Written answers

Thursday, 21 January 2010

  • Transport

    • Aircraft

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department holds on the average weight of aeroplanes departing from UK airports in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2003.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) year-end and (b) in-year bonuses were paid to officials in his Department in each of the last three years; and how much was...

      Driving Offences: Chelmsford

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of 17 to 21-year-olds using motor vehicles on the road network without insurance in (a) West...

      First Capital Connect: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the earliest date is on which the First Capital Connect franchise can be terminated, assuming no exceptional intervention powers are...

      Independent Penalty Fares Appeals Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps to (a) cease allowing the Independent Penalty Fares Appeals Service (IPFAS) to be a subsidiary business of...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department plans to sell off Government shares in National Air Traffic Services; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the written ministerial statement of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 79WS, on the cost of ministerial cars for...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many journeys and what percentage of miles were made by each type of vehicle on (a) motorways and (b) dual carriageways in the UK in...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) percentage of UK-registered and (b) number of foreign-registered vehicles of each type which have...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many and what proportion of drivers in each five-year age cohort were involved in a road traffic accident causing (a) death and (b)...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) adults and (b) children who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in road accidents involving drivers who were under the...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, column 336W, on rolling stock, how many vehicles were offered to the Department...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has spent on behavioural research consultants in the last five financial years.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs in her Department she plans to outsource in the next five years.

      Departmental Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of paper files held in her Department and its agencies; what the annual cost to each of monitoring a...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will consider the merits of automatically placing individuals with (a) Huntington's disease and (b) certain other conditions on...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the criteria are for qualification for employment support allowances.

      Employment Schemes: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to her Department's White Paper on Building Britain's Recovery, whether people currently on (a) incapacity benefit and (b)...

      Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps her Department has taken to develop the profiling tool for jobseekers referred to on page 108 of her Department's White...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people were employed in each area where the Future Jobs Fund is operating in each month since its introduction.

      Income Support: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her most recent estimate is of the number of people in receipt of income support on the ground of disability.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will make it her policy to increase pension credit payment levels to compensate for the effects of lower interest rates on the income of...

      Pensioners: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate she has made of the average income of a recipient of (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance who is...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Braintree constituency are in receipt of each type of benefit administered by her Department.

      Unemployment: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she has taken to reduce levels of unemployment in Leeds, West constituency amongst lone parents since 2001; and if she will make a...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Commission is taking to minimise the risk of fraud in the general election.

    • General Election Counts

      To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what information the Electoral Commission holds on the number of election counts that...

  • Solicitor-General

  • Leader of the House

    • Reform of the House of Commons Committee

      To ask the Leader of the House when she plans to bring forward proposals for the House to decide on the recommendations of the Select Committee on the Reform of the House of Commons.

  • Wales

    • Economic Situation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with (a) Welsh Assembly Government Ministers, (b) ministerial colleagues and (c)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 547W, on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what mechanisms are in place to assess...

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers: Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister what severance payments have been made to Ministers who have left office since May 2007.

      Olympic Games: Canada

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Office are planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February 2010; and what estimate he has made of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employment tribunals relating to his Department have been held in each of the last five years; and what the total...

    • Fly Tipping: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the flycapture fixed penalty notice dataset for each local authority for...

      Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Forestry Commission plans to sell any of the land it holds.

  • 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, for what reason the...

    • Legislation: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will bring forward arrangements to ensure that legislation introduced in...

      Members: Email

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 622W, on "Members: email", whether...

      Members: Email

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 622W, on "Members: email", if the...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire of 29 October 2009, Official Report, columns 517-8W, on the "Olympic Games...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what commitments the Government Olympic Executive has received from other Government bodies in relation to support for the London 2012 Olympics; and what...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding the Big Lottery Fund has provided to Developing Discrimination Advice Regional Events in 2009-10.

    • Camelot Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions members his Department have had with the National Lottery Commission on Camelot's proposed entry into the commercial...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely effects of digital switchover under the provisions of the Digital Economy Bill on the ability...

