Written answers

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what work his Department is undertaking to test systems for screening liquids in airports.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department had spent on concessionary bus travel for pensioners in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Stroud constituency on the...

      Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much had been spent on the Galileo Project as at 1 March 2010; and what future funding is planned for the project.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency: Driving Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many driving offences of each type have been committed by those who drive Ministers whilst on duty for the Government Car and Despatch...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many staff his Department and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005.

      Pilots: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how he will ensure the Civil Aviation Authority fulfils its commitment to maintain the UK Instruments Meteorological Conditions Pilots...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 208W, on roads: snow and ice, how much the Highways Agency has spent on...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 208W, on roads: snow and ice, how much salt was used on the strategic...

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the aggregate cost to local authorities in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England of repairs to local roads as...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what consideration he has given to the development of the former Eurostar platforms at Waterloo station for purposes other than for domestic...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information was provided by Nottinghamshire county council to his Department on its mineral plans and aggregates levy...

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of minerals extracted from quarries in Nottinghamshire was from the parish of Misson in the latest period for...

      Departmental Disabled Staff

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many designs for its website his Department has commissioned since 2005.

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of (a) detection and (b) enforcement action in respect of...

      Fish: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether his Department has made an assessment of the effects on the economy of a ban on fishmeal in organic animal...

      Fisheries: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much in carbon dioxide emissions was given off by the fishing fleet in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007, (e)...

      Oils: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has undertaken a life cycle assessment of re-refining waste oils into lubricants by (a) burning waste...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to encourage chicken producers to meet the conditions of the RSPCA's Freedom Food scheme.

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the introduction of an additional public holiday; and if he will...

      Sheep: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made a recent assessment of the effects on (a) market transparency and (b) price comparison of variations in...

  • Northern Ireland

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on office refurbishments in each of the last 10 years.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what snow clearance equipment is available at Royal Air Force bases.

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long on average each patient stayed at DMRC Headley Court in each month since January 2003.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there will be Barnett consequentials for Scotland from the funding for the Armed Forces Home Ownership Scheme in England.

      Armed Forces: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on awarding medals to members of the armed forces who served in Aden during the period June 1960 to July 1964.

      Army: Lost Property

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

      Copthorne Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the operating costs for Copthorne Barracks were in each financial year since 2001; (2) what estimate he has made of the operating costs for...

      Copthorne Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the (a) medium-term and (b) long-term future of Copthorne Barracks; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) Ministers and (b) staff of each grade in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2010, Official Report, column 773W, on Future Large Aircraft, how much of the £848 million on the A400M...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost of the public purse has been of the Gurkha Settlement Office in Kathmandu since its inception; (2) how many applications for...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what long-range maritime cover will be in place following the withdrawal of the Nimrod Mk2s in April 2010 prior to the introduction of the Nimrod Mk4s in...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from representatives of (a) the Scottish Fishermen's Federation and (b) Oil and Gas UK on the removal from service...

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications for an extension to service beyond the age of 55 with the Home Service Battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment were (a) approved...

      World War II: Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will take steps to commemorate those who died on HMS Lancastria, on the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the ship on 17 June 1940.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Bletchley Park Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was allocated to the Bletchley Park Museum in each of the last 10 years.

    • Cricket: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will assess the effect on revenues of grass-roots cricket clubs of the inclusion of the Ashes in the list of group A and B...

      Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated to his Department's Rewired Culture event on 27 March 2010; and how much such funding had been spent...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of installing the Human Resources Information System (Oracle) in his Department has been to date. [Official Report, 30...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on external consultants in respect of the Human Resources Information System (Oracle) to date....

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on the relocation of staff from posts in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency in each of the last...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff of each grade are employed by his Department to assist special advisers.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on (a) written consultation, (b) consultation road shows and (c) focus groups in each of the last three...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) Ministers and (b) staff of each grade in (i) his Department and (ii) its agency spent on first class travel in the last...

