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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 26 July 2007

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 26 July 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 26 July 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 26 July of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 26 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 26 July see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will bring forward proposals to allow contractors employed by his Department to apply for internal job vacancies advertised within his Department; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(152989)
2
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices there were in Scotland at the end of March 2007.
(153010)
3
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what support is offered to promote technology careers to those working in manufacturing sectors.
(153305)
4
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to improve international manufacturing standards, with particular reference to the energy efficiency of household appliances.
(153306)
5
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the latest annual figure is for the trade deficit in manufacturing; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce it.
(153307)
6
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to support the manufacturing of micro and nanotechnology.
(153308)
7
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he plans (a) to regulate and (b) to assess the viability of the regulation of penalty bank charges by legislative means.
(152904)
8
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153596)
9
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153123)
10
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153124)
11
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153125)
12
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153126)
13
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153127)
14
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153128)
15
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153129)
16
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months.
(153130)
17
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153131)
18
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153132)
19
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153133)
20
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153134)
21
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153135)
22
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans he has to introduce legislation to control the use of chemicals in household products; and if he will make a statement.
(153748)
23
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the Government has set aside contingency funds for any fines likely to result from failure to meet the deadlines of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.
(153749)
24
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which spectrum bands will be affected by pan-European proposals on spectrum use by mobile telephone contractors; what assessment he has made of the impact of these proposals on (a) those already occupying these channels and (b) Ofcom's consultation process on spectrum allocation; and if he will make a statement.
(153533)
25
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of employees of Royal Mail had disabilities in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(153422)
26
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what criteria apply to the allocation of funds being made available by regional development agencies to businesses experiencing losses during the recent floods; and if he will make a statement.
(153603)
27
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether farming businesses will be eligible for funds being made available to businesses which have suffered damage due to the recent flooding; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (153657)
28
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department plans to take to offset the loss of trade for independent human resources advisers if the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service is enlarged to provide free dispute resolution services to small and medium-sized enterprises as outlined in the Success at Work consultation document; and if he will make a statement.
(153439)
29
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what funds Post Office Ltd has made available to improve disability access to stores and new sites to meet its obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 as a result of the franchise agreement reached between the Post Office Ltd and WHSmith.
(153001)
30
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he had with Post Office Ltd on its obligations as a public body under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 to produce a disability equality scheme prior to 19th April; and what such discussions he has had since that date.
(153002)
31
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what meetings Ministers in his Department had with Royal Mail to discuss disability access to Crown post offices before 19th April; and what such discussions they have had since that date.
(153003)
32
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what contractual requirements relating to disability access have been placed on WH Smith as a result of the franchise agreement with the Post Office Ltd.
(153004)
33
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether Post Office Ltd will publish a disability equality scheme in relation to the proposed Crown post office transfers to W H Smith.
(153005)
34
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) health and safety, (b) fire safety and (c) disability discrimination legislation requirements applying to post offices located in basement W H Smith facilities.
(153006)
35
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions his Department has had with organisations representing older people or those with disabilities on the access implications of the proposed transfer of Crown post offices to W H Smith.
(153007)
36
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions his Department has had with Post Office Ltd on consulting older people or those with disabilities on changes to access arrangements consequent upon the transfer of Crown post office customer services to W H Smith.
(153008)
37
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what arrangements will be in place to assist customers with special access needs in post office branches which are affected by the franchise agreement reached between Post Office Ltd and WH Smith.
(153582)
38
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what meetings took place between his Department and Post Office Ltd in which the franchise agreement between WH Smith and Post Office Ltd was discussed before 19th April; and what such discussions have taken place since that date.
(153612)
39
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether Post Office Ltd has an obligation under the Disability Equality Duty to publish a disability equality scheme for services which it has franchised out to another retailer.
(153613)
40
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether as a result of the franchise agreement reached between Post Office Ltd and WH Smith, Post Office Ltd retains responsibility under the Disability Equality Duty applied to public bodies to publish a disability equality scheme and carry out a disability equality impact assessment.
(153614)
41
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department has had discussions with Post Office Ltd on the completion of a disability equality impact assessment as a result of the Post Office's franchise agreement with WH Smith.
(153659)
42
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the names are of trade union representatives appointed to each regional development agency.
(153417)
43
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance his (a) Department and (b) the Certification Officer has produced on whether trade union members who opt out of the political fund should pay a different union membership fee from those who remain in the fund.
(153418)
44
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has produced on whether application forms to join a trade union should mention the rights of the trade union member to opt out of the political fund.
(153420)
45
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which elements of the 2004 Warwick Agreement have been implemented by the Government.
(153527)
46
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the average hourly rate paid to his Department's advisers on the restructuring of the Post Office network was; and where those advisers were located.
(152975)
47
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations the South East England Development Agency has made to the South East England Regional Assembly on the level of the yearly house building target in the Regional Spatial Strategy.
(153738)
48
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, who the board members are of each regional development agency; and what the (a) political affiliation and (b) biography is of each.
(153739)
49
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will assess, with reference to the experience of countries which have such a system, the merits of introducing in the UK a system of national fuel pricing.
(153353)
50
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will make an assessment of the likely effect on economic growth of an improved modernised rail network that serves Tees Valley from Darlington.
(153375)
51
David Tredinnick (Bosworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received from telephone services consumers complaining about surcharges for using other methods than direct debit to pay their telephone bills; and what steps he is taking to prevent such practices by telephone services providers.
(153458)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
52
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of claims for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit were made (i) over the telephone, (ii) using a paper form and (iii) in person in each of the last 10 years.
(152810)
53
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff of HM Revenue and Customs were employed in (a) call centres and (b) frontline offices in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(152811)
54
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17th July 2007, Official Report, column 259W, on tobacco: counterfeit manufacturing, which tobacco companies already use the technology that is being introduced across the tobacco industry on their tobacco products, as of July 2007; and which tobacco companies will be introducing this as a new level of security on their tobacco products by October 2007 as part of the voluntary agreement.
(153449)
55
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the terms of the voluntary agreement made between HM Revenue and Customs and the tobacco industry in respect of introducing an anti-counterfeit solution to UK duty paid tobacco from October 2007.
(153450)
56
N
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has undertaken on the relationship between receipt of tax credits and levels of deprivation.
(151706)
57
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in which locations information relating to formal reprimands of staff for failing to follow departmental procedures in relation to calculating the (a) income tax and (b) national insurance liabilities of individuals in each of the last five years are held; and if he will make a statement.
(153443)
58
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) 20 Parliamentary constituencies and (b) 20 local authorities were with the lowest employment rates in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the employment rate was in each case.
(152642)
59
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a public search room in Central London will be provided should the proposed closure of the Family Records Centre in Islington in April 2008 go ahead; and whether a change in the law is required before this facility may be withdrawn.
(153732)
60
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures will be implemented following the proposed closure of the Family Records Centre in Islington in April 2008 to meet the needs of customers with learning disabilities and people who do not have English as their first language.
(153733)
61
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Registrar General complied with her duty to consult (a) staff and (b) their representatives in connection with the proposed closure of the Family Records Centre in Islington in April 2008.
(153734)
62
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has written off in misplaced tax credits in (a) Hampshire and (b) England in each year since their inception.
(153631)
63
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were employed by call centres used by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2001.
(152792)
64
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs debt recovery offices closed in each year since 2001, broken down by Parliamentary constituency.
(152793)
65
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153592)
66
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153165)
67
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153166)
68
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153167)
69
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153168)
70
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153169)
71
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153170)
72
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153171)
73
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months.
(153172)
74
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153173)
75
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153174)
76
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Services grades in the last 30 days.
(153175)
77
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153176)
78
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153177)
79
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the Department for Education and Skills' settlement for the years covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review period announced in the 2007 Budget will be divided between its two successor departments.
(153364)
80
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July 2007, Official Report, column 1066W, on Departments: disclosure of information, on how many occasions his Department has used a section 36 exemption to withhold information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 that was agreed by the Departmental Minister.
(153453)
81
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July 2007, Official Report, column 1066W, on Departments: disclosure of information, who his Department's departmental minister was on (a) 1st January 2007 and (b) 5th July 2007.
(153454)
82
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5th July 2007, Official Report, column 1183W, on general practitioners: conditions of employment, what his Department's (a) highest and (b) lowest estimate was of the impact a new contract for general practitioners would have on (i) average salaries for general practitioners and (ii) annual additional costs to the public purse as part of the discussions prior to the 2002 Budget.
(153457)
83
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 90W, on the Building Schools for the Future programme, how many recommendations were made to (a) the Department for Education and Skills and (b) HM Treasury as a result of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit's review.
(153611)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 66W, on departments: freedom of information and the Ministry of Justice aggregated statistics, what information has been requested of his Department under the Act in the last six months.
(153616)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5th July 2007, Official Report, column 1183W, on the Health Spending Team, whether this team has its own specific list of objectives that contribute to his Department's overall objectives.
(153649)
86
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd July 2007, Official Report, column 957W, on welfare tax credits, if he will make it his practice to provide answers including full figures rather than by reference to a website.
(152955)
87
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the underlying savings ratio was in the first quarter of 2007 excluding the contribution made to household pension funds; and if he will make a statement.
(153481)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
88
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will include educational attainment as a criterion for the national indicator for disabled children's services.
(153571)
89
N
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether (a) members of local governing bodies and (b) parents are entitled to ask to inspect the financial accounts of academy schools.
(151707)
90
N
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects to issue guidance to schools on the supply of school uniforms following the Office of Fair Trading investigation; and what schools will be covered by the guidance.
(151708)
91
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will place in the Library copies of the correspondence between his officials and Essex Local Education Authority on the decision to build Bishops Park College in Clacton.
(153377)
92
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his Department's policy is on the retention of high schools in rural and remote areas with school rolls of less than 500.
(152905)
93
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children met the Government's literacy and numeracy targets in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153557)
94
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what use his Department plans to make of the voluntary and community sector in delivering personalised learning and one-to-one tuition in English in the Making Good Progress pilot areas; and if he will make a statement.
