Written answers

Thursday, 28 January 2010

  • Transport

    • High-Speed Rail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of progress on the development of a North-South high-speed rail link.

    • Rail Fares

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average change has been in the level of regulated rail fares since 1997.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what proposals he has to install further speed cameras on the motorway network.

      Southend Airport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent representations he has received on the expansion of Southend Airport.

      East Midlands Trains

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will discuss with East Midlands Trains the merits of reinstating non-stop passenger rail services between London St. Pancras and...

      Rail Franchise System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has for the future of the rail franchise system.

      A14

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether any air pollution mitigation measures are planned as part of the A14 improvement work; and what estimate he has made of the cost of...

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent measures he has put in place to increase security at UK airports.

      Aviation: Dual Nationality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what arrangements are in place for the advance registration of air passenger details for holders of duel citizenship who book flights and...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what provision his Department plans to make as an alternative to full body scanners for passengers with pacemakers or other implanted...

      Dartford Railway Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what funding his Department expects to provide in respect of the refurbishment of Dartford rail station.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 90W, on departmental buildings, what the...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 90W, on departmental buildings, for what...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) BlackBerrys were provided to (i) Ministers and (ii) special advisers in each year since 2007-08;...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport 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 Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department (a) budgeted to spend and (b) spent from (i) the Total Annual Managed Expenditure budget and (ii) the Departmental...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department (a) budgeted to spend and (b) spent from (i) the Annually Managed Expenditure budget and (ii) the Departmental...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department (a) budgeted to spend and (b) spent from the Annually Managed Expenditure budget on (i) Departmental Strategic...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department (a) budgeted to spend and (b) spent from the Departmental Expenditure Limit budget on (i) Departmental Strategic...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department (a) budgeted to spend and (b) spent to date from the Annually Managed Expenditure Budget on (i) Departmental...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department (a) budgeted to spend and (b) has spent to date from the Departmental Expenditure Limit Budget on (i) Departmental...

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which organisation will undertake the consultation for the new East Coast Mainline timetable; when that consultation will start and end; and...

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when the tendering process for East Coast rail services is likely to begin; and whether an option to continue Kings Cross to Glasgow via...

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the financial savings that would result from cancelling (a) the East Coast pilot fleet of the...

      Green Bus Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding from the £30 million of the Green Bus Fund announced in December 2009 has been provided to each recipient bus company;...

      Southeastern Railway: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which recent assessment he has made of the performance of Southeastern Railway in discharging its obligations under its franchise agreement.

      M25: Tolls

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many bids have been received to purchase the M25 tunnels and bridge crossings of the Thames; (2) on what date his Department...

      M25: Tolls

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) Essex county council and (b) Kent county council over the proposed sale of the M25 tunnels and bridge...

      Network Rail: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that Network Rail maintains staffing levels adequate to maintain the railway system.

      Rail Safety and Standards Board: Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research the Rail Safety and Standards Board is undertaking; and how much that research (a) has cost to date and (b) is estimated to...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 January 2010, Official Report, column 35WS, on rail franchises, whether the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many rail franchises he expects to re-tender in each of the next four years.

      Railways: Glasgow

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the timetable is for the public consultation on the future of direct London Kings Cross to Glasgow via Newcastle rail services will be;...

      Railways: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he has had with the Olympic Delivery Authority on the likely effects of any removal of the through East Coast Main Line...

      Railways: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the value for money of operating rail passenger services under public ownership; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the financial consequences arising from the introduction of main line station gating.

      Shipping: Yemen

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many vessels carrying (a) crude oil or refined products and (b) liquefied gas which berthed at UK ports in each of the last six...

      Southend Airport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the level of greenhouse gas emissions of (a) passenger and (b) cargo aircraft using...

      Southend Airport: Noise Pollution

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent representations he has received on aircraft noise at Southend Airport; what response he gave; and if he will make a statement.

      Southend Airport: Noise Pollution

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research his Department has commissioned on levels of noise pollution in the area surrounding Southend airport in the last three years.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for what reasons the Highways Agency has installed a speed camera on the A46 southbound near the Carholme roundabout at Lincoln; and what...

