Written answers

Monday, 1 March 2010

  • Wales

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 generated...

    • Disabled

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

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

    • Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many thefts from his Department have been recorded in the last two years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps the House of Commons Commission plans to take to enable the House to participate in the Earth Hour...

    • Members: E-mail

      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, column 1211W, and pursuant to the answer of 21...

      Members: Expenses

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what plans the House of Commons Commission has for the office space presently occupied by staff of the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Leader of the House how many designs for its website her Office has commissioned since 2005.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to end the illegal drugs trade in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Africa: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the political situation in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

      British Nationality: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions his Department has made representations to a foreign government on behalf of a UK citizen convicted of...

      Colombia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 416W, on Colombia: political prisoners, if he will make...

      Commonwealth: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) Canadians, (b) Australians, (c) New Zealanders and (d) Indians used UK consular facilities in absence of...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to participate in the Earth Hour event on 27 March 2010.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has spent on pot plants in 2009-10 to date.

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects on (a) security and (b) levels of fraud in respect of his...

      Government Hospitality: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 216W, on Government hospitality: wines, at which events...

      India: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the (a) dates and (b) location of each terrorist attack in India in the last three years took...

      India: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support the Government of India in combating terrorism in the subcontinent; and if he...

      Indonesia: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Indonesia on the treatment of Christians in Jakarta.

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the political situation in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, columns 836W, on the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Bill, what...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether sales of refined petroleum products sold to Iran by companies registered in the UK or...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 836W, on the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Bill, what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to reply to the letter of 6 November 2010 from the hon. Member for Woking concerning his constituent Mr. Brett.

      Overseas Residents: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance is provided by (a) British consulates and (b) his Department to assist the next of kin of persons who have...

      Pakistan: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has (a) received recent representations on (i) child labour and (ii) access to the justice system for (A) minority...

      Peacekeeping Operations: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UN peacekeeping missions (a) do and (b) do not have a mandate to monitor human rights.

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the proposed creation of a UN expert panel to investigate allegations of abuse of internally displaced...

      Sweden: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on anti-Semitic hate crimes in Malmö; what recent discussions he has had with the...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Constituency Organisation: Regulation

      To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission undertakes impact assessments of its regulatory...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what reports he has received of the alleged killing by NATO forces of 10 people including eight schoolchildren in the village in Ghazi Khan, Narang...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's budget has been spent on Afghanistan in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of those who completed a course at the Defence Academy in the last five years (a) are serving in the armed services and (b) are working as...

      Colombia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 742W, on Colombia: military aid, how many UK service personnel are assigned to...

      Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of gross domestic product is spent on defence.

      Departmental Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has a procedure for (a) recording and (b) investigating complaints from members of the public.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has standards of service for responding to correspondence from (a) members of the public and (b) hon. Members.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department plans to take to participate in the Earth Hour event on 27 March 2010.

      Departmental Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department received from the sale of housing stock in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidelines his Department uses on public consultation; and whether those guidelines are published on his Department's website.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Met Office Review Group continues to meet.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department last met the Shareholder Executive to discuss the future of the Met Office; and when he expects the next such meeting to take place.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will meet representatives from the private weather sector to discuss the future of the Met Office.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made a recent estimate of the contribution of the private weather sector to the economy.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what business models the Met Office Review Group is considering for the Met Office.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 209W, on the Ministry of Defence Guarding Service Agency, if he will ensure that the...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether, as part of the programme to develop a successor to the Trident nuclear weapons system, his Department is carrying out any studies into the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many performance reviews were undertaken in respect of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies managed out in the last...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the public purse of international travel undertaken by his Department has been since May 2007.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average time his Department took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named...

      Foxes: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers local authorities have to manage the number of foxes in urban areas.

      Foxes: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance his Department provides to local authorities to tackle problems caused by urban foxes.

      Foxes: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints regarding urban foxes his Department received in each year of the last five years.

      Foxes: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to prevent instances of rabies among urban foxes.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 11 January 2010, on litter and...

      Parrots: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 394W, on parrots: animal welfare, if he will bring...

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on what dates the joint working group on energy from waste policy has met; (2) what consideration the joint working...

