Written answers

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 373W, on Olympic Games 2012: human trafficking, what progress she has made in...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Bars

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, columns 825-26W, on bars, (1) what the existing...

    • Bars

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, columns 825-26W, on bars, what advice the House...

      Bars

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 959W, on bars, what plans the Commission...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many days on average were taken by the Crown Prosecution Service in each area to provide advice to the police on charges for offences of (a) rape, (b) domestic...

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Pay

      To ask the Solicitor-General on what criteria bonus payments for travelling to work during the severe weather were made to Crown Prosecution Service staff in 2009.

      Dynamic Decisions Capital Management

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the investigation of Dynamic Decisions Capital Management undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office has been concluded.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent representations he has received on the level of contribution from central Government towards church repairs.

    • Religious Buildings: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what assessment he has made of the effects of recent changes to funding of English Heritage grants on churches and...

  • Justice

    • Healthy Relationships programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many prisons the healthy relationships offender behaviour course is offered and how many prisoners are waiting to participate on that course in...

    • Convictions: Video Recordings Act 1984

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (a) how much was levied in fines, (b) how many custodial sentences were handed down and (c) what the average length was of sentences imposed following...

      Coroners: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent steps have been taken to improve the service provided by the Coroners Service for Northern Ireland; (2) what steps he plans to take to...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many recovery notices have been made under section 7A of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995; and how much compensation has been so recovered.

      Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners who received indeterminate sentences for public protection at each tariff length have been received into custody in each month...

      Cycling: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines for cycling on pavements have been issued in each local highway authority area in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible sell information on a commercial basis to (i)...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of driving without insurance in each justice administrative area in each year since 1997.

      Driving Offences: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) hit and run accidents, (b) hit and run accidents in which the driver did not have insurance and (c) hit and run drivers taken to court...

      Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by (a) HM Courts Service and (b) his Department in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath...

      Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the advice of the Attorney-General on the rights of illegitimate children in a succession to the Crown (a) was requested prior to and (b) has...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which organisations he (a) has consulted and (b) plans to consult regarding the proposed reduction in the number of staff at the National Offender...

      Office for Legal Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what guidance has been issued to the Legal Complaints Service on the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)...

      Office for Legal Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff work at the Office for Legal Complaints; and what the job description is for each post held by such staff.

      Office for Legal Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse has been of establishing the Office for Legal Complaints; and whether he expects further such costs to be incurred.

      Office for Legal Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the Office for Legal Complaints to begin to accept complaint cases for consideration.

      Prison Service and Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure equality of opportunity in respect of staff on the Prison Service surplus list and Probation Service secondees in...

      Prison: Programmes and Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection have (a) had access to and (b) completed (i) one or more sex offender...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons who received indeterminate sentences for public protection and who have passed their minimum tariff date have been released in each...

      Prisons: Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what direction he has given to each prison governor on budgets for the financial year 2009-10.

      Probation Service: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of the Probation Service in England and Wales who have been diagnosed with a disability are currently subject to (a) informal and (b)...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been which resulted in a conviction in each of the last six months.

      Public Sector: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many requests made to the Office of Public Sector Information's Public Sector Information Unlocking Service beta have been (a) accepted and (b) refused.

      Royal Family: Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at whose request the process for the creation of a new practice for the sealing of royal wills following the death of Princess Margaret was initiated.

      Working Group on Libel Law Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the membership is of his working group on libel law review; (2) what the terms of reference are of his working group on libel law review; (3)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many exotic animal licences were granted by each London borough in each of the last three years; and if he will make a...

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to discuss Professor Sir Patrick Bateson's report on legislation on dangerous dogs with its author.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to redefine controls on dangerous dogs to apply to all dogs rather than specific breeds.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

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

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) have to impose...

      Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has issued guidance to local authorities on the contribution of savings made as a consequence of...

      Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's Food 2030 strategy document, what plans he has to introduce compulsory household food...

