Written answers

Monday, 1 February 2010

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department and each of its agencies; how many...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies managed out in the last five years who remain...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of providing official cars for the use of (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the last...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2009, Official Report, columns 21-22W, on departmental pay, how many and what proportion of staff of his...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Manpower

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Prime Minister what further consideration he has given to the matters raised in the letters from the hon. Member for Erith and Thamesmead of 15 April, 28 May and 8 December 2009 on the...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by his Department to pay invoices from (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and (b) all...

    • Departmental Manpower

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

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 215W, on industrial health and safety, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on (a) television, (b) radio, (c) print and (d) online...

    • Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in his Department in the last three years; and...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible sell information on a...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Bars

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on what dates (a) Bellamy's Bar, (b) Bellamy's Club Room and (c) the Astor Suite have been refurbished...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 2W, on manpower, for what reasons the...

      Food: Salt

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will take steps to ensure that all House of Commons food outlets mark salt awareness week...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much consultants employed by his Department and its agencies have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable expenses in...

    • Departmental Housing

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

      Departmental Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 375-76W, on departmental pay, how many and what proportion of...

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 536W, how much of the funding for the (a) British Film Institute...

      National Lottery: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many organisations in the London borough of Bexley received grants from each different funding programme of the Big Lottery Fund in...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 10 October 2008, Official Report, column 51W, on sports: finance, and pursuant to the answer of 25...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Airports: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what public inquiries have been instigated as a result of an Article 14 direction on a planning submission for aviation...

    • Community Development: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government has taken in respect of community development in Coventry in the last 12 months.

      Community Development: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government has spent on Government services delivered locally in Coventry in the last 12 months.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets his Department has set for local authorities on the (a) administration and (b) collection of council tax.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many citizens' juries or summits have been hosted by his Department since October 2008; on what date each event took place;...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters have been trained in decontamination techniques to help the general public since 2002; how many protective...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce his decision regarding the allocation of funding to fire and rescue authorities with regard to their...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have made submissions to his Department for funding under the Bellwin Scheme as a result of the recent...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many petrol filling stations which are (a) owned by (i) oil companies and (ii) major supermarket chains and (b)...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the average rateable value of (a) rugby league grounds, (b) lifeboat stations, (c) aquaria, (d) arenas and...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what average period elapsed between each change to (a) planning policy guidance and (b) planning policy statements proposed to...

      Regional Planning and Development: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government has contributed through Bridging Newcastle Gateshead to costs for (a) the strategic housing staff...

      Regional Planning and Development: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements for aggregate extraction the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy places upon councils in (a) the West...

      Regional Planning and Development: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses local authorities in (a) Staffordshire and (b) the West Midlands are required to provide under the West...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the number of street homeless people in England.

      Supermarkets: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the number of supermarkets which have applied for planning permission for the temporary...

      Supermarkets: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning enforcement notices have been issued by his Department and local planning authorities to supermarkets in...

      Supermarkets: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides on whether the erection of temporary marquee or tent structures by supermarkets for the...

      Temporary Accommodation: Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of local authorities which provided accommodation for rough sleepers...

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken by the Planning Inspectorate was for dealing with complaints relating to tree appeals in the latest...

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken by the Planning Inspectorate was for dealing with fast track tree appeals in the latest period for...

      Waste Management: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance his Department has issued to planning authorities on handling planning applications for waste treatment plants.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer from the Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, of 19 February 2008,...

  • International Development

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to develop and implement a child protection strategy as part of its policies.

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the contribution of the policies in his Department's White Paper to the realisation of children's rights.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) projects and (b) programmes which contribute to enabling child rights his Department has funded in the last three years.

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many performance reviews were undertaken in respect of staff of his Department in each of the last five years; in how many cases...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff of his Department managed out in the last five years who remain working in the...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what publications his Department has produced for hon. Members to send to their constituents in each of the last three years; at what...

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in Haiti; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Rights: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will incorporate child rights situational analysis into his Department's (a) country governance analysis and (b) country...

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of constructing a new dual carriageway between Ellington and Fen Drayton as part of the A14...

    • A14

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of widening the A1 to three lanes in each direction between the new Brampton interchange and the...

      A14

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of the demolition of the Huntingdon Railway viaduct as part of the A14 improvement work.

      A14

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of improving local roads in Huntingdon following the demolition of the Huntingdon Railway viaduct as...

