Written answers

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department provides to assist service personnel seriously injured in Afghanistan to return to work.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the 20 most expensive properties were which were rented by members of the armed forces with a rank of Brigadier or equivalent and above in the last...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's housing stock in Scotland was (a) void and (b) uninhabited in each of the last five years; and what the estimated...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on substitute accommodation in Scotland for (a) service family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation in each...

      Armed Forces: Housing

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

      Chemical Weapons: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned tests involving biochemical weapons using animals in each of the last five years.

      Chemical Weapons: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) pigs, (b) primates, (c) dogs and (d) goats were used in tests (i) conducted and (ii) commissioned by his Department in each of the...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on research and development in respect of each technology sector in each year since 2004-05; and which five projects in...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 three years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many overseas training courses were attended by his Department's civil servants in the latest period for which figures are available; how many civil...

      Departmental Training

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

      Explosives: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many animals have been used in tests involving explosives (a) conducted and (b) commissioned by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current unit cost for the Airbus A400M agreed with EADS is.

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on overnight accommodation for his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current estimated monetary value is of the property comprising (a) Naval Base Clyde, (b) Royal Marines Condor, (c) RAF Leuchars, (d) 2nd...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated monetary value is of the property comprising (a) HM Naval Base Devonport, (b) RAF Valley, (c) HM Naval Base Portsmouth, (d) RAF...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met representatives of the Nordic Council; and what subjects were discussed.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.

    • Hotels

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

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the outturn cost of the installation of Microsoft Vista.

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will establish the cost to the House Administration of ceasing the existing...

      Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the House of Commons Commission plans to install Windows 7 in all computers operated by each...

      Members: Communication

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 13 October 2009, Official Report, column 781, on Members: security, what...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 three years.

      Stress

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Blaydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Blaydon constituency, the effects on Blaydon of his...

    • Chorley

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

      Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Feltham and Heston constituency, the effects on that...

      Gloucester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent in Gloucester constituency since 1997; and which projects have been funded.

      Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Hemsworth constituency, the effects on Hemsworth of...

      Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Milton Keynes, the effects on Milton Keynes of the...

      Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the provisional results of the most recent Taking Part Survey to be published.

      Thanet

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

      Vauxhall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Vauxhall constituency, the effects on the constituency...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Health Bill: Draft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the draft Animal Health Bill what contribution hobby farmers would be expected to make under the...

    • Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure his Department and its agencies have incurred on external legal advice and representation in each year since...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criminal offences have been (a) abolished and (b) created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since 1...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Natural England advisers are working in each Higher Level Stewardship scheme (a) target area and (b) Government...

      Floods: Lewes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on flood protection measures in Lewes constituency in each year since 1997.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has provided to local food chain initiatives in the last 12 months; and which such initiatives...

      Hemsworth

      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 Hemsworth constituency, the effects on...

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flood storage reservoirs have been (a) decommissioned and (b) created in each of the last five years.

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage local river restoration.

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department arising from the severe weather conditions in the period 4 January...

      Special Protection Areas: Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department and Natural England has issued to local authorities on banning residents in new housing...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with the Afghan Government on the composition of its delegation to the London conference on...

    • Asia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports his Department has received on the treatment of religious minorities in (a) North Korea, (b) Iran, (c)...

      Conflict Prevention Pool: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has contributed to the Government's Conflict Prevention Pool in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department publishes an annual report on departmental communications.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on maintaining its YouTube channel in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on maintaining his Department's flickr photo stream in the latest period for which figures are...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2009, Official Report, column 304W, on departmental pay, how many staff in his Department...

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance is issued to Government departments on the use of wine from the Government wine cellar; and if he will make a...

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Aaswer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, column 954W, on Government hospitality: wines, from what wine...

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 101W, on Government hospitality: wines, how many people are...

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the Government Hospitality Advisory Committee for the purchase of wine has met in each of the last three years.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to discuss with the US administration its policy on Iran's nuclear programme.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 336W, on Palestinians: international assistance, if he will...

      Mor Gabriel Monastery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Turkey on the future of Mor Gabriel monastery as a place of worship for the...

