Written answers

Thursday, 8 April 2010

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he plans to regulate audio-visual information systems on local bus services, as set out in the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Transport for London, (b) local authorities in England and (c) other transport...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport through which parliamentary constituencies (a) in the present Parliament and (b) in the next Parliament the Government's preferred route...

      Roads

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to establish (a) standards and (b) targets to encourage the adoption of unadopted alleyways; and if he...

      Roads

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport under what legislation a local authority can adopt an alleyway; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equality

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library a copy of the handbook for staff of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been paid in reimbursable expenses to special advisers in his Department since April 2008.

    • Magistrates: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons upper age limits for magistrates are in place.

      Magistrates: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has made a recent assessment of the merits of (a) appointing magistrates over the age of 65 and (b) employing magistrates over the age of 70...

      Prisoners: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners there were of each ethnicity in each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution in England and Wales as at 1 March 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times (a) Mr Derek Draper and (b) Mr Charlie Whelan has visited the Cabinet Office/Downing Street complex since October 2009.

    • 10 Downing Street: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what criteria are used to determine the granting of a Downing Street pass; and how many such passes there are.

      Admiralty House

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost to the public purse of (a) rent, (b) utility bills, (c) council tax payments and (d) other running costs for each Ministerial...

      Business: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses were registered for value added tax in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year since 1997.

      Central Office of Information: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Central Office of Information's marketing, advertising and public relations expenditure (a) was in 2008-09 and (b) is planned to be in...

      Central Office of Information: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent by the Central Office of Information on advertising in the first three quarters of financial year 2009-10.

      Central Office of Information: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Central Office of Information has spent on contracts with advertising agencies with registered offices outside the UK in each of the last...

      Central Office of Information: Marketing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason promotional stress items are included in the Central Office of Information contract referred to in Contract Notice 2009/S 79-113888;...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Downing Street Twitter service will be terminated during the general election purdah period.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from her Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the five most expensive hospitality events hosted by her Department and its agency were in the last three years; and what the (a) cost and (b)...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans she has to establish a single management team and united press office for 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office.

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 969W, on the Government departments: internet, (1) if she will list the website...

      Government Departments: Private Detectives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 602W, on Government departments: private detectives, which departments have...

      Government Departments: Private Detectives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 602W, on Government departments: private detectives, how much expenditure has been...

      Government Departments: Private Detectives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 602W, on Government departments: private detectives, on how many occasions...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the written ministerial statement of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 73W, on special advisers, what criteria are used to...

      Music: Licensing Laws

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column 280, on music licensing levies, what the...

      Music: Licensing Laws

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column 280, on music licensing levies, what the...

      Music: Licensing Laws

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column 280, on music licensing levies, if she will...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the proposed citizen's unique identifier will be linked to the National Identity Register.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 1002W, on official residences: repairs...

      Social Investment Wholesale Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what timetable has been set for the launch of the Social Investment Wholesale Bank announced in Budget 2010.

      Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research has been undertaken into the levels of public confidence in Government statistics in the last 10 years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Credit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to increase the level of access to credit for small businesses in (a) Coventry...

    • Business: Credit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises located in Coventry on...

      Business: Denton and Reddish

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Denton and Reddish constituency have received support from his Department since 2008.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the small firms loan guarantee scheme.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with Royal Bank of Scotland on its administration of the small firms loan...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses in Birmingham have received assistance under (i) the...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what additional assistance his Department provided to small and medium-sized enterprises located in (a) Coventry and...

      Copyright: Music

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the new regime of PPL music licensing will remove exemptions from (a) student unions and (b) educational...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints his Department received regarding difficulties using its website in each of the last three years;...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on external website design consultants in each of the last three years; and if he will...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on the relocation of staff from posts in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency...

      Exports: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point made exports in each year since 1997.

      Foreign Investment: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of (a) the monetary value of foreign client investment in (i) Essex and (ii) Castle Point...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has of the number of colleges in (a) England and (b) London which incurred costs in preparing...