      Transport: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with the Joint Committee on Mobility for Disabled People; and what steps his...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs have been seized and put down in (a) Ashford constituency and (b) Kent in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons his Department decided not to complete a sustainability appraisal prior to relocating offices in 2007-08.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2008-09; what proportion of the total work force they...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) average and (b) highest non-consolidated performance related payment for senior civil servants in his...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2006.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) statutory instruments and (b) other regulations his Department has brought forward in the 2005 Parliament to meet...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria Natural England has put in place in order to enable landowners to be paid through the single payment scheme to...

      Nitrogen Oxide: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Government's application to the European Commission for a derogation from the nitrogen oxide...

  • Wales

    • Bosch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on (i) the effects on employment in companies supplying the...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department; how many officials are employed in each such...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2009, Official Report, columns 282-83W, on departmental pay, how many and what proportion of staff of his Department...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what average time his Department took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) named day questions in the last 12 months.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Access

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will take steps to ensure that the number of people attending the Parliament Choir concert on 17 March...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of Police Service of Northern Ireland police officers are Catholic.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of those who apply to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland as police officers are Catholic.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Catholics and (b) non-Catholics were recruited as police officers by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the most recent...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) empty and (b) occupied residential properties his Department owns; and what recent estimate he has made of the (i) potential annual...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what average time his Department took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day in the last 12 months.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 13 January, Official Report, column 1039W, on Arts Council England: finance, whether the methodology used to...

    • Arts Council of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 13 January, Official Report, column 1038W, on Arts Council England, what recent representations he has...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for how many non-departmental public bodies his Department is responsible.

      Licensed Premises: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many premises had a 24 hour alcohol licence in each year since 2005.

      Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the effect on local newspapers of local authority publications.

      Olympic Games: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff of (a) Sport England, (b) UK Sport and (c) the Olympic Delivery Authority plan to attend the Winter...

      Swimming: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the budget is for the PricewaterhouseCoopers evaluation of his Department's free swimming programmes; and when he expects the...

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to regulate the sale of event tickets by third parties.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what occasions the (a) Tourism Advisory Council, (b) inter-Ministerial Group on Tourism and (c) Tourism 2012 Ministerial Advisory...

      Tourism: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps his Department has taken to promote tourism in Britain.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in the Law Officers' Departments received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Solicitor-General what average time the Law Officers' Departments took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day in the last 12 months.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she plans to answer question 300379, on departmental pay, tabled on 18 November 2009.

  • Defence

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment tests using animals were conducted by his Department in each of the last five years.

    • AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the development of new nuclear weapons at Aldermaston.

      Capenhurst Nuclear Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, columns 17-18W, on radioactive materials: imports, from which countries of origin the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which departmental information technology projects have been outsourced to companies based overseas in the last three years; and what the monetary value...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what average time his Department took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day in the last 12 months.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which (a) initiatives and (b) programmes of the European Defence Agency the UK is participating; and what the cost to the UK is of each in 2009-10.

      European Defence Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial and (b) other contribution his Department has allocated to the (i) European Defence Agency and (ii) EU military staff in (A)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for North East Hampshire of 26 June and 14 August 2009 on Calthorpe Park Secondary School.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on its Green Helicopter initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who was authorised to inform the BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner about the attempt by special forces to rescue Paul and Rachel Chandler; for...

      Special Forces: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on authorising public disclosure of information on operations by special forces; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Premium: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners received a carer premium with their pension credit, housing benefit or council tax benefit in each social service authority...

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the child benefit disregard in respect of housing benefit and council tax benefit introduced on 2 November 2009 is (a) awarded without...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate she has made of the number of older people who do not claim the cold weather payment to which they are entitled.

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed the cold weather payment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what restrictions on the granting of crisis loans were introduced in 2009-10; what assessment has been made of the effects of those...

      Maternity and Paternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has spent on statutory (a) maternity and (b) paternity pay in each relevant year since 1997.

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will take steps to ensure that pensioners who have lost all or a greater part of their pension due to failed occupational pension...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of benefit payments of each type were paid into post office card accounts in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d)...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the number of children in relative poverty who will not be in relative poverty in January 2012.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners (a) aged 80 years and over have claimed the £400 winter fuel payment and (b) aged 60 years and over have claimed the...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Ashford Kent

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

  • Justice

    • Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice issued to departmental staff on stress recognition and management.

