Written answers

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

  • Leader of the House

    • Backbench Business Committee

      To ask the Leader of the House with reference to the Resolution of the House of 4 March 2010, Official Report, column 1099, what steps she is taking to establish a Backbench Business Committee...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment she has made of the level of demand for employment support from carers; and how many carers have been helped into work...

    • Child Support Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints about the Child Support Agency were made to the independent case examiner in each of the last five years.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of absent parents resident in (a) Scotland and (b) Dundee East constituency are currently being managed by the Child Support...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the capacity of prime contractors to (a) monitor and (b) review the quality of service provided by...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has spent on information technology in the last three financial years; how much was spent on (a) software development...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information technology projects initiated by her Department and its agencies have been cancelled prior to completion in the last 12...

      Directgov: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which external contractors have been given contracts worth over £1 million for work on directgov; and how much has been spent on each...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time was between a referral from Jobcentre Plus and the first appointment with a Pathways to Work provider for...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of employment and support allowance have been sanctioned in the latest period for which information is available; and what...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were in receipt of (a) contributory employment and support allowance, (b) income-related employment and support...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the relative levels of (a) personal service and (b) altruistic benefit offered by (i) third sector and small...

      Employment Schemes: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what specific targets Jobcentre Plus has to assist customers into part-time work; and if she will make a statement.

      Grimsby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Great Grimsby constituency, the effects of her...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in each of the last five...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have made a rapid reclaim for their jobseeker's allowance (a) nationally and (b) in each London borough in each of the...

      New Deal Schemes: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women resident in Hemsworth constituency have participated in the New Deal for (a) Lone Parents and (b) Partners since 1997; and if...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people transferred from claiming jobseeker's allowance to pension credit in each quarter since April 2008.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 749W, on state retirement pensions: females, how many women have been...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with more than (a) £100,000 and (b) £200,000 annual income received a winter fuel payment in the most recent...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of medical assessments for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) incapacity benefit claimants...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of all domestic properties on the Domestic EPC Register have Band (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D,...

    • Empty Property: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty property management orders have been (a) applied for and (b) issued by (i) Newcastle upon Tyne council, (ii)...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of houses auctioned following default on mortgage payments have been bought by individuals or companies...

      Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on implementing the proposals in the Government response to the Ninth Report of the Communities and...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the current definition is of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) for the purposes of (a) assessment of housing stock,...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications to change the use of (a) a property to a house in multiple occupation and (b) a house in...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to bring forward the secondary legislation on houses in multiple occupation referred to in the written ministerial...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 6 July 2009, Official Report, column 605W, on non-domestic rates, how much was paid in each...

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the (a) amount and (b) proportion of funding under section 106 of the Town and...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of additional affordable homes for rent required to be supplied in order to meet the...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) local authority and (b) registered social landlord homes were built in (i) Birmingham, (ii) the West Midlands and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Counter-terrorism: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) European, (b) NATO and (c) US counterparts on further measures to (i) tackle...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, columns 598W, on departmental public expenditure, what estimate...

      Illegal Immigrants

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

      Maldives: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of the level of religious freedom in the Maldives.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wellingborough of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 713W, when she plans to provide an update on the...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 103W, on departmental marketing, how much...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Gary Whattley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent progress has been made by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in its investigation into the death of Gary Whattley in Belfast on...

    • Independent International Commission on Decommissioning: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning has spent under each main category of expenditure in each year since its...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels: Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Government's proposals for maximum (a) particulate and (b) nitrogen...

    • Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contribution his Department has made to Fairtrade Fortnight.

      Illegal Immigrants

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

      Oils: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of waste oils which is regenerated into lubricant oil; (2) what...

      Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Stroud constituency, the effects on that...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 745W,...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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; how...

    • Departmental Languages

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 103W, on departmental marketing, how much his...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues and the Welsh Assembly Government on the economy in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many days staff of his Department spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and what recent estimate he has...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure the continuing availability of discretionary travel arrangements in rural areas for (a) elderly and (b)...

    • Cycling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the annual amount spent per head of population in (a) Aylesbury, (b) Brighton, (c) Darlington, (d) Derby,...

      Government Car and Despatch Agency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 188W, on the Government Car and Despatch Agency, from which departments...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions the Marine and Coastguard Agency has had with the Ministry of Defence on (a) the end of service of Nimrod MR2 and (b) a...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what (a) recent meetings he has had with and (b) representations he has received from representatives of (I) the Scottish Fishermen's...

