Written answers

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many nightclubs in England and Wales have had alcohol licences revoked in circumstances where the persistent sale of alcohol to...

    • Arts Council of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking in respect of the public perception of Arts Council England.

      Casinos: Gambling Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of any link between the number of machines allowed in casinos and the extent of problem gambling.

      Casinos: Gambling Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has plans to increase the number of machines allowed in casinos.

      Casinos: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance the Gambling Commission has produced on the practice of adult gaming centres without a casino licence branding themselves...

      Cricket: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to encourage the development of indoor cricket.

      Gambling Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will undertake an investigation into (a) the appropriateness of the appointment of the Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission...

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions the Gambling Commission has had with regulators outside the European Economic Area and the white list of countries...

  • Justice

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many violent incidents were recorded at properties operated by ClearSprings Ltd. under the Bail and Accommodation Support Service in each of the last...

    • Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Land Registry has spent on the refurbishment of its head office in Lincoln's Inn Fields in each of the last three financial years.

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many warrants magistrates have issued for the courts to enter premises by force under section 78 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, columns 546-7W, on prison accommodation, how many cells are not included in the certified...

      Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mother and baby units for female prisoners there are in England and Wales; and what the capacity of each such unit is for (a) female children...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Bars

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, columns 825-6W, on bars, when staff assigned to...

    • House of Commons: Taxation

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost to the public purse was of the residence on the parliamentary estate occupied by (a) the...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 959W, on Members: allowances, how many...

  • Olympics

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Batteries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure the recycling of waste industrial and automotive batteries.

    • Departmental Food

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

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is his policy to identify waste streams that should not be disposed of (a) in landfill and (b) by incineration.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Environment Agency on amendments to Section 1.1 of Part 2 of Schedule 1 to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Offensive Weapons and Drugs: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils in Northern Ireland were found to be in illegal possession of (a) a weapon and (b) drugs on school premises in 2008-09.

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the number of terrorist sleeper cells in Northern Ireland.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Scotland how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 182W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, what the purpose of the...

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 182W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, what the purpose of the...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 182W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, what the purpose of the...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 183W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, what the purpose of the...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 183W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, what the purpose of the...

      Africa: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department provided travel advice to the organisers of the (a) Plymouth-Dakar Challenge and (b) Adventurists...

      China: Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Chinese government on its policy towards practitioners of Falun Gong.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent representations has he made to the government of Iran regarding the number of Baha'is in prison or awaiting...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role he expects the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to play in negotiations with Iran over...

      Mongolia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Mongolian counterpart on the recent announcement of a moratorium on the use of the...

      North Korea: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the alleged use of European banks to launder money by (a) the President of North Korea...

      Pakistan: 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 Pakistan.

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the proportion of essential supplies which have been able to enter Gaza through...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the policy of the Government that linking access for aid and reconstruction materials to Hamas's refusal to...

      Palestinians: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of restrictions on access into Gaza via Israel for representatives of the...

  • Women and Equality

    • Government Equalities Office

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by primary legislation sponsored by the Government Equalities Office since 1 May 2008.

    • Ministers of Religion: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether an assessment has been made of the effects of the employment provisions of the Equality Bill on the Roman Catholic Church's prohibition of women...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Israel

      To ask the Solicitor-General who chose the subject of the lecture by the Attorney-General at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, on 5 January 2010.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 9,120 other birds used in scientific procedures in 2008 were (a) passerines (songbirds) and (b) taken from the wild; and...

    • Crime: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of (a) burglary, (b) thefts from cars, (c) assault and (d) offences involving the carrying of an offensive...

      Drugs: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on programmes to tackle the misuse of drugs in Preston in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2008-09.

      Incitement: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many publications have been held to breach laws against incitement since 1997.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010 to Question 307245, which stakeholders were involved in the meeting in (a) October 2008 and (b)...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been provided for applicants for vetting by the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much funding his Department provided to the Police Negotiating Board in each of the last five years; how much such funding it...

