Mr. Dai Davies:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the relationship between parents' cooking skills and child poverty in families. 
We have not made an assessment of the relationship between parents' cooking skills and child poverty in families.
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However, food and nutrition in schools and nurseries is being improved as a result of the introduction of new standards over the past three years.
Sure Start Children's Centres educate children about healthy living from a young age, engaging parents to promote a whole-family approach to eating well and keeping active. Centres deliver activities that encourage an understanding of the importance of diet and nutrition in improving children's health, and provide one to one support for children and parents who are already obese.
Mr. Dai Davies:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce levels of child poverty. 
We have made substantial progress. But we are not complacent and despite the scale of the challenge, the Government's commitment to tackling child poverty is stronger than ever.
We have introduced a range of fiscal and other measures to raise family incomes and ensure poor families with children can access high quality services to support their child's development.
We have invested in public services, such as education, health care and housing which have played a key role in overcoming some of the immediate effects of growing up in poverty and provided poor children with opportunities to enhance their life chances and break cycles of deprivation. Hundreds of thousands of families have been helped by new tax credits, better public services and a renewed welfare state. Already 600,000 children have been lifted out of relative poverty since 1998-99.
In addition, Government announcements over the past two years will result in lifting around a further 500,000 children from relative poverty.
Mr. Dai Davies:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which areas of public policy he plans to bring forward legislation to contribute to achieving the target of eradicating child poverty by 2020. 
We are working particularly closely with stakeholder groups as well as talking to children and families, to devise a strategy to eradicate child poverty by 2020 and to enshrine this commitment into legislation.
Social Security Benefits
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with HIV have had their (a) disability living allowance and (b) incapacity benefit reduced or removed in the last 12 months. 
I refer the hon. Member to the oral answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson) on 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 9.
Social Security Benefits: Armed Forces
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to ensure that serving and former servicemen receive the benefits to which they are entitled; and if he will make a statement. 
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I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given by my predecessor to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) on 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 53-55W.
Social Security Benefits: Automated Credit Transfer
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a system of automatic payments of benefits to people who are eligible for but not claiming pension credit or council tax benefit; 
(2) what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on sharing data in order to enable automatic payment of benefits. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
I have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues on a range of issues relating to the assessment and payment of benefits.
The Government are determined to do everything they can to ensure that people get the benefit that they are entitled to, including using information more effectively. For example we already use sophisticated data matching to identify eligible non-recipients and then use a range of approaches to help encourage them to claim.
We have made considerable progress in making the process for claiming benefits more automatic. For example, in a new initiative starting this autumn, pensioners can claim housing benefit and council tax benefit with pension credit entirely over the phone without having to fill in and sign a form.
Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance he plans to make available to lone parents who move from income support to jobseekers allowance when their youngest child reaches the age of 12 years to provide the flexibility needed to combine family commitments with job seeking. 
A holding reply was sent on 20 October 2008.
Lone parents claiming jobseeker's allowance will have a jobseeker's agreement, tailored to their individual circumstances, setting out what they will do to get work. This will include any restrictions agreed between them and their adviser on their availability and search for work. This could include restricting their availability to a minimum of 16 hours per week. There are also time-limited easements within the jobseeker's allowance regime which cover special circumstances and include periods where the lone parent or their child is ill or if there is a domestic emergency.
In addition, to safeguard the welfare of children, regulations will be amended to increase Jobcentre Plus adviser discretion so that a lone parent who is claiming jobseeker's allowance will not be penalised if they leave a job, or fail to take up a job, because appropriate, affordable child care is not available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of future trends in the level of unemployment in the UK. 
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While we do not predict future levels of unemployment, we are planning for the impact of higher levels of jobseeker's allowance claims in the coming months. Clearly this is a sensible approach given the expected trends during a time of slower economic growth.
Airports: Public Participation
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many consultation exercises his Department has undertaken on airport expansion in the last three years; and at what cost. 
One, with a supplementary consultation. The "Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport" consultation was published on 22 November 2007 and closed on 27 February this year. As part of the work to update the Impact Assessment issued with that consultation, the Department is currently consulting on an equalities impact assessment of the Heathrow development options. This closes on 9 November.
As this is still ongoing, the full costs of the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation process have not yet been finalised.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many areas real-time information is displayed at bus stops. 
In the period of the first round of Local Transport Plans, from 2001-02 to 2005-06, local transport authorities installed travel information displays in 34,271 bus stops.
The following table shows the regional breakdown for bus stops with new travel information displays installed during this period.