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the three month period for consideration of comments made on the draft End of Waste protocol under Article 8(2) of the...

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department has collated on the risks posed by air-released Chinese lanterns for (a) grazing livestock...

      Veterinary Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 49W, on veterinary services: complaints, if he will (a)...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Sales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what progress has been made on the sale of (a) Glasgow and (b) Edinburgh airports by BAA; when each such sale is expected to be...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much the Government has spent on concessionary bus travel for pensioners (a) in England and (b) in the City of York in each year since...

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 90W, on departmental...

      Departmental Housing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the (a) potential annual rental and (b) total book value of (i) empty and (ii) occupied residential...

      Government Car and Despatch Agency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many driving offences of each type were committed by drivers of the Government Car and Despatch Agency while on duty in each of the last...

      Hackney

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

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have undertaken on the effectiveness of (i) halogen and (ii) bi-xenon headlights.

      Railway Network

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many new miles of railway track have been (a) brought into use and (b) laid at each location since 1997.

      Railways

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, columns 199-201W, on railways, if he will have discussions with the...

      Roads: Flooding

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has spent on repairs to flood-damaged roads and related infrastructure in each of the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the report on Binyam Mohamed which the Intelligence and Security Committee has made to him.

    • Bullying

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 1 September 2009, Official Report, column 1815W, on Civil Service: bullying, how many complaints of bullying in the workplace have been...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister how many designs for its website his Office has commissioned since 2005.

      Detainees

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the statement of 18 March 2009, Official Report, columns 55-56WS, on detainees, when he expects to publish guidance to intelligence officers and...

      Detainees

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the statement of 18 March 2009, Official Report, columns 55-56WS, on detainees, whether the Intelligence Services Commissioner has conducted his first...

      Electoral Systems: Referendums

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will consider the merits of including in any referendum held on electoral reform questions to include public support for (a) the Lisbon treaty and (b) Trident...

  • Health

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account will be taken of the mental health needs of adults with autism in the forthcoming Adult Autism Strategy.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the delivery plan for the Adult Autism Strategy.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has commissioned an autism prevalence study; and if he will make a statement.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2010, Official Report, columns 1042W, on autism, when he plans to publish the delivery plan for the adult autism...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people there are with bleeding disorders infected with (a) hepatitis C and (b) HIV as a result of being treated with contaminated blood products.

      Care UK: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been assessed and treated by the Greater Manchester clinical assessment and treatment centre operated by Care UK since its inception.

      Care UK: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse (a) per annum and (b) per patient of treatment of each type at the Clinical Assessment...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to participate in the Earth Hour event on 27 March 2010.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many arm's length bodies for which his Department is responsible there have been at the start of each financial year since 1997-98; how many staff...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the copyright on the Platt Review on the establishment of a social care journal is owned by his Department.

      General Practitioners: Pay

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

      Health Services: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals from (a) Guernsey and (b) Jersey have had emergency admission and received treatment from an NHS hospital since the cancellation of...

      Health Services: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what method costs have been recouped in respect of charges incurred in emergency hospital admission and treatment of visitors to (a) the UK and (b)...

      Health Services: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been recouped in charges from visitors from Guernsey and Jersey since the cancellation on 1 April 2009 of the reciprocal health agreements...

      Health Services: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on NHS healthcare in Feltham and Heston constituency in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed in Feltham and Heston constituency in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the average unit cost per patient of (a) orthopaedic, (b) ear, nose and throat and (c) gynaecology and urology (i)...

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with his counterpart in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Wales on the modalities of and method for (i)...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general acute hospitals, (b) multi-service hospitals, (c) short-term non-acute hospitals, (d) long-stay hospitals, (e) specialist...

      Modernising Scientific Careers Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will be responsible under the Modernising Scientific Careers programme for (a) funding and (b) delivering audiology training courses.

      NHS: United Health Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts the NHS has with the United Health Group and its subsidiaries.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexual health clinics in each primary care trust have obtained accreditation under his Department's You're Welcome scheme.

      Spectacles: Irlen Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to provide the spectacles required by (a) children and (b) those on low incomes who have Irlen syndrome at no cost to...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the outcomes were of his recent discussions with the government of Bangladesh, with particular reference to the £60 million...

    • Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to what projects and programmes he has allocated funding for the development of micropayment transaction systems in Bangladesh in the...

      Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding the (a) Grameen bank and (b) Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee has received for the purposes of developing a...

      Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has had recent discussions with (a) Muhammad Yunus and (b) Grameen bank on micropayment transactions in Bangladesh.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department's buildings in each year since 2005.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to participate in the Earth Hour event on 27 March 2010.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to attend UNICEF's high level meeting on water and sanitation in April 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on relief and deployments to Haiti since the earthquake on 12 January 2010.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has made an assessment of the merits of taking steps to assist developing countries to follow the procurement and...

      Sri Lanka: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on the suspension of Sri Lanka's GSP+ trade preference scheme status; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: Non-Governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-governmental organisations his Department is funding to conduct aid work in (a) Sudan and (b) Iraq; and how much each such...

  • Home Department

    • Al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) individuals and (b) asylum seekers resident in the UK are on the UN list of those belonging to or associated with al-Qaeda.

    • Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 1053W, on control orders, if he will set out the working practices which...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to secure the transfer to UK jurisdiction of an alleged criminal from each member state of the European Union was...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of each country of origin were (a) granted and (b) refused asylum in each quarter of (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009;...

      Biometrics: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which post office branches are equipped to allow customers to enrol their biometrics; and which post office branches are planned to be...

      Crime Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on preventing (a) re-offending and (b) antisocial behaviour in 2008-09; and how much it plans to spend for...

      Crime: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals given leave to remain in the UK since 1997 have been convicted of a serious crime.

      Crimes of Violence: Bookmakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with representatives of police forces on the incidence of attacks on bookmakers.

      Departmental Disabled Staff

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost had been of the Heavy Hitter Programme Delivery Director service deployed in his Department on the latest date for which...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many non-departmental public bodies his Department is responsible.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportations have not been completed in the last five years.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the cost to businesses of the removal from eligibility for the visa waiver scheme of those who have...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of entry clearance applications for settlement in the United Kingdom submitted to the British consulate in Tel Aviv were...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of applications for entry clearance to the United Kingdom submitted to the British consulate in Tel Aviv between June 2008...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of current Tier 4 sponsors in each category who will be accepted onto the new Highly Trusted Sponsor List.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Migration Advisory Committee's report on Tier 1 of the points-based immigration system.

      Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the number of radicalised Muslims resident in the UK.

      Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of radicalised Muslims resident in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letters sent to him on 10 November and 2 December 2009 by the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling on...

      Police: Avon and Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed by Avon and Somerset Constabulary of each (a) grade and (b) sex at the start of each year since 1997;...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) median and (b) mean salary of a police constable in each constabulary was in (i) nominal and (ii) real terms in each year...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were recruited in each month of the last two years.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persistent and prolific offenders have been identified in (a) total and (b) each police force area in each of the last five years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Irish people extradited to the UK from the US were subsequently convicted of an offence related to terrorism in the last 30 years.

      Terrorism: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people under the age of 21 years have (a) been stopped by the police whilst taking photographs and (b) subsequently had...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals' files were recorded as temporarily lost by the UK Border Agency as of 1 January 2010.

      UK Border Agency: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Monmouth of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 528W, on UK Border Agency: empty property,...

      Vetting: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions applications for employment in (a) the Home Office, (b) the Metropolitan Police, (c) MI5 and (d) MI6 have not...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will take steps to reduce the time taken to make cold weather payments to (a) recipients who use prepayment meters and (b) other...

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects to rename council tax benefit as council tax rebate.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment tribunals relating to her Department were held in each of the last five years; and what the cost to her Department was of...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs have been created under the Future Jobs Fund by social enterprises.

      Leasehold: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forms of financial support her Department offers to low income lease holders facing major works service charges; what criteria are used to...

      Maximus Employment and Training UK: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rate of employment has been among people undertaking programmes provided under contract to her Department by Maximus Employment and...

      Miners: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding her Department has provided in assistance for ex-miners in Hemsworth constituency in the last 12 months; and if she will make...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) primary contracted and (b) sub-contracted employment support providers have withdrawn providing...