      Overseas Students: Scolarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many scholarships have been awarded by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in each of the last five years.

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on (a) the activities of the Lords Resistance Army and (b) prospects for the resumption of...

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations have taken place with the Saharawi since the 2006 EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement came into effect on the...

      Yemen: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what additional steps he has taken to ensure the safety and security of (a) the British Embassy in Yemen and (b) Embassy staff...

      Yemen: Hostages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Yemeni counterpart on the release of the hostage Anthony S.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's role was in the commissioning and delivery of the turbine delivered to the Kajaki Dam in September 2008; whether...

    • Departmental Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development by what means the vacancy for the post of Departmental Chief Scientific Adviser was advertised following the departure of Professor...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2010, Official Report, column 1085W, on departmental written questions, by what mechanism his...

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the US administration on relief efforts for Haiti.

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has had discussions with the Government of Haiti on the protection of children orphaned as a result of the recent earthquake.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's research budget was in each year since 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of progress in the release and resettlement of Tamil internally displaced persons by the Sri Lankan...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of (a) multi donor trust funds and (b) other multilateral...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding will be allocated to each aid sector in Sudan in 2010.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has discussed with his international counterparts extending the mandate of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission...

      Western Sahara: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 688, on engagements, to which...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Industrial Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the level of industrial injuries incurred by manual handling workers in the aviation industry.

    • Blaydon

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

      Bridges: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department or Transport what information his Department holds on (a) the number of bridge strikes in other EU countries where metric height and width restriction...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in Hemsworth who were in receipt of concessionary bus travel fares in (a) 1997 and...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many pensioners in Feltham and Heston were in receipt of concessionary bus travel fares (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest period for...

      Bus Services: Leicester

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects to make an announcement on Leicester city council's bid for Kickstart funding for services in 2010-11.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what he expects the timetable to be for implementation of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's draft enforcement policy.

      Driver Information Systems: Bridges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department has taken to ensure that accurate information on the (a) location and (b) height in metric and imperial...

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what meetings (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with First Capital Connect to discuss the break clause in the franchise...

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what performance targets First Capital Connect is required to meet before the break clause in the franchise agreement is considered on 1...

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which clauses in the franchise agreement in respect of First Capital Connect enable the Government to terminate the agreement due to (a)...

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will consider bringing forward proposals for a remedial plan for the First Capital Connect franchise.

      Hemsworth

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

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 1902W, on invalid vehicles: insurance, when the survey his Department...

      London-Exeter Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to replace the (a) Class 158 Express Sprinter and (b) Class 159 South Western Turbo rolling stock operating between...

      M25: Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what the average weekday vehicle delay in minutes per 10 miles was on the clockwise M25/A282 between junctions (a) 29, (b) 30, (c)...

      M25: Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what the average weekday vehicle delay in minutes per 10 miles was in respect of the slowest 10 per cent. of journeys on the clockwise...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent research his Department and its agencies have undertaken on the average number of patrol vehicles required to attend incidents...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department and its agencies collect on the clearing of motorways following road traffic incidents.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what data his Department and its agencies collect on the average time taken to reopen a motorway following a closure resulting from a collision.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent estimate his Department has made of the average time taken between notification of an incident on the motorway and the...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to improve arrangements for communication between traffic officers and the police in respect of...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what key performance indicators have been set by his Department and its agencies for traffic officers on setting signs and signals to inform...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment his Department and its agencies have made of the effects on motorway incident clear-up times of the division of roles...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what his most recent estimate is of the average time taken to remove a vehicle from a motorway following a collision; (2) what his...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what key performance indicators his Department has set in respect of the duration of motorway closures following traffic incidents; and what...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what key performance indicators have been set by his Department and its agencies for traffic officers in respect of incident clear-up times...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average time taken was between the notification of a regional control centre of a motorway traffic incident and the arrival of the...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many staff of his Department are employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time on research for the purposes of reducing incident clear-up...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what trials using laser-surveying equipment his Department has undertaken for the purposes of reducing motorway incident clear-up times.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) research and (b) trials of equipment for the purposes of reducing motorway...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects on accident rates of spray on (a) motorways and (b) other principal roads.