      A14

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of widening the Huntingdon to Brampton Road following the demolition of the Huntingdon Railway viaduct...

      A14

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of noise mitigation measures to be implemented along the A1 at Brampton as part of the A14 improvement...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what restrictions apply to the jettisoning of aviation fuel over (a) British and (b) international waters.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much fuel was jettisoned by aircraft while in the air on (a) outward journeys from and (b) inward journeys to Great Britain, in the...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has contributed towards concessionary fares on bus services in (a) Test Valley borough, (b) Southampton City and...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what percentage of bus journeys in (a) Test Valley borough, (b) Southampton City and (c) the ceremonial county of Hampshire were made on...

      Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce diesel carbon particulates emitted from (a) Government and (b) private sector vehicles.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what changes he expects to be made to East Coast Main Line passenger rail services between Retford and London in May 2010 in respect of (a)...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles: Local Authorities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which local authorities in England and Wales use immobilisation as part of their parking enforcement activities; under what legislation this...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to reduce railway journey times between London and (a) Lancaster, (b) Preston and (c) Crewe.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what has been the average length of delay for trains classified as late in each of the last 10 years in respect of (a) short distance and...

      Roads: Coventry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps the Government has taken to maintain roads serving Coventry in the last 12 months.

      Roads: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the Minister of State's announcement of 14 July 2009 of a £45 million cash injection for Greater Manchester's road...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to improve major arterial roads; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what consideration his Department has given to the effects on the environment of the use of (a) grit and (b) salt to remedy the effects of...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what representations his Department has received from (a) local authorities and (b) Royal Mail on the condition of road surfaces following...

      Safety Belts: Young People

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, column 326W, on driving: young people, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

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

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits he has made to UK overseas territories in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of each such visit.

      Colombia: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Colombian counterpart and (b) his EU counterparts on a free trade agreement...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Colombian counterpart on human rights in Colombia.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many performance reviews were undertaken in respect of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies managed out in the last five...

      EC External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which EU Common Positions the Government subscribes; on what date the Government subscribed to each; and on what date each...

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Britons killed or injured in the Haiti earthquake.

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of violence in the city of Jos and Plateau state, Nigeria; and if he will make a statement.

      Peru: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conditions will be placed on Peru to ensure its compliance with human rights requirements, with particular reference to the...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the political situation in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the political situation in Tibet.

      Turkey: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on negotiations on the accession of Turkey to the EU; and if he will make a statement....

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Commonwealth governments on the restoration of democracy in Zimbabwe; and if he will...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 88W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, whether the three helicopters were...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure his Department has incurred on the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers during the (a) initial and (b) main gate decision period...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate his Department's research and development expenditure arising from its procurement of two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are deployed at each overseas location on operations.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether members of the armed forces attending a medical discharge board are permitted to attend with a (a) nominated colleague, (b) friend and (c)...

      Armed Forces: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many military driving licences were converted into civilian driving licences in each year since 2005; (2) how many military driving licences...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of running each service medical board of survey was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel are assigned to the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy Medical Board of Survey.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the mean time between medical downgrading and appearance before a medical board of survey was for each of the armed forces in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of each diagnosed condition each service medical board of survey considered in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints were filed against each service medical board of survey by (a) attendees and (b) third parties acting on behalf of attendees since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) single living and (b) service family accommodation units are awaiting demolition.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to expedite the issuing of Mk7 helmets to troops serving within theatre.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department allocated for overseas travel expenses for Army recruitment teams in each of the last five years.

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has for the conventional surface fleet based at Faslane other than the withdrawal of HMS Walney; (2) what plans he has for the fleet...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the (a) potential annual rental and (b) total book value of the (i) empty and (ii) occupied residential properties...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 796W, on departmental pay, how many senior fixed-term appointees in each organisation...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many citizens' juries or summits have been hosted by his Department since October 2008; on what date each event took place; and which Ministers were...

      Ex-servicemen: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of homeless former service personnel in each year since 1992.

      Ex-servicemen: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to minimise the number of ex-service personnel who are street homeless.

      Ex-servicemen: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate has he made of the number of former service personnel in prison in each year since 1992.

      HMS Daring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 35W, on Type 45 destroyers, whether the problems encountered during the test firing of...

      HMS Daring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether HMS Daring is to be fitted with a Phalanx system.

