Written answers

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

  • Wales

    • Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people have been employed in the manufacturing sector in Wales in each year since 1997.

    • Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Transport on ports policy between the date of publication of the Welsh Affairs...

  • Scotland

    • Computer Games Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had on assistance to the computer games industry in Scotland.

    • Social Deprivation: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on policy to reduce levels of social deprivation in Ayrshire.

      Economic Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had on the performance of the Scottish economy.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on discussions at EU level on reform of the...

      Departmental Energy

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

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Future Jobs Fund in Scotland.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Dubai: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Dubai on the alleged murder of a Palestinian national by a group alleged to...

    • Dubai: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Israel on the use of British passports in association with the death in Dubai...

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights record of the government of Nigeria.

  • Home Department

    • Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the volume of illegal drugs trafficked through the UK.

    • Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Europe, (b) the US and (c) Afghanistan on measures to tackle the...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to his Department's document entitled Guidance on Powers of Entry-Scrutiny by the Home Department, how many requests for new...

      UK Border Agency: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency spent on overtime payments to civil servants at grade (a) 5 and (b) 6 in each of the last two years.

      Vetting: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2008, Official Report, columns 756-7W, on vetting: compensation, how much the Criminal Records Bureau...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits carrying entitlement to settlement in the UK were issued to non-EU citizens in each year since 2005.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to answer question 300301, on departmental pay, tabled on 18 November 2009.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to answer question 310383, on fingerprints in passports, tabled on 7 January 2010.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Email

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1211-2W, and pursuant to the answer of...

    • Nurseries: Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate he has made of the cost of converting Bellamy's Bar, Bellamy's Club Room and the Astor Suite and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Castle Point

      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 Castle Point constituency, the effects on that...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in his Department and its agency in each year since 1997; what...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which companies were contracted by his Department for the provision of temporary staff in each of the last three years; how many...

      Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the compliance with European Commission state aid rules of his Department's policy on the participation...

      Theatre: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many free theatre tickets have been provided to under-26 year olds by the Arts Council since February 2009.

      Theatre: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Arts Councils England's A Night Less Ordinary scheme in achieving its objectives.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what average time her Office took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day in the last 12 months.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she is taking to encourage construction workers from the North East to work on construction sites for the London 2012 Olympics; and how many such...

      Olympic Games 2012: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will ensure that notification of job vacancies arising from the London 2012 Olympics is made through Jobcentre Plus before such vacancies are...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases under consideration by the Child Support Agency involve absent parents in (a) Scotland and (b) Perth and North Perthshire...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of her Department's information technology projects have been outsourced in the last three years; and what the monetary value was of each...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department has conducted any staff satisfaction surveys in the last 12 months.

      Employment Schemes: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether her Department operates programmes to assist workers made redundant from the financial services sector to find employment; (2)...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of each local authority area in the North West aged between 16 and 24 years old have taken up (a) graduate internship, (b)...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bids for Future Jobs Fund funding have been accepted in each parliamentary constituency; and how many jobs are expected to be created...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people are participating in Future Jobs Fund jobs; and how many Future Jobs Fund job vacancies there are.

      Jobcentre Plus: Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints of racism have been made by Jobcentre Plus staff against other Jobcentre Plus staff in each of the last five years, broken...

      Mining: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former miners have (a) applied for and (b) been granted industrial injuries benefit for miners' knee in the North East region to date.

      Mining: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the number of miners and former miners who experience chronic back and neck pain as a result of their working conditions.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what rate of interest her Department used in calculations of entitlements and payments under the Support for Mortgage Interest Scheme in each...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Support for Mortgage Interest Scheme funding recipients reached the maximum two-year period permitted for claiming in each of the last...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many flexible New Deal phase 1 suppliers were fully operational on 6 October 2009.

      New Deal Schemes: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women resident in Feltham and Heston have participated in the New Deal for (a) Lone Parents and (b) Partners since 1997; and if she...

      Pension Credit: Kingston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) the Royal borough of Kingston and (b) Kingston and Surbiton constituency have been in receipt of pension credit in...

      Pensioners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has spent on pensioners per capita in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pensioners receive earnings-related state pensions under (a) the state earnings-related pension scheme only,...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated cost to her Department is per transaction of Post Office Card Account transactions under (a) the new Post Office Card...

