Written answers

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Victims

      To ask the Solicitor-General by what methods the Crown Prosecution Service has kept victims of crime informed of the progress of prosecutions since 2002.

    • Dorneywood

      To ask the Solicitor-General with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official hospitality, what use the...

      Victims: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General with reference to the answer of 27 March 2009, Official Report, column 729W, on prosecutions, when she expects the comprehensive review of resources available to...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff in his Department have the status of (a) embedded communicators and (b) are members of the Government Communications Network and are...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many separate bookings for hotels graded at five star or above were made through the Expotel booking service by his Department in the latest year...

  • Wales

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers and ministerial colleagues on steps to be taken to reduce levels of child...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many performance reviews were undertaken in respect of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years; in how many...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register: Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much was spent on electoral registration initiatives in each of the last 10 years.

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 22 October 2009,...

      Local Government: Suffolk

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much had been spent on the Boundary Committee's review of the reorganisation of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Criminal Justice and Policing: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of progress in the devolution of criminal justice and policing to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a...

    • Prison Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent assessment is of the adequacy of the prison estate in Northern Ireland.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he plans to take to reduce the financial assets of organised criminal gangs in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Power Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of prospects for further power sharing in Northern Ireland.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to pay invoices from (i) small and...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

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

      State Visits: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons the President of the Irish Republic was invited to the Police Training College on 28 January 2010; and who invited her.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • 14 Tothill Street

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what expenditure the House of Commons Commission has incurred on (a) rent, (b) refurbishment, (c) business...

    • 14 Tothill Street

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what contribution the House of Lords has made to the Commission towards the cost of (a) rent, (b)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Topical Debates

      To ask the Leader of the House how many applications have been received each week asking for subjects to be debated in topical debates since their inception; and what the 10 most popular subjects...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Salmon: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the size of the salmon population in (a) the River Mersey and (b) all rivers in the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK households do not have access to broadband internet services.

    • Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department collates on the (a) number of businesses in and (b) annual revenue of the...

      Copyright: Recordings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to bring forward legislation to clarify the lawfulness of copying for personal use a recording the...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what expenditure his Department incurred on representation at official level at overseas events in each of the last...

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of women who work (a) between one and five, (b) between six and 10, (c)...

      Higher Education: Chelmsford

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, 848-9W, on higher education: Chelmsford, how many...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of creditors' committees in scrutinising insolvency practitioners.

      Manufacturing Industries: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to provide financial support for manufacturing industry.

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent representations he has received on the Higher Education Funding Council for England's review of...

      Royal Mail: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with Royal Mail on its service to customers in areas which did not receive mail deliveries...

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on skills brokers under the Train to Gain programme in each of the last three years.

      Video Games: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much financial assistance was given by regional development agencies to the video games industry in 2008-09.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value of cash allowances awarded to military staff in Afghanistan was in 2008-09.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 516W, on Afghanistan, to how many of his Department's civilian staff based in...

      Armed Forces: Absence without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were absent without leave in each month in 2009.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to pay invoices from (i) small and...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department (a) allocated for and (b) spent on public relations activities in each year since 2001; how much was spent on external...

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the travel guidelines issued to staff of each of his Department's agency and non-departmental public bodies.

    • Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with local radio stations on the (a) financial and (b) other effects on them of the digital switchover.

      Digital Broadcasting: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with representatives of places of worship on the effects on them of the digital switchover.

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on support for the Football Association's FIFA 2018 World cup bid.

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials of his Department are working on the bid for the UK to host the 2018 World cup.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department and its agencies spent on font licensing in the last three years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 22 October 2009, Official Report, column 1645W, on local government...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of visitors to museums in (a) Lancashire, (b) the North West and (c) England in 2009.

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has of the cost to his Department of the introduction of an additional public holiday; and if he will make a statement.

      Sports: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has taken steps to encourage participation in sport in Torbay constituency in order to reduce levels of obesity;...

      Swimming: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many free swims (a) pensioners and (b) those under the age of 16 years resident in (i) North East Lincolnshire and (ii) North...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the television licence fee.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether TV Licensing is authorised to undertake surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and what powers of...

