Written answers

Monday, 8 February 2010

  • Wales

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister for Wales on assistance to service families resident in Wales in receiving the 50 per cent. reduction...

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department have the status of (a) embedded communicators and (b) are members of the Government Communications Network and are not...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Manpower

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

    • Newspaper Licensing Agency

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

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of Lord Bates of 3 December 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA68, on Government Departments: Annual Reports, and with...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, columns 962-3W, on departmental training, on what dates the training was provided.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House when she plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for Totnes, dated 27 January 2010, on Haiti.

      Stress

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will place in the Library a copy of any advice issued to staff of her Office on stress recognition and management.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Moths: House of Commons

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what proposals there are to end the infestation of moths in T block; and if he will make a statement.

    • Reform

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on steps taken by staff of the House in taking forward work arising from the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of Lord Bates of 3 December 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA68, on Government departments: annual...

    • Departmental Information Officers

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

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what mechanisms have been established to enable data sharing in respect of fixed penalty motoring offences between the Police Service of...

      Hotels

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

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will discuss with the First Minister the introduction into the Northern Ireland Assembly of a bill to establish a national day to raise...

      Stress

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

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Art Works

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 244W, on departmental public expenditure, what the arrangements are within the Crown Prosecution...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2010, Official Report, column 1014W, on departmental written questions; by which mechanism the Law Officers' Departments monitor...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much the Government Olympic Executive has spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each year since its inception.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Portsmouth

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she is taking to ensure that the Portsmouth region obtains a legacy from the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1201W, on the Afghan National Army, what information his Department holds on the...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many residences his Department owns for the purpose of housing members of the armed forces with a rank of Brigadier or equivalent and above; and what...

      Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out, with statistical information as closely related to Chorley constituency as possible, the effect on that constituency of the policies...

      HMS Sultan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the future of HMS Sultan; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are stationed in the Middle East other than in Iraq; and where each contingent is stationed.

      Reserve Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department provides for reservists who sustain injuries on deployment which render them unfit to (a) return to work and (b) return...

      Yemen: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department gives (a) financial and (b) material assistance to the armed forces in Yemen in order to combat terrorism.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 88W, on departmental manpower, on what matters each of the 43 policy...

    • Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2010, Official Report, column 1069W, on departmental training, on what date the training was...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 88W, on departmental written questions, by what mechanisms his...

      Digital Broadcasting: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance (a) his Department and (b) the Digital Switchover help scheme offers to vulnerable people whose needs are not met by...

      Football Foundation: Gloucester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been provided by his Department through the Football Foundation in Gloucester since 1997.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has budgeted for the Government Art Collection in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many separate bookings for stays at five star or above hotels were made through the Expotel contract by his Department in the...

      Licensed Premises: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the change to the average daily number of opening hours of bars and public houses in England...

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 539W, on museums and galleries: educational visits, how much of the...

      Museums and Galleries: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) national and (b) local museums in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York received in Government grants in...

      National Lottery: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2010, Official Report, columns 10-11W, on parliamentary questions, what the reason was for the...

      Sports: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to increase opportunities for people aged from (a) seven to 12 and (b) 13 to 18 years old in...

      Sports: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the provision of community sport facilities in Coventry.

      Sports: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his most recent estimate is of the market value of the events recommended for listing in the David Davies Review of Listed Events.

      Sports: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has commissioned an economic impact assessment following the publication of the David Davies Review of Listed Events.

      Stress

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

      Swimming: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 540W, on swimming, how much funding has been allocated for provision...

      Theatre: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 888W, on theatre: young people, how much was spent on the provision...

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average distance was of (a) all flights leaving UK airports and (b) all flights leaving UK airports except domestic lifeline...

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2010, Official Report, column 25W, on aviation: fuels, if he will give (a) date and (b) location and...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, columns 342-43W, on departmental correspondence, what criteria are used to...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, columns 342-43W, on departmental correspondence, what criteria are used to...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, columns 342-43W, on departmental correspondence, what the reasons are for the...

      East Coast Main Line: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether (a) staff employed to provide catering facilities and (b) other staff on East Coast Trains will have their employment conditions...

      East Coast Main Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely cost of the refurbishment of the existing rolling stock on the East Coast Main Line; and how many...

      First Capital Connect: Franchises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what provisions in the franchise agreement with First Capital Connect govern the termination of the franchise in respect of persistent...