      Social Security Benefits: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate she has made of the average annual cost of implementing amended deemed income rules to provide for income from student...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if she will publish each version of the sanctions regime applicable to (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit, (c)...

      Unemployment Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has spent on contesting employment support allowance appeals in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland since 27 October 2008.

      Unemployment Benefits: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many terminally ill cancer patients (a) in total and (b) normally resident in Scotland have been required by her Department to (i)...

      Unemployment Benefits: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals are in receipt of (a) attendance allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) jobseeker's allowance in Glasgow East...

      Unemployment Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints (a) in total and (b) from residents of Scotland regarding fitness to work assessments her Department has received since...

      Vocational Training: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her latest assessment is of the adequacy of skills training on offer to claimants of Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether her Department has made an estimate of the cost in real terms of extending the winter fuel payment to people (a) receiving the...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid out in winter fuel payments to eligible households in Rotherham in winter 2009-10.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Stroud

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

      Winter Fuel Payments: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Stroud constituency are in receipt of winter fuel allowance; and how much her Department paid to such pensioners in...

  • Justice

    • Drugs: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 618W, on drugs: Sussex, how many people were found guilty of offences of drug (a)...

    • Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent representations he has received from agencies involved in child contact cases of the effects on children of compulsory mediation in...

      Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many cases involving a child contact decision a court has granted contact against the wishes of the child subject to that decision in each of the...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the human resources department of the National Offender Management Service is taking to redress the imbalance in the terms and conditions of...

      Paedophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted paedophiles there were in bail hostels in each of the last five years; and what his most recent estimate is of the number of convicted...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) UK, (b) Irish and (c) other EEA nationals are serving a sentence of (i) mandatory life imprisonment, (ii) discretionary life imprisonment...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many abscondees from each prison were foreign nationals in each year since 1997.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has implemented programmes for the purposes of de-radicalising prisoners who are serving sentences for terrorism offences.

      Prisoners' Discharge Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on subsistence payments to offenders on end of custody licence in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

      Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 792W, on prisons: release, how many of the 12 serving ex-prisoners who have not been...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what locations his Department intends to provide the 3,500 further prison places announced for 2010; how many will be (a) part of new-build prisons,...

      Terrorism: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the retrospective provision of financial support to British citizens who have been subject to terrorist acts overseas.

      Victim Support: Hounslow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding has been allocated to victim support in the Hounslow constabulary area in each year since 1996.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders received remand decisions of (a) conditional bail, (b) unconditional bail, (c) local authority accommodation and (d) custody...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Energy

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

    • Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning to publish an inventory of decommissioned terrorist weapons,...

  • Defence

    • Defence Medical Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1468W, on Defence Medical Services: manpower, when a copy of the October 2009...

    • Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on urgent operational requirements in 2009-10.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the total cost of the interim storage of laid-up submarines project.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent estimate he has made of the whole-life cost of the submarine dismantling project; (2) what recent estimate he has made of the cost to...

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department has made of the merits of using the site at Sellafield for the (a) submarine dismantling and (b) radioactive waste...

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the technical barriers to the (a) submarine dismantling and (b) radioactive waste storage elements of the...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent in each developing country on promoting good governance in 2009-10 to date; and how much it spent in...

    • Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated to supporting parliaments in developing countries in 2009-10 to date; and how much...

      Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2009, Official Report, columns 229-30W, on remittances, what information he sought from offices...

  • Health

    • Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions exist in the NHS blood and transplant contract in respect of the re-sale of blood and blood components by private hospitals; and on what...

    • Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to his Department's taskforce on the health aspects of violence against women and girls in 2009-10.

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the consultants' reports on (a) the outline business cases for the Porton Down and Terlings Park options and...

      Health Protection Agency: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are being made for the relocation of Health Protection Agency staff and activities from Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle; and how...

      Health Protection Agency: Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the terms of the Health Protection Agency's (HPA) recommendation to his Department to close the HPA site at...

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to increase the number of centres for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

      Prostate Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with a diagnosis of prostate cancer were recorded as having received treatment by (a) watchful waiting, (b) active surveillance, (c)...