      Imports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether measures to limit imports into the UK from countries which have not enacted legislation equivalent to the...

      Industry: Denton and Reddish

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage private sector investment in industry in Denton and Reddish constituency; and if...

      Learning and Skills Council: Sweet Concepts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 156W, on the Central Office of Information:...

      Local Press: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will refer the transfer of Guardian Media Group to Trinity Mirror to the Competition Commission to investigate...

      Optics: Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much research funding his Department has provided to the (a) Optic Research and Incubation Centre at St Asaph...

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many places on higher education courses in (a) England and (b) Essex have been awarded to Tier 4 (General)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how long on average the Student Loans Company has taken to process an application for a student loan in each year...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance: Na-h-Eileanan an Iar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Na-h-Eileanan an Iar constituency received attendance allowance in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2007-08.

    • Carer's Allowance: Na-h-Eileanan an Iar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Na-h-Eileanan an Iar constituency received carer's allowance in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2007-08.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the consultation document entitled Supporting people into work: the next stage of housing benefit reform, (1) what...

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department is taking to address the matter of low pay.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Angola: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the UK-Angolan bilateral relationship.

    • China: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the discovering of 21 foetuses and baby bodies in the Guangfu river, Jining City, China; whether...

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the operation of a one child policy by the government of China; and if he will make a...

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of China on its population planning policies; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions officials in the British Embassy in China have had with Chinese officials on (a) forced abortion and...

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of China to relax its population planning policy; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in the British Embassy in China have had...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the Minister with lead responsibility for the Government's work to tackle violence against women overseas will have in...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to his Department was of employing press and media officers in the last 12 month period for which figures are...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to (a) the government of Iran and (b) the Palestinian Authority on the fate of the...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on the recent violence in Jos.

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Oral Statement of 23 March 2010, Official Report, columns 133-4, on UK passports (use in Dubai murder), what...

      Southern Africa: HIV Infection

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

      Southern Africa: HIV Infection

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on air quality in Shropshire.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the effects of climate change on the UK's wildlife and habitat.

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency spent on sea defences in (a) total, (b) East Anglia and (c) Essex in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to his Department was of employing press and media officers in the last 12 month period for which figures are...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints his Department received regarding difficulties using its website in each of the last three years; and if...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on external website design consultants in each of the last three years; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Language Coaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12...

      Departmental Legal Costs

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the five most expensive hospitality events hosted by his Department and its agencies were in the last three years; and...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 974W, on departmental publications, if he will place in...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 801W, on departmental telephone services, whether...

      Farming Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) production, printing and distribution costs and (b) circulation figures are of his Department's publication...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) homes and (b) businesses are registered to receive warning messages from the Environment Agency's Floodline...

      Horses: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many horses have been issued with passports; (2) how many horses have (a) thoroughbred, (b) individual pony and...

      Nature Conservation: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on protecting (a) bats and (b) other protected species in the most recent year for which...

      Oils: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of waste oils has been exported to (a) Germany, (b) Italy and (c) other EU member states (i) in total and (ii)...

      Oils: Waste Disposal

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

      Oils: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has undertaken a life cycle assessment of the environmental impact arising from the export of waste...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to reduce the incidence of keel bone fractures in laying hens; and if he will make a...

      Waste Management: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of (a) private finance initiative contracts relating to and (b) Government...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many improvised explosive devices have (a) been defused and (b) exploded in Afghanistan in each month since 2007.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether full-time reserve service personnel are accommodated in married quarters at RAF Benson; and what the cost to the public purse has been of...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a public announcement when the last US cluster munitions have been removed from the UK.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of the loss of confidential data held by his Department have been reported (a) in each of the last five years and (b) in each of the...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of his Department presently employed in Kentigern House in Glasgow are engaged (a) solely on duties relating to military staff based in...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to place in the Library a copy of the most recent report of the Chief of the General Staff's briefing team.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how often the cross-departmental Gurkha working group has met; and what Government departments are represented on the group; (2) what (a) written...

