Written answers

Monday, 25 January 2010

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Shops

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the prices of items in the Downing Street Gift Shop were increased when the value added tax rate returned to 17.5 per cent.

    • Government Departments: Security

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1166W, on Government Departments: security (1) who would be consulted when taking a decision on...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Civil Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that employees of (a) his Department, (b) the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (c) the Northern Ireland...

    • Crimes of Violence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were convicted of an assault in which the victim was a child in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Food

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Surveys

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of domestic violence were reported to the police in each (a) police district and (b) council area in Northern Ireland in 2008-09.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were convicted of (a) a motoring offence that resulted in a fatality and (b) careless driving in each of...

      Racial Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were subject to a racially-motivated attack in each (a) police district and (b) council district in Northern Ireland in each...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of a serious sexual assault in each year since 2007.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last two years.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies for which he has responsibility plan to sign up to the 10:10 campaign...

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) BlackBerrys were provided to (i) Ministers and (ii) special advisers in his Department since April 2009; and at...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last three years.

      Tomorrow's Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of Tomorrow's Wales since the 2007 National Assembly for Wales election.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register: Second Homes

      To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance the Electoral Commission provides to second home owners on their...

    • General Election

      To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the merits of holding a national...

      General Election

      To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 22 October...

      General Election 2010

      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...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value was of allowances paid to his Department's civilian staff based in Afghanistan in 2008-09.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to support and promote provincial and district level governance in Afghanistan outside the Kabul district.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 87W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, how many personnel (a) wounded and...

      Aircraft Carriers: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding he expects to allocate in respect of contract work related to the new aircraft carrier project to be undertaken in Northern Ireland.

      Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparations he has made for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent research his Department has undertaken on the predictability of the outbreak of future conflicts of (a) a state-against-state and (b) an...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service accommodation properties in (a) Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency, (b) the Highlands and (c) Scotland have an...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the recommendations of the 1998 Strategic Defence Review have since been fully funded.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on external consultancy during 2008-09.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

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

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what percentage of his Department's budget was spent on (a) pay, (b) pensions and (c) equipment in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last two years.

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the UK to participate in permanent structured co-operation.

      European Fighter Aircraft: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate has been made of the cost of deploying Eurofighters to the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft of each type there are in the RAF.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will consider the merits of awarding a General Service Medal to British forces personnel who served in Oman prior to 1970.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the space-based infrared system at RAF Menwith Hill to be operational.

      RAF Menwith Hill and RAF Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of external policing at (a) RAF Menwith Hill and (b) RAF Fylingdales in each year since 2001.

      Submarines: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on women serving as crew members of Her Majesty's submarines.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the answer of 29 October 2009, Official Report, column 502W, on Trident, whether the Defence Board has concluded its assessment of...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the maintenance cost of the Vanguard class submarines in (a) 2009-10 and (b) each of the next five years.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maintenance cost for the Vanguard class submarine was in 2008-09.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts have been signed in respect of the construction of new (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels since May 1997.

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many domestic flights in the UK travelled (a) 300 and (b) 360 miles or less in each of the last three years; and how many such flights...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many flights to (a) domestic destinations, (b) destinations in near Europe and (c) other international destinations departed from UK...

      Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average distance travelled by (a) domestic excluding lifeline, (b) near Europe and (c) other international flights departing...

      Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the maximum permitted take-off weight for planes departing from UK airports is, broken down by type of plane.

      Bus Services: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many bus companies have (a) become bankrupt, (b) gone into liquidation, (c) ceased trading for other reasons and (d) started up in...

      Bus Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will extend the relaxation of enforcement of EU rules on drivers' hours in the Scottish Highlands and Islands to the week beginning 25...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many iPods have been bought by his Department since 2005; and at what cost.

      Departmental Waste

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

      Highways Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps the Highways Agency is taking to ensure that contractors have direct incentives to minimise whole life costs.

      Lorries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of heavy goods vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes registered in (a) the UK and (b) abroad which...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many vehicles of each type there are registered in the UK.

      Parking Offences: Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which local authorities use CCTV cameras for parking enforcement.

      Parliamentary Questions: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he plans to answer question 300566, on departmental pay, tabled on 18 November 2009.

      Railways: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many train companies have (a) become bankrupt, (b) gone into liquidation, (c) ceased trading for other reasons and (d) started up in...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether the review of value for money for the railways announced in the pre-Budget report will be used to assist in deciding overall funding...

      Railways: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will direct train operating companies to offer discounts on season tickets for commuters affected by reduced services in severe...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of road congestion in the next (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 25 and (d) 50 years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which 50 stretches of road have the highest rates of (a) accidents and (b) fatal accidents; and how many (a) accidents and (b) fatal...

      Roads: Birmingham

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the percentage year-on-year change in the number of (a) deaths and (b) serious injury as a result of road accidents has been in...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance has been issued to local authorities on the technical aspects of repairing potholes in roads.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what local transport notes have been provided to local highways authorities on the use of guard railing in residential streets.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether there are mechanisms in place to compensate local authorities in circumstances in which companies contracted by them to provide salt...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) whether he has received recent representations on (a) damage to roads in Wirral caused by ice and (b) (i) main roads and (ii) side...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how frequently the Government's Salt Cell meets during periods of extreme weather; how many times it has met since 19 December; and how...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what changes have been made to the requirements on local highways authorities to clear (a) roads and (b) pavements of snow and ice since 1997.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the contribution of Lord Davies of Oldham of 2 February 2004, Official Report, House of Lords, column 444, on footpaths...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many requests the Highways Agency has received from Royal Mail to clear the roads (a) in Wirral, South constituency and (b) elsewhere...

