Written answers

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Tracing Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Health in order to merge the Food Standards Agency's Livestock...

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have (a) been prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and (b) received the maximum sentence for...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his estimate is of the proportion of fish procured by the public sector which has stewardship council...

      Parrots: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what minimum standards and size of caging his Department has set for parrots under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) coverage and (b) consistency of its long-term monitoring of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are disabled; and what...

  • Health

    • Smoking Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to extend the areas in which the smoking ban operates.

    • Breast Cancer Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future funding of breast cancer research; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Treatment: Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median waiting time was for (a) in-patient and (b) out-patient NHS treatment (i) in 2005 and (ii) on the latest date for which figures are...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which primary care trusts use funding provided to them for respite care for carers.

      NHS Service Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the balance between public and private sector provision of NHS services; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the pricing of alcoholic drinks on the level of alcohol abuse; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Protection Agency: Product Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether registration of products manufactured by the Health Protection Agency at the Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response at Porton Down is tied...

      National Curriculum: First Aid Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the introduction of first aid training as part of the...

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve standards of nursing care in hospitals.

      Melanoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in England were diagnosed with melanoma between 1997 and 2007.

      Asthma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of medication prescribed could be used to treat asthma-related conditions in each of the last five years.

      Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received in relation to his proposed autism strategy.

      Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are disabled; and what the...

      Drugs: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on health of the combination of polydrug and alcohol abuse by those under the age of 18 years old.

      Health Services: Derby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work the Co-operation and Competition Panel is carrying out in relation to proposals for the re-organisation of community services in Derby; and if...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what indications for planning purposes his Department has given to strategic health authorities in England for NHS spending for the next (a) three and...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to implement the proposals of the English Stroke Strategy on psychological support and regular reviews for everyone who has...

      Strokes: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of cases of (a) stroke, (b) dementia and (c) depression per 1,000 of the population; and in how many such cases...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the (a) Government Equalities Office and (b) Equality and Human Rights Commission has spent on font licensing since its creation.

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many (a) press officers and (b) communications staff were employed by the Government Equalities Office in each year since it was established; and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2009, Official Report, column 57W, on departmental pay, how many staff in the Department received both an annual...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people per 1,000 expected to develop cancer of the (a) mouth, (b) oesophagus and (c) larynx; and in...

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated total cost is of delivering the alcohol fraud strategy.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of links between alcohol fraud and serious organised crime.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the relationship between the levels of alcohol duties and levels of alcohol fraud.

      Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are disabled; and what the average...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department and each of its agencies; how many officials are...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the travel guidance issued to staff of each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department paid to the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each of the last five years; how much it has spent on such payments in 2009-10;...

      Inheritance Tax: Glasgow

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Treasury received from inheritance tax from estates in Glasgow East constituency in the last five years.

      Inheritance Tax: Perthshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Exchequer received from inheritance tax from estates in Perth and North Perthshire constituency over the last five years.

      National Insurance Contributions: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 918W, on national insurance contributions: local...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hereditaments were deleted from the Valuation Office Agency's Rating List due to demolition in each of the last five years.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Exchequer received from stamp duty land tax in each (a) parliamentary constituency, (b) local authority area and (c) postcode area in (i)...

      Valuation office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct the Valuation Office Agency to take steps to reduce the financial effects on port businesses of its retrospective revaluation of...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his most recent estimate is of the revenue lost in a year through the non-payment of value added tax and excise duty on (a) wine, (b) spirits...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Adjudicator's Office has recommended in relation to tax credit cases that HM Revenue and Customs (a) pay in compensation to claimants, (b)...

  • Transport

    • A1(M): Hatfield

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects the refurbishment of the Hatfield tunnel on the A1(M) to be completed, with all carriageways open and the temporary speed...

    • Pilots: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to maintain the quality of pilot licensing within a single European qualification.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many local councils received extra supplies of (a) salt and (b) grit from the Salt Cell's reallocation of supplies in the last two...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much road (a) salt and (b) grit was imported in each of the last 12 years.

