Written answers

Friday, 26 February 2010

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost to Jobcentre Plus is of supporting clients on (a) Pathways to Work, (b) Workstep and (c) New Deal for Disabled People...

    • Incapacity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether people claiming employment and support allowance are counted for the purposes of meeting her Department's objective of reducing...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent consideration she has given to the provision of Jobcentre Plus services at locations other than Jobcentre Plus offices.

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of the introduction of an additional public holiday; and if she will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Boating: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he last reviewed safety arrangements for tall ships which are used for educational purposes for young people under 21; and if he will...

    • Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for how many non-departmental public bodies his Department is responsible.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which projects have been allocated funding from the (a) Highways Agency Network Operations budget and (b) Technology Innovation Fund for...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many staff in his Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last three years.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Liquid Explosives: EU Action

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects the EU's Liquid Explosives Working Group to agree a standard for scanning for liquid explosives.

      Official Cars: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether cars operated by the Government Car and Despatch Agency have been subject to recall in the last six months.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what the annual percentage change in the cost of a Senior Railcard has been in each year since 2000; (2) what the cost of a Senior...

      Rescue Services: Hope Cove

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will extend the coverage area of the Hope Cove lifeboat up to and including Ordnance Survey points (a) 695373 to the east and (b)...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make it his policy not to override local authority contracts for the supply of salt and grit.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the preparedness of local authorities for the recent severe weather conditions including the provision of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sea Change Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who (a) applied for and (b) received funding through his Department's Sea Change programme in each year since its inception.

    • St. George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to mark St George's Day.

      Theatre: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have registered for Arts Council England's A Night Less Ordinary scheme.

  • Prime Minister

    • National Security Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister what the membership is of the National Security Committee; how many times the Committee has met in the last 12 months; and what its remit is.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Religious Buildings: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent representations the Church Commissioners have received on the effects of the scheme which rebates value...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost in 2009-10 to his Department of the changes to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme announced on 10 February 2010.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on household staff for members of the armed forces with a rank of Brigadier or equivalent and above in each of the last...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department has provided to the A400M aircraft project under each budgetary heading; and for what purposes.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 24 November 2009 on his Department's bonus scheme.

      Met Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been paid in bonuses to staff employed at the Met Office in each of the last five years.

      RAF Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) arrests, (b) reports, (c) de-arrests and (d) charges have been made under the RAF Fylingdales Military Land Byelaws since 1990.

      United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to privatise the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development: Expenditure

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

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable has been set for the first full year's data to be collected from fire authorities under the new Incident...

      Fire Services: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2083-4W, on fire services: equipment, what the...

      Fires: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1654W, on...

      Local Enterprise Growth Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the effect on local economies of the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative.

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether submissions from developers to planning appeals may be (a) received and (b) taken account of after the closing date...

      Planning Permission: Innsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Planning Inspectorate on the timing of submissions made by developers in respect of...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the interim pilot reports published as part of the Total Place initiative.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to include the provision of reserves of salt and grit as part of the audit requirements of...

      Standards Board for England: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the names and addresses are of each organisation that supplied goods or services to the (a) Standards Board for England...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he plans to answer Question 314663, on households in temporary accommodation, tabled on 27 January 2010; (2) when he...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the name is of the (a) Governor and (b) Assistant Governor of each overseas territory.

    • Croatia: EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for West Bromwich East of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 565W, on Croatia:...

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the effects on levels of service of the withdrawal of management officers in the UK missions...

      Dubai: Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Dubai on Interpol's request concerning named suspects in a murder...

      Embassies: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to close any overseas posts during 2010-11.

      Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Falun Gong movement in the UK.

      War Crimes: Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to submit his response to the request from the UN Secretary-General under paragraph 1 of UN General Assembly...

  • Justice

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions statute law provisions relating to domestic arrest warrants have been amended in the last 30 years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were convicted of racist offences in (a) London, (b) each police force area and (c) England and Wales in each year since 1998;...

      Departmental Disabled Staff

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

      Drug Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) imprisoned for (i) all drugs offences and (ii) Class A drugs offences in each of the last...

      Drugs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of a drug trafficking offence (a) as a result of an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency and (b) in...

      Drugs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2009, Official Report, column 84W, on drugs: crime, how many people were convicted of offences of drug (a)...

      Drugs: Fine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, columns 490-3W, on drugs: fines, what the number of people fined for (a) possession and...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 493W, on drugs: rehabilitation, what proportion of offenders issued with a drug...

      Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) highest, (b) lowest and (c) average cost was to the public purse of a child contact case heard in the last five years.

      Firearms: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 498W, on firearms convictions, how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 10 and...

      Hackney

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

      Knives: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 548W, on knife sentencing, what the (a) lowest, (b) highest and (c) average fine...

