Written answers

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

  • Transport

    • Croydon

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon Central constituency, the effects of his...

    • Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what progress has been made on the adoption of the 1998 European Convention on Driving Disqualifications; and what steps he has taken to...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make it his policy not to proceed with his Department's proposals for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on (i) rail services and (ii) the energy consumption of...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how long on average it takes to travel from each of (a) Glasgow, (b) Aberdeen, (c) Norwich, (d) Exeter, (e) Middlesbrough, (f)...

      Sea Rescue: Emergency Exits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for what reason the fire escape at Flamborough Head coastguard station is considered inadequate for its purpose.

      Sea Rescue: Fire Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many fires requiring evacuation there have been at Flamborough Head coastguard station in the last 30 years.

      Sea Rescue: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what studies his Department has conducted on the likely effect on incident response times of the closure of Flamborough Head coastguard station.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether the bringing into service of new Thameslink rolling stock is dependent on the provision of additional train maintenance depots.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) when he expects to announce his decision on the location of additional train maintenance depots for new Thameslink trains; [R] (2)...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) which locations are being considered for the construction of additional train maintenance depots to service new Thameslink trains; [R]...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of building new train maintenance depots for Thameslink stations at different locations.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions his Department has had with (a) Network Rail, (b) train operating companies and (c) local authorities on new train...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2010, Official Report, column 19W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what the average cost of (a) aviation and...

    • Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2010, Official Report, column 674W, on armed forces: manpower, what the shortfall of (a) reservists and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects to sign (a) a contract and (b) any other agreement with the preferred bidder for the provision of search and rescue helicopter...

      Army: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the applications guidelines of the Armed Forces Careers Office, Form 5, June 2007, how many people have been refused entry into the...

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out the details of the contract he has signed with Boeing in respect of the acquisition of additional Chinook helicopters; and whether...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions there are on his Department's officials regarding the disclosure of information on future defence policy matters; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent Armed Forces Families Continuous Attitude survey.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2010, Official Report, column 22-3W, on departmental temporary employment, what the total amount spent on employing...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the feasibility of strengthening military systems against electromagnetic attacks; and what estimate he has made of...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects on the critical infrastructure of his Department of an electromagnetic pulse strike caused (a) deliberately...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2010, Official Report, column 1117W, on armed forces: housing, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for...

      Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of his Department have taken authorised days of absence owing to severe weather in 2010.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future provision of services to war pensioners; whether he plans to close any war pensions offices; and if he will make a statement.

      Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) transport cost in respect of and (b) carbon emissions arising from (i) the arrangements for supply of armaments...

  • Justice

    • Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Croydon Central constituency, the effects on that constituency of his...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Charlie Whelan

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Hurd) of 24 March 2010, Official Report,...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings he has had with the BBC in each of the last two years; what the agenda was of each such meeting; who attended each such...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department and its agency have spent on rooms for staff leisure in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department and its agencies spent on promotional items carrying the Department's branding and logo in the last five years;...

      Opposition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether his Department has undertaken costings of the policies of the (a) Conservative Party and (b) Liberal Democrat Party at...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the percentage change was in (a) the cost of the television licence fee and (b) the number of licence fee payers in each year...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes in levels of (a) taxation and (b) public expenditure will be required to finance the requirement to repay loans made from the public purse to...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when officials in his Department became aware that the costs of a council tax freeze referred to on 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 370, were...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Valuation Office Agency's Council Tax Revaluation 2007 Programme Board minutes of 21 September 2004, paragraph 3.3, if he will place...

      Croydon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Croydon Central constituency, the effects on that constituency of his...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many smoking shelters have been built for his Department's staff in the last five years; and at what cost.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account his Department's food procurement policy takes of animal welfare.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in (a) his Department, (b) HM Revenue and Customs, (c) the Valuation Office Agency and (d) his Department's other agencies (i) have the...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Early Intervention

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made on development of financial mechanisms to support early intervention policies across the Government in the long-term.

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the full evaluation of the Money Guidance Pathfinder.

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people took part in the Money Guidance Pathfinder.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable he has set for the launch of the Green Investment Bank announced in Budget 2010.

