Written answers

Thursday, 4 March 2010

  • Wales

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has made an estimate of the number of (a) emails and (b) letters from members of the public to which his Department has responded since May 2007.

    • Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information technology projects initiated by his Department were cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months; and what the cost of each such...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his Department's policy is on the procurement of...

      Media and Communications Team: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff are employed in his Department's media and communications team; and how many were employed in 2009.

  • Prime Minister

    • Building Resilience

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the paper prepared for the Government in 2001 by Dr. Jamie MacIntosh and Mike Granatt CB, entitled, Building Resilience.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what...

    • Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his Department's policy is on the...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which public relations companies have had contracts with (a) his Department and (b) each of its (i) non-departmental public bodies and...

      Digital Broadcasting: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has had discussions with the government of the Republic of Ireland on plans for the digitisation of radio.

      National Lottery: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of athletes supported through lottery funding distributed by UK Sport attended fee-paying schools.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the extent of corruption in the Afghan government; and what steps his Department is...

    • Broadcasting: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which the outputs of (a) BBC Persian TV and (b) other international...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the policy of the Turkish Government on the migration of Turkish nationals from Anatolia to...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 53WS, on Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what equipment owned by his Department has been (a) stolen and (b) otherwise unaccounted for in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's civil servants work in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 23 February 2010, Official Report, columns 34-5WS, on departmental expenditure...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 23 February 2010, Official Report, columns 34-5WS, on departmental expenditure...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 23 February 2010, Official Report, columns 34-5WS, on departmental expenditure...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 54WS, on Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 54WS, on Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 54WS, on Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 54WS, on Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 54WS, on Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Departmental Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on its wine cellar in each of the last five years.

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultation took place with each of the Civil Service unions on proposals to replace management officers in overseas...

      Egypt: Christianity

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

      G20: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 16 September 2009, Official Report, column 2232W, on G20: public relations, what the cost to...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to fulfil its commitments under the Aids strategy, Achieving Universal Access, in (a)...

      India: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of India on the treatment of Christians in Orissa State.

      Niger: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with representatives of the African Union and the government of Niger on the safety of people...

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the (a) Parliamentary Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) Group and (b) Top Level Group of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance: Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Islwyn constituency who are ineligible for income support (a) are entitled to and (b) receive carer's allowance.

    • Departmental Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all contracted cleaners for her Department's buildings in London are paid at the level of the London living wage or a higher level.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on external recruitment consultants in 2009;

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what mechanisms she plans to ensure that prime contractors in respect of work choice programmes include third sector and small and...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many non-departmental public bodies her Department is responsible.

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on pot plants in 2009;

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many citizens' juries or summits have been hosted by her Department since October 2008; on what date each event took place; and which...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many awards of disability living allowance were made to people whose main disabling condition was cancer in the latest period for which...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forecasts of employment levels have been (a) made and (b) used by her Department since 2007.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what programmes her Department has to assist young people into employment in Rochdale and the North West; and if she will make a statement.

      Equality 2025

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2010, Official Report, column 863W, on the Review of Equality 2025, on what date (a) the report was...

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons her Department has not replied to the letter from the Government of the Isle of Man sent in 2009, requesting advice on the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of sanctions that have been imposed on existing claimants of incapacity benefit; and what the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefit were sanctioned in each of the last 10 years; and what the monetary value was of sanctions imposed in...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what forecast the Government made of the number of expected referrals to Flexible New Deal phase one providers in each region in each of...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional assistance her Department provided to pensioners during the recent recession.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the monetary value of unclaimed benefits of each type in (a) the Highlands, (b) Scotland and (c) England and...

      Social Security Benefits: Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of applicants for disability living allowance diagnosed with fibromyalgia have had their application approved.

      Social Security Benefits: Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information her Department has issued to staff of the Disability and Carers Service with regard to fibromyalgia.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) with reference to the answer of 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 817W, on state retirement pensions, how much her Department has...

      Vauxhall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Vauxhall constituency, the effects on the constituency of...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons all three point scoring descriptors have been removed from the work capability assessment; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the average number of flying hours for each (a) Apache and (b) Chinook machine in Afghanistan in each of the last three years.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department has paid for improvements and modernisation of residential dwellings in each year since Annington Homes acquired its former...