      Motorways: Rain

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on the generation of spray during heavy rainfall...

      Motorways: Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment his Department and its agencies have made of the effects on the level of motorway congestion of the implementation of the...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he plans to take to improve the performance of the railway industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Signs and Markings: Health Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will assess the merits of placing on motorways and major roads direction signs to NHS Urgent Care Centres; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road accidents resulted in the death or serious injury of (a) an adult and (b) a child in (i) Lewes constituency and (ii) East...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has had discussions with the Local Government Association on the state of repair of local authority roads following the recent...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the remaining serviceable life period of the (a) Class 158 Express Sprinter and (b) Class 159 South Western...

      Southeastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will discuss with Southeastern Trains management the postponement of the high speed passenger rail service to St Pancras until the...

      Southeastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will review the award of the Southeastern rail franchise.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will require each local authority seeking to install speed cameras on motorways passing through that local authority's area to use the...

      Traffic Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many patrol vehicles were in operation on the motorway network on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Traffic Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment has been made of the performance of the traffic officer service since its implementation; what recent steps his Department...

      Traffic Officers: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department and its agencies spent on (a) fuel and (b) maintenance for patrol vehicles in each of the last three years.

      Traffic Officers: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the cost of patrol vehicles maintenance has been in each year since the introduction of the traffic officer service.

      Traffic Officers: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department and its agencies had spent on the traffic officer service on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Traffic Officers: Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the average cost to his Department and its agencies of training a traffic officer to the standard...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Solicitor-General what estimate she has made of the average length of time taken by (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) its agency to pay invoices from (i) small and...

    • Hotels

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many separate bookings at hotels graded five star or above were made through the Expotel booking service by the Law Officers' Departments in the latest year for...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria his Department is using to evaluate the effectiveness of the Carbon Reduction Commitment.

    • Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) positive and (b) negative responses there were to the consultation on implementation of the Carbon Reduction Commitment.

      Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on the deletion of emails; and what mechanism is in place to ensure adherence to guidance issued to...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether those instructed to act for his Department in litigation relating to miner's knee have made an assessment of the prospects of...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what expenditure his Department has incurred to date on preparing for miner's knee litigation.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employers' Duties (Registration and Compliance) Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what factors (a) were taken into account in determining the level of the fixed penalty prescribed in regulation 12 of the Employers'...

    • Review of Equality 2025

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 December 2009, Official Report, columns 40-42WS, on the publication of the report of the...

      Unemployment: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the population of Milton Keynes is in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average price of a home purchased through the (a) HomeBuy Direct, (b) New Build homebuy, (c) Open Market homebuy,...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average income of a household purchasing a property through the (a) HomeBuy Direct, ( b) New Build homebuy, (c) Open...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by his Department on the (a) HomeBuy Direct, (b) New Build homebuy, (c) Open Market homebuy, (d) First...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the provision of affordable housing.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what locations the Audit Commission held away days for its staff in the last 36-months outside its premises; and at what cost...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which body (a) inspects, (b) audits and (c) oversees complaints in relation to the Audit Commission.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what external public affairs companies the Audit Commission has hired since 1997; for what purposes; and at what cost in each case.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission paid in (a) parking fines and (b) congestion charge fines in each of the last three years.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what unsolicited communications the Audit Commission has made to Conservative (a) councillors, (b) hon. Members, (c)...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments the Audit Commission has made to the Government Car and Despatch Agency in the last 12 months; and for what purposes.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what value and proportion of hotel bookings made by the Audit Commission were made through the Expotel Hotel Reservations...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the gross expenditure of the Audit Commission was in each year since 1996.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1261W, on the Audit...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 767W, on the Audit...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) associated non-departmental public bodies plan to sign up to the 10:10...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1266W, on departmental pay, how many and what proportion of...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the travel guidelines issued to staff of each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Audit Commission publication, Better information, better decisions, better services: frequency of...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in each local authority area have been empty for over a year; and how many empty dwelling management orders...

      Empty Property: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty properties there were in each local authority area in the South East of England in each year since 2004.