      SS Richard Montgomery

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent reports he has received of fires appearing above the SS Richard Montgomery in the Thames Estuary; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what scenarios have been run under the National Transport Model in the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • 14 Tothill Street

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2010, Official Report, column 1065W, on 14 Tothill Street, what...

  • Leader of the House

    • Internet: Expenditure

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation for...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising Standards Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects Ofcom to designate the Advertising Standards Authority as the regulator for video on demand advertising under the...

    • Archaeological Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many sites and monuments are in the guardianship of local authorities under the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and...

      Compulsory Purchase: Archaeological Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times compulsory purchase powers under (a) the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and (b) other legislation...

      Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding he plans to allocate to the (a) British Film Institute National Film Centre, (b) British Museum World Conservation...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies plans to sign up to the 10:10 campaign to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2003.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last two years.

      Digital Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of local commercial radio stations in Scotland without a digital migration pathway.

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place to regulate the use of credit card payments to make bets through gambling websites.

      Licensed Premises: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licensed premises there were per 1,000 of population in Birmingham in each of the last three years.

      Listed Buildings: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the English Heritage at Risk register will next be updated.

      Museums and Galleries: Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what free educational schemes his Department operates in national museums and galleries.

      Royal Parks Agency: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much accrued to the Royal Parks Agency from the encroachment rate payable in Bushy Park in each of the last 10 years; when the rate...

      Royal Parks: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on the research project by Peter Brett Associates on the effects of car parking charges in Richmond and...

      Sports: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Big Lottery Fund has given to sport-related activities in 2008-09.

      Swimming: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has provided to local authorities in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire to meet the...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many convictions there have been of residents of Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency for non-payment of a television...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley have been prosecuted for not having...

      Tourism: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been made available for tourism regeneration projects in Torbay constituency in the last five years.

      Visits Abroad: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff from each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies are planning to attend the Winter Olympics in...

  • Health

    • Accidents: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people injured in accidents attributable to adverse weather conditions in January 2010; and what estimate he...

    • Ambulance Services: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people transported to hospital by helicopter in preference to transport by ambulance in December 2009 and...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of support it provides to carers.

      Carers: Chesterfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in Chesterfield constituency (a) under 18 and (b) over 60 years old were registered as carers in each of the last five years.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support for dementia (a) patients and (b) their carers is being provided from the additional funding awarded to NHS Cumbria through the National...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in his Department earn a salary over £100,000 per annum.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 48 of his Department's Annual Report 2009, if he will provide details of the (a) central strategic health authority allocation,...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to answer Questions tabled by hon. Members on the operation of (a) NHS foundation trusts and (b) Monitor; and if he will...

      Eating Disorders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) boys and (b) girls aged (i) under 10, (ii) 10, (iii) 11, (iv) 12, (v) 13, (vi) 14, (vii) 15, (viii) 16, (ix) 17 and (x) 18 years old were...

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of his recent discussions with a delegation from the Isle of Man Government on reciprocal health arrangements; and if he will make a...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) all patients and (b) patients aged (i) under 16 years old, (ii) between 16 and 74 years old and (iii) over 74 years...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 60 years and over in (a) England and (b) Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency who...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 758W, on hotels, what the cost of his Department's hotel booking contract has been...

      Industrial Health and Safety

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

      Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate has been made of the proportion of people who have mental health problems; and on what basis that estimate is made.

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library at the earliest opportunity a copy of the report of the inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust commissioned...

      Monitor: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) the executive chairman and (b) each of the five paid directors of Monitor were paid in the latest period figures are available.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from the Charity Commission on changes to accounting standards in respect of charitable donations to hospital...

      NHS: Negligence

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

      Non-profit Making Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department is providing to the social enterprise Your Health proposed by Kingston's Primary Care Trust;...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to make it a criminal offence for the food industry to manufacture and sell artificial food products which are known to...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent reports he has received from (a) professional, (b) campaigning and (c) other public health organisations on the effects on coronary health...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department undertook for the purposes of its consultation and impact assessment on automatic generic substitution in respect of...

      Screening: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the effect of the Physical Agents Directive on the number of patients per week who receive medical scans.

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department arising from the severe weather conditions in the period 4 January to 18 January 2010; and if he...

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 1059W, on swine influenza: disease control, what consideration he has given to the...

  • Women and Equality

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 31W, on the Equality and Human...

    • Prisoners: Voting

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's press release of 11 December 2009, on the Hirst decision of the European Court of Human...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if his Department will take further steps to ensure more efficient delivery of liquefied petroleum gas to customers whose supplies have...

    • Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the current size of the UK's strategic gas reserve is; and what the UK average daily winter gas demand is.

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many times the UK's strategic gas reserves have been drawn on in each year of the last 30 years; for what reason in each case; and...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the reason for the cost of the finance function of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority referred to in...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made on the Government's commitment to raise the perception of energy demand from renewable sources to 15 per...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many renewable obligations certificates were issued to developers of renewable energy technologies in (a) 2005, (b) 2006,...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guaranteed price Round 3 offshore wind development partners have been given for the future (a) energy they produce and (b)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the planned timetable is for (a) commissioning and (b) construction of each Round 3 offshore wind (i) generator and (ii) platform.

      Wind Power: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the evidential basis is for his Department's announcement of 8 January 2010 that 70,000 jobs will be created by the 32 GW of...

  • Solicitor-General

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department and its agencies provided for social housing in Islington in 2009-10; and how much such funding he...

    • Audit Commission: Procurement

      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...

      Audit Commission: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 58W, on the Audit Commission:...

      Audit Commission: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 59W, on the Audit Commission:...

      Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contribution his Department is making to the Ministry of Justice's proposed accommodation relocation and nationalisation...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints the Local Government Ombudsman has received in relation to waste collection services in each of the last...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will discuss with his US counterpart the applicability to UK building stock of the report on building sector energy...

      Floods: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of new dwellings built in London were built in areas of high flood risk in the most recent year for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what means the contents of the written ministerial statement of 19 January 2010, Official Report, columns 6-7WS, on...

      Housing: Leaseback Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what figures his Department and its agencies hold on sale and rent back transactions of domestic properties; (2) how many...

      Housing: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has commissioned research into the attitudes of home buyers in relation to the effects on buying...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have received Level 6 Code for Sustainable Homes certification. [Official Report, 28 January 2010, Vol. 504, c....

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the status is of the two-tier joint working pathfinder project; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each...

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable has been set for the completion of the Audit Commission's study into council publicity expenditure.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full time-equivalent staff work in his Department's local government review unit on unitary council restructuring.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for elections to the new shadow unitary authorities.

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on the recent decision by Lancashire county council to refuse planning permission for a...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average business rates charge in England in 2010-11.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many charities in England are granted 100 per cent. relief from business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many port companies newly assessed for business rates (a) have and (b) have not accepted the option of paying...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Valuation

      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 1298W, on non-domestic...

      Parks: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support his Department has made available for the Mersey Coastal Park Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which regional planning bodies are branded as regional assemblies.

      Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to make a decision on the 199 proposals shortlisted by the Local Government Association and submitted to him...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hours of training A4e staff working on contracts let by her Department undertake annually.

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received carers' allowance in (a) Torbay constituency, (b) Devon and (c) England in each of the last five years.

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps her Department has taken to publicise the application process for cold weather payments to (a) pensioners and (b)...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 57W, whether the notification provides details of the dates for which the...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets her Department has for (a) the acknowledgement and (b) the issue of a substantive answer to an enquiry from (i) an hon. Member,...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department's information assurance procedures have been independently audited.

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) have to impose administrative...

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what volume of waste her Department and its predecessors generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of this was (a) paper,...

      Electronic Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which (a) actors, (b) musicians and (c) other performers were used to support the directgov advertisement, Go DirectGov.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, columns 151-52W, on employment and support allowance, what information her...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the 95,000 jobs announced through the Future Jobs Fund will start between October 2009 and March 2010.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Future Jobs Fund jobs have been confirmed; and how many of them are guaranteed to (a) be permanent, (b) last for up to three months,...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 116W, on housing benefit,...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women under the age of 18 years were in receipt of housing benefit on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to respond to the letter of 18 August 2009 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan on his constituent from Fraserburgh.

      Pensioners: Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the percentage take-up-rate of council tax benefit was amongst pensioners in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures...

      Pensioners: Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the £200 payment to pensioners to assist with council tax bills made in March 2005 has not been repeated.

      Pensioners: Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column 408W, on crisis loans, how many and what proportion of crisis loan...

      Pensions: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment her Department made of the effects on competition in the temporary and agency work sector of the four-year staging period for...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has published on clearing pavements, roads and paths of ice and snow; what assessment has it made...

      Social Security (Students and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate she has made of the average annual cost of implementing the Social Security (Students and Miscellaneous Amendments)...

      Social Security Benefits: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department is taking to assist people with autism to obtain support available to them through the benefits system.

      Social Security Benefits: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the 10 largest benefit debts owed to her Department by individuals were at the latest date for which figures are available; and to which...

      Social Security Payments: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long on average her Department took to investigate alleged instances of benefit overpayment following the death of the claimant in the last...

      Social Security Payments: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions her Department has had with the Law Society on the number of personal estates that are prevented from winding up because of an...

      Social Security Payments: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on investigating alleged benefit overpayments to claimants in the last 12 months in cases where the claimant had...

      Social Security Payments: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of alleged benefit overpayments her Department investigated on cases where the claimants had since died in each of the last five...

      Social Security Payments: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money her Department recovered from the estates of recently deceased benefit claimants who had received overpayment of benefit in the...

      State Retirement Pensions: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many state pension payments were delayed in each month of 2009; what the monetary value of such payments was in each such month; and for...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Birmingham

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

      Winter Fuel Payments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of claimants of winter fuel payment in (a) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and (b) Scotland...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many medical assessments were carried out in respect of claims for (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance in (i)...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many medical assessments were carried out for (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance in (i) the UK, (ii)...

      Working Tax Credit: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to her Department's White Paper on Building Britain's Recovery, how many people are in receipt of the disabled worker element of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2009, Official Report, column 300W, on Afghanistan: corruption, how many officials...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that post sent to UK aid workers and others working in Afghanistan is processed as quickly as...

      Bi-Communal Civil Society Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress in the development of bi-communal civil society links in Cyprus; and if he will...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects for success of the intensified round of settlement talks in Cyprus; and if he will...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcomes were of (a) his discussions with his Turkish counterpart on 12 January 2010 and (b) the Minister of Europe's...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made with the distribution of the 259 million euros allocated by the EU to northern Cyprus; and if he...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will revise his Department's guidance in relation to property development in the north of Cyprus in light of the Court of...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Food

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

      Departmental Waste

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

      EU Debate Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many events have been held under his Department's EU debate programme; when and where they have been held; what the cost of...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of officials in the European External Action Service to be seconded from the diplomatic...

      G20: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what authority smoking rooms were set up for participants in the G20 summit.

      International Commission on Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget is for the UN Committee on Missing Persons in 2009-10; what recent assessment he has made of the progress the...

      International Summit and Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) date, (b) venue and (c) cost of (i) accommodation, (ii) transport and (iii) security was of each international...

      Isle of Man: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the ending of the UK's bilateral health arrangement with the Isle of Man.