(153621)
95
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what delivery partners his Department will work with to deliver one-to-one tuition in reading and literacy in (a) Making Good Progress pilot local authorities and (b) other local authorities in England; and if he will make a statement.
(153625)
96
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how one-to-one tuition for low-attaining pupils will be delivered under the Making Good Progress pilots; who will deliver this tuition; and if he will make a statement.
(153626)
97
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153578)
98
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of staff formerly employed by the Department for Education and Skills are now employed by his Department.
(153471)
99
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153253)
100
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153254)
101
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153255)
102
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153256)
103
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153257)
104
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153258)
105
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153259)
106
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on business class flights in the last 12 months.
(153260)
107
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on (a) business class and (b) first class flights in the last 12 months.
(153261)
108
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153262)
109
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153263)
110
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153264)
111
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153265)
112
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153266)
113
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many head teachers took early retirement in each of the last three years.
(153349)
114
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding the (a) business sector and (b) voluntary sector has committed to the Every Child a Reader programme, broken down by financial year.
(153354)
115
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding the (a) business sector and (b) voluntary sector is expected to commit to the Every Child a Reader programme in each financial year until 2010-11.
(153355)
116
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of expenditure on its anti-bullying policies.
(153356)
117
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average cost was of training an (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher in each financial year since 1999-2000.
(153357)
118
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been set aside for the Every Child a Reader programme in each of the years covered by his Department's Comprehensive Spending Review settlement announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's 2007 Budget.
(153365)
119
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been spent on the Every Child a Reader programme in each financial year since its inception.
(153366)
120
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children (a) have participated in the Every Child a Reader programme in each financial year since its inception and (b) are expected to participate in the Every Child a Reader programme in each financial year until 2010-11.
(153367)
121
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July 2007, Official Report, columns 1092-4, on pupils: intimidation, to how many schools the National Strategies gave additional support with anti-bullying work in each financial year since 2002-03.
(153455)
122
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July 2007, Official Report, columns 1092-4, on pupils: intimidation, what percentage of schools were using the principles of the Charter to draw up effective anti-bullying policies in each financial year since 2002-03.
(153456)
123
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 126W, on teachers: assessments, what the unit cost per test taken was in each financial year since 1999-2000.
(153573)
124
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 126W, on teachers: assessments, how many of those who successfully passed each test in each year passed on their first attempt.
(153574)
125
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 126W, on teachers: assessments, what the highest number of attempts needed was for any successful student to pass (a) in each year and (b) for each test.
(153575)
126
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 90W, on the Building Schools for the Future programme, whether the recommendations of the review have been implemented.
(153609)
127
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 90W, on the Building Schools for the Future programme, for what reason HM Treasury was a joint commissioner of the review.
(153610)
128
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answers of 11th June 2007, Official Report, column 795W and 4th July 2007, Official Report, column 1092W, on pupils: intimidation, if he will clarify the allocation of funds for tackling bullying to (a) organisations and (b) programmes.
(153615)
129
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 94W, on departments: affairs, what the value and purpose was of each payment by his Department to Atkins (formerly WS Atkins) as part of the Academies Programme since 2001.
(153618)
130
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 92W, on Building Schools for the Future (BSF): private finance initiative, how much funding from his Department's capital budget was spent on the BSF schools already built in each financial year, broken down into expenditure on newly built and refurbished schools and the seven new-build BSF schools that are under construction.
(153647)
131
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 92W, on Building Schools for the Future (BSF): private finance initiative (PFI), how his Department decides whether BSF schools will be procured as part of PFI schemes.
(153648)
132
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many secondary schools in England had one fully qualified (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) German, (d) Mandarin and (e) Urdu teacher in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(153431)
133
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of teachers were on (a) long-term and (b) short-term sick leave in each local authority area in the most recent reporting period for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(153432)
134
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of (a) teacher and (b) head teacher posts were vacant in (i) the latest reporting period and (ii) each year from 1997 to 2007.
(153433)
135
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the minimum entry standards are for (a) primary and (b) secondary teachers in terms of (i) GCSEs, (ii) A levels and (iii) other qualifications; and if he will make a statement.
(153434)
136
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of secondary school teachers have trained to teach in their degree subject.
(153435)
137
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his estimate is of the total staff employed by each local education authority in each year from 1997-98.
(153436)
138
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his estimate is of the ratio of teachers to teaching assistants in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each year since 1990.
(153437)
139
N
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on the future of the 14 to 19 Education and Skills Agenda.
(152573)
140
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much each local authority has received from the Transformation Fund since its inception.
(152794)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
141
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will bring forward proposals to allow contractors employed by his Department to apply for internal job vacancies advertised within his Department; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(152987)
142
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many items of correspondence were received by Cabinet Office Ministers from right hon. and hon. Members in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; what the target time for replying to such correspondence is; and how many replies were sent within the target time.
(153009)
143
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153599)
144
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(152991)
145
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153283)
146
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153284)
147
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153285)
148
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent by his Department on (a) business and (b) first class flights in the last 12 months.
(153286)
149
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153287)
150
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153288)
151
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153289)
152
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153290)
153
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153291)
154
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside of civil service grades in the last 30 days.
(153292)
155
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153293)
156
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153294)
157
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent on refurbishments and improvements to Number 10 Downing Street in (a) June and (b) July 2007.
(153348)
158
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what role Gila Sacks holds in his Department.
(153381)
159
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what magazines, newspapers and periodicals his Department subscribed to before 27th June; and which one his Department has subscribed to since that date.
(153530)
160
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 35W, on departments: freedom of information, and the Ministry of Justice aggregated statistics, what information has been requested of his Department under the Act in the last six months.
(153617)
161
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what use will be made of the former Deputy Prime Minister's offices.
(153528)
162
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether any staff from the Deputy Prime Minister's Office will be made redundant.
(153529)
163
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Hertfordshire North East of 2nd July 2007, Official Report, columns 901-2W, on departments: vacancies, whether the Government Communication Network website previously listed on its public website jobs for Government communicators and other civil servants that were not open to the public.
(153638)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
164
N
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many assessments were carried out under the housing health and safety system in 2006-07; and how many properties were assessed as representing a category 1 hazard in (a) each local authority area, (b) local authority property, (c) registered social landlord property and (d) private accommodation.
(151709)
165
N
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether properties assessed as a category 1 hazard under the housing health and safety rating system will not meet the decent homes standard; and how many properties fell into this category in 2006-07.
(151710)
166
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to reply to the letter of 20th June 2007 from the hon. Member for Hertsmere on gypsy and traveller sites in Hertfordshire.
(152643)
167
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many vacant homes there were in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153556)
168
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of available brownfield sites was used for the provision of new homes in each of the London boroughs in each of the last five years.
(153568)
169
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the average age of household formation by (a) males and (b) females over the last five years, broken down by London borough.
(153570)
170
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were sleeping rough in each London borough (a) in each of the last five years and (b) the most recent period for which figures area available.
(153645)
171
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average age of first time buyers was in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153646)
172
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of people employed by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153593)
173
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the level of stakeholder support for Exeter's proposal to become a unitary authority.
(153473)
174
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much money (a) Sunderland City Council and (b) Sunderland Housing Group (recently renamed Gentoo) received for their housing renewal programme in each year since 2001.
(152802)
175
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes in (a) private ownership and (b) public ownership have been empty for more than six months in each local authority in the North East of England.
(152959)
176
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153217)
177
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153218)
178
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153219)
179
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153220)
180
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to which periodicals her Department subscribes.
(153221)
181
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153222)
182
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153223)
183
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on (a) business class and (b) first class flights in the last 12 months.
(153224)
184
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153225)
185
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153226)
186
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have been appointed to her Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153227)
187
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the name is of each special adviser in her Department.
(153228)
188
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many press officers are employed by her Department.
(153229)
189
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to merge regional spatial strategies with regional economic strategies.
(153495)
190
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what minimum equity stake must be purchased under the (a) Social Homebuy, (b) New Build Homebuy and (c) Open Market Homebuy schemes; and what plans her Department has to amend the level of these stakes.
(153496)
191
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have notified her Department of their intention to apply for Bellwin scheme funding following the recent floods.
(153497)
192
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average Right to Buy discount in England was for a house in each year since 1996-97.
(153498)
193
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average sales price was of a Right to Buy house, before any discount was applied, in each year since 1996-97.
(153499)
194
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) councils and (b) housing associations are participating in the (i) Social Homebuy scheme, (ii) Open Market Homebuy scheme and (c) New Build Homebuy scheme.
(153500)
195
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many contracts have been exchanged for properties under the (a) Social Homebuy scheme, (b) Open Market Homebuy scheme and (c) New Build Homebuy scheme in each government office region.
(153501)
196
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how long the pilot schemes on participatory budgeting will last.
(153502)
197
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning appeals have so far been considered and ruled on by the Planning Inspectorate in relation to planning applications for residential development under the new Policy Planning Statement 3 regime.
(153503)
198
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether expenditure by a local authority on a local council tax discount under the Local Government Act 2003 for victims of flooding is eligible for funding under the Bellwin scheme.
(153504)
199
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria were used to select local authorities taking part in the participatory budgeting pilots.
(153505)
200
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, over what frontline services residents will be given a direct say in her plans for participatory budgeting.
(153506)
201
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations her Department has received from the Environment Agency on planning regulations and guidance on development on flood plains.
(153507)
202
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes have been made to the operation of the Bellwin Scheme since May 1997.
(153508)
203
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which Government departments and agencies (a) have and (b) will have access to the Valuebill database and interface.
(153509)
204
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the change of her Department's Director of Housing.
(153510)
205
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes her Department has made to funding to local authorities on homeless prevention revenue support in the last three years.
(153511)
206
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for her Department's review of the business rate exemptions for agricultural land and buildings.
(153512)
207
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans there are to review or revise the Government-wide agreement on digitised mapping services provided by Ordnance Survey.
(153513)
208
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will publish a list of all surplus public sector land sites that she expects to be used for brownfield development.
(153514)
209
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for her Department to publish a formal response to the report of the Commission on Integration and Cohesion.