      Prostate Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on hormonal therapy prescriptions for prostate cancer in (a) England, (b) each primary care trust area and (c) each...

      Swine Flu: Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated for symptoms of swine influenza at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton in the last 12 months.

      Turning Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has evaluated the effectiveness of the Turning Point charity's handling of the Connected Care programme on behalf of his...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Central Office of Information: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 101, on the Central Office of...

    • Central Office of Information: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the predicted monetary value is of the Branding lot of the Central Office of Information's Marketing and Brand Strategy Consultancy Framework; what...

      Central Office of Information: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the predicted monetary value is of the Brand and Values lot of the Central Office of Information's Internal Communication, Engagement and Change...

      Departmental Computer Software

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her policy is in respect of the installation and use of (a) Internet Explorer, (b) Firefox and (c) Opera website browsers by Government...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2010, Official Report, column 1140W, on departmental correspondence, what her Department's policy is on the target...

      Government Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Government has spent on advertisements for Government services on (a) television and (b) commercial radio since 2005.

      Government Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to page 16 of Smarter Government, Cm 7753, what the monetary value is of the planned reduction in marketing and communications spend;...

      Homeworking

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the number of people who worked from home in (a) rural areas, (b) urban areas and (c) nationally in each year since...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will instruct the Cabinet Secretary to make available to the Iraq Inquiry the documents which Lord Goldsmith said he would wish to be made public...

      Non-profit Making Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what criteria the Office of the Third Sector uses to evaluate the performance of (a) social enterprise networks and (b) regional development agencies...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were recorded as self-employed in (a) rural areas, (b) urban areas and (c) nationally in each year since 1997; and what proportion of...

      Social Mobility Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding has been allocated to the Social Mobility Commission; by what mechanisms its staff will be appointed; how many staff will be employed...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether funding allocated to the Futurebuilders has been re-allocated to the Third Sector Recession Action Plan.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been granted under the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative in each (a) local authority and (b) lower layer...

    • Community Development: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been granted under the New Communities Fund in each (a) local authority and (b) lower super output area...

      Community Development: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been granted under the Inspiring Communities Grant in each (a) local authority and (b) lower super output...

      Council Housing: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the use of Community Land Trusts; (2) what steps he plans to take to...

      Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of deprivation in England was as measured by the Index of Multiple Deprivation for each individual indicator of...

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwelling management orders there have been in each housing authority area in the North East region to date.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment his Department has made of the average cost to a certificate holder of a domestic energy performance...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what programme budgets of each sponsoring Government department are administered by Government Offices for the Regions.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to Lord Bates of 25 January 2010, Official Report, House of Lords, column 1190, on energy performance...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the provision of services to households which are...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated to assist first-time buyers with property purchases in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10,...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many permanent dwellings of each tenure were constructed in England in each of the last 30 calendar years including 2009.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many schemes scoring less than nine points under the Building for Life criteria were proposed for (a) private development...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 1067W, on immigration, what the average annual projected...

      Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his Department's news release of 3 February 2010 on tenants' protection, what plans his Department has for an online...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the amount of area-based grant funding to be distributed to local authorities in (a) 2009-10, (b)...

      Local Government: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost of (a) local authority reporting to central Government and (b) local...

      Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to amend the provisions of policy guidance concerning coal mining and colliery spoil disposal.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeowners in Castle Point constituency are in receipt of assistance from the Homeowner Mortgage Protection scheme.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been granted under the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund in each (a) local authority and (b) lower layer super...

      New Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on (a) staffing, (b) administration and (c) publicity costs in respect of the New...

      New Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on the New Communities Fund; and how many people have participated in the Fund since its inception.

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on (a) staffing, (b) administration and (c) publicity costs in respect of the New Deal for...

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 254W, on non-profit making associations, what outcomes he...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of (a) new and (b) affordable homes were built in areas at risk from flooding in (i) 2006, (ii)...

      Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of second homes in (a) urban and (b) rural areas in England.

      Social Rented Housing: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in Feltham and Heston constituency (a) have been improved under the Decent Homes programme in each year of...

      Social Rented Housing: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 27 January 2010, Official Report, columns 914-5W, on...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 297W, on travelling people:...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have been employed in the agricultural sector in each year since 1997.