      Occupational Pensions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the penalty regime for employers in the Pensions Act 2008 with the recommendations of the...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent steps her Department has taken to eradicate pensioner poverty; (2) what representations she has received on the...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners resident in Coventry South constituency to have been lifted out of poverty since...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to paragraph 5.55 of Budget 2009, whether the 2.5 per cent. uprating of the basic state pension applies to recipients who deferred...

      Unemployment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents claimed jobseeker's allowance in each year since 1996.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Aberdeenshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals have received winter fuel payments in Banff and Buchan constituency since 1 November 2009.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Angus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals in Angus constituency have received a winter fuel payment since 1 November 2009.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Dundee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals in the Dundee East constituency have received winter fuel payments since 1 November 2009.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals in each London borough have received winter fuel payments since 1 November 2009; and if she will...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Moray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals resident in Moray constituency have received winter fuel payments since 1 November 2009.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Online Gaming Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the online betting and gaming industry to the economy.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many receptions he has hosted for representatives of print and broadcast media since October 2008; how much each such...

      Gaming Machines: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has plans to alter the tax arrangements which apply to stakes without prizes gaming machines.

      Horserace Totalisator Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made in preparations for the sale of the Tote; and if he will make a statement.

      ITV: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had on ITV's proposals for regional news.

      Listed Events Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account will be taken of the BBC Strategic Review in assessing the results of the consultation on the David Davies Review of Listed...

      Listed Events Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2010, Official Report, column 665W, on sports: television, whether he has plans to commission...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the frequency to be used by commercial radio stations following digital switchover; and...

      Scottish Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has undertaken an assessment of the likely effects of reclassification of Scottish Television as an independent producer on...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the participation of young people in competitive sport.

  • Olympics

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Congleton of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 628W, on climate change:...

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department plans to take to participate in the Earth Hour event on 27 March 2010.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since its inception.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many employees in his Department are in transition prior to being managed out; how long on average the transition window between...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what public relations companies have had contracts with (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii)...

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost of international travel by Ministers and officials in his Department has been since May 2009.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much electricity has been supplied to (a) Stroud district and (b) Gloucestershire since 2003.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what obligation electricity suppliers have to customers in respect of price when supplying electricity under Tariff B.

      Energy Saving Trust: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wealden of 8 December 2009, Official Report, column 323W, on the Energy Saving Trust:...

      Government Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many tonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide were offset by each member of the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund, according to outturn...

      Government Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which Departments (a) are and (b) are not on target to stay within their allocated carbon budget for 2009-10; and what assessment he...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to assist low income homeowners resident in properties without cavity walls to make their houses...

      Microgeneration: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the inspection requirement for the purposes of accreditation by BRE under the microgeneration certification scheme...

      Microgeneration: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average cost to a microgeneration scheme installer of complying with the standards required by the...

      Stress

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

      Stroud Transition Train Group: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department has allocated to the Stroud Transition Train Group to date; over what period such funding has been...

      Uranium: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 620, on uranium: mining, which respondents' concerns over the...

      Warm Front Scheme

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

      Warm Front Scheme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on the Warm Front programme in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year since its inception; and what...

      Warm Front Scheme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications from residents of (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point for (i) heating, (ii) insulation and (iii) heating and...

      Warm Front Scheme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point have received assistance under the Home Energy Efficiency scheme since the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total output of UK's off-shore wind turbines, expressed as a proportion of their load factor, was in each week in January 2010.

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has agreed any instrument or facility whereby an investment bank has been authorised to trade in the securitisation of future public...

    • Banks: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many jobs in each (a) region and (b) county have been lost in total in Northern Rock and Bradford and Bingley since the Government acquired its...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have used the HM Revenue and Customs Business Payment Support Scheme in the last 12 months.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many young people there are with non-resident parents who are legal migrants to the UK and who claim child benefit.

      Departmental ICT

      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 font licensing...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has spent on pot plants in 2009-10.

      Government Departments: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken to implement a cross-government change of circumstances service and a cross-government identity management system.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the collection rate of income tax was in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in each year since 2007.

