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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 3 December 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 Monday 3 December 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 3 December 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 3 December 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 Monday 3 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 3 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will list the Ministers in his Department, and its predecessor, who have had held the post of Energy Minister since 1st May 1997, giving the start and end date of their tenure in each case.
(169887)
2
Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, with reference to the Answer of 17th October 2007, Official Report, column 1150W, on energy: meters, when he intends to bring forward the necessary statutory instrument to enable consumers of energy to request real time consumption display devices from their suppliers.
(170563)
3
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what criteria were used to allocate the funding referred to in the Answer of 23rd October 2007, Official Report, column 195W, on regional development agencies: finance, to each regional development agency; and what the reasons were for the variation between regional development agencies of their administrative costs as a percentage of their respective grants.
(170632)
4
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many mobile post office outreach services have been provided since such services were first introduced; and what, on average, the annual cost of such a service is.
(170317)
5
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170501)
6
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171432)
7
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171543)
8
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department has made of European Court of Justice case C-357/07, 2007/C 247/15, with particular reference to the implications for the future of the Royal Mail's scope of operations.
(170649)
9
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much state aid has been authorised to each EU member state's (a) national airline, (b) coal industry and (c) steel industry by the European Commission in the last 10 years.
(170650)
10
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department and its predecessor spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171250)
11
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department and its predecessor on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(171263)
12
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department and its predecessor (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171276)
13
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many items of post sent by his Department and its predecessor were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171291)
14
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171407)
15
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171421)
16
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the findings of the consultations on proposed post office closures will be published; and if he will extend the consultation period.
(170640)
17
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, who decided that the consultation period for post office closures would be six weeks; and for what reasons that period was decided on.
(170642)
18
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will visit East Worthing and Shoreham to discuss the Government's criteria used to determine post office network changes with local residents.
(170416)
19
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what account will be taken of the views of local people when considering which post offices in Sussex should close under the plans announced this month.
(170417)
20
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what account the Government plans to take of the proportion of elderly residents in deciding in which areas to close post offices.
(170429)
21
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of whether the proposed closures of post offices in East Worthing and Shoreham meet the criteria on the needs of local people in the area.
(170516)
22
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will ask the Office of Government Commerce to review the consultation process begun by the Post Office Ltd to close post offices in Sussex.
(170518)
23
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidelines were followed by Post Office Ltd in the consultation period on the closure of post offices in Sussex.
(170523)
24
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which external solicitors representatives of his Department have met to discuss miners' compensation; and on how many occasions this has happened in the last three years.
(170553)
25
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many dinners were provided for his Department's Ministers and officials by external solicitors in each of the last seven years.
(170554)
26
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many letters he has received from claimants over his Department's handling of miners' compensation; and how many of those expressed (a) favourable and (b) critical views of his Department's performance.
(170555)
27
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the likely number of deaths of miners pursuing compensation claims in the next 12 months.
(170556)
28
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the reasons were for the decision to delay giving names of claimants to the Legal Complaints Services to advise on solicitors' charges following the Rother Valley pilot; and which Ministers took that decision.
(170557)
29
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 19th November 2007, Official Report, column 487W, on Certification Officer: Complaints, if he will set out what action was taken in relation to each of the orders made.
(171028)
30
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will take steps to introduce an opt-in system for trade union political funds in England.
(171390)
31
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what procedures his Department uses to select trade union representatives appointed to regional development agencies.
(171391)
32
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance has been provided under the direct debit guarantee on whether trade unions are required to (a) notify in advance and (b) inform trade union members paying by direct debit should the amount and value of the political levy on their trade union subscription change.
(171478)
33
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether (a) trade unions and (b) employers are required to (i) notify in advance and (ii) inform trade union members paying through their salaries by check-off should the amount and value of the political levy on their trade union subscriptions change.
(171479)
34
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the effect of local post office closures in Guildford and Waverley on the accessibility of services for local residents.
(170791)
35
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment has been made of the effect of post office closures where the local community has bought the shop which incorporates a post office.
(170792)
36
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices were open in each year since 1997 in (a) Guildford, (b) South West Surrey and (c) England.
(170793)
37
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the expenditure of the East of England Brussels Office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(171632)
38
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether there will be enhanced specifications for any new nuclear power stations to strengthen resistance against the possibility of terrorist attacks; and if he will make a statement.
(171125)
39
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps are being taken to ensure that radioactive waste from nuclear power stations is secure; and if he will make a statement.
(171126)
40
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the retiring nuclear power stations are to be fully decommissioned and dismantled before any new nuclear power stations are constructed in the same precincts.
(171227)
41
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many households in (a) Uxbridge constituency, (b) each London borough and (c) England (i) are classified as living in fuel poverty and (ii) were classified as living in fuel poverty in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(171485)
42
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much electricity was generated from municipal waste in the UK as a percentage of total electricity produced in the latest period for which figures are available; what plans he has to increase this amount; and if he will make a statement.
(170603)
43
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much electricity was generated in the UK from (a) coal, (b) gas, (c) nuclear, (d) renewable and (e) other sources in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(170643)
44
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his policy is on underwriting the Sakhalin II oil and gas development; when he expects to make a decision on underwriting exploration; and how much he expects to underwrite.
(171220)
45
N
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had with the defence industry on the abolition of the Defence Export Services Organisation.
(169658)
46
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171321)
47
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171342)
48
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the findings of the consultation on proposed post office closures in West Suffolk will be published.
(171618)
49
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had with (a) the Post Office and (b) others on the timetable for the Network Change Programme consultation; what changes have been made following these discussions; and if he will make a statement.
(170969)
50
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, for what reasons there will be no consultations on post office closures between April and 2nd May 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(170970)
51
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the Post Office Network Change Programme consultation will begin for the Herefordshire, Worcestershire and West Midlands area; and if he will make a statement.
(170971)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
52
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households were in receipt of childcare tax credit in each local authority in England in April 2007.
(170670)
53
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of (a) men and (b) women of working age are in (i) full-time and (ii) part-time employment in each local authority area.
