the...

      Pedestrian Areas: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the contribution of Lord Davies of Oldham of 2 February 2004, Official Report, House of Lords, column 444,...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's dataset Live Tables P109, on development control statistics, whether the data for planning...

      Planning Permission: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of planning applications for new housing developments in Halifax have been refused since 2005.

      Political Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 22 October 2009, Official Report, column 1647W,...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to bring forward proposals to amend private tenancy law.

      Private Rented Housing: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Government response to the Rugg Review consultation on the private rented sector, whether the proposed...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of (a) new and (b) affordable homes were built in areas at risk from flooding in each of the last...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department and its agencies have allocated to regional design panels since their inception.

      Tony Clements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column...

      Tony Clements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Chichester of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 8460W, on Tony...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations the Planning Inspectorate has received from Green Planning Solutions in relation to planning appeals for...

      Vauxhall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Vauxhall constituency, the effects on the...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many pensioners in Milton Keynes are in receipt of winter fuel allowance; and how much his Department paid to such...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized businesses in (a) West Chelmsford constituency, (b) Chelmsford local authority area...

    • Aviation: Bahrain

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the participation of an RAF Typhoon fighter...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many competent person schemes his Department manages; and which of these are registered with the UK Accreditation...

      Companies: Shareholders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what legislative provisions require (a) the convening of annual meetings by publicly-funded companies requiring the...

      Companies: Shareholders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the extent of voting rights of shareholders in companies publicly operated in...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in December 2009.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) area and (b) estimated value is of (i) vacant and (ii) occupied office space (A) owned and (B) rented...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many planned visits by Ministers in his Department within the UK were cancelled within 72 hours of the visit...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the quantity of food waste generated by his Department in each year for which figures are...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on maintaining its Twitter feed in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      East of England Development Agency: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) pay, (b) pension and (c) contract term of the Chair of the East of England Development Agency will be...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individuals' wages increased as a direct result of the most recent uprating of the national minimum wage.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure all workers receive wages at a rate at least equivalent to the national...

      Minimum Wage: Preston

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of those resident in Preston have been paid at the national minimum wage rate since its introduction.

      Minimum Wage: South West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people in the South West who have been paid at the rate of the uprated...

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what expenditure his Department incurred on (a) publishing and (b) marketing its Parent Motivator Guide.

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what fee was paid to Denise Taylor for her work relating to the Parent Motivator Guide produced by his Department.

      Partnerships: Company Accounts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons Companies House made the most recent revisions to its form for limited liability partnerships to...

      Royal Mail: Privatisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates (a) the Secretary of State, (b) he and (c) his Department's officials have made an assessment of...

      Slough

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in November and December 2009.

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in plans to co-locate his Department's offices overseas with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office offices in...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the quantity of food waste generated by his Department in each year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which websites his Department's staff are blocked from accessing on departmental networked computers.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, column 435W, on international development: mandatory exclusions, if he will...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the results from his Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried out...

      Non-governmental Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will require non-governmental organisations in receipt of partnership funding from his Department to publish information on the...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many armoured cars have been purchased with funds from his Department for the use of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza since...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in December 2009.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what expenditure his Department incurred on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d)...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) citizens' juries and (b) summits have been hosted by his Department since June 2007; on what date each such event took...

      Eaga

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding is available to Eaga under the Warm Front scheme to provide emergency assistance to households in which a boiler or...

      Eaga

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what targets there are in respect of the time taken by Eaga to complete boiler or central heating installations in circumstances in...

      Warm Front Scheme: Lewes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households applied for grants under the Warm Front scheme in Lewes constituency in each year since the inception of the scheme.

      Warm Front Scheme: South Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have received a grant under the Warm Front scheme in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside in each year...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many adopted children of each age at the time of approval for adoption waited (a) less than six months, (b) more than 66...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many registered childcare places there are for children under the age of eight years in Nottingham North constituency.