(153515)
210
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations her Department has received from the local authorities co-ordinators of regulatory services on (a) home information packs and (b) energy performance certificates in the last 12 months.
(153516)
211
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers of entry trading standards officers have to domestic dwellings.
(153518)
212
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether residential gardens are included in the typology of previously developed land for the National Land Use Database.
(153519)
213
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations her Department has received from (a) Flint Bishop solicitors and (b) Labour Legal Services in the last 12 months on home information packs.
(153525)
214
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley of 13th June 2007, Official Report, column 1073W, on local government: standards, which local authorities in each Government Office region have public service agreement or Local Area Agreement targets which relate to children being placed in care, other than adoptions; what the targets are in each case; and how much funding each local authority will receive if it achieves these targets.
(153537)
215
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes the Planning Policy Statement has made to the (a) minimum and (b) maximum amount of car parking allowed in new residential developments.
(153605)
216
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a home information pack will be required at the point of sale.
(153606)
217
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the reasons for Mr Robert Adewumni being able to circumvent the restraint order placed upon him following his conviction for fraud relating to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
(153635)
218
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated net loss to the public purse was of the fraud perpetrated by Mr Robert Adewumni in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; and what steps are being taken to recover losses from Mr Adewumni's overseas bank accounts.
(153636)
219
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to improve internal audit and the scope for internal fraud following the conviction of Mr Robert Adewumni for fraud in the Civil Resistance Directorate of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
(153637)
220
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what form consultation with councils taking part in the participatory budget pilots took.
(153686)
221
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has guaranteed commercial lenders participating in the Open Market Homebuy scheme against falling house prices.
(153687)
222
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what responsibility Mr Neil McDonald in her Department (a) has and (b) had for home information packs.
(153688)
223
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities listed increased revenue from (a) parking fines and (b) fly-tipping fines as an efficiency gain in their annual efficiency returns to her Department.
(153689)
224
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department and its agencies are taking to lever more private finance into the social housing sector.
(153690)
225
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many improvement targets for councils will be (a) established via local area agreements and (b) included in her Department's plans.
(153691)
226
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what targets were set for processing of planning and enforcement appeals between April 2006 and March 2007; and what such targets have been set since April 2007.
(153697)
227
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department will retain the revenue from fines for breaching the home information pack regulations.
(153722)
228
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many key workers in (a) the UK, (b) the South West and (c) Weston-Super-Mare have received assistance through the Key Worker Living Programme.
(153351)
229
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress the Government has made towards fulfilling its commitment to help 30,000 key workers into home ownership by 2010 through the Key Worker Living Programme as set out by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in Sustainable Communities: Homes for All in 2005.
(153352)
230
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the percentage change was in the average business rates bill in England in each year since 1997-98.
(153682)
231
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department is the lead Government Department for the EU's INTERREG programme.
(153683)
232
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the take-up rate was of mortgage payment protection insurance by new homebuyers in each year since 1997.
(153692)
233
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many more dwellings will be built on green belt land as a consequence of the increase in building target to 240,000 dwellings a year.
(153693)
234
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) funded on the (i) South West Regional Spatial Strategy and (ii) East of England Regional Spatial Strategy.
(153694)
235
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what definition she uses of overcrowding in relation to social housing.
(153695)
236
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the sale of a freehold interest of a leasehold residential property requires (a) an energy performance certificate and (b) a home information pack.
(153696)
237
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many shared equity homes are on the National Register of Social Housing in England.
(153711)
238
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will bring forward legislation to protect the viewing corridor of the Tower of London from Richmond Park.
(153712)
239
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government's Foresight report on future flood risk.
(153713)
240
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the location is of each of the 550 sites owned by central government being examined for housing development.
(153714)
241
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance has been given to local authorities on making submissions from the public on individual planning applications open to public inspection.
(153715)
242
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in what manner the Criminal Records Bureau checks for accredited home inspectors differ from those for accredited domestic energy inspectors; and for what reasons.
(153716)
243
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether research has been conducted by her Department and its predecessor into the manner in which the EU directive on energy performance certificates has been implemented in other EU member states.
(153717)
244
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the consultation on supplementary business rates.
(153718)
245
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities will have the power (a) to veto and (b) to amend the new integrated regional spatial strategies of the regional development agencies.
(153719)
246
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 12th July 2007, Official Report, column 1629W, on departmental travel, what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of the visits to (i) the US and (ii) Kenya; and how many staff went on each visit.
(153724)
247
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with Severn Vale Housing on providing help to residents who have been flooded in the Tewkesbury constituency; and if she will make a statement.
(152908)
248
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what application is planned to be made to access money from the European Union to help (a) agencies and (b) individuals who have been affected by the recent flooding in Tewkesbury constituency; and if she will make a statement.
(152909)
249
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance she has issued on the minimum threshold of support among (a) tenants, (b) leaseholders and (c) all residents for a local authority to proceed with transferring management of properties to an arm's length management organisation.
(153565)
250
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of private sector houses built in each of the last three years met the energy efficiency standards required of public sector housing; and when she expects the same standards to be required in both sectors.
(153350)
251
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to promote best practice amongst local authorities in using mobile and wireless technology to facilitate more efficient working and public service delivery; and if she will make a statement.
(153520)
252
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage of local authorities have implemented (a) flexible working practices and (b) mobile working.
(153521)
253
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the potential of mobile technology and ICT in local government to meet efficiency savings identified in the Gershon Review.
(153522)
254
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to address the technical and cultural barriers which constrain the use of ICT and mobile technology in local government.
(153523)
255
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the costs and benefits of mobile and wireless technology in local government and service delivery; and if she will make a statement.
(153524)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
256
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guarantees Ofcom has given to major broadcasters on access to the digital interleaved spectrum; and if he will make a statement.
(153569)
257
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to answer the letter sent to it by the Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers on 31st May.
(153673)
258
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many licences issued under the Licensing Act 2003 have since been revoked in each London borough.
(153416)
259
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many new sporting facilities have been provided for children in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153566)
260
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much grant in aid VisitBritain received in each year since 1997 at current prices; and if he will make a statement.
(153474)
261
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153580)
262
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153267)
263
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153268)
264
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153269)
265
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153270)
266
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153271)
267
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153272)
268
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153273)
269
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153274)
270
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business class flights in the last 12 months.
(153275)
271
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153276)
272
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153277)
273
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153278)
274
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153279)
275
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) title and (b) artist is of each piece of artwork that has been (i) added and (ii) removed from Number 10 Downing Street and the Prime Minister's offices since 27th June 2007.
(153347)
276
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date his Department agreed a new target of raising the time allocated to school sport from four hours per week to five hours.
(153383)
277
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for the future of Lilleshall National Sports Centre; and if he will make a statement.
(152652)
278
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what budget has been agreed for the new Government Ambassador for the 2018 Football World Cup bid; and from which Department's budget it will come.
(152653)
279
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions took place with the Football Association prior to the announcement of the new Government Ambassador for the 2018 World Cup bid.
(152654)
280
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support will be provided from the public purse to the new Government Ambassador for the 2018 Football World Cup bid.
(152655)
281
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether there are any plans to transfer the association right if Glasgow wins the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games; and if he will make a statement.
(152656)
282
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many licence applications were (a) granted and (b) rejected in each local authority area for (i) late night takeaway premises, (ii) public houses and (iii) clubs between 1999 and the commencement of the Licensing Act 2003.
(153334)
283
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many licence applications have been (a) granted and (b) rejected in each local authority area for (i) late night takeaway premises, (ii) public houses and (iii) clubs since the commencement of the Licensing Act 2003.
(153335)
284
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what percentage of licence applications have been granted in each local authority area for (a) late night takeaway premises, (b) public houses and (c) clubs against police advice since the commencement of the Licensing Act 2003.
(153336)
285
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 15th June 2007, DCMS ref: 72199.
(153491)
286
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to request the BBC to publish the Balen Report.
(153650)
287
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 19th July 2007, Official Report, column 479W, on museums and galleries: West Midlands, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Renaissance funding within the context of the Comprehensive Spending Review in (a) the West Midlands and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.
(153333)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
288
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Space Based Infra Red System at RAF Menwith Hill will be in operation.
(153744)
289
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29th July 2007, Official Report, column 903W, on Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: USA, if he will place in the Library the results of the negotiations being held with the US authorities concerning the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency and the US authorities.
(153745)
290
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effects on Lynx helicopters of high air temperatures in Afghanistan.
(153378)
291
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms are in place to prevent arms owned by the armed forces or deemed surplus to requirements becoming available on the black market.
(153670)
292
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidelines his Department follows on the proximity of storage of nuclear weapons to (a) residential properties and (b) other nuclear weapons.
(153671)
293
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms are in place to ensure the professional conduct of doctors serving with the military in examining military prisoners; and if he will make a statement.
(153737)
294
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what flood protection measures were taken in respect of AWE Aldermaston during the recent heavy rainfall; what assessment he has made of the robustness of these protection measures; and if he will make a statement.
(153484)
295
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters there were in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Navy, (c) RAF and (d) Armed Forces in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.
(153315)
296
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) average and (b) longest flying hours for each helicopter type operating in Afghanistan were in each of the last 12 months.
(153316)
297
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations with the Metrix consortium on package 2 for the Defence Training Review.
(153317)
298
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department's contract with Frontier Medical was signed; what tendering process was used for the contract; and if he will make a statement.
(153318)
299
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew (a) requirement and (b) strength is for each helicopter type in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Navy and (c) RAF.
(153319)
300
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the out-of-service dates are for each armoured vehicle type in the army.
(153320)
301
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made towards meeting the EU Headline Goal 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(153321)
302
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total expenditure on his Department's communications and media personnel was in 2006-07.
(153322)
303
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent assessment is of the capability of the Taliban and insurgency forces in Helmand Province.
(153323)
304
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the out-of-service dates are for each (a) submarine, (b) frigate, (c) destroyer and (e) minehunter vessel in the Royal Navy.
(153324)
305
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armoured vehicles of each type were in service in the Army in 1997.
(153325)
306
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many detainees were in British custody in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since 2001, broken down by nationality.