      Foreign Companies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided to organisations or companies registered abroad in each of the last five years.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff his Department and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005.

      National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills: Thurrock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made on establishing cross-cutting procedures to enable progress to be made on the (a) funding for and...

      Public Houses: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public houses there were in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009.

      Public Libraries: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public libraries there were in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009.

      Swimming: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 658, what discussions...

      Swimming: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what representations he has received from (a) members of the public and (b) local authorities on charging for swimming floats by...

      Theatre: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was provided to each theatre participating in the Free Theatre Tickets scheme; and how many tickets each theatre agreed...

      Theatre: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many young people have used theatre tickets provided under the A Night Less Ordinary scheme since the scheme was introduced.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what incentives his Department provides to encourage local authorities to support local tourism initiatives.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has made an investigation into the reasons for the closure of tourist and visitor centres in 2008-09; and if he...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what proportion of staff of the Law Officers' Departments are disabled; and what the average salary in the Law Officers' Departments is of (a) full-time...

    • Trade Unions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many days staff of the Law Officers' Departments spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and what recent estimate she...

  • International Development

    • World Water Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to mark World Water Day.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Buildings

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what major refurbishments have been carried out on the House of Commons Estate in the last five years; and...

    • Nurseries

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what advice the House of Commons Commission has sought from the Finance and Services Committee on the cost of...

      Nurseries

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will place in the Library a copy of the full business case for the...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on marketing and advertising to encourage the responsible consumption of alcohol in each of the last five years.

    • Aortic Aneurysm: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the merits of bringing forward the timetable for full implementation of the NHS abdominal aortic screening programme, with particular...

      Autism: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to clinicians on the use of chlorpromazine hydrochloride for the treatment of patients diagnosed with...

      Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that the national autism strategy provides guidance on reasonable adjustments that public service providers can make to support adults...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent staff of each grade are employed by his Department to assist special advisers.

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      General Practitioners: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people registered with general practitioners in the London borough of Bexley in each year since 1997.

      General Practitioners: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the levels of charges made by some general practitioners to their patients for a letter in support of applications...

      Health Services: Guernsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of (a) emergency and (b) non-emergency treatment of people from Guernsey in each of the last five years.

      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, which of his Department's communication and...

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to NHS hospitals on daily hours of consultant cover in (a) maternity units, (b) paediatric assessment units and...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of infection per (a) 1,000 hospital bed days and (b) 1,000 patients admitted to hospital there were in 2005.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collects on numbers of (a) hospital-acquired infections and (b) patients entering hospitals with infections.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many newborn babies experienced methadone withdrawal in the latest period for which figures are available; and what treatments are used in the NHS for...

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) E112 authorisations and (b) Article 49 authorisations for each type of treatment there have been in each year since 1998; (2) how...

      Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence received by his Department from the Healthcare Commission on the Mid Staffordshire...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent midwives were working in the NHS organisation in each year since 1997; and how many were working in each NHS organisation in...

      Myelodysplastic Syndromes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient deaths have been caused by myelodysplastic syndromes in each year for which figures are available.

      Myelodysplastic Syndromes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individual funding requests for the drug azacitidine were received by primary care trusts in the last 12 months; and how many were (a) accepted...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account his Department takes of mortality rates at NHS trusts when deciding whether trusts' applications for foundation status can proceed to Monitor.

      NHS: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total cost of backlog maintenance in respect of (a) high, (b) significant, (c) moderate and (d) low risk in (i)...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2010, Official Report, column 753W, on the NHS, when he expects the PCT Procurement Guide to be published.

      NHS: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments NHS North West has made to (a) Communiqué and (b) Burston Marsteller; for what services; and on what dates.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children in (a) Hampshire Primary Care Trust, (b) Southampton Primary Care Trust and (c) nationally were recognised as clinically...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each age group in (a) Hampshire Primary Care Trust, (b) Southampton Primary Care Trust and (c) nationally have received gastric...