(170686)
54
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces his Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what date each (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; what the purpose is of each; and if he will make a statement.
(170367)
55
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent staff there are at the Stroud tax office; and how many there were in each year since 1997.
(171015)
56
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average number of people visiting the Stroud tax office for advice each week was in each year since 1997.
(171016)
57
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Wales had their data downloaded onto the discs that have gone missing from HM Revenue and Customs.
(170577)
58
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170506)
59
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the core Treasury's Strategic Reserve was spent on activities (a) not defined as and (b) not previously categorised as strategic reserve-funded activities in each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(170345)
60
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Department's annual efficiency savings targets, what savings were made by his Department in (a) salary and (b) administrative costs in each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(170346)
61
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what e-procurement innovations in relation to (a) how information is communicated and (b) the use of online booking tools have been introduced in core Treasury; what estimate of generated cost savings has been made; and if he will make a statement.
(170347)
62
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his core Department spent on (a) staff salaries and (b) administrative costs in each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(170348)
63
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) part-time and (b) full-time equivalent permanent staff headcount was for Group Corporate Services in each year since 1998; what the (i) contractor and (ii) temporary staff headcount was over the same period; how much was spent on (A) agency staff and (B) consultants by Group Corporate Services in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
(170349)
64
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the ratio was between administrative costs and value for money improvements secured by OGC Buying Solutions in each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(170350)
65
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of core Treasury's delivered efficiency savings in relation to (a) policy, funding and regulation - directorate baseline budgets, (b) policy, funding and regulation - strategic reserve and (c) programme for each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(170351)
66
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs takes to inform private courier firms of the sensitivity of the contents of packages it employs them to deliver.
(169888)
67
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of total deliveries of computer discs made on behalf of his Department and its agencies were carried out by mail carriers employed by HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months.
(169889)
68
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of total mail deliveries made on behalf of his Department and its agencies were carried out by mail carriers employed by HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months.
(169890)
69
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what systems HM Revenue and Customs has in place to track deliveries placed with mail carriers.
(169891)
70
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much PriceWaterhouseCoopers will be paid to carry out the Poynter Review.
(169997)
71
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171447)
72
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171538)
73
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's most recent estimate is of the levels of (a) fraud and (b) waste in expenditure under the EU budget in 2007.
(170445)
74
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much underspend there was on the European Communities annual budget in each year since 1997; and how much of that underspend was (a) carried over into the following year's budget, (b) returned to member states and (c) returned to the United Kingdom.
(170446)
75
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the IT system relating to export control at the UK's borders; what the problem with the system identified by the European Court of Auditors is; how many posts use individual ad hoc random checking in lieu of the IT system; what the cost of the IT system was in the last year for which figures are available; and what discussions he has had with the suppliers of the system on these matters.
(170517)
76
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the European Commission is seeking membership of the World Customs Organisation; what negotiating rights the European Commission will have in relation to EU member states; and what other rights and obligations will accrue to the Commission.
(170662)
77
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171243)
78
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(171269)
79
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171283)
80
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many items of post sent by his Department were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171284)
81
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171401)
82
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the future of the HM Revenue and Customs' estate in Northern Ireland.
(171048)
83
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the percentage of income tax payable which was collected in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in 2007.
(171194)
84
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many live births there were at Peterborough District Hospital in each month since May 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(169527)
85
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce duty on petrol and diesel to reflect recent changes in oil prices.
(170309)
86
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his announcement of Child Benefits in Pregnancy in his 2006 Pre-Budget Speech, if he will place in the Library copies of (a) representations he has received and (b) minutes of meetings he has held on that policy since that date.
(170574)
87
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many child benefit claimants in (a) Uxbridge constituency and (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon are affected by the loss of bank account details by HM Revenue and Customs.
(171090)
88
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the letter from his Department to the Bank of England setting out the terms and requirements of lending to Northern Rock.
(171169)
89
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how he plans to account for the borrowing needed to provide loans to Northern Rock; and where the borrowed funds will appear in his Department's accounts.
(171170)
90
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been lent to Northern Rock by the Bank of England and the Treasury.
(171171)
91
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171311)
92
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171329)
93
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Leicester aged 65 years and over died of cold related illnesses between 1st October and 1st March in each of the last 10 years.
(170772)
94
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average household income in Suffolk was in (a) each year since 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.
(171616)
95
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average wage in Suffolk was in each year since 1997.
(171617)
96
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of people in Suffolk were aged 65 years and over in each year since 1997.
(171620)
97
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times officials from the Delivery Unit have met individuals representing (a) rail passengers, (b) the rail industry, (c) bus passengers, (d) bus companies, (e) coach passengers, (f) coach companies and (g) cyclists since 27th June.
(170734)
98
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many women have paid national insurance at the reduced rate for married women in each of the last 10 years.
(170003)
99
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department will process the CF411 form applying for home responsibilities protection that was submitted by a constituent, Mrs Donnelly, in September; and if he will make a statement on the length of time being taken to process CF411 forms by his Department.
(170571)
100
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many immigrants lived in Herefordshire in each year since 1997, broken down by country of origin; and if he will make a statement.
(170950)
101
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the population of Herefordshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170951)
102
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the population of Herefordshire aged 65 years and over in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170952)
103
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average household income was in Herefordshire in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(170953)
104
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average wage was in Herefordshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170954)
105
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average household income was in Herefordshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170955)
106
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average national wage was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170956)
107
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue he received from taxation on fuel used by local authorities and by services contracted by local authorities in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170957)
108
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of people in Herefordshire were self-employed in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170958)
109
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of people in the UK were self-employed in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170959)
110
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average income was of a person in Herefordshire who was self-employed in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170960)
111
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the national average income was of a self-employed person in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170961)
112
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners aged between 60 and 64 who will have a greater tax liability as a result of the changes to age-related tax allowances introduced in the 2007 Budget; and if he will make a statement.
(171520)
113
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pensioners aged between 60 and 64 have an annual income between £5,700 and £16,500; and if he will make a statement.
(171522)
114
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's excise policy on the consumption of beer in public houses and bars; and if he will make a statement.