      Digital Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of Scottish households are able to receive digital radio services; what plans his Department has to increase coverage...

      Digital Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of households in Scotland receive (a) digital commercial radio and (b) BBC digital radio services.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether written health and safety advice is issued to each new employee in his Department.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Estonian military personnel are serving with British Forces in Afghanistan; and in what capacity.

    • Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sub-contracts have been awarded in his Department's aircraft carriers procurement programme; and what the monetary value is of each such sub-contract.

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to introduce a lapel badge for those who worked in the munitions factories during the Second World War.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of each helicopter type in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force is (i) in service and (ii) fit for purpose.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to reply to the letter of 30 November 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay regarding a constituent, Mr. J. Dodd.

      Navy: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships are located in the Caribbean; and whether any are being tasked to assist with humanitarian efforts in Haiti.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Buildings

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

  • Health

    • Dental Services: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children in the London borough of Bexley were treated by a dentist providing NHS services in the last 12 months.

    • Health Services: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to issue guidance to NHS bodies on the provision of information to blind and partially-sighted people at the time of their...

      Hospital Wards: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many wards operated by Southend Hospital Trust have been closed during January 2010; and for what reason.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons were recorded as having contracted seasonal influenza in each year since 1998; and how many persons were recorded as having contracted...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been inoculated against influenza in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area in each of the last...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which NHS charities which have NHS bodies as corporate trustees have submitted requests to change to independent trustees in the last 12 months; and...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the NHS arising from incidents attributable to weather conditions in January 2010.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the pre-Budget report, which budgetary headings of NHS spending will comprise (a) the 95 per cent. of NHS frontline spending due to...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS benefits and pensions sub-departments spent on information technology in the last three financial years; how much of this was spent on (a)...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS IT projects have been outsourced to companies based overseas in the last three years; and what the monetary value is of each such contract.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has allocated for the (a) procurement, (b) maintenance, (c) compliance testing and (d) security of IT systems in 2010-11.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of clinical negligence which were funded by conditional fee agreements were closed in each of the last five years; in how many such cases...

      Primary Care Trusts: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each primary care trust has paid in staff overtime in January 2010.

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of persons who died following contraction of swine influenza in the last 12 months had also contracted other diseases.

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of unused stocks of swine influenza vaccine can be returned to suppliers at no cost to the public purse.

      Swine Influenza: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's estimated expenditure under each budgetary heading has been on the swine influenza outbreak.

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 703W, on the UK Border Agency, who his Department's commercial partners...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of appeals against visa refusal decisions at all overseas posts were allowed in (a) January 2009, (b) April 2009, (c) July...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many colleges approved by the UK Border Agency between December 2008 and December 2009 were subsequently suspended and their licence...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students who failed to attend college or to pay their fees were returned to their country of origin between December 2008 and...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student spouse visas were issued from the beginning of December 2008 to December 2009.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) husbands and (b) wives of persons studying in the UK from (i) India, (ii) Pakistan and (iii) Bangladesh were issued with visas...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has paid in vehicle clamping charges incurred on (a) privately-owned and (b) publicly-owned land in each of the...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the health and safety advice issued to each new starter upon joining his Department.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for North-East Hampshire of 18 June and 17 August 2009 on his constituent, Mr....

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Billericay of 27 October and 8 December 2009 on his constituents, Mr. and...

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fake British passports have been recovered (a) in the UK and (b) overseas in each year since 2005.

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will inquire into the whereabouts of the passport of Miss Inaaya Khurram post ref Abu Dhabi 296566; and if he will make a statement.

      Prosecutions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on judicial systems in the UK of the European Public Prosecutor envisaged under...

      Repatriation: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the reintegration scheme in 2008-09.

      Surveillance: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 487W, on "Members:...

      Surveillance: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 524W, on the Regulation of...

      UK Border Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of calls to the UK Border Agency helpline which have not been connected in the last 12 months.