      Railways: Crime

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many people have been convicted of offences related to (a) creating danger by causing anything to be in the road, or interfering with a...

      Roads: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost of laying one mile of (a) sound-absorbing and (b) conventional asphalt road surface.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on roads in England of the recent severe weather conditions; and what discussions his Department...

      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 many tonnes of salt have been bought...

      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, which companies are contracted to deliver...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to provide additional diesel trains for rail services in the North of England.

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the overall increase in capacity which will result from implementation of the Thameslink Programme.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information (a) Royal Bank of Scotland and (b) Halifax Bank of Scotland provided to his Department on 6 to 7 October 2008 on the extent of their...

    • Civil Servants: Relocation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the implementation of recommendations made by Sir Michael Lyons in his review of public...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Hotels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 1145W, on Government departments: hotels, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Public Sector Relocation Independent Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 772W, on the Public Sector Relocation Independent Review, what the (a) title and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Pensions and the Ageing Society of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 523, on benefits uprating, if...

      Stroud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Stroud constituency, the effects on that constituency of his...

      Tax Allowances: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the effect on tax exemptions for charities of EU state aid rules.

      Taxation: National Lottery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much lottery duty has been paid by the national lottery in each of the last three years.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 781W, on the Valuation Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment HM Revenue and Customs has made of the merits of making submission of value added tax returns online voluntary instead of compulsory from...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of interpreters working for his Department in Afghanistan (a) have been recruited from the local population and (b) are British...

    • Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been discharged from each of the armed forces for alcohol abuse since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were discharged from each of the armed forces on grounds of mental illness under each international classification of diseases code in...

      Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compulsory drug tests for each substance were failed in each of the armed services since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on British Armed Forces Worldwide Food Supply in each year since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Parachuting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department plans to award the Main Stores Parachuting contract.

      Armed Forces: Parachuting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has had recent discussions with his US counterpart on the development of a parachute delivery system.

      Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the capability of search and rescue C-130 Hercules aircraft to (a) locate casualties in darkness and poor weather...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles of each type in each armed service were (a) in service and (b) available for operations on the latest date for which figures...

      Departmental Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding is available for service personnel language training in (a) Pashto and (b) Dari in 2009-10.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his Department's current pension liabilities are; and what projections have been made for the next 10 years; (2) what the estimated pension...

      Ex-servicemen: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are in place to assist the (a) rehabilitation and (b) re-integration into society of soldiers who are dismissed from the Army due to...

      Ex-servicemen: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first veteran's identity cards will be issued.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of pilots of (a) Apache, (b) Chinook and (c) Merlin helicopters were in breach of their harmony guidelines on the latest date for...

      Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department has provided for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association in each of the last five years.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 413W, on Territorial Army, what phase 1 training is scheduled to be run at the...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 413W, on the Territorial Army, what the outcome was of the investigation into...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 103W, on departmental marketing, how much...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many receptions she has hosted for representatives of print and broadcast media since 3 October 2008; how much each reception cost in total; and how...

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many thefts from the Government Equalities Office have been recorded in the last two years.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Copper

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has provided to the Afghan Government to develop copper mining in Afghanistan in the last five years.

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Developing Countries: Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's plans are for future funding of programmes for provision of female condoms; and if he will take steps to...

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts from other G20 countries on the purchasing of the debt of developing countries...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria on proposals to expand...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on proposals to extend the responsibilities of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to include...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what guidance his Department has issued in respect of the sustainability of biomass and biofuels used for electricity generation;...

    • Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how the £480 million fund to help fight climate change by tackling deforestation between 2010 and 2012 announced at the Copenhagen...

      Nuclear Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has undertaken into the capacity factor of nuclear fission plants; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Cancer: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2010, Official Report, column 755W, on cancer: nurses, which programmes will have been implemented fully by...

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons people with myalgic encephalomyelitis may not donate blood.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Eddisbury of 25 February 2010, Official Report, column 744W, on departmental statistics, if he will place...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information technology projects initiated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months; and...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons no response has yet been sent to (a) the letter from the Department of Health and Social Security of the Isle of Man Government of 7...

      Hearing Impaired: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to maintain the present (a) level of funding for audiology training courses and (b) number of trained paediatric audiologists.

      Hepatitis: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of people in prison who have (a) HIV, (b) hepatitis B and (c) hepatitis C.