(170310)
115
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will freeze beer duty; and if he will make a statement.
(170311)
116
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission a review of the impact of excise policy on the UK brewing industry; and if he will make a statement.
(170312)
117
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) volume and (b) revenue raised in duty of (i) beer, (ii) lager, (iii) cider and (iv) wine in each of the last three years.
(170313)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
118
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when it will be possible for new entrants to submit applications for educational psychologist courses commencing in 2008.
(170550)
119
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent assessment he has made of the levels of availability of childcare for children aged 12 and upwards.
(170676)
120
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discussions Stroud District Council has had with (a) Gloucestershire City Council and (b) his Department on a proposal to open a new primary school at Hunts Grove.
(171017)
121
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many mainstream secondary schools have not entered students for a GCSE in (a) a modern language and (b) music in each of the last three years.
(171461)
122
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many maintained mainstream schools did not submit any pupils for a foreign language GCSE in each year since 2002.
(171030)
123
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils sat ICT GNVQ in each year since 2002; and how many of these gained A* to C grades.
(171031)
124
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils sat Edexcel mathematics GCSE in each year since 2000.
(171032)
125
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have been placed in special measures more than once since 1997.
(171033)
126
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many incidences of violence have been reported in (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in the past three years.
(171034)
127
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many mathematics graduates entered the teaching profession in each year since 1997.
(171035)
128
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many science graduates entered the teaching profession in each year since 1997.
(171036)
129
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many mathematics graduates entered training to become secondary school teachers in each year since 1997.
(171037)
130
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils were sent to a pupil referral unit within six months of reaching the end of Key Stage 4 in the past year.
(171038)
131
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many documents sent either to or from the Department have been reported as missing in the past year.
(171039)
132
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many permanent exclusions in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools there were in each of the last three years, broken down by school term.
(171040)
133
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many mainstream maintained schools did not offer (a) French, (b) German and (c) Spanish GCSE to pupils in each year since 2002.
(171041)
134
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many mainstream maintained schools offer only single science GCSE to pupils.
(171042)
135
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many mainstream maintained schools do not offer the three separate sciences at GCSE to pupils.
(171043)
136
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils gained (a) no GCSEs and (b) fewer that five A* to G grades including English and mathematics at GCSE in each year since 1999.
(171159)
137
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils in maintained schools sat English language, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, a foreign language and history or geography GCSEs in 2007; and how many of them achieved A* to C grades in all of these subjects.
(171160)
138
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils in maintained schools sat English language, English literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, a foreign language, history and geography GCSEs in 2007; and how many achieved A* to C grades in all of these subjects.
(171161)
139
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many science graduates completed training as secondary school teachers in each year since 1997.
(171524)
140
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170480)
141
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171434)
142
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171544)
143
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which (a) schools and (b) sixth form colleges have been supplied meat by McLaren Foods in the last 12 months.
(170443)
144
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department and its predecessor spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171254)
145
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department and its predecessor (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171280)
146
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many items of post sent by his Department and its predecessor were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171295)
147
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171412)
148
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171425)
149
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to meet the objectives of the EU Lisbon Strategy.
(170308)
150
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools in each local education authority area had fewer than (a) 30 per cent. and (b) 40 per cent. of pupils achieving five passes at GCSE including mathematics and English in each of the last three years.
(170290)
151
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces his Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what date each (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; and what the purpose is of each.
(170786)
152
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of schools built under the Building Schools for the Future programme have (a) up to and including 1,000 pupils, (b) 1,001 to 1,500 pupils, (c) 1,501 to 2,000 pupils and (c) more than 2,000 pupils.
(170787)
153
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of schools to be built under the Building Schools for the Future programme are expected to have (a) up to and including 1,000 pupils, (b) 1,001 to 1,500 pupils, (c) 1,501 to 2,000 pupils and (c) more than 2,000 pupils.
(170788)
154
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what support is available to parents whose children have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder; and if he will make a statement.
(170789)
155
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which secondary schools had less than 30 per cent. of pupils securing five A*-C GCSEs including mathematics and English in the latest reporting period, broken down by local authority; what percentage of pupils in each school (a) were eligible for free school meals and (b) secured five A*-C GCSEs, including mathematics and English; and whether specialist status had been achieved by each.
(170790)
156
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service pilot programmes arising from the consultation Organising for Quality in the next two years.
(170314)
157
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what safeguards he plans to put in place to prevent unauthorised access to data held on ContactPoint.
(170433)
158
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children who were referred for an initial assessment from social services were suspected to be in danger of (a) abuse and (b) neglect in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170799)
159
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children (a) received a core assessment from social services and (b) had further contact with social services as a result of their core assessment in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170800)
160
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children were (a) referred for an initial assessment from social services and (b) received an initial assessment from social services in each of the last five years.
(170801)
161
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of core assessments for children referred to children's social care were completed within the target timescale of 35 working days from the day of the initial assessment in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170802)
162
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the levels of numeracy and literacy were among primary school leavers in (a) Uxbridge constituency, (b) each London borough and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(171322)
163
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of fixed period exclusions were given to pupils (a) with special educational needs and (b) entitled to free school meals in (i) secondary and (ii) primary schools in (A) Uxbridge constituency, (B) each London borough and (C) England in each year since 1997.
(171482)
164
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of secondary school sessions were missed through unauthorised absences in (a) Uxbridge constituency, (b) each London borough and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(171483)
165
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discussions he has had with European Union counterparts on the treatment of children with physical and mental disabilities; and if he will make a statement.
(171222)
166
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much Curriculum and Standards Framework funding was received by schools in (a) Romford, (b) the London Borough of Havering and (c) London in the latest period for which figures are available.
(171209)
167
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the allocation of funding per pupil in Romford will be in the academic year 2008-09.
(171210)
168
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was allocated to the Family Fund in each of the past 10 years; how much has been allocated for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(171228)
169
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many academies there are; and how many of these have been fitted with fire sprinkler systems.
(171229)
170
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will increase the age limit for recipients of Family Fund grants to enable those between 16 and 18 years old to qualify; and if he will make a statement.