      Fire Service College: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) book value and (b) estimated annual rental value is of vacant residential properties owned by the Fire Service...

      Fire Service Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recommendations of the Bain Report on the future of the fire service (a) have and (b) have not been implemented.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire stations were in operation in each local authority area in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the transition cost of the FiReControl project.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the financial consequences for individual fire and rescue services in transferring control...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost is of the FiReControl project (a) nationally and (b) in the West Midlands.

      Fire Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects the FiReControl project in the West Midlands to be operational.

      Hamas: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of Hamas's al-Fatah website for children on levels of community cohesion in the UK.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the average price of a home information pack; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of home information packs produced in (a) November 2009, (b) December 2009 and (c)...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the main responsibilities are of the (a) Decent Homes and Mixed Communities, (b) Growth, (c) Gypsy and Traveller Site...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the salary was of each of the Homes and Communities Agency's regional directors in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government has provided for the First Time Buyers' Initiative to date; and how much will be provided in each of the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing starts for housing of each type of tenure there were in (a) the City of Manchester and (b) Manchester Central...

      Housing: Energy

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

      Housing: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2009, Official Report, column 782W, on fires: elderly, what plans his Department has (a)...

      Housing: Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many owner-occupiers owned their home (a) outright and (b) with a mortgage in each of the last 30 years.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many arm's length management organisations received funding from the Decent Homes scheme in each of the last three years;...

      Local Government: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Birmingham city council on the effects of trends in Government...

      Local Government: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what account his Department took of the effects on district councils of the current economic situation in determining the...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list for each unitary authority created since 2007 (a) the projected cost savings prior to the creation of the new...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much had been spent by his Department on the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme on the latest date for which figures are...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals relating to the 2005 national non-domestic rates valuation remain outstanding in relation to (a) petrol...

      Public Holidays

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

      Regeneration: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the National Audit Office's report, Regenerating the English Coalfields, HC 84, what assessment he has made of...

      Regional Ministers: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost to the public purse was of the work of regional Ministers in the last year for which information is...

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the future of sheltered housing; and whether he has had recent discussions with the Local Government...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 10 (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords have sold the largest number of dwellings in the last five...

      Social Rented Housing: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of (a) people of working age and (b) other households in social housing were in employment, education or...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of social sector homes were considered not to meet the decent homes standard in 2009.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities: Accountancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions the (a) Office of the Third Sector and (b) Charity Commission have had with the Department of Health on the effects of the...

    • Civil Servants: Home Working

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether she plans to implement a work from home scheme in order to reduce the carbon footprint of the civil service.

      Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the monetary value of the pension pot assigned to (a) Sir Christopher Kelly and (b) Sir Thomas Legg on retirement from the Civil Service was.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Cabinet Office intends to appeal against the decision of the Information Commissioner in respect of the undertaking given by Lord Ashcroft...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what redesigns of websites operated by (a) her Department and (b) its agency have been carried out since 27 June 2007; and what the (i) cost to the...

      Derek Draper

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 182W, on Derek Draper, whether Mr....

      Derek Draper and Charlie Whelan

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 5 October 2009, Official Report, column 2315W, on Derek Draper and Charlie Whelan, how many times (a) Mr. Derek Draper...

      Electorate: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many electors there were in each ward in the London borough of Bexley in each year since 1997.

      Electorate: Stroud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many electors were registered in each ward of Stroud constituency in each year since 1988.

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much she plans to spend on the use of new media to undertake public consultation in the next three years.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) documents and (b) other items of information in electronic format provided by her Department to the Iraq Inquiry that Inquiry has sought...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry: Mass Media

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what arrangements are in place for the provision of footage obtained from the broadcast pool camera at the Iraq Inquiry to news agencies and news...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the supplementary letter of 21 October 2008 from her Department in its written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on...

      Public Sector: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which public sector websites have been discontinued since her Department announced its plans to rationalise the overall number; and on what date each...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies Enterprise Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he last inspected the accounts of the Academies Enterprise Trust; (2) if he will list the salaries of (a) the Chief...