      Kazakhstan: 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 Kazakhstan.

      Mexico: 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 Mexico.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet representatives of relevant non-governmental organisations and representatives of the government of Nigeria to...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Government policy is on the legality under international law of the blockade of Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the government of South Africa to seek to ensure that street children are...

      Southern Africa: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has recently altered its travel advice in respect of areas close to the Cabinda province of Angola.

      Sri Lanka: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the EU to make a final decision on existing preferential trade concessions for Sri Lanka; and if he will make a...

      Turkmenistan: 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 Turkmenistan.

  • Treasury

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions the then Chancellor of the Exchequer had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the availability of funding for the purchase of...

    • Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government reached a binding agreement with the Government of Iceland on the repayment of that country's debt to the UK prior to the...

      British Bankers' Association: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much each bank in receipt of public funding has spent on funding the British Bankers' Association since public funding was made available to it.

      Cheques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with (a) the Payments Council and (b) British banks on the development of a practical alternative to replace cheques...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of child benefit claims in 2009-10 to date have not been processed within (a) 20 days, (b) 40 days, (c) 60 days, (d) 90...

      Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to ensure that (a) child benefit and (b) child tax credit are received by the parent with care in cases where the...

      Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average it took to process a claim for (a) child benefit and (b) child tax credit in the last 12 months.

      Child Benefit: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average and (b) longest time taken to resolve a child benefit complaint was in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07, (iii) 2007-08 and (iv) 2008-09.

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of childcare providers who have declined to accept payment through the childcare voucher scheme.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in December 2009.

      Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what formal mechanisms are in place for co-operation between HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last three years.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government's Euro National Changeover Plan was last updated.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version of the Integrated Communication Plan for the Euro Changeover.

      Equitable Life Ex-gratia Payment Scheme Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met Sir John Chadwick to discuss the payment of compensation to Equitable Life policyholders.

      Excise Duties: Whisky

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much duty has been collected from the whisky industry in each of the last five years.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure Government procurement policies provide equal opportunities to businesses regardless of size.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Government departments and agencies have participated in electronic auctions facilitated by (a) the Office of Government Commerce and (b)...

      Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of owners of furnished holiday letting properties who are over the state retirement age.

      Hotels

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

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the contribution of that Department towards the housing...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's Rent Service handbook for valuing rental property for housing benefit purposes.

      Imports: Morocco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much has been received by the Exchequer in duties collected from companies importing (a) produce and (b) goods into the UK from Moroccan...

      Income Tax: Low Incomes

      To ask Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of working (a) men and (b) women earning less than the income tax personal allowance...

      Local Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 109 of the pre-Budget report 2009, Cm 7747, whether the expected £550 million of savings from local government are to be...

      Local Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 109 of the pre-Budget report 2009, what proportion of the planned £550 million of local government savings will be from more...

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tenanted properties were repossessed by mortgage lenders from landlord owners in (a) England and (b) Coventry between 2005 and 2009; what...

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of tenants who were evicted as a result of repossession of property by a mortgage lender in cases where landlords...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many income sources (a) terminated and (b) commenced during (i) 2006, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009.

      Portsmouth Gunwharf: Repayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the owners of the Gunwharf site in Portsmouth have paid to the Exchequer in clawback payments; and on what date each instalment of such payments...

      Private Finance Initiative: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many private finance initiative projects have been undertaken by his Department in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hemel Hempstead constituency in the last...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of preparing whole of Government accounts was in each year since 2000.

      Revenue and Customs: Banbury

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs has plans for staff redundancies at the Banbury tax office.

      Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on reasons for which complaints were made to Revenue and Customs about its services in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008...

      Revenue and Customs: Elgin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in (a) direct and (b) indirect taxes was (i) collected and (ii) administered by HM Revenue and Customs' office in Elgin in each year since 2006.

      Revenue and Customs: Elgin

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

      Revenue and Customs: Elgin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs plans to take to retain the knowledge of the whisky industry of the staff at its Elgin office following the closure of...

      Revenue and Customs: Elgin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consultation HM Revenue and Customs held with its staff based at Elgin over the workforce change programme; (2) what assessment has been made of...

      Revenue and Customs: Elgin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation HM Revenue and Customs undertook with the representatives of the whisky industry over the closure of its office in Elgin.

      Revenue and Customs: Elgin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has offered staff at Elgin over the workforce change programme; whether HM Revenue and Customs plans any...

      Revenue and Customs: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcomes were of the HM Revenue and Customs (a) Customer Journeys Individuals (two phases) and (b) Complaints Tracking Research (three phases)...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of calls to the tax credits helpline were terminated before being answered by an operator in (a) the month preceding the tax...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 590W, on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), what measures and indicators HMRC uses to...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what telephone lines are available for hon. Members to contact HM Revenue and Customs.

      Slough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average length of time taken was for (a) all claimant and (b) claimants who are citizens of EU A8 and A2 countries of tax credits who...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of making the personal allowance transferable between members of couples individually subject to the basic...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the status is of the national implementation programme for the In and Out of Work scheme.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many programmes for which HM Revenue and Customs is responsible have a verification procedure for access by users to (a) their tax records and (b) HM...

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis is for the statement in his Department's document, "Impact assessment of withdrawing the furnished holiday letting rules", that...

      Taxation: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent of the practice of re-designating property ownership to avoid tax liability on the sale of...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals from which ports against the (a) new rating assessments and (b) demands for retrospective payments by the Valuation Office Agency have...

      Valuation Office: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether remuneration arrangements for members of the Valuation Office Agency board include benefits in kind.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to prevent poor and vulnerable people being required to repay overpayments of tax credits received for 2003-04 and 2004-05; and if...