(171230)
171
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171319)
172
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171336)
173
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average spending per secondary school pupil was in (a) the city of Leicester, (b) Leicestershire and (c) England in the last period for which figures are available.
(170770)
174
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils on free school meals achieved five grade A*-C GCSEs in (a) Manchester and (b) Greater Manchester in each of the last three years.
(170759)
175
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what effect biological differences between boys and girls have on their respective attainment (a) in literacy and (b) overall, with reference to the Answer of 15th October 2007, Official Report, columns 870-1W, on education: gender.
(170298)
176
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the reasons were for the amount allocated to Herefordshire for the school funding settlement for 2008-09 to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(170962)
177
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he decided the school funding settlement for 2008-09 to 2010-11; what consideration he gave to rural factors; what rural factors he takes into account; and if he will make a statement.
(170963)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
178
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the projects which were approved under the Millennium Volunteer programme but which will no longer be funded from April 2008.
(170147)
179
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans the Government has to co-ordinate the co-ordinating role of the Social Exclusion Task Force with the co-ordinating role of the Child Poverty Unit; and where responsibility lies for such co-ordination.
(170148)
180
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons in the last year for which figures are available.
(170484)
181
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171433)
182
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much (a) his Department and its agencies, (b) the Prime Minister's office and (c) the Leader of the House's office spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171549)
183
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when the Cabinet Office first published the Central Office of Information's White Book; when publication of the next edition is planned; and for what reasons the Trades Union Congress is listed in the current edition.
(171385)
184
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what permission the (a) Cabinet Office and (b) Office of Public Sector Information have given to the Labour Party to reproduce Crown copyright photographs of the Prime Minister on the Labour Party website; and what payments have been made by the Labour Party to the Exchequer in relation to such photographs in the last 12 months.
(171386)
185
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many full-time equivalent civil servants work in support of (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Prime Minister's special advisers; and how many did so in April.
(171449)
186
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the timetable is for implementation of the proposals in his Department's statement on Information Sharing Vision.
(171450)
187
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance he has issued on the creation and operation of separate press offices with departments' executive agencies.
(171451)
188
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what was the average amount of (a) vacant space and (b) total area, in square metres, recorded on the Electronic Property Information Mapping Service database for Government departments and executive agencies for which information was held, in each year since the database was created.
(171456)
189
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which Department is responsible for the files and records formerly held by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office.
(171457)
190
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the use of Dorneywood has been offered to Ministers, other than the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for official engagements.
(171458)
191
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the office costs of the special advisers in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) No. 10 Downing Street were in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07, including the costs of support staff.
(171459)
192
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what role the administrator of the Downing Street Political Office will play in arranging events (a) on Government property and (b) in Government facilities.
(171467)
193
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which organisations have received grants from the Russell Commission since March 2006; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of those grants in enabling organisations to increase volunteering by young people; and if he will make a statement.
(170291)
194
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171320)
195
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171343)
196
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many studies by the Cabinet Office have been (a) started and (b) completed into the Iraq war and lessons learnt; and if he will place copies of each in the Library.
(169783)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
197
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has for special planning procedures to be used in determining planning applications for eco-town developments.
(171214)
198
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what account she will take of eco-town submissions in the approval process for the South East Plan; and if she will make a statement.
(171215)
199
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what mechanisms will be put in place to monitor delivery of the exceptional levels of infrastructure and community facility investment announced as part of the eco-towns initiative; and if she will make a statement.
(171216)
200
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government has plans for direct public sector land acquisition at pre-planning decision land values in respect of eco-town developments.
(171217)
201
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the eco-town schemes will be determined by (a) new towns legislation and (b) mini reviews of regional spatial strategies; and what mechanisms will be used to judge the relative merits of competing proposals.
(171218)
202
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the availability of public sector land in an area will affect determinations on the selection of locations for eco-towns.
(171219)
203
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will rank each English local authority by real terms (a) percentage change and (b) expenditure in revenue support grant in each year since 1992.
(170637)
204
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's timetable is for implementing the recommendations of the Quirk Review.
(170149)
205
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what baseline funding support for the City of Newcastle would be from the use of the (a) 2004 and (b) 2006 mid year estimate of population.
(169786)
206
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes to guidance for local authorities her Department is making following the Court of Appeal's judgment in the case of Shala v Birmingham City Council [2007] EWCA Civ 624.
(171460)
207
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for her Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170481)
208
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171435)
209
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171546)
210
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171253)
211
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): 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.
(171266)
212
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by her Department and its predecessors (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by her Department.
(171279)
213
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many items of post sent by her Department and its predecessors were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171294)
214
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of her Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171411)
215
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171424)
216
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to begin the review of the licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation.
(171398)
217
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 703W, on houses in multiple occupation, how many applications for houses in multiple occupation licences have been (a) received and (b) approved in each local authority since April 2006.
(171399)
218
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what sanctions are available to her Department to take action against local authorities who do not implement the licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation.
(171400)
219
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the household recycling rates were in Birmingham City Council area in (a) each year since 2000-01 and (b) each quarter in 2006-07; and what municipal recycling rates were in 2006-07.
(171101)
220
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 786W, on religious buildings, if she will contact local authorities in (a) London, (b) Birmingham and (c) Manchester with a view to establishing the names and addresses of mosques in those cities.
(170366)
221
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations her Department has received from (a) representatives of Durham Green Developments Limited and (b) Mr David Abrahams in relation to planning in the last 36 months.
(170730)
222
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the development of the Durham Green Business Park, near south Durham, entails development on green belt land according to the records held by (a) her Department and (b) the Government Office for the North East.
(170731)
223
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to her Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 139, on planning, if she will place in the Library copies of all correspondence and documentation relating to the Durham Green Business Park planning application and development, held by (a) her Department and (b) the Government Office for the North East.
(170760)
224
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her policy that no regional spatial strategy approved by her will entail (a) developments on the green belt and (b) reviews of the green belt with a view to development.
(171495)
225
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid in bonuses to staff in the home information pack division in the last year for which figures are available.