  • Scotland

    • Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of staff in his Department are disabled; and what the average salary in his Department is of (a) full-time disabled staff,...

  • Wales

    • Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) when he plans to reply to the First Minister's letter to him on a referendum on National Assembly for Wales powers; and if he will publish his...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF personnel there were of each rank in each year since 1997.

    • Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many triple amputees are in the armed forces; (2) how many amputees in the armed forces have been sent to the US for medical treatment in the...

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled; and what the average salary of (i) full-time disabled...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support is provided by his Department to military personnel upon discharge in respect of (a) trauma and psychological problems, (b) alcohol abuse...

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the simulation of the 1994 Chinook accident by test pilot Squadron Leader Robert Burke was abandoned prior to its completion; and if he...

      Navy: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the capacity of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Largs Bay's capacity was full at the point at which the vessel departed Southampton...

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made since 1994 to the rules under which deceased Royal Air Force aircrew can be found guilty of gross negligence; whether a...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 23, on the Territorial Army, for what reason drill nights at the 38 (Irish) Brigade...

      Veterans' Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) budget, (b) expenditure on administration and (c) expenditure on grants has been of the Veterans' Challenge Fund in each year since its...

      Veterans' Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which projects have been supported by the Veterans' Challenge Fund in each year since its inception; and how much funding has been allocated to each such...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Freedom of Information: Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost to the House has been of responding to requests made under the provisions of the Freedom of...

    • Nurseries

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the average daily usage of the proposed...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of UK citizens living abroad in (a) each other EU member state and (b) all non-EU countries in (i)...

    • Colombia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact his Department has had with staff of the Colombian Embassy in relation to prisoners held for political reasons by...

      Colombia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to the government of Colombia on the fate of (a) human rights defender Carmelo...

      Cuba: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on meeting representatives of the democratic opposition in Cuba.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in his Department and its agencies in each year since 1997; what...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Diplomatic Service Appeal Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the membership is of the Diplomatic Service Appeal Board.

      Embassies: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider the merits of removing charges for the use of the premises of overseas posts by UK entrepreneurs holding...

      Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission's scholarship programme.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on allegations of human rights abuses committed during Operation Cast Lead.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the merits of entering the Trident system into multilateral nuclear disarmament...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to publish a statement of the Government's approval to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review conference to be...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list all official visits to Gaza made by (a) Ministers, (b) Embassy officials based in Tel Aviv, (c) consular...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which UK private security companies representatives of the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation have...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used by the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation to decide whether to assist UK private...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Algerian counterpart on responsibility for the treatment of Sahrawi refugees on Algeria's...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Algerian counterpart on allowing exit visas for Sahrawi refugees in the Tindouf camps; and...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Algerian government on the case of Mr. Sghair, a Sahrawi refugee, detained by the...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Algerian counterpart on allowing entire families overland visits from the refugee camps in...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his Algerian counterpart and (b) the Polisario on a census to count and register the...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Algerian counterpart on Algeria's obligations under the 1951 Convention on the Status of...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his Algerian counterpart and (b) the Polisario on the United Nations High Commission on...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Ambassador of Algeria on conditions imposed by the Algerian Government and the Polisario on...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Ambassador on the report of the United States Committee on Refugees and Immigrants on...

      Western Sahara: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Algerian counterpart on permission for entire families to leave the Sahrawi refugee camps...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide assistance to Morocco to seek to ensure that it receives UN recognition of its sovereignty over the Western...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which projects undertaken by his Department have incurred expenditure of more than £1,000 on advertising in the last 12 months; and...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost to his Department was of maintaining its media and social networking sites in the latest period for which figures are...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many performance reviews were undertaken in respect of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agency in each of the last five...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have had with members of the public in the last three years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on coaching in each of the last three years; and through which bodies such coaching was delivered.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of travel by his Department's staff between England and Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Hackney

      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 Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency, the...