    • Bail and Accommodation Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many residents of ClearSprings properties have had their residency terminated following a breach of terms of residency in each month since June...

      Departmental Drinking Water

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

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) BlackBerrys have been provided to (i) Ministers and (ii) special advisers in his Department since the financial...

      Family Justice Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what opportunities he expects there to be for members of the public to contribute to the review of the family justice system in England and Wales...

      Filing Store Operations: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) proposals to outsource the filing store operations at Coventry and (b) alternative proposals for the...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in each of the last five years.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations his Department has received on the Land Registry accelerated transformation programme.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the percentage of land not registered with the Land Registry; and what assessment he has made of the likely effects...

      Land Registry: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of the Land Registry office in Coventry.

      Legal Complaints Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the public purse was of the consideration of a complaint by the Legal Complaints Service in each of the last five years.

      Legal Complaints Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average the Legal Complaints Service took to consider a complaint in each of the last five years.

      Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the legal advice upon which the Government rely in asserting that the provisions of Section 1 of the Act of...

      Offenders: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many adults aged between 18 and 24 years old who entered custody in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 were receiving state benefits at the time of...

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the monetary value was of each of the 10 largest (a) court-ordered payments and (b) out of court settlements made to prisoners by (i) the National...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners have died subsequent to a recommendation for parole and before their release in the last five years.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) visitors, (b) staff and (c) prisoners were caught attempting to smuggle illegal drugs into each prison in England in each of the last...

      Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children have been admitted to a mother and baby unit in (a) a prison and (b) Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women prisoners in mother and baby units are being held at locations more than 50 miles from their home address.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to identify potential ligature points in cellular accommodation in (a) HM Prison New Hall and (b) other prisons.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to replace rigid bars in shower doors and frames in cells in (a) HM Prison The Mount and (b) other prisons.

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the high level evaluation of the introduction of the standardised core day in prisons in England and Wales.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of time probation staff spend in face to face contact with offenders; and if he will make a statement.

      Slough

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

      Vauxhall

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

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to reply to Question 303548, on drugs in prisons, tabled on 26 November 2009.

      Youth Custody: Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in which (a) young offender institutions, (b) secure training centres and (c) other units juveniles are accommodated securely and meals are taken...

      Youth Custody: Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisons, (b) young offender institutions, (c) secure training centres and (d) other units in which juveniles are accommodated securely...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for sale of alcohol to a person who is drunk have been brought in each criminal justice area since 2004; and how many...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 27 October 2009, Official Report, column 284W, on antisocial behaviour, (1) which 62 areas have been...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) UK in each...

      Crime: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related incidents were recorded by each basic command unit of Hampshire Constabulary in each of the last five years.

      Crime: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the provision of SOS night-time emergency buses in urban centres; and how much he plans to allocate to (a) revenue...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has a YouTube channel.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people on the drug rehabilitation requirements scheme have been imprisoned for breaching the conditions of the scheme; and how many...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many guns were seized by the police in each year since 1997.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to reduce the availability of guns.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases in respect of potential victims of trafficking who have been referred to the National Referral Mechanism since 1 April 2009...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been referred to the human trafficking national referral mechanism by (a) police and (b) the UK Border Agency since...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities have referred children to the human trafficking national referral mechanism since its inception.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to reduce the numbers of knives used in street crime.

      Knives: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with representatives of retail businesses on the sale of knives.

      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 26-27WA, on the...

      Nosratollah Tajik

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with representatives of banking and financial institutions in respect of the request from the United...

      Nosratollah Tajik

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what occasions there have been discussions with representatives of other Government departments on the request from the United States for...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reason the Government have not introduced a new liberty test on powers of entry; (2) how many (a) new and (b) amended...

      Religious Buildings: Registration

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

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the compatibility of (a) his Department's programme of intercepting communications data and (b) the proposed...

      Terrorism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) convicted for offences relating to comments posted on social networking websites under...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 20 July 2009, Official Report, columns 816-18W, on housing: low incomes, if he will publish the...

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes had been built as a result of each Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder at 1 April 2009; how many were...