      Vetting: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Criminal Record Bureau checks have been made on individuals who were under the age of 18 at the time of checking in the most recent...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what advertising campaigns for which his Department is responsible have (a) commenced and (b) continued in 2009-10; and what the cost of each such...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Justice what volume of waste his Department generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of this was (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d)...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether written health and safety advice is issued to each new employee in his Department.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many internal audits of mandatory drug testing have been carried out in each of the last two years; and if he will publish them.

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young people of each ethnicity aged (a) under 18, (b) between 18 and 20 and (c) between 21 and 25 years old have been (i) remanded in custody...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1246W, on reoffenders, for what reason some offenders were listed in prison data but...

      Sexual Offences: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding the Government allocated to the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in 2008-09.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Telecommunications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will discuss with BT improvements to the resilience and security of its telecommunications services to Government Departments.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) 16 and (b) 17-year-olds are (i) employed and (ii) non-employed apprentices on (A) Level 2 and (B) Level 3...

    • Departmental Electronic Equipment

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much expenditure his Department has incurred in respect of meals and subsistence for (a) him and (b) each other Minister in...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of parliamentary questions tabled for written answer by his Department on a named day in session...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school leavers have participated in programmes under the Future Jobs Fund (a) nationally and (b) in Milton Keynes since...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of students (a) with special educational needs and (b) whose first language is not English...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many employees of his Department have been convicted of a criminal offence in the last five years.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the statistical release of 26 November 2009 entitled Youth crime: young people aged 10 to 17 receiving their...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 17 June 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column 210WA, in respect of which countries co-location...

    • Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any citizen juries or summits have been hosted by his Department since October 2008.

      Diplomatic Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries his Department share procurement arrangements with the British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 201W, on the "Middle East: armed conflict", what steps are being...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 256W, on the "Middle East: armed conflict", what arrangements his...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions a Minister from his Department has visited Gaza to assess the humanitarian situation since the conflict in Gaza...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans the Government has to raise the restrictions placed by the government of Israel on access for humanitarian aid and...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what Government policy is on the legality under international law of Israeli restrictions on the access into Gaza of humanitarian aid.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks, of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 255W, on...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials accompanied the UK ministerial delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen; how many such officials...

    • Climatic Research Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for his Department's funding of the climate programme at the Hadley Centre after 2010.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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 Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, columns 1045-8W, on departmental internet, how many staff worked on each...

      Exhaust Emissions: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken on claims by airlines that they are able to prove reductions in...

      Fuel Poverty: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in Preston have received assistance under the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme since the inception of the scheme.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to establish a compensation scheme for surface workers as part of the British Coal Respiratory Disease Scheme; and if...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to increase the capacity of the UK's strategic gas reserve in respect of (a) short-term and (b) long-term strategic...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to Baroness Neville-Jones of 11 January 2010, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA128, what the outcome...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by what process he plans to take into account submissions made to his Department's consultations on (a) the National Nuclear Policy...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average waiting time for the installation of (a) heating and (b) insulation measures...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of back boilers which have been replaced under the Warm Front scheme in (a) Jarrow...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been provided in Warm Front grants in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK...

      Warm Front Scheme: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Chesterfield and (b) Derbyshire have received grants under the Warm Front Scheme in each year since the...

      Warm Front Scheme: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons he decided that households with no eligible adults but with children in receipt of disability living allowance would...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Lewes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to increase the number of dwellings available for low-cost home ownership in Lewes constituency.

    • Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the level of compliance with the requirement for all air conditioning systems over 250kW to...

      Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to require all mandatory air conditioning systems reports to be logged on a central database; and if he will...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what datasets are being collected under his Departmental Strategic Objective Indicator 4.4, on the extent to which domestic...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 13 of his Department's Resource Accounts 2008-09, HC 449, whether any delays in awarding grants under new...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has paid PA Consulting for services relating to the FiReControl project; and whether a proportion of...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's press release of 6 January 2010, on new faith advisers, what consideration he gave to...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has provided guidance to local authorities on the use of stop notice powers in respect of (a) illegal...