      Highlands and Islands Airports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many flights departed from (a) Barra, (b) Benbecula, (c) Campbeltown, (d) Inverness, (e) Islay, (f) Kirkwall, (g) Stornoway, (h)...

      Kemble-Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the latest date is that a decision can be taken in respect of the re-doubling of the Swindon to Kemble railway line before the expiry...

      M25

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the distance to the next clockwise M25/A282 junction is from junctions (a) 29, (b) 30, (c) 31, (d) 1a, (e) 1b and (f) 2.

      Motor Sports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects to introduce legislative proposals to provide for the transfer of responsibilities for authorising routes for UK rallies...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the Serco-Northern Rail passenger charter; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to assess the performance of the Serco-Northern Rail franchise.

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has made a decision on the proposed extension to the Serco-Northern Rail franchise.

      Railway Stations: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has made an estimate of the number of ultrasonic Mosquito devices used at railway stations; what recent representations he has...

      Roads: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport from what budgets the cost of corrective work to the access route from Station Road to the Fallowfield Loop in Reddish will be met.

      Roads: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which organisation is responsible for the design of the access route from Station Road to the Fallowfield Loop in Reddish.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to reduce the necessity for road repairs as a result of poor work by the statutory undertakers.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of expenditure by his Department on road repairs as a result of recent severe weather conditions; and...

      Southeastern

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on re-advertising the Southeastern trains franchise.

      Southeastern: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans there are to compensate Southeastern trains commuters adversely affected by the number of late trains running in January.

      Stonehouse Bristol Road Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department is responsible for the site at the Old Bristol Road railway station at Stonehouse, Gloucestershire; and what recent...

      Stress

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

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the oral answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, columns 47-8WH, for what reasons completion of key output 2 of the...

      Thanet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to South Thanet constituency, the effects on South Thanet...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what costs have been incurred by the Rural Payments Agency for claims processed under schemes they administer in each year...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single payment scheme claims made in 2009 remain outstanding.

      Blaydon

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

      Care Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research into the number, uses and viability of care farms in England.

      Cleethorpes

      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 Cleethorpes constituency, the effects on...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets have been set for local authorities in relation to collection of (a) residual and (b) recyclable household...

      Fisheries: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what programmes are taking place in Western Sahara under the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement; whether these programmes are in...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many incidents of fly-tipping were reported in each local authority in the East of England in the last 12 months;...

      Food: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department provides to supermarkets on how to use out of date food which is still safe to eat.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of previously forested land which has been permanently cleared in each of the last 10...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking to assess the environmental impact of genetically modified crops in England; which...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) police forces on the...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with international counterparts on negotiations on the reform of the International Whaling...

      Oils: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent guidance has been issued to local authorities on the prevention of (a) illegal dumping and (b) other...

      Oils: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many small waste oil burners were authorised for use in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009; (2) what recent...

      Poultry: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of turkeys sold in each of the last five years.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Natural England has spent on the administration of agri-environment schemes under the Rural Development Programme...

      Sewers: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on plans for the transfer of private drains to water companies for 2011.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Complaints: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been made against (a) Jobcentre Plus, (b) the Child Support Agency and (c) the Pensions, Disability and Carers...

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advertising campaigns her Department has been responsible for in each of the last three years; which campaigns have (a) commenced and...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) area and (b) estimated value is of (i) vacant and (ii) occupied office space (A) owned and (B) rented by her Department.

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many iPODs have been bought by her Department since 2005; and at what cost.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on the advertising campaign to position direct.gov as the nation's website; how much of this...

      Disability Living Allowance: Inverness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency have continued to claim (a) the mobility component and (b)...

      Disability Living Allowance: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Torbay constituency received (a) the mobility component, (b) the care component and (c) the mobility and care...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average waiting time was between the making of a claim for employment and support allowance by a person diagnosed with a...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of employment and support allowance who have a diagnosis of terminal cancer or other terminal illness have been moved from...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1278W, on employment and support allowance, when she expects to publish...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the evidence given to the Work and Pensions Select Committee by the Minister for Disabled People on 9 November 2009, when will the...

      Employment Schemes: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether she plans to expand the number of Right to Control Trailblazer sites.

      Employment Schemes: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what timetable she has proposed in respect of the receipt of applications from local authorities to become a Right to Control Trailblazer site;...

      Employment Schemes: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects to publish a framework for use by local authorities for the implementation of the Right to Control Trailblazer sites.