      Illegal Immigrants

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

      Military Aircraft: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average total operating cost per flight hour for the (a) Hawk 128 Advanced Jet Trainer, (b) E-3D Sentry AEW1, (c) Hercules C-130J, (d) C-17...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out details of the transitional arrangements to provide (a) a long range maritime search and rescue capability and (b) a long range...

      Opposition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has undertaken costings of the policies of the (a) Conservative Party and (b) Liberal Democrat Party at the request of Ministers...

      RFA Darkdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will take steps to remove the fuel, oil and ammunition from RFA Darkdale after its sinking in James Bay, St Helena; and if he will make a...

      Territorial Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army recruits in Northern Ireland have been waiting to commence phase one recruit training since September 2009; and when it is...

      Territorial Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons Territorial Army potential officer training was transferred from the Regional Training Centre in Ballykinler to Queen's University.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what methodology her Office used to determine whether answers to Questions in the formulation "if she will set out with statistical information related as...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the cost was of building the freight facility at the main Olympic site.

      Olympic Games 2012: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will take steps to reduce the minimum age for Olympic volunteers from 18 to 16 years.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many repeat abortions women aged (a) under 20, (b) 20 to 24, (c) 25 to 29, (d) 30 to 34 and (e) 35 years old and over had in each area contained...

    • Burnley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on providing building and services at Burnley General Hospital in (a) capital and (b) revenue terms in each of the...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has issued to primary care trusts on the use of full pelvic examinations in cases of suspected cervical cancer; (2) what research...

      Depressive Illnesses: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts provide services for clinical depression; and if he will make a statement.

      E Coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on reducing the chances of an E. coli outbreak in the last three years.

      General Practitioners: Denton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs were practising in Denton and Reddish constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Isle of Wight on 4 November 2009. what steps have been taken to ensure that local health authorities...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have contracted (a) MRSA and (b) other hospital-acquired infections in NHS hospitals in Shropshire in the last five years.

      Hospitals: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients of each ethnicity there were in (a) Arnold Lodge, (b) Ashworth Hospital, (c) Auckland Park Hospital, (d) Barnsley Hall Hospital,...

      Tuberculosis: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure the effectiveness of tuberculosis screening programmes of incoming visitors at (a) Heathrow and (b)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects figures to be available on the level of fuel poverty in the UK in 2008.

    • Carbon Emissions: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what procedures his Department has put in place to evaluate the effectiveness of the Act on Carbon Dioxide advertising campaign; and if...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the UK's participation in the Copenhagen climate change summit.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the additional electricity generating capacity required by 2020.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the additional electricity generating capacity required by 2020.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the additional electricity generating capacity required by 2020.

      Environment Protection: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assistance the EU has provided to the West Midlands for the development of green (a) technologies and (b) jobs in the last two years.

      Opposition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has undertaken costings of the policies of the (a) Conservative Party and (b) Liberal Democrat Party at the...

      Public Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether there are mechanisms in place to assist the provision of energy efficiency measures and equipment in (a) community centres,...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 3 March 2010, Official Report, column 1205W, on energy: housing, what the...

  • Home Department

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) most, (b) less and (c) summary violent offences were recorded in each police force area in each year since 2002-03; and how...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value was of payments made by his Department to external IT contractors in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the pilot project for women with no recourse to public funds will be extended beyond August 2010; and whether he plans to make that...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which substances commonly considered to be legal highs are under review by his Department; (2) when officials in his Department were...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many judicial reviews of decisions made by the competent authority in relation to human trafficking cases were (a) initiated and (b)...