      Army: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many pieces of protective eye wear have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen from the armed forces in each of the last 12 months; (2) how...

      Army: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army rocket launchers have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last 12 months.

      Army: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many grenades have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen from the Army in each of the last 12 months.

      Army: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army night vision goggles have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last 12 months.

      Army: National Bullying Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contacts the Army has had with the National Bullying Helpline since 2004; and whether the Army has made any payments to (a) the National Bullying...

      Cadet Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) school-aged children in maintained schools and (b) other school-aged children were enrolled in community cadet forces in the latest year...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) rifles, (b) mortars, (c) machine guns and (d) artillery weapons were (i) in service with the Army and (ii) available for use by the Army...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) area and (b) estimated value is of (i) vacant and (ii) occupied office space (A) owned and (B) rented by his Department.

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his Department's policy is on the procurement of...

      Military Bases: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 465W, on military bases: security, in which military bases the incursions were recorded.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Advertising

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

    • Departmental Theft

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

      Derelict Land: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government it he will establish a Coalfields Regeneration Review to gauge progress and identify priorities for the future.

      Homes and Communities Agency and Tenant Services Authority: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the (a) Tenant Services Authority and (b) Homes and Communities Agency has obtained legal advice on its obligations...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to publish a draft revised Circular 8/95 on the operation of the Housing Revenue Account ring fence.

      Housing: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many first-time buyers purchased a home in West Chelmsford constituency in the last three years.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what strategic development areas (SDAs) there are in England; how many homes are expected to be constructed in each SDA; and...

      Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many properties were funded under the Temporary Social Housing programme in each of the last three years; (2) how...

      Supported Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, columns 770W, on housing: lone parents, how many individual places...

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials have been employed to deliver the HM Revenue and Customs' alcohol fraud strategy.

    • Banks: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of the reclassification of employees of nationalised banks on the (a) number of public sector employees and...

      Building Societies: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports he has received from the Financial Services Authority on its stress testing exercise on building societies; and whether that exercise has been...

      Child Benefit: Foreigners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving child benefit for a child or children living in another EEA member state at the end of December...

      Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) banks and (b) building societies have used the provisions of the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008 to transfer funds...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions Ministers in his Department have met with Mr Chris Wiscarson, Chief Executive of Equitable Life, since his appointment in September 2009;...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much the Government contributed to charities through the Gift Aid scheme in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 765W, on housing: valuation, how many dwellings are recorded (a) with a WK value...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of (a) 7 December 2009 and (b) 22 January 2010 from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean on the Government's proposals...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many port businesses in single port hereditaments were separately assessed for business rates in (a) 2000, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006, (e) 2007,...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made by the Ministerial Working Group on the Presbyterian Mutual Society.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of each Total Place pilot report submitted to his Department.

      Rates and Rating: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Traveller pitches are liable for (a) council tax and (b) business rates; and what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Chief Executive, HM Revenue and Customs, expects to reply to the letter of 1 February 2010 from the hon. Member for Walsall North; and for what...

      Revenue and Customs: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Customs Customer Service Survey overview reports were produced for (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009; and where such reports are published.

      Revenue and Customs: Television

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on sponsorship of the television programme The Business Inspector.

      Taxation: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will report on the findings from the technical consultation on the proposed legislation on Furnished Holiday Lettings which closed on 26 February.

      Taxation: Overseas Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow UK citizens to be taxed on their worldwide income; and if he will make a statement.

      Valuation Office Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 522W, on the Valuation Office: contracts, how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on...

      Valuation Office Agency: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of the Valuation Office Agency worked in (a) the North East and (b) North Lincolnshire in each year since 1997; and how many such staff...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census: Sikhs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will meet representatives of Sikhs to discuss proposals for the inclusion of a Sikh category in the ethnic data collection within the 2011...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much her Department spent on office refurbishments in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products (A) her Department and (B) the Prime Minister's Office uses; and what the...

      Exports

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the monetary value of goods and services exported from (a) Scotland and (b) the UK was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Honours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Prime Minister's speech at Britain's Everyday Heroes Book Launch of 24 July 2007, how much has been spent on the advertising...