      Inheritance Tax: Castle Point

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue accrued to the Exchequer from inheritance tax on estates in Castle Point constituency in the last five years.

      Inheritance Tax: Na h-Eileanan an Iar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue accrued to the Exchequer from inheritance tax on estates in Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency in the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter of 18 December 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay on his constituent Mrs Dunne.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 11 January 2009, Official Report, column 709W, on mortgages, what assessment...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many applications have been made to the Homeowner Mortgage Protection Scheme in 2010; (2) how many homeowners are participating in the Homeowner...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

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

      Public Sector: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps the Office of Government Commerce is taking (a) to monitor compliance by public sector construction clients with the Common Minimum...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the objectives are of the (a) pensions simplification, (b) tax credits, (c) taxpayer understanding, (d) web convergence, (e) integrated customer...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) staff and (b) consultants were employed in each business unit of HM Revenue and Customs in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.

      Revenue and Customs: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what accuracy statistics are recorded by the HM Revenue and Customs Quality Monitoring Exercise each month; (2) what accuracy statistics his...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 1929W, on state retirement pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women who reached...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the revenue to be raised consequent upon the withdrawal of personal allowances on incomes between £100,000 and...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much betting tax was paid by (a) gambling operators and (b) the National Lottery in each of the last three years.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the effects on small and medium-sized enterprises of increasing the value added tax registration threshold to...

      VAT: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to prevent value added tax being reclaimed by retailers in relation to loss-leading on marketing promotions of alcohol products.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many homeowners are in receipt of assistance under the Homeowner Mortgage Protection Scheme in Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency.

  • Justice

    • Crime: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, columns 488-89W, on crime: convictions, what the equivalent figures are for each year...

    • Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in receipt of a custodial sentence for (a) sexual offences, (b) murder and (c) offences related to terrorism are absent without...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many designs for its website his Department and its predecessor have commissioned since 2005.

      Explosives: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been convicted for possessing explosives with intent to cause violence in England and Wales in each year since 1998; (2) how...

      Firearms and Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people attempting to enter the UK were convicted of offences related to the importation and possession of (a) firearms and (b) drugs in each...

      HM Courts Service: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court enforcement officers HM Courts Service employed in each quarter since January 2005.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of offences related to (a) drug trafficking, (b) people trafficking, (c) firearm trafficking and (d) wildlife crimes...

      Human Trafficking: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to ensure that first responder agencies in human trafficking cases have access to the assistance for victims as required...

      Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been required for jury service (a) nationally and (b) in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many...

      Lockerbie: Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will make representations to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the Scottish Executive for the publication in full of all medical records...

      Magistrates' Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was (a) imposed and (b) enforced in financial penalties by magistrates' courts in England and Wales in each quarter since January 2005.

      National Offender Management Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) spent on external consultancy fees and (b) his Department spent on external consultancy fees...

      Office for Legal Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the running costs of the Office of Legal Complaints have been in each month since its inception; and what estimate he has made of its likely running...

      Office for Legal Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Office for Legal Complaints has installed an IT system to be used to manage its complaints process.

      Office for Legal Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on the acquisition of the premises of the Office of Legal Complaints.

      Paedophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent guidance his Department has issued on the publication of images of convicted paedophiles; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of (a) prison capacity and (b) the prison population in each of the next 12 months; and on what assumptions such estimates...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were sentenced to a prison term in each year since 1997; and how many of those people received sentences of (a) less than three months,...

      Property: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many property transactions took place where the sale price was (a) more than £60,000, (b) more than £125,000, (c) more than...

      Rape: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average (a) determinate sentence and (b) tariff was for a life or indeterminate public protection sentence for rape in each of the last 10 years.

      Robbery: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2010, Official Report, column 788W, on robbery: convictions, how many people in each age group in each court area...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Youth Justice Board spent on prevention programmes in 2008-09.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) how many cases are involved in the Attorney-General's inquiry into matters arising from the case of Binyam Mohamed; and when she expects her inquiries to be...

    • Government Departments: Judicial Review

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many judicial reviews there were involving Government departments according to records held by the (a) Treasury Solicitor and (b) Administrative Court Office in...

