Written answers

Friday, 5 February 2010

  • Transport

    • M1: Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will instruct the Highways Agency to make improvements to junction 10a of the M1 to reduce congestion; what assessment he has made of...

    • Roads

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many miles of road have been detrunked in each of the last 10 years.

      Travel: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage change in real terms of the cost of travelling by (a) private car, (b) bus, (c) train and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much (a) his Department, (b) the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and (c) other public...

    • Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the return on investment in agricultural research and development.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to pay invoices...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental Manpower

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Reprography: Paper

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the average purchase price, excluding value added tax was of a 500 sheet ream of white A4 photocopier...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether any written instructions have been provided to his Department's Accounting Officer in accordance with paragraph 5.5 of the...

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many job vacancies in his Department and its agencies were filled through using external recruitment in the last year for...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department and its agencies spent on external recruitment consultants in the last 12 months.

      Digital Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 777W, on digital broadcasting: Scotland, how many meetings with...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to review the power of local authorities to monitor the activities of licensed social clubs in respect of gambling and...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a club premises certificate enables social clubs to facilitate the playing of poker games with cash prizes.

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many prosecutions of unlicensed poker rooms by the Gambling Commission resulted in a conviction in each of the last three years.

      Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport of 13 January 2010, Official...

      Playing Fields: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to retain playing fields in Coventry.

  • Justice

    • Corruption: Public Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 13WS, on the UK Foreign Bribery Strategy, which Departments...

    • David Kelly Death Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 1 February 2010, Official Report, column 113W, on the David Kelly death inquiry, whether Lord...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any written instructions have been provided to his Department's Accounting Officer in accordance with paragraph 5.5 of the Ministerial Code since...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many consultants his Department and its predecessors and its agencies have employed in each of the last 10 years; and how many hours were worked by...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its agencies spent on recruitment consultants in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its agencies have spent on font licensing in the last three years.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many job vacancies in his Department and its agencies were filled through external recruitment in the last 12 months.

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states on the implementation of the Council Framework Decision 2005/214/JHA...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications have been received from other EU member states for the payment of fines under the terms of the Council Framework Decision...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column 351W, on freedom of information, if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that...

      Injunctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme of 28 October 2009, Official Report, column 422W, on Trafigura: injunctions, when he...

      Knives: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many retailers have been (a) cautioned, (b) fined and (c) imprisoned for selling knives to people under the necessary purchasing age in each...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many properties registered with the Land Registry have changed ownership in each month since January 2009.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) mean and (b) median sale price in 2008-09 prices was of house sales registered with the Land Registry in each year since 2000.

      Youth Justice Board and Legal Services Commission: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of working days lost per employee at (a) the Legal Services Commission and (b) the Youth Justice Board in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the reason for the cost of (a) IT for his Department and (b) the finance function for the...

    • Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department and its agencies have spent on font licensing in the last three years.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department and its agencies have the status of (a) embedded communicators and (b) are members of the...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many job vacancies in his Department and its agencies were filled through external recruitment in the last year for which...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will propose at the next meeting of the European Council at which the proposed inter-governmental conference is to be...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons he agreed at the meeting of the European Council in December 2009 to request that the European Parliament...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the UN in respect of the rules of engagement in the (a) Southern and (b) Northern No...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2010, Official Report, column 468W, on Palestinians: overseas aid, what assessment he has...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to make an official visit to the United States.

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US administration on stockpiles of nuclear weapons; and what his policy is on the steps to...

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on international nuclear proliferation.

      War Crimes: Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list each representation he has received from the US State Department (a) orally and (b) in writing on UK...

  • Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons with cancer in Northampton South constituency did not receive drugs designed to prolong their life following a report for such drugs in...

    • Drugs: Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether medical practitioners are required to inform local authorities when they administer drugs to children in care.

      Drugs: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has evaluated on the comparative (a) safety and (b) effectiveness of (i) human biology-based testing and (ii) animal...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made on the Health Protection Agency's Project Chrysalis; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of the Health Protection Agency site at Porton Down; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Protection Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Health Protection Agency's Project Chrysalis had cost on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Health Protection Agency: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the proposed relocation of the Health Protection Agency Centre for Emergency Preparedness from Porton Down...

      Health Protection Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees work at the Health Protection Agency's Porton Down site.

      Health Services: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the £340 million included in primary care trust (PCT) baseline allocations for the three years from 2008-09 to 2010-11 for disabled...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds (a) there were and (b) were occupied in each type of hospital ward in 2008-09.