      Hotels

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2010, Official Report, column 1145W, on Government departments: hotels, if she will place in the Library a copy of...

      Hotels

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 410W, on hotels, which sections of her...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people have claimed jobseeker's allowance in each quarter since April 2008.

      Social Workers: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of people employed in social care who are women.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many days staff of (a) her Department, (b) the Charity Commission and (c) the Central Office of Information spent on trade union activity in the...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were not in employment in each quarter since April 2008.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Prime Minister's speech at Britain's Everyday Heroes Book Launch of 24 July 2007, what steps have been taken to mark the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission for what reason the Carriage Gates exit to the Palace of Westminster was closed on 1 February 2010.

    • Regional Committees

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost has been of the operation of each (a) regional grand committee and (b) regional select...

  • Justice

    • Convictions: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex have been convicted of offences (i) of domestic burglary and (ii) related to drug...

    • Departmental Plants

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

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average (a) fine and (b) length of sentence for an offence of dangerous driving was in each of the last 10 years.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on legal aid for medical negligence cases in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners from (a) the UK, (b) Ireland and (c) other European Economic Area countries serving mandatory life sentences have been...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners from (a) Ireland and (b) other European Economic Area countries with mandatory life sentences are subject to probation supervision...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prosecutions have been brought following the discovery of pornographic or violent images on mobile phones seized from prisoners; (2)...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research into the means by which illicit mobile phones are brought into prisons.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are planned to assist new private prisons to reduce levels of prison overcrowding.

      Repossession Orders: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders for the repossession of homes in West Chelmsford constituency have been issued in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in his Department in each of the last five years;...

    • Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his Department's policy is on the procurement of...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which companies his Department used to provide temporary staff in 2008-09; how many temporary staff were employed in that year; and what the monetary...

      Scottish Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings (a) he, (b) his predecessors and (c) other Ministers in his Department had with Scottish Executive Ministers in each month since...

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many staff the National Audit Office has appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005.

    • Trade Unions

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many days staff of the Public Accounts Commission spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what means his Department will ensure any outcomes arising from the Axis 1 subsidies meet the required goals; and how...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of (a) particulate and (b) nitrous oxide emissions in each of the last five years.

      Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent estimate he has made of the average fishmeal content of organic pig and poultry feed; (2) what assessment...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what means his Department's health and welfare strategy indicators will be reported on (a) where the species of animal...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the collection of data for the 2008 UK Biodiversity Action Plan progress report was completed; and when he expects the...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to evaluate progress against the 2010 targets for priority species and habitats under the UK...

      Biofuels: Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to (a) control and (b) reduce emissions of (i) particulates and (ii) nitrous oxide from biomass boilers...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2010, Official Report, column 1135W, on Audit Commission: internet, if he will place in...

      Eels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the effect on small-scale hydroelectric schemes of the obligation to provide eel passes.

      Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department plans to amend the Environmental Permitting Regulations; and if he will make a statement.

      Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will have discussions with ministerial colleagues on the public procurement of (a) fish and (b) shellfish to increase...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken on the effects on aquatic reefs and plants from...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of non-target species accidentally caught as a result of industrial fishing...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken on the effect on the level of fish stocks of...

      Fuel Oil: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on encouraging the re-use of waste oils.

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy on mass-burn incineration of household waste is.

      Moorland: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect wildlife in areas of heather moorland.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many entries have been registered under the voluntary reporting scheme for nanomaterials since its inception.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government plan to bring forward proposals for a mandatory reporting scheme for nanomaterials used in consumer...

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government plan to publish its Nanotechnology Strategy.

      Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the European Court of Justice's ruling on goods from Jewish settlements in the...

      Renewable Energy: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the waste oil regeneration industry; and if he will...

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions the joint working group on energy from waste policy plans to hold on regulatory barriers to energy...

      River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of the dam on the River Severn at...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the draft statement setting out the principles of an ecologically coherent network of marine...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the investigations conducted by Animal Aid into practices at slaughterhouses; and if he...

      Trees: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate the Forestry Commission has made of the (a) initial and (b) maintenance cost of planting and maintenance of...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which Government Office regions (a) regional waste awareness initiatives and (b) waste prevention networks are in...