(171496)
226
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proposals for reviews or changes to green belt land are contained within the draft regional spatial strategies.
(171497)
227
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations her Department has received from organisations calling for energy performance certificates to be attached to valuations.
(171498)
228
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many dwellings were built within the 1997 designated green belt in each year in (a) England and (b) each Government office region between 1997 and 2006.
(171499)
229
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the number of dwellings that will be built on land (a) designated and (b) previously designated as green belt in (i) 2007 and (ii) each year under the proposed regional spatial strategies.
(171500)
230
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new parish councils were established in England in the last 24 months.
(171501)
231
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many empty dwelling management orders have been approved by residential property tribunals since their introduction; and to which local authority areas they relate.
(171502)
232
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when her Department will respond to the most recent National Audit Office report on the Housing Market Pathfinder programme.
(171503)
233
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance she has given to the regional chambers on whether they are subject to environmental information regulations, by virtue of carrying out functions of public administration.
(171504)
234
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which provisions of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 have yet to be commenced.
(171505)
235
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what sponsorship each Minister in her Department received from trade unions in the last 12 months.
(171506)
236
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to produce a summary of responses to the consultation on the recent Planning White Paper.
(171507)
237
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research has been conducted into public (a) approval of regional government and (b) awareness and approval of Government Office regions.
(171508)
238
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 each of the responses from external organisations and individuals to the recent Housing Green Paper.
(171509)
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 each of the responses from external organisations and individuals to the recent Planning White Paper consultation.
(171510)
240
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hectares of designated green belt land there were in England in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006, broken down by local planning authority area.
(171511)
241
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance the Government has provided on whether councillors travelling to council meetings are deemed to be employed by their local authority for insurance purposes.
(171512)
242
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) targets and (b) Best Value performance indicators (i) have been and (ii) are set and recorded for local authorities in relation to the number of children in care.
(171513)
243
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers local authorities will have in relation to the integrated regional strategies of regional development agencies.
(171514)
244
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the current cap is on the maximum Band D precept that Lee Valley Regional Park Authority can set.
(171515)
245
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether information on radon risks (a) can and (b) must form part of home information packs.
(171516)
246
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the existing versions of the regional spatial strategies have to review the green belt designations in each Government office region.
(171525)
247
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers the proposed Office for Tenants and Social Landlords will have over land and properties held by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations.
(171526)
248
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the proposed Office for Tenants and Social Landlords will (a) set and (b) monitor performance targets for (i) local authorities and (ii) housing associations.
(171527)
249
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many firms, defined as small businesses, were on the Valuation Office Agency's Ratings List in the latest period for which figures are available.
(171528)
250
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council-owned properties were transferred to housing associations via stock transfer in England in each year since 1997-98.
(171529)
251
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many home information packs were subsidised, in whole or in part, under the scheme to provide £0.5 million funding for Energy Performance Certificates in Home Information Packs ordered prior to 1st August; and what was the outturn expenditure of the scheme.
(171530)
252
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library copies of the in-house staff magazine of her Department from the last 12 months.
(171555)
253
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance and advice she has provided public authorities on celebrating Christmas in a manner conducive to promoting community cohesion.
(171556)
254
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the funding allocation to Social Homebuy for the period between 2006 and 2008 has been spent.
(171557)
255
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons English Partnerships has reversed its decision to transfer the former Cashes Green hospital site to the Gloucester Land for People Community Land Trust pilot.
(171558)
256
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of changes in net immigration on (a) council tax and (b) local authority funding.
(171559)
257
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many shared ownership completed sales were facilitated through her Department's homebuy schemes in 2006-07.
(171560)
258
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have given to local authorities on celebrating Christmas; and if she will make a statement.
(171561)
259
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding has been allocated to support community land trusts in 2007-08; and from what budgets such funding will be drawn.
(171562)
260
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether changes are planned to the composition of regional development agency boards following designation as regional planning bodies.
(171563)
261
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration her Department has given to the merits of making sprinkler systems compulsory in new large business premises.
(171564)
262
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the (a) investigations carried out and (b) lessons learned on the recent Warwickshire factory fire tragedy.
(171565)
263
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many residential dwellings were built within flood risk areas in England in each year since 1997.
(171566)
264
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hectares of land were changed to residential use within flood risk areas in England in each year since 1997.
(171567)
265
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's target for new house-building in England were in each year since 1997-98.
(171568)
266
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's definition is of a stakeholder.
(171569)
267
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes there have been to the eligibility requirements for local authority social housing since May 1997.
(171570)
268
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid in bonuses by her Department to staff in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by directorate.
(171571)
269
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local planning authorities have land in their area with green belt status; and what the average area of green belt land is per local authority.
(171572)
270
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the name is of each funding stream for (a) social exclusion, (b) housing and (c) regeneration from central Government to local authorities in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.
(171573)
271
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the effect of the change in net migration not accounted for in the Government's initial estimates on council tax bills.
(171574)
272
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the new powers for parish councils in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 will be resourced via (a) additional funding from central government and (b) a higher parish precept on council tax bills.
(171575)
273
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what obligations will fall upon London boroughs to provide funding for parish councils set up within borough boundaries.
(171576)
274
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what additional funding has been allocated by central Government to parish councils in London for (a) set up and (b) running costs.
(171577)
275
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the level of public satisfaction was with local authority waste collection services in (a) England and (b) each local waste collection authority in each year for which Best Value Performance Indicator data on these measures have been collated by the Audit Commission.
(171578)
276
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Greater London Authority precept, and its predecessors' equivalent was in (a) cash terms and (b) as a proportion of Band D council tax in each year since 1997-98.
(171579)
277
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who is responsible for auditing the expenditure (a) in the six area trial for home information packs (HIPs) and (b) the funding for the energy performance certificates to be included in HIPs ordered prior to 1st August.
(171580)
278
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) home information packs and (b) home condition reports were commissioned in the six area trials in England and Wales prior to 1st August.
(171581)
279
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the impact of the introduction of home information packs on the residential housing market in the six areas trial.
(171582)
280
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department plans to produce a formal response to the Lyons Inquiry on local government.