      Identity Cards: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for identity cards his Department has received from residents of postcode area (a) CW1 3, (b) CW1 4, (c) CW3 0, (d)...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates his Department monitored each UK fishing port to assess whether employees were working illegally in the last 12 months; and...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people held in immigration removal centres (IRCs) pending removal from the country were transferred to another IRC before being...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of caseworkers employed by the Independent Safeguarding Authority to make barring decisions under the...

      Mephedrone

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations he has received on the banning of mephedrone in the UK; (2) if he will introduce proposals to ban the sale of...

      Mephedrone

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the classification of mephedrone under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; and if he will make a...

      Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to provide for (a) nurse independent prescribers and (b)...

      Operation Greenfly

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) Operation Greenfly and (b) Operation Calais.

      Police: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the policing pledge in Greater Manchester.

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the Assistant Director of the UK Border Agency did not reply to the hon. Member for Thurrock's letter of 23 September 2009...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2010, Official Report, columns 351-2W, on the UK Border Agency's War Crimes Unit, what the country of...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2010, Official Report, columns 351-52W, on the UK Border Agency's War Crimes Unit, how many people whose...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2010, Official Report, columns 351-52W, on the UK Border Agency's War Crimes Unit, how many people the...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to question 324858, tabled on 23 March 2010, on Group 4 Securicor (G4S).

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons he has not provided a substantive response to Question (a) 325183 on human trafficking and (b) 325031 on the European...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

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

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget is of the press office for the Saville Inquiry in the (a) current and (b) next financial year.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what advertising campaigns were (a) launched and (b) maintained by his Department in 2008-09; and how much each such campaign cost in that year.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department and its agencies have spent on rooms for staff leisure in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of staff in his Department were dismissed in each of the last five years; and how many were dismissed as a result of...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from how many documents released by his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in the last five years information has been...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which of his Department's ICT projects were over budget at the latest date for which information is available; and by how much each was over...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many equalities impact assessments his Department has undertaken in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what estimate he...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on (a) legal fees and (b) compensation in relation to legal cases concerning remuneration of its employees...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) nationals of other EU member states and (b) non-EU foreign nationals his Department employs.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on promotional items carrying the Department's branding and logo in the last five years; and what such items were.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of his Department's marketing budget was spent on (a) media advertising, (b) promotion and (c) education packs and initiatives for...

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many official meetings he has had in (a) London, (b) Belfast, (c) Londonderry, (d) Newry, (e) Armagh and (f) the United States of...

      Departmental Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each of the last five...

      Departmental Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what direction his Department gives to its contractors on the framing of questions in surveys it commissions.

      Departmental Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in respect of how many surveys commissioned by his Department in 2010 the (a) results and (b) supporting data have been published in full.

      Departmental Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what opinion surveys were commissioned by his Department in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 to date; and what company was commissioned to...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department were awarded a bonus in 2009; and what the (a) highest, (b) lowest,...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of his Department's Board members who were civil servants working in his Department were awarded a bonus in (a)...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to which (a) magazines and (b) journals his Department has subscribed in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of those subscriptions.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which companies were contracted by his Department for the provision of temporary staff in each of the last five years; how many temporary staff...

      Departmental Theft

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department's agencies spent on staff travel (a) within the UK and (b) abroad in each year since 1997.

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas and (b) other religious celebrations in each of the last five years.

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on security and policing at the 12 July celebrations in each of the last five years.

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nights he has stayed in hotels on official business in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) Great Britain and (d)...

      Historical Enquiries Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget is of the Historical Enquiries Team in the next two years.

      Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 532W, on Irish language, what steps his Department takes to assist Irish...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on press monitoring in each of the last five years.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland crossed the border into the Irish Republic in March 2010 and stopped cars...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what recent assistance he has given to the Northern Ireland Executive in relation to the Presbyterian Mutual Society; (2) what support...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what meetings he has had with (a) HM Treasury, (b) the Northern Ireland Executive and (c) the Presbyterian Church in Ireland on the...

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters and e-mails relating to the Presbyterian Mutual Society his Department has received in the last 12 months.