      Primary Care Trusts: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers a primary care trust has to influence the result of the sale of the remaining part of a contract with a private provider of out-of-hours care...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of sexually transmitted infections were diagnosed in (a) under 12 year-olds, (b) 13 to 15 year-olds, (c) 16 and 17 year-olds and...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females were diagnosed with (i) syphilis, (ii) gonorrhoea, (iii) Chlamydia (uncomplicated), (iv) herpes (first incidence),...

  • Women and Equality

    • Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much funding has been allocated to Baroness Stern's review of the treatment of survivors of rape by the police and other agencies in England and Wales.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Education: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers and teaching assistants from each local authority have participated in the Teachers' International...

    • Educational Institutions: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many colleges in the London borough of Tower Hamlets had an application for accreditation refused in the last 12 months;...

      Faith Schools: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide that the exceptions to the equality duty contemplated in clause 29 of...

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parenting orders were issued because of (a) poor behaviour in school and (b) truancy in (i) 1997, (ii) 2005 and (iii)...

      Personal Social and Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what training will be given to teachers of the personal, social, health and economic education curriculum to respond appropriately...

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps he has taken to improve fire safety in schools.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) applications were received for and (b) places were awarded on (i) graduate teacher programmes, (ii) Bachelor of...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and in what percentage of cases of parents charged with offences related to failing to ensure their child attended school...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2010, Official Report, columns 1091-92W, on pupils: absenteeism, if he will provide the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Planning: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanism are in place to enable the views of local residents to be taken into account in the consideration of major...

    • Local Government Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on variations in the ratio between the number of people represented and councillors...

      West Midlands Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the West Midlands fire service on emergency response times.

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of the working neighbourhoods fund which has been allocated to local authorities.

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to end regional spatial strategies.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Social HomeBuy sales have been completed in each (a) local authority area and (b) region in each year since 2005; and...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which constituencies the leaflet Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour, ISBN: 978-1-4098-2156-4, was delivered in the month of...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of a print-out of the section of his Department's staff handbook relating to disciplinary...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in his Department in each...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty (a) commercial and (b) residential properties there were in (i) St. Albans constituency, (ii) Hertfordshire and...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to correct incorrect data lodged on the Energy Performance Certificate Register between 18...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which division of his Department is responsible for the (a) development and (b) distribution of software for (i) calculating...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the software used to calculate standard assessment procedure ratings for...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on response times of fire and rescue services.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 959W, on the Homes and Communities Agency: finance, (1) what...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, columns 958-9W, on the Homes and Communities Agency, what the average...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to allow with immediate effect local authorities to spend all their right-to-buy receipts...

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homes were vacant for a period of more than six months in each local authority area in each of the last three...

      Lighthouse Project: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding (a) his Department, (b) the Government Office for the West Midlands and (c) each of his Department's...

      Local Government: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the number of apprentices each local authority employed in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Multiple Occupation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate his Department has made of (a) the proportion of affordable housing in London provided in houses in...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of new dwellings have been built in areas at risk of flooding in each (a) region and (b) local authority area...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which tenancy deposit schemes charge for services related to adjudicating on disputes relating to the deposit.

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the financial viability of each of the authorised tenancy deposit schemes; and whether his...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when each tenancy deposit scheme provider's contract expires.

      Valuation Office

      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...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many retailers in each local authority area in the South East were convicted for selling alcohol to minors in the last 12 months.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in the Chelmsford local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effect of alcohol use on the level of antisocial behaviour.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to increase the rate of removal of failed asylum seekers since May 2005.

      Asylum: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether drinkable water is available on each floor of the Angel Heights asylum seeker hostel in Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne; and what...

      Binyam Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he provided an authorisation under section 7 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 in relation to the interrogation of Binyam Mohamed.