      Thames Valley Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what capital funding has been allocated to Thames Valley Police in each year since 2005.

      Unpaid Fines: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the contribution of Lord Brett, 7 December 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column 907, on the Proceeds of Crime Act...

      Vetting: Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department's planned (a) comprehensive generic and (b) sector specific guidance on the Vetting and Barring scheme will make...

  • Transport

    • Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to reduce the Government stake in UK Air Traffic Control; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the cost to his Department was of the provision of free off-peak bus travel to pensioners in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his Department's policy is on the retention of (a) electronic and (b) paper correspondence sent and received by Ministers and...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will list, and quantify, those items of expenditure which since April 2009 have been reallocated to be off balance sheet transactions,...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many sessions of media training were organised for Ministers in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on what date and by what means the decision was taken to hold the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation over a 14-week period;...

      London-Glasgow Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what role the Scottish Executive and Transport Scotland have in deciding on the provision of direct London to Glasgow rail services.

      M1: East Midlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects the road widening works north of junction 25 on the M1 motorway to be completed and the temporary speed restriction removed;...

      M1: East Midlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many people were on site and working on the roadworks taking place on the M1 motorway between junctions 25 and 28 on (a) 4, (b) 5,...

      M1: East Midlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what cameras are scheduled to be installed on the M1 motorway in Nottinghamshire in the vicinity of junction 26; for what purpose such...

      Olympic Games: Canada

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

      Railways: Capital Allowances

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer prior to his decision to reduce capital allowances for railway assets; and what...

      Railways: Timetables

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will require train operating companies to take further steps to make readily available to the public accurate information on the...

      Railways: Timetables

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will require National Rail Enquiries to take further steps to make readily available on its website information on the definition of...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many and what proportion of drivers involved in road traffic accidents did not have (a) insurance, (b) a valid MOT certificate and...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the amount of salt held by local highway authorities in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure effective gritting of roads in the West Midlands.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent assessment is of the damage caused to roads and highways in the West Midlands as a result of cold weather; and what his...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on responsibility for clearing pavements which are unsafe as a consequence of...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) forces and (b) equipment the UK has contributed to the security arrangements for the Kajiki dam in Afghanistan; what the expected duration of...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the 50 most expensive substitute (a) service family and (b) single living accommodation properties rented out in Scotland were in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Taxis

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

      Departmental Taxis

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

      HMS Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the letter of 7 January 2006 to the hon. Member for North East Hampshire, whether the comprehensive review of the board of inquiry...

      UK Defence Academy: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many students from Estonia have attended the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Watan Risk Management: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department (a) has and (b) has had contracts with Watan Risk Management in Afghanistan.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to answer Question 301552, on taxis, tabled on 19 November 2009.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance: Chesterfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Chesterfield constituency claimed attendance allowance in each of the last five years.

    • Attendance Allowance: Lewes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Lewes constituency claimed attendance allowance in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in her Department received bonus payments in 2008-09; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total...

      Disability Living Allowance: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Stroud constituency have claimed disability living allowance in each of the last five years.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) statutory instruments and (b) other regulations her Department has brought forward in this Parliament to meet obligations arising...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of those on the Pathways to Work programme are expected to move into work.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of increasing (a) additional pension, (b) increments to basic pension, (c) increments to...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects to bring into force the Financial Assistance Scheme (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulation 2010; and what estimate she has made...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the oral answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 299, whether the Government will guarantee to a minimum of 90...

      Unemployed: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to her Department's White Paper on Building Britain's Recovery, what additional health support will be provided to existing...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Lewes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners resident in Lewes constituency are in receipt of winter fuel allowance; and how much her Department has paid to such...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Salford have received the winter fuel payment in this winter; and what the cost of such payments was in the latest year...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have attended the accident and emergency department of each hospital in Greater Manchester as a result of injuries sustained by slipping...

    • Attendance Allowance: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Stroud constituency have claimed attendance allowance in each of the last five years.