      NHS Trusts: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts did not submit an application for registration with the Care Quality Commission by 29 January 2010.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) management, (b) administration and (c) estates staff by each (i) strategic health authority, (ii) primary care trust, (iii)...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department took to inform those not party to the negotiations that discussions on the Quality and Outcomes Framework had been postponed.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified school nurses are employed in schools in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average unit tour interval was for each (a) aircraft and (b) helicopter crew type in the Royal Air Force in the latest period for which...

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he decided to hold a review of out-of-hours primary care for service personnel; what the terms of reference are of that review; and when it will be...

      Armed forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, columns 792-4W, on armed forces: housing, to whom the 370 houses in Scotland sold by his...

      Armed forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, columns 517-18W, on armed forces: housing, for what reason Helensburgh was chosen for the...

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel injured in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan have (i) lost both legs and both arms, (ii) lost both legs at or above the knee, (iii) lost...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 205W, on military aircraft: helicopters, when he expects main gate approval to be...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) civilian aircraft (i) arrived at and (ii) departed from RAF Northolt in each year since 2007.

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contractual provisions his Department has negotiated to ensure that providers of equity capital to the successful bidder for the search and rescue...

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assurances his Department has (a) sought and (b) received that the successful bidder for the search and rescue helicopter service private finance...

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 206W, on rescue services: helicopters, when he expects the competition for new search...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK received cold weather payments in December 2009.

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure her Department has incurred on each management consultant engaged in connection with the Pensions Transformation programme in...

      Housing and Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people received housing benefit in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area; (2) how many households...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when she plans to reply to the letter of 14 December 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. J Duncan;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to answer the letter of 11 November 2009, ref. SJW/SJW, from the hon. Member for Northavon on the state pension of a constituent.

      Nuclear Submarines: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2009, Official Report, column 46W, on nuclear submarines, what methodology the Health and Safety...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households were paid (a) pension guarantee credit, (b) pension savings credit and (c) pension guarantee and pension...

      Pension Credit: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her latest estimate is of the number of pensioners in each constituency in Derbyshire who are eligible for but do not claim pension credit.

      Pension Credit: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in (a) Cleethorpes constituency, (b) North East Lincolnshire local authority area and (c) North Lincolnshire local...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in each local authority area in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate she has made of the number of households in Torbay constituency who will receive the (a) £250 and (b) £400...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners aged over (a) 80 and (b) 60 years have received winter fuel payments in (i) Cleethorpes constituency, (ii) North East...

  • Prime Minister

    • Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons he has not appointed a Deputy Prime Minister.

    • Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will take steps to inform the signatories to the e-petition to No. 10 Downing Street on the generic prescribing of anti-epilepsy drugs submitted on 1 October 2009,...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will release for publication the documents to which Lord Goldsmith made specific reference during his appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry on 27 January 2010 and...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Prime Minister how many hours he has spent in Northern Ireland on official visits between the date of his appointment and 26 January 2010.

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 711W, on parliamentary private secretaries, which parliamentary private secretary posts are...

      West Wing Writers

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the registration statement made to the United States Department of Justice under the US Foreign Agents Registration Act 1938, registration number 5838,...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 429W, on antisocial behaviour: Greater London, which areas in Greater...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will give interim permission to work to asylum applicant Mr. Joseph Bashir Yousif Bunni (HO Ref: B1135644); (2) when he expects...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the UK Border Agency to decide on the application for asylum in respect of Ms Rachel Muadi Kumba (HO Ref: K1209955).

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the UK Border Agency to decide on the application for asylum in respect of Ms Sara Kidane (HO Ref: K1203107).

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied minors have arrived in the country seeking asylum in each year since 1999; and how many of them were granted asylum.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department plans to introduce passenger name record checks on all passenger movements (a) into, (b) through and (c) out of the UK.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the e-borders programme to include an automated authority to carry capability.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of progress in the manual trial period for authority to carry capabilities as part of the e-borders programme.

      Case Resolution Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases were resolved by the Case Resolution Directorate in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 637W, on crime, which universities received such expenditure; and what...

      Departmental Font Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department and its agencies have spent on font licensing in the last three years.

      Departmental Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the (a) potential annual rental and (b) total book value of the residential property owned by his...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 261W, on departmental public consultation, how much was spent by his...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people serving prison sentences in England are liable for deportation on their release; and if he will make a statement.