      Waste Disposal: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the final version of the End of Waste Protocol; and if he will make a statement.

      Water Charges: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's press release of 14 July 2009, on surface water draining charges, what system of surface...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effect on airline profits on the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of (a) UK and (b) EU carbon emissions from aviation in (i) 2004, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2009; and what...

      Capita Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on how many occasions Capita Group plc tendered for contracts let by his Department in each of the last five years; how many such tenders...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department spent on office refurbishments in each year since its inception.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department spent on external legal advice in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his Department's policy is on the...

      Directly Operated Railways and East Coast Main Line Company

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much has been paid by (a) and (b) East Coast Trains for the use of office space in his Department since July 2009; (2) for how...

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Minister of State, Transport what casual sites for motorcycle testing have been brought into use since April 2009; and what the cost was of making each such site suitable for...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many people (a) over and (b) under retirement age in each police force area have had their driving licence withdrawn in each of the...

      Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the total carbon dioxide emissions from shipping in the UK in the last 10 years; and what projection he has...

      Grimsby

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Great Grimsby constituency, the effects of his...

      Local Government: Statistics

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what performance (a) indicators and (b) datasets outside the National Indicator Set local authorities are regularly required to provide to...

      M40: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the implementation of his Department's policy on the North West Bicester eco-town on...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many accidents have taken place between motorway junctions where there is hard shoulder running in each of the last five years.

      Motorways: Road Traffic

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of hard shoulder running in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Motorways: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average delay in minutes has been between motorway junctions where there is hard shoulder running in each of the last five years.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what ministerial engagements the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport has planned on each day until 6 May.

      Petrol: Ethanol

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will require all petrol containing ethanol to be labelled prominently as such at the fuel pump.

      Railways: Bexley

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what progress has been made on reducing overcrowding on passenger rail services from stations in the London borough of Bexley to London...

      Railways: Poole

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much money his Department has spent on railway (a) track and (b) station improvements in Poole constituency in each year since 1997.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of trains which were (a) cancelled and (b) delayed by each train operating company in...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health in 2010 on the salt and grit supplies held by hospitals.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department holds on the quantity of salt held by each local authority; and for which local authorities his Department...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will instruct BRB (Residuary) Ltd. to ensure that no commercial development takes place under the platforms of Waterloo International...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether any commercial development is permitted to take place under the former Eurostar platforms at Waterloo; and whether Network Rail has...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the likely timetable for converting the former Waterloo International platforms for use for...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices for disorder were issued to persons aged 16 and over for an offence of being drunk and disorderly in England and...

    • Arrests: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people aged (a) under 10, (b) 10 to 12, (c) 13 to 15 and (d) 16 to 18 years old have been arrested for each offence in...

      Asylum: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of the establishment of an asylum seeker reception centre in Newcastle upon Tyne; and what...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which faith-based organisations his Department has made grants in each of the last five years; and what the (a) monetary value and (b)...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) average time to answer a call, (b) average waiting time for members of the public during a call, (c) percentage of calls...

      Deportation: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from each Commonwealth country have been deported in (a) each of the last three years and (b) 2010 to date.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national offenders who have been subject to the (a) early removal and (b) facilitated return scheme have been (i)...

      Electronic Government: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what work (a) his Department, (b) the Identity and Passport Service and (c) each of his Department's other agencies has carried out with...

      Entry Clearances: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2009, Official Report, columns 221-22W, on entry clearances, how many permits under Tier 2 general were...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals waited between their first application to the National Referral Mechanism and receiving their conclusive grounds...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) average and (b) maximum number of case owners is in respect of each potential human trafficking case that has been referred...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much time elapsed between the asylum interview and a conclusive grounds decision in respect of the case of each potential victim of human...

      Identity and Passport Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what planning applications the Identity and Passport Service has submitted in the last 18 months; and in respect of which addresses.

      Identity and Passport Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people worked for the Identity and Passport Service (a) in 2006 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available; and...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) Government departments, (b) non-governmental public bodies and (c) other organisations (i) have and (ii) are planned to have...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy not to introduce compulsory identity cards.

      Identity Cards: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the nature is of the relationship between the Identity and Passport Service and Project STORK.