      Breast Cancer: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women resident in Preston with suspected breast cancer have seen a specialist within two weeks of referral in each year...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients saw a cancer specialist within two weeks of diagnosis in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes in 2008-09.

      Cancer: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of suspected cancer patients resident in Preston saw an NHS consultant within two weeks of referral in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to improve NHS dental provision in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire in 2010.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies plans to sign up to the 10:10 campaign to cut its carbon emissions by 10 per cent. in 2010.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which websites his Department's staff are prevented from accessing from departmental networked computers.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those resident in Preston over (1) retirement age have access to free eye tests; (2) the age of 60 are entitled to free eye tests.

      Health Centres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department provides for each primary care trust in London to establish and run of polyclinics; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, column 476W, on health services: Isle of Man, if he will (a) place in the Library and (b)...

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial contribution the Isle of Man government made to the NHS in England under the current reciprocal agreement in 2008-09; what estimate he has...

      Health Services: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on healthcare in Preston in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were in Preston in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) therapists and (b) scientists there were in Preston in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per capita on healthcare for residents of Salford (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Heart Diseases and Cancer: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated for the treatment of heart disease and cancer care in Preston in each year since 1997.

      Heart Diseases and Cancer: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of NHS waiting times for heart surgery in Preston.

      Heart Diseases and Cancer: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those resident in Preston awaiting heart surgery have had the option of choosing an alternative hospital in the last 12 months.

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reviews of hospital services in London (a) have been concluded in the last 12 months and (b) are underway; what the remit is of each review; and if...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time was for an individual to wait for a hospital operation in Salford (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest year for which...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2009, Official Report, column 655W, on influenza, under what budget the funding which was transferred was first...

      Injuries: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated at Lancashire teaching hospitals for injuries relating to snow and icy roads in the last quarter.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on requiring (a) NHS foundation trusts and (b) Monitor to provide information in response to parliamentary questions on the operation...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to regulate the (a) pay and conditions and (b) special bonuses of chief executives of NHS foundation trusts; what...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects that changes to accounting standards will have on charitable giving to hospital funds.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure changes to accounting standards do not affect the independence of organisations in receipt of charitable funds donated...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that funds donated to NHS services are spent in an accountable manner.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has accrued in charitable funds donated (a) to each primary care trust and (b) in each strategic health authority area in the last...

      Patients: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the sample base is of the GP patient survey being conducted by the Peninsular Medical School and the National Primary Care Research and Development...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of the Audit Commission oneplace website on the latest date for which figures are available.

    • Audit Commission: National Fraud Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contribution the National Fraud Authority makes to the Audit Commission's National Fraud Initiative.

      Audit Commission: Political Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the letter from the Head of the Home Civil Service of 12 January 2009 on non-departmental public bodies:...

      Audit Commission: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1261W, on the Audit...

      Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the level of compliance with the requirement to provide display energy certificates in all...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer my hon. Friend the Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 213W, on...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what performance targets his Department used to determine whether to grant staff bonuses in the last financial year.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many sessions of media training were organised for Ministers in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what volume of waste his Department generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of this was (a) paper, (b)...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 22 October 2009, Official Report, column 1650W, on domestic...

      Fire Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 11 November 2009,...

      Government Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the level of compliance with the requirement to provide energy performance certificates in...

      Local Government Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to make a formal response to the report of the independent review on redress for citizens chaired...

      Local Government: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his latest estimate is of the gross costs consequent on local government restructuring in Cornwall since 2007.

      Local Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who the members are of his local government task force on value for money efficiencies; which members represent trade unions;...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has given to local authorities on whether funding under the Connecting Communities programme may be...