      HMS Walney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 35W, on warships, what the crew complement of HMS Walney is.

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the names are of service personnel who have died in the UK following injuries sustained on active service in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan who are...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his statement of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 801, on the future defence programme, how his Department plans to fill the...

      RAF Brize Norton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many days Brize Norton was closed owing to the recent bad weather; how many flights were diverted as a result; and to what destination each was...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the first in class Type 45 destroyers to be fully operational.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related admissions there were to hospitals in each primary care trust area in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and what proportion these...

    • CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in England likely to be carrying infective prions that cause vCJD; whether an assessment has been made...

      Departmental Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the (a) potential annual rental and (b) total book value of the (i) empty and (ii) occupied residential properties...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how many non-departmental public bodies his Department is responsible. [Official Report, 3 March 2010, Vol. 506, c. 13-14MC.]

      Health Services: Anguilla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Anguillan nationals treated by the NHS and (b) UK nationals treated in Anguilla under reciprocal...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the management report on funding for health care in London undertaken for NHS London by McKinsey.

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the net financial effect on the NHS of the withdrawal of reciprocal health arrangements with the Isle of Man.

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, columns 366-7W, on health services: Isle of Man, what types of personal data are contained in...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the NHS of treating non-UK residents for cardiovascular disease was in (a) the latest period for which figures are available and...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made as part of its consultation on NHS car parking of the annual revenue raised by NHS hospital trusts from parking...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports he has received of (a) the safety of and (b) serious adverse reactions to the human papillomavirus vaccine; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have made use of NHS counselling services as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme in each of the last...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 26 November 2009, Official Report, column 354W, whether the £11 million allocated to primary care trusts for the...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination rate was for those aged under 18 (a) nationally, (b) in each region and (c) in each primary care trust...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Billericay of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1168W, on drugs, when he expects to receive...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will issue guidance on liability in cases where a drug automatically generically substituted by a pharmacist adversely affects a patient and...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made in implementing the commitment to exempt from prescription charges those with long-term conditions.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress his Department has made towards exempting from prescription charges patients with long-term medical conditions; (2) when he expects...

      Social Services: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department made of the quality of reports of serious case reviews on vulnerable adults in each local authority area in the last two years.

      Social Services: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many serious case reviews regarding safeguarding adults have taken place in each local authority in each of the last two years for which figures are...

      Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will visit Southend Hospital Trust to discuss (a) the time taken by nurses to respond to patient buzzers and (b) ways of improving standards of...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of stroke patients in each primary care trust area received thrombolysis treatment in the latest period figures are...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality for how many non-departmental public bodies the Government Equalities Office is responsible.

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 28W, on the Equality and Human...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions she has had with the Advertising Standards Authority on its powers to verify claims made by airlines that they are able to prove...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the electoral registration rate was in each constituency in the UK, rated in descending order, in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which...

      Public Bodies: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether an impact assessment has been made of the likely effects on public bodies of EU proposals to fine such bodies for not paying invoices on time.

      Survival Rate: Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the survival rate for each type of cancer was in (a) the UK, (b) each region of England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland (i)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Boilers: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has discussions with the Welsh Assembly Government on the guidance issued by his Department on the operation of...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what historical data his Department uses in its climate change calculations.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on strategic consultancy in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible sell information on a commercial basis to (a) companies...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department; how many officials are...

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many meetings he and his officials have had with their Treasury counterparts since December 2009 on the introduction of a feed-in...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what mechanisms are in place to encourage consumers to improve their power factor; and whether he has plans to bring forward...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to prevent the closure of social tariff schemes by energy suppliers.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Stroud constituency and (b) Gloucestershire which (i) were in fuel...

      Government Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 134W, on government departments: energy, which Departments have...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his Department's letter to the hon. Member for Bridgwater of 7 December 2009 on Hinkley C, whether the decision on...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the prohibition on obtaining consent for dwellings referred to in his Department's letter to the hon. Member for Bridgwater of...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been paid in compensation to coalminers and their families in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency from each of...

      Micro-Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he and his officials have had meetings with colleagues at the Treasury on the introduction of a feed-in tariff for...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which working groups and committees have been advising his Department on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what process was used to elect the Chair of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme; and what the role of the Chair of the Scheme is.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Microgeneration Certification Scheme certificates have been issued to installers.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average cost to an installer of microgeneration products of the steps necessary to attain...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's estimate is of the number of off-shore wind farms to be licensed over the next 10 years.