      Children: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to promote healthy options for children when choosing their lunch at school.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on the Parent Know How service in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the quantity of food waste generated by his Department in each year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the results from his Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried...

      Health Education: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to promote healthy eating by children.

      Playgrounds: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent guidance his Department has provided to local authorities on the area to be provided per child aged (a) five to 11,...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's definition is of a disadvantaged pupil; who decides whether a pupil should be categorised as disadvantaged;...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what factors are required to be taken into account in deciding on school lunch menus in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the number of children under the age of 16 years who (a) had lunches provided by and...

      Schools: Collective Worship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in Wiltshire education authority have (a) applied for and (b) been granted exemption from holding religious assemblies.

      Sure Start Programme: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) Sure Start centres and (b) early excellence centres have been established in Preston since 1997.

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) teachers and (b) school support staff were in employment in schools in England in each year since 1997; and what...

      Youth Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff are (a) employed by and (b) assigned to the Youth Taskforce.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the air travel industry on the application of the higher rate of air passenger duty...

    • Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the minutes of each meeting which led to the decision to nationalise Bradford and Bingley.

      Child Tax Credit: Preston

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Preston were in receipt of child tax credit on the latest date for which information is available.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency uses data from its council tax banding support tool in appeals against council tax banding.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average forecourt price was of standard (a) BS-EN-590 diesel and (b) 95 RON unleaded petrol in July 2008.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a reply will be sent to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood's letter of 29 October 2009 to the Financial Secretary on Asghar Khan, Treasury...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the amount of revenue from petrol retail outlets which the new business rate will generate in 2010-11.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much business rate revenue was generated from petrol retail outlets in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.

      Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 768W, on imports: Israel, whether the issuing authority is different from the authority...

      Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 768W, on imports: Israel, in how many cases there has been doubt over the place of...

      Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 768W, on imports: Israel, what recent reports HM Revenue and Customs have received on...

      Rodents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment Natural England's Wildlife Management and Licensing Service has made of changes in levels of the rodent population in the last three years.

      Tax Allowances: Preston

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in Preston which have received 100 per cent. tax exemption in respect of the purchase of computer and...

      Tax Allowances: Railways

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the capital allowances for railway assets will be decreased to 10 per cent. in January 2011; and what assessment has been made of the...

      Taxation: Unleaded Petrol

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of taxation was on standard 95 RON unleaded petrol in July 2008.

      Unemployment: EU Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he has taken of reports of the level of joblessness in the eurozone in November 2009 in his most recent assessment of the EU's economic...

      Valuation Office: Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's eLearning guide for its geographical information system.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants in Hemel Hempstead constituency there were in each year since the scheme began; and how many such claimants have been (a)...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have had their tax credit payments suspended due to overpayment in (a) each county in England and Wales and (b) Hemel Hempstead...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what items of equipment issued to soldiers in Afghanistan have upgraded versions which are not part of the standard issue; what deficiencies there are in the...

    • Air Rescue Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to carry out a formal consultation over their intention to establish a joint private finance initiative search and rescue helicopter service...

      Alcohol: Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of introducing a policy of minimum pricing for alcoholic drinks, what measures they are considering in that...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Airbus has discussed with them the circumstances that would induce it to decline to proceed with the production of the A400M. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many countries, other than those engaged in its production, have placed orders for or asked for options on the A400M.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tonnes overweight they anticipate that the A400M will be. To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the effect on the originally planned air lift...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what differences would exist between the British citizenship which would be acquired by a solely British National (Overseas) who, immediately prior to 1 July 1997,...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Home Office Form B(OS) asks British Nationals (Overseas) to state the certificate number, date of issue and place of issue of their registration certificate...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which application form a solely British National (Overseas) should use to apply for British citizenship if he or she wishes the application to be considered under...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the restraints on unauthorised immigration via the Channel Tunnel.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo about the fate of shegues, or street children, in Kinshasa; what...