      Fish Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he made of the sustainability of fish stocks in each of the last three years.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much is planned to be spent by (a) his Department, (b) local authorities and (c) the Environment Agency on flood and...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by (a) his Department, (b) local authorities and (c) the Environment Agency on flood and coastal...

      Fly-Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of fly-tipping.

      Food: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will issue guidance to local authorities and other public bodies in respect of the purchase of endangered seafood; and...

      Food: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) meat, (b) eggs, (c) bread, (d) wheat, (e) fruit, (f) vegetables and...

      Food: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of domestic (a) meat, (b) eggs, (c) bread, (d) wheat, (e) fruit, (f) vegetables...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission a study into the possible effects of consumption of genetically modified maize on animal health.

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of consumption of genetically modified feedstuffs on animal health in the last two...

      Hares: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of making the hare a protected species; and if he will make a statement.

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 963W, on agriculture: waste disposal, what provision of...

      Monuments: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which sites and monuments in the guardianship of the Secretary of State have (a) current and (b) lapsed conservation or...

      Monuments: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any sites and monuments in the guardianship of the Secretary of State are on the English Heritage Monuments at Risk...

      Monuments: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites and monuments in the guardianship of the Secretary of State have been damaged by vandalism requiring remedial...

      Monuments: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's strategy is in respect of deterrence of vandalism to sites and monuments in the guardianship of the...

      River Dee: Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the size of the salmon population in the river Dee in the last (a) two, (b) five, (c) 10 and...

      River Dee: Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the size of the salmon population in the river Dee.

      Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on...

      Special Areas of Conservation: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 157W, on special areas of conservation: Cumbria,...

      Supermarkets: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his most recent estimate is of the amount of food produce disposed of by supermarkets which has passed its sell-by...

      Tuna: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he made of the outcome of the November 2009 meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of...

      Tuna: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 687W, on tuna: conservation, whether he plans to take...

      Water Charges: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) his Department and (b) Ofwat has received representations from the Office of the Third Sector over the new...

  • Transport

    • Airports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what criteria his Department use to assess the merits of proposals to expand airports; what changes to these criteria there have been since...

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to utilise passenger data for risk assessment purposes at airport security screening check points.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many people travelled on local buses under the concessionary fare scheme in each (a) passenger transport executive and (b)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much his Department (a) budgeted to spend and (b) spent on (i) support for passenger rail franchises and (ii) Transport...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much his Department (a) budgeted to spend and (b) spent on (i) the congestion Transport Innovation Fund and (ii) the...

      Driving Offences: Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the code of practice for operation of CCTV enforcement cameras and (b) a code of practice...

      Driving Offences: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of people who drive (a) whilst using a mobile telephone, (b) without...

      Driving: Licenses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what mechanisms exist to ensure that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's enforcement policy is (a) proportionate, (b) transparent,...

      First Capital Connect: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what representations Ministers in his Department have (a) made to and (b) received from First Capital Connect on industrial action by...

      First Capital Connect: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many items of correspondence he has received on the recent industrial action by drivers on the First Capital Connect Thameslink route.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to facilitate the introduction of a rail link between Woking and Heathrow airport.

      Ice and Snow: Merseyside

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will discuss with Wirral borough council (a) damage caused by ice to roads in the borough and (b) the clearance of snow from main...

      Parking Offences: Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 644W, on parking: fines, which local authority uses automatic number...

      Railways: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many rail services in England and Wales were cancelled owing to adverse weather conditions in January 2010; and how many such services...

      Railways: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which train operating companies operated reduced timetables on (a) 6, (b) 7 and (c) 8 January 2010; and what reason was given by each...

      Railways: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has made a recent assessment of the resilience of the rail network in (a) Greater London and (b) the south-east to severe...