    • Clothing: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development of an (a) industry-wide standard and (b) voluntary...

      Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department publishes an annual report on departmental communications.

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Housing

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for how many non-departmental public bodies his Department is responsible.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which companies were contracted by his Department for the provision of temporary staff in each of the last three years; how...

      Food: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what funding his Department has allocated for the creation of school allotments for the purpose of growing food; (2)...

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments his Department's agencies made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each of the last 10 years.

      Rats: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 14 July 2009, Official Report, column 232W, on rats: Greater London, whether his Department...

      Rural Payments Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid in bonuses to staff at the Rural Payments Agency in each of the last five years.

      Textiles: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfill.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his officials have had with (a) local authorities and (b) representatives of the government of Iceland on local authority investments in...

    • Bankruptcy: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer against how many businesses HM Revenue and Customs have initiated winding up or bankruptcy action in 2008-09; and how much debt such action recovered.

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the distribution of money yielded by the one-off levy on any individual discretionary bonus above £25,000 paid by banks to their...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 520W, on economic and monetary union, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Inheritance Tax: Moray

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Exchequer received from inheritance tax on estates in Moray constituency in the last five years.

      Local Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 290W, on local government: cost effectiveness,...

      Local Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 290W, on local government: cost effectiveness,...

      Maternity Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of take-up of the Health in Pregnancy Grant is among parents in each income decile group.

      Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the merits of centralising the collection of amounts owned to all Government departments through one debt collection body.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) P14 and (b) P35 returns required clerical action in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax credit overpayments were written off in each month of (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09; and if he will make a...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of recovering tax credits debt where deduction from ongoing payments is not possible; (2) what...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the total tax credit debt was recovered (a) by deduction from ongoing tax credit payments and (b) by other means in the 2008-09 tax year.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) children living in poverty and (b) households in the lowest quartile of annual income of recovery of tax...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to support (a) Portsmouth and (b) other local authorities in the achievement of the...

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what role Adult Safeguarded Learning funds will play in achieving the aims of the Learning Revolution White Paper.

      Apprentices: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many modern apprenticeships have been started in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point since 1997.

      Apprentices: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average annual cost to the Government is of an apprenticeship undertaken through the National Apprenticeship...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the annual cost to businesses of compliance with Government regulations introduced since...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent on advertising by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii)...

      Directgov

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on the development of a new consumer space for direct.gov.uk; and when he...

      Economic Participation Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will monitor the efficacy of the Economic Participation Programme operated under the auspices of the East of...

      Innovation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the rate of growth of knowledge intensive industries was in (a) rural areas, (b) urban areas and (c)...

      Students

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from each UK university have attended a Make it Happen event held by their university in association...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's definition is of carbon neutrality.

    • Fuel Poverty: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in each constituency in Devon and Cornwall.

      Government Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether there are plans to redefine carbon neutrality targets in respect of Government departments; and if he will make a statement.

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much gas was taken from (a) medium, (b) long and (c) short range storage on each day in February 2010 for which figures are...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether tenants with communal heating systems are eligible for participation in the Warm Front programme.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column 351W, on Equality and Human Rights Commission: public relations, what payments the...

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission: Business Interests

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which organisations have received funding from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) where a Commissioner or employee of the EHRC (a) is a...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether provision will be included in the Equality Bill to permit any publicly-funded faith schools to require teaching staff to promote the ethos of...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether provision will be included in the Equality Bill to empower governors of any publicly-funded faith school to decline employment to staff or...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools that have received Building Schools for the Future funding have been (a) rebuilt, (b) remodelled and...

    • Citizenship: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people in Hemsworth constituency have received lessons on citizenship since that subject was made part of the...

      Class Sizes: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average staff to pupil ratio is in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Milton Keynes.

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any written instructions have been provided to the Accounting Officer for his Department and its predecessors in...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to the public purse was of the principal staircase connecting the ground floor and the restaurant at his...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether (a) his Department and (b) associated non-departmental public bodies plan to sign up to the 10:10 campaign for cutting...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will break down the proposed £350 million of savings from his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, as...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department and its predecessor in each year since 2003.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) average and (b) highest non-consolidated performance-related payment in cash terms was for senior civil servants in...