      Communications Capabilities Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed (a) within the Communications Capabilities Directorate and (b) on projects associated with the Communications...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many removal notices for unsuccessful asylum seekers have been issued in each year since 1997.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects on society of the use of psychoactive substances by individuals.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) level of availability and (b) price of mephedrone on the internet; and what estimate he has made of...

      Electronic Government: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role the Identity Passport Service (IPS) is playing in the EU's STORK programme; and what recent discussions the IPS has had with its EU...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was to process an application for a spousal visa in each of the last six months.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) mean and (b) median time was to process an application for leave to remain in December 2009.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest-standing application for leave to remain is for which processing is yet to be completed by his Department.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of private colleges that have closed as a result of a failure to gain Government accreditation as...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of private colleges that have received and subsequently lost accreditation as a bona fide institution...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tier 4 applications are awaiting decision in (a) India, (b) Nepal and (c) Bangladesh.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of crimes involving a gun have been reported to (a) Essex and (b) Southend police in each year since 1997; and how many...

      Identity Cards: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 77W, on identity cards: databases, what the prescribed circumstances are...

      Identity Cards: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on (a) advertising, (b) marketing, (c) branding and (d) public relations in respect of (i) identity cards and...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff his Department and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the number of older, non-asylum cases considered by the UK Border Agency which have resulted in (a)...

      Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations he has received on potential changes to the freight data capture powers given to the police by the Immigration,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letters of 3 and 15 February 2010 from the hon. Member for Walsall North.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter of 20 January 2010 from the hon. Member for Walsall North to the UK Border Agency concerning a...

      Police: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department issues guidance to police forces on the provision of vehicular support to police officers investigating suspected...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been (a) arrested for, (b) prosecuted for, (c) convicted for and (d) acquitted of offences of sexual assault...

      UK Border Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints about asylum applications submitted since March 2007 were made to the UK Border Agency in each of the last five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has spent to date on each of its current radio advertising campaigns; and what the purpose is of each such campaign.

    • Departmental Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff her Department and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in her Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what...

      Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) schemes and (b) programmes her Department offers to its staff to enable them to undertake volunteering work; and if she will make a...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long on average her Department took to process a claim for employment and support allowance in (a) Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and...

      Evaluation of Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether she plans to take forward the recommendations made in her Department's research report no. 621, Evaluation of Access to Work:...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there are circumstances in which the award of industrial injury disablement benefit may result in a reduction in income for the...

      Redundancy: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) voluntary and (b) involuntary redundancy rates in the public sector were in each (i) region and (ii) industrial category in each...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance have left the benefit for employment...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the primary work limiting condition was for claimants of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance in the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 February 2010, Official Report, column 84WS, on exportability of disability benefits, what...

      Social Security Benefits: Dundee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Dundee East constituency are in receipt of attendance allowance; and how much on average they receive in attendance...

      Social Security Benefits: Na h-Eileanan an Iar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of attendance allowance in Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency in the latest period for which figures are...

      Social Security Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals aged under 25 years old commenced a claim for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) work-related employment and support allowance...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance aged under 25 years old there were in (i) each year...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the quarterly off-flows from employment and support allowance have been since its inception, broken down by reason for termination.

      Unemployment Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has paid to healthcare companies for conducting capability assessments in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland since 27...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether employees of ATOS Medical Ltd contracted to carry out work capability assessments are required to have diagnostic experience relating...

  • Justice

    • Fraud: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 925W, on crime convictions, how many of the convictions in Table 6 placed in the...

    • Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) convicted of and (b) received the maximum available prison sentence or fine for (i) entering the UK in breach of a...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason his Department's review into the Graduated Fees Scheme has not been conducted on the originally proposed timetable.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were eligible for legal aid as a result of their assets being frozen in each of the last five years.

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff were employed in (a) Prison Service area offices and (b) regional offender management offices on 1 January 2008; (2) how many...