      Regional Planning and Development: Transport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which public bodies are responsible for the content of (a) regional transport plans and (b) transport chapters of regional spatial strategies.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many persons injured in road traffic accidents did not receive full compensation for injuries sustained in cases where the driver of the...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what legislative provisions in respect of street lighting are in force; what changes there have been to such legislation since its...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the renewal of street lighting; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of grit and salt to treat roads and pavements in (a) Leicester, (b) the...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many snow ploughs provided by his Department were in operation in (a) Leicester and (b) the east midlands in January 2010.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport from what sources the salt used to treat roads in (a) Leicester and (b) the east midlands is procured.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many A-roads in Leicestershire were closed owing to adverse weather conditions in January 2010.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many roads for which his Department has responsibility in (a) Leicester, (b) the east midlands and (c) nationwide were closed owing...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much salt has been available to (a) each Lancashire district council and (b) Lancashire county council in anticipation of its...

      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...

      Transport: Weston-super-Mare

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when a decision will be made on programme entry for the Weston Transport Package.

      Underground Railways: Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what arrangements his Department has made under the London Underground public-private partnership to ensure the continued operation of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Braintree constituency receive carer's allowance; and how many of these are in paid employment.

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will make it her policy to determine the award of cold weather payments by geographical area rather than by postcode.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which websites her Department's staff are prevented from accessing from departmental networked computers.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of pupils permanently excluded from school in (a) England, (b) the north-east and (c) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people who reached the end of their entitlement to contribution-based jobseeker's allowance went to (a) claim income-based...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps her Department has taken to assist those in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency to...

      Maternity Benefits: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women resident in Preston have been awarded the Sure Start Maternity Grant since its introduction.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with mental health problems have been referred to the Pathways to Work programme since its inception; and how many of them (a)...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the announcement of the review of the Pathways to Work scheme in her Department's White Paper on Building Britain's Recovery,...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Braintree constituency receive (i) income-related and (ii) contributory employment and...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will bring forward proposals to ensure that a benefit claimant's first sanction for an offence should not involve loss of benefit.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the outcome of Operation Golf in respect of identification of benefit fraud originating outside the UK; and...

      War Pensions: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of local authorities disregard war pension payments for the purposes of means testing for (a) council tax and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Pledge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received from the construction industry on the housing pledge; and if he will make a statement.

    • Council Tax Rebanding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations his Department has received on council tax rebanding; and if he will make a statement.

      Business Rate Revaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which types of business he expects to experience the highest increase in rateable values as a result of the April 2010 business...

      Business Rate Revaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will conduct an impact assessment on the effect on businesses of the 2010 business rate revaluation.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology his Department plans to use to evaluate the effectiveness of the home information pack programme; and if he...

      Economic Regeneration: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the performance of local authorities in promoting economic regeneration in the north-west.

      North West Bicester Eco-town

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce the level of growth funding which his Department will provide to Cherwell District Council in...

      Connecting Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's connecting communities programme.

      Connecting Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have used his Department's connecting communities programme to place people seeking work in vacancies...

      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 60W, on the Audit Commission:...

      Children in Care: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications for children's homes under Class C2 of the Town and Country Planning Order 1987 were (a)...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on bottled drinking water in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much expenditure was incurred in the (a) disposal and (b) modification of signage consequent on the creation of his Department.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what average time his Department took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named...

      Floods: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much (a) Cumbria County Council and (b) the Lake District National Park Authority has (i) applied for and (ii)...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the average deposit paid by a first-time home-buyer.

      Housing: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new additional places in supervised homes the Government plan to fund to house all 16 and 17-year-old single parents.

      Local Government and Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the provisions relating to public sector pensions announced in the pre-Budget report 2009 will apply to the (a) local...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for bringing forward secondary legislation relating to unitary local government restructuring in Norfolk,...

      Regeneration: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the forum to co-ordinate cross-Government working in coalfield areas met in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and who...

      Repossession Orders: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been repossessed in each (a) district, (b) county and (c) unitary authority area in the south- east in...

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration his Department has given to the effectiveness of local authority distribution of car snow chains to...

      Social Rented Housing: South-East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built by (a) social landlords and (b) local authorities for owner occupation in each (i) district,...

      Social Rented Housing: South-East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been available for rent from (a) social landlords and (b) private landlords in each (i) district, (ii)...