  • International Development

    • China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department provided to China in 2009; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) associated non-departmental public bodies plan to sign up to the 10:10 campaign...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content...

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what volume of waste his Department and its predecessors generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of this was (a)...

      Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of a safe, effective and affordable malaria vaccine.

      Developing Countries: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to develop links between schools in the UK and in developing countries.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 1014W, on overseas aid, how much expenditure by Government...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on teaching about homosexuality in personal, social, health and economic education lessons in state-funded schools.

    • Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to recruit additional teachers of (a) mathematics and (b) science; and if he will make a statement.

      Adoptive Placements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's estimate is of the number of children who returned to care after an adoptive placement in the latest period...

      National Challenge for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in the national challenge for schools; and if he will make a statement.

      National Challenge for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools did not meet the national challenge benchmark in their GCSE results for 2009.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress his Department has made towards its objective of opening 3,500 children's centres by 2010.

      Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he next expects to meet representatives of teachers' unions to discuss policy on exclusions.

      CAFCASS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service's budget was in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and what...

      Children: Homelessness

      UKHL 26; and if he will make a statement.

      Children's Rights Director

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many individual children's cases the Children's Rights Director's office considered in 2009.

      Classroom Assistants: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent teaching assistants there were in schools in Stroud constituency in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assets of his Department are planned to be sold in each year from 2009-10 to 2013-14; what the (a) description and (b) book...

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on bottled drinking water since 1 April 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much expenditure his Department has incurred in respect of (a) air, (b) rail, (c) taxi and (d) car travel undertaken by...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each year cohort were eligible for free school meals in each year since 1997.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 15 year olds entitled to free school meals achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and...

      Gifted Children: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils at schools in Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency have been identified as gifted and...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish the results of his consultation on home education registration and monitoring.

      Literacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he expects his Department to spend on giving free books to 11-year-olds in each of the next three years; and if he will...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many pupils with a valid level of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the information in Table 6 of DCSF: National Curriculum...

      National Safeguarding Delivery Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the budget is of the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Physical Education: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department and its predecessors have allocated for the encouragement of physical exercise for pupils in...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the unauthorised absence rate was for pupils in (a) Lewes constituency and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average (a) authorised, (b) unauthorised and (c) persistent absence rate for (i) boys and (ii) girls at Key Stage 4...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the recording in statistics on absenteeism those children who are receiving treatment, in hospital or at...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals were classified as...

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether pupils who do not attend school because of (a) travel difficulties and (b) school closure in severe weather are...

      Pupils: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on local health services training for school staff in the...

      Pupils: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with epilepsy there are in mainstream schools.

      Schools: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much local authorities spent on IT procurement for schools in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Schools: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have closed owing to adverse weather conditions in (a) Leicester, (b) the East Midlands and (c) England in...

      Secondary Schools: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average staff to pupil ratio is in secondary schools in (a) York and (b) England.

      Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough...

      Specialist Schools and Academies Trust: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the income of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (a) is in 2009-10 and (b) is expected to be in 2010-11 from (i)...

      Vetting: Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Aylesbury of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1106W, on schools:...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged between 16 and 18 have (a) been given and (b) breached an antisocial behaviour order in Birmingham, Sparkbrook and...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department has allocated to initiatives to tackle antisocial behaviour in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b)...

      Arrests: Passports and Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been arrested for offences connected to forgery of passports in each year since 1997; (2) how many people have...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1529W, on asylum:...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1529W, on asylum:...

      British Crime Survey: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people in North Wales was reported by the British Crime Survey as very worried about (a) theft from a car, (b) burglary...

      Burglary: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of burglary were recorded in Birmingham in each year since 2005.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department has allocated to (a) the Tackling Knives Action Programme and (b) the Tackling Gangs Action Programme for (i)...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) 10 police forces and (b) basic command units recorded the (i) largest reductions in crime and disorder rates in the last 10 years...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on crime awareness campaigns in universities in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) muggings and (b) snatch thefts of mobile telephones were recorded in (i) London and (ii) England and Wales in each year since...

      Crime: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving the use of a knife were recorded by police in Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency in the last three...

      Crime: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many recorded incidents of robbery there were (a) in total and (b) per head in Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath...

      Crime: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were recorded (a) in total and (b) per capita in Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency in the last three years.

      Crime: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of recorded crime was in Birmingham in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Crime: Houghton-le-Spring

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

      Crimes of Violence: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders received a police caution for grievous bodily harm in Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency in each year...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has allocated to spend on maintaining its Flickr channel in 2009-10.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has allocated to maintenance of its Twitter feed in 2009-10.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people work on his Department's social media and networking sites; and at what cost in 2009-10.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press releases his Department has issued in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest estimate is of the level of failure demand in each call centre run by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of recorded crimes of each type were detected using DNA profiles from the national DNA database in the latest...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each region were convicted of (a) a motoring offence that resulted in a fatality and (b) careless driving in 2008.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to Public Service Agreement 25 on drug-related offending, referred to on page 15 of his Department's Autumn Performance Report...

      Drugs: Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders received a police caution for the possession of drugs in each year since 2006.

      Emergency Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attacks on (a) police, (b) fire and (c) ambulance services responding to 999 calls were recorded in each police force area in...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those granted visas to study in the UK in the last three years subsequently did not complete their courses.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

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

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

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

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations his Department has received in the last 12 months on the issue of a two-year visa for a person to visit a spouse...

      Exclusion Orders: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what subjects at what level had been taught to foreign national students who have been deported from the UK on grounds of national security...

      Fixed Penalties: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty fines (a) have been issued and (b) remain outstanding or not paid in (i) West Chelmsford constituency and (ii)...