      Fuel Poverty: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will bring forward proposals to assist with the heating bills of long-term sick and disabled people.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the Health and Safety Executive has had a recommendation for hazardous substance consent declined by a local authority in each...

      Jobcentre Plus: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job centres have closed in the last 10 years.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she is taking to ensure that people over 60 years of age receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

      Social Security Benefits: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the 10 largest benefit debts owed to her Department by individuals in each Jobcentre Plus district were on the most recent date for which...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which diseases are in the category of diseases of the genito-urinary system for the purpose of classifying incapacity benefit claims; and how...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of claimants of (a) employment and support allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) severe...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance claimants there were in (i) the South West and (ii) Torbay...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the administrative procedures officials in her Department use in relation to claims made by...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many challenges to determinations made in medical assessment findings by ATOS Medical there have been at tribunals (a) since the start of...

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of benefits and pensions paid by her Department had payment credited (a) to a pre-paid card, (b) credited to a bank...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will place in the Library a copy of the advice issued to staff of her Department on stress recognition and management.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on levels of binge drinking in other EU member states.

    • Back Pain: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the implementation of guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on lower back...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Care Quality Commission has provided advice on the provision of warden-assisted housing placements for elderly residents registered as blind.

      Consultancy: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to monitor contracts awarded to consultancy firms by NHS trusts and primary care trusts.

      Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department publishes an annual report on departmental communications.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for which Google Adword online advertising keywords his Department and its agencies have paid in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he expects the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust to reduce its spending in 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether he...

      General Practitioners: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many, and what proportion of GP surgeries in Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust area are open (a) in the evenings and (b) at weekends.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research projects funded by (a) his Department and (b) the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in the last 10 years on which he...

      Health Hazards: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reports there were of health problems allegedly related to wireless radiation from (a) high-voltage powerlines, (b) telephone antennae and (c)...

      Health Services: Australia

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

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request from NHS London a copy of the report, The South West London Strategic Plan; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that report.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals were on a black alert bed status in (a) December 2009 and (b) January 2010; and what proportion of the beds involved were occupied by...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have attended hospital for treatment for injuries consistent with a dog attack in each year since 1998.

      Hospitals: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has amended its guidance to strategic health authorities on consulting with the public on major re-configuration or closures of...

      Hospitals: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to strategic health authorities on consulting the public on major re-configurations or closures of local hospital...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many separate bookings for stays at five star or above hotels were made through the Expotel contract by his Department in the last year for which...

      Medical Treatments: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the health effects of low level laser therapy.

      Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to North East Milton Keynes constituency, the effects on Milton Keynes of...

      Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many scheduled cardiology operations were cancelled at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton in the last 12 months; (2) how many scheduled hip...

      Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on gardening and landscaping at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton in the last five years.

      Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long on average an in-patient displaying symptoms of (a) dementia and (b) Alzheimer's Disease remained at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, in the...

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each year of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which medicines which (a) have been appraised and (b) are under appraisal by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has its...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the financial cost to acute NHS trusts which do not meet the 2010 National CQUIN goal to reduce avoidable death, disability...

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate of the number of NHS staff on paid sick leave was on the latest date for which figures are available; and how much has been paid to NHS...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effects on health outcomes of the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children resident in (a) Southend West constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England were seen by a fully qualified school nurse in each year...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the provision of school nurses in each of the last five years on children's health; what estimate he...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified nurses there were in (a) Southend West constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England in each year since 2000.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of school nurses in England without a post-registration qualification in each of the last five years.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of prescriptions issued by the NHS in England and Wales were for generic drugs in each of the last five years.

      Public Holidays

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

      Sunbeds: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the tanning industry on the regulation of sun bed usage by those under the age of 18 years.

      Thanet

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

      Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NHS Connecting for Heath plans to make an electronic version of the National Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment model available to NHS...

      Weather: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely number of excess deaths resulting from the current cold weather; and whether he has estimated the number of excess...

  • Women and Equality

    • Equality: Economic Situation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will make printed copies of An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK available to hon. Members in the Vote Office.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received recent representations on the regulation of the sale of ultrasonic Mosquito devices; and if he...

    • Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students withdrew from higher education between September and December in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Charter Cities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on proposals on UN assistance for the establishment of charter cities; and if he will make...

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of Lord Bates of 3 December 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA68, on Government Departments:...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on font licensing in the last three years.

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for which Google Adword online advertising keywords his Department and its agencies have paid in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many job vacancies in his Department were filled through external recruitment agencies in the latest year for which figures are...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on external recruitment consultants in the last year for which figures are available.