      Olympic Games: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding he is providing to Team GB (Ltd) and the British Ski and Snowboard Federation to support participation in the Vancouver...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from his Department's buildings in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

    • Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of staff in his Department are disabled; and what the average salary in his Department is of (a)...

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much bilateral aid his Department provided to Somalia in the latest year for which information is available; and in what form that...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for an offence of not obeying an instruction to stop drinking in a designated public...

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2010, Official Report, column 1127W, on anti-Semitism, whether figures on occurrences of...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 1154W, on anti-Semitism, what meetings the cross-government champion...

      Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of citizens arrests made by the public in each of the last five years.

      Arrests: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests on average were made at football matches in (a) each police force area and (b) England and Wales in each year since 2003.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) arson, (b) violence against the person, (c) sexual offences, (d) robbery and (e) burglary have been recorded...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which constituencies the rate of (a) violent crime, (b) sexual offences and (c) robbery increased between 2002-03 and 2008-09.

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by his Department on the Together we can end violence against women and girls consultation (a) in total, (b) on...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many powers relating to cybercrime have been (a) created and (b) amended by legislation sponsored by his Department since 1997.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on advertising by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department of its international travel has been since May 2007.

      Detection Rates: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rate was in (a) Bolton and (b) Greater Manchester in each of the last five years.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) England were convicted of (i) a motoring offence that resulted in a fatality and (ii) careless...

      Driving Offences: M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers have received a fixed penalty notice for using the bus lane on the M4 in each of the last five years.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breathalyser tests were conducted by the police on drivers in each police force area in each year since 1998; and how many people...

      Entry Clearances: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas his Department issued in (a) Tirana, (b) Kiev and (c) Chisinau (i) in each of the last three years and (ii) in 2010 on the...

      Entry Clearances: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals of visa decisions taken in (a) Tirana, (b) Kiev and (c) Chisinau were (i) upheld and (ii) dismissed in (A) each of the...

      Entry Clearances: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals there were of visa decisions relating to applications received in (a) Tirana, (b) Kiev and (c) Chisinau in (i) each of...

      Entry Clearances: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications were refused in (a) Tirana, (b) Kiev and (c) Chisinau in (i) each of the last three years and (ii) on the...

      Entry Clearances: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister with responsibility for entry clearance last visited (a) Tirana, (b) Kiev and (c) Chisinau.

      Entry Clearances: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on average how long it took for an explanatory statement relating to a visa decision to be sent to London from (a) Tirana, (b) Kiev and...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of applications for spouse settlement visas was rejected in each of the last five years; how much revenue accrued in fees in...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 student applications are pending in each consulate in the Indian sub-continent as a result of the suspension of processing;...

      Firearms and Explosives: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many certificates were issued for (a) firearms and (b) explosives in each year since 1998.

      Football Banning Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many football banning orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in each year since 2003.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of vulnerable people being forced to marry against their will as a result...

      Homicide: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homicides (a) of and (b) by children there have been in each of the last 30 years; and what assessment he has made of trends in...

      Homicide: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of homicide had a previous conviction for homicide at the time of their sentencing in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign-born nationals have been permitted to retain (a) their UK citizenship and (b) indefinite leave to remain subsequent to...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average period of time taken to deport time-served foreign prisoners held in the UK Border Agency's detention estate was in each...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) new and (b) amended powers relating to the possession of a concealed weapon have been created by legislation sponsored by his...

      Passports: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce free passports for people aged 75 years or more.

      Police Community Support Officers: Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults upon police community support officers have been recorded in each of the last five years.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 997-1004W, on police: finance, what the equivalent data are for...

      Police: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions police officers have been called out to educational establishments in (a) each police force area and (b) England and...

      Police: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers there were in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2005 and (iv) 2009 and (b) police community support officers there...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been in respect of attempts to assist people to enter the UK illegally in each of the last five years.

      Prosecutions: West Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been sought as a direct result of evidence gained using CCTV cameras in West Lancashire constituency in each of...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered sex offenders were found not to be living at their registered address in the last five years.

