Written answers

Thursday, 18 March 2010

  • Prime Minister

    • Creative Industries

      To ask the Prime Minister who has been invited to attend the meeting on the creative industries with his special adviser on 19 March 2010.

    • Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he sought to inform the hon. Member for Reading East of his visit to Reading on Monday 1 March in advance of the visit.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Buildings

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

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was paid in reimbursable expenses to special advisers in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps the Department is taking to deter theft from within the Department.

  • Health

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs with a special interest in rheumatology there are in (a) eachprimary care trust area and (b) England.

    • Arthritis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Prime Minister's press conference of 25 January 2010, what steps (a) have been taken and (b) the Department of Health has been...

      Arthritis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2010, Official Report, column 807W, on arthritis: drugs, if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter to...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on methadone replacement programmes in South Sefton Primary Care Trust in each year since 2000; and how many individuals have...

      Health Services: Dance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the dance classes offered under his Department's Change for Life programme.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of patients who used accident and emergency services in London North West district in each of the last...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people for whom analogue hearing aids (a) are the preferred and (b) most appropriate type of aid; (2)...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what obligation (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts have in respect of NHS guidance on the provision of three cycles of...

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2010, Official Report, column 191W, on medical treatments abroad, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2010, Official Report, column 192W, on Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, if he will place in the Library a...

      NHS: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has provided to primary care trusts and other NHS purchasing departments on the recommended time period for payment to suppliers.

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of NHS organisations which have outsourced their finance departments to (a) SBS in India, (b) other...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the National Programme for IT's (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure was spent on (i) the central contracts with CSC and BT in...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will conduct a review of the arrangements for the funding and allocation of wardens in sheltered housing accommodation and the provision of...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission further to his answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 836W, on departmental energy, if the...

    • Parliament: Environment

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what targets the House of Commons Commission plans to set to improve Parliament's environmental performance.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Bearwood Corporate Services

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (1) if the Electoral Commission will place in the Library a copy of the report of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made in renegotiation of the contract with the Marine Resources Assessment Group for management of...

    • Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the development of Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account the Government plans to take of Israel's observance of OECD rules on (a) corruption, (b) intellectual property...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Charities: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information her Department holds on the number of (a) food banks and (b) food co-operatives providing free or affordable food for poor...

    • Cold Weather Payments: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each Chelmsford postcode district received cold weather payments in each of the last six months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in reimbursable expenses to special advisers in her Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sessions of media training were organised for Ministers in her Department in each of the last three years.

      Economic Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the economic activity rate was for (a) men and (b) women with (i) no long-term health problems, (ii) long-term health problems, (iii)...

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information her Department holds on the number of people with (a) language difficulties, (b) disabilities and (c) learning difficulties...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Future Jobs Fund job vacancies had been submitted to Jobcentre Plus on the latest date for which figures are available; (2) how...

      Future Jobs Fund: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding was allocated to Tyne and Wear City Region under the Future Jobs Fund on 29 July 2009; and how much of that funding had been...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the effect on the income of recipients of housing benefit who are moving into work of her Department's proposals...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration she has given to reducing the marginal deduction rates in respect of housing benefit claimants moving into work.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment she has made of the operation of local housing allowance; and if she will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans she has to send to Jobcentre Plus outreach advisers into selected areas of high unemployment; what areas will be selected; and what...

      Jobcentre Plus: Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints of racism have been made by customers against other Jobcentre Plus staff in each of the last five years, broken down by the...

      National Employment Savings Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanism is in place to ensure the value for money of administrative services in respect of the National Employment Savings Trust when...

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have (a) been mandated to participate and (b) participated in the New Deal for Young People in each year since 2005.

      Social Security Benefits: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects her Department to recommence the payment of re-instated exportable sickness benefits and back-dated payments due to UK...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of applications for (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance which will be...