      Empty Property: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of empty (a) residential and (b) commercial properties in (i) West Chelmsford...

      Fabian Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the speech given by the Minister for Housing and Planning to the Fabian Society on 9...

      Fire Prevention: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 8 December 2009, Official Report, column 302W, on fires, if he...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) original timetable was and (b) the latest timetable is for the (i) Firelink, (ii) FireBuy Integrated Clothing and...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the intervention protocol prepared by the Secretary of State under section 23 of the...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the effects on the number of fire (a) stations and (b) appliances at each location of the...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to control the FiReControl project budget.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) original and (b) most recent cost estimate is for the (i) Firelink, (ii) Firebuy Integrated Clothing and (iii)...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his latest estimate is of the cost to the public purse of the FiReControl project since its inception.

      Fire Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) salary and (b) other remuneration is paid to each chief executive of the new regional fire control companies.

      Fire Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 586W, on "Fire Services:...

      Fire Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 706W, on fire services: equality, whether any Fire and...

      Floods: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his latest assessment is of the level of flood risk in the Thames Gateway development area; and what recent planning...

      Green Belt: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on protecting the green belt within the Thames Gateway; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Clwyd West of 8 December 2009, Official Report, column 297W, on home information...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what public relations firms are on the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) Public Relations Panel; and whether the HCA uses...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what occasions his Department has used budget-capping powers in respect of local authorities in the last 10 years; and for...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many people resident in Crewe and Nantwich constituency have received funding from the Mortgage Rescue Scheme; (2)...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 29 October 2009, Official Report, column 472W, on multiple occupation: licensing, for what...

      Natural Resources: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has taken steps to assess the merits of proposals by public authorities in the West Midlands to reduce levels of...

      Non-domestic Rates: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of 8 December...

      Planning Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to issue guidance to local authorities on the preparation of local impact reports under Section 60 of the...

      Private Rented Housing: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for bringing forward legislation on the registration of private sector landlords; and which public...

      Social Rented Housing: Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance the (a) Housing Corporation, (b) Tenant Services Authority and (c) Homes and Communities Agency has provided to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent travel advice he has issued in respect of the security of British citizens to Africa; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: NATO Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Bosnia-Herzegovina to be ready to be invited to participate in the NATO Membership Action Plan; and what his...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Colombian government to seek to ensure the safety of human rights activists and lawyers in...

      Cuba: 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 Cuba.

      Departmental Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the health and safety advice issued to each new starter upon joining his Department.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on proposals to extend the provisions of the Vienna Convention to locally-engaged staff in...

      Estonia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what environmental projects in Estonia received support from the British Embassy in that country in the last three years.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of the status of talks with (a) the Government of Iran and (b) his international counterparts on...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on further (a) UN and (b) EU sanctions on Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent in Kashmir in the last two years.

      National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department are responsible for (a) the central coordination of activities and (b)...

      Nigeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when HM Ambassador to Nigeria last met (a) the President and (b) the Vice President of that country.

      Nigeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of UK relations with Nigeria, with particular reference to recent developments in that country.

      Nigeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with the President or Vice President of Nigeria; what reports his Department has received...

      Olympic Games: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department are planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to raise the restrictions placed by the government of Israel on access for humanitarian aid and reconstruction...

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions a Minister from his Department has visited Gaza to assess the (a) human rights and (b) political...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress on the objectives of the Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement; and what plans...

      Turkey: 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 Turkey.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Building Regulations: Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much expenditure under each budgetary heading his Department has incurred on advertising competent person schemes...

    • Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that companies entering liquidation are not able to reform under...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contractual disputes with third party suppliers his Department lost as a result of unenforceable penalty...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what expenditure his Department incurred as a result of contractual disputes with third party suppliers in (a)...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff his Department employs.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what training sessions were attended by (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department at public expense...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 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 Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what volume of waste his Department and its predecessors generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of...