      Streatham

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

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the media background briefing note accompanying the Prime Minister's announcement on places in supported...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council for England: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the reason for the cost of (a) the finance function of his Department and (b) the (i) finance function...

    • Cultural Heritage: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made on the development and implementation of a policy on historic ships; how many historic vessels...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible sell information on a commercial...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department and its agency; how many...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2010, Official Report, column 1068W, on departmental public relations, what services were provided...

      Digital Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the effect of digital switchover of radio on local and community commercial radio stations in Scotland;...

      Digital Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with broadcasters to ensure that public service radio broadcasting continues to provide universal coverage...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people attended the c&binet event at The Grove on 26 to 28 October 2009; and how many were (a) creative ambassadors, (b)...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who attended his meeting with c&binet ambassadors on 27 July 2009; and what expenditure was incurred on (a) food, (b) drink, (c)...

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department arising from the severe weather conditions in the period 4 January to 18...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital accident and emergency staff in each region were hospitalised as a result of being assaulted while on duty in each of the last two years.

    • Ambulance Services: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of recent severe weather conditions on ambulance response times in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and...

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to monitor the take-up of the NHS Vascular Checks programme for people aged between 40 and 74; and if he will make...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of 18 were admitted to hospital with an (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of poisoning by drugs in each strategic...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with which countries the NHS has reciprocal arrangements for health treatment.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) GP surgeries and (b) pharmacies in England are providing NHS Health Checks to people aged between 40 and 74; (2) what systems his...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average life expectancy was for people in each (a) local authority and (b) health authority area in each of the last three years.

      Livestock: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons guidance on food chain information for keepers of cattle, sheep and goats regarding procedure for animals sent to slaughter after 1...

      Mental Health Services: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to the provision of cognitive behavioural therapy in the Birmingham area in each of the last three years.

      Neurology: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the review of paediatric neurological services by the National Specialised Commissioning Group; and what effects he expects...

      NHS: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Health Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government on the application to NHS charity funds associated with hospitals in...

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the merits of extending the Joint Statement on Access to Skills, Advice and Trade Unions to include the NHS.

      NHS: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) the NHS on chaplaincy services in each of the last five years; (2) how much was spent by (a)...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) levels of obesity and (b) overall health of schoolchildren in England in each of the last three years.

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to evaluate the effectiveness of self-care by patients; what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of...

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intrapartum deaths of babies occurred in each primary care trust (PCT) in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what...

      Social Services: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities provide (a) only critical, (b) only substantial and (c) both critical and substantial care for adults classed as the most...

      Swine Flu: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of those diagnosed with swine influenza have received Tamiflu in the last 12-months.

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence his Department has evaluated on adverse side effects arising from use of vaccines distributed during the current swine influenza epidemic.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what proportion of bone marrow transplant cases was the patient still alive five years after surgery in each of the last five years.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam of 19 March 2009, Official Report, column 1321W, on wheelchairs, if he will place in the...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) internal and (b) external reports and proposals produced by the Transforming Community Equipment and...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to answer Question 300302, on departmental pay, tabled on 18 November 2009.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-36, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, on what date it was...

    • Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training hours fast jet pilots spent on average in each aircraft type in the Royal Air Force in each (a) year since 2005 and (b) month of 2009.

      Armed Forces: Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of personnel in each service were (a) divorced and (b) separated from a spouse in each year since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many homes his Department sold in each local authority area in Scotland in each of the last two years; and how many were sold or otherwise...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation units are in each grade in each region of the UK.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which 50 substitute (a) service family and (b) single living accommodation properties in Scotland had the highest rent in the last 12 months.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 December 2009, Official Report, columns 99-100WS, on future rotary wing strategy, (1) when he...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) BlackBerrys have been provided to (i) Ministers and (ii) special advisers in his Department in 2009-10 to date;...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Haiti: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are plans to deploy elements of (a) the NATO Response Force and (b) an EU Battlegroup to Haiti.