(153326)
307
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training British military personnel receive in the handling of detainees taken on operations.
(153327)
308
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British armed forces personnel were wounded during operations in (a) Sierra Leone, (b) Bosnia and (c) Kosovo in each year since 1997.
(153328)
309
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days (a) HMS Illustrious and (b) HMS Ark Royal were at sea in each year since 1997.
(153329)
310
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current status is of HMS Birmingham.
(153330)
311
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British armed forces personnel have participated in EU military operations since 1997, broken down by cap badge.
(153331)
312
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British military engineers were deployed to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since 2001; and what their primary mission was in each case.
(153332)
313
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many minehunters were (a) on active service and (b) in reserve in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007; what plans he has to change the numbers; and if he will make a statement.
(153441)
314
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what risk assessments have been carried out on (a) RAF and (b) Army accommodation in Basra with particular reference to (i) overhead protection and (ii) protection from shrapnel; what action (A) was taken and (B) is planned as a result; and if he will make a statement.
(153460)
315
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153579)
316
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153071)
317
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153072)
318
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153074)
319
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on staff training in the last 12 months.
(153101)
320
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153102)
321
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153103)
322
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153104)
323
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153105)
324
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153106)
325
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months.
(153107)
326
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153108)
327
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153109)
328
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153150)
329
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153151)
330
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd February 2007, Official Report, column 989W, on departments: consultants, on which consultancy firms the £47.2 million spent on external consultancy services was spent; which projects each worked on; and what the total cost in consultancy fees was for each private finance initiative project.
(153608)
331
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he has taken in response to each of the recommendations of the Board of Inquiry into the Death of Private Alison Croft in October 2002; and what further measures he plans to undertake following the comments of HM Coroner at the conclusion of the inquest into her death on 17th July.
(153380)
332
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Territorial Army sub-units had members mobilised on operational service in the last three years; and which have members currently on operational service.
[R] (152660)
333
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish his Department's guidance on answering written parliamentary questions.
(152661)
334
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Territorial Army (TA) posts which will not be filled as a result of the decision to freeze recruiting in some TA units; and what proportion of TA manpower this represents.
[R] (152662)
335
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2007, Official Report, column 1769W, on reserve forces: recruitment, which Territorial Army units have a recruitment freeze; and what the (a) establishment and (b) current manning level is of each, broken down by (i) rank and (ii) appointment.
(152809)
336
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which posts are open to indirect employees as described in KT4 (Efficiency) in the Army Base Repair Organisation key targets of financial year 2007-08.
(152994)
337
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether bearskin caps used by the British Army are sourced from bears killed specifically for the purpose of supplying the British Army.
(153298)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
338
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what extra work has been carried out by British Waterways as a result of the recent floods; and what estimate he has made of the extra costs of this work to British Waterways over the last two months.
(153710)
339
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many helicopters are available to the Environment Agency to implement emergency flood protection; and what evaluation he has made of the adequacy of these aircraft for such transportation work.
(153483)
340
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to increase the funding for new woodland creations and new woodland management under the English Woodland Grant Scheme.
(152815)
341
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the weight in tonnes was of the UK grain reserves in each of the last 12 quarters for which data are available.
(153538)
342
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hill farms went out of business in each of the last five years.
(152893)
343
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding were allocated for school recycling projects in each London borough in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(153545)
344
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what flood prevention measures were put into place in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153567)
345
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultation process will be undertaken by local authorities prior to the introduction of dog control orders.
(153338)
346
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what obligations local authorities are under to consult local access forums prior to the introduction of dog control orders.
(153339)
347
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dog control orders have been implemented.
(153340)
348
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has consulted KC Dog in relation to the maintenance of records relating to dog control orders.
(153341)
349
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what provision is made within his Department for the recycling of (a) paper, (b) glass and (c) plastics.
(152901)
350
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153576)
351
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) capital and (b) resource departmental expenditure limit for flood defence grant in aid was in each year since 1997 for (i) England and (ii) each region; and if he will make a statement.
(153590)
352
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153088)
353
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153089)
354
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153090)
355
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153091)
356
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153092)
357
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153093)
358
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153094)
359
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months.
(153095)
360
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153096)
361
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153097)
362
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside of Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153098)
363
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153099)
364
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153100)
365
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the annual carbon emissions produced by (a) lawnmowers, (b) trimmers, edgers and bush cutters, (c) leaf blowers and vacuums, (d) chain saws of less than four brake horse power, (e) shredders of less than five brake horse power, (f) lawn and garden tractors, (g) wood splitters, (h) snow blowers, (i) wood chippers and tree stump grinders, (j) other lawn and garden equipment and (k) other small two and four stroke petrol engine fuelled machinery.
(153741)
366
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the effect on demand for water of the likely change in the use of domestic power showers over the next 10 years.
(153742)
367
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the title is of documents produced by the Office of Climate Change for (a) publication, (b) Ministers and (c) other purposes.
(153743)
368
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the balance of carbon emissions of UK imports and exports and (ii) the effect on the carbon intensity of UK economic activity of relocating manufacturing processes overseas.
(153746)
369
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will estimate the (a) increase over the last decade and (b) predicted future increase over the next decade of the number of (i) swimming pools, (ii) jacuzzi and other water spa pools and (iii) decorative domestic water features and ponds; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of these changes on per capita demand for water.
(153747)
370
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of large-scale tree felling on the risk of flooding in flood-prone areas.
(153421)
371
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Environment Agency was notified by the Meteorological Office of the warning of severe weather with regard to the weather events on and around 20th July; and what information was provided.
(153729)
372
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Environment Agency took recently to warn the public about possible flooding; when the flood warnings were issued; what other steps the Environment Agency took in response to the Meteorological Office warning and information; and when these steps were taken.
(153730)
373
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the policy is of the Environment Agency on acting upon forecasts of bad weather received from the Meteorological Office.
(153731)
374
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what EU funding is available in the event of emergency flooding; what applications he has made to access this funding; what criteria apply for such applications to be granted; and whether matched funding is required.
(153337)
375
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take action against the organisation www.squirrels.info, which suggests on its website moving grey squirrels about the country contrary to law.
(153438)
376
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure that his Department's regional officers in England are all operating the same policy on red squirrel protection.
(153440)
377
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date he expects the final version of the Quality Protocol for Pulverised Fuel Ash to be published.
(151603)
378
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date the consultation on the draft Quality Protocol for Pulverised Fuel Ash will end.
(151604)
379
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which bodies will be consulted about the draft Quality Protocol for Pulverised Fuel Ash; and if he will make a statement.
(151605)
380
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date the consultation on the draft Quality Protocol for Pulverised Fuel Ash will begin.
(151606)
381
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Innovation, Universities and Skills and (b) Defence on the number of meteorologists which will be required over the next 20 years.
(153665)
382
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by what mechanism internal drainage boards are funded by the public purse.
(153701)
383
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the recommendations of the August 1998 Agriculture Select Committee Report on flood and coastal defences (HC 707) have been implemented.
(153702)
384
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 15th June 2007, Official Report, column 1374W, on water: fees and charges, which (a) public sector organisations and (b) private sector consultants or research companies are assisting with updating this research.
(153723)
385
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fines have been levied for breaching the Weeds Act 1959 by preventing an authorised representative from entering a property to inspect for weeds in each year since 1997 for which figures are held.
(153725)
386
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) research and (b) consultancy work his Department has commissioned from Eunomia.
(153726)
387
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what distinction Flycapture makes between (a) low-level fly-tipping by householders and (b) waste crime.
(153727)
388
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much public funding was allocated to the internal drainage boards in each year since 1997-98.
(153728)
389
Gwyn Prosser (Dover):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ability of unweaned calves to drink from devices installed in livestock vehicles for that purpose; and if he will make a statement.
(153412)
390
Gwyn Prosser (Dover):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what devices for supplying liquid to unweaned calves are in use on livestock vehicles to enable them to be given liquid on board the vehicle after nine hours travel; and if he will make a statement.
(153413)
391
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has held with Severn Trent on restoring water supplies to households in the Tewkesbury constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(152906)
392
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Severn Trent on securing extra supplies of bowsers to provide emergency water supplies to people in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(152907)
393
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what money has been received in the last 10 years from the European Union for (a) flood defences and (b) compensation to (i) agencies and (ii) individuals affected by flooding.
(152910)
394
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of differences in recent trends in charges by energy companies to customers with prepayment meters compared to those paying by direct debit on the achievement of fuel poverty targets.
(153359)
395
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Minister of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 15th June 2007, in reply to DEFRA Reference: MC24643/JH.
(153494)
396
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to settle the outstanding annual payment due to the Holne Commoners for the year ending 31st August 2007 in accordance with the Environmentally Sensitive Agreement 1999.
(153660)
397
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has made to the European Commissioner responsible for environmentally sensitive schemes on the EU's financial obligations to commoners in Dartmoor National Park.
(153661)
398
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the growth of bracken in Dartmoor National Park and the lack of provision of access for ramblers and riders in accordance with the Dartmoor National Park Act 1983.
(153662)
399
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd July 2007, Official Report, columns 648-50W, on fisheries: protection, why the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Service contracted days have been reduced to 700 up to a maximum of 750.
(153475)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
400
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd July 2007, Official Report, column 708W, on Israel: Non-Proliferation Treaty, whether Israel is a non-nuclear weapon state.
(153705)
401
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the draft Iraq dossier written by Mr John Williams of 9th September 2002 was requested by the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee; and what purpose the draft served.
(152956)
402
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, by what formal mechanism the final version of the Iraq dossier was agreed by the members of the Joint Intelligence Committee; and on what date agreement was reached.
(152957)
403
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a copy of the draft Iraq dossier written by Mr John Williams dated 9th September 2002 and given to the Hutton Inquiry on 12th September 2003 was given to (a) the BBC and (b) other parties to the Inquiry.
(152958)
404
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from the UN monitoring mission in Lebanon on the extent of (a) military incursions into Israel from the Lebanese side of the Lebanon/Israel border, (b) military manouevres by Hizbollah or other armed groups along Lebanon's border with Israel and (c) Hizbollah or other Lebanese military activity in the Sheba'a Farms area in the last six months.