Number of new RTI bus stops
Yorkshire and Humberside
This information is not readily available prior to 2001-02, and to reduce the reporting burdens on local authorities has not been collected since 2005-06.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has issued guidance on the desirable frequency of Sunday bus services. 
The Department for Transport has not issued any guidance on this matter. To the extent that bus service frequency needs are not being met by bus companies acting commercially, it is for each local authority to decide according to their assessment of local needs and priorities whether they should subsidise enhanced provision.
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Bus Services: Concessions
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 427W, on bus services: concessions, when he plans to publish the results of his Department's survey of travel concession authorities; if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent to each travel concession authority; and if he will make a statement. 
Preliminary results from the 2008 Concessionary Bus Fares Survey were published in September in the Department's Public Transport Statistics Bulletin, a copy of which is in the House Library. More detailed results will be published on the Department for Transport's website in November 2008.
A copy of the e-mail and survey questionnaire sent to all Concessionary Travel Authorities have been placed in the House Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the surplus or shortfall experienced by each local authority as a result of the funding provided by his Department for the provision of free bus passes for people aged over 60 years. 
Paul Clark [holding answer 17 October 2008]: The Government are confident that funding for statutory concessionary travel is sufficient in total to meet the cost to travel concession authorities (TCAs). The bulk of the funding remains within the overall local government formula grant settlement. Additionally, the Department for Transport provides a special grant totalling £212 million in 2008-09 based on generous assumptions around fares, pass take-up, extra journeys and additional costs. This new funding gave many TCAs increases of 30 per cent. or more on the spending that they reported for concessionary travel in 2006-07.
The Government will continue to monitor the impact of England-wide statutory concessionary travel. There are seasonal patterns to travel so it will take several months to see the full effect.
Bus Services: Standards
Mr. Jim Cunningham:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps the Government has taken to improve bus services in England. 
The Local Transport Bill, currently before Parliament, contains measures to improve local bus services. These include provisions that will support stronger partnership working between local authorities and bus operators, make quality contracts schemes a more realistic option for local authorities where they are in the public interest, give passengers a stronger voice by establishing a statutory bus passenger champion, and help to improve bus punctuality.
We are also currently considering changes to bus subsidiesin particular the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG)bringing them more in line with our environmental objectives and improving services for passengers.
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And we have announced a further £25 million of funding for a new Kickstart competition. The funding will contribute to the Department for Transports overall objectives of increasing bus patronage, improving accessibility to services and developing bus services as an alternative to car use. Over the coming months, we will be engaging with key stakeholders on the details of the scheme in preparation for the competition to begin in early 2009.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which bypasses have been completed since 2000; 
(2) how many bypasses have been built in (a) urban and (b) rural areas since 1997. 
The following table lists bypass schemes which have been completed since 1997 by either the Highways Agency or the relevant local highway authorities. The Department does not distinguish between (a) urban and (b) rural areas.
A1184 Bishop Stortford South West Distributor Road, Hertfordshire
Parkeston Bypass Stage 1, Phase 1A, Essex .
Averham Bypass,. Nottinghamshire
A256 Whitfield to Eastry/Whitfield Bypass
A413Wendover Bypass, Buckinghamshire
Werrington/Glinton Bypass, Cambridgeshire
Parkeston Bypass Stage 1, Phase 1B, Essex
A15/A16 Market Deeping Bypass, Lincolnshire
A16 Peakes Parkway, North East Lincolnshire
Dearne Town Link Road, Barnsley
A1058 Cradlewell Bypass; Newcastle
A228 Hale Street Bypass, Kent
A289 Wainscott Bypass, Kent
Tingewick Bypass, Buckinghamshire
Dudley Southern Bypass, West Midlands
Coalfields Link Road Phase 1, Barnsley
Leeds Inner Ring Road, Stage 6, Leeds
A617 Rainworth Bypass, Nottinghamshire
A174 Skelton and Brotton Bypass
Burntwood Bypass Phase 1 and 2, Staffordshire
A151 Weston Bypass , Lincolnshire
C541 Addlethorpe Bypass and Bends Improvement, Lincolnshire
A143 Broome-Ellingham, Essex
A131 Great Leighs , Essex
A6023 Denaby Main Diversion, Doncaster
A511 Ashby Bypass Stage 2, Leicestershire
A27 Polegate Bypass, East Sussex
A43 Silverstone Bypass (A43 M40 to B4031 Dualling), Northamptonshire
A43 Whitfield Turn to Brackley Hatch Improvement (A43 M40 to B4031 Dualling), Northamptonshire