Written answers

Thursday, 4 February 2010

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Commission: Public Relations

      To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what payments the Electoral Commission has made to Pagoda Public Relations since...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, column 392W, on museums and galleries: West Bromwich, when he expects...

    • Arts Council: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Arts Council spent on external public relations in each of the last five years; and what external public relations...

      Arts: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his latest assessment is of the effects on the arts industries of the recession.

      Arts: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his latest estimate is of the number of jobs in the arts industries lost as a consequence of the recession.

      Arts: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on (a) theatre, (b) opera, (c) musical and (d) film tickets for young people since 1997.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on programmes related to libraries in each year since 1997.

      Museums and Galleries: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times a Minister in his Department has visited the (a) British Museum, (b) Natural History Museum and (c) Science Museum on...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many free passports have been issued under the Heroes Return scheme to residents of (a) Cleethorpes constituency, (b) North East...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his most recent estimate is of the average number of people in each age group who use a local library each month.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage the use of public libraries.

      Royal Parks: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 1042W, on Royal Parks: parking, when he plans to lay the statutory...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many free television licences have been issued to residents of (a) Cleethorpes constituency, (b) North East Lincolnshire local...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many discounted television licences have been issued to blind and sight-impaired people resident in (a) Cleethorpes constituency,...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Oil: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU regulations on the sulphur content of oil used in Aga ovens; and what assessment...

    • Fuel Poverty: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in Stroud constituency were in fuel poverty in (a) 1997, (b) 2003 and (c) 2009.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the amount spent by her Department on crisis loans on each day in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in her Department's buildings in the last 12 months.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations her Department has received on the use of automated tiller machines (ATMs) other than Bank of Ireland ATMs to access Post...

      Social Security Benefits: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (War Pension Disregard) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, (SI 2009 No. 3389), if she...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations her Department has received on the restoration of the link between salaries and pensions.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations her Department has received on expanding the age range for eligibility for winter fuel payments.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sustainable Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs What steps he plans to take to encourage sustainable fisheries.

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress his Department has made towards meeting its 2010 biodiversity targets; and if he will make a statement.

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what objectives he has set for the outcomes of the inter-sessional meeting of the International Whaling Commission in March 2010.

      Chorley

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

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what advertising campaigns his Department has been responsible in each of the last three years; which such campaigns have...

      Departmental Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the adequacy of the level of consolatory payments made by his Department.

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 63W, on...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) Blackberrys have been provided to (i) Ministers and (ii) special advisers in his...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many citizen juries or summits have been hosted by his Department since October 2008; on what date each event took place;...

      Detergents: Phosphorus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to phase-out phosphorus in domestic laundry cleaning products; and if he will make a statement.

      Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of farms in the UK under five hectares in size.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 22 October 2009, Official Report, column 1645W, on local...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of wildlife crime.

      North East Sustainable Resources Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the role is of the new North East Sustainable Resources Board; how much funding from the public purse has been allocated...

      Streatham

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

      Wood: NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer on 14 January 2010, Official Report, column 1079W, on wood: Government departments, whether guidance...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on what date officials of his Department first met representatives of the aviation industry to discuss the implications for UK airport...

    • Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the total amount of bonuses paid to members of the senior civil service in his Department was in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average queuing time was at the Dartford River Crossing (a) northbound and (b) southbound toll plaza per 15 minute interval per...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how long on average payment transactions took at each toll booth at the Dartford River Crossing in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Drinking Water

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Government Car and Despatch Agency: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the reason for the cost of the finance function of the Government Car and Despatch Agency referred to in the...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 344W, on Heathrow Airport, on what date the then Secretary of State...

      Kemble-Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent estimate Network Rail has made of the cost of re-doubling the Swindon to Kemble railway line; and if he will discuss with hon....

      Kemble-Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will publish the results of his Department's feasibility study of the re-doubling of the Swindon to Kemble railway line.

      Kemble-Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he anticipates a final decision will be made on the re-doubling of the Swindon to Kemble railway line.

      Kemble-Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when the budget from the regional funding allocation in respect of the Swindon to Kemble railway line expires.

      Kemble-Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the earliest date is on which work could commence on the re-doubling of the Swindon to Kemble railway line.