      Haiti: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he plans to use HMS Ironduke to assist in the humanitarian effort in Haiti; (2) whether he plans to provide support from the military...

      Help for Heroes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much public funding has been awarded for the rehabilitation work of Help for Heroes (a) in total and (b) in Wales in each of the last five years.

      Milngavie Reservoir: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent discussions or correspondence he has had with representatives of Scottish Water on the security fences around Milngavie reservoir; (2)...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: RAF Welford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects Ministry of Defence Police Agency staff to be withdrawn from RAF Welford; and which organisation will assume responsibility for its...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether trained recruitment to the Defence Police Agency has ended.

      Navy: Greenock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was spent under each budgetary heading on running the Navy buildings in Greenock in each of the last five financial years; and what the...

      Navy: Greenock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current estimated value is of the Navy buildings in Greenock; and how much is planned to be spent on redeveloping those buildings.

      Navy: Greenock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian staff and (b) members of the armed forces were employed at the Navy buildings in Greenock in each of the last five years.

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current estimated value is of RAF Kinloss; and how much is planned to be spent on its redevelopment.

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent under each budgetary heading on running RAF Kinloss in Moray in each of the last five financial years; and what the equivalent budget...

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian staff and (b) armed forces staff were employed at RAF Kinloss in each of the last five years.

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maintenance costs were for RAF Kinloss in each of the last five years.

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current estimated value is of RAF Lossiemouth; and how much is planned to be spent on its redevelopment.

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent under each budgetary heading on running RAF Lossiemouth in Moray in each of the last five financial years; and what the equivalent...

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian staff and (b) armed forces staff were employed at RAF Lossiemouth in each of the last five years.

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maintenance costs were for RAF Lossiemouth in each of the last five years.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of (a) the erection of a single-storey extension with bermed earth covering and (b) the detached substation with...

      USA: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the UK-US Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty to be ratified by the US Congress.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

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

    • Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the US authorities on proposals to drop medical supplies from the air to the people of Haiti; and if...

      Non-Governmental Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria were used by his Department for the selection of organisations to participate in (a) strategic grant agreements and (b)...

      Non-Governmental Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) purpose and (b) terms are of each (i) strategic grant agreement and (ii) strategic framework partnership agreement...

      Non-Governmental Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria were used by his Department for the selection of organisations to participate in the partnership programme arrangements...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department has provided to tackle antisocial behaviour in Birmingham in the last three years.

    • Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how domestic burglaries were reported in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) England and Wales in each year since 2006.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 29W, on departmental advertising, what activities accounted for the main...

      Detection Rates: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rate in Birmingham has been in the last three years.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many convictions for criminal offences evidence from the National DNA database played a material part in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c)...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the implications of the provisions of the Prüm Treaty for the retention of information on the...

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue from fines for motoring offences in (a) Southend-on-Sea, (b) Essex and (c) England and Wales arising from detection by...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people of each (a) age, (b) ethnicity and (c) gender stopped for drink driving (i) tested positive and...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what offences his Department classifies as drug-related crime.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are on the drug rehabilitation requirements scheme.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) England, (b) Devon and (c) Torbay constituency have been (i) killed and (ii) wounded by a firearm in each year...

      Fly Tipping: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) convicted for an offence of flytipping in each London borough since 1997.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Minister took the decision to extend the scope of the Manchester area identity cards pilot scheme.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what suppliers there are under the Identity Card and National Identity Register's framework agreement.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which public bodies personal data held on the National Identity Register may be provided.

      National Mobile Phone Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) incurred in each year since 2003; and how many people were employed by NMPCU in...

      National Mobile Phone Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the minimum standards of investigation for mobile telephone crime referred to on the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit are.

      Passports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column 416W, on passports: fees and charges on which date fingerprint biometric...

      Passports: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department plans to begin issuing passports containing fingerprint data; and how many such passports it expects to issue in each of...