  • Home Department

    • Crime: Halton

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

    • Crimes of Violence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were convicted of serious violent crime offences in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his contribution on Second Reading of the Crime and Security Bill, 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 35, from which...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many handguns were held in England and Wales by virtue of firearm certificates in each year since 2004-05.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, columns 986-7W, on human trafficking, what estimate he has had made of the...

      Remand in Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours young offenders on remand aged under 18 years spent on education, training and personal development in each young offenders...

      Slough

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

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was collected in fines for benefit fraud (a) in each region in England and (b) in Wales in each of the last two years.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 822W, on stop and search: Greater London, how many (a) searches and (b)...

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the Interception Modernisation Programme.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people who have attended A4e meetings as part of programmes delivered under contract to her Department have found work...

    • Action for Employment: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have attended A4e meetings in Milton Keynes as part of programmes delivered under contract to her Department have found...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many domestic flights within Great Britain officials of her Department took in an official capacity in 2008-09; and at what cost to the...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what efficiency savings projects (a) her Department and (b) its agencies put in place under the Operational Efficiency programme; on what...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies are in transition prior to being managed out; how long on average the...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has spent on (a) ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the last three...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost was of calls made to her Department's 0845 telephone number from (a) land lines and (b) mobile telephone networks in...

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time was between the submission of an appeal against the refusal of an application for disability living allowance...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she has taken to ensure that claimants of (a) unemployment benefit and (b) jobseeker's allowance are able to take up employment...

      Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget of the Ethnic Minority Task Force was in each of the last five years.

      Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people the Ethnic Minority Task Force has helped into work in each sector of employment since its formation.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants there are in each (a) county, (b) metropolitan authority, (c) London borough and (d) unitary...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1997; and how many such claimants (a) reached retirement age and (b) died in...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the entitlement to employment rights will be of jobseeker's allowance claimants participating in the work for your benefit pilots; and if...

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason her Department's estimate of the proportion of pension credit benefit expenditure overpayments rose in each year since 2007;...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the cost to the Exchequer in (a) public sector pensions, (b) uprating the guaranteed minimum pension of private sector...

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

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

      Unemployment: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps she has taken to reduce unemployment in Leeds West constituency amongst young people since 2001; and if she will make a...

      Unemployment: North Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in North Tyneside whose occupation is registered as electrician or electrical fitter are receiving jobseeker's allowance.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure her Department has incurred on advertising the Backing Young Britain campaign in the last 12 months.

      Work Capability Assessment: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been made to her Department on a work capability assessment since the introduction of the employment and support allowance.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to answer question 300567, on departmental pay, tabled on 18 November 2009.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of commercial buildings (a) built, (b) rented and (c) sold without the required...

    • Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list the members of his Department's working group on condition information in the home buying and selling process;...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of people in each region who are homeless but who are not included...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints have been received by the local government ombudsman on the administration of services for those who are...

      Homes and Communities Agency and Tenant Services Authority: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) the Homes and Communities Agency and (b) the Tenant Services Authority paid in loans to employees in each of the...

      Housing Corporation and English Partnerships: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) board members and (b) directors employed by (i) the Housing Corporation and (ii) English Partnerships received...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of each substantive response to his Department's review into the development on garden land.

      Housing: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will commission research into the proportion of domestic garages used for (a) parking cars and (b) storage.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of first-time buyers purchased a home at a price of under £250,000 in 2009.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much non-Housing Revenue Account (a) debt and (b) interest was paid by local authorities in each year since 2000; and how...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) revenue from business rates was redistributed to each local authority and (b) each local authority received in...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been granted under the (a) Working Neighbourhoods Fund, (b) Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, (c) Deprived...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons his Department decided not to accept the recommendation of respondees to the consultation on the Draft...

      Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's report of 18 February 2008, on Trees in Towns II, what assessment he has made of the average...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1139W, on regional...

      Sleeping Rough: Ex-servicemen

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

      Urban Development Corporations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's press release of 14 January 2010 on urban development corporations, whether any changes are...

      Waste Management: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications for waste treatment plants have been granted in each of the last three months.