(153684)
405
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from the UN monitoring mission in Lebanon on the extent of (a) Israeli military overflights across Lebanon's border with Israel, (b) other Israeli military manouevres along the Lebanon/Israel border and (c) Israeli military activity in the Sheba'a Farms area in the last six months.
(153685)
406
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has examined on Burma's human rights record; and if he will make a statement.
(153362)
407
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Abyei County, Sudan, with particular reference to the implications of the introduction of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in this border area.
(152342)
408
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the arrest of Mr Oman Ibrahim, spokesperson of the Committee Against the Kajbar Dam, in Northern Sudan on 20th July; and what representations he has made on the detention of lawyers and journalists following the shootings at the dam on 13th June 2007.
(152814)
409
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19th July 2007, Official Report, column 529W, on Uganda: Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference, what advice has been given to British police officers on their actions in the event of anti-government demonstrations; and if he will make a statement.
(153451)
410
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he made to the government of Guatemala on the safety of trade union activists in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(153459)
411
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will give support to the establishment in the Nineveh Plains and the Al-Shikhan and Al-Handaniya districts of Iraq of a province linked to the central government in Baghdad for the Chaldo Assyrians and others historically connected to that area; and if he will make a statement.
(153461)
412
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will provide support to the Christian community of Iraq against attempts forcibly to Islamicise them; and if he will make a statement.
(153462)
413
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Chinese government on the assault in prison of Chen Guangcheng; and whether the Government is continuing to urge the Chinese government to release him.
(153463)
414
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153600)
415
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153039)
416
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153040)
417
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153041)
418
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153042)
419
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153043)
420
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on (a) business class and (b) first class flights in the last 12 months.
(153044)
421
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153045)
422
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153046)
423
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153047)
424
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153048)
425
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153049)
426
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153050)
427
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153051)
428
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what basis Mr Michael Fawcett was included in the process for the selection and purchase of official gifts given by HRH the Prince of Wales during his official visit to the US in 2005, as noted by Sir Michael Peat during his briefing to the press on Tuesday 26th June 2007 on the launch of the Prince of Wales's Review; and if he will make a statement.
(152971)
429
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether official gifts presented by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to the USA in 2007 were paid for by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; to whom they were given; what the gifts were; what the value was; which of the gifts' selection or purchase was the responsibility of Mr Michael Fawcett; and if he will make a statement.
(152972)
430
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the activities of the National Salvation Front in Syria; whether his Department has contact with this group; and if he will make a statement.
(152789)
431
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made with the non-proliferation proposals made by his predecessor to the Carnegie International Conference in Washington DC on 25th June.
(153358)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
432
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of primary care services to prison establishments during night periods; and if he will make a statement.
(153681)
433
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to make the use of prion removal blood filters mandatory in the UK should the tests on prion removal blood filters in blood transfusions in Ireland prove successful.
(153532)
434
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the likely number of vCJD blood transfusion transfer cases over the next two years.
(153534)
435
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies have been carried out on prion removal of blood filters in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(153535)
436
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of vCJD have been recorded in the UK as a result of blood transfusions.
(153536)
437
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of vacancies for junior doctors are expected to be filled by 1st August, broken down by (a) deanery and (b) specialty; and if he will make a statement.
(153419)
438
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State on 15th May 2007, Official Report, column 203WH, on the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy, who the Minister of State has met; and which further stakeholders she plans to meet.
(153372)
439
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the review on the use of the drug Sativex by multiple sclerosis patients will conclude; and if he will make a statement.
(153485)
440
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional community-based services have been commissioned for people suffering dementia-related illnesses in Westmorland and Lonsdale since 2006.
(152892)
441
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with diabetes in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153558)
442
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on tackling (a) drug and (b) alcohol dependency in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.
(153559)
443
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices (a) opened and (b) closed in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153560)
444
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) adults were diagnosed with asthma in each London borough in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(153561)
445
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what services were provided for autistic children in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153639)
446
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether private-sector NHS contractors are required to ask for the same level of qualifications when recruiting staff as primary care trusts.
(152902)
447
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on the domiciliary oxygen service in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each health trust in the year preceding the introduction of the new domiciliary oxygen service.
(152973)
448
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18th July 2007, Official Report, columns 470-1W, on nurses: children, how many of the duplicate records identified paediatric nurses.
(152974)
449
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that clear guidance is provided to primary care trusts on how girls can access human papilloma virus vaccines outside (a) vaccination and (b) catch-up programmes.
(153447)
450
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation expects to provide a recommendation to Ministers on a potential human papilloma virus vaccination catch-up programme for girls beyond age 13 years, following its meeting in October 2007.
(153448)
451
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which body will be completing the independent peer review of the cost benefit analysis for human papilloma virus vaccination; and when this review is due to be completed.
(153476)
452
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he will involve primary care trusts and strategic health authorities in planning for implementation of a human papilloma virus vaccination programme in autumn 2008.
(153477)
453
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications of the changed arrangements for home oxygen therapy on (a) waiting times, (b) patient safety and (c) emergency supply; and if he will make a statement.
(153628)
454
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures his Department has put in place to monitor the spending by local authorities of money allocated by his Department to enforce the smoking ban.
(153629)
455
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of smoke-free pubs on levels of binge drinking by women.
(153632)
456
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18th July 2007, Official Report, column 456W, on hospitals: infectious diseases, in how many hospitals the six deaths in 2005 took place.
(153633)
457
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish regular progress reports on the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.
(153634)
458
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of capacity in orthopaedic services to meet the 18 week target.
(153342)
459
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatment options are available to people with juvenile arthritis.
(153343)
460
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the impact of the 18 week target on the standard of orthopaedic treatment provided to patients.
(153344)
461
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153598)
462
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1929W, on NHS procurement, what mechanisms he plans to set up for patient groups and other stakeholders to make representations directly to NHS supply chain products councils.
(153489)
463
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16th April 2007, Official Report, column 372W, on NHS procurement, under what circumstances the NHS supply chain products councils would raise with NHS Business Services Agency (Supply Chain Management Division) requests for new products to be added to the lists of items to be supplied.
(153490)
464
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms (a) his Department and (b) the NHS Supply Chain have in place to allow patients, clinicians and other stakeholders to appeal against decisions made by the NHS Supply Chain.
(153623)
465
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assurances he has received from the NHS Supply Chain that the decision making process undertaken by NHS supply chain product councils will be open and transparent; and to whom they will be accountable.
(153624)
466
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153075)
467
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153076)
468
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153077)
469
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153078)
470
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153079)
471
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153080)
472
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153081)
473
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months.
(153082)
474
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153083)
475
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153084)
476
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153085)
477
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153086)
478
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153087)
479
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which years his Department's (a) near-cash, (b) non-cash and (c) capital budget was reduced as a result of it being reprofiled over the years covered by the 2004 Spending Review; and by whom in each case.
(153363)
480
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the members are of the Steering Group set up by his Department to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Audit Commission's review of NHS financial management.
(153369)
481
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter received by his Department from HM Treasury at the time of the 2006 Budget giving his Department formal notification that its budget would be reprofiled over the years covered by the 2004 Spending Review.
(153370)
482
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the budget of the NHS was reprofiled over the years covered by the 2004 Spending Review to reflect the reprofiling of his Department's budget over the same period.
(153371)
483
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on which dates the Steering Group set up by his Department to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Audit Commission's review of NHS financial management (a) has met and (b) plans to meet.
(153374)
484
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July 2007, Official Report, column 1487W, on NHS: finance, if he will place in the Library copies of the guidance on the introduction of Resource Accounting and Budgeting issued to the NHS by his Department in 2000 and the consolidated guidance issued in February 2001.
(153486)
485
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th July 2007, Official Report, column 1670W, on NHS: finance, what the dates were of each meeting for which his Department holds minutes on this subject.
(153487)
486
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th July 2007, Official Report, column 1670W, on NHS: finance, what form these records take other than minutes of meetings.
(153488)
487
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July 2007, Official Report, column 1553W, on Departments: public expenditure, what items of specific guidance have been issued to departments in the last five years on the co-ordinating of particular exercises.
(153526)
488
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th July 2007, Official Report, column 1446W, on departments: public expenditure, and the information provided on page 271 of HM Treasury's 2006 Budget report, how his Department's budget was reprofiled over the 2004 Spending Review period; and how much of its (a) near-cash budget, (b) non-cash budget and (c) capital budget was transferred from which year to which year.
(153604)
489
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his officials have had with the Department of Work and Pensions on arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems as a cause of long-term sick leave.
(152979)
490
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he will assess implementation of the Musculoskeletal Services Framework beyond the 18-week target.
(152980)
491
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many submissions his Department has received on addressing musculoskeletal problems in the Quality and Outcomes Framework.
(152981)
492
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the negative guidance by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in its final appraisal of the frequent use of erythropoietins in managing cancer-related anaemia on UK blood stocks.
(152992)
493
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to clinicians managing cancer-related anaemia on the account to be taken of (a) the Chief Medical Officer's advice to conserve blood stocks and (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's cost-effectiveness advice on the use of erythropoietins.
(152993)
494
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18th July 2007, Official Report, column 362W, on gender identity disorder, how many (a) men and (b) women from Wales received gender reassignment surgery to treat gender dysphoria from the National Health Service in England in each of the last 10 years.
(153709)
495
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for a hearing test was in (a) Surrey, (b) Oxfordshire and (c) England in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000, (v) 2001, (vi) 2002, (vii) 2003, (viii) 2004, (ix) 2005 and (x) 2006.
(152996)
496
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time interval was between receiving a hearing test and the fitting of a hearing aid was in (a) Surrey, (b) Oxfordshire and (c) England in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000, (v) 2001, (vi) 2002, (vii) 2003, (viii) 2004, (ix) 2005 and (x) 2006.
(152997)
497
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the procurement of audiology service pathways from the private sector; and if he will make a statement.
(152998)
498
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the procedures for the referral of NHS patients to the independent sector for the fitting of hearing aids; and if he will make a statement.