      Construction: Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many construction firms have gone into liquidation or ceased trading for other reasons in each of the last 10 years, broken...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the written ministerial statement of 30 June 2009, Official Report, columns 7-10WS, on housing, what the (a)...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the reason for the cost of the finance function of the Homes and Communities Agency referred to...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of progress towards his Department's target of three million new homes by 2026; and what estimate he...

      Shared Ownership Schemes: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people resident in Staffordshire have successfully applied for each of his Department's shared equity housing schemes.

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice issued to departmental staff on stress recognition and management.

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) representations and (b) complaints his Department has received in relation to tenancy deposit schemes in each of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were diagnosed with breast cancer in (a) Torbay constituency, (b) Torbay local authority area, (c) the South West and (d) England in...

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people resident in (a) Chorley constituency and (b) Lancashire county council area have been diagnosed with breast cancer in each year since 1997.

      Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many construction firm start ups there have been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area or the lowest geographical area...

      Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate her Department has made of the number of people seeking jobs in the construction industry.

      Death: Birmingham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the 10 most frequently recorded causes of death for (a) men, (b) women, (c) boys under the age of 18 years and (d) girls under the age of 18...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in her Department and its agency; how many officials are...

      Disadvantaged

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which of the 20 recommendations of the Better Information report from the Social Exclusion Policy Action Team 18 have (a) been implemented and (b) not...

      Electorate: Clwyd

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many electors there were in each ward in (a) Vale of Clwyd and (b) Bristol South constituency in each year since 1980.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate she has made of the gender pay gap in each (a) local authority area, (b) Government Office region and (c) parliamentary constituency.

      Ministers: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the Handbook for Ministers prepared by the National School of Government.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average annual salary was of full-time (a) members of the academic staff in further education colleges, (b) teachers in secondary schools,...

      Senior Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants in (a) Government Departments, (b) executive agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies are in receipt of a salary of...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which constituency had the highest number of its residents attending a university in each year since 1997.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Combined Heat and Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his estimate is of the likely change in the number of jobs in the micro-combined heat and power industry if a feed-in tariff for...

    • Combined Heat and Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to make an announcement on the introduction of a feed-in tariff for micro-combined heat and power.

      Fuel Poverty: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Torbay constituency and (b) the UK were in fuel poverty in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2009.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what products have received certification under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

      Warm Front Scheme: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications from residents of Birmingham to the Warm Front Scheme for (a) heating, (b) insulation and (c) heating and...

  • Treasury

    • Arm's Length Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 53 of Putting the Frontline First, Cm 7753, what the name is of each of the 750 arm's length bodies sponsored by the Government.

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many retail bank branches there are per head of population.

      Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which recommendations of the 2004 review of public sector relocation undertaken by Sir Michael Lyons have been implemented.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the ministerial correction of 9 November 2009, Official Report, column 1MC, on the National School of Government, what courses...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet representatives of the petrol retail industry to discuss the 2010 rating revaluation.

      Provident Societies: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what directives the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has issued to non-FSA regulated industrial and provident societies in Northern Ireland on the...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what mechanism the Government plans to vet public sector employment contracts paying more than £150,000; and whether that mechanism will apply to...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable has been set for the publication of the Long Term Public Finance Report's estimate of the liability of Pay-As-You-Go public service...

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Stress

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2010, Official Report, column 497W, on industrial health and safety, when his Department produced the document...

      VAT: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to regulate the price of domestic heating oil following the return in the rate of value added tax to 17.5 per cent.

  • Women and Equality

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on policies to reduce levels of human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

    • Equality Bill: Religious Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent representations she has received on the provisions of the Equality Bill relating to religion or belief; and if she will make a statement.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effect of the national minimum wage on the...

      Discrimination: Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to tackle discrimination against older workers.

  • Prime Minister

    • Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps are being taken to remove persons occupying the former ministerial residence at South Eaton Place.

  • Health

    • Asthma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost savings consequent on full implementation of the 2008 National Institute for Health and...

    • Asthma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he spent on metered dose inhalers in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to provide funding for biomedical research into the causes, transmission and treatment of (a) myalgic encephalomyelitis and...

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to protect against the transmission of vCJD through contaminated blood; which of these procedures was recommended by the...