  • Treasury

    • Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his G8 counterparts to discuss progress towards reducing the debts of developing countries; and if he will make a...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs formerly undertaken by staff of his Department have been outsourced to external companies in each of the last five years; and to which companies.

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what headline workplace-based gross value was added per head at current basic prices in each NUTS 1 region in each year since 2005; and what the percentage...

      National Insurance Contributions: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much national insurance was paid by 16 and 17 year-olds resident in Scotland between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2009; and what percentage of national...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what types of property are on the National Rating List for business rates; and what criteria are used in their designation.

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct the Chief Executive of the Valuation Office Agency to meet representatives of the petrol retail industry to discuss the 2010 rating...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hereditaments there are on the England 2010 rating list (a) in London with a rateable value below (i) £21,500, (ii) £36,000 and (iii)...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of hours (a) he and (b) his predecessor spent in Northern Ireland on official visits since 1997.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sources of individual income are subject to withholding requirements.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 9 of HM Revenue and Customs Resource Accounts 2008-09, HC (2008-09) 464, for what reason 4.5 million Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) cases...

      Smuggling: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles were seized in Northern Ireland consequent on their use for cross-border fuel smuggling in each of the last three years; what the monetary...

      Smuggling: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of detections of fuel smuggling in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) England and Wales were made by (i) the police and (ii) HM Revenue...

      Tax Allowances: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has made an estimate of the number of (a) public and (b) private sector employees likely to be affected by the changes to tax relief on...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Government made of using maximum take-off weight as a basis for the proposed per plane tax which was rejected in November 2008.

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 765W, on furnished holiday lettings, if he will make an estimate of the number of...

      VAT: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has issued rebates of value added tax to supermarkets in relation to loss-leading marketing promotions of alcohol products in the...

      VAT: Memorials

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the amount of value added tax on memorials to children (a) levied in each of the last five financial years and (b) expected to...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on (a) print, (b) online, (c) television and (d) radio advertising in each year since it was...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the average length of time taken by (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) its agencies to pay invoices from (i)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each year since its inception.

      Equality Bill 2008-09: Equality Bill 2009-10

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether guidance has been prepared for those organisations which would have duties under the provisions proposed in the Equality Bill.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 1 Carlton Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there are plans to sell 1 Carlton Gardens.

    • Afghanistan: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of Afghanistan's GDP attributable to bribery; what steps his Department is taking to...

      Belarus: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the human rights situation and (b) progress on democratic reform in Belarus; and if he will...

      Departmental Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to meet the US ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues during her visit to the UK in February.

      Uzbekistan: Cotton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to prevent imports of (a) cotton and (b) clothing which has been produced by child labour...

  • International Development

    • Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the UK's fast-start financing for climate change adaptation will be drawn from his Department's existing budgets.

    • Departmental Billing

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

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to ensure that cholera does not break out in camps for displaced persons in Haiti.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of governments of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the regulatory regime for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department plans to take in co-operation with its international counterparts to take forward the provisions of the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in fuel poverty as a result of the costs arising from heating properties...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of fuel poverty in Torbay constituency.

      Fuel Poverty: Ashford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of fuel poverty among the residents of Ashford constituency.

      Radioactive Materials: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether substitution of some UK-origin high level radioactive waste for intermediate level waste was applied under the repatriation...

      Warm Front Scheme: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in Torbay constituency received assistance under the Warm Front scheme in 2008-09.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what generating capacity of what types is planned to be built to provide back-up to support the nine zone Round 3 offshore wind...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of Round 3 offshore wind generating platforms will be constructed in the UK.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in which country each company is based which will (a) install and (b) run the generating platforms in each zone of Round 3 offshore...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from what source the nine Round 3 offshore wind developments will be funded.

      Wind Power: Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his estimate is of the amount of electricity generated by onshore wind farms in each of the last two months.

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will review the standards in respect of noise from wind turbines contained in the document ETSU-R-97 for the purposes of further...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has commissioned recent research on a potential link between spending on community contraception services and the abortion rate per...

    • Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs, whether his Department has made a decision on the...

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of risk of contracting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease through podiatric procedures;...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies are in transition prior to being managed out; how long on average the transition...