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has met the General Secretary of the Presbyterian Mutual Society in the last 12 months.

      Trade Unions

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

      Village Halls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure the security and safety of community halls in Northern Ireland.

  • International Development

    • International Planned Parenthood Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to the (a) International Planned Parenthood Federation and (b) United Nations...

    • United Nations Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the United Nations Population Fund in promoting non-coercive approaches to...

  • Wales

    • Optics: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Optic Research and Incubation Centre at St. Asaph Business Park in the last seven years.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Becta: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what Becta's budget was in the latest year for which figures are available.

    • Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he made of the number of childminders in (a) England and (b) each London borough in each quarter of each year from...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on the pilots in two areas of the country on introducing pedagogy in working with children in care.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what formula is used to decide the amount of funding provided to local authorities for children taken into care by social...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the number of childcare providers in (a) Chorley constituency and (b) Lancashire who...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained and (b) private, voluntary and independent nurseries have closed in each quarter of the last five years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of childminders to have entered the profession in each year since 1997.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare places there are in (a) each London borough and (b) nationally; and how many such places are required in each...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much Ofsted received in registration fees from all child care settings in 2008-09.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare places have been created in Preston since 1997.

      Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what account the Targeted Mental Health in Schools programme takes of needs related to emotional well-being of children with (a)...

      Children: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the introduction of testing of school pupils for colour blindness.

      Children: Methadone and Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley, Meg Munn of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column...

      Children's Centres: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much was spent on communications and publicity for Sure Start centres in each year since 2004; how much he plans to...

      Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to the public purse was of the operation of the office of the Children's Commissioner for England in the last 12...

      Curriculum: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency spent on developing the National...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on rooms for staff leisure in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much consultants employed by his Department and its agencies have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable expenses...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to his Department was of employing press and media officers in the last 12 months for which figures are available;...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many complaints his Department received on difficulties using its website in each of the last three years; and if he...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by non-departmental public...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of his Department's expenditure under each line of Table 8.4 of his Department's Report for 2009 is included in...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with which public relations companies (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency...

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to deter theft from within the Department.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on first-class travel for (a) Ministers and (b) staff of each grade in (i) his Department and (ii) its...

      Devolved Schools Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what purposes the retained element of the devolved schools grant will be used; and if he will make a statement.

      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 were entered for A-levels in each subject in 2009.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) maintained, (b) independent and (c) comprehensive schools achieved three or more A grades at A-level in 2009.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils did not gain one or more GCSEs, excluding equivalents, at grade (a) G, (b) E, (c) D and...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained schools and (b) comprehensive schools in each local authority area entered no students for GCSE...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each local authority area did not attain any GCSEs above grade D in the most recent year...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils not eligible for free school meals attended schools at which fewer than 30 per cent. of pupils achieved five A* to...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has made an assessment for benchmarking purposes of educational attainment at GCSE in England in comparison...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals achieved (a) one or more A to G grades, (b) three or more A to C grades and (c)...

      Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils with gifted and talented status did not sit any A-levels in (a) 1997, (b) 2003, (c) 2006...

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools offer an International Baccalaureate course; and if he will make a statement.

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of students enrolled in International Baccalaureate courses were entitled to free school meals in the...

      Karen Matthews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board on the timetable for the publication of the...

      Languages: GCSE

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

      Literacy: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on (a) publication and distribution and (b) training in respect of the Letters and Sounds...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children achieved the national standard in each of the 13 assessment scales of the Foundation...

      Opposition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has undertaken costings of the policies of the (a) Conservative Party and (b) Liberal Democrat Party at...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many nurseries there were in (a) England and (b) each London borough in each year from 1997 to 2009; and what proportion of...

      Schools: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will issue guidance to school governors on their individual liability in respect of decisions on the employment of staff.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 9 September 2009, Official Report, columns 1937-8W, on...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much on average an Ofsted inspection of (a) a nursery, (b) a children's centre, (c) a primary school, (d) a secondary...