      Social Security Benefits: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) other out-of-work benefits as a result of mental health conditions in each...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she plans to answer question (a) 304402, (b) 304401, (c) 304400, (d) 304393 and (e) 304403, on Jobcentre Plus, tabled on 1 December...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects to answer Question 311758 tabled on 14 January 2010 by the hon. Member for Hertsmere.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when she expects to answer questions (a) 316961 and (b) 316962, tabled on 8 February 2010 by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) military and (b) civilian staff based in Afghanistan receive training on the recognition and reporting of suspected corruption.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the merits of the replacement of certain uniformed personnel in Afghanistan by (a) contractors and (b) civilians;...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Armed Forces Home Ownership Scheme pilot was established; and for how long it is intended to run; (2) how much the Armed Forces Home...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to his Department was of creating, publishing and distributing the booklet, Transforming Military Accommodation; how many such...

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of providing military security in Northern Ireland was in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available (i) in...

      Armed Forces: Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the 20 highest of reimbursable expenses amounts were claimed by members of the armed forces with a rank of brigadier or equivalent and above in the...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide the annual figures for defence expenditure that supports his Department's statement that such expenditure has increased by 10 per...

      Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who in his Department (a) was consulted on and (b) agreed the Scotland Office Background Paper, Scotland and Defence.

      Princess Royal Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide copies of the report of Devon and Cornwall police on the handling by Surrey Police of the deaths of young recruits at Deepcut Army...

      Territorial Army: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding has been allocated to Sundorne Territorial Army base for 2010-11.

  • Transport

    • Public Transport: Rural Access

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent studies his Department has undertaken on access to public transport for people living in rural areas.

    • Public Transport Usage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage motorists to make greater use of public transport; and if he will make a statement.

      Roadworks

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has had recent discussions with utility companies on the effects of roadworks on traffic flow on highways.

      Kemble to Swindon Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on the re-doubling of the Kemble to Swindon line.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much the Government have spent on concessionary bus travel for pensioners in Leeds North West constituency in each year since the scheme...

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he plans to make a formal response to the report commissioned from the Transport Research Laboratory on the potential for cycle...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which constituencies each Minister in his Department visited in 2009; and on what date each such visit took place.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information technology projects initiated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were cancelled prior to completion in the last...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood of 9 February 2010, Official Report, columns 844-45W, on departmental...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department and its predecessors have spent in (a) legal fees and (b) compensation on legal cases concerning remuneration of...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 103W, on departmental marketing,...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much was paid in reimbursable expenses to special advisers in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the benchmark results of the Civil Service People Survey for his Department and its agencies.

      High Speed Two: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will direct High Speed Two Ltd. to respond to requests for information from members of the public as if it were a public authority...

      Northern Rail: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what timetable he has set for announcing his plans for the provision of extra carriages for Northern Rail, as referred to in the 2007 Rail...

      Parking

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discretion local authorities have to override the findings of independent parking adjudicators.

      Railways: Accidents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries to workers on the highway network; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent representations he has received from city councils on the effect on regional economies of a high-speed rail network.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has had discussions with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the likely effects of his preferred route for...

      Railways: Todmorden

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the cost of re-instating the Todmorden Curve.

  • Women and Equality

    • Rape Cases Stern Review

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she plans to take in response to the Stern Review on the handling of rape cases.

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent representations she has received on the recommendations in the Fifteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts, on the Equality and...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet the Government Equalities Office has commissioned since 2005; and what the cost was of...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to paragraph 20 on page 15 of the Public Accounts Committee report on the Equality and Human Rights Commission, HC 124, what conclusions...

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects on that constituency...

      Lord Sugar of Clapton

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with Lord Sugar of Clapton on the subject of women in the workplace since his appointment.

      Politics: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent assessment she has made of the barriers to women's participation in politics.

  • International Development

    • Chile: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has given to survivors of the recent earthquake in Chile.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many people his Department employs to maintain its social media and networking sites; and at what cost; (2) how much his...