(152999)
499
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the fitting of hearing aids by the independent sector following the abolition of the Hearing Aid Council; and if he will make a statement.
(153000)
500
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what ex gratia payments the outgoing Chief Executive of Connecting for Health will receive.
(153295)
501
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what team was put on standby to take over iSoft in the case of Connecting for Health exercising its step-in-rights; and at what cost the team was put on standby.
(153296)
502
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Civil Service code rules relating to the future employment of former civil servants will apply to the outgoing Chief Executive of NHS Connecting for Health; and whether any additional contractual conditions or restraints are in place.
(153297)
503
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average expenditure was on each patient main meal delivered in hospital in (a) cash terms and (b) current prices in each year since 1997.
(153395)
504
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average additional cost of treating a patient in hospital per episode of care if the patient is undernourished.
(153396)
505
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) admitted to and (b) discharged from hospital were malnourished (i) in total and (ii) per 100,000 (A) for all ages and (B) broken down by age group in each year since 1997-98.
(153397)
506
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department put in place formal arrangements with the Department for Trade and Industry to ensure cooperation when representing the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, as stated on page 24 of the Government's Response to the Health Committee's Report on the Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry, Cm 6655; whether this formal cooperation now takes place between his Department and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform; whether this formal cooperation extends to representing the interests of the (a) neutraceutical, (b) food supplements and (c) specialist nutritional products industries; and if he will make a statement.
(153398)
507
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to publish the joint departmental and stakeholder nutrition action plan; which stakeholders are involved in developing the plan; and if he will make a statement.
(153399)
508
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary care trusts and (b) NHS trusts which routinely use nationally validated malnutrition screening tools for patients who present to health services.
(153400)
509
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of levels of adherence by (a) NHS organisations and (b) general practice surgeries to section 1.14.2.2 of the guidance issued on 22nd February 2006 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on nutritional support in adults, to screen for malnutrition (i) all hospital inpatients on admission, (ii) all outpatients on first attendance and (iii) all people on initial registration at general practice surgeries.
(153401)
510
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent (i) dietitians and (ii) nutritionists were working in the NHS in each year since 1997.
(153402)
511
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the use of malnutrition screening tools in healthcare settings.
(153403)
512
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to tackle (a) overweight and obesity and (b) underweight in the adult population.
(153404)
513
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of adults aged 16 years and over (a) in England and (b) in each primary care trust area who had a body mass index (i) in excess of 30 and (ii) of less than 18.5 in each year since 1997, broken down by age.
(153405)
514
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of hospital main meals were left untouched in (a) England and (b) each NHS provider organisation in each year from 2001-02 to 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(153406)
515
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the costs to (a) the NHS and (b) society as a whole of (i) obesity and (ii) undernutrition.
(153407)
516
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to incorporate indicators of nutrition and diet in the Quality and Outcomes Framework of the new General Medical Services contract.
(153408)
517
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished in-year admission episodes where undernutrition is recorded as a (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis there were in (i) England and (ii) each primary care trust area in each year since 1997-98.
(153409)
518
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the number of bed days occupied by patients in a year as a consequence of undernourishment.
(153411)
519
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21st June 2007 on Type One diabetes.
(153492)
520
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Minister for the South West will make an early visit to the Holne Common in Dartmoor National Park to see the results of the Environmental Agency's action under its obligation under the Environmentally Sensitive Agreement 1999.
(153663)
521
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 5th July 2007, Official Report, columns 1148-9W, on health services, what provision there is for public and patient members of the working groups on the White Paper to discuss issues distinct to the administration of health bodies in England.
(153379)
522
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations were carried out with (a) the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, (b) patient representatives and (c) representatives of practising homeopaths prior to the decision to change funding for the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.
(152796)
523
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what homeopathic services will be available to the residents of Brent following changes in funding for treatment at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.
(152797)
524
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people participated in the (a) dose adjustment for normal eating and (b) diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed courses in London in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust.
(152798)
525
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th July 2007, Official Report, column 1448W, on dietary supplements: Channel Islands, what meetings are planned between the Food Standards Agency and the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey to discuss implementation of the Food Supplements Directive and the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation in the Channel Islands.
(153011)
526
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th July 2007, Official Report, column 1448W, on dietary supplements: Channel Islands, whether the Food Standards Agency plans to raise at future meetings with the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey the implementation of the Food Supplements Directive and the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation.
(153666)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
527
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department takes to monitor police force responses to the findings of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
(152982)
528
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the powers of the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and what powers the Commission has to compel police forces to respond to its findings.
(152983)
529
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time taken was for police authorities to respond to recommendations of the Independent Police Complaints Commission in the latest period for which figures are available; what guidance her Department issues to police forces on the timescale of responses; and what monitoring her Department undertakes of the time taken to respond.
(152984)
530
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the role of police authorities is in responding to findings of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
(152985)
531
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it a requirement for police forces to respond substantively to findings made by the Independent Police Complaints Commission in respect of complaints made against them.
(152986)
532
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers police forces have to award compensation to complainants whose complaints have been upheld by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
(152990)
533
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the centralised emergency services number 999 following the impact of the recent week's events on the number of calls; and if she will make a statement.
(153572)
534
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of victims of crime in England and Wales over the most recent period for which figures are available were (a) people with disabilities and (b) people with mental health problems.
(152976)
535
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requirements exist to record whether victims of crime have (a) disabilities and (b) mental health problems.
(152995)
536
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to increase the number of roadside breath tests by police forces for drivers under 25 years old.
(153360)
537
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to increase the number of roadside breath tests by police forces.
(153361)
538
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of the recent reduction in funding for the young people substance misuse grant.
(153373)
539
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the police are taking to investigate the actions of police officers preceding the murder of Banaz Mahmod Babakir Agha.
(153707)
540
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent police officers there were in each of the five counties in the North West of England in each of the last five years.
(152895)
541
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female under-age offenders were convicted of drunk and disorderly behaviour in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(153539)
542
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many DNA profiles are held of (a) males and (b) females who are (i) under 16 years old, (ii) 16 years old, (iii) 17 years old, (iv) 18 years old and (v) over 18 years old, broken down by ethnicity.
(153540)
543
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) charged with, (ii) prosecuted for and (iii) convicted of (A) drunk and disorderly behaviour, (B) driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs and (C) causing death by dangerous driving when under the influence of drink or drugs in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153541)
544
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were recorded in each London borough involving (a) knives, (b) guns and (c) other offensive weapons in each of the last 10 years.
(153542)
545
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in each London borough to (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 12 years old, (ii) 13 years old, (iii) 14 years old, (iv) 15 years old, (v) 16 years old, (vi) 17 years old and (viii) 18 years old and over in each of the last five years.
(153543)
546
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breaches of anti-social behaviour orders resulted in custodial sentences in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153544)
547
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints of racial harassment were reported in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153640)
548
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people employed by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153594)
549
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153137)
550
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153138)
551
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153139)
552
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153140)
553
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which periodicals her Department subscribes.
(153141)
554
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153142)
555
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153143)
556
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months.
(153144)
557
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153145)
558
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by her Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153146)
559
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been appointed to her Department outside of Civil Service grades in the last 12 months.
(153147)
560
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the name is of each special adviser in her Department.
(153148)
561
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many press officers are employed by her Department.
(153149)
562
N
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants for indefinite leave to remain under the 14-year long-stay concession have been waiting for a decision for more than (a) two years, (b) three years and (c) five years.
(151903)
563
N
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reach a decision in the cases of Mr T.S. (Home Office ref S1119245) and Mr T.M. (Home Office ref M1128325) who have been refused leave to remain but whose wives and children have subsequently been granted asylum.
(152970)
564
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is responsible for the oversight of the operation of the intelligence and security services in (a) interception of communications, (b) surveillance and (c) access to private property.
(153667)
565
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints, lodged in 2006-07 about (a) interception of communications, (b) surveillance and (c) access to private property were upheld.
(153668)
566
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints were lodged in 2006-07 about (a) interception of communications, (b) surveillance and (c) access to private property.
(153669)
567
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the process is for (a) raising, (b) investigating and (c) adjudicating complaints about (i) interception of communications, (ii) surveillance and (iii) access to private property.
(153672)
568
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to combat groups that use violence as a means of protesting against cruelty towards animals.
(153013)
569
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with (a) Animal Concern, (b) the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and (c) People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on animal welfare matters.
(153299)
570
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on tackling animal rights extremism.
(153300)
571
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of animals used in scientific procedures; and if she will make a statement.
(153301)
572
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of whether the Animal Liberation Front should be proscribed as a terrorist organisation.
(153302)
573
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral Answer of 18th July 2007, Official Report, column 273, if she will make a statement on the case of Samar Razavi.
(152800)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
574
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost will be to the House of Commons Refreshment Department of the research being undertaken by the Russell Partnership.
(153627)
575
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate he has made of the amount of paper required to distribute copies of the Official Report to all hon. and right hon. Members' Westminster and constituency offices during a sitting week.
(152903)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
576
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will bring forward proposals to allow contractors employed by his Department to apply for internal job vacancies advertised within his Department; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(152988)
577
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase the number of people applying for adult apprenticeships.
(152468)
578
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he plans to take in conjunction with the Prison Service to resolve security and other access issues so that serving prisoners may take vocational examinations which are available solely on-line.
(153384)
579
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many apprenticeships there were in Westmorland and Lonsdale in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(152894)
580
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153577)
581
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of businesses that have participated in the Train to Gain scheme have five employees or fewer; and what percentage of the Train to Gain budget is allocated to those businesses.
(153464)
582
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of each level of qualification have been achieved under the Train to Gain scheme in the last 12 months.
(153465)
583
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of training conducted under the Train to Gain scheme has resulted from the use of skills brokers.
(153466)
584
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what qualifications are required for employment as a skills broker as part of the Train to Gain scheme.
(153467)
585
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of trainees (a) in total and (b) in each sector progressed from an apprenticeship at level 2 to an advanced apprenticeship in the latest period for which figures are available.
(153468)
586
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what his most recent estimate is of the cost of establishing his Department.