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) on how many occasions Ofsted undertook an additional school inspection in response to concerns about the effect of possible...

      Secure Training Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) looked after, (b) eligible, (c) relevant and (d) former relevant children are in secure training centres;...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many foster carers caring for children through special guardianship orders have reported to his Department allegations of (a)...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained schools enrolled no pupils on a diploma course in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if...

      Sports: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of children in maintained schools who participated in intra-school...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the level of qualifications required for teachers at (a) post-16 colleges and (b) sixth...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to answer Question 324573, on Ofsted, tabled on 23 March 2010.

      Young People: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any of the adolescents identified by the National Treatment Agency as having a Class A drug dependency are using (a) more...

      Youth Parliaments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department takes to ensure that its funding for county Youth Parliaments represents value for money; and if...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 524W, on buildings: energy, how many and what proportion of...

    • Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average rent paid for (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedroom, (c) three bedroom and (d) all types of council...

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwelling management orders have been issued by each local authority.

      First-Time Buyers

      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...

      First-Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been sold to first-time buyers under Government schemes in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what year his Department began keeping reliable figures relating to net housing supply; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) households and (b) people in the (i) private rented, (ii) social...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio of lower quintile house prices to lower quintile earnings was in (a) England and (b) each government office...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average cost was of (a) a detached house, (b) a semi-detached house, (c) a terraced house, (d) a flat and (e) an...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residential property sales there were in each local authority area in the last year for which figures are available.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of domestic properties sold in each (a) local authority and (b) Government office region were...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many Building for Life assessments were carried out in each of the last three years; and how many resulted in an...

      Planning Inspectorate: Judicial Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many judicial reviews relating to section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 were brought by each local planning...

      Rented Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many and what proportion of (a) households and (b) people in the (i) private and (ii) social rented sector there...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of the social homes provided through the temporary social housing programme in each of the last three years were...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2010, Official Report, columns 1330-1332W, on social rented housing: finance, what the...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social homes have been built since April 2006; and (a) how many and (b) what proportion met code level (i) 1, (ii) 2,...

      Social Rented Housing: Empty Property

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

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many households with children were on the social housing waiting list in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Street Cleaning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require local authorities to clean and maintain unadopted alleyways; and if he...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to the US authorities on the effect on UK banks in which the Government have a stake operating in the US of the new...

    • Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether an assessment has been made of the implications for levels of tax collected of proposals by HM Revenue and Customs to close offices and reduce staff.

      Revenue and Customs: Peterhead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the effects of the closure of HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) office in Peterhead on the provision of face-to-face advice...

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at how many locations in Scotland HM Revenue and Customs shares office accommodation with other government agencies.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any of the HM Revenue and Customs offices in Scotland earmarked for closure were funded through the private finance initiative.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases have been passed from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) call centres to HMRC offices in Scotland which have been earmarked for closure in each of...

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the staff (a) turnover and (b) absentee rate was at each HM Revenue and Customs office in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Aggregates Levy: Wind Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the aggregates levy applies to the construction of outside tracking and hard standings in wind farms when using materials excavated from (a) a...

      Bank Services: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct UK Financial Investments to request from (a) Northern Rock, (b) Halifax, (c) Bank of Scotland, (d) Lloyds Bank and (e) Royal Bank of...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Box C4, page 213 of the Budget 2010, what estimate he has made of the net fiscal cost of the Government's financial sector interventions...

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many parents who use childcare vouchers also claimed the childcare element of working tax credit in the last 12 months.

      Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 12 March 2010, Official Report, column 516W, on civil servants: location, what targets were...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has incurred expenditure on (a) foreign exchange derivatives and (b) consulting on currency hedging strategies in each of the last...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether community-based social enterprises will be eligible for investment from the Green Investment Bank announced in Budget 2010.

