Written answers

Thursday, 25 February 2010

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the Rural Payments Agency has decided to carry out remote sensing mapping induction in Gloucestershire; what...

    • Poultry: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the (a) public health and (b) moral and religious implications of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Heritage Memorial Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the National Heritage Memorial Fund received from the public purse in each of the last three years.

    • Public Libraries: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the reason was for the time taken for his Department to determine the application of Birmingham city council for a certificate of...

      Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he made of the revenue which would accrue to the Exchequer in circumstances in which Ofcom re-auctioned the three existing...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register: Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 326W, on...

  • Scotland

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the potential effects on the energy industry in Scotland...

    • Trade: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on international trade in Scotland.

  • Justice

    • Industrial Disputes: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many industrial tribunal cases are outstanding in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point.

    • Prisoners: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serving prisoners convicted of each type of offence are recorded as having no nationality, broken down by length of sentence.

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to bring forward legislation to change the law which prevents prisoners from voting in general elections.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of illicit drug seizures within prisons was attributed to (a) snuffer dogs, (b) closed circuit television, (c) strip...

      Public Sector: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 734W, on public sector: disclosure of information, if he will list each of the 57...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of the Youth Justice Board's expenditure was spent on purchasing custodial places in 2008-09.

  • Transport

    • Channel Tunnel: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research his Department is undertaking in respect of the safety aspects of the two recent major incidents in the Channel Tunnel.

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many members of staff of (a) Directly Operated Railways and (b) East Coast Trains occupy office space in his Department.

      Departmental Disabled Staff

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

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of recent adverse weather on the delivery of car tax renewal notices to motorists; how many have...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have commissioned on the reliability of electronic systems fitted in vehicles in the...

      Government Car and Despatch Agency: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for what reasons the Government Car and Despatch Agency has no contact details on its website.

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) on what date the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency was informed by Toyota of the possibility of the need to recall certain models...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many vehicles failed an MOT test for incorrectly adjusted headlamps in the last five years.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2010, Official Report, column 420W, on official cars, how many such cars were available for (a)...

      Railways: Fines

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport to what use fines received from train operating companies as a result of franchise breaches are put.

  • Prime Minister

    • 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff of his Office attended the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

    • Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2010, Official Report, column 1070W, on official residences, on what date the squatters who occupied the property at the beginning...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many and what proportion of staff in the Government Olympic Executive are disabled; and what the average salary in the Government Olympic Executive is of...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much her Office has spent on entertainment in each of the last five years.

      Olympic Games: Canada

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many staff of the Government Olympic Executive attended the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; and whether she attended.

      Overseas Aid: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much was spent on humanitarian assistance programmes in each of the last five years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Warm Front Scheme: Eaga

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will review the effectiveness of the role of Eaga in the allocation of grants under the Warm Front scheme.

    • Gas Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much additional gas storage capacity he expects to be available in the UK by 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many miners' claims relating to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease remain to be settled; and when he expects the compensation...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to secure progress in the post-competitive phase of the carbon capture and storage programme.

      Energy Management Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to publish his Department's household energy management strategy.

      Coal: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will give additional support to promote the use of co-firing of biomass in coal-powered electricity generation.

      Environmental Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps he has taken to increase the use of new environmental technologies; and if he will make a statement.

      Natural Gas: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure the security of the UK's gas supply in the event of proposed industrial action at...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Pay

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

    • Departmental Travel

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

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many turbines other than those delivered in September 2008 are operational at Kajaki dam; in what year such turbines were installed; and what the...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the turbine delivered to Kajaki dam by UK forces in September 2008 is not functioning; whether that turbine has functioned since its...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of each grade of his Department's single living accommodation housing stock in Scotland was empty in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current shortfall is of (a) reservist and (b) regular (i) medical, (ii) nursing and (ii) paramedic staff.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people of each occupation are employed as personal staff for the Director General Land Warfare; (2) how much his Department has spent on...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans' badges have been issued to former members of the armed forces since the badges were introduced.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many search and rescue operations took place beyond the standard operational range of the Hercules aircraft in the last five years.

      Incapacity Benefit: Chelmsford

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

      Iraq and Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force (i) fixed wing aircraft and (ii) helicopters are deployed in (A) Iraq, (B) Germany, (C)...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will (a) make available to the Iraq Inquiry and (b) place in the Library a copy of all legal advice given by his Department to military personnel...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum operational range is of the (a) MR2 and (b) Hercules search and rescue aircraft without air-to-air refuelling.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many search and rescue missions were flown from RAF Kinloss using MR2 aircraft in each of the last five years; and what the (a) distance and (b)...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has for the replacement of MR2s in the protection of the UK's nuclear submarine fleet; (2) what the end of service date is of the...