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many members of UK search and rescue teams have been assigned to Haiti to assist with the earthquake relief effort.

      Hotels

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

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government has provided to Mauritania in the last 12 months; and for what projects assistance was provided.

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments his Department made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each of the last 10 years.

      Overseas Aid: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of the £1.5 billion fast start finance for climate change adaptation programmes announced by the Prime Minister at...

      Overseas Aid: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which existing programmes received funding from budgets subsequently identified as sources of fast start finance for climate change...

      Overseas Aid: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's objectives are in respect of its involvement in Haiti; and by what criteria progress on the achievement of these...

      Overseas Aid: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for how long he anticipates his Department being involved with development work in Haiti.

      Overseas Aid: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with UN representatives on the UN's long-term strategy in Haiti.

      Overseas Aid: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will allocate additional funds in support of the UN's programmes in Haiti.

      Overseas Aid: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the US, (b) Canada and (c) France on the co-ordination of relief work in Haiti.

      Overseas Aid: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to co-ordinate its relief programmes on Haiti with those it is undertaking in other Caribbean countries.

      Scientific Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has plans to create a Scientific Advisory Committee.

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent assessment he has made of progress in the provision of humanitarian relief for Tamil internally displaced persons in...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Alterations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of independent living adaptations and equipment provided by local authorities which...

    • Departmental ICT

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

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) venues and (b) locations the Minister for Housing has visited officially in London in the last three months; and what...

      Mobile Homes: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses were received to his Department's consultation on park home site licensing; and if he will place a copy of...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology the Valuation Office Agency used in its 2010 business rates revaluation to calculate the fuel margin obtained...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Boilers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of the boiler scrappage scheme in contributing to the objectives of his Department.

    • Boilers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the effects on plumbing and heating companies of the implementation of the boiler scrappage scheme.

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what formula is to be used to calculate the reduction in UK carbon dioxide emissions as a direct result of implementing the Carbon...

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what incentives will be available through the Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme to encourage organisations to outsource work to the...

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely reduction in (a) UK, (b) European and (c) global carbon dioxide emissions as a direct result...

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what scientific (a) evidence and (b) advice he used in formulating the Carbon Reduction Commitment.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on (a) television, (b) radio, (c) print and (d) online advertising in (i)...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on (a) print, (b) online, (c) television and (d) radio advertising in...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1451W, on departmental...

      Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department publishes an annual report on departmental communications.

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has considered the effect of accreditation requirements on levels of participation in the feed-in tariff scheme; and what...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations his Department has received on harmonising the UK's feed-in tariff scheme with those of other EU member states.

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assistance his Department plans to prove to those in social housing to participate in the feed-in tariff scheme; and how many...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of (a) individuals and (b) households in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Scotland who spend...

      Fuel Poverty: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in Westmorland and Lonsdale.

      Fuel Poverty: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of households in Leeds North West constituency are classified as living in fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of pensioner households in fuel poverty.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to reply to the hon. Member for Billericay's letter of 11 January 2010 on energy tariffs.

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each year since his...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost of defending Britain's nuclear sites from the effects of coastal erosion in...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account the Infrastructure Planning Commission will take of the (a) method and (b) siting of nuclear waste storage when deciding...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the average cost of planting a tree as part of a carbon offset programme.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total output was of the UK's wind turbines connected to the national grid as a percentage of their load factor in each week in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burundi: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the attempted coup to overthrow President Ndayizeye of Burundi; and what assessment he has made...

    • Burundi: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the EU plans to send an observer mission to the 2010 elections in Burundi; and if he will make a statement.

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many full-time equivalent officials in his Department work on the (a) central coordination of activities on and (b)...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on proposals for the unification of Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Housing

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

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development in relation to Haiti in January 2010.

      Ivory Coast: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Cote d'Ivoire on the disbursement of the compensation paid by Trafigura in...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plans to provide assistance to the gubernatorial elections in Anambra, Nigeria; and if he will make a...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he has made representations to the Nigerian government on the violence in Jos, Nigeria in January 2010; and if he...

      Public Holidays

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

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

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

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he (a) last visited and (b) next plans to visit Sudan.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what criteria the 250,000 nursery places for two-year olds which the Prime Minister announced on 29 September 2009 will be...

    • Children's Centres: Eltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many parents he estimates have participated in the introduction of children's centres in Eltham constituency; (2) what...

      Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract of the new Children's Commissioner.