      Police: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers were assigned to duties in Birmingham in the last three years.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers have been employed in (i) South Tyneside, (ii) the North East and...

      Sex Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of (a) lap dancing clubs and (b) sex establishments in operation in each region in each year since 1997.

      Stop and Search: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and searches have been carried out by the Metropolitan police under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act...

      Streatham

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

      Terrorism: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of an offence under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since 2001;...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what advertising campaigns her Office has been responsible for in each of the last three years; which campaigns have (a) commenced and (b) continued...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in the Government Equalities Office in each year since its inception.

      Equality: Local Government

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will consult fire and rescue authorities on the likely effects on them of the duty to tackle socio-economic disadvantage proposed in the Equality...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) press officers and (b) communications staff were employed by his Department on the latest date for which figures are...

      Nuclear Power: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason the Office of Civil Nuclear Security has (a) stood down the armed response at Capenhurst and Springfield nuclear sites...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Central Office of Information: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment she has made of the reason for the cost of (a) the finance function and (b) the human resources function of the Central Office of...

    • Communications Electronic Security Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the Communications Electronic Security Group Annual Report for (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Kent

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the percentage change is in the number of jobseeker's allowance claimants resident in (a) Ashford and (b) Kent between 1997 and the latest period...

      National Income: Portsmouth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the gross domestic product per head of the resident population of the City of Portsmouth was in each year since 1992.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how people who do not qualify for contribution-based or income-based jobseeker's allowance but are claiming Class 1 national insurance credits, attend...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether people who do not qualify for contribution-based or income-based jobseeker's allowance but are claiming Class 1 national insurance credits and...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance (JSA) (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) in each month since...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the British missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan on improving postal services to British...

    • Afghanistan: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to UN Security Council Resolution 1325, what steps the Government is taking to ensure women from civil society...

      Ahmed Mahmoud Haddi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will direct HM Ambassador in Rabat to investigate the abduction of Ahmed Mahmoud Haddi on 28 October 2009.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to his Department's amended travel advice for Bosnia-Herzegovina issued on 12 January 2010, what assessment he...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the latest round of the UK-China human rights dialogue did not take place.

      China: International Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese government on its policy towards the Sound of Hope radio network.

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Stelios Award for business co-operation to the Government's policy...

      Cyprus: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the reasons for the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate and the implementation of UN Security Council...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in Turkey's EU accession process; and what his latest assessment is of the effects of such...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the outcome of the case of Apostolides v. Orams on progress towards a settlement...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review the advice on his Department's website concerning the purchase of property in northern Cyprus in light of the...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the proposal by the African Union Eminent Persons group for the establishment of hybrid courts to try...

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on bottled drinking water in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 1029W, on departmental manpower, what change there has been...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department and each of its...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations (a) he and (b) his Department has received from the US administration in the last 12 months on the (i)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has and with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the effect of the abolition of the overseas price...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budgetary estimates were made for his Department's expenditure on (a) counter-terrorism programmes in Pakistan, (b)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which programmes operated by his Department have had their estimated budget for 2009-10 as planned in April 2009 reduced...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1225W, on departmental training, how many face-to-face...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the evidence of the Permanent Under-Secretary to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on 9 December 2009, HC...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the evidence of the Permanent Under-Secretary to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on 9 December 2009, HC...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the evidence of the Permanent Under-Secretary to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on 9 December 2009, HC...

      Diplomatic Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 192W, on departmental manpower, what the main findings were...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the attendance of foreign ministers of EU member states at meetings of the European Council; and if he...

      Hornby System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to his Department's staff on the Hornby system for claiming for...

      Indonesia: Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Indonesian government on its decision not to grant a licence to the Sound of Hope radio...

      Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions officials in his Department have had with the US administration on the passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum...

      Lebanon: 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 Lebanon.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer the letter from the hon. Member for Romsey of 2 September 2009, on an enquiry made on behalf of her...

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to discourage UK residents from purchasing properties inside those Moroccan settlements in Western Sahara...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's role is in the arrangements for foreign visits on official business by Ministers from other Departments.