  • International Development

    • Civil Society Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library copies of the proposals received by his Department for funding each project which is to receive funding...

    • Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with (i) politicians and (ii) officials in Haiti on the role the...

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) aid and (b) other assistance provided by his Department to the people of...

      Overseas Aid: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has allocated to support work with refugees from (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan, (c) Sudan, (d) Somalia and (e)...

      Rwanda: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to (a) ensure local HIV positive survivors of the Rwandan genocide continue to receive targeted support and (b)...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the performance of banks in meeting his Department's mortgage lending requirements; (2) what percentage of the...

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to support first-time buyers in the housing market.

      Dunfermline Building Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the sums paid from the public purse to (a) consultants, (b) accountants, (c) legal advisers and (d) other financial...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of central Government procurement is not co-ordinated through the Office of Government Commerce; (2) pursuant to the answer of 29...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Secretary to the Treasury plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Billericay of 11 January 2010 on his constituent, Mr....

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hereditaments there are with a rateable value of (a) under £5,000, (b) between £5,000 and £14,999, (c) between £15,000 and...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2010, Official Report, columns 932-3W, on the strategic investment fund, whether the £100 million of new funding...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the definition of hardship used by HM Revenue and Customs when considering debt recovery; and whether he plans to align that...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare places have been created in Feltham and Heston constituency since 1997.

    • 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 children aged (i) three and (ii) four years old in (A)...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what initiatives his Department and its predecessors have taken to tackle child poverty in Salford since 1997.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost has been of each common area assessment of children's services.

      Children's Centres: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children's centres there were in (a) Lewes constituency and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997; (2) how...

      Children's Centres: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has allocated for children's centres in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the last three...

      Children's Centres: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point attend Sure Start centres.

      Children's Centres: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has allocated for children's centres in Feltham and Heston constituency.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 137W, on academies: sponsorship, what the increase was in the...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many students resident in (a) Knowsley, (b) Kensington and Chelsea and (c) Islington sat a GCSE in (i) physics, (ii)...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will recommend an increase in the use of school attendance orders as a method of supporting families with home-educated children.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he expects local authorities to spend on delivering the three to four year-old nursery entitlement in 2010-11.

      Schools: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on repairing schools in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year since 1997; and what proportion of...

      Schools: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what capital funding was allocated to schools in Salford in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009; (2) how many schools in Salford have...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides to schools on options to be offered to (a) pupils by careers services offered in schools...

      Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what reasons Mr. Mark Hodson gave his Department for leaving his post as Director of Children's Services in Doncaster in 2007.

      Vetting: Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Aylesbury of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1106W, on schools:...

  • Cabinet Office

    • 10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 401W, on 10 Downing Street: repairs and maintenance, what the nature is of the works...

    • Cancer: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cancer mortality rate was in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what timetable has been set for laying before Parliament and seeking approval for the Census Regulations relating to the 2011 Census; (2) what...

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the contracts let for services relating to the 2011 Census contain break clauses.

      Charities: Hizb ut-Tahrir

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many investigations under the Charities Act 2006 the Charity Commission has conducted relating to breaches of articles on the grounds of (a)...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which of the jobs advertised on the (a) internal and (b) public versions of the Civil Service jobs website had salaries of £150,000 or over in...

      Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of staff in (a) her Department, (b) the Prime Minister's Office, (c) the Office of the Leader of the House and (d) the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many designs for its website her Department has commissioned since 2005.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether a recent estimate has been made of the number of (a) public and (b) private sector employees in each constituency.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many employment disputes involving staff of her Department have been taken to an employment tribunal in the last four years; and what the (a)...

      Government Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of Government advertising expenditure which is not administered by the Central Office of Information.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Chesterfield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many young people aged 16 and 17 years in (a) Chesterfield and (b) Derbyshire have claimed jobseeker's allowance in each year since 2005.

      New Businesses: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses have started up in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point since 1997.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average income of a household in the (a) private rented sector and (b) social rented sector was in each of the last three years.

      Political Parties: Copyright

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what Crown copyright permission has been granted to political parties for the reproduction of artwork or content from the (a) Building Britain's Future...