(153469)
587
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of staff formerly employed by the Department for Education and Skills are now employed by his Department.
(153470)
588
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153230)
589
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153231)
590
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153232)
591
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153233)
592
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153234)
593
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magaazines in the last 12 months.
(153235)
594
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153236)
595
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months.
(153237)
596
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153238)
597
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153239)
598
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153240)
599
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153241)
600
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153242)
601
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will visit Moulton College, Northamptonshire to meet staff and students and discuss future further education provision.
(152960)
602
N
David Wright (Telford):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many organisations have signed up to the Skills Pledge scheme.
(152566)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
603
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions his Department has had with the European Aid Co-operation Office and the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) about ECHO ending its humanitarian support in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 2008.
(152803)
604
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the new tuberculosis vaccine developed by the Global Plan to Stop TB will be available worldwide; and what assessment he has made of whether sufficient funding will be allocated to enable developing countries access to it.
(152900)
605
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153597)
606
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153110)
607
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153111)
608
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153112)
609
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153113)
610
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153114)
611
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153115)
612
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153116)
613
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on (a) business class and (b) first class flights in the last 12 months.
(153117)
614
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153118)
615
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153119)
616
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside civil service grades in the last 30 days.
(153120)
617
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153121)
618
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153122)
619
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21st June 2007 on the global water crisis.
(153493)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
620
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there has been a race impact assessment of the HM Prison Service policy on managed appointments; and if he will make a statement.
(153658)
621
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff moves to (a) deputy governor and (b) governor grades were by managed appointment in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(153674)
622
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many promotion and selection boards the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service sat in each of the years that he occupied the role of (a) Deputy Director General and (b) Director of Operations; and if he will make a statement.
(153675)
623
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison establishments the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service visited in each of the last 12 months; on which dates; to which prisons; which of these visits were (a) announced and (b) unannounced; and if he will make a statement.
(153676)
624
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how managed moves authorised by the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service are monitored; who is responsible for monitoring them; to whom they report; and if he will make a statement.
(153677)
625
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of the Prison Officers' Association national committee were promoted whilst holding trade union office in each of the last three years; who was responsible for authorising their promotion in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(153678)
626
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidelines apply to the use by prison governors of first class accommodation on the railways; if he will place a copy of those guidelines in the Library; what estimate he has made of the cost to HM Prison Service incurred by prison governors travelling in first class accommodation rather than standard class accommodation; and if he will make a statement.
(153679)
627
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service recommended a member of staff to receive required hours allowance in each of the years that he occupied the role of (a) Deputy Director General and (b) Director of Operations; what reasons were provided for receipt of the allowance in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(153680)
628
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12th June 2007, Official Report, column 949W, on Feltham Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre, who was responsible for carrying out the investigation into the so-called Muslim Olympics at the institution; who commissioned the investigation; who heard the disciplinary proceedings; and if he will make a statement.
(153708)
629
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has conducted into whether people with mental health problems who are (a) victims of crime and (b) witnesses of crime face particular difficulties when seeking access to justice.
(152977)
630
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support is available within the court process to assist people with mental health problems who are (a) victims of crime and (b) witnesses of crime.
(152978)
631
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many individuals convicted of benefit fraud in the last 12 months had (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more previous convictions.
(153053)
632
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many new prison places have (a) been made available and (b) been put out of use since 21st July 2006; and in which prisons these places were located.
(153478)
633
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of HM Prison Kennet's places are occupied by prisoners.
(153479)
634
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were (a) sentenced to serve custodial sentences and (b) released from prison (i) in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, (ii) in each week in (A) 2006 and (B) 2007 and (iii) on each day in 2006.
(153480)
635
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153591)
636
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153026)
637
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153027)
638
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153028)
639
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153029)
640
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153030)
641
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department on (a) business class and (b) first class flights in the last 12 months.
(153031)
642
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153032)
643
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153033)
644
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153034)
645
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department on cases at industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153035)
646
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153036)
647
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153037)
648
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153038)
649
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many three-bed cells are in use in each institution being used by the Prison Service in England and Wales.
(152788)
650
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was paid in legal aid to Arani & Co solicitors in each of the last five years.
(153622)
Questions to the Leader of the House
651
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister of 11th July 2007, Official Report, columns 1449-51, on the draft legislative programme, what discussions she has had with the Chairs of Select Committees and the Liaison Committee on making all Bills subject to pre-legislative scrutiny.
(153070)
652
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister of 11th July 2007, Official Report, columns 1449-51, on the draft legislative programme, how many Bills she is preparing for pre-legislative scrutiny in the new Session; and if she will make it her policy that all Bills will be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny unless a particular reason is given for a Bill not being so subject.
(153073)
653
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, what the names are of each special adviser in her Office.
(153014)
654
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how many people have been appointed to her Office outside civil service grades in the last 30 days.
(153015)
655
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent by her Office on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153016)
656
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent by her Office on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153017)
657
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent by her Office on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months.
(153018)
658
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent by her Office on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153019)
659
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent by her Office on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153020)
660
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, to which periodicals her Office subscribes.
(153021)
661
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent by her Office on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153022)
662
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent by her Office on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153023)
663
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent by her Office on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153024)
664
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent by her Office on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153025)
665
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Leader of the House, how many press officers are employed by her Office.
(153136)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
666
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many letters he and his predecessors sent in each of the last five years.
(153446)
667
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153057)
668
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153058)
669
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153059)
670
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153060)
671
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153061)
672
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153062)
673
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153063)
674
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business class flights in the last 12 months.
(153064)
675
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153065)
676
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153066)
677
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153067)
678
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153068)
679
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153069)
680
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 79W, on abortion, whether Parliament will be able to pass legislation changing the law relating to abortion in Northern Ireland once the Northern Ireland Assembly has assumed responsibility for the criminal law.
(153304)
Questions to the Prime Minister
681
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Office on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153152)
682
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Office on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153153)
683
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Office on (a) staff and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153154)
684
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Office on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153155)
685
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, to which periodicals his Office subscribes.
(153156)
686
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Office on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153157)
687
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Office on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153158)
688
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Office on (a) first class and (b) business class flights in the last 12 months.
(153159)
689
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Office on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153160)
690
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Office on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153161)
691
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how many people have been appointed to his Office outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153162)
692
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, what the name is of each special adviser in his Office.
(153163)
693
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how many press officers are employed by his Office.
(153164)
694
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, which guests he has entertained at (a) Number 10 Downing Street and (b) Chequers since 27th June 2007.
(153346)
695
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, what magazines, newspapers and periodicals No.10 Downing Street and his Offices subscribed to (a) before and (b) since 27th June.
(153531)
696
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to publish the list of guests who were entertained at Chequers in 2006-07.
(153607)
697
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Quartet on security arrangements for the former right hon. Member for Sedgefield in his role as Special Envoy to the Middle East.
(153410)
698
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost has been to the public purse of providing security protection for the former right hon. Member for Sedgefield since he left office.
(153414)
699
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of security protection for Mr Blair in 2007-08.
(153415)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
700
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of people employed by his Department are disabled.
(153602)
701
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153191)
702
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153192)
703
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153193)
704
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153194)
705
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153195)
706
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153196)
707
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153197)
708
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business class flights in the last 12 months.
(153198)
709
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153199)
710
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153200)
711
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153201)
712
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153202)
713
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153203)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
714
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd July 2007, Official Report, column 674W, on official cars: Ministers, which Minister was referred to in the Answer.
(153740)
715
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bags were reported by passengers (a) lost, (b) damaged and (c) delayed using Scotland's airports in each of the last five years.
(153620)
716
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the merits of increasing the legal driving age to 18 years.
(152337)
717
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment her Department has made of road safety in the Coventry area.
(152338)
718
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents including fatal accidents there were in Coventry in each year since 1995.
(152339)
719
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to prepare for the introduction of mandatory retro-reflective markings on all newly registered heavy goods vehicles by 10th October 2009 under European Union Directive 76/756/EEC.
(152812)
720
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to prepare for the introduction of mandatory retro-reflective markings on all new types of heavy goods vehicles by 10th October 2007 under European Union Directive 76/756/EEC.
(152813)
721
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding was allocated to promoting the use of low emission vehicles in each of the last five years.
(153548)
722
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps her Department has taken to promote the use of low emission vehicles in London.
(153549)
723
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents involved commercial coaches in London in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(153550)
724
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) low emission cars and (b) cars were owned in London in each of the last five years.
(153551)
725
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many traffic accidents involved drivers aged (a) 17 to 21 and (b) over 60 years old in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.
(153552)
726
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many traffic accidents there were involving (a) buses, (b) pedestrians and (c) cyclists in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153553)
727
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many hit and run accidents there were in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153554)
728
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents occurred on or near pedestrian crossings in each London borough in each of the last five years; and how many involved the (a) death and (b) injury of pedestrians.
(153555)
729
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with South West Trains on the 20 per cent. fare increase for mid-morning passengers to London from (a) Southampton, (b) Winchester and (c) Dorset.
(153630)
730
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the changes have been in her Department's carbon footprint policy in the last three years as a result of (a) the fall in the relative price of motoring and (b) the increase in travelling by public transport; and if she will make a statement.
(153442)
731
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of people employed by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153595)
732
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she received the application for funding the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor; how much funding was requested; and when she will make a decision on the application.
(152801)
733
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153204)
734
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153205)
735
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153206)
736
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153207)
737
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to which periodicals her Department subscribes.
(153208)
738
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153209)
739
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153210)
740
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on (a) business class and (b) first class flights in the last 12 months.
(153211)
741
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153212)
742
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153213)
743
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have been appointed to her Department outside civil service grades in the last 30 days.
(153214)
744
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the name is of each special adviser in her Department.
(153215)
745
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many press officers are employed by her Department.
(153216)
746
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Highways Agency was notified by the Meteorological Office of the warning of severe weather on and around 20th July; and what information was provided.
(153698)
747
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Highways Agency took in response to the recent bad weather warning and information provided by the Meteorological Office; when these were taken; and whether the Highways Agency took any steps to inform the public of possible problems with travelling because of the adverse weather conditions.