      Prison Accommodation: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department takes in to account the state pension costs of retired staff when calculating the cost of a prison place in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many illicit mobile telephones with or without SIM cards detected in prisons in England and Wales were forwarded to the National Dog Technology...

      Youth Custody: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) governors, (b) officers and (c) other staff in the youth secure estate are of each ethnic group.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of his Department's discussions with the Colombian government on the situation of members of the Nukak...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information technology projects initiated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were cancelled prior to completion...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 214W, on departmental public expenditure, whether he...

      EU Countries: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of UK engineering construction workers working under contract in other EU member states...

      Israel: Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of Palestinian children being held by the Israeli authorities and facing trial in a...

      Kazakhstan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to monitor the progress of the government of Kazakhstan in implementing the commitments to...

      Kazakhstan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress of the government of Kazakhstan in implementing the commitments to reform it made...

      Kazakhstan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress of the government of Kazakhstan to date on the implementation of its pledge to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 19 January 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on the Parliamentary...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what meetings he has had with representatives of the biofuels industry on the production of biofuels from used cooking oils since...

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to announce the winner of the first carbon capture and storage demonstration scheme competition.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) laptops, (b) desktop computers, (c) computer discs, (d) printers and (e) memory sticks have been (i) lost by and (ii)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information technology projects initiated by his Department were cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months; and what the...

      Departmental Languages

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

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on news and public relations in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's latest estimate is of the cost of electricity in pence per kWh provided by (a) coal combustion plants, (b)...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2009, Official Report, columns 818-19W, on electricity generation: costs, if he will include in...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what methodology his Department uses to calculate the level of expected energy unserved.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance his Department provides to energy customers switching suppliers for them to avoid tariffs that become more expensive...

      Fossil Fuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) gross and (b) net quantity of (i) coal, (ii) oil and (iii) gas imported into the UK was in each of the last five years.

      Fossil Fuels: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) gross and (b) net quantity of (i) coal, (ii) oil and (iii) gas imported from Russia was in each of the last five years.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) England and (b) the UK who are in fuel poverty in 2010.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many houses have been insulated in Bolton under Government schemes in each of the last five years.

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made a recent estimate of the number and proportion of homes with (a) no, (b) less than 50 mm of, (c) between 50 and...

      Insulation: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many homes have had insulation improvements funded by his Department since 11 September 2008.

      Joint Research Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) his Department and (b) the Office for Civil Nuclear Security will provide (i) personnel and (ii) resources to the...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the (a) lowest and (b) highest daily volume of UK continental shelf natural gas production has been since 1 September...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the gas balancing alert trigger level was for each day between 1 and 19 January 2010.

      Natural Gas: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the percentage of UK electricity likely to be supplied from renewable sources in each year to 2015.

      Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the UK's gas demand was met from (a) imports via a pipeline, (b) imports via liquefied natural gas terminals and...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) capacity and (b) maximum withdrawal rate is of each UK gas storage site.

      Nuclear Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has undertaken into the economic viability of installing, maintaining and decommissioning new nuclear...

      Public Bodies: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials are employed by the (a) Coal Authority, (b) Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, (c) Nuclear Decommissioning...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of (a) heating and (b) domestic heating in the UK came from renewable sources in the latest period for which figures...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 7.39, page 127, of the pre-Budget report, Cm 7747, what the budget for the Warm Front scheme is in (a)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has undertaken research into the cost of (a) installing and (b) maintaining (i) off-shore and (ii) on-shore...

  • Treasury

    • Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 621W, on civil service: location, how many civil servants have been relocated from...

    • Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects on the construction industry of the Construction Industry Training Board Levy.

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to assist companies in relation to the administration of the Construction Industry Training Board Levy.

      Contingent Liabilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contingent liabilities of over £100,000 each Government department has; and on what date Parliament was informed of the contingent liability in...