      Mental Health Services: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what mechanisms his Department monitors compliance by primary care trusts with the duty to make available independent mental health advocate services...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the likely effects of plans for future numbers of...

      Myelodysplastic Syndromes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes since 1997.

      Myelodysplastic Syndromes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatments are available on the NHS for patients diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes.

      National Treatment Agency: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the National Treatment Agency has spent on external public relations in each of the last three years; what payments have been made; and for what...

      Northampton Hospital: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were on the waiting list for treatment at Northampton general hospital in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Streptococcus: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken by his Department to increase levels of compliance with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' guidelines...

  • Home Department

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of each nationality were granted UK citizenship (a) between 1980 and 1987 and (b) between 1988 and 1997; and how many have...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 29W, on departmental data protection, what activities constituted...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) average and (b) highest non-consolidated performance-related payment was in cash terms for senior civil servants in his...

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what items valued at above £100 were reported as stolen from his Department's buildings or premises in the last 12 months.

      Emergency Calls: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of 999 calls responded to by the police in England and Wales were found to be hoaxes in the last year for which figures are...

      Entry Clearances: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been issued with the maximum sentence of a 10-year travel ban to the UK for attempting to use false documents in order...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 819W, on passports, what proportion of the estimated 49 million products...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people employed (a) on his Department's premises and (b) by an agency of his Department were found to have been working illegally...

      Illegal Immigrants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London have been prosecuted for offences related to the employment of...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) child asylum seekers and (b) children of asylum seekers of each age group from each country have been held in immigration...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many forms were required to be completed by police officers and police staff, on average, to process an individual arrest in the...

      Terrorism: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 702W, on terrorism: stop and search, if he will place in the Library a...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for how long (a) unique pupil numbers and (b) unique learner numbers are held after a child leaves secondary education.

    • Class Sizes: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the ratio of pupils to teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each London borough has been in each of the...

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching assistants have been employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Paper

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on wages for (a) special advisers and (b) communications or press officers in each year since 2003.

      Education: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been allocated by (a) his Department and (b) other departments to the Teachers' International Professional...

      Gifted Children: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in the Poole unitary authority area were given places on the Young, Gifted and Talented Programme in the latest...

      Grimsby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Great Grimsby constituency, the effects of his...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff his Department, its predecessors and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants...

      Languages: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether he plans to take steps to encourage schools to continue to provide teaching in Mandarin for pupils in years 10 and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to reply to Question (a) 312701, (b) 312702 and (c) 312703, on personal, social, health and economic education,...

      National Science and Engineering Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to mark National Science and Engineering Week.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department provides guidance to magistrates on levels of fines for parents of children absent from school.

      Pupils: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides to schools on dress codes.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme: Northampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Northampton were receiving free fruit in school in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many representations (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have received from (i) hon. Members and (ii) local...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken to increase the number of school places in St. Albans.

      Schools: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many complaints his Department has received on the use of biometric data in schools in the last three years.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to which projects the funding formerly allocated to the School Transport Pathfinder pilots has been assigned.

      Schools: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has given to local education authorities on visits to schools by (a) hon. Members, (b)...

      Talent Taskforce: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on the Talent Taskforce in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average pay was of a teacher in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many cases associated with parents not ensuring their child attended school were heard in court in (a) 2000, (b) 2004, (c)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Bogus Charity Collections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on reducing the number of bogus charity collections.

    • Civil Service Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent representations she has received on changes to the civil service compensation scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the timetable is for the completion of the Beyond 2011 review into the way the Census is conducted; and what (a) research and (b) representations...

      Census (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her timetable is for the (a) laying before Parliament and (b) coming into effect of the Census Regulations.

      Central Office of Information: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the Central Office of Information's internal guidance on advertising during election periods.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on employing design consultants for websites operated by her Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent staff of each grade are employed by her Department to assist special advisers.

      Futurebuilders England: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much Futurebuilders has spent on (a) management consultants and (b) management fees.

      Futurebuilders England: Grants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much and what proportion of total funding provided to Futurebuilders has been given to charities in the form of grants since the programme began.

      Government Communications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 602W, on Government communications, what...

      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, what the total number of...

      Local Endowment Funds

      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 funding the Government have provided to...