      Health Services: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to the Opportunities for Volunteering scheme in each of the last five financial years; and how much funding...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column 495W, on social services, whether the figures given in table 2 of the Personal Care at...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used to calculate the costs in (a) Annex B of the impact assessment for the Personal Care at Home Bill, (b) table 13 of the PSSRU...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used to calculate the number of critical care users (a) in table 10 of the PSSRU discussion paper 2644 and (b) table 2 of the...

      Hospital Beds: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospital beds there were per head of population in (a) the former Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire strategic health authority area,...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have (a) taken up and (b) left a job as a midwife in each of the last five years.

      Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the five-year survival rate for patients treated for (a) lung, (b) kidney and (c) liver cancer at Musgrove Park hospital, Taunton was at the...

      NHS: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) statutory and (b) other obligation applies to the NHS in respect of its duty of care towards children by reporting (i) births and (ii) evidence...

      NHS: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many veterans received priority treatment on the NHS in 2009.

      NHS: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts (a) have and (b) have not appointed a local director of public health jointly with each relevant local authority.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses had not secured a nursing position within (a) one month, (b) three months, (c) six months, (d) one year, (e) two years and (f) five...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were recorded as having (a) an admission and (b) a discharge episode with a diagnosis of (i) malnutrition, (ii) nutritional anaemias and...

      Social Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) improvement plans, (b) warning letters, (c) statutory requirement notices, (d) changes to conditions of registration and (e)...

      Tarceva

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the NHS does not meet the cost of the prescription of Tarceva to patients in England; and whether he plans to review this policy.

  • Justice

    • Administration of Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the consultation carried out by his Department's predecessor on Administration of estates: review of the...

    • Data Access and Compliance Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which senior officials work in his Department's Data Access and Compliance Unit; what their roles are; what their qualifications are for undertaking...

      Data Access and Compliance Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what evaluations have been made of the performance of his Department's Data Access and Compliance Unit; who undertook those evaluations; and what use has...

      Data Protection: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many meetings there have been between his Department and the Information Commissioner's Office to discuss his Department's compliance with its...

      Data Protection: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps have been taken to ensure that outstanding freedom of information and subject access requests to his Department are answered within the...

      Data Protection: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training has been provided to (a) him, (b) the Minister of State with responsibility for freedom of information and data protection, (c) the...

      David Kelly Death Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons certain papers submitted to Lord Hutton's inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly are not to be disclosed until 70 years have elapsed.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the redacted elements of magistrates courts guidance to bailiffs on procedures for breaking into properties as a last resort.

      Departmental Housing

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

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of sentence was in England and Wales in respect of convictions for motoring offences which resulted in a fatality in each of the...

      Driving Offences: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group were prosecuted for speeding offences were over the drink-drive limit in each of the last two years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have had a Legal Services Commission legal aid charge postponed and attached to their property after a family proceeding in the last...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if the Government will reduce the interest rate applied to legal aid charges to the Legal Services Commission to reflect changes in the Bank of England...

      National Standards for Enforcement Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to monitor the level of compliance of (a) magistrates, (b) HM Courts Service fines officers and (c) bailiff companies with the...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to make an order under section 76A of the Representation of the People Act 1983 to vary the maximum amount of candidates' election expenses.

      Prosecutions: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) each region of England and (b) Wales were (i) fined and (ii) prosecuted for non-payment of television licence fees in each of...

      Prosecutions: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Northern Ireland were (a) prosecuted and (b) fined for non-payment of the television licence fee (i) in total, (ii) by local...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been distributed from the Victims Fund in 2009-10; which groups have received money from the fund for the provision of services to victims...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what telephone helplines his Department and its predecessors have provided for victims of murder and manslaughter in each of the last 10 years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • 10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on Project George; and what works have been completed under the project.

    • Breast Cancer: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people resident in (a) Cleethorpes constituency, (b) North East Lincolnshire local authority area and (c) North Lincolnshire local authority...

      Cancer: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many patients in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have been diagnosed with melanoma in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many patients in...

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what directions Ministers have given to the UK Statistics Authority on the 2011 Census under section 2 of the Census Act 1920, as amended.