  • Home Department

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many air weapons have been seized by police in each year since 1997.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many under 18-year-olds have been (a) arrested, (b) cautioned and (c) prosecuted for alcohol-related offences in each year since 1997.

      Asylum: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) national guidelines and (b) international agreements apply to women seeking asylum who have been rape victims; what account is...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated number of passenger movements (a) into and (b) from the UK was in each of the last five years; and what percentage of...

      Closed Circuit Television: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department and its agencies has given to local authorities on the use of CCTV cameras fitted with microphones.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on its website in 2009-10.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 32W, on departmental public expenditure, what forms of advertising the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure his Department has incurred on plans for the containment of the effects of nuclear, biological and chemical agent...

      Departmental Training

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

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many samples not linked to a personal profile there were on the National DNA Database on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of appeals against visa refusal decisions made by the (a) Nairobi and (b) Islamabad visa section were allowed in (i)...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's guidance to immigration officials relating to admission policy at port of entry...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether applicants from South Asia for visas to study in the UK received a face-to-face interview prior to the issue of a visa from the...

      Entry Clearances: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2009, Official Report, columns 44-5W, on visas: tourism, what the pilot schemes demonstrated to be the...

      EU Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of co-operation between his Department and EU institutions on immigration (a) policy...

      Graffiti: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to reduce the incidence of graffiti in Coventry in the last 12 months.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded as homicide committed by a stranger attributable to quarrel, revenge or loss of temper in each year since 1997-98.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of homicide in each year since 1997-98 had previously been convicted of homicide; and what the (a) name of the...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hotel room bookings were made (a) by his Department and (b) on his Department's behalf in 2009; what the cost was to his...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to inform the public about methods of informing authorities about suspected victims of trafficking.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many potential victims of trafficking under the age of 18 years have been accommodated by local authorities in each year since 1999.

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of applications the Independent Safeguarding Authority will process in its first 12 months.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter of 9 November 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S. Riaz.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham dated 3 November 2009, on behalf of...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) biometric and (b) personal data of individuals stored on the National Identity Register will be removed from the Register if...

      Police: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what normal level of security clearance is required for UK nationals involved in dealing with human resources for police forces.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners have been detained under immigration powers in (a) immigration removal centres and (b) prison for over...

      Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) nuclear, (b) biological and (c) chemical agent contamination protective clothing kits were available to civil authorities at...

      Racial Harassment: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures for the prevention of racial harassment his Department has introduced since 1997; and how many times these powers have been...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Serious Organised Crime Agency warranted officers were based in each overseas country on 1 December 2009.

      Sex Establishments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether licensed premises which already have permission to undertake lap dancing as an activity in their premises licence will have that...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been released from custodial sentences handed down for terrorism offences following a successful appeal in each of the...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much of his Department's capital budget for 2010-11 was brought forward to 2009-10; and how much of this budget he estimates...

    • Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department; how many officials...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many citizens' juries or summits have been hosted by his Department since October 2008; on what date each event took place;...

      Schools: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will require mainstream schools to have a member of staff trained in the administration of emergency medication for...

      South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with which private companies in the South West his Department has contracts for the provision of goods and services; and what the...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2010, Official Report, column 464W, on young offenders, how many people aged between (a) 10...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Religious Practice: Recordings

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of the effect of the Government's proposed changes to exemptions...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Afghanistan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Dubai concerning large deposits or money transfers from Afghan nationals; and if he will make a statement.

    • Coinage: Forgery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department provides to the public on identification of (a) counterfeit coins and (b) new coinage brought into circulation.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many citizens' juries or summits have been hosted by his Department since October 2008; on what date each event took place; and which Ministers were...

      Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 1007W, on employee benefit trusts, for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs does not...

      Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 779W, on tax avoidance, for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs does not record the...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the UK's net contribution to the European Union in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what taxation issues were (a) on the agenda and (b) discussed at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council on 19 January 2010; and what position the...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many forms HM Revenue and Customs generated about changes of jobs in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009; (2) what percentage of those...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to be affected by the new 50 per cent. tax band.

      Income Tax: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of the Taxback programme operated by HM Revenue and Customs; and how many pensioners have claimed back...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Department's forecasts of future economic growth, what account is taken of the increase in business insolvencies which has followed past recessions.