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the name and address is of each business the UK Border Agency has fined for hiring illegal immigrants in the last 24 months.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Certificates of Sponsorship have been granted to employers under (a) Tier 2 general and (b) Tier 2 ICT to date; and how many such...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what datasets not included in the National Indicator Set local authorities are required to submit to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 17 December 2009, on asylum seekers (reference:...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to review the process by which senior police officers in the Metropolitan Police are appointed; and if he will...

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraudulent passport applications were made in 2009; and how many of those applications involved (a) identity theft and (b) false...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of police officer time spent on paperwork in each year since 1997; (2) what estimate he...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of police officer time spent on health and safety-related activities in each year since 1997.

      Prison Sentences: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners from (a) Ireland and (b) each other European Economic Area country serving mandatory life sentences have been deported...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Cadet Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils at (a) grammar, (b) comprehensive and (c) Academy schools were members of cadet forces in the last year for...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department and its predecessors have taken to reduce the cost of child care to parents and carers in London since 2005.

      Children's Centres: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children's centres are (a) open and (b) planned to be opened in the next 12 months at each location in each local...

      Class Sizes: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size in schools in Salford was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009.

      Pre-school Education: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for children aged (i) three and (ii) four years old in Leeds...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 312W, on National Safeguarding Delivery Unit: standards, how...

      Sports: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of (a) comprehensive and (b) maintained primary schools which held a school sports day...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2010, Official Report, columns 382-3W, on abortion, what the evidential basis is for the statement that additional...

    • Aortic Aneurysm: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS Abdominal Aortic Screening programme has cost to date; (2) how many phases of NHS Abdominal Aortic Screening programme there will...

      Aortic Aneurysm: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been screened as part of the NHS Abdominal Aortic Screening programme at each early implementation site.

      Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment has been made of the standard and quality of care and management at Basildon and Thurrock Hospital Trust by (a) Monitor, (b) the...

      Bone Marrow Disorders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the drug Peginterferon alfa-2a has been approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for use with patients with...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the levels of participation in bowel cancer screening programmes.

      Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what complementary or alternative treatments, medicines or therapies are offered through the National Health Service; and what evidence his Department has...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many staff in a (a) elderly mentally infirm and (b) standard care home are required to have a qualification in dementia awareness; (2) Health...

      Health Act 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made on its consultation on the provisions of the Health Act 2009 relating to tobacco; when he expects to (a) publish a...

      Health Services: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2010, Official Report, columns 747-48W, on health services: Worcestershire, what consultation he plans to undertake...

      Home Care Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2009, Official Report, column 296W, on social services: finance, from which of his Department's budgets the...

      Home Care Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2009, Official Report, column 296W, on social services: finance, whether the savings in (a) administration and (b)...

      Home Care Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of funding that local councils will have to contribute to implementation of the free social care at home scheme.

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's recommendations on the use of dasatinib and nilotinib for chronic...

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with chronic myeloid leukaemia have been prescribed (a) dasatinib and (b) nilotinib in the last 12 months.

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people referred by NHS commissioners for proton therapy treatment abroad in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the letter of 2 February 2010 from the hon. Member for Walsall North concerning a constituent.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many independent investigations into cases of patients receiving treatment for mental health reasons have been commissioned in (a) West Chelmsford...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many claims for clinical negligence as a result of NHS hospital mistreatment for which compensation has been awarded were made in each of the last...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts have been awarded through the NHS Supply Chain Framework for the Supply of Endoscopy Products (a) following a mini-competition and...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of NHS trusts that have chosen to (a) purchase endoscopy products through NHS Supply Chain's Framework for...

      NHS: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to NHS providers on communication with visually-impaired patients in accessible formats; what systems are in...

      Putney Hospital: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate the district valuer has made of the monetary value of the Putney Hospital site in each of the last 10 years.

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of Swine influenza vaccine are available to be dispensed to UK patients. [Official Report, 8 April 2010, Vol. 508, c. 16MC.]

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the annual requirement for biomass for burning in (a) power stations and (b) for renewable heat;...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 7.21, page 123, of the pre-Budget report, Cm 7747, when he plans to publish decarbonisation pathways to 2050.