      Contraceptives: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, column 471W, on contraceptives: health education, through what metrics the effectiveness of...

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on bottled drinking water in 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much consultants employed by his Department and its agencies have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable expenses in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Health Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1317W, on health education: internet, what the name was of the company paid...

      Health Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors were employed in (i) the South West and (ii) the South Devon Healthcare Trust in each year since 1997.

      Health: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has received from the Chief Medical Officer on the effects on public health of present trends in the level of unemployment.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances there were at (a) accident and emergency departments and (b) minor injury units in (i) December 2008 and (ii) December 2009.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been admitted to hospital in (a) Ashford constituency and (b) Kent after being attacked by a dog in the last five years.

      Human Tissue Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Human Tissue Act 2004 to ensure that the rules for informal consent apply equally to imported and exported...

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 January 2009, Official Report, columns 15-16WS, on medical care (veterans), what special provisions...

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has he made of the number of former service personnel who have received treatment for mental illness in each year since 1992.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of research carried out by Professor Paolo Zamboni of Ferrara University into the relationship between chronic...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the £161 million allocated by his Department each primary care trust spent on commissioning extended hours services.

      NHS: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) strategic health authorities, (b) acute hospital trusts and (c) foundation hospital trusts on the potential...

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per capita by the NHS in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects his Department's target for one qualified school nurse to be allocated to each secondary school and its cluster of primary schools to be met.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of full-time equivalent school nurses to pupils was in (a) North Cornwall constituency and (b) Cornwall in each year since 2004.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified school nurses there were in (a) North Cornwall constituency and (b) Cornwall in each year since 2004.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Professor Ian Gilmore has reported to his Department the conclusions of the review of prescription charges for patients with long-term conditions;...

      Spina Bifida

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on research into spina bifida in each of the last three years.

      Spina Bifida

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people with spina bifida has lived to adulthood in each of the last 10 years.

      Streatham

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

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice issued to his Department's staff on stress recognition and management.

      Tamiflu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how long he expects his Department to continue to issue free Tamiflu medication.

      Urinary System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number of tests for urinary tract infection carried out in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Weather: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely number of excess deaths attributable to cold weather in January 2010.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) empty and (b) occupied residential properties his Department owns; and what the (i) potential annual rental and (ii)...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many employees in his Department are in transition prior to being managed out; how long on average the transition window between...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what average time his Department took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day in...

      Haiti: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effects of the earthquake in Haiti on the capacity for the transfer of remittance payments from the...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions since the end of Operation Cast Lead Ministers from his Department have visited Israel; and if he will make a...

      Palestinians: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will send a Minister from his Department to Gaza to assess the humanitarian situation there; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinians: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2010, Official Report, column 467W, on Palestinians: overseas aid, for how long he was in Gaza on...

      Palestinians: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Government of Egypt and (b) Palestinian authorities on the delivery of humanitarian...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the authorities in Somalia on the humanitarian situation in that country; and if he will make a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo on Joshua French; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Written Questions

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

      EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any competences have been returned from EU to national level as a result of the application of the principle of...

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions since the end of Operation Cast Lead UK diplomats from (a) the UK Embassy in Tel Aviv and (b) the...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what results he has received on the (a) length, (b) characteristics, (c) legality under international law and (d) effect on...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on people-trafficking in (a) Bangladesh, (b) Yemen and (c) Pakistan with representatives...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions since the end of Operation Cast Lead Ministers from his Department have visited Israel; and if he will...

      Ogaden: Politics and Government

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

      Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the legal advice he has obtained on the law of the sea and the application of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many ex-service personnel have received funding from the £5 million enterprise support programme announced in...

    • Business: Kent

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent industrial action by Royal Mail employees on small businesses...

      Business: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance the Northwest Regional Development Agency has provided to businesses in Morecambe and Lunesdale...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible sell information...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) press officers and (b) communications staff were employed by his Department (i) in each of the last...

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what process was involved in procuring the installation of video conferencing and telepresence facilities in Kingsgate...

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many video conferencing screens there are as part of the telepresence facilities in Kingsgate House.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what average time his Department took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on...