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff there were at Civil Service grade (a) 5, (b) 6 and (c) 7 on 1 January 2010.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what surveillance powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of invoices from suppliers her Department paid within 10 days of receipt in December 2009.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the quantity of food waste generated by her Department in each year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by secondary legislation sponsored by her Department since 1 May 2008.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each of the smallest geographical units for which figures are available claimed the higher rate care component of disability...

      Electronic Government: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget is for the Direct.gov television advertising campaign launched on 4 January 2010; and which celebrities were employed to...

      Electronic Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department paid to each (a) actor, (b) musician and (c) other performer used to support the directgov advertisement, Go DirectGov.

      Employers' Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions her Department has had with the Association of British Insurers on the employers' liability insurance tracing scheme.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether she has set any targets for the assessment of individuals for the employment support allowance.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what administrative processes are in place to inform claimants of employment and support allowance of the outcome of their benefit claims; and...

      Employment Schemes: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forecast she has made of the take-up by graduates of the Graduate Guarantee in the next 12 months; and how many (a) internships and (b)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when her Department commissioned the Institute for Fiscal Studies to undertake its review of ethnic parity in Jobcentre Plus; when she expects...

      Jobcentre Plus: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what user acceptance testing has been performed on the job search portals located in Jobcentre Plus offices; what existing bugs have been...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of Jobcentre Plus staff have been employed (a) up to one year, (b) between one and two years, (c) between two...

      National Identity Fraud Unit: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were assigned to the National Identity Fraud Unit in each location in each of the last five years.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have been referred to the flexible New Deal scheme since 6 October 2009; (2) how many people unemployed for 12 months or...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will integrate Access to Work assessments more closely with Pathways to Work providers.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) public and (b) private sector employees were contracted out into defined benefit pension schemes that offered benefits better...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidelines her Department issues on the classification of assets as savings.

      Remploy: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 524W, on Remploy: public relations, if she will place in the Library a...

      Social Security Benefits: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley were in receipt of (i) housing benefit,...

      Unemployment Benefits: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people undergoing or recovering from radiotherapy and (b) in-patients (i) in total and (ii) normally resident in Scotland have...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the amount of biomass needed to fuel proposed new wood-burning power stations; and what proportion of it...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in his Department in each year since it was established; what...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on (a) new furnishings and (b) new vehicles in each year since its inception.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of his Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried out the...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was spent on travel between England and Scotland by staff of his Department in each year since its inception.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Government plans to publish a response to the report Energy Security: a national challenge in a changing world.

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much Government funding from all sources has been provided to (a) the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), (b) TERI Europe,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many tariffs each energy provider has for its domestic customers in each region; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the average waiting time for the installation of (a) heating and (b) insulation...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were constructed in 2008-09.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2010, Official Report, columns 866-8W, on affordable housing, what expenditure his...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been bought under the Rent to Homebuy scheme in each (a) local authority and (b) region since the...

      Affordable Housing: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on increasing the standard of social housing in Salford since 1997.

      Affordable Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) by what mechanisms the Homes and Communities Agency measures its progress in meeting its statutory duty to improve the...

      Affordable Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria the Homes and Communities Agency used to assess the design quality and viability of housing schemes for the...

      Audit Commission: Procurement

      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...

      Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in how many business improvement districts in England more than one retail area is working in partnership; and if he will make a...

      Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has issued to (a) local authorities and (b) businesses on establishing a business improvement district which...

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated to the (a) Supporting People programme, (b) New Communities fund, (c) New Deal...

      Consolidated Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 377W, on the Audit...

      Council Housing: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received from Your Homes Newcastle on the funding for asbestos removal under the decent homes...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 214W, on council tax, whether local authorities may levy a...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much gross council tax revenue in (a) cash and (b) real terms at 2010 prices was raised in each region in (i) 1997-98 and...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of gross revenue to local authorities from council tax was funded by council tax benefit in 2008-09.

      Council Tax: Discounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 378W, on council tax,...