(171583)
281
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the annual percentage change in average Band D council tax was in England in real terms in each year since its introduction.
(171584)
282
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) home information packs and (b) home condition reports were subsidised, in whole or in part, under the funding allocated to six area trials in England and Wales.
(171585)
283
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a wall-mounted satellite dish is taken into account in the assessment of a business property for business rate purposes.
(171586)
284
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to introduce the EU's Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas funding mechanism in England.
(171587)
285
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to require CON29 local authority searches to include information on licensing decisions, reviews, applications or enforcement action under the Licensing Act 2003.
(171588)
286
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the presence of fire sprinklers is taken into account in business rate valuations.
(171589)
287
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether funding for rough sleepers announced by her Department on 13th November was transferred funding from another area within the Government's spending plans over the last three years.
(171590)
288
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for her review of super-casinos; if she wil publish her terms of reference for this review; and whether her review will include an assessment of the merits of casinos defined as (a) small and (b) large under the terms of the Gambling Act 2005.
(171591)
289
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what payments her Department has made to the Local Government Network in the last 24 months.
(171592)
290
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what planning guidance and circulars are in force in relation to planning permission for (a) new schools and (b) expansion of existing schools.
(171593)
291
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to commission research on the council tax discount on empty properties.
(171594)
292
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reason Best Value Performance Indicator 9, on council tax collection rates, is not included in the National Indicator set.
(171595)
293
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of supplementary business rates on the take up of business improvement districts.
(171596)
294
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's internal targets were for the number of completed sales for Social Homebuy in each year since its inception.
(171597)
295
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have cited moving to an alternate weekly collection of household rubbish as (a) cashable and (b) non-cashable efficiency savings in their submissions of (i) forward look and (ii) backward look annual efficiency statements to her Department in each year since their inception.
(171598)
296
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether savings from moving to an alternate weekly collection from a weekly collection of household rubbish can be counted as a (a) cashable and (b) non-cashable efficiency savings for the purposes of local authorities' returns to her Department.
(171599)
297
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether an impact assessment has been produced for the Government's plans for a supplementary business rate.
(171600)
298
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the aggregate yearly additional revenue that would be raised were every local authority in England with the power to levy a supplementary rate to levy the maximum supplementary business rate.
(171601)
299
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the causes for recent changes in the level of home ownership.
(171602)
300
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes the Government has made to the rules and regulations relating to housing and capital receipts since 1997.
(171603)
301
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the increase in rough sleeping in London arising from changes in the immigration from East European nations following EU enlargement.
(171604)
302
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the maximum permitted business rate multiplier to be levied in a Business District is in a locality with the maximum permitted supplementary business rate.
(171605)
303
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance (a) her Department and (b) the Housing Corporation has provided to local authorities and housing associations on the account to be taken when determining social lettings in a locality or on an estate of the existing ethnic composition of those areas.
(171606)
304
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in relation to which Best Value Performance Indicators which are not included in the National Indicator set local authorities will be required to collect and submit data to central Government.
(171607)
305
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many trainee (a) home inspectors and (b) energy inspectors have received a qualification from Morgan Whittaker.
(171609)
306
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the local government restructuring in Ipswich, including the passage of secondary legislation.
(171610)
307
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding has (a) her Department and (b) its agencies provided to (a) the IPPR and (b) IPPR Ltd in relation to community cohesion in the last 24 months; and for what projects.
(171612)
308
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for publication of the first draft unitary implementation orders.
(171615)
309
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the levy on authorities in (a) Essex, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) Greater London by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority was (i) in cash terms and (ii) expressed as the average addition to a Band D council tax bill in each year since 1997-98.
(171621)
310
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government Office of the South East has to (a) review and (b) designate Areas of Great Landscape Value in local development frameworks; and what guidance her Department has provided on this.
(171622)
311
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects regional assemblies to transfer responsibility for regional housing and planning matters to regional development agencies.
(171623)
312
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to create further unitary authorities.
(171624)
313
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effects of her Department's proposals for a unitary council for Norwich on local government structures in the rest of Norfolk.
(171626)
314
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the effect of the introduction of home information packs on the number of properties being placed on the market.
(171627)
315
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the real terms percentage change in Government funding for local authorities, excluding education spending, was in each year since 1997-98.
(171628)
316
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the changes in local authority expenditure on adult social services expected to result from demographic change over the next three years.
(171629)
317
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much local authorities in England have received in cash terms from the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive scheme in each year of its operation; and what amount is forecast to be received in each of the next three years.
(171630)
318
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of those eligible to vote in local elections have (a) full and (b) partial liability for council tax.
(171631)
319
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of (a) aggregate external finance and (b) local authority revenue expenditure will be ring-fenced in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09 (A) including and (B) excluding the dedicated schools grant element.
(171633)
320
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the implementation of the provisions of (a) the Greater London Authority Act 2007 and (b) the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.
(171634)
321
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which organisations received subsidy for the production of energy performance certificates in home information packs ordered prior to 1st August.
(171635)
322
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the proposed budgets are for the (a) Communities and Homes Agency and (b) Office for Tenants and Social Landlords in the first full year of operation.
(171636)
323
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent civil servants from her Department are seconded to the Councillors' Commission.
(171637)
324
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many unauthorised gypsy and travellers' (a) caravans and (b) developments there were in each (i) January and (ii) July since 2001 in (A) England and (B) each government office region in England.
(171638)
325
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria her Department used to determine the membership of the Councillors' Commission; and what (a) remuneration and (b) expenses members of the Commission are entitled to.
(171639)
326
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects (a) the Councillors' Commission to report and (b) her Department to respond to that report.
(171640)
327
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 14th November 2007, Official Report, columns 667-73, on national security, what plans she has to amend planning policy guidance.
(171641)
328
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what she expects the (a) purpose, (b) function and (c) annual cost of the proposed empowerment champions to be.
(171642)
329
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the (a) composition of the boards and (b) procedures used to select board members for regional development agencies will be amended following the transfer of responsibilities for regional housing and planning from regional assemblies.
(171643)
330
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the commencement timetable is for the provisions of the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.