      Import Duties: Mephedrone

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been collected in import duty on mephedrone in each of the last three years.

      Investment Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) total monetary value of and (b) proportion of net investment income in the UK balance of payments has been in each year since 2006.

      Investment Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Financial Services Authority has made of the monetary value of losses incurred by with-profits bond investors who were entitled to claim...

      Keydata Investment Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on its regulation of Keydata; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of unemployment in (a) the UK, (b) each region of England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e)...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on small businesses of the planned rise in the rate of national insurance contributions.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's impact assessment on the planned rise in the rate of National Insurance contributions announced...

      Revenue and Customs: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff at HM Revenue and Customs have visited (a) Barbados, (b) Vanuatu, (c) St. Lucia, (d) Spain, (e) Turkey, (f) Venezuela, (g) New...

      Royal Bank of Scotland: Liverpool Football Club

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the loans made by Royal Bank of Scotland to Liverpool Football Club are guaranteed under the Government's asset protection guarantee scheme.

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people paid the £30,000 remittance basis charge in the 2008-09 tax year; how many people claimed to be non-domiciled in the UK in 2008-09 tax...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2010, Official Report, column 1264W, on Valuation Office Agency (VOA), what data the VOA has (a) requested and (b)...

  • Home Department

    • Abuse: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to reduce the incidence of abuse of parents by children under the age of 18 years.

    • Arrest Warrants: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) European arrest warrants and (b) other arrest warrants were issued in the UK in respect of people suspected of human...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum under consideration by the UK Border Agency were received before the introduction of his Department's new...

      Crime: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken into (i) child victims of crime and (ii) child criminals in each of...

      Crime: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) car thefts, (b) burglaries and (c) violent crimes have been reported in North Shropshire in each year since 1997.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) murders and (b) sexual offences recorded in (i) each police force area and (ii) England and Wales, in each year since 1998...

      Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Croydon Central constituency, the effects on that...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) voltage optimisers and (b) equivalent technologies are used within buildings occupied by his Department.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, columns 937-8W, on departmental telephone services, whether contracts...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on translation services by his Department in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each of the last five...

      Domestic Violence: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of domestic violence in North Shropshire.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Ion Track drug detection devices are possessed by each police force in England and Wales.

      Drugs: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated street value is of drugs seized by police in North Shropshire in each year since 1997.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been found (a) in total and (b) at each of the main ports of entry to the United Kingdom in each year...

      Prisons: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information police forces have on the extent of organised crime within prisons; (2) how many police investigations are under way...

      Sweet Concepts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 156W, on Central Office of Information: marketing, what promotional...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are plans to establish a specialist war crimes unit in the Metropolitan police.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request that the Colombian authorities provide an explanation for the variation in the figures provided by different...

    • Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the British embassy in Bogota has informed him of any steps taken by the Colombian authorities to ensure that physical...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request information from the Colombian authorities on the number of bodies recently found in a mass grave in La...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will (a) help facilitate and (b) participate in a human rights fact-finding mission to the recently...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take immediate steps to cease all co-operation with the Colombian Army until (a) the Colombian authorities have...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the status of the legal investigation into the presence of a mass grave in La Macarena;...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the merits of offering the government of Colombia assistance for a forensic investigation of...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will (a) obtain and (b) place in the Library a copy of the report of the Colombian Procurator General's office on the...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports on the activities of units of the Colombian Army which operate in and around the southern...

  • Scotland

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on measures to promote employment in Scotland.

    • Employment: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had on levels of employment in Glasgow.

      Anti-Slavery Day Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 961W, if he will seek the consent of the Scottish Parliament to extending the...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on measures to increase the rate of growth of the Scottish economy.

      Scottish Consolidation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the method for determining the level of grant to be allocated to the Scottish...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has given an undertaking to write off the sum provided to Oldham council to achieve the Decent Homes Standard in the...

    • Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon Central constituency, the effects of...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account his Department's food procurement policy takes of animal welfare.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people his Department employs to maintain its social media and networking sites; and at what cost in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people entered post at each grade of the Senior Civil Service in his Department (a) on promotion from within and (b)...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many grade 2 civil servants are employed in his Department.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on (a) agency fees and (b) salaries of agency staff recruited to work at its headquarters (i) in...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many agency and temporary staff his Department employed in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 957W, on departmental temporary employment, what the total...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on translators in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the...

      Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on each of the adults facing chronic exclusion pilots, which began in 2007; and which of them have...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average cost was of a dwelling purchased by a first-time buyer in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) each Government Office...

      Leasehold Valuation Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many cases relating to major works affecting local authority leaseholders have been brought before leasehold valuation...

      Local Government Finance: Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the Personal Care at Home Bill's compliance with the new burdens doctrine for local authorities.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of 17 March...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fast track reviews of rating assessment of port companies were (a) initiated and (b) completed in 2009; how many will...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedures were used to implement the separate rating of port companies in each year since 1999; and how many such...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes in rateable values in the 2005-10 Rating Cycle have been provided to port operators as a result of the new regime...

      Opposition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has undertaken costings of the policies of (a) the Conservative Party and (b) the Liberal Democrat...

      Planning Permission: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will call in for examination the decision of the Planning Inspectorate on the application for a development sited at Nashe...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many homes in Great Britain had cavity walls and no cavity wall insulation at the end of (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and if he will...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Batteries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department issues on the criteria to be applied to assess whether a battery is easily removable from...

    • Croydon

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon Central constituency, the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet his Department and its predecessors have commissioned...

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 288W, whether his Department has made an estimate...

      Jarvis: Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will consider the provision of support for retaining the (a) jobs and (b) skills of the workforce of Jarvis plc.

      Jarvis: Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Office of Rail Regulation on the entry into administration of Jarvis plc.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Post Office on the possible establishment of a Post Bank; and if he will...

      Students: Radicalism

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what working groups his Department has which undertake work on combating religious extremism at universities.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Rural Payments Agency expects to make the payment outstanding to the constituent of the hon. Member for North East...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the likely contribution to the effectiveness of his Department's bovine tuberculosis...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms in (a) the south-west and (b) Torridge and West Devon constituency were under bovine tuberculosis...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle in (a) the south-west and (b) Torridge and West Devon constituency have been slaughtered under his...

      Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how (a) the UK and (b) the EU voted on each agenda item at the recent CITES conference of parties in Doha.

      Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Croydon, Central constituency, the effects...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account his Department's food procurement policy takes of animal welfare.

      Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farm holdings there were in each agricultural sector in each county in each year since 1997.

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the quality standards of food proposed to be imported to the UK; and if he will make a...

      Food: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to require more accurate information on the country of origin to be displayed on food products; and if...

      Potatoes: Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with (a) his counterparts in devolved Administrations, (b) the European Commission and...

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which energy-from-waste facilities of each type received planning permission in the last three years; and what the location...

      River Lymington: Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will replace Wightlink as the competent authority in the Lymington river for the purposes of constructing an...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions have been brought for breaches of slaughterhouse regulations in each of the last five years.

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reports his Department received of breaches of regulations governing slaughtering practices in each of the last five...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent reviews his Department has undertaken of the effectiveness of regulations governing slaughtering practices.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Billy Wright Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Wright Inquiry has spent on IT since its inception.

    • Billy Wright Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Wright Inquiry has spent on IT consultants since its inception.

      Billy Wright Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget is of the press office for the Wright Inquiry in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Billy Wright Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people the Wright Inquiry has employed in each post in each month since its inception.

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Saville Inquiry has spent on virtual reality technology since its inception.

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Saville Inquiry has spent on IT since its inception.

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Saville Inquiry has spent on accommodation since its inception.

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in each role the Saville Inquiry has employed in each month since its inception.

      Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will set a date beyond which no further invoices or accounts for legal work in connection with the Saville Inquiry will be accepted.

      Departmental Books

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on books for its libraries in each of the last five years; and which books were purchased.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on events to mark (a) St. Patrick's Day and (b) the Twelfth of July in each of the last five years.

      Robert Hamill Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Hamill Inquiry has spent on IT since its inception.

      Robert Hamill Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Hamill Inquiry has spent on IT consultants since its inception.