      Public Bodies: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in each public sector body earn more than £150,000.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how long on average his Department's Polar Regions Unit took to process an application for a British expedition to Antarctica in...

    • Bletchley Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to recognise those who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War in the last 10 years.

      British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of British citizens who have been subject to (a) torture and (b) other...

      British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of British citizens who are under sentence of death in other jurisdictions;...

      Burma: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the government of Thailand on its proposals to deport Karen refugees back to...

      David Proctor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has received in respect of Mr. David Proctor, a UK citizen who has been refused permission to...

      Departmental Disabled Staff

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

      Dubai: Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK's Ambassador in Tel Aviv has had discussions with the British passport holders named in the Interpol request...

      GCHQ: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure has been incurred on the Mastering the Internet programme at GCHQ to date.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk of other countries in the Middle East taking military action against Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on further sanctions against Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the threat posed by Iran to other countries in the Middle East.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) the threat posed to the UK by Iran and (b) Iran's capacity to obtain nuclear weapons.

      Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission's scholarship programme.

  • Home Department

    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many intelligence-led stops have been generated by the Automatic Number Plate Recognition CCTV network in each year since 2006; whether...

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons a caution was issued in respect of (a) rape and (b) other offences of abuse of a child in the last five years.

      Crimes Against the Person: Sevenoaks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences against the person have been recorded in the Sevenoaks district in each year since 1997.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Identity and Passport Service has made an estimate of the (a) gross annual revenue likely to be generated from fees for the...

      Identity Cards: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 41WS, on identity cards, how many people aged...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2010, Official Report, column 91W, on the national identity register, how many years after the death of...

      Passports: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an assessment of the merits of advancing the fee exemption date for passport applications for persons born before 2 September...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) the average budget for all police forces in England and (b) the budget of Dorset Police was in each of the last five years.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) Dorset and (b) Bournemouth in each of the last five years.

      Prosecutions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the establishment of an Office of the European Public Prosecutor; and what discussions he has had with his European...

      Rape: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many cases in which a person suspected of having raped a child was issued with a caution the decision to issue a caution was taken on...

      Tetra: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from organisations representing police officers on reports of ill health among police officers assigned...

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many thefts of cars facilitated through the theft of car keys there have been in each London borough in each month of the last five years.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2010, Official Report, column 90W, on the Independent Safeguarding Authority, what estimate he has made...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities (a) have transferred and (b) have plans to transfer assets under the (i) Asset Transfer Fund and (ii)...

    • Empty Property: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty properties were brought back into housing stock by West Lancashire borough council in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Fire Brigades Union

      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 1643W, on the Fire...

      Fire Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's publication entitled FiReControl Project: Equalities Impact Assessment, December 2009, what...

      Housing: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions of the Equality Bill on the operation of (a) the Tenants Services...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the £84 million for cavity wall insulation in the social sector announced in April has been spent in each region.

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assumptions affecting the next three years regarding write-off provisions for local authority losses in Icelandic...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the extent of losses incurred by local authorities through investment in Icelandic banks.

      New Deal for Communities

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

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Local Government Association and (b) representatives of local authorities on...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts the (a) Homes and Communities and (b) Tenant Services Agency has let to (i) social enterprises and (ii)...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many registered social landlords operate local labour (a) schemes and (b) clauses in contracts let.

      Sustainable Communities Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress his Department has made in its consideration of the proposal made by Westminster city council under the...

      Sustainable Communities Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) funding and (b) guidance his Department has provided to local authorities that have made proposals that have been...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria have been established for the creation of carbon-efficient towns and cities.

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the oral answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 14 July 2009, Official Report, column 69WH,...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Planning Inspectorate has issued on the length of time a (i) traveller and (ii)...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether unmet need for traveller sites is a material consideration in the planning process when considering a retrospective...

  • Work and Pensions

    • A4e: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of people who have attended A4e meetings have found work within six months of the inception of the A4e contract in...

    • Asbestos: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the follow-up work to the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) Asbestos Management in Schools survey; how many...

      Children: Maintenance

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

      Cold Weather Payments: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Tamworth constituency have received cold weather payments in 2009-10.