      Identity and Passport Service: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had registered an interest in identity cards and the National Identity Service on the Identity and Passport Service website...

      Identity and Passport Service: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1388W, on departmental legal costs, what the reasons are for the costs...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 145W, on identity cards, what proportion of the 2,400 applicants have been...

      Identity Cards: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether children who apply for a national identity card will have their fingerprints taken.

      Identity Cards: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who are not required to have an identity card have applied for a voluntary national identity card.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals are recorded on the National Identity Register.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to Lord Stoddart of Swindon of 14 October 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, columns 26-7WA, on the...

      National Identity Scheme Commissioner: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff work for the Office of the Identity Commissioner.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police warrant cards have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in each year since 1997.

      Police: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff there were in Greater Manchester in (i) 1997, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009;...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the (a) largest, (b) smallest and (c) average expenditure was on a Serious and Organised Crime Agency operation in each year...

      Theft: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what crime rates were reported for (a) vehicle-related theft and (b) burglary in a dwelling in North Wales in each of the last three years.

      Vauxhall

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Genetically Modified Organisms: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research he has evaluated on the effects on mammalian health of genetically-modified products.

    • Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the fee accompanying a planning application for a wind turbine development is allocated to the local...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities: Complaints

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the number and percentage of charities which do not have established complaints procedures in the latest year for which...

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding her Department has provided to charities to tackle socio-economic disadvantage and promote social inclusion in the last 12 months.

      Civil Servants: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which executive agencies are not deemed to be part of the civil service for the purposes of civil service headcounts.

      Civil Servants: Personnel Management

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the written ministerial statement of 24 June 2009, Official Report, column 57WS, on Report to Parliament on Civil Service...

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance her Department has produced for other departments on re-employing former civil servants as (a) fee-paid staff, (b) contractors, (c)...

      Civil Servants: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 1035W, on civil servants: pay, if she will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Death: Obesity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many obesity-related deaths there have been in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the written statement of 24 November 2009, Official Report, column 34WS, on the departmental expenditure limit 2009-10, what the...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by primary legislation sponsored by her Department since 1 May 2008.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 18 May 2009, Official Report, column 1254W, on departmental manpower, what the job title was of each of the 200 staff...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much her Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last three years; (2) how much has...

      Departmental Reprography

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the yearly running costs, excluding value added tax and including service fees and rental costs, of a photocopier in her Department were in the...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of her Office's most recent organisational chart.

      Disclosure of Information: Home Office

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether her Department plans to respond to the parts of the Review of the lessons learned from the Metropolitan Police Service's investigation of Home...

      Electorate

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the difference was between the size of the electorate in each parliamentary constituency in 1997 and (a) the date of dissolution of the 2001-05...

      Employment: Portsmouth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in the (a) service sector and (b) financial sector in Portsmouth; and how many people are employed in (i) commerce and...

      Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 411W, on disclosure of information, if she will place in the Library a copy...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent on information and communication technology across central Government in the latest year for which information is available.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on information and communications technology across central Government since 1997-98.

      Government Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the Central Office of Information's White Book produced for the second half of 2009.

      Government Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many layers of line management there are in her Department; and what estimate she has made of the average number of layers of line management in...

      Health: Torbay

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

      Intelligence Services: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the cost to the public purse was of the Scope IT project; how much was paid to IBM in respect of the project; and how much is planned to be...

      Job Creation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate (a) the Office of National Statistics and (b) the UK Statistics Authority has made of the number of net additional jobs created by the...

      Life Expectancy: South West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average life expectancy for (a) men and (b) women in each constituency in Devon and Cornwall geographical region (i) is and (ii) was in (A)...

      Ministers: Meetings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her Department's timetable is for the publication online of information about ministerial meetings with outside interest groups.

      National Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment she has made of energy and climate change-related threats to national security.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much was spent from the public purse on executive non-departmental public bodies in 2008-09; (2) how much has been spent from the public...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) mean and (b) median full-time wage for (i) private sector and (ii) public sector employees was in (A) 1997 and (B) the most recent period...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average percentage rise in salary has been for (a) members of the academic staff in further education colleges, (b) teachers in secondary...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) men and (b) women in each local authority area earn more than £100,000 per annum.

      Private Sector: Productivity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what measures the Office for National Statistics uses of private sector productivity; and what estimate has been made of the change in private sector...

      Public Sector: Productivity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what measures the Office for National Statistics uses of public sector productivity; and what estimate has been made of the change in public sector...

      Public Services Forum Task Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what dates the Public Services Forum task group on the Joint Statement on Access to Skills, Trade Unions and Advice in Government Contracting has met...

      Third Sector: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the National Code of Governance for the Voluntary and Community Sectors;...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessor has spent on advertising apprenticeship schemes and services in each of...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of people starting apprenticeship schemes have been from an ethnic minority background since...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many people have dropped out of apprenticeships in each year since 1997; (2) how many people started but...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many people aged (a) between 16 and 18, (b) 18 and 25 and (c) over 25 years old started an advanced...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in which industry sectors have apprenticeships been created under the National Apprenticeship Service.

      Apprentices: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average cost to the public purse of a fully-funded apprenticeship was in the last period for which figures...

      Apprentices: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent per adult student participating in (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships in the...

      Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will undertake an impact assessment for the (a) retail and (b) bill payments sector of Camelot's proposed...

      Child Care Facilities: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of companies in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds and (c)...

      Construction: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much expenditure under each budgetary heading his Department has spent on advertising the TrustMark scheme in each...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department holds records on the efficiency achieved by its (a) executive agencies and (b)...

      Departmental Health and Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether written health and safety advice is issued to new employees in his Department.