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for the publication of a revised Code of Conduct on Local Authority Publicity.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what evaluation work his Department has undertaken on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of businesses were participating in the business rate deferral scheme on the latest date for which...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what average catalyst price per litre of unleaded fuel was used to calculate the business rate for (a) non-supermarket and (b)...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what ceiling applied to (a) non-supermarket and (b) supermarket petrol retail outlet shop sales in assessing rateable values...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology will be used to rate (a) supermarket petrol retail outlets and (b) non-supermarket petrol retail outlets for...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what relative changes in property values have been taken into account in assessing the rateable values of petrol retail outlets...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information was used to reach the assessment of the new rateable values for petrol retail outlets prior to the business...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the date was of the revaluation of petrol retail outlets used for the purpose of calculating the current business rate for...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government over what period the assessment took place of rateable values of petrol retail outlets for the purpose of calculating the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether trading conditions in the petrol retail trade since the last date used to assess the rateable value of petrol retail...

      Non-domestic Rates: Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether dwellings in which home working is undertaken are liable for business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the fast track reviews of new rating assessments on port companies have begun; how many have been completed; and how...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which ports re-assessments of rate demands on newly-rated port businesses have resulted in wharves being taken out of the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what method was used to assess the rateable value of a high street shop for the purposes of calculating the business rate to...

      Non-domestic Rates: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what formula was used to assess the rateable value of a supermarket convenience store for the purpose of calculating the new...

      Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much net revenue has been raised in local authority parking charges, fees and fines in (a) cash and (b) real terms based...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's press release of 30 July 2009, on the Total Place initiative, if he will place in the Library...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role regional development agencies have in respect of regional spatial strategies; and what timetable has been set for the...

  • Treasury

    • Budgets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to make his next Budget Statement.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of (a) providing a two year grant to local authorities worth 2.5 per cent. of council tax, on condition...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many plasma screen televisions his Department has purchased since 2001; and what the cost has been of purchasing and installing such screens in each...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many iPODs have been bought by his Department since 2005; and at what cost.

      Housing: Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many sale and rent back transactions of domestic properties have been recorded by the Financial Services Authority in each of the last 10 years.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the revenue implications of the introduction of the transferable nil-rate band for inheritance tax.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the High Court ruling in the case of the Waste Recycling Group v. HM...

      Opposition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many man-hours were spent by staff in his Department undertaking cost analysis of Opposition policies over the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Share Fisherman's Scheme: Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much duty has been collected at each location from the Share Fishermen's Scheme in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of winding-up petitions of companies have been lodged by HM Revenue and Customs since 1 April 2008; and how much debt is owed...

      Taxation: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment was made of the effects of the implementation of the Joint Statement between HM Revenue and Customs and the Gambling Commission in relation...

      Valuation Office: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 30 June 2009, Official Report, column 204W, on council tax: Valuation Office Agency, whether the Government have taken a...

      Valuation Office: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 30 of the Valuation Office Agency's Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09, what the reasons are for the increase in the salary of the...

      Valuation Office: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current salary is of the chief executive of the Valuation Office Agency.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Lewes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the number of families in each ward of Lewes constituency in receipt of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria his Department uses in deciding whether to write off tax credit overpayment debts for the tax years 2003-04 and 2004-05; and if he will make a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Central Office of Information: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Central Office of Information press release of 22 April 2008, what estimate has been made of the monetary value of contracts to be...

    • Cinemas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cinemas have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997 according to Office of National Statistics' records of enterprise deaths and births.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Prime Minister's Office has spent on advertising in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

      Employment: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were (a) unemployed and (b) employed in North Wales in each of the last three years.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Heavy Hitter Programme Delivery Director Service has cost; which IT projects each consultant worked on; and what payments have been made to...

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government services are available exclusively via the internet.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many (a) documents and (b) other types of information held in electronic format at each level of security classification the Iraq Inquiry...

      Personation: Financial Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many and what proportion of cases of identity theft took place following a payment initially made by (a) debit card, (b) credit card, (c)...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many post office branches have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997 according to the Office of National Statistics' records of enterprise deaths...

      Private Life: Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what statistics the Office for National Statistics collates on relationship breakdown; and at what geographic level such data is maintained.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public houses have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997 according to Office of National Statistics' records of enterprise deaths and births.

      Public Sector: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, columns 867-8W, on the Central Office of Information: publications, what the purpose is of...