      Detention Centres: Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) SIM cards were confiscated from persons held in immigration detention centres in each of the last...

      Detention Centres: Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) SIM cards have been issued to immigration detainees in each of the last five years.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisation is responsible for the implementation of his Department's DNA isotope testing regime.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many decisions on visa applications made at each British embassy or consulate were overturned by immigration judges in each of the last...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas were issued more than six months following a successful appeal against a refusal to issue entry clearance in 2009.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of students studying at colleges which have received and subsequently lost accreditation as a bona...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision his Department makes for students studying at colleges which lose accreditation as a bona fide institution offering courses...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Totnes of 30 November 2009, Official Report, column 486W, on human trafficking, how many cases...

      Immigrants: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Somali nationals are estimated to be in the UK illegally.

      Immigrants: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Somali nationals have arrived in the UK in each year since 1998.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers have (a) requested and (b) been granted certificates of sponsorship under the Tier 2 (i) general and (ii) intracompany...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 2 (a) general and (b) ICT certificates of sponsorship had (i) been requested, (ii) been allocated and (iii) were pending in...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Border Agency keeps records of the number of unaccompanied minors arriving in the UK.

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to identify unaccompanied minors who are suspected of being trafficked.

      Immigration: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on the Integrated Case Work IT system (Integrity) to date; and what the overall budget for the project is.

      Immigration: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Integrated Case Work IT system (Integrity) to be fully operational.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he expects to reply to the letter dated 15 October 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs Saima...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter dated 7 December 2009 from the hon. Member for Walsall North regarding a constituent Ref:...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter of 30 November 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Zaheer Iqbal.

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on opinion polling in 2009-10.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were transferred from immigration removal centres to open prisons in each of the last three years; and...

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on services of each type for rape victims in each year since 1997.

      Reoffenders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been re-arrested whilst released on bail for committing (a) a sexual offence, (b) an offence of violence against the...

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted under counter-terrorism legislation of an offence relating to fundraising in each of the last five years.

      Terrorism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of (a) each category of terrorism offence and (b) terrorism offences involving the internet in each year...

      UK Border Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts with a monetary value of over £2 million the UK Border Agency and its predecessors have signed in each of the last...

      UK Border Agency: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency spent on first class travel in each year since 2005.

      Workers Registration Scheme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU workers were registered in the Worker Registration scheme in each local authority in the North East in (a) March 2007, (b)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Anne Street Partners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any action has been taken against Anne Street Partners Limited and its directors in respect of the accounts it...

    • Astraporta

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Astraporta (UK) Limited filed its accounts for the period to 30 September 2008 within the statutory period...

      Bearwood Holdings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Bearwood Holdings Limited filed its accounts for the period to 30 September 2008 within the statutory period...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small businesses in each constituency in the South West have applied for financial assistance under the (a)...

      Business: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote small business start-up schemes among young people in Wales.

      Business: Young People

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department provides to young people to obtain support from small business start-up schemes in...

      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,...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students received non-repayable maintenance grants from (a) each education authority in the county of Tyne...

      Financial Services: Portsmouth

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the effect on the financial services industry in Portsmouth of the recession;...

      Higher Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals progressed to (i) a...

      Higher Education: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many residents in each electoral ward in (a) Cleethorpes constituency, (b) North East Lincolnshire local...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many residents of each constituency in England attended university in the most recent academic year for which...

      Snow and Ice: Milton Keynes

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

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many students eligible for payments from the Student Loans Company are awaiting payment; (2) many...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students in higher education have received payments in respect of (a) tuition fee loans, (b) maintenance...

      Students: Romford

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of 18 to 22 year-olds exclusively resident in Romford were studying at university (a) in 1997...

  • Women and Equality

    • Burqas

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent representation she has received on the wearing of burqas in public.

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of Lord Bates of 3 December 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA68, on Government departments: annual reports, and...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in her Department since its inception; and what the cost to the public purse...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library a copy of the advice issued to Government Equalities Office staff on stress recognition and management.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Government Equalities Office's buildings attended by civil servants in the that...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what average time the Government Equalities Office took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • 10 Downing Street: Shops

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many sales there have been of each item of stock in the Downing Street gift shop in the last 12 months.