      Dubai

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their advice to United Kingdom citizens on investing in Dubai.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 16 December 2009 (WA 236) and 5 January (WA 23-4), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with regard to a letter from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's legal adviser on 7 December 2009 describing the volume of correspondence about the...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments they have made to (a) local authorities, and (b) other bodies, in connection with the flooding in 2007.

      Government Departments: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for each of the last three years for which figures are available, how many people were eligible for performance bonuses and special bonuses in the Department for...

      Government Departments: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for each of the past three years for which figures are available, how many people were eligible for performance bonuses and special bonuses in the Department of...

      Government: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Barbara Follett, on 9 December 2009 (Official...

      Government: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Barbara Follett, on 9 December 2009 (Official...

      Government: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Barbara Follett, on 9 December 2009 (Official...

      Government: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Barbara Follett, on 9 December 2009 (Official...

      Government: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Barbara Follett, on 9 December 2009 (Official...

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of United Kingdom gross domestic product was represented by manufacturing in 1990 and in 2009.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 5 January (WA 41-2), between which officials in the Republic of Ireland's Department of Health and Children...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what part Crown Immunity played in protecting the Blood Products Laboratory from legal proceedings for failing to comply with the Medicines Act 1968 to the hurt of...

      Immigration: Yarl's Wood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis parliamentarians may be refused entry to Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre.

      Kazakhstan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the holding of a summit rather than a ministerial meeting at the end of the 2010 Kazakhstan chairmanship of the Organisation for Security...

      Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Acts of Parliament have been subject to post-legislative review in pursuance of the policy to review Acts three to five years after enactment.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average life expectancy in England for (a) men, and (b) women in each year from 1979 to 2009; and whether they have access to comparable figures for...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage increase in salaries and bonuses the staff in the Northern Ireland Office received in each year since 2000.

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much officials of the Northern Ireland Office claimed on expenses for the use of taxis in December of each of the last five years.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were dealt with by the Personal Passport Interview procedure in 2009.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Personal Passport Interview applications were rejected in 2009.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Personal Passport Interview applications were made at each of the offices and at each remote venue in 2009.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of the Personal Passport Interview project for (a) 2007, (b) 2008, and (c) 2009.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the Police Service of Northern Ireland is financially structured to enable effective co-operation with the Northern Ireland Office and the...

      Prisoners: Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union has the power to rule the next general election result illegal if prisoners are not allowed to vote.

      Royal Navy: Fleet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) aircraft carriers, (b) destroyers, (c) frigates, and (d) other battleships, are operational; and for which each of the 11 Admirals in the Royal Navy...

      Schools: Truanting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many school children played truant on average for one day per week during each of the years 1997-98 to 2007-08; what were the total number of days in each of...

      Senior Salaries Review Body

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the annual salaries, bonuses and payment per day of each member of the Senior Salaries Review Body.

      Sexual Abuse: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Police Service of Northern Ireland was first alerted to alleged child sexual abuse by Liam Adams; whether the decision not to seek a European arrest...

      Sexual Abuse: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who was the Chief Constable at the time when the Police Service of Northern Ireland was first alerted to alleged child sexual abuse by Liam Adams; how many...

      Sexual Abuse: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Northern Ireland Policing Board to conduct a full inquiry into how the Police Service of Northern Ireland dealt with allegations of...

      Sexual Abuse: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions took place between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and An Garda Síochána about the alleged sexual abuse by Liam Adams; whether...

      Sexual Abuse: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions about alleged sexual abuse by Liam Adams have taken place between the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, other Northern Ireland Office...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the remit of the Central Stakeholder Team of the Communications Directorate of the UK Border Agency; and how many staff are employed in it.

      UK: EU Resident Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many citizens of each other European Union state are resident in the United Kingdom.

      Young Offenders Institutions: Social Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many social work posts in young offender institutions are vacant.

      Young Offenders Institutions: Social Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in agreeing a formula for local authorities to fund social work posts in young offender institutions.

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