      Departmental Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many advisory councils his Department has established since 1997.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on office refurbishments in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many television programmes have been sponsored by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies, (c) HM Revenue and Customs and (d) the Valuation Office...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of (a) male and (b) female workers were in the same job as 12 months earlier in each (i) region and (ii) country of the UK in each year...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Dorset and North Poole of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 212W, on Equitable Life, what...

      Government Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 927W, on Government departments: carbon emissions, what estimate he has made of the...

      International Advisory Business Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the International Advisory Business Council was founded; who the founding members were; what the current membership of the council is; on what...

      Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of (a) UK investment overseas and (b) foreign direct investment in the UK has been in each year since 2006; what proportion of investment...

      Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the tripartite authorities first discussed the risks associated with (a) self-certification loans and (b) non-deposit taking mortgage lending.

      Public Bodies: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a table showing for each public body the (a) address, (b) total floor area and (c) vacant space recorded on the...

      Public Bodies: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Government agencies and bodies created since 2004 have established their offices in London and the South East.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of the change in the public sector wage bill attributable to (a) pay awards and (b) grade drift in each year...

      Revenue and Customs: Hotels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruslip Northwood of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 621W, on hotels, for what reason (a) HM Revenue...

      Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what bonus payments were made to HM Revenue and Customs staff (a) at each grade and (b) in each department in each of the last five financial years.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruslip Northwood of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 622W, on Revenue and Customs, what the cost to...

      Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the membership is of the group in HM Revenue and Customs advising on the implementation of the recommendations of the Calman Commission report of...

      Taxation: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the (a) football debts and (b) other transfer fees of a football club in administration take priority over debts owned to HM Revenue and Customs;...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average fee cost was of a further education level 3 course for adults in the latest period for which figures...

    • Adult Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average course fee paid by employers taking on adult apprentices was in the latest period for which figures...

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review the equity of the allocation process for distribution of Adult Safeguarded Learning funds during the...

      Audit: Misconduct

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what reports his Department has received of instances of malpractice by chartered accountants in company financial...

      Banks

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2010, Official Report, column 1105W, on banks, what recent assessment he has made...

      Bearwood Corporate Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will investigate the status as a company of Bearwood Corporate Services since 2003.

      Building Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been allocated in capital funding for further education colleges in each (a) parliamentary constituency,...

      Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to how many (a) emails and (b) letters sent by post from members of the public his Department has responded since...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff of each grade are employed by his Department to assist special advisers.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from which companies his Department sourced temporary staff in each of the last three years; how many temporary staff...

      Engineering: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of UK engineering construction firms which have secured contracts for work in...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of students from (a) comprehensive and (b) independent schools attended Russell Group...

      Holiday Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to how many contracted days' paid holiday on average employees in each employment category in the (a) public and (b)...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people were paid at the rate of the national minimum wage in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside,...

      Mobile Phones: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effect on new entrants to the market of the proposed merger between T-Mobile...

      Motor Vehicles: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of trends in the volume of greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the manufacture of...

      National Enterprise Academy: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent on (a) the National Enterprise Academy and (b) enterprise academies in each year since their...

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an estimate of the effects of recent changes in the Tier 4 points based visa system on (a) the...

      Overseas Trade: Kazakhstan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the level of trade between the UK and Kazakhstan; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the suitability of Post Office...

      Post Offices: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many post office branches there were in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) the London Borough of...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department will provide to fund all existing private finance initiative and public-private...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the introduction of an additional public holiday; and if he...

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that the Skills Funding Agency publishes on its website minutes of its council and...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether it is his Department's policy to assist small shops adversely affected by competition from supermarkets; and...

      Trade Promotion: Indonesia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote UK trade and investment with Indonesia.

      Trade Promotion: Turkey

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote UK trade and investment with Turkey.

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the target market countries are of the UK Trade and Investments Defence and Security Organisation.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in each ethnic group were not in education, employment or training in each quarter of the last five years.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women were not in education, employment or training in each quarter of the last five years.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people were not in education, employment or training in each (a) local authority area and (b) region in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office to what extent the equality impact assessment conducted by the Office for National Statistics in respect of the 2011 census question development...