    • Academies: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding for academies in South East England has been provided by (a) the Government and (b) sponsors since the...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) their agencies spent on (i) cleaning, (ii) electricity and (iii)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to his Department was of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers in the...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the role of local education authorities in determining the curriculum for sex and relationships education...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many hotel room nights were booked by officials in (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) their agencies in each...

      Personal Social and Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what role governors would have in determining the curriculum in the understanding physical development, health and well-being area...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much of the dedicated schools grant will be allocated for the delivery of the three to four year-old nursery entitlement...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent per pupil in each local authority area in the South East in each year since 1997.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Framework: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department, (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency, (c) the Learning and Skills Council and (d) the...

      Schools: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what forms were sent to schools by his Department for headteachers to complete in each year from 2006 to date; and if he will make...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many allegations of conduct warranting a child social services investigation have been received by local authority social...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of births were in areas where a children's centre was operational in the last 12 months; what percentage of such...

      Teachers: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of teachers who have taken early retirement from each type of institution in (a) Suffolk,...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of guidance on capability procedures for teachers issued by his Department.

  • Home Department

    • Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many meetings of (a) the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and (b) its sub-committees have taken place since 1 November...

    • Alcohol Disorder Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol disorder zones are in force.

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police force was responsible for the enforcement of the control order in the case of each of the seven individuals who have absconded...

      Assaults on Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sickness days were taken consequent on assaults on (a) police and (b) community support officers in each police force in each of...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost per day is of providing 24-hour surveillance of a controllee subject to a control order.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the prison population had a profile stored on the National DNA Database on the latest date for which figures are available.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people with a profile on the National DNA Database have never been convicted of a crime.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people affected by forced marriage have received (a) direct assistance from the Forced Marriage Unit and (b) assistance from third...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many counterfeit (a) passports and (b) driving licences have been confiscated in each year since 1998-99; and how many counterfeit...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent assessment he has made of the risks of the recreational use of methadone; (2) what recent representations he has received...

      Passports: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to extend the entitlement to a free passport to those who are over the age of 80 years after September 2009.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of training (a) a police officer, (b) a community support officer and (c) a special constable is in England and Wales.

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in respect of which ambulance trusts performance in meeting the target for responding to category A calls has declined since October 2007.

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 three years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, column 910W, on departmental training, when the training was provided; whether external...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria have been agreed for evaluating the second phase of the pre-consultation pilot project of the healthier food mark.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in (a) each primary care trust area and (b) England who responded to his Department's general practice patient survey reported...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in (a) each primary care trust area and (b) England who responded to his Department's general practice patient survey reported...

      Health Protection Agency: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) staff and (b) trade unions on the proposed relocation of the Health Protection Agency from the Porton Down site...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received medical attention in hospital as a result of attacks by dogs in each primary care trust in (a) the East of England and (b)...

      Health Visitors: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors have been employed in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each year since 1997.

      Health Visitors: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors have been employed in the Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust area in each year since 1997.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to monitor the (a) implementation of NHS health checks and (b) expenditure of funds allocated for that purpose.

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the statutory regulation of herbal practitioners.

      Influenza: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have had their symptoms assessed online by the National Pandemic Flu Service; and what proportion of such persons were allocated...

      Mesothelioma: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have been diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma in each of the last 10 years.

      Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether there has been any dismissals of clinical staff from Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, for negligence in the last five years; (2) what...

      Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a restorative dentistry procedure is at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.

      Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for bariatric surgery is at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.

      Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget is for the Somerset Research and Development Support Unit, based at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton for 2009-10.

      National Treatment Agency: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the reduction in the pooled treatment budget for Milton Keynes from the National Treatment Agency in 2010-11; and how much...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what medicines appraisals have been undertaken and published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence since 6 May 2005; how many such...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effects of implementation of the National Prescribing Centre guidelines on processes for local...

      Nurses: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Milton Keynes employ a school nurse.

      Nurses: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified nurses were employed in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Essex employ a school nurse.

      Nutrition

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

      Osteoporosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue guidance to primary care trusts implementing local enhanced services on incentives for primary care health professionals to identify and...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice and guidance his Department has given to primary care trusts on their future role as healthcare providers.

      Rickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to address trends in the incidence of cases of rickets, with particular reference to cases in children.

      Sandwell

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

      Sexual Offences: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish his Department's strategy for young people who sexually abuse; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the devolved administrations on the effects of the new care and support...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much assistance in (a) funds for recapitalisation and (b) exposure to potential financial liability his Department provided to banks in the (i) first...

    • Child Benefit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child benefit overpayments in Northern Ireland have been made consequent on the failure of claimants to notify the Tax Credit Office of a change of...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposed change to the Climate Change Levy discount arrangement on (a) private sector investment in...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the decision to change the Climate Change Levy discount arrangement...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 three years.

      Financial Institutions: Shareholders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide that all (a) savers, (b) borrowers and (c) shareholders in UK banks and building societies have...

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the benefits for the UK financial services sector of proposals for EU regulation of that sector.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many homeowners are in receipt of assistance from the Homeowner Mortgage Protection Scheme in Glasgow East constituency.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures exist for a Pay-As-You-Earn taxpayer to obtain information from his Department on their annual tax calculation.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 7 December 2009 on Smarter Government, whether the policy of requiring the Chief Secretary to the Treasury...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how long HM Revenue and Customs retains copies of tax returns.

      Revenue and Customs: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking to ensure that its services are available in person to people living in rural areas.

      Strategic Investment Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse has been of providing the additional funds to the Strategic Investment Fund announced in the 2009 Pre-Budget Report; and...

      Taxation: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the responses received to his Department's consultation on the taxation of gaming machines.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of in-work (a) lone parents and (b) couple parents claiming working tax credit with (i) one child, (ii) two children and...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and what proportion of (a) working tax credit, (b) child tax credit and (c) total tax credit expenditure is paid to families with annual incomes...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of out of work (a) lone parents and (b) couple parents are receiving child tax credit equivalent to the family element or less.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of couples with children receiving (a) child tax credit only and (b) both working tax credit and child tax credit have more...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) mean and (b) median gross income is of (i) in work and (ii) out of work (A) lone parents and (B) couple parents claiming tax credits with (1)...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of tax credit claimants in Northern Ireland who do not renew their claims.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests were received for emergency payments of tax credits in Northern Ireland in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

  • Justice

    • Re-registration: Overseas Voters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the merits of ending the requirement on overseas voters to re-register every year.

    • Drug Use: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Blakey review on disrupting the supply of illegal drugs in prisons.

      Burglary Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on sentencing guidelines in respect of burglary offences.

      Legal Aid: Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will extend eligibility for legal aid to asylum seekers seeking to appeal against the withdrawal of support under section 4 of the Immigration and...

      Prison Transfer Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the prisoner transfer agreements with Jamaica, Nigeria and Rwanda to be completed and ratified.

      Solicitors: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Legal Services Commission on their payments to solicitors in 2008-09.

      Custodial Sentences: Single Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent consideration he has given to the effect on dependent children of custodial sentences for single parents.

      Information Commissioner's Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of funding of the Information Commissioner's Office.

      Chorley

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

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of (a) domestic burglary and (b) drug offences in (i) the London borough of Bexley and (ii) Bexleyheath and...

      Crimes of Violence: Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those convicted of offences of violence in the last three years had been issued with at least one caution.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in the Sussex police force area and England were disqualified from driving as a result of (a) drink driving, (b) speeding and (c)...

      Driving Offences: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in the West Yorkshire police force area in 2008.

      Land Registry: Gloucester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the effects of the Land Registry's accelerated transformation programme on its Gloucester office.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he next expects to meet the Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission to discuss the Commission's work in procurement of legal aid in England...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to respond to the Office of the Judicial Ombudsman with his comments on the representations made to that office by the hon. Member for...

      Milton Keynes

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

      Operation Black Vote

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent meetings he has had with representatives of Operation Black Vote.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people received an indeterminate sentence for public protection with a tariff of 23 months or less under the new exceptional circumstances...

      Pyramid Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for breaches of the prohibition on chain gifting under section 43 of the Gambling Act 2005 there have been since the entry into...

      Robbery: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each age group in Milton Keynes were convicted of robbery in each year since 1997.