      Monetary Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the unrealised loss has been to the Exchequer of the indemnity which has been given to the Bank of England Asset Purchase Facility Fund to cover its losses.

      Part-time Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance he provides through the taxation and tax credits system to people with part-time jobs of less than 16 hours per week; and how many people...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Pay-As-You-Earn coding notices were issued to (a) employers and (b) individuals in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff the HM Revenue and Customs Large Business Service had in each year since 2006; how many cases it dealt with in each of those years; and what...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual taxpayers claimed benefits-in-kind or paid business expenses in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009; and what total amount was...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many disclosures have been made under the onshore account disclosure facility since the Finance Act 2009 came into force.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure on (a) advertising and (b) staff has been incurred in respect of HM Revenue and Custom's New Disclosure Opportunity; and how many...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors he took into account in reaching his decision not to incorporate a general anti-avoidance principle in taxation law.

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate has been made of the proportion of UK taxpayers with income from furnished holiday lettings in the UK who reside in the South West; (2)...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many individuals have been switched out of self-assessment in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009; (2) what criteria are used to...

      Taxation: Self-assessment and PAYE

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people paying tax through (a) self-assessment and (b) pay-as-you-earn were (i) overcharged and (ii) undercharged in (A) 2006, (B) 2007, (C)...

      Taxation: Self-assessment and PAYE

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many of the self-assessment forms filed in (a) September and (b) January were processed manually in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv)...

      Taxation: Self-assessment and PAYE

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what information his Department makes available to PAYE taxpayers on their annual tax calculation; (2) how many P46 codes were used in (a) 2006,...

      Taxation: Self-assessment and PAYE

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax code changes for benefits in kind are processed automatically following the receipt of P11Ds; (2) how many P11Ds were processed (a)...

      Taxation: Self-assessment and PAYE

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research has been commissioned or undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs since 2001-02 on (a) the number of self assessment taxpayers who under declare...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what value added tax rate applies to items purchased before 1 January 2010 and delivered after 1 January 2010.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the economy between 1 January and 31 March 2010 of the return of the level of value added tax to 17.5...

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the value added tax revenue lost as a result of the routeing of purchases of goods through the Channel Islands in the last 12 months;...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Ashford Kent

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in Ashford constituency are in households in receipt of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Ashford Kent

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

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of changing the threshold for eligibility of the working tax credit to (a) five, (b) 10,...

  • Justice

    • David Kelly Death Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who determined that the medical reports and photographs connected to the death of Dr. David Kelly should be closed for 70 years; and on what legal basis...

    • Debt Collection: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to establish an independent regulator of bailiffs.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the oral answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, columns 11-12, on compulsory transfer agreements, (1) with which countries...

      Offenders: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners aged between 18 and 21 were referred to adult social services under section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act...

      Police Cautions: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) police cautions and (b) conditional cautions were issued for each category of offence in each police force area in the North East region...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners have been held under an indeterminate sentence for public protection in each year since their inception.

      Prison Service: Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what private contractors his Department employs to run work in prison schemes.

      Prison Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has set targets for the recruitment of prison officers in the next five years.

      Prison Service: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many televisions were purchased by HM Prison Service in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are on each level of incentives and privileges.

      Prisoners Release: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any persons convicted of homicide since 1997-98 having previously been convicted of homicide have been released from their sentence for the...

      Prisons: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to reduce the carbon footprint of prisons.

      Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 733W, on prisons: budgets, which prison governors have been required to identify...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has commissioned research on reoffending patterns.

      Young Offender Institutions: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which young offender institutions provide food in accordance with Department of Health guidelines on (a) eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a...

      Young Offender Institutions: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his latest estimate is of the average cost of providing food for an inmate for one week in each young offender institution which holds juveniles.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2010, Official Report, column 1158W, on youth custody: manpower, how many (a) children and young people and (b)...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2010, Official Report, column 1158W, on youth custody: manpower, what the ratio of staff to prisoners is in the...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, columns 940-1W, on youth custody, how many accommodation units there are in (a) Down View,...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of households in the UK and which geographical areas he estimates will be without broadband access...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which geographical areas of the UK have no broadband access.

      Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to ensure that people with legal responsibilities for companies in liquidation are...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of banks which have asked applicants under the Enterprise Finance...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to ensure that borrowing guaranteed under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme...