      Sir Christopher Kelly

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what remunerated positions Sir Christopher Kelly holds apart from his chairmanship of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and whether Sir...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent assessment is of the state of climate science research on the effect of climate change on changes in sea level;...

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how often his Department reviews its definition of fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in Bexleyheath and Crayford in fuel poverty.

      Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average temperature in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to extend eligibility for the winter fuel payment to all families with children in receipt of the middle...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 574W, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement,...

    • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library the latest draft held by his Department of the (a) civil enforcement, (b) border...

      Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which Ministers are given access to UK position papers on negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

      Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he next plans to meet (a) Ministerial colleagues, (b) officials from the Intellectual Property Office and (c)...

      Business Council for Britain

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times the Business Council for Britain has met; when it last met; what its membership is; how many officials...

      Communication Service Providers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effects on consumer choice of making provision for consumer access to...

      Communication Service Providers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that all (a) next generation and (b) other public communications networks offer...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department are working on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations.

      Electric Vehicles: Motorcycles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the merits of providing support to producers of electric motorcycles and mopeds.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of undergraduates studying (a) part-time and (b) full-time were from low participation...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many school and sixth form college leavers went on to universities on average in each year in the period (a) 1981...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much grant funding has been provided to higher education institutions by the (a) Arts and Humanities Research...

      Higher Education: Lewes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from Lewes constituency attended university courses in each year since 1996-97.

      Higher Education: Preston

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department and its predecessors have allocated to higher education in Preston in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education: Research

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

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what responses he has received from higher education institutions on his Department's proposed Research Excellence...

      Learning and Skills Council for England: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, columns 607-8W, on Learning and Skills Council for...

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the number of universities which should be entitled to offer research courses leading to...

      Vocational Training: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which 10 parliamentary constituencies have received the most funding from his Department in respect of vocational...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parents have received childcare vouchers (a) at the latest date for which information is available and (b) in each year...

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the level of take-up of child trust funds was in households with children classified as economically deprived in the latest...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of students of (a) white, (b) mixed race, (c) Asian, (d) Black and (e) Chinese ethnicity gained...

      Primary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from which line of Table 8.4 in his Department's 2009 annual report the £300 million funding for new primary school places...

      Pupil Exclusions: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 728W, on pupils exclusions: disadvantaged, what the equivalent...

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that attendance records of schools which open during extreme weather conditions are not compared...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of Key Stage 4 students went on to (a) education, (b) employment and (c) training in each year...

      Schools: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to ensure that schools in Leeds that have opened during recent extreme weather conditions will not be...

      Schools: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it is his policy that where a school has remained open during the recent inclement weather those days should not...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what methodology his Department used to determine the number of people not in education, employment or training expected to start...

  • International Development

    • People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial assistance his Department has provided to overseas non-governmental organisations to reduce numbers of people...

    • Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided to development programmes in Sri Lanka since December 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to meet relevant non-governmental organisations to discuss humanitarian aid to Haiti.

      EU: Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's aid delivered through the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      St. Helena: Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on proposals for an airport for St. Helena.

      Overseas Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps he has taken to increase transparency in respect of his Department's overseas development assistance.

      Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to the Iraqi government to increase the water flow into the Hawizeh marshes.

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol: Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the introduction of minimum pricing for alcoholic drinks would have on the viability of public houses, clubs and...

    • Alcohol: Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the level of smuggling into the United Kingdom of the introduction of a policy of minimum pricing for alcoholic drinks.

      Anguilla

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards an agreement with the Government of Anguilla over their plans for an economic stimulus to assist recovery from the global downturn.

      Care Services: Free Personal Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration was given to the Prime Minister's proposal of free personal care at home prior to its announcement at Labour Party conference (a) by the...

      Civil Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce, freeze or contain below inflation remuneration increases for permanent secretaries in the Civil Service.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6 January (WA 94), whether any agreement signed by the parties at the Copenhagen climate change...