      Newspaper Licensing Agency

      To ask the Solicitor-General what payments the Law Officers' Department made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each of the last 10 years.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what (a) correspondence and (b) reports and reviews on safeguarding in Doncaster have been received by (i) the Director...

    • Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether any official in (a) the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) his Department received a copy of...

      Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what meetings (a) he and his predecessors, (b) officials in his Department, (c) representatives of the Government office...

      Special Educational Needs: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of Ofsted inspectors of (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools have (i) professional...

      Teachers: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average staff to pupil ratio is in secondary schools in (a) Mid Sussex constituency and (b) England.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed transactions there were under Open Market Homebuy during its period of operation.

    • Affordable Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency has spent on acquiring unsold stock for affordable housing in each of the last 12...

      Affordable Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on bringing temporary social housing up to the Homes and Communities Agency's design and quality...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers parish council wardens have to issue penalty notices for disorder.

      Community Development: Expenditure

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

      Community Development: Expenditure

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

      Community Development: Expenditure

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

      Community Development: Expenditure

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

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of the funding announced for the Local Authority New Build scheme (a) at the Budget 2009 and (b) in the...

      Council Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of the housing stock owned by each London borough was empty in each of the last five years; for...

      Council Tax: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department plans to publish its statistical release on council tax levels set by local authorities in England 2010-11;...

      Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which billing authority has the lowest Band D council tax level.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether there is any limit to the number of years an alteration to a valuation banding can be backdated and the residents be...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 15 May 2006, Official Report, column 766W, on the...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department plans to take to participate in the Earth Hour event on 27 March 2010.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which provisions of the (a) Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002, (b) Homelessness Act 2002, (c) Local Government Act...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 285W, on departmental manpower, when each of the three...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) his Department and its agencies and (b) companies contracted by his Department and its agencies have spent on...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his Department's policy...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Weybridge of 29 January 2010, Official Report, columns 1136-37W, on departmental...

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has spent on pot plants in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10.

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which companies were contracted by his Department for the provision of temporary staff in each of the last three years; how many...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent under each budgetary heading on the seminar held at the City Inn, Westminster on An Introduction...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 26 January 2010, Official Report, columns 737W, on domestic...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 290W, on local government: cost effectiveness, what...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities had reported the implementation of alternate weekly collection of household waste as the source of an...

      Government Office for London: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 505W, on Government Office for London: location, what the...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the job title is of each head of functions at the Homes and Communities Agency.

      Homes and Communities Agency Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) training schemes and (b) courses the Homes and Communities Agency Academy provides.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to page 27 of the Homes and Communities Agency's Corporate Plan for 2009, from which programmes he expects...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to increase the environmental standards to which new houses are built.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme among local government procurement...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations the Energy Saving Trust has made to his Department on the (a) level of council tax on and (b) sale or...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much he expects to be spent on growth funding in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the charging of a district precept and a parish precept for provision of the same services to residents in...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 12 May 2009, Official Report, column 721W, on local government...

      Local Government Finance: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what grounds his Department rejected the exceptional circumstances case put to it by West Oxfordshire district council in...

      Local Government: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's press release of 2 February 2010, on apprenticeships, if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Local Government: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's press release of 2 February 2010, on apprenticeships, what criteria were used to determine...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent information he has received from (a) Bassetlaw district council and (b) other local authorities on repayments in...

      Local Government: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 381W, on local...

      Local Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets his Department has set for local authorities to make efficiency savings of each type in each of the next three years.

      Local Government: Job Evaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department provides to local authorities for the purposes of undertaking the...

      Local Government: Job Evaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department issues guidance to local authorities on responding to requests from local authority staff to (a) delay...

      Local Government: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 769W, on national insurance contributions: local government,...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are on local authorities to publish the salaries of (a) identified and (b) unidentified local...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority staff earned over (a) £50,000 a year and (b) £100,000 a year in the most recent period for...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on levels of pay inflation among senior local government officers since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he expects to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 18 January 2010, on the Code for...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department next plans to publish its statistical bulletin on (a) the Mortgage Rescue Scheme, (b) repossessions and...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications were made to the Homeowner Mortgage Protection Scheme by homeowners in 2009; and how many of them have met...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the maximum percentage increase in business rates in each individual year of the 2010 to 2015 rating cycle will be as a...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum percentage reduction in business rates in each year of the 2010-15 rating cycle is to be as a result of the...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for the publication of data on the take-up rate of small business rate relief; and how many local...