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his Department's policy is on...

      Energy Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many homes had received assistance under the Community Energy Saving Programme on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Energy: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the (a) quantity, (b) duration of storage and (c) toxicity of the hazardous material to be...

      Energy: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent promoting the development and deployment of (a) low carbon and (b) energy efficiency technology in...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Warm Front assessors have been contracted to the Warm Front scheme; how many assessments each assessor carried out on average...

      Wood: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration is given to the average length of lorry journey in transporting wood from the processing plant to the international...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letter of 7 January 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Ms K Morrison.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Palaeography: Universities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of places available for the study of palaeography at universities.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies are in transition prior to being managed out;...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many brand managers his Department and its predecessors have employed in each of the last five years; and at what cost.

      Higher Education: Day Care

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the provision of child care places by universities for students with...

      Learning and Skills Council for England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the Learning and Skills Council to publish on its website the minutes of its National Council Meeting...

      Minimum Wage: Glasgow

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in Glasgow North East constituency aged (a) between 18 and 21 and (b) 22 years and over have been...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding had been (a) allocated to and (b) disbursed from the Science and Research Budget to the (i) Large...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether representations were made to the Government of Afghanistan about the number of women in their official delegation to the London conference on 28 January 2010.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what discussions have taken place with the Government of Afghanistan on the representation of women, and (b) how they will support the participation of women...

      Agriculture: Maps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 5 January (WA 2), what proportion of errors occurring during the update processes were due to map...

      Airports: Body Scanners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will put in place to ensure that the use of anti-terrorism body scanners does not compromise civil liberties.

      Animal Welfare: African Horse Sickness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a vaccine for African horse sickness; and on what timescale.

      Animal Welfare: African Horse Sickness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why compensation proposals in the current consultation on African horse sickness would cap compensation payable for a horse which was slaughtered, but which was...

      British Council: Air Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British Council representatives used air travel in the past year; and which countries they visited.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the views of the British Indian Ocean Territory's scientific adviser, Professor Charles Sheppard, with regard to the creation of a...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Council intends to join the 10:10 campaign to cut carbon emissions by 10 per cent in 2010.

      Crime: Proceeds of Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when guidance will be issued to magistrates' courts about the confiscation of the proceeds of crime, as discussed during the passage of the Policing and Crime Act...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has implemented all the recommendations from the Denman report which found extensive racial discrimination pervasive in...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any investigations are being conducted within, or into, the Crown Prosecution Service about allegations of race and sex discrimination, harassment,...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many grievances by staff in the Crown Prosecution Service have been lodged in the past year alleging race and sex discrimination, harassment, bullying and...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many disciplinary cases have been instituted by the Crown Prosecution Service in the past year against staff who have lodged grievances about their treatment...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Crown Prosecution Service's performance with regard to equality, diversity and its equality public duty; and whether they will...

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 February (WA 209), how the effectiveness of issuing fixed penalty notices for cycling offences is...

      Debt: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to increase the proportion of credit unions operating in rural areas; and, if so, what will be done to attain (a) 20 per cent and (b)...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 12 December 2007 (WA 58), how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority have considered Dr Thomas Okarma's...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase their support for human embryonic stem cell research in light of the recent scientific evidence that induced pluripotent stem cell...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the efficacy of the translation from research into the practical use in individual patients of induced pluripotent stem cells.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the future of stem cell research in the United Kingdom.

      Equine Infectious Anaemia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of equine infectious anaemia (swamp fever) to horses and other equine animals in the United Kingdom.

      Equine Infectious Anaemia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require all those importing equine animals from Romania, Italy and other high risk areas to produce a negative Coggins test alongside the...

      EU: UK Official Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom officials in European Union institutions have studied at the College of Europe; and what assessment they have made of how the withdrawal of...

      Expenditure: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by the National Policing Improvement...

      Expenditure: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by the Crown Prosecution Service in...

      Falkland Islands: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what benefits accrue to the United Kingdom Exchequer from oil extracted from the Falkland Islands or the waters surrounding them.