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of students in (a) Romford and (b) the London borough of Havering are eligible to receive free school meals.

      Gifted Children: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in Salford have participated in gifted and talented programmes in each year for which information is...

      Learning Disability: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps have been taken to improve educational outcomes for children with (a) moderate and (b) severe learning...

      Personal Social and Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to ensure that teaching of personal, social, health and economic education meets the specific needs of...

      Primary Education: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils attended primary schools with more than (a) 400, (b) 500, (c) 600, (d) 750 and (e) 1,000 pupils in the most...

      School Meals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 1072W, on school meals: finance, what political and policy...

      Schools: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has made an assessment of the merits of ensuring that there are no wireless device radiations in (a) schools and (b)...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) secondary schools, (b) pupil referral units and (c) special schools (i) were in the National Challenge and (ii)...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary schools, (b) secondary school, (c) pupil referral units and (d) special schools (i) were in special...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start centres have been opened since 2005 (a) nationally and (b) in Milton Keynes; and how much capital funding...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on taxi fares in each of the last five years.

      Truancy: Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils with gifted and talented status were classed as persistent truants in (a) 1997, (b) 2003,...

      Youth Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the remit of the Youth Taskforce is; how much his Department has allocated to the programme for (a) 2009-10 and (b)...

  • House of Lords

    • Civil Law Reform Bill

      To ask the Leader of the House what consultation was undertaken regarding the decision for pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Civil Law Reform Bill to be carried out by the Justice Committee...

    • Community Cohesion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding has been allocated to each Government Office to promote community cohesion in 2010-11; and what portion of that funding has been already allocated.

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) exclusion notices, and (b) restriction notices, have been made under Section 22 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 in each year since the...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many restrictions on dogs under (a) Section 23(1), and (b) Section 23(2), of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 have been made in each year since the...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many directions for exclusions and restrictions under (a) Section 25 (1)(a), and (b) Section 25(1)(b), of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 have been...

      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 26 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 how many directions for exclusions and restrictions have been made under Section 28 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 in each year since the provision...

      Crime: Burglary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many burglaries occurred in each of the past 10 years according to (a) the British Crime Survey, and (b) Police Recorded Crime Statistics.

      Health: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 8 February (WA 90), why it is for the Irish authorities to establish the entitlement of someone seeking...

      Health: Urology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what responsibility they are placing on primary care trusts or National Health Service procurement hubs to ensure that tenders and product formularies for urology...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of new houses built in England and Wales in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, and (c) 2008-09 comply with the provisions of Part M of the Building...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times in each of the last two years pilots have refused to fly people due to be deported or repatriated on account of their physical or mental condition.

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what penalties or disciplinary measures they have taken against contractors who have used excessive force on deportees; and how many complaints they have received...

      Influenza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 357-8), how many deaths have been recorded from all types of influenza this winter compared to...

      Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether application W/09/1258 to Warwick District Council for a new marina could, if turned down by the Council, be resubmitted under description 12 of the...

      Legal Aid: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on legal aid in each of the last five years in Northern Ireland; what was the budget for legal aid in those years; and whether any cases went...

      National Identity Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and other Ministers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have National Identity Cards; and,...

      Northern Ireland Office: Pay Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Northern Ireland Office last carried out an equal pay review; and whether they will place a copy of that review in the Library of the House.

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much officials of the Northern Ireland Office claimed on expenses for the use of taxis in December 2009.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the publicity material recently issued by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to secure implementation of its advice on a Bill of Rights is...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the system of void sealing and certifying construction work on the 2012 Olympic Park to reduce the risks from concealed devices is subject to independent...

      Public Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Institute for Public Policy Research report, The social value of community pubs; and whether they plan to introduce a new class of...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the annual subsidy and premium payments which have been made to rail franchise holders since April 2009.

      Railways: West Coast Main Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much subsidy, if any, has been paid to the operator of the West Coast Main Line franchise since 2005.

      Schools: Foreign Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of schools in the state sector have (a) set a benchmark of between 50 per cent and 90 per cent of pupils who should continue to study a foreign...

      Travel: Fraudulent Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were (a) arrested, and (b) convicted for travelling using fraudulent documents in the past 12 months.

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