    • Census: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Office for National Statistics sets a minimum threshold for the number of respondents to a specified ethnic group category in deciding on...

      Census: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the equality impact assessment conducted by the Office for National Statistics in respect of the 2011 Census question considered the effect on...

      Central Office of Information: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the estimated monetary value is of the Central Office of Information framework agreement on classified and recruitment advertising.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mean salary of a Grade 7 civil servant was at the latest date for which information is available.

      Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 422W, on civil servants, if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in her Department in each of the last five years;...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which public relations companies have had contracts with (a) her Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in her Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure her...

      Dorneywood and Chevening

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which guests were entertained at (a) Dorneywood and (b) Chevening in each month since June 2007; and on what date each guest was present.

      Equality Bill

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the proposed new duty to tackle socio-economic inequalities in the Equality Bill is to apply to all local authorities and fire authorities.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when she expects to the reply to the letters of 10 December 2008, 15 July 2009 and 11 November 2009 from the hon. Member for Maldon and East Chelmsford...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for how many months each of the unoccupied ministerial residences in Admiralty House has been empty; and how much has been paid in (a) utility bills...

      Official Residences: Empty Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many months each vacant Ministerial residence has been empty; and how much has been paid in council tax on each such residence since it became...

      Population: Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what methodology the Office for National Statistics uses to calculate its mid-year population estimates.

      Self-employed: St. Albans

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people resident in St Albans constituency were recorded as self-employed in each year since 1997.

      Unemployment

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

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what average length of time young persons who have been unemployed for six months or more in each district of Manchester have been unemployed.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British Armed Forces medical staff have been deployed to Afghanistan in each year since 2001.

    • Armed Forces: Harmony Guidelines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce the number of cases within Her Majesty's Armed Forces which exceed the Harmony Guidelines for the length of time of service...

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel are currently undergoing Pashtun language training.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many trained Pashtun speakers were (a) serving in HM Armed Forces, and (b) serving in HM Armed Forces and deployed to Afghanistan, in each year since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many trained Pashtun speakers they expect to be (a) serving in HM Armed Forces, and (b) serving in HM Armed Forces and deployed to Afghanistan, in (1) 2010,...

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel are undergoing Dari Persian language training.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many trained Dari Persian speakers were serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces in each year since 2001; and, of those, how many were deployed in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many trained Dari Persian speakers (a) serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, and (b) serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces and deployed to Afghanistan, are...

      Armed Forces: Pilots

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Harrier jump jet pilots are serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces; and, of those, how many are trained to fly at night, trained to take off and land on an...

      Armed Forces: Voluntary Resignation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce the rate at which Royal Navy officers are voluntarily leaving military service.

      Boats: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions and penalties of boat licensing law are the same throughout the United Kingdom.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of a marine protected area covering the entire British Indian Ocean Territory Exclusive Economic Zone with...

      Buying Solutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst &...

      Buying Solutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e)...

      Buying Solutions

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

      Cuba: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any information that suggests that (a) torture, or (b) inhuman and degrading treatment, is practised in Cuban prisons.

      Diplomatic Service: Dress Code

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidelines there are on dress codes for British diplomats attending official functions abroad.

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were (a) the percentage unemployment rates, and (b) the total number of persons employed, in (1) May 1997, (2) May 2005, and (3) February 2010.

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with regard to page 10 of their response to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report on Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty...

      Energy: Fuel Suppliers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by United Kingdom fuel suppliers in achieving the five per cent by volume target for biofuel content by 2013-14.

      Energy: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to achieve the revised target of holding national crude oil and oil product stocks equivalent to 90 days' worth of net imports.

      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 Royal Armouries in the latest...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Governments of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan to introduce measures to give civil protection to British Asians when they are within their...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether e-training on forced marriages has commenced for frontline professionals, including in local authorities, to complement the revised practice guidance on...