      Robert Hamill Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget is of the press office for the Hamill Inquiry in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Robert Hamill Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people the Hamill Inquiry has employed in each role in each month since its inception.

      Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Nelson Inquiry has spent on IT since its inception.

      Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Nelson Inquiry has spent on IT consultants since its inception.

      Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget is of the press office for the Nelson Inquiry in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people the Nelson Inquiry has employed in each post in each month since its inception.

      Smuggling: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been convicted of offences relating to (a) fuel smuggling and (b) fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Ulster Scots Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what publications funded by his Department use the Ulster Scots language; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing such documents...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Croydon

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

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what disruption there has been to her Department's (a) Fraud Referral and Intervention Management System, (b) electronic records management...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what testing of her Department's pensions uprating system was undertaken prior to its introduction on 26 March 2010; and what assessment she...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department has issued letters containing incorrect information to recipients of (a) basic state pension and (b) child benefit...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2010, Official Report, column 1313W, on departmental consultants, what the monetary value of contracts was...

      Disability Living Allowance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people were in receipt of the (a) care and (b) mobility component of the disability living allowance in (i)...

      Pension, Disability and Carers Service: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual operating cost of the Benefits Agency in Newcastle was in the latest year for which figures are available; and if she will make...

      Pensioners: Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of those over the age of (a) 60, (b) 65 and (c) 70 years were in receipt of means-tested benefits in each year...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps the Compensation Recovery Unit takes to check the validity of the National Insurance number of claimants; (2) what steps the...

      Remploy: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which consultants have been engaged by Remploy since March 2008; and what the cost of engaging them has been.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate her Department has made of the annual (a) gross and (b) net cost to the public purse of uprating the basic state pension...

      State Retirement Pensions: Denton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Denton and Reddish constituency receive (a) basic state pension and (b) pension credit.

      Thurrock Borough Council: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account Jobcentre Plus took of the legislative provisions on the national minimum wage in advertising a job for an apprentice...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the five most expensive hospitality events hosted by his Department and its agencies were in the last three years; and what the...

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received of allegations that funds raised in the UK for non-governmental organisations operating in Gaza...

      Sierra Leone: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 29 March 2010, Official Report, columns 739-40W, on Sierra Leone: overseas aid, what estimate he has made of...

      Sierra Leone: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 29 March 2010, Official Report, columns 739-40W, on Sierra Leone: overseas aid, what proportion of the...

      Sierra Leone: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent contacts officials of his Department based in Sierra Leone have had with the Bundu Women's Organisation.

  • Health

    • Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statutory duties there are on participants in the commissioning process for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to take account of the needs...

    • Cancer: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for cancer treatments in Shropshire County primary care trust.

      Club Together Magazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Club Together magazine is funded by the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon Central constituency, the effects of his Department's policies...

      Dental Services: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists operating in Shropshire there have been per 1,000 residents in each year since 1997.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2010, Official Report, column 57W, on drugs: rehabilitation, what medications are used as pharmacological treatments...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to bring forward proposals to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes; what progress has been made in the Medicines and Healthcare Products...

      Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what offers Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust has made to Dr. Kim Holt to resolve her grievance with the Trust; what agreement the Trust has...

      Health Services: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the negotiations between his Department's officials and the Government of the Isle of Man on the bilateral agreement on health services of...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on commissioning reports on the summary care record of University College London; how many such reports his Department...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to ensure that children with a dual diagnosis of a mental health problem and (a) a learning disability and (b) an...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is an established national referral pathway to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for children with (a) mental health problems and...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have a remit to address the needs of children with (a) a learning disability, (b) an...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to issue guidance on the commissioning of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for vulnerable groups other than looked-after children.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria his Department requires a comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service to meet.

      Mentally Ill: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in Shropshire have been prescribed anti-psychotic drugs in each year since 1997.

      Mentally Ill: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in Nottinghamshire (a) in total and (b) in secure wards; and what the equivalent figures...

      Midwives: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives have been employed by Shropshire NHS Trust in each year since 1997.

      Minoxidil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Pfizer on its decision to transfer the production of Minoxidil to another plant; and what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the most recent hospital standardised mortality ratio for each NHS hospital trust, ranked from highest to lowest.