      Thanet

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

      Theft: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people resident in Milton Keynes were convicted of an offence of (a) handling stolen goods and (b) fraud and forgery in each year since 1997.

      Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many industrial tribunal cases are outstanding.

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young adults were in the criminal justice system in (a) Coventry and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps his Department has taken to improve support for young adults in the criminal justice system.

      Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on rehabilitation programmes for young people in the criminal justice system in the latest period for which figures are...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in each age group (a) started and (b) completed an apprenticeship in each quarter of the last five years.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship (a) starts and (b) completions there have been in each industry sector in each year since 2005.

      Apprentices: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of apprenticeships which will be taken up by people (a) under and (b) over...

      Construction: Qualifications

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review the requirement on those who carry a card authorising them to operate construction equipment to also...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 10 November 2009, Official Report, column 311W, on Google adword online: advertising...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies managed out in the...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days since its...

      Educational Institutions: Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on college buildings in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the...

      Estate Agents: Money Laundering

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether a small firms impact assessment in respect of the estate agent industry has been produced in relation to the...

      Foreign Investment in UK: China

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value was of foreign direct investment from China (a) in total, (b) in each sector and (c) in...

      Industrial Health and Safety

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

      Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its agencies have spent on font licensing in the last three years.

      Minimum Wage: Hemsworth

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of those resident in Hemsworth constituency have been paid at the national minimum wage rate since its...

      National Star College: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had recent discussions with the National Star Centre on its capital programme; and how much funding his...

      New Industries: New Jobs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much he has allocated to the New Industries, New Jobs strategy in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and how much has...

      Olympic Games: Canada

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department are planning to attend the winter Olympics in Vancouver...

      Overseas Investment: China

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value was of UK direct investment (a) in total and (b) in each (i) sector and (ii) industry in...

      Sandwell

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the borough of Sandwell, the effects...

      Students: Lewes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people from the Lewes district council area became full-time undergraduate students in each year since 1997;...

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with which companies the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation has key account management...

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills who the members are of (a) the UK Trade and Industry Defence and Security Organisation Defence Advisory Group and...

      Unemployment: Torbay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people under 25 years old were not in employment, education or training in (a) Torbay constituency and (b)...

      Vocational Training: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department allocated to vocational training in each of the last three years.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to comply with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 that urges member states to ensure increased representation of women at...

    • Armed Forces: Pilots

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pilots in the armed forces flying (a) fast jets, (b) attack helicopters, and (c) transport helicopters, have been removed from flying duty due to failing...

      Banking Act 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have prepared a report under section 231 of the Banking Act 2009 for the period ending 30 September 2009; and, if so, when it was laid before Parliament.

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the creation of the European Union External Action Service on the promotion of Her Majesty's foreign policy and the...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong have approached the Consulate General of Nepal to inform them that in connection with applications for British...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong have approached the Consulate General of Pakistan to inform them that in connection with applications for...

      British National Party

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers are members of the British National Party.

      Children: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what research and analysis they have conducted, and (b) what research and analysis by other organisations they are aware of, in regard to the effects on...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why table 5.2 on page 138 of the Stern review on the Economics of Climate Change has been erased or altered in archive copies of the report on government websites...

      Connecting Communities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used to identify neighbourhoods for inclusion in the Connecting Communities programme; and what consultations take place with (a) the local...

      Criminal Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation enabling United Kingdom criminal courts to give direct effect to judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in cases...

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments are responsible for their assessment of and response to cyber attacks.

      Disabled People: Clay Pigeon Shooting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Carter of Barnes on 20 October 2008 (WA 76-7), what progress has been made to develop clay pigeon shooting for disabled people.

      Education: Home Schooling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Home Access Grant is not available to home-educating families.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of Coptic Christians in Egypt; and whether they will make representations to the government of Egypt about recent...

      Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions they have reached about proposals for elections to take place at weekends.

      Elections: Voting System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the objective of their proposal to introduce the alternative vote system is to move towards a system of proportional representation.

      Equine Infectious Anaemia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce a requirement that a negative test result for equine infectious anaemia be produced by importers of horses before the animals are...