      Council Tax: Discounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have used their powers to reduce the council tax discount on (a) empty and (b) second homes; what...

      Council Tax: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 368W, on council tax: statistics, what decision was taken...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on advertising by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) Executive...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much on average his Department paid for a typical (a) laptop and (b) desktop computer (i) including and (ii) excluding...

      Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in his Department and its agencies in each year since 1997; what...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff of (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies managed...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on ministerial hospitality in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08 expressed...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many receptions he has hosted for representatives of print and broadcast media since 3 October 2008.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many receptions he has hosted for representatives of print and broadcast media since October 2008; how much each reception...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department and its agencies spent on external recruitment consultants in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vacancies in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were filled using external recruitment consultants in the last...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1117W, on FlexSpace, if...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much area-based grant was allocated to (a) waste disposal and (b) waste collection authorities in 2008-09; and how much...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many employment disputes involving staff of his Department have been taken to an employment tribunal since 2003; what the...

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 19 October 2009, Official Report, column 1299W, on empty...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties there were on the Domestic Energy Performance Certificate Register in (a) November 2009, (b) December 2009...

      Gardens: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 660, on planning, which...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) running cost and (b) aggregate programme expenditure was of each Government Office of the Regions in 2008-09.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to protect the green belt in (a) England, (b) East of England, (c) Bedfordshire and (d)...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects on the protection of the green belt of the introduction of National Policy Statements.

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the level of borrowing by housing associations to finance the building of new homes.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes for social rent were built (a) by local authorities, (b) by housing associations and (c) privately in (i)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of all new (a) dwellings, (b) affordable homes and (c) homes for social rent in England were flats with (i)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of all new (a) dwellings, (b) affordable homes and (c) homes for social rent in England were (i) flats and...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the average cost, including value added tax, to a certificate holder of a domestic energy...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his latest estimate is of the (a) capital and (b) running costs of the Infrastructure Planning Commission in (a) 2009-10...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 204W, on the...

      Land: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1124W, on land:...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 22 October 2009, Official Report, column 1645W, on local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Audit Commission has made of the cost to local authorities of central government inspection, audit and...

      Local Government Finance Funding Changes Independent Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 79 of the final report of the Lyons Inquiry into local government, if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities' requests for permission to capitalise potential losses on investments held in Icelandic banks have been...

      Local Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 290W, on local...

      Local Government: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of Rossendale borough council's supervision of private bailiffs acting on...

      Local Government: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has provided to local authorities (a) under the formula grant system and (b) through specific...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of the planned increase in employers' National Insurance...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average employer contribution rate to each fund of the Local Government Pension Scheme is.

      Local Government: Pensions

      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 770W, on local...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to change the employee contribution rate for the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeowners are in receipt of assistance under the Homeowner Mortgage Protection Scheme.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households have been refused assistance under the Mortgage Rescue Scheme because the value of the property exceeded the...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many applications were made to the Homeowner Mortgage Protection Scheme from homeowners in Moray constituency in 2009;...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of eligible small firms which do not claim small business rate relief.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the levy charged on the business rate multiplier to offset estimated losses in revenue due to rating appeals was in each...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1132W, on non-domestic...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the correspondence received from GEFCO UK in relation to the new business rate regime...

      Parish Councils: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which parish councils levy a precept on council tax.

      Parish Councils: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the gross revenue raised from parish precepts was on council tax in England in each year since 1997-98; and what the...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) start-up and (b) ongoing costs of his Department's telephone helpline for tenants...

      Private Rented Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the written ministerial statement of 27 January 2010, Official Report, columns 54-6WS, on planning,...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many core strategies have been approved by the relevant local planning authority to date; and how many Local Development...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many registered social landlords there were in 2009; and how many properties were owned by them.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research his Department has conducted into the income of households in the social rented sector.

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) communications audit, (b) campaign book, (c) communications plan and (d)...

      Unitary Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the projected (a) minimum and (b) maximum cost savings estimated for each unitary authority established since 2007 were...