(171644)
331
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to issue guidance to local authorities on their new powers and duties under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.
(171645)
332
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers the Homes and Communities Agency will have in relation to the provisions of (a) regional spatial strategies, (b) local authority local development frameworks and (c) the Mayor of London's spatial plan for the purposes of development under its oversight.
(171646)
333
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the proposed powers of the Homes and Communities Agency to enter and survey land will include powers to enter (a) domestic and (b) business premises.
(171647)
334
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many businesses were in receipt of small business rate relief in the latest period for which figures are available.
(171648)
335
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for producing local spending reports in accordance with Section 6 of the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.
(171649)
336
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many press officer, media, communications and marketing staff are employed by (a) the Standards Board for England and Adjudication Panel, (b) the Audit Commission, (c) English Partnerships and (d) the Housing Corporation.
(171650)
337
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what external advisers have been contracted to assist the review of super-casinos.
(171651)
338
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171318)
339
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171337)
340
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to ensure that provision of new affordable housing matches housing needs analysis in relation to the need for affordable family homes in (a) Warrington and (b) other North West housing hotspots.
(170272)
341
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Minister of State will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 30th October on home information packs.
(170088)
342
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average time taken to respond to an emergency telephone call by the fire brigade was in Suffolk for each of the past five years.
(171614)
343
N
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces her Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to initiate; on what date each (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; and what the purpose is of each.
(170155)
344
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were (a) placed on sale and (b) sold through (i) Social HomeBuy, (ii) New Build HomeBuy, (iii) Open Market HomeBuy and (iv) the First Time Buyers Initiative in each region in each of the last five years.
(170352)
345
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the administration budget was for (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) Open Market HomeBuy and (d) the First Time Buyers Initiative in each of the last five years.
(170353)
346
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the marketing budget was for (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) Open Market HomeBuy and (d) the First Time Buyers Initiative in each of the last five years.
(170354)
347
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what projections she has made of the number of properties with two or more bedrooms to be made available to buy through (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) Open Market HomeBuy and (d) the First Time Buyers Initiative in each of the next three financial years.
(170355)
348
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what projections she has made of the number of homes to be made available to buy through (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) Open Market HomeBuy and (d) the First Time Buyers Initiative in each of the next three financial years.
(170356)
349
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many children under the age of 16 years were housed in accommodation classified as overcrowded or unsuitable in each region in England for each of the last five years.
(170357)
350
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were on council housing waiting lists in each (a) district/unitary housing authority and (b) region in England in each of the last five years.
(170358)
351
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent in each district/unitary authority in England on rough sleepers by (a) central Government and (b) local authorities in each of the last five years.
(170359)
352
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 26th June 2007, Official Report, columns 654-5W, on Westminster City Council: temporary accommodation, when the results of the questionnaire of local authorities on the use and costs of temporary accommodation will be published.
(170361)
353
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to announce the local government funding settlement for Herefordshire Council; and if she will make a statement.
(170872)
354
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average grant per capita allocated to each unitary authority was in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(170873)
355
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration she gives to rural factors when determining local authorities' grants allocation; and if she will make a statement.
(170874)
356
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will rank local authorities in order of those with the highest proportion of their populations aged 65 years and over; and if she will make a statement.
(170875)
357
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the average cost of providing local authority services to (a) rural and (b) urban authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(170876)
358
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the average cost per capita of school transport in predominantly (a) rural and (b) urban local authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(170878)
359
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will break down the population of Herefordshire, by age group; and if she will make a statement.
(170879)
360
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration she gave to the percentage of the population aged over 65 years in Herefordshire when determining the local authority grants allocation; and if she will make a statement.
(170880)
361
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the population of Herefordshire that are aged 65 years and over, in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(170881)
362
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average local authority grant settlement was per capita for unitary authorities in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(170882)
363
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the local authority grant settlement was per capita for Herefordshire in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(170964)
364
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration she gave to the number of immigrants in Herefordshire when determining the local authority grant allocation; and if she will make a statement.
(170965)
365
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration she gave to the average household income in Herefordshire when determining the local authority's grant allocation; and if she will make a statement.
(170966)
366
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration she gives to the difference in costs to urban and rural authorities of providing services when determining the allocation of local authorities' grants settlements; and if she will make a statement.
(170967)
367
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration she gives to fuel costs when allocating the local authorities' grants settlements; what steps she has taken to alleviate this financial pressure on local authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(170968)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
368
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the board members of Legacy Trust UK will be paid.
(170150)
369
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the £40 million endowment to Legacy Trust UK was provided by (a) his Department, (b) Big Lottery Fund and (c) the Arts Council.
(170151)
370
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the impact of strikes by the Writers Guild of America on the British film industry.
(171027)
371
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170479)
372
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171436)
373
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171545)
374
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171255)
375
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): 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.
(171268)
376
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171281)
377
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many items of post sent by his Department were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171296)
378
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171413)
379
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171426)
380
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward proposals to establish a body to investigate complaints about the press with the power (a) of subpoena and (b) to make a binding ruling where facts are in dispute; and if he will make a statement.
(171102)
381
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on their ability to waive licence fees and vary rules with regard to broadcasting in times of emergencies; and if he will make a statement.
(169992)
382
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171317)
383
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171338)
384
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will put measures in place to require owners of licensed premises to contribute to the cost of managing public safety consequent upon the night time economy.
(170273)
385
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Minister for Sport will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 15th October on consumer credit licences and amateur private sports clubs (reference: 80018).
(170089)
386
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on participation rates in sport and outdoor recreation of introducing British summer time in winter.
(170767)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
387
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts his Department has signed with RFAS IPT Category Management since 2003; and what the value was of each.
(169883)
388
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to facilitate owner-occupancy for young servicemen and women and their families.
(170995)
389
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of void and unused accommodation to his Department in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(170996)
390
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the announced £5 billion expenditure on his Department's accommodation over the next 10 years has already been allocated to existing or approved projects over that period.
(170997)
391
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the planned £5 billion to be spent on his Department's accommodation includes expenditure on (a) barrack rebuilds, (b) refurbishments and (c) military base upgrades.