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the restrictions on access into Gaza of aid and reconstruction materials on the...

      Pirates: Hostages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British-owned and registered vessels have been captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the surrounding ocean in the...

      Polisario Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a Minister last met persons working on behalf of the Polisario Front.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress towards securing the release of Paul and Rachel Chandler who have been kidnapped...

      Soviet Union of Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department received on the alleged donation by the former Soviet Union of funds to UK-based organisations...

      Sri Lanka: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role independent international election monitors will play in Sri Lanka's forthcoming elections; and if he will make a...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to seek to ensure the complete implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan; what...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Southern Sudan on its proposal to set up a Southern Sudan Referendum Committee.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Southern Sudan on the steps to be taken to ensure that parties other than...

      Syrian Arab Republic: 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 Syria.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to recognise Moroccan sovereignty of the Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date he most recently met UK human rights and peace groups working on Western Saharan issues.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many households in the Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency a child under the age of 18 years fulfils the...

    • Children's Play: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has provided for the enhancement of public play facilities in (a) Torbay constituency and (b)...

      Class Sizes: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Lewes constituency and (ii) East Sussex in (A)...

      Class Sizes: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size in schools in Torbay constituency was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much his Department spent on extending the pre-school entitlement to two year olds in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2008-09; and...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to prevent children from being stigmatised as witches.

      School Leaving: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he expects his Department to spend in each area of expenditure on raising the education and training leaving age in each...

      Specialised Diplomas: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people are studying for 14 to 19 diplomas in (a) Leeds, West constituency and (b) West Yorkshire in academic year...

      Supervised Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many new places in supervised homes have been created for (a) 16 and 17 year olds who are parents and (b) all 16 and 17 year...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings he has had with British Telecom to discuss funding for next generation broadband services since 1...

    • Business Links

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses have received a health check from Business Link to date.

      Communication Service Providers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with Ofcom on consumer access to third party services from all (a) next...

      Companies House: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the reason for the cost of the (a) finance function and (b) IT of Companies House...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people his Department employs to maintain its participation in social media and networking sites; and what...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessor spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles in each of...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of people aged between 16 and 24 years were not in education, employment and training in...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people normally resident in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Higher Education: Chelmsford

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applicants from (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area did not get a...

      Restaurants: Hampshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies are registered under UK standard industry classification codes for restaurants in (a) Hampshire,...

      Science and Technology Facilities Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the terms of reference are of the review of the Science and Technology Facilities Council announced by the...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons full assessment of loan and grant applications made in the 2009-10 academic year have been delayed.

  • Treasury

    • Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) size and (b) regional distribution is of the buy to let portfolio of the residual portion of Bradford and Bingley owned by UK Financial...

    • Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the Exchequer of (a) withdrawing the tax exemption for employer supported childcare, (b) the...

      Coinage: Forgery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been convicted of an offence of counterfeiting coins in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what square footage of office space his Department and its agencies rent; and in respect of what proportion of such space rental is calculated on an...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average and (b) highest non-consolidated performance related payment in cash terms was for senior civil servants in HM Revenue and Customs,...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the monetary value of bank deposits insured by the Government under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

      Insolvency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies (a) his Department and (b) its (i) agencies and (ii) non-ministerial departments have made of the tax derived from fee income accruing from...

      Microgeneration: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the introduction of a feed-in tariff for micro-combined heat and power.

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross domestic product per head of population was in each of the last three years.

      Revenue and Customs: Powers of Entry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times HM Revenue and Customs officers holding writs of assistance have exercised rights to effect entry by force without obtaining warrants from...

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the running costs were of each HM Revenue and Customs office in Scotland in each of the last five years; (2) what the fixed accommodation cash...

      Smuggling: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the amount of revenue lost as a result of illegal trading in (a) cigarettes, (b) spirits, (c) diesel, (d)...