      Legal Aid: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will instruct legal aid providers to withdraw support from an individual in circumstances in which that individual presents a continuing threat to...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 501W, on offenders, how many (a) adult and (b) juvenile offenders there were in...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with Sir Hayden Phillips on the online publication of the background papers to his consideration of the funding of political...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the minutes of the final meeting of Sir Hayden Phillips' review of the funding of political parties.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on the development of a National Intelligence Model to enable the National Offender Management Service to disrupt the supply...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each of the 10 (a) most and (b) least deprived local authority areas have (i) undertaken drug treatment programmes and (ii) been...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) capacity and (b) population was of each young offender institution in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 10 to 14-year-olds, (b) 14 to 17-year-olds and (c) 18 to 21-year-olds were sentenced to a period of custody in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 10 to 14 year-olds, (b) 14 to 17 year-olds and (c) 18 to 21 year-olds did not comply with a community order in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) 10 to 14 year-olds, (b) 14 to 17 year-olds and (c) 18 to 21 year-olds were charged with a criminal offence in (i) 1997 and (ii)...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to criminal justice services of dealing with young offenders in 2008-09.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the change in the number of 10 to 14-year-olds (a) convicted of and (b) receiving a custodial sentence for burglary was between 1996 and 2009.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sentences for each type of offence were handed down to young offenders aged between (a) 10 and 17 and (b) 18 and 20 years in 2008.

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the real terms change in spending on (a) the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales and (b) local youth offending teams was between 2000 and 2007.

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was of a Young Offender Place purchased by the Youth Justice Board in 2008-09.

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was of a secure training centre place purchased by the Youth Justice Board in 2008-09.

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was of a place in a secure children's home purchased by the Youth Justice Board in 2008-09.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to prevent the use of wild animals in circuses.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Minister of State plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 15 December 2009 on...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Pre-Budget Report 2009

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the transcript of oral evidence from the Public Administration Select Committee on Government Communications, 14 January 2010, HC...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Audio Recordings

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 26W, what progress the House of Commons...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines in England are situated within two kilometres of a dwelling house.

  • Treasury

    • Castle Point

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Castle Point constituency, the effects on that constituency of changes to...

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department, (b) HM Revenue and Customs, (c) the Valuation Office Agency and (d) his Department's other agencies spent on external...

      Equitable Life Ex-gratia Payment Scheme Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 212W, on Equitable Life, in which month he expects to receive Sir John Chadwick's final...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 27 November 2009 on beer duty.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 17 December 2009 on a high pay commission.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average Rateable Value on the 2010 Rating List is of hereditaments in each such-location area.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Putting the Frontline First: smarter government, CM 7753, over which financial years changes to the level of funding of (a) arms length...

      Valuation Office: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 393W, on the Valuation Office: local government, who...

  • Wales

    • Port Businesses in Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in port businesses in Wales in each year since 1997.

    • Sheep Meat Smokies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the legalisation of the practice of preparing sheep meat smokies in the last 12 months.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 28 October 2009, transferred...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with officials of North Central London Health Authorities on the provision of accident and emergency departments; and...

    • Arthritis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 220W, on arthritis: drugs, what discussions on RoActemra his Department has had with...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many places for the Bachelor of Science degree in audiology have been funded by each strategic health authority in each year since 2007; (2)...

      Derriford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on patient care of the transfer of the upper gastro-intestinal cancer unit from the Royal Devon and Exeter...

      Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the level of their funding for 2010-11; and if he will...

      Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been provided to the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in each of the last five years; what the planned funding is for...

      Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there were at the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in each of the last five years; how many beds it is estimated the Trust...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people of each age were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained as a result of an assault by bodily force on in each year since 1997;...

      Modernising Scientific Careers Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the first qualified paediatric audiologists are expected to graduate under the Modernising Scientific Careers programme.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) median and (b) mean salary of an NHS nurse was in each region in (i) nominal and (ii) real terms in each year since 1997.

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of his Department's annual budget is allocated to preventative and early intervention measures.

      Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what medical evidence there is of any negative side effects of Epilim (sodium valproate) on (a) embryos and (b) those under the age of 18 years;...

      Sodium Valproate: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for Epilim (sodium valproate) were issued to those under the age of 18 years in the NHS in England in 2009.

      Sodium Valproate: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research is being undertaken in the NHS on the use of Epilim (sodium valproate) for treatment in the NHS of diseases other than epilepsy.

      Spearhead Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the proportion of obese children, (b) the proportion of overweight children, (c) the percentage of people who smoke,...

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has reviewed the effectiveness of the swine flu pandemic campaign in changing influenza patients' behaviour in visiting their GP to seek treatment.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for being drunk and disorderly there have been in each year since 1998.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted for offences related to purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years in each year since 1998.

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have received (a) fatal, (b) serious and (c) slight injuries in the course of a crime involving a (i) gun and...

      Bigamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of bigamy have been recorded in each year since 1998; and how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation his Department undertook on the level of fees to be charged for the vetting procedure undertaken by the Independent...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what authorities may be provided with personal information held on the National Identity Register without the consent of the subject of that...

      Passports: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons entitlement to free passports for those over the age of 80 years was withdrawn; and if he will make a statement.

      Police: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent policing football matches in (a) each police force area and (b) England and Wales in each year since 2003.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged (a) under 10, (b) from 10 to 17, (c) from 18 to 20 and (d) 21 years and over were (i) arrested, (ii) charged and...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of prolific and priority offenders there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Theft: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of vehicles stolen during robberies and domestic burglaries in (a) London, (b) each police force area and...

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