      Employee Engagement Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assistance his Department is providing to encourage implementation of the recommendations of the MacLeod...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of foreign direct investment into the UK was (a) in the electricity generation sector and (b) in...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department has provided for (a) teaching, (b) research and (c) staff development for (i) Newcastle...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Insolvency Service and (b) administrators on the...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to assess the effects on small business creditors of the implementation of...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) UK banks in which the Government holds shares and (b) other UK banks on...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in each (a) constituency, (b) local authority area and (c) Government Office region have...

      Video Games: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the funding allocated to UK Trade and Investment's Trade Assistance Programme in 2008-09 was spent on...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the Ministry of Defence provides an integrated, basic and formal education, including lessons in reading and writing, to recruits to the Afghan...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with foreign governments to increase the number of nations providing resources to the coalition forces in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many months of the delay in the A400M aircraft programme up to 31 December 2009 they attribute to the consortium not ordering engines from Pratt and Whitney....

      Armed Forces: A400M

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the position of the Government of Germany as regards ensuring the A400M aircraft complies to all specifications on capabilities...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to prevent banks paying the new tax on bonuses instead of the bankers concerned.

      Chief of the General Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments were made from 1 April 2008 to 31 December 2009 to General Sir Richard Dannatt as salary, payment towards pension, reimbursement for expenses in...

      Economy: Manufacturing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by the Lord President (Lord Mandelson) (Official Report, 21/1/10; col. 1104), what were the figures for each of the last 10 years in support...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 19 January (WA 224-5), why the information held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what files the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its predecessors hold on (a) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and (b) the Human...

      Greece

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are giving direct or indirect financial assistance to Greece; and, if so, how much.

      Haiti: Earthquake

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Disasters Emergency Committee and related United Kingdom rescue operations in Haiti are not delayed by administrative...

      Haiti: Earthquake

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to send military as well as civilian personnel to assist the rescue effort in Port-au-Prince.

      Haiti: Earthquake

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many emergency services personnel from the United Kingdom have been deployed to Haiti to assist the rescue there.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Macfarlane Trust regarding the Second Reading debate on 11 December on the Contaminated Blood (Support for...

      Housing: Tenancy Deposits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the contracts governing the independent arbitration of the three tenancy deposit protection schemes will be extended from April.

      Internet: Explorer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the recent announcement by Microsoft that Internet Explorer was used to carry out the cyber attacks which prompted Google to say it will...

      Internet: Google Earth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 10 December 2009 (WA 160), whether there are security concerns arising from Google Earth's ability to display the...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering requesting that the European Union representation in the Middle East quartet be more active in encouraging the resumption of direct...

      Israel and Palestine: Quartet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was decided at the recent meeting in Brussels of the Middle East quartet.

      Malaysia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made or intend to make representations to the Government of Malaysia about the attacks on nine Christian churches and one convent between 8...

      MEPs: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made regarding the increase of the salaries of Members of the European Parliament by £16,000 to £86,000 and the increase...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the continuation of stable democratic Government in Nigeria; whether in the absence of the President they are encouraging the...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of North Korea about the arrest on 25 December 2009 of the human rights campaigner Mr Robert Park; and...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the recent visit to Pyongyang of the United States envoy, Mr Stephen Bosworth, they have discussed with the Government of the United States...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of North Korea about (a) conditions in labour training centres, and (b) the use of capital punishment in...

      Palestine: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose that the terms of reference of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near east be widened to include...

      Political Parties: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much public money is paid to David Cameron to run the office of the Leader of the Opposition; for what purposes such funds can be used; and whether any recent...

      Public Finances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publicise any effects of deep cuts in public spending on the economy.

      Roads: Traffic Lights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce flashing orange traffic light modes on quiet junctions in the early night hours.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will help the Governments of north and south Sudan after the elections to begin negotiations on post-referendum arrangements; and, if so, how.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made under Sudan's comprehensive peace agreement with demarcating the remaining sections of the north-south border; and with formulating...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take regarding the capacity of Sudan's National Petroleum Commission to encourage transparency in the audit of oil production figures and...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the joint integrated units (JIU) have carried out their peacekeeping tasks in the south of Sudan; and what immediate plans...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what buildings and areas were included in the 2008 extensions to the Westminster World Heritage Site.

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