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor hospital standardised mortality ratios in each NHS hospital trust.

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism the Care Quality Commission uses to monitor mortality rates in NHS hospital trusts.

      Prescriptions: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in Shropshire have bought a prescription pre-pay certificate in each year since 1997.

      Prosthetics: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding is being made available to NHS Artificial Limb and Appliance Centres to meet the extension of provision to veterans of earlier conflicts.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are used to (a) apportion the costs of providing care to people with chronic medical conditions causing disability between the NHS and...

      Swine Flu: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in Shropshire have been diagnosed with swine influenza in each of the last 12 months.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public service contracts were awarded to companies registered outside the UK in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

    • Social Investment Wholesale Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with which projects the Government are piloting social impact bonds; and for how long in each case.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons Leicestershire county council's bid for funding from Building Schools for the Future was not recommended by...

    • Children's Workforce Development Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department allocated to the Children's Workforce Development Council for (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessor spent on interior design in relation to office refurbishments undertaken in each of...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what records his Department maintains of the reimbursable expenses paid to its special advisers.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on (a) ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the...

      Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and its predecessors have travelled by taxi in the course of...

      Free School Meals: A-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals at (a) comprehensive and (b) all mainstream maintained...

      GCE A-Level: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 1088W, on free school meals: mathematics, if he will provide...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of comprehensive schools did not enter any students for (a) physics, (b) chemistry and (c) biology...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools achieved GCSE results above the national average in the most recent period for which figures are available; and...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of eligible pupils received five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics but...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils who gained five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics did so by passing a qualification...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils obtaining five GCSEs (a) at grades A* to C and (b) at grades A* to C including English and mathematics also...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) comprehensive and (b) maintained schools (a) sat GCSEs, excluding equivalents in...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) comprehensive and (b) maintained schools sat English, English literature and...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 309W, on GCSE A-level, how many white (a) boys and (b)...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in (a) comprehensive and (b) maintained schools who achieved at least five grades A* to C at GCSE...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils following a GCSE course achieved a B grade or higher in both GCSE mathematics and English...

      GCSE and GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils in (a) comprehensive and (b) independent schools in each constituency were entered for GCSE examinations...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in receipt of free school meals were entered for GCSE examinations in each subject in the...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of students eligible for free school meals gained a GCSE in Latin at each grade in the latest year...

      GCSE: Humanities and Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many mainstream maintained secondary schools entered no pupils for a GCSE in (a) a modern foreign language, (b) history and...

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of students who completed an International Baccalaureate course did not achieve a diploma in the...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children achieved (a) the national standard and (b) beyond expectation in each Key Stage 1...

      Ofsted: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of Ofsted's operations in the last year for which figures are available; and what targets there are for Ofsted...

      Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils there were in maintained (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in each (i) constituency and (ii) local authority...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many incidents of (a) bullying between pupils and (b) verbal and physical abuse of school staff by pupils were recorded in...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained (a) primary and (b) secondary schools there were in each (i) constituency and (ii) local authority area in...

      Schools: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has provided to schools in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire for broadband services in each of...

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any school has (a) had public funding withdrawn and (b) been closed consequent on identification of links between that...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the provision of sport in schools in Leeds North West constituency.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which secondary schools did not enter any pupils for GCSE (a) biology, (b) chemistry and (c) physics in (i) 1997 and (ii) the...

      Sixth Form Education: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in Torbay constituency received less funding for sixth form places in their final yearly allocations for 2009-10...

      Special Educational Needs: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) skills and (b) qualifications are required of a person who is inspecting provision for deaf children as part of an...

      Special Educational Needs: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many inspections by Ofsted of schools with provision for deaf children in 2009 included on the inspection team someone with an...

      Special Educational Needs: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools with provision for deaf children were inspected by Ofsted in 2009.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils were persistent absentees in each (a) local authority area and (b) constituency in each...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) rate of unauthorised absence and (b) number of day pupils of compulsory age was in each (i) local authority area...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the 20 most popular vocational courses taught in schools are; and what proportion of students passed those courses in the...

      Young People: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many adolescents who received treatment for addiction to each category of drug were drug-free for (a) their drug of choice...