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many press releases his Department has issued in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days absence through sickness staff in his Department have had in each month since 1997.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the benchmark results of the Civil Service People Survey for his Department.

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to deter theft from within the Department.

      Developing Countries: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent initiatives his Department has funded to improve adult literacy in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent initiatives his Department has funded to improve child literacy in developing countries.

      Earthquakes: Oxfam

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Oxfam on the earthquakes in (a) Chile and (b) Haiti.

      Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent promoting Fair Trade fortnight.

      Haiti: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has given to survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

      International Red Cross

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has had recent discussions with the Red Cross on its projects which are in receipt of funding from his Department.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people have sent an e-card under his Department's Be part of the LIFT initiative.

      Snow and Ice: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many members of his Department have taken authorised leave consequent on severe weather in 2010.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage new entrants into agricultural careers.

    • Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what education and training resources his Department has made available to local authorities to assist in the implementation...

      Batteries: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to increase the proportion of batteries which are recycled.

      Biomass: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on the environment of emissions of (a) black carbon, (b) particulates, (e)...

      Birds: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of avian diseases.

      Cattle: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of diseases in cattle.

      Cattle: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for which diseases contracted by cattle there is a requirement that the animals be culled.

      Cetaceans: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking against fishing vessels that do not comply with the provisions of the Incidental...

      Cetaceans: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research his Department is undertaking on risks posed by fisheries to porpoises and dolphins in UK waters; (2)...

      Dairy Products: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's consumption of (a) liquid milk and dairy products and (b) beef and beef products was met by...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet his Department has commissioned since 2005; and what the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2010, Official Report, column 163W, on the departmental intranet, what the cost was of the...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of pit bull terrier type dogs in (a) London and (b) England.

      Environment Protection: Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department sought the views of the Home Office in respect of the new powers of entry provision contained in the...

      Horses: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of equine diseases.

      Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect on the UK's (a) food security and (b) environment of (i) decoupling...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who from his Department will be representing the Government at the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made a recent estimate of the number of globally threatened species present in (a) the UK and (b) the UK...

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to tackle noise nuisance.

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on its Pet Passport scheme in each of the last five years.

      Reptiles: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has evidence that the 2007 ban on importation of wild birds into the EU has had an effect on the...

      Reptiles: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reptiles have been imported into the UK in total from (a) within and (b) outside the European Union in each year...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the guidelines for the selection of marine protection areas to be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Sheep: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress in the implementation in the UK of measures for the electronic tagging of sheep.

      Total Allowable Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the meeting of the EU Fisheries Council, December 2009, when he expects to convene a meeting to consider...

  • Justice

    • Arrest Warrants: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which (a) individuals and (b) organisations have been sent copies of his Department's Better Trials Unit's consultation note, Arrest warrants -...

    • Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to deter theft from within the Department.

      Juries: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether support is available to enable people with learning disabilities to serve on juries.

      Juries: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on summoning people with learning disabilities to jury service.

      Prison Service: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the £37.5 million potential savings in procurement activity identified by the National Audit Office in its report on The procurement of...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) category A prisoners and (b) prisoners categorised as at risk of attempting to escape held at HM Prison Brixton were moved prior to a...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of security procedures at prisons in preventing mobile telephones being smuggled in...

      Royal Household

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column 383W, on the Royal Household, if he will request the Royal Collection to publish an...

      Royal Household

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column 383W, on the Royal Household, if he will request the Royal Collection to (a) host an...

  • Solicitor-General

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether any information obtained by the Serious Fraud Office during its investigations into BAE Systems has been passed to the relevant authorities in other...

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in the Law Officers' Departments in each of the last five years;...

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps each Law Officers' Department is taking to deter theft from within it.

  • Home Department

    • Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State's contribution to the Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee on 9 March 2010 and...

    • Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of offences related to (a) credit card and (b) mortgage fraud affecting residents in Leeds North West constituency were...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children of each age group from each country have been held in immigration (a) detention and (b) removal centres at each location...