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department allocated to local authorities for youth services in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11...

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average annual cost of housing a person in a probation hostel or approved premises was in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Feltham

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

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are employed at the (a) national and (b) regional level in the National Offender Management Service.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners serving sentences of less than 12 months have a court recommendation for deportation.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Harborough of 8 June 2009, Official Report, columns 774-75W, on prison accommodation, how many cells...

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers were (a) disciplined or (b) dismissed from (i) privately and (ii) publicly managed prisons in each of the last five years for...

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average duration of standard initial training for prison officers is in (a) privately and (b) publicly managed prisons.

      Prison: Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons were free from (a) illegal drug use and (b) mobile telephone smuggling in each year since 1997.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) high, (b) medium and (c) low projections he has made for the prison population in each of the next five years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on projections for prison (a) population and (b) capacity over the next two years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost to his Department of holding in prison (a) an adult and (b) a person aged under 21...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's (a) high, (b) medium and (c) low projections of the prison population are for each month to December 2011.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of offenders who (a) on release from custodial sentences and (b) on commencement of a community...

      Prisoners Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of transferring prisoners to Crown Dependencies in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Education and Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors spent on (a) prisoner education and (b) drug treatment programmes for prisoners in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has made an estimate of the number of foreign nationals likely to serve custodial sentences in England and Wales in each year to 2014.

      Prisoners: Gender Identity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, columns 865-6W, on prisoners: gender identity disorder, in what form the advice and...

      Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of women in prison who (a) have children, (b) have children and no husband or long-term partner and (c) have...

      Prisons : Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of continuous employment in the same prison was of (a) prison officers and (b) prison governors in (i) privately and (ii)...

      Prisons: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) passive and (b) active dogs there are in each prison in England and Wales; and on what basis they are distributed.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether a positive mandatory drug test automatically results in the search of a prison cell.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance has been issued on the procedure to be followed by prison service staff when a sniffer dog makes a positive indication of the presence of...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what progress he has made in (a) trialling and (b) evaluating disruption technologies for mobile telephones in prisons; (2) in which prisons...

      Probation: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what factors are taken into account in calculating the cost of individual probation supervision; (2) what factors are taken into account in...

      Probation: Sex Offender Treatment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of probation supervision of an individual with a sex offender programme attachment was in the latest year for which information is...

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) other deliberative forms of public opinion research in each month of the last two years.

      Rehabilitation Centres: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many intensive fostering places are available under the Youth Rehabilitation Order in each youth offending team area; what the average cost per place...

      Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of supervising a person on unpaid work for (a) 160 hours and (b) 240 hours was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders in each youth offending team area have been remanded in custody in each of the last six months.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Salford

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many modern apprenticeships were started in Salford in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008-09.

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in his Department and its agencies in each year since...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) year-end and (b) in-year bonuses were paid to officials in his Department and its predecessor in each...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much each of his Department's (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) research councils spent on (i)...

      Exports: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to recruit staff with direct experience of commercial exports to UK Trade and...

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the financial situation of London Metropolitan University; and what his estimate...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average length of maternity leave taken by women was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Unemployment: Bedfordshire

      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 Mid Bedfordshire constituency in...

      Unemployment: Salford

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people aged between 18 and 24 years old and not in employment, education or training there were in Salford...

      Vocational Training: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the provision of tax (a) discounts or (b) credits for those...

      Working Hours: Salford

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of those resident in Salford constituency have received a reduction in their working hours since the...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of people in (a) Lewes constituency and (b) England aged (i) between 16 and 18 and (ii) between 19...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received from the Charity Commission on the method of achieving charitable status for...

    • Blaydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Blaydon constituency, the effects on Blaydon...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four year olds in Feltham and Heston...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has had recent discussions with Gloucestershire county council on its provision of children's services and children's...

      Children's Centres: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Feltham and Heston constituency attend Sure Start centres.