      Defence: Grob Tutor Service Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the qualifications and relevant experience of the Royal Air Force officers who carried out the recent inquiry into the accident involving two Grob Tutor...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much United Kingdom aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been allocated for educating children in each of the last 12 years.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what international programmes they are promoting to protect and increase the voice of women in the Congo in local and national decision-making bodies, and to...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set alternative goals for national economic policy following the United Kingdom Commission on Sustainable Development and President Sarkozy's...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 16 December 2009 (WA 236-7), why the Hampton Implementation Review on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 16 December 2009 (WA 236-37), how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has responded to the...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the remarks by the Solicitor General, Vera Baird, on 2 December (Official Report, Commons, col. 1226), when they commissioned research on caste from the...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect a 6 per cent increase in the European Union budget for 2010 will have on the gross contribution of the United Kingdom to that budget.

      EU: Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have planned with the European Commission to discuss the economic agenda for the European Union over the next 10 years.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 5 January (WA 29), when the Financial Services Authority will write to Lord Lucas.

      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: 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...

      Health: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they record citizens of the Republic of Ireland who seek medical treatment from the National Health Service; and how that country's government is charged.

      Mental Health: Race Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are proposed to tackle mental health conditions affecting the African Caribbean community, particularly schizophrenia, as identified in a recent...

      Minister for the Olympics: Overseas Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Davies of Oldham on 9 December 2009 (WA 135) and to HL722, whether they will publish information on the destinations,...

      Music: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the Department for Children, Schools and Families has given to Youth Music in each year since its creation.

      Music: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £3 million allocated from 2008-11 for In Harmony projects has been spent; and on how many projects.

      Music: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding Arts Council England has given towards Sing Up (a) directly, and (b) through Youth Music, in each year since the launch of Youth Music.

      Music: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the Music Standards Fund is used to fund (a) Wider Opportunities programmes, and (b) Sing Up.

      Music: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities had music services or an identifiable music service in (a) 2009, (b) 2004, and (c) 1999.

      Ponsonby Rule

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6 January (WA 94), what is the Ponsonby rule.

      Ponsonby Rule

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6 January (WA 94), what would be the consequences of one or both Houses of Parliament voting against...

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the weekly volume of traffic to the East Coast website since National Express relinquished the east coast franchise.

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of passenger congestion at east coast stations as a result of the introduction of ticket barriers; and what are the capital and...

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of ticket revenue forgone as a result of not having barriers at certain east coast mainline stations; and what impact...

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passenger complaints have been received since National Express relinquished the east coast franchise.

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed by East Coast Mainline; and how many were employed when National Express relinquished the franchise.

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to capital spending plans on the East Coast mainline for the next ten years.

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will not relet the East Coast Mainline franchise until after the new timetable for it is introduced in May 2011.

      Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue new and clear advice to farmers and land managers who keep cattle and other livestock in fields or land which are crossed by rights or way...

      RMS "St Helena"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of providing a replacement ship for the RMS "St Helena" for St Helena.

      RMS "St Helena"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Brett on 16 December 2009 (WS 251), why they are analysing further the costs and options for a replacement ship for RMS...

      Schools: Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took in 2009 to enhance the status of citizenship teaching in secondary schools.

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the economy and tourism in St Helena of providing an airport there.

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Brett on 16 December 2009 (WS 251), what action and meetings are planned following that Statement; and with whom...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they next intend to raise in the United Nations Security Council the role of the Lord's Resistance Army in fomenting violence and instability in southern...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking following recent reports that the European Union embargo on the sale of arms to Sudan has been broken by shipments of armaments from...

      Sudan: Darfur

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will raise in the United Nations Security Council the effect on arms proliferation and insecurity of the sale of arms to African countries; and what...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Trinidad in November 2009 about the Commonwealth's human rights agenda in the...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the State Department of the United States over representations from civil society to reduce the United States aid programme to...

      War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances they intervene or comment on cases in which a warrant has been issued by a court of the United Kingdom for the arrest of former ministers...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claims for winter fuel payments were made by households in the City of Manchester in each of the last three years.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households in the City of Manchester are eligible for the winter fuel allowance.

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