      Business: Sports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has taken steps to assist field sports businesses during the recession.

      Business: Torbay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to assist (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses in Torbay...

      Business: Weather

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to business in (a) Leicester and (b) the East Midlands of the adverse weather...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies plans to sign up to the 10:10 campaign to cut carbon...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what advertising campaigns for which his Department is responsible have (a) commenced and (b) continued in 2009-10;...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much he expects his Department to spend on (a) television, (b) radio, (c) print and (d) online advertising in...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on advertising in the last 12 months; and for what purposes.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many industrial tribunals relating to his Department there have been in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of students from (a) Herefordshire and (b) England have made applications for (i) a...

      Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been applied for in respect of (a) a student loan for maintenance, (b) a student loan for tuition fees,...

      Higher Education: Radicalism

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when a Minister in his Department last met Professor Anthony Glees of Buckingham University to discuss extremism in...

      Higher Education: Vetting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he bring forward proposals to prevent people with a conviction for a crime of incitement from being employed at a...

      Overseas Students: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what supporting documents his Department requires from the governments of overseas countries prior to the commencement...

      Regional Development Agencies: Mining

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons (a) his Department's representatives and (b) representatives of regional development agencies did...

      Runshaw College

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many part-time students have registered for a higher education course at Runshaw College in each of the last five...

      Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small businesses in (a) Morecambe and (b) Lancashire have applied to defer their tax payments in 2009-10...

      Students: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many undergraduate students resident in (a) Suffolk, (b) the East of England and (c) England have declared...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of students in higher education who have not received student finance payments...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of students who have left their course of study as a result of not receiving...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students resident in (a) each local authority area in the North West and (b) England had not received their...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in each age group resident in (a) each local education authority area in the North West and (b)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students in each constituency received a tuition fee loan in the latest year for which figures are available.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of in-work benefits in countering child poverty.

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment she has made of her Department's progress towards meeting its 2010 child poverty target.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate she has made of the number of pensioners eligible for but not claiming pension credit.

      Income Support: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will take steps to extend eligibility for income support to women who are 12 weeks pregnant.

      Benefits Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she is taking to ensure that inquiries about benefits from members of the public are dealt with locally; and if she will make a...

      Jobcentre Plus: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps her Department has taken to refurbish Jobcentre Plus offices in Coventry.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the population in (a) Rochford and Southend East constituency and (b) the UK is claiming jobseeker's allowance.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of people who will make a claim for jobseeker's allowance in 2010.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the population in (a) the UK and (b) Isle of Wight constituency is claiming jobseeker's allowance.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support Jobcentre Plus provides for jobseekers under the Future Jobs Fund.

      Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her most recent estimate is of the level of youth unemployment.

      Attendance Allowance: Ashford Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people resident in Ashford constituency claimed attendance allowance in each of the last five years; (2) how many people...

      Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures have been taken by (a) her Department, (b) Jobcentre Plus, (c) the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission (CMEC) and (d)...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government is taking to inform pensioners not registered for pension credit of their entitlement to cold weather payments.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loans were made in each social services authority area in England in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; and at what...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the cost to callers to her Department's telephone helplines with the prefix of (a) 0845 and (b) 0844 in the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment her Department has made of the compliance of the benefits application process for employment and support allowance with...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of employment and support allowance claimants with mental health problems scored enough points to be considered unable to work...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many places the Government has made available under the Young Person's Guarantee excluding those from the Future Jobs Fund; and if she will...

      Flexible Working: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents of young children have requested flexible working in (a) each region and (b) Norwich North constituency since the Employment...

      Institution of Occupational Safety and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding (a) her Department and (b) the Health and Safety Executive has provided to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health in...

      New Deal for Young People: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people in the City of Salford have participated in the New Deal for Young People in each year since its introduction.

      New Deal Schemes: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Nottingham North constituency have been assisted into work through the New Deal since 1997.

      New Deal Schemes: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Torbay constituency have received assistance through New Deal schemes in each year since 1997.

      Pension Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the sum overspent on pension credit between April 2008 and March 2009 was attributable to fraudulent claims; and what steps...