      Income Tax: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many 16 and 17 year-olds resident in Scotland pay income tax; (2) how much income tax liability there was in respect of those resident in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter dated 3 March 2010 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent Mr. L. Stridgen.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made an assessment of the merits of (a) reducing National Insurance contributions for businesses taking on a graduate employee...

      Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Mole Valley of 5 February 2010, Official Report, columns 643-45W, on non-domestic rates: garages and petrol...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of a moratorium on payments of retrospective rates on port businesses.

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have registered for his Department's scheme to enable retrospective business rate charges to be paid over eight years; and how many such...

      Non-domestic Rates: Post Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many post office branches were on the rating list in (a) 1997 and (b) 2010, according to Special Category code information held by the Valuation...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the remissions and write-offs included in the HM Revenue and Customs Trust Statement (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 including (i) the...

      Tax Allowances: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2010, Official Report, column 195W, on tax allowances: housing, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK taxpayers and...

      Tax Allowances: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for higher rate tax relief on pensions were rejected by HM Revenue and Customs in financial year 2009-10 on the basis that the period within...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the effect on domestic tax revenue rates of relocating offshore (a) public and (b) private sector jobs.

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward in the Budget proposals to end non-domiciliary tax status.

      Valuation Office Agency: Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 810W, on Valuation Office:...

      Valuation Office Agency: Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 810W, on the Valuation Office:...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon Central constituency, the effects of his...

    • Departmental Electricity Supply

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

      Football: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has allocated to support youth development and training at non-league football clubs in the last 12 months.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pieces from the Government Art Collection have been reported missing in each year since 1997; and what the monetary value of...

      Leisure: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided for (a) public libraries, (b) museums, (c) galleries, (d) arts development and support,...

      Museums and Galleries: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether he has made an estimate of the (a) total financial contribution made by foreign national visitors to national museums and...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to refuse consent to Camelot to offer a facility to make cash payments for utilities and other services...

      Royal Parks Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 997W, Royal Parks Agency: finance, what revenue has been raised by the...

      Television: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultation was undertaken by his Department on the transfer of the Scottish Borders television region to the Scotland pilot...

      Tourism: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote tourism in South East Essex; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Health Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Animal Health Agency will spend in each of the next three years on information technology to support the modernising of working practices and save...

    • Armed Forces: Dependents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources are available to commanding officers to provide support for the families and dependants of Armed Forces personnel.

      Armed Forces: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Navy personnel deployed to Iraq are involved in the training of the Iraqi navy.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether officer cadets at (a) Britannia Royal Naval College, (b) the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and (c) RAF Cranwell, receive language training in Dari...

      Armed Forces: Retraining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what civilian retraining is available for Armed Forces personnel who have been seriously wounded.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to provide assistance to address humanitarian issues in the camps for Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh-Burma border.

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 22 February (WA 174-5), whether they will apply the common law powers permitted by the Ram doctrine to enable...

      Chemicals: REACH Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 6 April (HL3057), what are the reduced fees for small and medium-sized enterprises when they apply for...

      Children: Creches and Nurseries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many crèches and nurseries in England and Wales have closed down as a result of increased requirements specified by Ofsted and in legislation.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the discovery of 21 foetuses and baby bodies in the Guangfu river, Jining city; and what...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of China about the one-child policy there; whether their representations covered the demographic effects of...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations officials in the British Embassy in China have made to Chinese officials about (a) alleged forced abortion and sterilisation, and (b)...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the Government of China about the case of Chen Guangcheng; and what response they received.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the Government of China about the level of public discussion and debate in China about population control policies.

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the mapping of the use of cluster bombs in Iraq by British and American forces is now complete; and, if not, when it will be completed.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Payment Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 15 March (WA 118), what were the results of the investigations into the cause of the delays in processing...

      Consultancy and Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which external companies have been used for consultancy and advisory work by UK Financial Investments Limited; and what payments have been made to those companies.

      Consultancy and Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which external companies have been used for consultancy and advisory work by the Asset Protection Agency and its predecessor body; and what payments have been made...