      Children's Rights Director of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the salary is of the Children's Rights Director of England; how many people are employed in his office; and what the total...

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the likely effects on children of the changes to the rules on reporting sensitive personal...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority Partnership Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 598W, on the Independent Safeguarding Authority, who the...

      Local Child Curfew Schemes: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many child curfew orders have been (a) issued and (b) breached in Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Pre-school Education: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged (a) three and (b) four years old in Torbay constituency are in free nursery places.

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many professional school counsellors there are in (a) secondary and (b) primary schools.

      Social Work Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, columns 1063-64W, on the Social Work Task Force, if he will place in...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on sports coaching in each of the last three years; and through which bodies such coaching was...

      Sure Start Programme: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start places have been established in Leeds North East constituency since 1997.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to page 5 of Sir Roger Singleton's report, Drawing the line, published in December 2009, when the Government's...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol: Under-age Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many retailers were convicted of an offence of selling alcohol to under-age people in the last 12 months.

    • Police: Local Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether local authorities have discretion to fund police officers in addition to those funded by police authorities.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of allowing regional offices of the UK Border Agency to accept further representations from asylum...

      Stop and Search Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of stop and search powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

      Front-line Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects on front-line policing of reduced police numbers in certain forces.

      Immigration: Hub and Spoke System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's use of the hub and spoke system for processing immigration...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the regulation of the use of Mosquito devices; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unsuccessful asylum seekers have given birth in the UK while awaiting immigration determination in each of the last five years; and...

      Asylum: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers from each country of origin whose application for asylum in the UK had failed have been convicted of each category of...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use his Department makes of health service data in estimating trends in the level of crime involving injury.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent assessment is of the level of threat to cyber security in the UK.

      Cybercrime: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of cyber attacks or misuse of the data and information systems of UK-based banks and financial services companies there were...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2010, Official Report, column 1091W, on deportation, how many charter flights removing people with no...

      Deportation: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any citizens of Haiti in the UK are subject to deportation proceedings.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people with records on the National DNA Database entered after a suspected offence for which they...

      Dogs: Walsall

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received representations on the raid by police on Rosedene Boarding Kennels, Radley Road, Walsall.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on controlling the sale of (a) firearms and (b) air weapons; and if he will make a statement.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he has plans to increase the level of funding allocated to the Forced Marriage Unit for expenditure on services provided by the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the referrals of victims of trafficking to the UK Trafficking Centre made between 1 April and 31 December 2009 were of...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for offences relating to the trafficking of people for the purposes of...

      Hunting: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to ensure compliance with legislation on hunting with hounds.

      Identity Cards: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the likely level of take-up of national identity cards by people aged 16 to 24 years and resident in London from...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter of 10 December 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Safina Hussain.

      National Identity Register: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many record checks have been made against the National Identity Register by (a) the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and (b)...

      North Yorkshire Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from North Yorkshire Police on its budget allocation for 2010-11.

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many interviews at passport centres resulted in the refusal of a passport in 2009.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department provides guidance to the police on numbers of officers attending raids on premises.

      Police: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of police officers have failed work-based assessments in the pilot areas for such assessments.

      Police: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects on the workload of police sergeants and inspectors in the pilot areas for work-based assessments...

      Police: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the pilots work-based assessments for the police; and whether he has plans to implement work-based assessments...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers per 100,000 of population there are in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.

      Stress

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

      Sussex Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers there were in each year since 1997 and (b) police community support officers there were in each year since...

      Vetting: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been paid in compensation to people for slow processing of Criminal Records Bureau checks.

      Vetting: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been paid to the (a) Criminal Records Bureau and (b) Independent Safeguarding Authority in fees for record checks in each of...

      West Yorkshire Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of police officers from each ethnic group there were in the West Yorkshire police force area in each year since 2005.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: International Cooperation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications of discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos for the regulation of the banking system.

    • Billing: Enforcement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines have been imposed on small and medium-sized companies for late payment of value added tax in the last (a) six and (b) 12 months.

      Blaydon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue was foregone in the debt reliefs included in corporation tax in the last three financial years; and what effects on companies of such relief...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) domestic and (b) composite properties in (i) England and (ii) Wales have an entry on the Valuation Office Agency's central council tax...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any written instructions have been provided to the Accounting Officer for his Department in accordance with paragraph 5.5 of the Ministerial Code...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 medium-sized...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the annual unitary payment is to the private finance initiative provider responsible for works and refurbishment to his Department's buildings.