      Classroom Assistants: Lewes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent teaching assistants there were in schools in Lewes constituency (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 10 November 2009, Official Report, column 311W, on Google Adword online advertising keywords, for...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many job vacancies in his Department and its agencies were filled through external recruitment in the last year for which...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days since its inception.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have received the educational maintenance allowance in Hemsworth constituency since its introduction.

      Families: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which departments he expects to contribute funds to the Think Family grant in 2010-11; and how much each department will contribute.

      Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Feltham and Heston constituency, the...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of pupils in (a) comprehensive and (b) maintained schools who achieved at least five grades A* to C at...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) comprehensive and (b) independent schools were entered for GCSEs in (i) English literature, (ii) physics,...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students resident in (a) Knowsley, (b) Sandwell, (c) Lambeth and (d) England achieved (i) five GCSEs at grades A* to...

      GCSE: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of children in Salford schools obtained five GCSEs at grades A* to C in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009; (2) what...

      GCSE: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in Salford obtained five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009.

      Hemsworth

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

      Learning Disability: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children resident in the Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency have been diagnosed with a learning...

      Milton Keynes

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

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which non-departmental public bodies have received funding from his Department in each year since its inception; and how much was...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it a requirement that emergency life support skills are included in the compulsory Personal, Health, Social and...

      Pupil Exclusions: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been permanently excluded from (a) primary, (b) middle, (c) upper and (d) secondary schools in Suffolk...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent per child on (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Greater London and (ii) Romford in the...

      Sandwell

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

      Schools: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent repairing schools in Feltham and Heston constituency in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much per pupil has been spent on schools in Feltham and Heston constituency in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides to schools on the effects on children's health of mobile telephones.

      Schools: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on repairs to schools in Hemsworth in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to increase provision of sport in schools in Coventry.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many serious case reviews have been outstanding for more than one year.

      Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 302W, on social services: Doncaster, with whom meetings were...

      Social Services: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the executive summary of the serious case review into the Karen Matthews case in...

      Special Educational Needs: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with special educational needs in Suffolk have been educated outside that county in each year since 1997; and...

      Stress

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

      Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Mid Sussex constituency, the effects on Mid...

      Truancy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) boys and (b) girls who were eligible for free school meals were classified as persistent...

      Truancy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of white British (a) boys and (b) girls who were eligible for free school meals were classified as...

      Truancy: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the unauthorised absence rate was for pupils in Leeds local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Truancy: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the unauthorised absence rate was for pupils in (a) Mid Sussex constituency and (b) West Sussex in each year since 1997.

      West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set out, with statistical information as closely related to Mid Sussex constituency as possible, the effect on that...

      Young People: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the future of the London Refuge; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals are fighting as part of the insurgency in Afghanistan.

    • Air Force: F-35 Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following the statement by United States Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz on 20 January, whether the Ministry of Defence has been notified of (a)...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will alter the relative levels of taxation of beer and spirits.

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the role of well-run public houses as solutions to alcohol misuse.

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many representations contesting new alcohol licences were made by members of the public and responsible authorities in each year between 1994 and 2010 in...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new alcohol licences, broken down by type, were issued each year in England between 1994 and 2010.

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how, in the absence of compulsory data collection and submission by local authorities and accident and emergency departments on alcohol-related incidents, the...

      Armed Forces: Compensation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the Ministry of Defence of claims through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme in each year since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of defence equipment unaccounted for in each year since 2005.

      Armed Forces: Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what equipment-tracking measures the Ministry of Defence uses.

      Buying Solutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst and...

      Charities: Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what authority, controls and supervision and in what circumstances officers of a charity are empowered to (a) remove a pet from its owner's care, (b) keep it...

      Civil Litigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the Ministry of Defence of claims through civil litigation in each year since 2001.

      Connecting Communities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been allocated to each neighbourhood in the Connecting Communities programme; and what are the rules which determine the spending of such money.

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for (a) exclusion directions, and (b) restriction directions, have been made under section 24 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many appeals have taken place under section 30 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000; and what was the outcome in each case.