      Kemble-Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on provision for the funding of any shortfall from the regional...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many motorists bought a vehicle excise duty licence with a single payment in each of the last three years.

      Park and Ride Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council on the proposed park and ride scheme at Bridlington, with...

      Railway Signals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the financial implications for his Department of the cancellation of the European Train Control System early...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many miles of new road lanes on (a) newly-built roads and (b) widening projects have been constructed in each year since 1997; and...

      Roads: East Riding

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will allocate funds to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the purposes of repairing road surfaces cracked, potholed and damaged...

      Roads: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what representations he has received from Gloucestershire County Council on increasing its block grant for the purpose of funding road repairs.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what advice he has received on the level of compensation payable to motorists in respect of damage to vehicles during the recent severe...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the financial implications of deferring the delivery of Thameslink until 2015.

      Transport: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding the local transport authority in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and...

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Disclosure of Information

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

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) benchmarking and (b) auditing will be undertaken by his Department to ensure that ex-service personnel amputees receive the same follow-up...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects his Department's pilot housing purchase scheme announced on 26 January 2010 to be (a) completed and (b) evaluated.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the £20 million allocation announced on 26 January 2010 for a housing purchase pilot he expects to be spent on administrative overhead costs.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons he decided to restrict eligibility for loans under his Department's housing initiative announced on 26 January 2010 to those who have...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of service family accommodation which did not meet move-in standards were occupied following the signing of a waiver by the tenants in 2009.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the mental health pilot scheme for armed forces personnel; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      AWE Management: Government Shareholding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Government's golden share in AWE Management Ltd. with (a) UK and (b) EC competition law.

      Ex-servicemen: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate has he made of the number of residential home and nursing home places that are available specifically for former service personnel;...

      Military Bases: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many break-ins at UK military bases were reported in each of the last 12 months.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a decision on the location of the submarine dismantling project is likely to be made; and if he will make a statement.

      Stress

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

      Warships: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships have gone out of service in each year since 1997.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Responsibilities: Females

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will consider the merits of establishing a Ministerial post to take forward the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the ratio of teaching assistants to pupils is at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Suffolk, (ii) the East of...

    • Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils achieved GCSE grades A* to C including English and mathematics in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South...

      GCSE: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in (a) Torbay constituency and (b) the South West were below the National Challenge benchmark following the...

      Head Teachers: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have held the post of head teacher at each school in Milton Keynes since 1997.

      Head Teachers: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many head teachers there have been at each school in Suffolk since 1997.

      Streatham

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

      Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Stroud constituency the effects on the...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people under 20 years old in further education in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Teachers: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) North East England in each year...

      Teachers: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers and teaching assistants were employed in schools in each constituency in the South West in each year since 1997.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students are on a course at each relevant university to train as teachers in the skills for life sector; and if he will...

      United Church Schools Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has allocated any funding to the United Church Schools Trust in respect of sponsorships.

      Vocational Education: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16-year-olds completed a BTEC First Diploma in each subject in each parliamentary constituency in the South West in each...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to hospital from accident and emergency departments for an alcohol-related diagnosis there were of people (a) under the age of 18...

    • Blaydon

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

      Capacitybuilders: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the Capacitybuilders programme in each financial year since its inception; how much has been spent on consultants in respect of...

      Cleethorpes

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

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the average body mass index of people in (a) England, (b) the East of England, (c) Suffolk, (d) Bedfordshire, (e)...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England and Wales aged under (a) 11 and (b) 16 years old and under have been admitted to hospital with (i) symptoms of alcohol...

      Local Government: Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 22 October 2009, Official Report, column 1645W, on local government finance, what data...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified school nurses there are in schools in the London borough of Hillingdon.

  • Justice

    • Burglary: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of prison sentence for people convicted of aggravated burglary has been in the last five years.

    • Crime: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 17, (ii) between 17 and 21, (iii) between 21 and 25, (iv) between 25 and 29 and (v) over 30...

      Debt Collection: Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to repeal the provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 which provide for (a) the...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance has been provided to his Department's staff on providing information about its staff in response to freedom of information and subject...