      Departmental Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many iPods have been bought by his Department since its establishment; and at what cost.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which websites his Department's staff are blocked from accessing on networked computers.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on maintaining its Flickr channel in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Departmental Trade Union Side Officers agreement.

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many trade union side officers are employed by his Department; and how many full-time equivalent staff in his...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, columns 420-21W, on digital broadcasting: radio, whether...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of (a) the availability of radio microphones and similar technologies that will be...

      English Language

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many English language schools have been found to be operating below standard upon inspection in the last 12...

      English Language

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have been certified by English language schools in the period between those schools being deemed to...

      Further Education: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many colleges have (a) applied for and (b) received exceptional support funding from the Learning and Skills...

      Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many full-time officials in his Department have responsibility for policy on the retail petrol industry; and...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of university students who have withdrawn from a course as a result of a delay...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals took up a...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount of financial support provided by (a) UK and (b) non-UK (i) private sector...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what higher educational facilities in the UK receive funding from overseas Governments.

      Higher Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, column 810W, on higher education: admissions, what the...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many non-EU overseas students were accepted onto an undergraduate or postgraduate course, paid their fees, and...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received from university and college unions on his Department's proposed changes to...

      Higher Education: Torbay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many residents of Torbay constituency attended university (a) in 1997 and (b) in the most recent academic year...

      Higher Education: Wirral

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to establish a University of Wirral under its new University Challenge scheme.

      Industrial Relations: Former Commissioners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons the offices of (a) the Commissioner for Rights of Trade Union Members and (b) the Commissioner for...

      Jobcentre Plus: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure effective co-operation between college and university careers services...

      Minimum Wage: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of people in work in Salford have received pay at the national minimum wage rate since...

      Morocco

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what export of military equipment to Morocco for use in Western Sahara he most recently licensed; and on what date.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the implication for competition in the UK retail motor industry of the European...

      National Physical Laboratory

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the value added to the economy by the National Physical Laboratory.

      Offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employees of his Department and its agencies have been convicted of a criminal offence of each type in each...

      Origin Marking

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will put in place procedures to record separately the export of products to those Moroccan settlements in the...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many foreign nationals have studied at English language schools in England which have subsequently been closed for...

      Policy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Vauxhall constituency, the effects on...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on levels of investment by the programme making and special events sector in...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the migration of programme making and special events users from the digital dividend spectrum channels...

      Regional Development Agencies: Property

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) address and (b) area is of each regional development agency property which is (i) occupied and (ii)...

      Royal Mail: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with Royal Mail on delivery routes in areas which are not receiving mail because of...

      Students: Gloucestershire

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

      Students: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students normally resident in Gloucestershire have (a) attended and (b) received student loans to attend...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from what supermarkets he has received representations on the recommendation of the Competition Commission to...

      Training: Autism

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations his Department has received on the skills and training requirements of people with autism.

  • Justice

    • Burges Salmon Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many representations he has received from hon. Members on the conduct of Burges Salmon LLP Solicitors.

    • Convictions: Video Recordings Act 1984

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there have been under section (a) 9, (b) 10, (c) 11, (d) 12, (e) 13 and (f) 14 of the Video Recordings Act 1984 as amended by...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many certificated bailiffs have been struck off the HM Courts Service bailiff register in the last 36 months; and on what grounds such bailiffs may...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for the commencement of the provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 relating to allowing a judgment creditor...

      Debts: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether HM Courts Service's evaluation of taking payments from debtors by credit card is now complete.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2008; what proportion of the total work force they represented; what the total amount of...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding his Department has allocated for (a) year-end and (b) in-year bonuses for its staff in 2009-10.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 paid in such...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group who were prosecuted for speeding offences were subsequently found to be without (i) insurance and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for the introduction of individual electoral registration.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sales orders in respect of residential property there were in each year since 1997; and how many charging orders over residential properties...

      Hunting Act 2004: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions, (b) convictions and (c) cautions there were for offences under the Hunting Act 2004 in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009 to date.

      KBR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has entered into any contracts with Kellogg, Brown and Root or its subsidiaries since January 2009.

      Land Registry: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of (a) the number of staff expected to leave posts at the Land Registry as a result of the review of its offices and (b) the...

      Land Registry: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason the (a) Chief Executive and (b) Director of Operations left their positions at the Land Registry; and if he will make a statement.

      Magistrates Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which magistrates courts do not have on-site facilities for payment to be made in person.

      Magistrates Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the collection rate is for fines levied by each magistrates court.

      Magistrates Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which magistrates courts have withdrawn in-person fine payment facilities in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 14 December 2009 concerning a constituent.

      Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the statutory legal grounds are by which it is claimed the Act of Settlement excludes illegitimate children from a right to succession to the...

      Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the UK's interpretative declaration in respect of articles 9 and 10 of the European Convention on the Legal Status of Children Born Out Of...

      Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what external legal advice he has taken in respect of the rights of illegitimate children in succession to the Crown, and the UK's interpretative...

      Multiple Publication Rule

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to his Department's consultation on defamation, the internet and the multiple publication rule.

      National Standards for Enforcement Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the National Standards for Enforcement Agents.

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to his Department's consultation on the future of the Parole Board.

      Pleural Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent staff are working on preparation of his Department's response to its consultation on pleural plaques.

      Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juveniles remanded in custody were subsequently (a) acquitted and (b) given a non-custodial sentence in (i) a magistrates' court and (ii) the...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women released from prison in each year since 2000 had served (i) four, (ii) five, (iii) six, (iv) seven, (v) eight, (vi) nine...

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to his Department's second consultation on the voting rights of prisoners.

      Prisons: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons in England and Wales provide (a) free parking and (b) charged parking for (i) disabled and (ii) other visitors.