      EU: UK Official Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to develop the qualifications and languages of United Kingdom officials dealing with European Union business, and of United Kingdom...

      European Public Prosecutor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support any proposal for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor.

      Extradition: Gary McKinnon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 27 January (WA 339), whether, as "where a ministerial decision is in question", a case concerning issues...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office following the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty and the appointment of a High Representative for Foreign...

      Government Departments: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for each of the past three years for which figures are available, how many people were eligible for performance bonuses and special bonuses in the Home Office and...

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which (a) auditors, and (b) firms providing consultancy and advisory services, have been approved for use by departments and their agencies in each of the past...

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used to determine whether a firm can be put on the approved list for consultancy and advisory services.

      Government Departments: Muslim Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Ministers in his department have had with Muslim organisations in each of the...

      Government: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Barbara Follett, on 9 December 2009 (Official...

      India: Orissa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 5 January (WA 58), what assessment they have made of the number of convictions resulting from the...

      India: Orissa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 5 January (WA 58), what assessment they have made of progress in delivering compensation and...

      India: Orissa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 5 January (WA 58), what assessment they have made of reports that 100 victims of violence in...

      India: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Brett on 13 January (WA 160), what assessment they have made of the statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on...

      Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made or intend to make representations to the Government of Indonesia over freedom of speech in that country, and in particular the Law Number 4...

      Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances the European Commission will not adopt a screening opinion under regulation 12(2) of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact...

      Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the penalty of a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale under regulation 16(7) of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment)...

      Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether description 21 in Schedule 1 to the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2263) applies to extensions to...

      Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to description 17 in Schedule 1 to the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2263), how many...

      Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to description 17 in Schedule 1 to the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2263), how many...

      Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what definition of livestock will be used under description 1(e) in Schedule 2 to the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009...

      Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 5 January (WA 59), who else is made aware of a draft modification of a statutory provision under the...

      Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an application under the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2263) that is adjudged not to fall within the...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Iraqi civilians were killed and wounded following the military action in Iraq in 2003.

      Ministry of Defence: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the Ministry of Defence's budget was spent on pensions in each year from 2005-06 to 2009-10; and what proportion is forecast to be spent on...

      Papal Visit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the forthcoming visit by the Pope to England is to be a state visit; and what will be the expected cost of it to be borne by public funds.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Armed Forces Pay Review Body will report on their examination of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme in the context of the quinquennial valuation of that Scheme.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average time served by foreign nationals imprisoned in each of the past five years.

      Public Finances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they offer civil servants about communicating with members of the public on matters of public policy which the civil servant is responsible for.

      Railways: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of suggestions for gross cost contracts for future rail franchises.

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their decision to support the admission of Rwanda to the Commonwealth was debated in either House of Parliament.

      Sport: Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities to promote the Community Amateur Sports Club scheme.

      Sufi Muslim Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have given to the Sufi Muslim Council since it was launched in 2006; under which schemes funding has been awarded; and what measures are in...

      Sufi Muslim Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether money will be awarded to the Sufi Muslim Council in 2010; if so, for what purpose; and how they will monitor any funds given to ensure they are used for...

      Syria: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any discrimination experienced by the Kurdish minority in Syria, and whether they possess normal citizenship and language rights....

      Syria: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether (a) Mr Fasih Yasamani from Khoy was hanged on 7 January, (b) Mr Ehsan Fatahiyou was executed on 11 November 2009, and (c)...

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what budget has been allocated to HM Revenue and Customs for 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 to provide resources to investigate and eliminate (a) tax evasion, and...

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to minimise avoidance of new taxation measures being introduced.

      Taxation: Capital Gains Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be (a) the revenue implications, and (b) the additional number of people who would pay tax, if the capital gains tax threshold were reduced to (1)...

      Taxation: Havens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Revenue and Customs have seen an increase in offshore deposits in African tax havens since the start of the economic downturn. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average time served by foreign nationals imprisoned for terrorist offences since 2001. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals...

      Transport: Tax Incentives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives are currently available through the income tax system to encourage those going to work to travel by (a) bus, and (b) rail.

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