      Motor Vehicles: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars were seized in the Merseyside Police Authority area for (a) crushing and (b) disposal by other means in each of the last five...

      Police: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of police officer time spent on equality and diversity training in each year since 1997.

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Emissions: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on proposals for an EU-wide minimum tax on carbon.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of companies owing unpaid corporation tax of (a) less than £10,000, (b) between £10,001 and...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many complaints have been made to the Financial Services Ombudsman by residents of (a) Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency,...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent in (a) legal fees and (b) compensation on legal cases concerning remuneration of its employees in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of the...

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to deter theft from within the Department.

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the contribution by the Exchequer Secretary of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 319WH, on the EU-Israel trade agreement, what...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to paragraph 6.43 of HM Revenue and Customs 2008-09 Accounts, for what reasons items are placed in the suspense files; what the definition is...

      Places of Worship: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Church Commissioners on the extension of the Grant Funding for the Listed Places of Worship Scheme continuing beyond...

      Smuggling: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated monetary value of smuggled alcohol which was seized was in each year since 1997.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking to ensure the accuracy of tax code notices to be issued in 2010-11; (2) what steps HM Revenue and Customs...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on branded (a) stationery and (b) other products in the last year for which figures are available; and...

    • Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of the benchmark results of the Civil Service People Survey for his Department and its agencies.

      Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on (a) new flags and (b) flag maintenance in each of the last five years.

      Flags: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items of correspondence on the subject of flags his Department has received from members of the public in the last 12 months.

      Olympic Games 2012: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department plans to spend on flags for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      St. George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether members of his Department plan to attend events to commemorate St. George's Day 2010 in an official capacity.

      St. George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much his Department plans to spend on activities to commemorate St. George's Day in 2010; (2) what steps his Department plans...

      World Heritage Sites: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many World Heritage Sites in the UK have received grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund since the inception of the National Lottery;...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the national policy statements on energy to come into effect.

    • Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the volume of imported gas which will be re-exported to Europe from the UK (a) in 2010 and (b) in each...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business: Closures

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the number of small businesses which have closed in (a) Essex, (b) Southend West constituency and (c) England and...

    • Cabinet: Exeter

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the cost was of security arrangements for the meeting of the Cabinet in Exeter on 5 February 2010; and from what budgets that cost was met;...

      Civil Servants: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent civil servants have been employed in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997.

      Electorate: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many British nationals resident in each country outside the UK were registered to vote in UK elections on the most recent date for which figures are...

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 655W, on civil servants: surveys, by what means...

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) desks and (b) offices the Office for National Statistics has at UK (i) airports and (ii) ports.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of national output was contributed by Government spending in each year since 1996.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Social Homebuy transactions have been completed to date.

    • Council Housing Finance Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the working papers produced by the Review of Council Housing Finance relating to (a) core and non-core...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the research report commissioned by his Department with reference (a) ANS020338, (b)...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire on 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 948W, on...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy performance certificates (EPCs) were lodged on the EPC Register between 18 September 2008 and 31 May 2009.

      Green Belt: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of new dwellings have been built in designated Green Belt land in each region in each year since 1997.

      Homelessness: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were homeless in Sefton in each year since 2000.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) social and (b) private homes which meet the lifetime homes standard have been built in each year since the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average density of new dwellings was in each (a) region and (b) local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to restore Live Tables 251 and 252 on Land Use Change statistics on his Department's website.

      Local Government: National Parks Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on the potential for closer co-operation between local authorities and national park...

      Ordnance Survey: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps will be taken to replace revenue foregone by Ordnance Survey should its geographic information be made available...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1234W, on the Irish Government Commission: child abuse, whether he has (a)...

    • Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 639W, on clergy: misconduct, if he will publish the reply made by his...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 497W, on clergy: misconduct, if he will initiate discussions with (a) the...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 208W, on clergy: misconduct, whether the Northern Ireland Minister of...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 208W, on clergy: misconduct, whether he has received any representations...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small businesses have applied for a loan through the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme; what criteria are...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many projects have been funded by the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme in each region in each year since 2005-06;...