      Fishing: Tonnage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what tonnage of fish was landed in the United Kingdom by British-owned and British-registered vessels in each year since 1980; and what tonnage was discarded to...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 July 2009 (WA 279), what steps the Chief Dental Officer has taken to remove the claim in paragraph 5 of...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 16 December 2009 (WA 239), (a) what reliance they place on surveys of children's dental health, where...

      Food: Halal Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that halal products meet food safety requirements. To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to prevent...

      Government Departments: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for the Department of Health and its agencies in each of the past five years.

      Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 3 February (WA 51), whether the one-off payment of £500 million to provide pensions for Gurkhas...

      Health: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve among front-line staff in Government departments the understanding of autism.

      Health: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the likely impact on the number of doctors available to the National Health Service resulting from the European working time directive.

      Health: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action is being taken to ensure that hospital rotas for doctors are appropriately staffed.

      Health: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis has been undertaken of the impact of the extension of the European Working Time Directive to junior doctors on staffing gaps in hospital rotas.

      Health: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of hospital doctor rotas had staffing gaps in the most recent month for which data are available.

      Health: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis has been done to ensure that figures on junior doctor compliance with the European Working Time Directive are accurate.

      Health: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to reduce the number of training places for allied health professions; and, if so, by what percentage the number will be reduced, on what basis...

      Human Rights Trust Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will contribute to the Council of Europe's Human Rights Trust Fund; and whether they will participate in its projects.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries they are not deporting foreign nationals to; and how many foreign nationals from those countries are held in detention centres or prisons.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens have been refused entry to the United States in each of the past five years.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the occupation of the area of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

      Israel: Ariel College

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the recent upgrading of Ariel College to university status.

      Justice: Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 22 February (WA 233-4), whether they will publish any documents exchanged or notes of discussions...

      Justice: Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 22 February (WA 233-4), whether discussions have taken place at ministerial level with the United...

      Kosovo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a copy of the report by Professor Mark Macklin of Aberystwyth University on the presence of heavy metals in the hair samples taken from...

      Muslim Communities: Burials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions are in place to ensure that Muslim communities are able to bury their deceased at weekends. To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 10 February (WA 159), in what circumstances national insurance numbers that have been issued to foreign...

      NHS Redress Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in the implementation of the NHS Redress Act 2006.

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total paid to management and other business consultants in the bid by Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust to become a foundation trust; which firms were...

      NHS: Specialised Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether proposals in the East Midlands and south-east regions of the National Health Service to subsume Specialised Commissioning Groups (SCGs) within Commercial...

      Northern Ireland: Car Bombs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there was security at Newry courthouse on 22 February; whether any suspected terrorists breached the security precautions; and whether the security...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what communication the Northern Ireland Office had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission during January 2010; and whether they will place in the...

      Oyster Farming: Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for ensuring that an environmental impact assessment is obtained before a licence can be granted for the cultivation of pacific oysters on...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions they draw from the recent closure by the Palestinian Authority of the Jerusalem Centre for Photography in Jenin, the Zakat Hospital in Tulkarem,...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received evidence that teachers and other state employees have been dismissed by the Palestinian Authority because of suspicions provided by the...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received evidence of the use of excessive force when the Palestinian Authority recently closed many charitable and voluntary organisations in the...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be a co-ordinated European Union demarche to the government of Israel concerning the six British, five Irish, one French and one German...

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was allocated to each primary care trust in Greater Manchester for carers' breaks in the financial year 2008-09; and how much each primary care...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign national prisoners are currently serving sentences in United Kingdom prisons. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of...

      Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with regard to Schedule 4 to the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/3103), which local authorities are expected to have to register (a) more than...

      Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with regard to the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/3103), whether the regulations cover the constituents of slug pellets, for instance metaldehydes.

      Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with regard to Schedule 2 to the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/3103), how many private sources of water supply there are of (a) more than...

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 2 February (WA 30-1) stating that Rwanda's bid to join the Commonwealth had been discussed...

      UN: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Dublin Statement on the process of strengthening the United Nations treaty body system; and whether they will take steps to...

      Waterways: Brentford Lock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an application for a Transport and Works order must be made and approved before obstructions to public rights of navigation to the entrance to Brentford...

      Women: Peace and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how, as part of the current review of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, they will support women's involvement in peacebuilding efforts and...

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