      Population: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) margin and (b) degree of error was in the population estimates in the 2001 Census for (A) Slough and (B) each inner London borough.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment she has made of the effects on social enterprises of the recent recession.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

    • Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will examine the matters raised by the Minister for Health and Social Security of the Isle of Man Government in Tynwald Court on 15 December 2009...

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what reasons his Department has not replied to the letter from the Isle of Man Government sent in 2009 requesting advice on the Isle of Man's wish to...

      Royal Household

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Garter Banner uniforms, decorations and other related artefacts of Kaiser Wilhelm II which relate to his honorary rank as United Kingdom...

      Royal Household

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the uniforms, decorations and other related artefacts of HM King George V which relate to his honorary rank as a German Field Marshall or as...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff his Department and its agencies are seconded to trade unions; what facilities are made available to them; how many days other staff of his...

      Young Offenders: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders of each age group were (a) convicted and (b) cautioned for (i) rape of a child under 13 and (ii) rape of a child under 16 in...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of businesses have employed (a) fewer than five people, (b) between five and 10 people,...

    • Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of businesses were registered for VAT in (a) rural areas, (b) urban areas and (c)...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times the panel established to monitor lending to small businesses has met since 1 November 2008.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been disbursed to businesses from the Capital for Enterprise Fund to date; and how much such...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for funding under the Capital for Enterprise Fund have been approved to date; and how many such...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for funding from the Capital for Enterprise Fund have been received to date; and how many of...

      Business: Salford

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) small business start-up schemes and (b) other assistance schemes are available to assist businesses in...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reason the filing times for accounts at Companies House for limited companies has been changed from 10 months...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any written instructions have been provided to the accounting officer for his Department and its predecessors...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much consultants employed by his Department and its agencies have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many designs for its website his Department and its predecessors have commissioned since 2005.

      Insolvency: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses employing fewer than 50 people were declared insolvent in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point...

      Maternity Leave: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of women resident in the City of Manchester have taken one or more periods of 26 weeks...

      Met Office

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on the future of the Met Office.

      Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what studies his Department has carried out on the specific absorption rate of mobile telephones; (2) for what...

      National Investment Corporation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department sought any external legal and financial advice in relation to negotiations with (a) retail and...

      Public Sector: Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) Government departments, (b) local authorities, (c) primary care trusts, (d) educational institutions...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses which have contracts with (a) Government departments,...

      Students: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students received non-repayable maintenance grants from Newcastle City Council in each year since 2004-05;...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine in its 2009 report that "there is more than a casual association...

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that all of the science contained in approval dossiers for genetically modified crops and food can be replicated and improved...

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect the recent upturn in financial markets to lead to increases in lending to companies by those banks in which they have a stake.

      Bookkeepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many bookkeepers have registered with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs or accountancy service providers under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (SI...

      Bookkeepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a de minimis exemption for bookkeepers from registering with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (SI...

      Bookkeepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether bookkeepers registered with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2157) are required to report under the...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to extend the British Indian Ocean Territory territorial sea from three nautical miles to 12 nautical miles, in accordance with Article 3 of...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have received or requested from the Government of the United States that they would not conduct military operations within the British Indian...

      Buying Solutions

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

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which countries and on which projects the resources transferred to (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and (b) the Ministry of Defence, in respect of the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patient-specific human pluripotent stem cells have been derived in the United Kingdom by means of (a) direct reprogramming with Yamanaka's factors to...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 14 December 2009 (WA 178) and the letter by the chief executive of the Medical Research Council on 19 February...

      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 Office of Surveillance...

      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 Standards for England in the...

      Expenditure: Office Equipment

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

      Expenditure: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Barbara Follett, on 9 December 2009 (Official...

      Falkland Islands: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what licensing and taxation system will be put in place for the exploration for and production of oil around the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of revenues from licensing and production of oil around the Falkland Islands will be (a) retained by the Government of the Falkland Islands, and...

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for Work and Pensions and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the past...

      Government Departments: Illegal Immigrants

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

      Government Departments: Staffing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the net saving or cost to public funds of redundancies of staff (as a percentage of the costs of employing them) (1) in the first year,...

      Government: Office Equipment

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

      Government: Office Equipment

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

      Health: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed issues faced by adults with autism who are trying to access (a) the jobs market, and (b) benefits; and, if so, what plans they have...

      Health: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have measures planned to increase the understanding of adult autism among employers (a) in the public sector, and (b) in the private sector; and, if...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the reasons why British citizens have been refused entry to other countries; and, if so, what conclusions they drew.

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