      Non-domestic Rates: Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether empty and incomplete dwellings illegally occupied by squatters are liable for empty property business rate (a)...

      Opencast Mining: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research his Department and its predecessors have conducted on the effects on public health of opencast mining since 1997.

      Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has granted requests from its employees for permission to stand as a candidate in local government...

      Public Houses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps his Department has taken to assist public houses to avoid closure; (2) what the responsibilities are of the...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will increase the thresholds at which Right to Buy discounts are capped.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to (a) the Homes and Communities Agency, (b) the Tenant Services Authority and (c)...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 255W, on supporting people programme, what representations...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer Question 314659 on intentionally homeless households with children, tabled on 27 January 2010.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Grants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 1675W, on adult learning grants, what the...

    • Apprentices: Leeds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of small and medium-sized businesses in Leeds North West constituency...

      Apprentices: Leeds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many modern apprenticeships have been started in Leeds North West constituency since 1997.

      Apprentices: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the average starting salary is for students who have completed an apprenticeship through the National...

      Broadband: South West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to facilitate the provision in the South West of the access to broadband internet...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent on the (a) Accessing International Markets, (b) Grant for Business and Investment, (c) Export...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many performance reviews were undertaken in respect of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its predecessors in...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on Ministerial hospitality in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08,...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many job vacancies in his Department and its agencies were filled through external recruitment in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many thefts from his Department have been recorded in the last two years.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females who have taken involuntary early retirement in...

      Flexible Working: Carers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have applied to their employer for flexible working arrangements to assist them with their caring...

      Fujitsu: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has received representations on the recent dispute between Fujitsu and Fujitsu employees on...

      Further and Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many places there were in (a) further and (b) higher education institutions in academic year 2008-09.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to simplify the arrangements for funding of colleges; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department paid to the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each of the last five years; how much it has...

      Hotels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants...

      Hotels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many separate bookings for stays at five star or above hotels were made through the Expotel contract by his...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what record (a) his Department and (b) its agencies keep of fees paid to insolvency practitioners.

      Leave: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of residents of (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point who qualify for paid...

      Maternity Leave: Feltham

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of women resident in Feltham and Heston constituency have taken 26 weeks maternity leave...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 23 November 2009 on the future...

      Minimum Wage: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point who have been paid at the rate...

      Music: Copyright

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Government response to the consultation on changes to exemptions from public performance rights...

      Qualifications: North East

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the working age population in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne Central constituency, (b) Newcastle upon...

      Skilled Workers: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department arising from the severe weather conditions in the period 4 to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 310W, on Census: training, what the provisional number of specialist field staff is...

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 796, on the 2011 census, if she will place in the Library the evidential basis for...

      Charities: Registration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what categories of charity are exempt from registration.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many job vacancies were advertised on the Civil Service Online service in the last 12 months; and how many such vacancies were advertised on the...

      Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons the Defence Police Federation has not been consulted on proposed changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps (a) her Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office has plans to take to participate in the Earth Hour event on 27 March 2010.

      Departmental Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 312W, on civil servants: leave, what the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Downing Street staff received a bonus payment in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent on the (a) buildings and (b) insurance of buildings and staff of the Leader of the House's Office in each of the last four years.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost to the public purse was of (a) printing, (b) distributing and (c) producing the text of document Putting the frontline first: smarter...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what security measures her Department plans to put in place in respect of its internal cloud computing system.

      Employment: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people are employed in the manufacturing sector in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire; (2) how many people are employed in the...

      Government Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many marketing and communications staff were employed in the Civil Service in each of the last 10 years.

      Government Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 317W, on Government departments: telephone services, if she will place in the...

      Lobbying: Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether her Department's review of the regulation of lobbying included an assessment of membership of the Association of Professional Political...

      Opposition

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance note on costing Opposition policies; and on what date that guidance was last updated.