    • Central Office of Information: Marketing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Central Office of Information press release of 11 December 2009, on the merchandising and promotional items framework, what the...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether any written instructions have been provided to her Department's Accounting Officer in accordance with paragraph 5.5 of the Ministerial Code...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the policy of (a) her Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office is on the maximum time that should be taken to respond to correspondence...

      Disclosure of Information: Home Office

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter from the Cabinet Office's Director of Security and Intelligence (a) dated 8 October 2008 sent to...

      Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many UK citizens resident abroad are registered to vote in each parliamentary constituency, ranked from highest to lowest in respect of the number...

      Government Communications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2009, Official Report, column 702W, on Government communications, what substantive documents have been published...

      Government Communications: Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the speech, presentation and speaking notes made by the Permanent Secretary for Government Communications,...

      Government Departments: Private Detectives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 873W, on private detectives, whether other Government Departments have hired...

      Government Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 351W, on central government: public relations, in what month of 1997 the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what measures are used by (a) her Department and (b) the Office for National Statistics of the level of cost inflation within the public sector.

      Unemployment: Inverness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average length of time was for which claimants aged between 18 and 24 years resident in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Families: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has allocated to Family Nurse Partnerships in 2010-11.

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals took up a university place to study each subject (a) group and (b) line in the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals took up a place at each university in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Pupil Exclusions: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils from (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools were (i) temporarily and (ii) permanently excluded in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Manpower

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

    • Driving Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, columns 511-2W, on driving offences, how many custodial sentences were handed down...

      Driving Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, columns 511-2W, on driving offences, what the (a) average, (b) longest and (c)...

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what payments were made by his Department and each of its agencies to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each of the last 10 years.

      Sexual Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, columns 512-14, on sexual offences, in respect of each category of offence, (a)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage retailers to reduce their carbon emissions; what representations he has received on campaigns...

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the price per megawatt hour of electricity generated over the life cycle of proposed new (a) coal, (b)...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) England and (b) Leeds North West constituency have received assistance from the Community Energy Saving...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made in taking forward the connection of the Pimlico and Whitehall district heating schemes as announced in the...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 187W, on nuclear power: regulation, what cost recovery has been...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the incidence of leukaemia in children aged under five years living within a five kilometre...

      Oil: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the (a) volume and (b) monetary value of refined oil and petroleum products (i) exported and (ii)...

      Power Stations: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the effect on (a) the size of energy bills and (b) the number of jobs in the energy sector of...

      Radioactive Materials: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what evidence his Department is using to decide on the minimum burial depth for each grade of nuclear waste.

      Radioactive Materials: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account was taken of scientific predictions of future rising sea levels in the process of deciding upon nuclear waste storage...

      Radioactive Materials: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps have been taken to ensure that geological disposal of nuclear waste is safe in relation to the possibility of a seismic...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to increase the diversity of energy sources in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Uranium: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what submissions were received on uranium mining, milling and processing in the consultation his Department held on nuclear...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department paid to eaga plc for their administration of the warm front scheme in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c)...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on limits on noise from onshore wind farms.

  • Treasury

    • Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) executive agencies, (b) ministerial departments, (c) non-ministerial departments and (d) non-departmental public bodies have been relocated...

    • Hotels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many separate bookings for stays at five star or above hotels were made through the Expotel contract by (a) his Department, (b) HM Revenue and...

      Land: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Valuation Office Agency made of the average value of a hectare of land in each of the last 20 quarters.

      Public Sector: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies have been appointed to each of the lots to provide services referred to in the OGC Buying Solutions Contract Notice 2009/S 60-086533 on...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on the Employee Share Scheme project; what the running costs of the project are estimated to be in 2010-11; and...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the stamp duty and stamp duty land tax (a) threshold and (b) rate was in each relevant year since 1996.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether HM Revenue and Customs will continue to provide exemption from taxation for existing free travel to work benefits; (2) how much revenue has...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the contribution of the then Paymaster General of 3 May 2000, Official Report, column 217, what the evidential basis was for the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether board members of the Audit Commission are required to disclose membership of a political party when making a declaration...

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many employment disputes involving staff of the Audit Commission have been taken to an employment tribunal in the last four...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) declaration of interests and (b) record of gifts and hospitality has been made by each board member and Commissioner...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what declaration of political activity has been made by each board member and Commissioner of the Audit Commission.

      Building Alterations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were on local authority waiting lists for independent living adaptations and equipment in (a) the latest period...

      Council Housing: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on improving social housing stock owned by each district council in East Sussex in each year since 1997.