      English Language

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many English language schools provide language training to a standard sufficient for students to meet language...

      Higher Education: Children in Care

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if his Department will take steps to encourage children in local authority care to apply for admission to university.

      Lord Mandelson

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has visited (a) Dorneywood, (b) Chevening...

      Lord Mandelson

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on what occasions the Secretary of State has met Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in an official capacity since becoming...

      Parents' Learning Allowance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the (a) eligibility of Susan Coombe a constituent of the hon. Member for Torbay ref. 50247451102, for...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether UK banks in which the Government have a stake will pay bonuses this year.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which websites his Department's staff are prevented from accessing from departmental networked computers.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the productivity of the UK in relation to other G7 countries since 1991.

      Excise Duties: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice has been issued to farmers on the use of rebated fuel in tractors and other agricultural machines engaged in snow-clearing operations on public...

      Government Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which company won the contract for the Government Air Programme.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the health and safety advice issued to each new starter upon joining his Department.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to paragraph 8 on page 33 of his Department's White Paper on Building Britain's Recovery, if he will publish the evidential basis for the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Fire Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fire stations (a) were on the 1997 and (b) are on the 2010 Rating List.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of (a) central and (b) local government contracts required to be advertised on Tenders Electronic Daily, the Supplement to the...

      Revenue and Customs: Peterhead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in (a) direct and (b) indirect taxes was (i) collected and (ii) administered by the HM Revenue and Customs office in Peterhead in each year since...

      Revenue and Customs: Peterhead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were based at the office of HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor organisations in Peterhead in each year since 2006.

      Revenue and Customs: Peterhead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from which HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) offices the Shares Fishermen's Scheme will be administered following the closure of Keith House, Peterhead; and...

      Revenue and Customs: Peterhead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation HM Revenue and Customs undertook with the fishing industry over the closure of Keith House, Peterhead.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of service is of staff employed by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor organisations at each of its locations in Scotland.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with which estate partners HM Revenue and Customs holds contracts relating to accommodation and facilities management for its offices in Scotland.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many homes have received zero carbon stamp duty relief in each month since the relief was introduced.

      Valuation Office: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what databases containing personal data the Valuation Office Agency (a) maintains and (b) has access to.

  • House of Lords

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure a legally binding climate change treaty to which all countries can be party.

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to inform the public about their and other G7 countries' stance on agreeing a binding climate change agreement.

      Elections: Local Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to increase the number of candidates at future local government elections from among young people, women and black and ethnic minorities,...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the report of the review by the Ministry of Justice of measures to combat forced marriages, as reported in the Guardian on 9 January.

      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: Referendum on Independence for Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether any referendum on independence proposed by the Scottish Government is within its powers.

      Government: Referendum on Independence for Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the First Minister and other Scottish Ministers in the Scottish Government about the legislative competence of the proposed...

      Health: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the NHS expenditure was in cash and real terms on (a) acute hospital services, (b) mental health trust services, (c) general practitioner medical services,...

      Health: Haematology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the cost to NHS providers of the withdrawal of the CoaguChek S Warfarin test equipment and its replacement with CoaguChek XS. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Housing: Hyde Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Hyde Group's report Where are tomorrow's heartlanders?

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the system of three-year settlements for local authorities will continue following the current settlement ending in 2010-11; and whether they will consider...

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are requiring the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust to make £50 million savings over the next three years.

      Northern Ireland: Equality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 14 December (WA 183), why the Equality Commission's guidance to employers on monitoring employees...

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House (a) a copy of the head of the National Parking Adjudication Service's advice to local authorities on the High...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for an information campaign to discourage employees from opting out of the personal accounts occupational pensions scheme to be introduced in 2012.

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the values of the remuneration packages of the 10 highest paid employees of East Coast.

      Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many protected sites were designated under Section 12 of the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 on 1 January 2010.

      Sport: Counterfeit Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take concerning the sale of fake tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for which college and course Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab unsuccessfully applied for a student visa to attend; and whether that college has ceased to be accredited by...

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