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on bottled drinking water in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional (a) steps he has taken and (b) HM Revenue and Customs staff have taken or deployed to restrict conversion of income into capital gains or...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to allow local authorities to use systems of tax increment financing.

      Low Incomes: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people aged 75 years and over had an income below (a) £10,000, (b) the age-related personal allowance of £9,640 and (c) the basic...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the terms of reference and objectives of the Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) Improvement Group; when the PAYE Improvement Group was established;...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer over what timetable the proposals in the pre-Budget report 2009 to cap contributions to public sector pension schemes will be implemented.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the likely effect of the implementation of proposals in the pre-Budget report 2009 to cap contributions to public sector...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation HM Revenue and Customs has conducted with (a) staff and (b) unions on proposed redundancies among its human resources staff.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the work of HM Revenue and Customs High Net Worth Team; what changes are proposed to be made to the team; and if he will make...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost has been of HM Revenue and Customs' Special Customer Records programme; and how many taxpayers are registered as special customers.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many disclosures have been made under the Liechtenstein disclosure facility; how many disclosures were made under the offshore disclosure facility; and...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses deferred tax payments to HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three financial years; how much was deferred in tax payments in each...

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2009, Official Report, column 588W, how many individuals claimed non-domiciled status in each taxable income band in...

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to extend arrangements for tax relief under the furnished holiday lettings rules from 6 April 2010 for those who let furnished...

      Valuation Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable has been set for the Valuation Office Agency to make a substantive response to Freedom of Information request 11461802.1/CEO, submitted to...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of tax credit claimants had been (a) underpaid and (b) overpaid more than (i) once, (ii) twice, (iii) three times and (iv)...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual cases of tax credit overpayment his Department has taken to court to seek recovery in each month since April 2009; and if he will make a...

  • Justice

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders in the criminal justice system have been required to undergo alcohol treatment as part of a sentence in each of the last five years.

    • Blaydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Brighton Special Cases Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Review Panel covering the Brighton Special Cases Unit has met; on what date each such meeting took place; who (a) acted as the...

      Brighton Special Cases Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the statutory requirement set out in paragraph 6.4(b) of the Review Panel Arrangements 2000, what (a) professional and other...

      Brighton Special Cases Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who the Regional Director of the adjudicators is to whom appeals against decisions of the Brighton Special Cases Unit may be referred.

      Brighton Special Cases Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which personnel are employed in the Brighton Special Cases Unit of the Legal Services Commission (LSC); what professional and other qualifications were...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many community orders were handed down in each of the last five years; and how many such orders were handed down with (a) a mental health treatment...

      Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Parliament and (b) the Scottish Executive on Clause 36 of the Constitutional Reform and...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of persons convicted of (a) sexual offences, (b) violence against the person, (c) burglary, (d) robbery and (e) drug offences in...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) consultants, (b) advertising, (c) publishing, (d) public relations, (e) professional training and (f) other...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for (a) an offence of drink driving and (b) each other motoring offence in (i) Torbay constituency, (ii) Devon and (iii) England...

      Driving Offences: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Torbay constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England were disqualified from driving as a result of an offence of (i)...

      Electorate: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons entitled to vote in each parliamentary constituency are registered as resident abroad.

      Funding Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals regarding decisions on funding certificates have been referred to a review panel comprising more than one member in each of the last...

      Legal Aid: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid funding have been referred to the Special Cases Unit in Brighton in each of the last five years; and how many of...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many new housing matters were started by the Legal Services Commission in 2008-09; and how many have been started in 2009-10 to date; (2) what...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Legal Services Commission spent on acts of assistance relating to housing in each of the last five years; and how much has been spent in...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure has been incurred on (a) remuneration and (b) expenses for each adjudicator appointed by the Brighton office of the Legal Services...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals to a Legal Services Commission adjudicator have been (a) upheld and (b) rejected in each of the last five years.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long the adjudicator for the Legal Services Commission (LSC) has to give their decision in respect each matter referred to them; what steps the LSC...

      Organised Crime: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence relating to organised immigration crimes in each year since 1998.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 864W, on prisoners release, from which prisons were prisoners released in error in 2009.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the cost of installing a mobile telephone blocker in every prison; and what plans his Department has for their...

      Referendums: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the cost of holding a referendum.

      Robbery: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each age group were convicted of robbery in (a) Greater London and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1998.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 956W, on the Census, if she will place in the Library a copy of the data-sharing...