      Pensions Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment her Department made of the effects on competition of the decision to implement the provisions of the Pensions Act 2008 over a...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the (a) number and (b) proportion of children in (i) each region of England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv)...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) disability living allowance there are in Newcastle upon Tyne; and how many of these...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were eligible for (a) incapacity benefit in September 2008 and (b) employment and support allowance in September 2009.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants have been assessed by ATOS Medical (a) since the start of their contract and (b) in the last 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the 10 largest benefit debts owed to her Department by individuals resident in Scotland were in January 2010; and to what principal...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the population in (a) the UK and (b) Wellingborough constituency is in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

      Vaccination: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for a vaccine damage payment in relation to each vaccine were (a) made and (b) granted under the Vaccine Damage Payment...

      Winter Fuel Payments: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of people were in receipt of winter fuel payments in each local authority area in South East England at the...

      Work Capability Assessment: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints her Department and its agencies have received on the conduct of ATOS Healthcare in respect of a work capability assessment;...

      Work Capability Assessments: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will take steps to ensure that the effects of retrovirus and other illnesses associated with myalgic encephalomyelitis are fully taken...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Poppy Crop

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to diverting a proportion of the Afghan poppy crop for medical use.

    • Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations and applications they have received about applying for a public service obligation under European Regulations 2408/92/EEC and 95/93/EEC in...

      Benefits: Former UK Residents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what systems are in place to support families with children who are British citizens formerly resident in the United Kingdom who return to this country and have no...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to establish, in collaboration with other European governments, enhanced and better-publicised information exchanges about climate change...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering providing equal levels of financial support to nuclear and renewable energy sources, in order to meet the targets in the Climate...

      Economy: Manufacturing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were employed in manufacturing in each year since 1997.

      Elections: OSC Monitoring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue their commitment to provide 10 per cent of the international team of election monitors for the Organisation for Security and...

      Energy: Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the total electricity generated in the United Kingdom (a) in the week beginning 14 December 2009, and (b) in each of the following five weeks,...

      Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's proposals for measuring and publishing information on the gender pay gap.

      EU: Non-compliance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions can be imposed by the European Union on member states which do not pay fines imposed on them for non-compliance with European Union directives and...

      European External Action Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect the European External Action Service to be established by the end of March as agreed at the 29 October 2009 European Council meeting.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the cost to public funds of cancelling contracts to regionalise fire control rooms across England and Wales.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the investigations into the conflict in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009 requested by the Goldstone report are expected to be completed by (a) Israel,...

      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 Department for...

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities in north-west England have carried out a homelessness review in the past five years.

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the minimum period for which a local authority is subject to the main homelessness duty.

      House of Lords: Library

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will ask the Library of the House to provide a weekly summary of the main activities of the European Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and...

      National Identity Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have (a) applied for, and (b) received, a national identity card.

      NHS: Race and Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 15 December 2009 (WA 212-13), how many other NHS organisations are being investigated by the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 15 December 2009 (WA 213), whether commissioners are recorded in the minute as objecting to the...

      Ofcom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how Ofcom is fulfilling its statutory duty to promote equality of opportunity in relation to employment of those providing...

      Ofcom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are sufficient to meet the requirement in the Communications Act 2003 for Ofcom to "take all such steps as they consider appropriate for promoting...

      Olympic Games 2012: Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what facilities for athletes' residential accommodation at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be removed from such accommodation after the Games; and what...

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will advise local authorities that, when 26 December or 1 January falls on a Saturday, parking restrictions should be enforced as if the day in...

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to a letter dated 30 November 2009 from the Minister of State at the Department for Transport, Sadiq Khan, to Karen Buck, whether they will discuss...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House further to her Written Answer on 11 January (WA 135-6), what steps have been taken to bring to the attention of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change...

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for electric IC225 units in use on the east coast main railway line; and whether those plans have been discussed with the owning rolling stock...

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the business case for the proposed substitution of the intercity express trains for the existing IC225 locomotives and carriages.

      Railways: East Coast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether plans for the use of electric IC225 units will be reviewed following any decisions on future railway funding.

      Somalia: Pirates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to establish an international agreement to prohibit the payment of ransoms for the release of hostages taken by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.

      Teesside Cast Products Plant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings have taken place between Ministers and Tata Steel about the future of the Teesside Cast Products plant.

      Teesside Cast Products Plant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings have taken place between Ministers and potential buyers of the Teesside Cast Products plant.

      Transport: Snowfall

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to learn and disseminate lessons from the effects on road, rail and air transport from the recent cold weather and snow.

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