      Smuggling: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the size of the illicit market for (a) cigarettes, (b) spirits, (c) diesel and (d) petrol in Northern Ireland in each of...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of the stamp duty holiday; and how many property transactions did not attract stamp duty during the...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 16 December 2009 (WA 227-8), what were the particulars of the unplanned maintenance costs of...

    • Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 16 December 2009 (WA 227-8), to whom the £375,174 in rent for the 19 official service residences...

      Armed Forces: Senior Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 16 December 2009 (WA 227-8), which officers occupy the 19 official service residences; which officers...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will police the proposed marine protected area in the Chagos archipelago; and what are the estimated costs of establishing a full "no-take" marine reserve.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning to proceed with the proposed marine protected area for the Chagos archipelago in the context of the opposition of Mauritius and the...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the interests of the Chagos islanders will be safeguarded in their proposed marine protected area for the Chagos archipelago.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will await the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on the rights of the indigenous people of the Chagos Islands before declaring the Chagos...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will co-ordinate and publicise the United Kingdom's activities on climate change in United Nations agencies following the Copenhagen conference.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the United Kingdom's representation in United Nations agencies will promote policies to deal with the effects of climate change on water resources, energy from...

      Energy: Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will keep open beyond 2015 some of the coal and oil-fired power plants which are due to close by that date under the European Union Large Combustion...

      Energy: Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the number of extra fossil-fuel plants that will be required to back up the increase in wind farms required by European Union renewable...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the estimate by the energy consultancy Utilyx that wind energy has produced 0.2 per cent of the United Kingdom's energy requirement...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the availability of wind-produced electrical power at periods of peak demand during the recent cold weather.

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the cost of producing power from (a) on-shore wind turbines, (b) photovoltaic plants, and (c) off-shore wind turbines.

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of electricity was produced by wind turbines during the recent cold weather.

      EU: Green Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the European Union Commission's declared aim of securing green renovation for 15 million buildings in the European Union member states.

      EU: High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will have their first bilateral formal meeting with the new European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton...

      EU: President

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will have their first bilateral formal meeting with the new President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy; and what subjects they will discuss.

      Europe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries are included in their use of the word "Europe".

      Government Departments: Bonuses

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

      Higher Education: Accreditation Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 15 December 2009 (WA 211), whether Kings College of Management in Manchester remains accredited for the...

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers there have been each night so far in 2010 sheltering in the arcades around the piazza of Westminster Cathedral.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made towards controlling illegal immigration from Haiti into the Turks and Caicos Islands; and whether they anticipate any additional impact...

      Immigration: Tinsley House

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were detained at Tinsley House immigration removal centre for more than 72 hours during 2009.

      Internet: Explorer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of France and Germany about security risks of using Internet Explorer; and whether they will encourage public...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel about reopening negotiations in the near future leading to a Palestinian state.

      Kazakhstan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider any part or all of Kazakhstan to be in Europe.

      Mauritius

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of why Mauritius has withdrawn from the third round of Anglo-Mauritius talks scheduled for this month.

      Mauritius

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the government of Mauritius saying that they will not support the proposed marine protected area for the Chagos archipelago until the issues of...

      Mauritius

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect a full ban on fishing in their proposed marine protected area for the Chagos archipelago would have upon the Mauritian...

      Ministry of Defence: Estate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many empty Ministry of Defence residential properties there are in Cornwall for which there is no immediate operational requirement; and what discussions they...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is in overall charge of the security arrangements for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      Olympic Games 2012: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the residential accommodation being built for athletes participating in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London after the Games.

      Roads: Speed Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many speed or traffic light cameras in England and Wales have been vandalised in the past 10 years; and how many people have been convicted for those offences.

      Somalia: Pirates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the state of the Kenyan judicial system, any Somali pirates in future accused of interference with British registered ships will be brought to...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in stabilising the economy of the Turks and Caicos Islands since direct rule was imposed; and what are their forecasts for the islands'...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the employment opportunities on Salt Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are reviewing the Department for International Development's aid programme to Uganda following the proposed anti-homosexuality Bill.

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