      Privacy: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department issues guidance to other Government Departments on the circumstances in which privacy impact assessments are (a) required and...

      Public Sector: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what grounds a public body may make a request under the Re-Use of Public Sector Information rules.

      Rape

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

      Red Hook Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the US authorities on the Red Hook Project; and whether he plans to introduce such a project.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the further use of restorative justice schemes in respect of young people.

      Road Traffic Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average fine was imposed for each type of (a) summary non-motoring offence, (b) summary motoring offence and (c) indictable offence in 2008.

      Standards Board for England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 19 October 2009, Official Report, column 1321W, on the Standards Board for...

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to his Department's consultation on weekend voting.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sentences for each type of offence were handed down to young offenders in 2009.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juveniles sentenced to a custodial sentence in the last year for which information is available had served more than three previous custodial...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the policy of the Youth Justice Board is on access by former employees to (a) laptops, (b) emails, (c) electronic files and (d) information...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Friendly Fire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons have been learnt from casualties caused by "friendly fire" in (a) Afghanistan, and (b) Iraq, in order to reduce such instances in the future. To ask...

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact the introduction of a policy of minimum pricing for alcoholic drinks would have on revenues to HM Treasury. To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much would be due from Airbus to the Government or vice versa, under the contractual conditions applying on 31 December 2009, should they cancel their order...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers would find further employment within three months if their order for the...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with Boeing or Lockheed the availability of C17s or C130s should they decide to cancel their order for the A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with the Government of the United States how Her Majesty's Government could satisfy their airlift requirements, should they cancel...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what type of mission or capability the A400M aircraft will be used for that cannot be satisfied by a combination of C130s and C17s.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have asked the United States Air Force how it performs the roles that Her Majesty's Government envisages being performed by the A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their defence procurement policy takes account of the production lines of both the C130 and the C17 still being open.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when is the next occasion for a decision by the consortium of participating countries to cancel the A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish any representations they have received from other members of the consortium on the possible cancellation of the A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any enquiries from any other members of NATO as to the possibility of buying the A400M aircraft. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they...

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the order for the A400M aircraft had been cancelled as of 31 December 2009.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many orders they expect to be placed for the A400M aircraft in 2010 from countries who are not part of the manufacturing consortium.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for how many months they forecast the Royal Air Force will run a three aircraft fixed wing transport fleet, should the order for the A400M aircraft continue.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much degradation to the original specifications of the A400M aircraft would cause them to reduce their financial contribution to the programme.

      Armed Forces: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the gross cost to the United Kingdom taxpayer of the British military presence in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq, (c) Falkland Islands, (d) Northern Ireland...

      Armed Forces: Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan for new Chinook helicopters to be given clearances with limited evidence, allowing them to be in service quickly.

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of lending by the United Kingdom retail banking sector to small and medium-sized enterprises; and what steps they will...

      Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the practice of paying bonuses to civil servants began; and what was the total paid in each year since 1997.

      Chief of the General Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what public posts Sir Richard Dannatt has been appointed since his retirement as Chief of the General Staff.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the take-up of child tax credits for nursery provision is at its current level.

      Children: Childcare Places

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how 600,000 childcare places for two year-olds will be funded.

      Credit Cards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that when a customer makes a payment against their credit card debt it is allocated to the debt attracting the highest rate...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what Bills were introduced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its predecessors in each session since 2005.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criminal offences have been created by Acts of Parliament promoted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its predecessors since 2005.

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chairman of Committees further to his Written Answer on 23 October 2009 (WA 100) on carbon emissions, whether he will write the letter referred to in the Answer.

      EU: Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to promote competitiveness and economic growth in the European Union over the next 10 years.

      EU: Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions they have drawn from the European Union Lisbon Strategy for economic growth regarding better economic co-operation in future European Union growth...

      EU: Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what targets they have proposed to European Union states for economic growth in the European Union in the next ten years.

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are proposals by the European Commission to introduce a common tax base for business; and, if so, whether they support such a measure.

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether proposals to introduce a common tax base for business would require a unanimous vote of the Council of the European Union.

      Finance: Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the level of participation in the latest auction for long-term Government bond purchases.

      Finance: Equity Release

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 2 April 2009 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 1173) on equity release, what steps they have taken since then...

      Government Departments: Electronic Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments hold personal information in electronic form on archive; and what rules govern extracting such information from an archive or moving it between...

      Government: Office Equipment

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

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Crawley on 19 January (WA 236-7), what proportion of United Kingdom gross domestic product was represented by...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the impact of the proposed revisions to the Export Credits Guarantee Department's business principles and ancillary policies on...

      Inquiries Act 2005

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 8 December 2009 (WA 112), whether they will publish for consultation a draft protocol on when to hold an inquiry...

      Licensing: Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications there have been for live music under the Legislative Reform (Minor Variations to Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Order...

      Ofqual

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when Ofqual will be established; and what was the legal authority for making the Chief Regulator of Qualifications and Examinations Order 2009 (SI 2009/3208).

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to officials at the Traffic Enforcement Centre at Northampton County Court who make court orders accepting or rejecting out-of-time...

      Q-Fever

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prevent the outbreak of Q-Fever amongst goats in the Netherlands from reaching the United Kingdom.

      Retirement Age

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they will send to organisations advocating an end to compulsory retirement ages.

      Schools: Reading

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they respond to the comments made by the Communications Champion Jean Gross that many children lack the vocabulary skills to ensure future employment.

      Schools: Reading

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have yet to respond to the recommendation of the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum by Sir John Rose about introducing synthetic phonics in schools.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much income tax was paid by writers on the sale of their archives in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, and (c) 2008-09.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what parliamentary committees and authorities were consulted over the 2008 extensions to the Westminster World Heritage Site.

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