      Drugs: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) lowest, (b) average and (c) highest fine given to a person fined on conviction for possession of (i) cannabis, (ii) ecstasy, (iii)...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been issued with (a) drug rehabilitation requirements and (b) a drug treatment and testing order in (i) England and Wales, (ii)...

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the financial markets of the election counts taking place the day after polling at the next general...

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to bring forward proposals to ensure that general election counts take place on the evening of polling day.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to encourage voter registration in the run-up to the next general election.

      Firearms: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of a firearms offence for which a mandatory minimum sentence was applicable in each year since 1998.

      Hunting Act 2004: Prosecutions

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

      Interpleader Actions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many interpleader actions were commenced in the High Court in each of the last five years; (2) when his Department plans to publish its new...

      Kingston Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether Mr. Bernard Pennington of HM Prison Kingston received legal aid funding in respect of his claim against the Chair of the Prisons Independent...

      Knives and Firearms: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of an offence of (a) knife possession and (b) firearms possession have received the maximum sentence applicable in each year...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of a criminal offence in England and Wales in each year since 1998 had never previously been convicted.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance is used by parole boards to decide on parole applications by prisoners serving (a) a life sentence and (b) an indeterminate sentence for...

      Public Holidays

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

      Tobacco: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of people convicted of an offence of selling tobacco to a minor have received (a) a fine, (b) a community sentence, (c) a...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding his Department has allocated to the National Victims Service in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

  • Cabinet Office

    • 10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much her Department has budgeted for the works in Downing Street covered by Westminster city council planning application with the reference...

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will review the effectiveness of the statutory provisions which determine the circumstances in which charities are able to change their...

      Civil Servants: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which public bodies had their staff included in civil service headcounts in 2009.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for how long records of visitors to the Downing Street/Cabinet Office complex are retained.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much her Department spent on its recent event held on HMS Illustrious; and how many staff from her Department attended the event.

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what payments were made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in respect of the provision of services to the Leader of the House's Office in each of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people (a) started and (b) completed a course at an adult education college in each of the last five years.

    • Blaydon

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Blaydon constituency, the effects...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: International Cooperation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials from (a) his Department and (b) the Intellectual Property Office are planning to attend the...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: International Cooperation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 402W, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement,...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: International Cooperation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 402W, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement,...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: International Cooperation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 402W, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement,...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: International Cooperation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 402W, on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement,...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the length of time taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to pay invoices...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials represented his Department at events abroad in each of the last five years.

      Educational Institutions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which (a) universities and (b) independent training provider institutions have been visited by Ministers in his...

      Fertility: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what requests for information on (a) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, (b) the Human Fertilisation...

      Fisheries: Compensation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1142W, on Government departments: accounts,...

      Flexible Retirement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who wish to continue working beyond the existing...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will tabulate the adult learner responsive budget in respect of each further education college in England for...

      Google: Copyright

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will hold discussions with his French counterpart on steps which can be taken in cases of alleged breaches of...

      Identity and Passport Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Cabinet Committee MISC 33 has discussed the procurement of the front office identity services subject to the...

      Lord Mandelson

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date Lord Mandelson was appointed a Church Commissioner.

      Photography: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department (a) has taken in the last 12 months and (b) plans to take in the next 12 months to assist...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates Cabinet Committee MISC 33 has met in the last 12 months; which additional Government services have been...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent guidance his Department has issued on the (a) requirement for Government departments to put out to public...

      Postal Services Sector Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations his Department has received on the Hooper report on the postal services sector.

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with the Communication Workers Union on Royal Mail's pensions deficit.

      Students: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many individual applications for disabled students allowance have been made in the academic year 2009-10;...

      Thanet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to South Thanet constituency, the...

      Unemployment: Leeds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of unemployed graduates of universities in Leeds who have received...

  • Treasury

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue gain to the Exchequer of raising the rate of capital gains tax (a) for individuals from 18 per cent. to an...

    • Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Standing Committee on Preparations for the Euro last met.

      Government Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 589W, on the Government Air Programme, what the provisional, estimated amount is...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the additional amount of revenue that would be raised in 2010-11 if higher rate income tax pension relief was abolished.