      Council Tax Benefits: 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 council tax benefit...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs formerly undertaken by staff of her Department have been outsourced to external companies in each of the last five years; and to...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible sell information on a commercial basis to...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the Labour Market System has been unavailable in the last 24 months; and for how long that system was unavailable on each occasion.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the staff turnover rate in her Department was in 2009; (2) what the staff turnover rate in Jobcentre Plus was in 2009.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in her Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last three years.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have obtained jobs through the Future Jobs Fund with the social enterprise Real Baby Milk since the inception of the...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010 to the hon. Member for South Dorset, Official Report, column 258W, on the Future Jobs Fund, how many...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit recipients there were in each region in each of the last 12 quarters.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people and (b) households received local housing allowance in each of the last eight quarters.

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department takes steps to check whether the landlords of housing benefit recipients in Scotland are properly registered with local...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department and its predecessors have paid in vehicle clamping charges incurred on (a) privately-owned and (b) publicly-owned...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what outreach work is undertaken by Jobcentre Plus; and what plans she has for the future of such work.

      Jobcentre Plus: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been made to Jobcentre Plus managers by whistleblowers in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of Jobcentre Plus staff have had their contracts terminated for each reason of termination in each of the last...

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what equality training is (a) compulsory and (b) made voluntarily available for Jobcentre Plus employees; and if she will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what cultural awareness training is (a) compulsory and (b) made voluntarily available for Jobcentre Plus employees; and if she will make a...

      Maximus Employment and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what remit her Department has assigned to Maximus Employment and Training UK in Eastleigh; and what payments have been made from the Exchequer...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average monthly payment to recipients under the Support for Mortgage Interest Scheme was in each of the last (a) three years and (b)...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of monies paid under the Support for Mortgage Interest Scheme was paid directly to (a) mortgage lenders and (b) households in...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many applications for assistance from the Support for Mortgage Interest Scheme were received in each of the last 12 quarters; (2)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the proportion of pensioners who were eligible for guarantee credit in (a) Chesterfield constituency, (b)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 747W, on pensions, if she will place in the Library a copy of each of the...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families were classed as living in poverty in each financial year since 1996-97.

      Social Security Benefits: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects to publish guidance on entitlement to national insurance credits for spouses of members of HM armed forces on the direct.gov...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

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

      Social Security Benefits: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 447W, on social security benefits: ex-servicemen, if she will take steps to...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people called the Benefit Fraud hotline in each of the last 12 months; how many such calls were followed up with an investigation; and...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many customers who have made successful claims for (a) jobseekers' allowance and (b) income support had previously made an unsuccessful...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has her Department made of the additional on flows to (a) jobseekers' allowance and (b) income support attributable to the...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate her Department has made of the projected caseloads for (a) jobseekers' allowance and (b) income support not reckoning the...

      Unemployment Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts her Department has with external companies to conduct work capability assessments; and when each such contract is due to expire.

      Unemployment Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals against the outcomes of assessments for employment support allowance in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland there have been since 27...

      Woolworths: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information her Department holds on the number of former Woolworth workers who (a) have received help through Jobcentre Plus, (b) are in...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the use of accident and emergency departments at (a) University College Hospital, (b) the Royal Free Hospital,...

    • Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change has been in the average level of NHS expenditure on an individual cancer patient in the last five years.

      Cancer: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Prime Minister's plans to provide specialist cancer nurses for all people in...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are in respect of (a) resource and (b) capital expenditure for (i) his Department and (ii) the NHS budget in 2010-11.

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's latest statistics on the percentage of courses of dental treatment for the same patient...

      Derriford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training procedures have been put in place for nursing staff at Derriford Hospital following the transfer of the upper gastro-intestinal cancer unit...

      Down's Syndrome: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to support people with Down's syndrome who have dementia.

      Hackney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency, the effects on that...

      Health Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely number of hospital beds provided by (a) NHS foundation and (b) primary care trusts in Gloucestershire in the...

      Health Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely number of (a) specialists, (b) doctors, (c) nursing staff and (d) auxiliary staff in each (i) NHS foundation...

      Health Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department plans to provide for (a) NHS foundation and (b) primary care trusts in Gloucestershire in the financial year (i) 2010-11...

      Health Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the effect on the delivery of healthcare services of changes to funding provided by his Department to (a) NHS foundation trusts and (b)...

      Health Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department was informed of proposals to cut £27 million from the budget of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 2010-11 by...

      Health Services: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to allow further time for NHS Worcestershire to consult on changes to the purchaser/provider split to enable local views to...