      Charities: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the Charity Commission's (a) policy on and (b) methodology for applying the public benefit test to charities.

      Charity Commission: Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2009, Official Report, column 694W, on the Charity Commission: public relations, what the nature was of the...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what amendments to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme will come into force on 1 April 2010.

      Civil Servants: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many job vacancies have been advertised internally under the Civil Service West Midlands Pilot; and what the (a) job title, (b) department and...

      Death: Homelessness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths of individuals with no fixed abode were recorded in each of the last 24 months.

      Deaths: Torbay

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many citizens' juries or summits have been hosted by her Department since October 2008; on what date each event took place; and which Ministers were...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 411W, on departmental work experience, what the average pro rata salary paid...

      Government Departments: Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions she has had with the Sustainable Development Commission on the estimated annual cost of energy used on the Government estate.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps she plans to take to encourage (a) social enterprises, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c) organisations employing young people...

      Home Care Services: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the cost of implementing the provisions of the Personal Care at Home Bill in the first 12 months of implementation.

      Hotels

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many separate bookings for stays at five star or above hotels were made through the Expotel contract by (a) the Cabinet Office, (b) the Charity...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff her Department has appointed who later were discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether her Department monitors the performance of social enterprise networks in each region.

      Personal Income: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her most recent estimate is of the ratio of female to male earnings in the North West.

      Skin Cancer: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cases of melanoma in (a) adults and (b) children have been reported in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997.

      Stress

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the advice issued to staff of her Department on stress recognition and management.

      Unemployment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many lone parents were unemployed in each year since 2007.

      Unemployment: Parents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many working age adults with children were unemployed in each year since 2005.

      Unemployment: Torbay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants in each constituency in the South West had been claiming that allowance for (a) up to...

  • Transport

    • British Transport Police: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much has been raised by each category of fixed penalty notice issued by the British Transport Police in (a) England and (b) Wales...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many national concessionary bus passes for those over the age of 60 years have been issued to residents of (a) Cleethorpes...

      Consultants: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely level of spending by his Department on consultancy fees in the next five years; and what projects he...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to pay invoices from (i) small...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible sell information on a commercial basis...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies are in transition prior to being managed out; how long on average...

      First Capital Connect: Industrial Action

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will estimate the cost to commuters of the recent industrial action by drivers on First Capital Connect Thameslink services.

      Lorry Drivers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of heavy trucks and lorry drivers (a) employed and (b) self-employed in the UK; what estimate he...

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of rail replacement bus services that have been in operation for longer than (a) one...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the financial costs incurred by his Department when re-tendering each rail franchise since 2005.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to direct train operating companies to offer passengers the option of purchasing multiple tickets...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to direct train operating companies to offer passengers the cheapest possible fare for their...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to raise awareness among rail passengers of the financial benefits of purchasing multiple tickets...

      Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans there are to introduce direct train services from London to (a) Lincoln and (b) Cleethorpes.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what progress has been made in reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured in road traffic accidents involving cars and...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents in Torbay constituency involved loss of life in each of the last five years; (2) how many road...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the accident cluster sites are in the (a) St. Edmundsbury Borough Council and (b) Mid Suffolk District Council area.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities there were involving drivers under the age of 21 years in (i) Bury St. Edmunds...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities have occurred (i) on the A14 and (ii) elsewhere in Suffolk between the hours of 8pm...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accidents have occurred in Suffolk on each day of the week in each year since 1997.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accidents have occurred on the A14 in Suffolk on each day of the week in each year since 1997.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred in Milton Keynes on average on each day of the week in each year since 1997.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of financial saving that would result from the cancellation of the Inter-City Express Programme.

      Speed Limits: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of speed cameras in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of any projects his Department has considered cancelling in each of the last five years, together...

  • Prime Minister

    • Transcription Services

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how much 10 Downing Street spent on transcription services to each supplier in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10 to date; (2) what transcripts have been...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent on the apprenticeship scheme associated with the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of white (a) boys and (b) girls eligible for free school meals at the end of key stage 4 did not...

    • Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many telephone calls have been (a) received and (b) answered by the Parent Know How helplines in each month since such...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on extending the pre-school entitlement to two year-olds in the latest year for which figures are...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the operational impact of 5,000 infantry personnel being determined unfit for operations in Afghanistan.

    • Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have received about the economic benefits of permitting flights to Heathrow Airport between 11.30 pm and 6 am.

      Anguilla

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Government of Anguilla have not received their European Development Fund tranche 3 payment, due by 31 December 2009; and what steps they are taking to...

      Armed Forces: Compensation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking regarding the relative levels of claims made by injured service personnel through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and claims made...

      Armed Forces: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans exist for the funding of (a) the Army Cadet Force, (b) University Officer Training Corps, and (c) University Air Squadrons.

      Aviation: Air Crew

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many service air crew with current or recent flying practice have been retired from flying duties on medical grounds during the past 12 months.

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether arrangements have been made by the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong to confirm with Chinese authorities in Hong Kong whether ethnic minority...

      Chiefs of Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lump sum payments have been made to each Chief of the General Staff and to each Chief of the Defence Staff on their retirement since 1997; and, in each case,...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of China over the 15-year sentence given to Uyghur Christian Alimujiang Yimiti in Xinjiang in December...

      Climate Change: Academic Papers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of how many peer-reviewed academic papers have been published in recognised scientific journals in the past 10 years which deny the...

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis railway stations were chosen to be Cycle Points; which organisations were consulted about the choices; and whether the Department for Transport's...

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the capital cost of each of the proposed Cycle Points; what is the expected customer usage; and what are the planned opening dates.

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Apostolides v Orams on 19 January, no court outside the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus can in...

      Energy: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 2 December 2009 (WA 44), whether organisations other than Her Majesty's Government will be able to...

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what definition the Department of Energy and Climate Change uses of fuel poverty; what changes to that definition there have been since the creation of that...

      EU: UK Official Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number and quality of United Kingdom citizens applying for posts in European Union institutions compared with other member states.

      Government Departments: Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many ministerial cars are (a) more than 40 years old, (b) between 30 and 40 years old, (c) between 20 and 30 years old, (d) between 10 and 20 years old, (e)...

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the changes in gross domestic product in each of the last eight quarters (a) when first announced, and (b) at the latest revision.

      Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the forecast cost of providing pensions for Gurkhas at the same level as the Armed Forces Pension Scheme at 2010 prices.

      Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid out under the Gurkha Pension Scheme in each year from 1973 to 2000; and what was the total paid out over those years.

      Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will instruct the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong not to ask a British National (Overseas) who wishes to register as a British citizen falsely...

      Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong has had discussions with the Hong Kong immigration department since 13 January; if so, what matters were...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the houses built using the £13 billion allocated through the affordable housing programme were partly funded by contributions from other...

      International Maritime Organisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will request meetings with other member states of the International Maritime Organisation and relevant scientists to discuss oceanic acidification;...

      Northern Ireland Office: Official Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of providing official cars for (a) Ministers, and (b) officials, in the Northern Ireland Office in the past 12 months.

      Ofcom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take if Ofcom does not take action against radio and television providers which do not comply with the licence condition to supply equality...

      Prisons: Radio Broadcast

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have decided not to renew licences for the broadcast of music and radio programmes in certain areas of prisons; if so, which areas of which prisons;...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what road construction projects in England costing over £10 million (a) are under way, and (b) have been approved; what is the expected cost of each such...

      Roads: Harlow Bypass

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will fund a northern relief road around Harlow; and, if so, when.

      Roads: Harlow Bypass

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations have been made by local residents and businesses in favour of a northern relief road around Harlow.

      Roads: Harlow Bypass

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a southern bypass around Harlow on the communities of Roydon, Jack's Hatch, Broadley Common, Nazeing, Epping Green,...

      Roads: Harlow Bypass

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a southern Harlow bypass on (a) the three Sites of Special Scientific Interest, (b) the Lea Valley Regional Park,...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost of litter picking on the roads for which the Highways Agency is responsible.

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has had with (a) HM Treasury, and (b) other ministers, on the operation of the Warm Homes and...

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