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 951W, on the Census, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Information...

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 951W, on Census, if she will place in the Library a copy of each written submission...

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) with reference to paragraph 4.76 of the Census 2001's General Report for England and Wales, if she will place in the Library a copy of each...

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the person response rate was in the 2001 Census in each local authority area; and what the estimated number of people is in each local authority...

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment has been made of the potential effect of a postal strike on the 2011 Census.

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what arrangements will apply to recording the details of guests at house parties on 2011 Census night.

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people in (a) England and Wales and (b) the UK had at least one (i) edit and (ii) imputation made to their record in...

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the imputation rate in the 2001 Census for (a) persons and (b) households was in each local authority area.

      Census: Communications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many telephone calls were made to the 2001 Census helpline; how many were predicted before the line became operational; and what assessment...

      Census: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what Census datasets the Government is required to provide to the European Commission.

      Census: Homelessness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how homeless people were counted in the 2001 Census; how many homeless people were counted; and how homeless people will be counted in the 2011 Census.

      Census: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the limit is on the number of users who will be able to use the Census online system at any one time.

      Census: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what checks were carried out by the Office for National Statistics on the accuracy of the optical data capture exercise in the 2001 Census.

      Census: Lost Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the proportion and number of completed Census questionnaires that were lost by Royal Mail in the 2001 Census.

      Census: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps are being taken to prevent phishing attacks related to the 2011 Census.

      Census: Travelling People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what means will be used to collect 2011 Census forms from (a) Travellers and (b) people in travelling fairs.

      Chief Information Officer: Government Communications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Communications Manager in the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and Senior Information Risk Owner will be a member of the...

      Death: Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many deaths from (a) breast cancer and (b) heart disease were caused by alcohol in the last year for which figures are available; (2) how...

      Death: Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many deaths from cancer of the (a) mouth, (b) oesophagus and (c) larynx there were in the last year for which figures are available; (2)...

      Death: Liver Diseases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths from (a) liver cancer and (b) other liver disease there have been in (i) England and (ii) each parliamentary constituency in each year...

      Death: Liver Diseases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths from (a) chronic liver disease and (b) cirrhosis there were in the last 12 months; and in how many such cases alcohol was listed on...

      Death: Respiratory Disease

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths of children aged (a) one to four and (b) five to 14 years (i) in total and (ii) as a result of respiratory disease there were in...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many job vacancies in (a) her Department, (b) the Charity Commission and (c) the Central Office of Information were filled using external...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff in her Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last three years.

      Employment: Merseyside

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many jobs there were in Merseyside (a) in 1997 and (b) on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Government Communications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the eight principles of the Government Communication Network's Engage Strategic Communications Framework are.

      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, how many public sector employees are registered...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the estimated monetary value is of the central Government information and communication technology contracts that are expected to be renewed or...

      Office for National Statistics: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the monetary value is of the Office for National Statistics' 2011 Census contract with (a) Polestar, (b) UK Data Capture, (c) Cable and...

      Unemployment: East Sussex

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

      Unemployment: Lewes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of unemployment was in Lewes constituency in each year since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion Act 1967 and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (a) reference numbers, and (b) titles of the (1) statutory instruments, (2) departmental circulars, and (3) other documents distributed since 1990 by...

    • Armed Forces: Army Cadet Force

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of the Army Cadet Force to communities.

      Armed Forces: Army Cadet Force

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the recent reduction in expenditure on the Army Cadet Force on (a) their youth policy, (b) their youth projects,...

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was lost by retail investors when Landsbanki Guernsey failed; how much remains unreturned to such investors by Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make local authorities aware of the benefits for service, quality and passengers of the bus service agreement established in Oxford...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, before a quality contract for the provision of bus services is launched, all parties need to show that an effort has been made to make a quality...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which bodies they provide funding for matters relating to climate change; how much was provided to each such body in the last year for which figures are...

      Community Cohesion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been (a) allocated, and (b) committed, to community cohesion projects in 2010-11.

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have accredited financial investigators with access to the Elmer database of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency through terminals...

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what professional qualifications are required of accredited financial investigators employed by local authorities before they are given access to the Elmer...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 19 January (WA 224-5), when the Newcastle Fertility Centre began providing information to the Human...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of treatment centres licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have installed IVF Witness; and what percentage of them...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assumptions they are making about the working life of (a) land-based wind turbines, and (b) sea-level wind turbines, in their cost estimates of providing...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have (a) to ensure that sufficient electricity will be generated when wind turbines are not operating, and (b) to absorb excess power from wind...