      Health: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative information on health inequalities in Islington his Department holds on (a) teenage pregnancy, (b) infant mortality, (c) life...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of any unintended consequences of plans to provide free personal care at home for those in greatest need; and what...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2010, Official Report, columns 385-6W, on home care services, for what reason the Personal Social Services EX1...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used to calculate the 6.54 figure for the average number of hours of personal care per week on page 16 of the Impact Assessment for...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from which budgets he expects his Department's contribution to the funding of free personal care at home to be made; and by how much in each such case.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has received recent reports that GPs in some areas are delaying referrals to hospital for treatment in order to meet waiting time...

      Independent Sector Treatment Centres Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on each stage of the independent sector treatment centres programme to date; and what percentage of contract activities...

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support will be given to people diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia if the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends...

      National Care Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the introduction of a national care service.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances social enterprises can tender for provision of NHS services; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines apply to the operation of the NHS as a preferred provider; and whether those guidelines make provision for mutual providers.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of a call to NHS Direct was in 2009.

      NHS: Capital Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for NHS capital expenditure beyond 2010-11.

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which body complaints about chairs of NHS hospital trusts should be directed.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change to his Department's funding for (a) NHS foundation trusts and (b) primary care trusts is between financial years 2010-11 and...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the points-based immigration system on the NHS's ability to recruit specialist consultants from outside the...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the post-operative nurse to patient ratio is for high risk operations at (a) The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and (b) Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

      Nurses: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of plans to provide specialist cancer nurses for all 1.6 million people in England who have or...

      Nurses: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of specialist cancer nurses required to provide support at home for all 1.6 million people in England who...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to introduce free prescriptions for all those with long-term medical conditions; and what his most recent estimate is of the cost to his...

      Royal Liverpool Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in his consideration of proposals for the rebuilding of the Royal Liverpool Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2009, Official Report, column 294W, on social services, if he will place in the Library a copy of the legal advice.

      Strokes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce (a) an audit of stroke care for children and (b) a national registration system for childhood stroke; and if he will make a statement.

      Strokes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent financial support his Department has provided for research into the causes, outcomes and treatment of childhood stroke.

      Strokes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department expects to implement in full the Royal College of Physicians' clinical guidance on childhood stroke; and if he will make a...

      Tetra: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent evidence he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on human health of Tetra masts; (2) what recent representations he...

      Tuberculosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what processes his Department has put in place to ensure that the supply of antituberculosis drugs in the UK is not interrupted.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure a redistribution of Adult Safeguarded Learning funds as part of the transfer of...

    • Debit Cards: Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to provide statutory protection to consumers in respect of debit card purchases in...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure effective use of the UK's expertise in fusion energy research.

      Erasmus

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the UK has contributed to the budget of the Erasmus programme in each year since 1997.

      Erasmus

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK students resident in the UK have participated in the Erasmus scheme since 1997.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, columns 605-10W, on higher education: admissions, what...

      Higher Education: Further Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which universities have withdrawn funding for higher education provided in further education colleges in (a) 2007-08,...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many part-time students are in their (a) first, (b) final and (c) other year of an undergraduate degree course.

      Motor Vehicles: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many vehicles have been purchased under the Vehicle Scrappage Scheme to date.

      Motor Vehicles: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely effects of the Vehicle Scrappage Scheme on the volume of carbon dioxide emissions.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has allocated funding for research to examine whether there is a causal relationship between...

      Retail Trade: Planning Permission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to respond to the Competition Commission's recommendation on the introduction of a local competition...

      Science: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the UK's gross domestic product was spent on research and development in science in 2008-09; and...

  • House of Lords

    • Benefits: Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of the income-based jobseeker's allowance of £64.30 per week for single adults aged 25 or over is included for utility bills.

    • Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of 16 to 18 year-olds in full time education are in receipt of educational maintenance allowances; and how this compares with the previous two years.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the latest year for which figures are available, how many people visited those national museums and galleries which charged for admission in 2001 and are now free.

      National Lottery: Big Lottery Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which projects in Merseyside received Big Lottery funding in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, and (c) 2009.

      National Lottery: Big Lottery Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many projects in Southport in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, and (c) 2009 received Big Lottery funding; of those, how many were (a) health projects, (b) education...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in senior civil service performance payments to officials in the Northern Ireland Office in each of the past five years; how the level of payment...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the budget for home to school Transport Pathfinder projects has been spent; and, if not, how much remains unspent.

      Travel: Fraudulent Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of fraudulent passports in circulation in the United Kingdom.

      Victoria and Albert Museum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the intentions of the Victoria and Albert Museum are for the long-term future of their antique musical instrument collection; and, if they do not plan to...

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