      Lehman Brothers: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) he, (b) his Department or (c) his Department's agencies have made representations to the US administration on the return to Lehman Brothers...

      Non-domestic Rates: Aerials

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 779W, on non-domestic rates, how many mobile telephone masts were on the Rating List...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the National Insurance and pay-as-you-earn system to be completed; what the project's initial cost was; and what its final cost is expected...

      Revenue and Customs: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of people likely to accept a voluntary redundancy package as part of HM Revenue and Customs' redundancy...

      Valuation Office: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what suppliers provided goods and services to the Valuation Office Agency in 2008-09.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were purchased under the (a) HomeBuy Direct, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) Open Market HomeBuy, (d) First Time...

    • Building Alterations: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure the appropriate expenditure by Castle Point local authority of funds for independent living...

      Building Alterations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities which exhausted their allocated funds for independent living...

      Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of properties entered onto the non-domestic Energy Performance Certificate database to date have...

      Council Tax: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that students undertaking the National Day Nursery Association Early Years...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 20 local authorities have the highest level of (a) long-term empty social housing and (b) long-term empty private housing.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio of lower quintile house prices to lower quintile earnings was in 2009.

      Local Strategic Partnerships: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many boards of local strategic partnerships hon. Members are represented.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by his Department on the Mortgage Rescue Scheme at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties there were to which rateable values for petrol retail outlets applied in (a) in 1990, (b) 2000 and (c) 2008.

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the economic effects of the 2010 business rates revaluation on the network of...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make his policy to postpone the implementation of the 2010 business rates revaluation for petrol filling stations.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2010 to Question 314719, how long elapsed between issuing an Article 14 Direction and...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of permits that have been issued for building development on agricultural land in each...

      Sustainable Communities Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he will make a final decision on the 199 proposals shortlisted by the Local Government Association under the Sustainable...

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made in his assessment of the effectiveness of the use of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund in Birmingham.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his predecessor received on resolutions proposed in the Italian Senate in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003 recommending the...

    • Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he has visited the Pitcairn Islands on official business in the last five years.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom's share of the additional €300 million for European Union dairy farmers agreed by the Council of Ministers on 3 December 2009 will...

    • Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which United Kingdom towns and cities in 2009 concentrations of nitrogen dioxide exceeded the European Union limit values that entered into force from 1 January...

      Armed Forces: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions each of the 19 official service residences was used in 2007-08 to entertain (a) members of the Royal Family, (b) ministers, (c) other...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to support the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership; and what assessment they have made of the programme.

      Corus Steel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of illegal disposal of recovered waste oils following the closure of the Corus plant in Teesside.

      Courts Service: Estate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 14 December 2009 (WA 173), whether, in relation to each of the courts identified as alternatives, public transport is...

      Education: National Pupil Database

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been any breaches of security on the National Pupil Database; if so, how many; when; and by whom. To ask Her Majesty's Government who will have...

      Elections: Postal Votes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will advise returning officers to write to voters whose postal votes have not been opened and counted as a result of not providing personal...

      EU: UK Official Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proportion of officials from the United Kingdom working in European Union institutions compared with other member states; and whether they have any...

      European Parliament: Hereditary Peers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response the Cabinet Office has given to the enquiries of the European Petitions Committee regarding petition 1737/2008 on the position of hereditary Peers in...

      Gift Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will remove the requirement upon charity retail shops to contact donors of goods where Gift Aid is used to reclaim tax asking if the donor agrees to...

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign ex-prisoners there are in immigration detention centres.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children there are in immigration detention centres. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are held in detention centres.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much on average it costs per day to hold an individual in an immigration detention centre.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average length of detention of failed asylum seekers in each of the last three years.

      Questions for Oral Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she will remind Government Ministers, spokesmen and spokeswomen that they should make their answers at Question Time short and succinct; and whether she...

      Roads: Harlow Bypass

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a transport infrastructure to support Harlow's housing targets; and how those will be financed.

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the litter was last cleared on the verges of (a) the M25 between junctions 28 and 30, and (b) the Wickham Market bypass on the A12.

      Swine Fever

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the research by the Institute for Animal Health into African swine fever has sufficient financial support from them to reach an early conclusion.

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