(153699)
748
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the policy is of the Highways Agency on acting upon warnings received from the Meteorological Office on adverse weather conditions.
(153700)
749
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many overseas residents on (a) leisure and (b) business trips transferred or transited at Heathrow airport to (i) an overseas destination and (ii) another destination in the UK in 2006.
(152896)
750
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) UK residents and (b) overseas residents who were transfer or transit passengers through Heathrow were (i) travelling between a UK origin and an overseas destination and (ii) travelling between two UK destinations for (A) business and (B) leisure in the latest period for which figures are available.
(152897)
751
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) transfer and (b) transit passengers used Heathrow airport in (i) 1976, (ii) 1986, (iii) 1996 and (iv) 2006.
(152898)
752
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK residents on (a) leisure and (b) business trips transferred or transited at Heathrow airport to (i) an overseas destination and (ii) another destination in the UK in 2006.
(152899)
753
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the number of miles travelled by cars in the Government Car and Despatch Agency in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2001-02; and how many miles were travelled in work conducted for each Government department.
(153368)
754
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she will reply to the emails from the Secretary of the River Dart Non Beneficiary Group of 26th June, 1st July and 9th July inviting an official from the ports division to attend the meeting on Wednesday 12th September at Dittisham Parish Hall.
(152808)
755
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the case for expansion and modernisation of the local rail network that serves Tees Valley from Darlington.
(153376)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
756
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many letters he and his predecessors sent in each of the last five years.
(153445)
757
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of people employed by his Department are disabled.
(153601)
758
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153243)
759
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153244)
760
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153245)
761
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153246)
762
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153247)
763
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153248)
764
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153249)
765
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business class flights in the last 12 months.
(153250)
766
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153251)
767
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153252)
768
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153280)
769
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153281)
770
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153282)
771
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to review the appearance and content of the Wales Office web site.
(153452)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
772
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many JobCentre Plus staff were employed in (a) call centres and (b) frontline offices in each of the last 10 years.
(152657)
773
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of his Department's staff were employed in call centres in each of the last 10 years.
(152658)
774
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) income support were made (i) over the telephone, (ii) using a paper form and (iii) in person in each of the last 10 years.
(152659)
775
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there are plans to close Jobcentre Plus offices in Scotland.
(153444)
776
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) 20 Parliamentary constituencies and (b) 20 local authorities were with the highest number of job vacancies in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many job vacancies there were in each case.
(152644)
777
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) 20 Parliamentary constituencies and (b) 20 local authorities were with the highest number of incapacity benefit claimants in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many there were in each such constituency and local authority.
(152645)
778
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job centres he has visited since his appointment; and which job centres he plans to visit before 8th October 2007.
(152646)
779
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the initiatives taken by the Government since 1997 to tackle benefit fraud; and what the (a) cost of the initiative, (b) value of the fraud discovered and (c) number of prosecutions resulting from the initiative was in each case.
(153052)
780
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were investigated for benefit fraud were subsequently (a) cautioned and (b) prosecuted and convicted in each year since 1997; and how many of those convicted received (i) a custodial sentence, (ii) a community sentence and (iii) a discharge in each year.
(153054)
781
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total value of benefit fraud was in respect of cases investigated resulting in (a) cautions and (b) prosecutions in each year since 1997; and what those values were broken down by benefit.
(153055)
782
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit fraud were detected in each year since 1997; and how many successful prosecutions were brought in each year.
(153056)
783
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 84W, on departments: departmental records, what the reasons are for the difference in the number of files and the number of claimants.
(153703)
784
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 84W, on departments: departmental records, what mechanisms are in place to prevent the duplication of files for the same claimants.
(153704)
785
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has compared the relative performances in returning numbers of people to work of the New Deal self-employment programme and other employment programmes; whether there are any plans to expand the New Deal programme; and if he will make a statement.
(153706)
786
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Financial Assistance Scheme asks qualifying pension schemes to provide information which could enable it to determine whether the employer in relation to the scheme took a contributory holiday at any stage.
(152340)
787
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he intends to undertake research on the extent to which employers in relation to qualifying schemes for the Financial Assistance Scheme took contribution holidays.
(152341)
788
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people gained employment from jobcentre referrals in each London constituency in each of the last five years.
(153643)
789
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people gained employment from jobcentre referrals in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(153644)
790
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were employed by call centres used by his Department in each year since 1997.
(152790)
791
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many JobcentrePlus offices closed in each year since 2001, broken down by Parliamentary constituency.
(152791)
792
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average cost of compensation to pensioners whose pension schemes were underfunded and who are eligible for either Financial Assistance Scheme or Pension Protection Fund compensation.
(152649)
793
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in the UK are not eligible to receive a full state pension.
(152650)
794
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of pensioners in the UK receive the minimum level of weekly income in retirement as defined by the Government.
(152651)
795
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.
(153581)
796
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for disability living allowance were made in each year since 1997; what proportion were approved; and if he will make a statement.
(153583)
797
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what definition his Department uses of child poverty.
(153584)
798
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of households with at least one disabled person that have an income of less than 60 per cent. of the median.
(153585)
799
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances an individual's eligibility for disability living allowance is reassessed; and if he will make a statement.
(153587)
800
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the earnings disregard for disability living allowance was in April of each year since 1997.
(153588)
801
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people receiving (a) disability living allowance, (b) severe disablement allowance, (c) housing benefit, (d) independent living fund, (e) incapacity benefit, (f) community care grant, (g) disabled facilities grant, (h) industrial injuries disablement benefit, (i) carers' allowance and (j) income support.
(153589)
802
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.
(153178)
803
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.
(153179)
804
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.
(153180)
805
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many press officers are employed by his Department.
(153181)
806
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.
(153182)
807
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business class flights in the last 12 months.
(153183)
808
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(153184)
809
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.
(153185)
810
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to which periodicals his Department subscribes.
(153186)
811
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.
(153187)
812
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.
(153188)
813
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.
(153189)
814
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.
(153190)
815
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of long-term sick leave which is due to arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.
(153303)
816
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 17th July 2007, Official Report, column 206W, on children: maintenance, if he will investigate the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency's claims (a) that he encourages the use of the telephone as the primary means of communication between offices and (b) that the same administrative and procedural rules apply to all offices of the agency.
(152804)
817
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) documents and (b) procedures govern the relationship between the Department and the Child Support Agency.
(152805)
818
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will assess the effectiveness of the policy of naming and shaming non-resident parents on his Department's website for not meeting Child Support Agency payments.
(153472)
819
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what means the Government's target of an 80 per cent. employment rate was arrived at; and what research his Department has carried out into the reduction in the number of claimants on (a) incapacity benefit, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) lone parent benefit needed to meet the target.
(152806)
820
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average payment made to lone parents was in each of the in-work credit pilot areas; and what the average hourly pay was of the lone parents in work in each pilot area.
(152807)
821
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) annual budget and (b) number of staff for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills will be when it is established in 2008.
(152911)
822
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is available to assist (a) able-bodied and (b) disabled people who stop work at short notice due to incapacity in paying the interest on their mortgages; and what limits are placed on this support relating to (i) weekly payments, (ii) the size of mortgage covered and (iii) timespan for which support is available.
(152795)
823
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when a reply will be sent to the constituent of the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight whose reference is CSA 321031224246/NR 185956A.
(152816)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
824
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what new joint energy initiatives were agreed with President Sarkozy during his visit to France on 20th July 2007; and whether any additional resources have been committed to support the initiatives.
[Transferred] (153482)
825
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many residents in each London constituency filed for bankruptcy in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (153641)
826
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many residents in each London borough filed for bankruptcy in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (153642)
827
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what rights of access trading standards officers have to (a) planning, (b) building control and (c) council tax data held by the departments of local authorities.
[Transferred] (153517)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
828
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many 16 to 24 year olds not in full-time education were economically inactive in each year since 1997; and what proportion of the 16 to 24 year old age group this represented in each year.
[Transferred] (152647)
829
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of disabled people who are employed (i) full and (ii) part time.
[Transferred] (153586)
830
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average stamp duty paid by a first time buyer was in (a) each Government Office region in England and (b) England in the last period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (153721)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
831
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the direction issued on behalf of the Prime Minister on the flying of the Union Flag from Government buildings.
[Transferred] (153345)
832
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance has been given to local authorities to encourage them to fly the Union flag from municipal buildings.
[Transferred] (153720)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
833
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much in fines following speed offences detected by camera was (a) imposed and (b) paid in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (153546)
834
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was raised in fines from speed cameras in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (153547)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
835
Ann Coffey (Stockport):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, when the full guidance for the administration of the adult learning grant will be issued.
[Transferred] (153012)
836
N
Mary Creagh (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the provision of youth training opportunities in the public sector.
[Question Unstarred] (152569)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
837
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department's departmental magazine, Developments, is distributed in biodegradable packaging.
[Transferred] (153382)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
838
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, pursuant to the Answer of 9th July 2007, Official Report, columns 1292-3W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, whether civil servants in her Department compiled the information given by KPMG at the cost review group meetings into a report or presentation document.
[Transferred] (153562)
839
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, pursuant to the Answer of 9th July 2007, Official Report, column 1292W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, in what form the cost review group presented to her Department the savings it identified in different areas of the budget.
[Transferred] (153563)
840
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, pursuant to the Answer of 9th July 2007, Official Report, column 1292W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, on what date the cost review reached its conclusions.
[Transferred] (153564)
841
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 43W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, who the other members of the team within the then Interim Olympic Delivery Authority were.
[Transferred] (153619)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
842
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road fatalities have occurred in (a) each police authority and (b) each operational command unit in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the last 12 months, broken down by age.
[Transferred] (152799)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
843
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward proposals to raise the council tax benefit savings limit for pensioners.
[Transferred] (153735)
844
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward proposals to change the council tax benefit system to redistribute unclaimed benefit to the poorest households.
[Transferred] (153736)
845
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average income of those aged over 65 years (a) was in 1997 and (b) is now.
[Transferred] (152648)

 
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