      Business: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses of the recent severe weather conditions; and if...

      Business: South East

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many grants to small firms based in (a) Southend West constituency, (b) Southend, (c) Essex and (d) the...

      Business: South East

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for funding under the Small Firms Guarantee Scheme have been made by small firms based in (a)...

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 289W, on employment agencies: EU, what form the...

      Insurance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he last had discussions with representatives of the insurance industry on the adequacy of the information made...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate has been made of the funding required by mainstream further education colleges and training institutions...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate has been made of the number of people who will be categorised as having learning difficulties...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations have been received by his Department on the needs of learners with learning difficulties...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the number of learners with a learning (a) difficulty and (b) disability who will...

      National Measurement System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding he allocated to the National Measurement System in (a) 2009-10 and (b) each of the previous nine...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of post office branches in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in (i) England and...

      Regeneration: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on Government policy for economic regeneration in...

      Regional European Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 1128W, on regional European offices, which bodies...

      Regional European Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 1128W, on regional European offices, if he will...

      Venture Capital: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent from the (a) UK High Technology Fund, (b) Regional Venture Capital Funds, (c) Community...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been allocated to each school in Buckinghamshire under the Building Schools for the Future scheme; and when...

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average tenure was of the Director of Children's Services in each local authority in the last 10 years.

      Choice Advisers: Expenditure

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

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advertising campaigns his Department has been responsible for in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; which campaigns have (i)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on office refurbishments in each year since its inception.

      Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of staff in his Department are disabled; and what the average salary in his Department is of (a)...

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information technology projects initiated by his Department were cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months; and...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors have spent in (a) legal fees and (b) compensation on legal cases concerning...

      Departmental Location

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

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many employees in his Department are in transition prior to being managed out; how long on average the transition window...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Plants

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on international travel since May 2007.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children at (a) denominational primary schools, (b) denominational secondary schools, (c) maintained primary...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children in each local authority area is eligible to receive free school meals.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in comprehensive schools achieved seven or more GCSEs, including (a) English language, (b) English literature,...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) male and (b) female students gained (i) five GCSEs including English and mathematics at...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils (a) entitled and (b) not entitled to free school meals attained five GCSEs at grades A*...

      GCSE: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in state schools in Leeds North West constituency achieved five GCSEs including mathematics and English...

      Grammar Schools: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grammar schools there are in each local authority; and what percentage of children attending each school is eligible to...

      Greater Manchester

      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 Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects...

      Home Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether all home educated children would receive a visit from a local authority inspector by April 2012 under the provisions...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the purpose was of his Department's Je suis un Rockstar advertising programme.

      Literacy: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary schools in the maintained sector are using Letters and Sounds (a) exclusively and (b) in combination with one...

      Literacy: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the Letters and Sound reading programme is owned by (a) his Department or (b) another organisation.

      Primary Education: Drama

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to increase the quality and quantity of drama provision in the primary school curriculum.

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the introduction of an additional public holiday; and if he will make a...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children attended (a) two, (b) three, (c) four and (d) five schools in 1980.

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many fires have been reported in schools in each year since 2005; (2) how many fires in schools have been classed as...

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools follow the Building Bulletin 100 guidance on fire sprinklers issued by his Department; and what mechanisms...

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school fires which have occurred since 2004 were investigated by police as suspicious fires.

      Schools: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on whether books should be banned from school libraries in circumstances where they have been held...

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools for pupils with special educational needs have (a) opened and (b) closed in England since 1997.

      Specialised Diplomas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he expects to spend on 14 to 19 diplomas in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average salary of a teacher in (a) Leeds North West constituency and (b) England was in the most recent year for which...

      Teachers: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers were employed in state schools in Wolverhampton (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of one-to-one tuition for pupils with (a) high and (b) low attainment at Key Stage 1.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many days staff of his Department and its agencies spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Health is obliged to take the advice of the Food Standards Agency on the safety of genetically modified products.