      Population

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the population density was of (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in (i) 1960, (ii) 1970, (iii) 1980, (iv) 1990, (v)...

      Self-employed: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were recorded as self-employed in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on individual social mobility of previous criminal convictions; (2) if she will take steps to increase...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many pregnancies of girls aged between 15 and 19 years there were in England in each year since 1987.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, columns 167-68W, on unemployment, how many economically inactive people of working age...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency and (b) the UK were unemployed on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much her Department plans to spend on the (a) V, (b) Generations Together, (c) Volunteer Management, (d) Access to Volunteering, (e) Youth...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much her Department plans to spend on assistance for (a) youth and (b) other volunteering and community service in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are held in detention in Afghanistan without charge or prospects of trial (a) by NATO forces, (b) by the Government of Iraq, and (c) by United...

    • Afghanistan: Dams

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in installing the third turbine at the Kajakai Dam; what was the total financial and manpower cost of Operation Oqab Tsuka; and whether...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the cost to HM Treasury of introducing zero duty on beers of 2.8 per cent ABV and below.

      Armed Forces: Body Armour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking following the Osprey Assault body armour not passing safety testing, to ensure that members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces are provided...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many recommendations for gallantry medals for service in Afghanistan have been submitted in each year since 2001. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many...

      British Transport Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when is the next quinquennial review of the activities of the British Transport Police. To ask Her Majesty's Government who will set the remit for the quinquennial...

      Buying Solutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by HM Revenue and Customs and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f)...

      Cambodia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Cambodia about the conviction and sentencing of opposition leader Sam Rainsy and two others.

      Cambodia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose that the European Union makes representations to the Government of Cambodia about the convictions and prison sentences passed on the...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the name of council tax benefit has not yet been changed to council tax rebate; and why there must be consultation before this change can take place.

      Debt: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of face-to-face debt advisers operating in rural areas; and what is their target.

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Faith Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are (a) the names, and (b) the terms of contract, of each of the recently appointed faith advisers in Communities and Local Government.

      European Public Prosecutor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 9 February (WA 111), what stage any proposal for a European Public Prosecutor has reached; and whether...

      Further Education: Vocational Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of vocational teaching in the further education sector.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action it is taking with its European partners to persuade Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza.

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the proportion of gross domestic product in the United Kingdom represented by the creative industries.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they offer to European Union migrants who are unemployed but have not paid 12 months of national insurance contributions. To ask Her Majesty's...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the amount of employee national insurance contributions which were not due on benefits in kind which were subject to employers' national insurance...

      Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made to achieve agreement on including a fourth pillar to the non-proliferation treaty to cover nuclear security at the United Nations...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made in establishing the United Kingdom's nuclear centre of excellence.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what other countries support the Global Threat Reduction Programme; and what are its achievements so far.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many countries have now ratified the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material; and what changes are being implemented in the...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the Government of Pakistan about the use of child labour under 14 years of age.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Pakistan about the family of the housemaid Shazia Masih being able to obtain access to legal representation.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the alleged abuse of British passports in Dubai, they will suspend intelligence co-operation with Israel.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the percentage uplift to the basic state pension will be applied to the extra portion earned by those pensioners who used the state pension deferral scheme...

      Pensions: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pensioners, and what percentage of all pensions, they estimate have received pension tax relief at the higher rate of income tax, and subsequently in...

      Pensions: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the forecast revenue to the Exchequer of the restriction of pensions tax relief to 20 per cent in respect of taxpayers earning in excess of £150,000...

      Ports: Public Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which trust ports are (a) designated, and (b) not designated, as public authorities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what criteria are used to make...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Trinity House has spent on developing the e-LORAN navigation system; and whether, following the decision of the government of the United States to cancel...

      Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 22 February (HL1979), why Trinity House and the Commissioners for Irish Lights are not designated as public...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the revenue that will be raised from the introduction of the 50 per cent rate of income tax on incomes over £150,000 in (a) 2010-11,...

      Waterways: Canals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for encouraging more passenger and freight services on English canals.

      Waterways: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will follow the recommendation of the House of Commons Transport Committee to transfer responsibilities for the inland waterways to the Department for...

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