      Government Departments: Illegal Immigrants

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

      Government Departments: Illegal Immigrants

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

      Government: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 12 January (WA 147), what was the total expenditure excluding value added tax on photocopier paper...

      Government: 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 Duchy of Lancaster in the...

      Government: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by the Home Office in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Health: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the cost of producing and distributing the Met Office and NHS pack "Health Outlook-COPD Forecast Alert Service"; what are the anticipated responses...

      Health: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 10 February (WA 151-2) regarding medical treatment for Republic of Ireland citizens, what is the "planned...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people entered the United Kingdom under tier 2 of the points-based system in each month since February 2009. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of recent evidence from the Immigration Advisory Service about the use of country of origin information in determining the status of...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much compensation has been paid to complainants for injuries suffered through the use of excessive force during attempts to remove them from the United Kingdom...

      Lead Poisoning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the European Union regarding the resettlement of Roma inhabitants of the lead-contaminated camps at Osterode and Cesmin Lug;...

      Libya: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Her Majesty's ambassador to Libya has been requested by the Scottish Government to monitor the health and location of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

      Mauritius

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the decision of the Government of Mauritius not to participate in the public consultation on the marine protected area, consideration is being...

      Media: Foreign Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate the activities of foreign media owners in Britain who do not pay United Kingdom taxes.

      Media: Foreign Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether measures are in place to respond to an increase in foreign ownership of United Kingdom media titles.

      Met Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what bonuses were or will be paid to Met Office officials for the years 2009 and 2010; how much each grade received; and on what bases and by whom they were awarded.

      Northern Ireland Office: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure any reductions to the Northern Ireland Office's budget do not disproportionately affect building projects.

      Northern Ireland Office: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by the Northern Ireland Office in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Police: Community Support Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether police forces promote employment as a Police Community Support Officer as the most desirable qualification for candidates seeking to become police officers.

      Police: Protests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints against the police resulted from the Gaza protests in London between 27 December 2008 and 29 January 2009; and how many of those complaints...

      Police: Protests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to implement the recommendations of reports published last year on policing of demonstrations.

      Police: Protests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what property was damaged as a result of the Gaza protests in London between 27 December 2008 and 29 January 2009; what injuries were sustained; and by whom. To...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign prisoners have been freed without being considered for deportation in each of the past five years.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign national prisoners who have completed their sentences are currently resident in United Kingdom prisons.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the context of their publication of The Future of Rail Franchising, whether they will revise their plans to let the East Coast Main Line franchise in 2011.

      Roads: Double Yellow Lines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with local authorities in rural areas options for removing double yellow lines in historic villages in favour of suitable parking signs...

      Schools: A-Levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students at state-funded secondary schools in 2009 were entered for A-Levels in (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) physics, (d) chemistry, and (e) biology.

      Schools: A-Levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students at state-funded secondary schools in 1999 were entered for A-Levels in (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) physics, (d) chemistry, and (e) biology.

      Second World War: Slovenian Massacre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens or their relatives have been discovered in the recently opened graves in Slovenia from the massacres of 1945.

      Second World War: Slovenian Massacre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Slovenes returned from the protection of the British Army in 1945 were subsequently killed.

      Second World War: Slovenian Massacre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set up a commission, along the lines of the Anglo-Polish historical committee, to examine the relationship between the United Kingdom and...

      Security Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider proposals for self-discipline and accountability by the United Kingdom security services in their activities at home and abroad.

      Shipping: Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the numbers and descriptions, including nationalities and ages, of hostages rescued by Royal Navy ships undertaking anti-piracy operations off Somalia...

      Taxation: Monaco

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Myners on 25 February (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 1083), why they are supporting a European Commission proposal for an...

      UK Border Agency: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the UK Border Agency spent on (a) external public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the past three years; and for what...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 February (WA 262-3), why it is not possible to determine how many of those admitted to the United...

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