    • Allotments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many allotments were closed in England in each of the years from 2000 to 2009.

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Snatch Land Rovers are in use by Her Majesty's armed forces deployed in Afghanistan (a) within a base's perimeter, and (b) on patrols outside those perimeters.

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funds are available to Her Majesty's armed forces in Afghanistan for development aid; and what is the approval authority for the use of those funds.

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the number of British service personnel wounded by improvised explosive devices, whether measures are being taken to increase the capacity of field...

      Armed Forces: Ground Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are funding research into the development of unmanned ground vehicles to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 2 March (WA 338), what incentives are in place to increase the number of personnel serving in Her...

      Armed Forces: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the finding of the National Audit Office that capacity at the Headley Court rehabilitation centre and other providers for...

      Arm's Length Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual expenditure of each of the 750 arms-length bodies mentioned on page 53 of Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government; and which arms-length...

      British Transport Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 1 March (WA 319-20), who they plan to consult in the quinquennial review of the British Transport Police.

      British Wind Energy Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in citing data provided by the British Wind Energy Association, they have assessed the methodology used to collect those data.

      Buying Solutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Department of Energy and Climate Change 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 Business, Innovation and Skills, its predecessors and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte,...

      Civil Service: Redeployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministry of Defence civil servants are in a redeployment pool. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministry of Defence civil servants working in...

      Digital Economy Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report commissioned by the Home Office from Dr Linda Papadopoulous on links between media images and aggressive behaviour; and what...

      Expenditure: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by (a) the Central Office of Information, (b) the UK Statistics Authority, (c) the...

      Expenditure: Office Equipment

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

      Government Departments: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Ministry of Defence and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the past three years;...

      Government: Office Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper, by (a) the Department for Work and Pensions, and (b) each of its agencies in the...

      Health: Tropical Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have made to the recent report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

      House of Lords: Estate

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how much in rent, business rates and utility bills has been paid to date for the House of Lords' part of 14 Tothill Street.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many housing starts there were in each quarter of the last two years for (a) the private sector, (b) registered social landlords, and (c) council housing.

      National Haemoglobinopathy Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are on the National Haemoglobinopathy Register.

      National Haemoglobinopathy Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps have been taken to ensure that all patients with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia are on the National Haemoglobinopathy Register.

      National Haemoglobinopathy Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps have been taken to ensure that the National Haemoglobinopathy Register is connected to centralised electronic records through the National Health...

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the NHS Litigation Authority has been successfully sued in the past three years.

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employment tribunal cases the NHS Litigation Authority has (a) won, (b) lost, and (c) settled out of court.

      NHS: Medical Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what factors were considered before the decision to proceed with the full introduction of summary care records in the National Health Service before the...

      NHS: Medical Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the public information programme informing patients about summary care records in the National Health Service and the choices...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Department of Health suspended the procurement of community services in all primary care trusts in the east of England; and what assessment they have made...

      NHS: Service Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legal advice they have sought on the Secretary of State for Health's policy of making the National Health Service the preferred provider of NHS care; and what...

      NHS: Service Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Health had received relevant legal advice before announcing on 17 September 2009 his preference for the National Health Service...

      Police: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to whom the relevant chief constable of the relevant police force makes a request for support by the military if there is a national security concern in any part...

      Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers...

      Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers...

      Railways: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of employing consultants and other advisers in setting up Diesel Trains Limited for the aborted Diesel Multiple Unit procurement exercise.

      Railways: Thameslink

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent on consultants and advisers in connection with the procurement of the new fleet of trains for the Thameslink project.

      Taxation: Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the distribution of benefits by income decile to married couples with children under three.

      Trinitas Services Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual rent received by Trinitas Services Ltd from holiday cottage lettings.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £10 fee for issuing a confirmation of acceptance for studies form to prospective foreign students seeking a United Kingdom visa covers the cost of...

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