      Department of Health: Legal Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what costs the Department of Health has incurred to date in the case of March v Secretary of State for Health; and what is their estimate of the likely total cost...

      Energy: Power Lines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with One North East about the effect of power lines across the River Tees on attracting foreign direct investment to Teesside.

      Finance: Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportionality of the requirement that customers who have not accessed their individual savings account for a year visit a...

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much will be saved by each department as a result of the commitment in the Pre-Budget Report 2009 to save 50 per cent of the bill for consultancy and advisory...

      Government Departments: Illegal Immigrants

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

      Government Departments: Ministerial Code

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 8 March (WA 12), which departments and ministers were involved in the 16 written instructions provided by ministers...

      Government: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of the £5 billion of savings from targeting and prioritising spending announced in the 2009 Pre-Budget Report to be achieved by 2012-13,...

      Haiti: Reconstruction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in preparing a programme of action for the long-term recovery and development of Haiti; and what contribution they are making towards it.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why, if, as stated by the Department of Health to the BBC Newsnight programme on 19 March, legislation is not in their view required to implement the...

      Health: Stroke Victims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will increase spending on services provided to stroke victims.

      Health: Stroke Victims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to increase the proportion of stroke patients admitted to a dedicated stroke unit within four hours.

      Health: Stroke Victims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have measures planned to reduce the incidence of strokes.

      Health: Venous Thromboembolism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to increase the £192,000 per year they spend on preventing Venous Thromboembolism (blood clots), in light of figures which show that it...

      Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were their aid programmes for Aceh in 2009-10; and what are their plans for 2010-11.

      Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Indonesia about that Government's payments to the authorities in Aceh under the oil and gas revenue...

      International Planned Parenthood Federation and UN Population Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have given to (a) the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and (b) the United Nations Population Fund, in each year since 1997; what...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel or their representatives in the United Kingdom about Israel's compliance with international law.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had in the European Union and the United Nations and with the Government of the United States about Israel's compliance with...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, about the Government of the United States' recent comments regarding the...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the killing of two unarmed teenagers in the West Bank of Palestine this week.

      Libya: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 9 March (WA 49), whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has asked for copies of the monthly...

      Mutual Societies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place copies of the rules, reports, annual accounts and lists of committee members of companies registered as mutual societies in the Library of...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 17 March (WA 193), how many of the 4,285,130 adult overseas nationals registering for national insurance...

      Northern Ireland Prison Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the challenges facing the Northern Ireland Prison Service; whether prison officers have requested the removal of some governors;...

      Parliament Acts

      To ask the Leader of the House how many Acts since 1911 have been passed (a) under the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and (b) during "wash-ups" before general elections.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 15 March (WA 168), for what particular purposes the £800 million funding agreed in the context...

      Privy Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements exist for the scrutiny and assessment of the integrity of those nominated to Her Majesty's Privy Council; and whether they propose any...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, on 26 February (Official Report, Commons, col. 806W), what is the cash value of...

      Red Squirrels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of red squirrels in Northumberland in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008, and (e) 2009.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of setting the admissions timetable for entering the reception year at primary school to end in May on the making of...

      Schools: Church Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Church of England day schools there are in central Liverpool; how many pupils attend each one; whether there are any vacancies for pupils; what are the...

      Schools: Foreign Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will upgrade to a mandatory target the current benchmark that 50 to 90 per cent of pupils should study a language until the end of key stage 4, in...

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce unemployment through full-time volunteering schemes such as those deployed by ProjectScotland.

      Waste Management: Compost Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Environment Agency's rules on the use of bioaerosols take account of certain background levels of bioaerosols being naturally higher than the agency's...

      Waste Management: Compost Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether composting companies will be reimbursed for any development and operational costs incurred due to the Environment Agency's revised policy statement on...

      Young People's Learning Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what efficiency gains they expect the Young People's Learning Agency to make in 2010-11.

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