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many directions for exclusions and restrictions have been made under Section 31 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 in each year since the provision...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what regulations have been made under section 32 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 3 February (WA 48-9), whether the English Court of Appeal has jurisdiction in the Turkish Republic...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 2 February (WA 19), how their support to improve the economic situation of Turkish Cypriots...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo about the commission reviewing parts of the Congolese constitution,...

      Elections: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are made by electoral registration offices on whether Commonwealth citizens applying to register have the right to remain in the United Kingdom;...

      Environment: Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 December 2009 (WA 33-4), whether any boundary changes made to sites of special scientific interest...

      EU: Israel Association Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Israel's compliance with the human rights articles of the European Union-Israel Association Agreement.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 18 January (WA 204-5), whether the 2007 analysis by the West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit (a) addressed...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 18 January (WA 204-5), why the findings by Professor Chester Douglass on fluoride and osteosarcoma, which he...

      Green Public Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 4 November 2009 (WA 60-61), whether United Kingdom public authorities can access the make and model...

      Health: Alternative Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will make a decision on the statutory regulation of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.

      Health: Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that medicine imported into the United Kingdom is genuine.

      Hillsborough Castle Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Agreement at Hillsborough Castle of 5 February has identifiable ownership; to whom the foreword (paragraphs 1, 2 and 3) refers as "our" and "we"; and...

      Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the terms "professional musician" and "professional live music" were defined by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for its report Changes in live...

      Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport consulted the Musicians' Union and the Incorporated Society of Musicians on the numbers of professional...

      Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport estimated the proportion of the total annual adult attendance at ticketed live music events accounted for by...

      Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of interviewees in the 2007 British Market Research Board survey of live music were responsible for their venue's licence conversion in 2005 and...

      Live Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the source of the Creative and Cultural Skills Council research that specifies the number of "live music musicians" in "professional live music" as...

      Marine Environment: British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legal advice they have sought on the proposals for a Marine Protected Area in the British Indian Ocean Territory; and whether they will publish that advice.

      National Archives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to examine and report on the remit and management of Britain's archives and on the challenges facing the National Archives.

      National Archives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the views of professional users of Britain's archives are reflected in the management of the National Archives and that...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants they estimate hold a national insurance number. To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place to ensure illegal...

      Palace of Westminster: Rodents

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether consideration will be given to acquiring a number of respectable cats to reduce the rodent population of the Palace of Westminster.

      Pharmacy Order 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances inspectors appointed under article 8 of the Pharmacy Order 2010 may enter and search any premises, including any dwelling house, without...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following their strategy Food 2030, how they intend to value "best and most versatile land" in deciding whether non-food-producing development should be allowed in...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why, in relation to section 2.5 of the Agreement at Hillsborough Castle of 5 February, the Chief Constable's status has changed from being operationally...

      Prisons: Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 46,000 complaints of racism in prisons since 2006 relate to Gypsies and Travellers.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Dan Norris, on 9 November 2009 (HC Deb, col...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Dan Norris, on 9 November 2009 (HC Deb, col...

      South Caucasus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have worked with British non-governmental organisations in conflict resolution in the south Caucasus; and what lessons they have learnt from that work.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the recommendations of the 6th European Union-Turkey Civic Commission's International Conference; and who is responsible for implementing them.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the charges against Mr Muharrem Erbey, vice-chairman of the Human Rights Association.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made or will make to the government of Turkey about the 15-year old Kurdish girl, Berivan, who was arrested in October 2009 at...

      Veterinary Medicine Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether paragraph 11 of Schedule 1 to the Veterinary Medicine Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2297) means that a product will not receive marketing authorisation for 10...

      Veterinary Medicine Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether paragraph 11 of Schedule 1 to the Veterinary Medicine Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2297) covers reference products made and authorised in the United Kingdom,...

      Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the fees laid down in Schedule 7 to the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2297) are subject to scrutiny; if so, by whom; and how often.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 January (WA 148), why the enumeration of visas granted to overseas students at individual colleges is...

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