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had on the system of council rent receipt payments to local authorities.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has issued guidance to local authorities on the use of charging orders to collect unpaid council tax.

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) his Department, (b) the Audit Commission and (c) the Standards Board for England has issued on whether the...

      Councillors: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of the investigation of the Standards Board for England relating to six councillors on the Isle of Wight in...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in his Department and its agencies (a) have the status of embedded communicators and (b) are members of the...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's press release of 6 January 2010, on new faith advisers, what declaration of political...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) his Department and (b) local authorities has paid to each external consultant contracted to undertake public...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much area-based grant was allocated in respect of waste collection and waste disposal in the most recent year for which...

      Empty Property: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of empty (a) residential and (b) commercial properties in (i) Mid Sussex constituency...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on whether reductions in the number of (a) fire stations, (b)...

      Fire Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many combined aerial rescue pump vehicles have been purchased by the fire and rescue service in (a) South Yorkshire...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 18W, on...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions the Government has had with (a) Coventry City Council, (b) Warwick District Council and (c) others on the...

      Housing: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) social and (b) affordable homes there were in each planning authority area in the South West in each year since 2005.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of undertaking local economic area assessments.

      Local Government: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what cost savings have been made in local government in Cornwall since the date of its reorganisation; what estimate (a) his...

      Local Government: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many powers granting or augmenting the ability of local authorities to issue fixed penalty notices his Department has...

      Local Government: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received from the Boundary Committee on the level of support in Norfolk for the creation of a single...

      Local Government: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate (a) he and (b) the Boundary Committee has made of the level of savings made by (i) district councils and (ii)...

      Local Government: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment (a) he and (b) the Boundary Committee has made of support among residents for a new unitary authority for Norfolk.

      Local Government: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department has taken to update the financial information on which the Boundary Committee based its advice for...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the net effect on public expenditure of introducing unitary local authorities in England.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what formula is applied to determine the number of councillors in a new unitary authority area established to replace a two-tier...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with which (a) elected councillors and (b) council officials (i) he and (ii) officials of his Department have met since...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list each for each unitary authority created since 2007 the period of time which elapsed between the decision to...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many posts in each of the unitary authorities created since 2007 have been abolished as a result of reorganisation; and how...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons his Department's consultation on proposals for unitary local government draft structural change orders is...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to redrawing (a) ward and (b) district boundaries in (i) Norfolk, (ii) Suffolk and (iii) Devon...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library the combined Comprehensive Area Assessment and Comprehensive Performance Assessment results for...

      Local Government: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much expenditure each local authority in Suffolk had incurred in respect of the proposed reorganisation of local government...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to publish its response to the Building Research Establishment report on licensing of houses in...

      Muslim Council of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons he decided to resume contacts with the Muslim Council of Britain; whom he consulted on that decision; and if he...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 234W, on non-domestic rates:...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many petrol retail outlets have had a reduction in their rateable value for the purpose of calculating the business...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals against planning appeal decisions were upheld in the High Court in each of the last five years; and in respect...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what monitoring his Department undertakes of the decisions taken by inspectors at planning appeals.

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to planning guidance as a result of the 2007 floods.

      Regeneration and Housing: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has provided for (a) regeneration and (b) housing projects in each local authority area in...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list the addresses of each overseas office of each (a) regional assembly and (b) regional leaders' board; how many...

      Regional Planning and Development: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made on the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West.

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the number of tenancy agreements covered by each tenancy deposit scheme licensed by his...

      Tenants Service Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's (a) management statement and (b) financial memorandum in respect of...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Senior Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff are employed in the 19 official service residences; and which staff are employed in each category.

    • Arms Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are planning to take against senior directors of the company responsible for the export of the ADE-651 bomb detection device which was interdicted.

      Crime: Hate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when a revised version of the document Hate Crime: Delivering a Quality Service-Good Practice and Tactical Guidance March 2005 will be published. To ask Her...

      Dr David Kelly

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the medical reports and post-mortem findings on the death of Dr David Kelly.

      Dr David Kelly

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the medical reports and photographs on which Lord Hutton based his conclusion that Dr Kelly committed suicide.

      Licensing: Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 25 January (WA 299), what are the types of venue of the six examples identified by the Local Authorities...

      Mental Capacity Act 2005

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars, and (c) other documents the Ministry of Justice or its predecessor department (1) have issued since...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered using those sentenced by the courts to community service to pick litter.

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