      Equality Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the estimated cost of making provision in the Equality Bill for partially sighted people so they are not disadvantaged by failures to make...

      EU: Non-compliance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be their response to any proposal from the European Parliament to remove the power of member states to veto decisions of the new European Union financial...

      Finance: Savings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the savings ratio in the United Kingdom.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what disciplinary action has been taken at the Fire Service College due to the college's not having carried out a fire risk assessment under the Regulatory Reform...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health of children in Gaza.

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by departments and their agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients saw a cancer specialist within two weeks of diagnosis in (a) the north west, (b) Greater Manchester, and (c) the City of Manchester in the latest...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the PRISM trial to confirm the safety of P-Capt filtered red cells is scheduled to be completed.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safety studies have been published relating to the progress of the PRISM trial.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons have been transfused with prion filtered red cells as part of the PRISM trial; and how many units of prion filtered red cells have been transfused...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many safety trials have been carried out internationally on the P-Capt filter.

      Health: Disciplinary Hearings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in addition to doctors and dentists, other health professionals are entitled to legal representation in disciplinary hearings involving serious...

      Health: Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are used to assess the safety of medical devices.

      Health: Ophthalmology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue guidance to health authorities stating that patients with eye treatment appointments should be issued appointment letters in large print.

      Health: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 20 January (WA 264), how NHS staff find out whether someone seeking scheduled medical treatment in the United...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which body inspects private colleges listed as student visa sponsors on the UK Border Agency tier 4 register; what percentage of colleges inspected have been...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many overseas students whose sponsor had its licence (a) revoked, and (b) suspended, have studied in the United Kingdom since April 2009.

      House of Lords: Food Disposal

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether unused food and beverages which reach their consume-by date before being used for meals in the House of Lords are offered to charities for distribution...

      Houses of Parliament: Easter Recess

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose the dates of the Easter parliamentary recess.

      Improvised Explosive Devices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with other governments to share research on combating improvised explosive devices.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Christian and Mandaean refugees from Iraq (a) have requested, and (b) are awaiting a decision on, indefinite leave to remain; and whether they plan to...

      Irish Language: Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date and at what time the Memorandum of Understanding between them and the Government of the Republic of Ireland on Irish Language Broadcasting was signed;...

      Irish Language: Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are required by the Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on Irish language broadcasting to postpone the...

      Olympic and Paralympic Games

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made about the number of possible asylum applications from overseas nationals involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

      Olympic and Paralympic Games: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 will not be required to apply for a visa for the Games.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what objectives they have for the legacy of the 2012 Olympics in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all pedestrians and vehicles entering the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues will be screened for chemical materials that could be used in any attack.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which minister is co-ordinating the multi-agency plans for responding to and managing any chemical incident during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      Personal Care at Home Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish before 30 April a White Paper on the long-term reform of adult social care, following the Green Paper published in July 2009.

      Police: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much is spent on providing police protection for retired foreign politicians resident in the United Kingdom. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they pay...

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following the announcement of possible redundancies at Manchester College, the main provider of offender learning contracts, what action they will take to ensure...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she will ask the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether, when placing material in the Library of the House in response to a parliamentary...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she will ask the Department of Health whether, when placing material in the Library of the House in response to a parliamentary question, they will supply a...

      Railways: Passenger Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the operation of delay/repay compensation to rail passengers with a view to facilitating the use of vouchers issued with internet and...

      Retail Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Working Group on Traditional Retail Markets has met; if so, who attended; what were the main decisions taken; and when it is next due to meet.

      Roads: Trunk Roads

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will work with the Scottish Government to review the quality of the trunk roads between Edinburgh and Newcastle and Carlisle.

      Security: Personal Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much is spent on providing personal security protection for (a) Mr Tony Blair, (b) Sir John Major, and (c) Baroness Thatcher.

      Snow: Clearance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue new advice about clearing snow and ice from paths and other areas in front of premises belonging to (a) householders, (b) shopkeepers, (c)...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek the consent of Parliament before voting in favour of a common tax base for business in the Council of the European Union.

      Taxation: Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to dissuade African nations from developing tax haven industries. To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with the...

      Taxation: Non-domiciled Residents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will break down by country of domicile the number of individual taxpayers who are registered with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs as non-domiciled...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many and what percentage of student visa applications received and issued in the past three years have been to (a) private colleges accredited by private...

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