      Young People: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what intervention is used in the treatment of (a) heroin dependency, (b) crack dependency and (c) cocaine dependency amongst...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the retention rate for Apache helicopter pilots serving in HM Armed Forces in each year since 2001.

    • Armed Forces: Imprisonment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and refused to return there have been imprisoned due to their refusal to serve another tour in each of...

      Armed Forces: Snatch Land Rovers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 18 March (WA 214), how many Snatch Land Rovers are deployed in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances senior officers in Her Majesty's Armed Forces are granted first class train travel.

      Civil Service: Redeployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants there are in the Headquarters Land Forces redeployment pool as a result of Project Hyperion; how long they have been there; and what is the...

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to advance a worldwide ban on the use of cluster bombs.

      Democratic Renewal Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the Democratic Renewal Council; and which members attended which meetings of the Council.

      Democratic Renewal Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates the Democratic Renewal Council has met.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many people have been (a) killed, (b) raped, and (c) internally or externally displaced, in the east of the Democratic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments of the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Karel De Gucht, that "Congolese leaders are...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in (a) the Kivus provinces, (b) Katanga, (c) Bas-Congo, and (d) Dungu, in the Orientale province in the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the World Trade Organisation to establish a study group on the protection of workers, with particular reference to allegations of slavery,...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Governments of Rwanda and Uganda, and at the United Nations, on Rwanda and Uganda's alleged role in the conflict and...

      Drugs: Mephedrone

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were required to consult the European Union before banning mephedrone.

      Economic Partnership Agreements: ACP Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the least developed African, Caribbean and Pacific countries have signed regional economic partnership agreements; which of those countries have not...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Egypt about the assault on the Anglican clergyman, Pastor Mahrous Karam, and Mrs Karam, of the Anglican...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 23 March (WA 277-8), what is the objective of improving the efficiency of human somatic cell nuclear transfer; and...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 23 March 2009 (WA 92), how the use in laboratory research of patient-specific embryonic stem cells derived...

      EU: Scrutiny Override

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 8 December 2009 (WA 110), why the scrutiny reserve resolution was overridden on the proposed...

      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 each regional development agency...

      Food: Aspartame

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many aspartame-sensitive participants have been recruited to the current Food Standards Agency study of anecdotal complaints relating to aspartame; and when...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Middle East quartet plan to put into practice the proposals in the statement issued following their Moscow meeting on 19 March.

      Government: Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there was a downwards revision of £4.3 billion in public sector net borrowing for January as published in the Office for National Statistics' February...

      Health: C. Difficile

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to achieve their target of reducing the number of hospital acquired Clostridium difficile infections by 55 per cent over the next three years.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Israel has responded to the United Nations Resolution (ref: A/HRC/RES/10/19) of 26 March 2009; if so, in what terms; and, if not, whether they will make...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in response to the Government of Israel's construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian occupied territory.

      Justice: Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord West of Spithead on 19 November 2008 (WA 199) and 25 March 2010 (WA 324-5), how many British citizens have faced proceedings...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent reports they have received from the Government of Nigeria regarding the situation in Jos. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make...

      Prisoners: Home Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Daniel Hargan, who was sentenced to seven years' custody in September 2008 by Belfast Crown Court for manslaughter, was given home leave after serving 18...

      Public Bodies: Prompt Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to extend the prompt payment code to apply automatically to non-departmental public bodies.

      Republic of Macedonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or propose to make, to the Government of Greece about entering into negotiations with the Government of the Republic of...

      Schools: Church Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what factors they consider, in conjunction with local education authorities and diocesan representatives, in promoting and encouraging church schools. To ask Her...

      Sport: Football Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Brett on 10 March (Official Report, col. 243), whether they have offered any advice or assistance in relation to the financial...

      Sudan: Darfur

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in the Jebel Mara region of Darfur and the estimate of Médecins du Monde that 100,000 civilians have been...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what increase in revenue there has been as a result of the domicile changes introduced in the 2008 Budget, broken down into revenue (a) directly from the...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 25 March (WA 330), whether they will maintain and collate statistics on the numbers of foreign students...

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