(170998)
392
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what acccount is taken of the standards of accommodation for serving military personnel in the Government's overall policy for the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(170999)
393
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent on (a) refurbishment and (b) emergency repairs and upkeep of his Department's accommodation in 2006-07.
(171000)
394
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) recent discussions he has had on and (b) steps he is taking to make his Department's (i) housing procurement strategy, (ii) refurbishment programme and (iii) emergency repairs functions more efficient.
(171001)
395
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much Ministry of Defence accommodation is deemed uninhabitable.
(171002)
396
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of his Department's housing stock is void or uninhabited.
(171003)
397
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his definition is of his Department's accommodation on which £5 billion over 10 years is to be spent.
(171004)
398
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many housing association tenants live in his Department's accommodation.
(171105)
399
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of his Department's housing budget is taken up by administrative costs in 2007-08; and how much of the announced £5 billion expenditure on his Department's accommodation over the next 10 years will be spent on administrative and overhead costs.
(171106)
400
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's expenditure on married quarters is in 2007-08; and how much of the announced £5 billion expenditure on his Department's accommodation over the next 10 years is planned to be spent on married quarters.
(171107)
401
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what areas of expenditure will be included within the proposed £5 billion to be spent on his Department's accommodation over the next 10 years.
(171108)
402
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 30th October 2007, Official Report, column 1349W, on armed forces housing, what the cost of rent, council tax, maintenance and administration in relation to void properties in the Married Quarters Estate has been in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales in the last 12 months.
(171517)
403
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what average percentage of his working week has been taken up by his duties as Secretary of State for Defence.
(169993)
404
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel he plans to be stationed in Northern Ireland as of the end of 2008, broken down by location.
(170306)
405
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what pay increases the armed forces have received in the last two years.
(170275)
406
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 9th October 2007, Official Report, columns 437-8W, on Iraq: overseas aid; how much of the £744 million the Government has allocated to Iraq came from his Department.
(170809)
407
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated budget is for his Department's headquarters refurbishment project for each of the next 10 years.
(170813)
408
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's personnel were assigned to the British provincial reconstruction team in (a) Basra and (b) Lashkar Gah in each year since 2005; what contacts those personnel have with local people on reconstruction issues; and if he will make a statement.
(170823)
409
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's personnel were based in Kuwait in support of Operation Telic in each year since 2003.
(170824)
410
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to open Basra Airport to commercial flights; and if he will make a statement.
(170825)
411
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many miles of the Afghanistan ring road run through the British Area of Operations (AO) in Regional Command South; what assessment he has made of the security of the ring road in Britain's AO; what percentage of the ring road in Britain's AO is paved; and if he will make a statement.
(170826)
412
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what units form the UK's commitment to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.
(170827)
413
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his official engagements were from 22nd to 28th November.
(170828)
414
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170477)
415
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171437)
416
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171547)
417
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces his Department (i) is responsible for and (ii) plans to establish; on what date each which is under way (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; and what the purpose is of each.
(170829)
418
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many electronic databases there are containing (a) names, (b) addresses, (c) bank details and (d) other personal information about members of the public within his Department.
(170830)
419
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when each of his Department's electronic databases containing personal information on members of the public was first created.
(170831)
420
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many security breaches regarding access to personal data have occurred within his Department in each year since 1997.
(170832)
421
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff of each grade in his Department have access to electronic databases which contain personal information on members of the public.
(170833)
422
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times his Department's databases containing personal information on members of the public have been accessed in each month of the last five years.
(170834)
423
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times his Department's databases containing personal information on members of the public have been transferred (a) physically and (b) electronically in each year since 1997.
(170835)
424
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests his Department has received in each year since 1997 from the National Audit Office for access to databases containing personal information on members of the public.
(170836)
425
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures his Department has in place to ensure that databases containing personal information on members of the public are not accessed (a) by unauthorised staff and (b) by authorised staff for unauthorised purposes.
(170837)
426
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is responsible for obtaining public liability insurance when charity events are held on his Department's property.
(170838)
427
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much Defence Estates Operation South has charged charity events for (a) a defence estates licences, (b) defence estates licence preparation costs and (c) defence estates licences VAT costs in the last two years.
(170839)
428
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which official in Defence Estates Operation South has the authority to waive defence estates licence fees; and what the limits in size of fee are that can be waived.
(170840)
429
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, from which Government departments officials have met with the team carrying out the review of the UK Hydrographic Office; and how many such meetings have taken place.
(170841)
430
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the UK Hydrographic Office's budget was spent on (a) travel expenses and (b) marketing events and publications in 2006-07.
(170842)
431
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected expenditure on the Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme is (a) in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11 and (b) over the lifetime of the programme from 2005 to 2015.
(170843)
432
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) name, (b) function, (c) estimated cost and (d) projected in-service date is of each of the 23 new build projects in the Atomic Weapons Establishment Site Development Context Plan 2005-2015.
(170844)
433
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 24th October 2007, Official Report, column 332W, on Defence Estates: official hospitality, in reviewing the background of the Sergeant Biddiss Charity event held at RAF Brize Norton what criteria were assessed by officials considering the nature of the event.
(170845)
434
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times Defence Estates (Aldershot) has waived the liability charge for events held on its property since 2006; and for which events the charge was waived.
(170846)
435
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much Defence Estates (Warminster) has billed in liability charges for events held on his Department's property since April 2005.
(170847)
436
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the Land Management Services Budget Manager of Defence Estates Operation South has in reviewing procedures for waiving liability charges for charities holding events on his Department's property.
(170848)
437
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the breakdown was of costs charged to the Army Benevolent Fund for the use of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 22nd, 23rd and 24th September 2006 for the Music on Fire event.
(170849)
438
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK services personnel wear EU insignia; and where those personnel are based.
(170594)
439
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the role of the Head of the EU Command Element, Naples is; and to whom he reports.
(170602)
440
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171246)
441
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): 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.
(171259)
442
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171272)
443
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many items of post sent by his Department were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171287)
444
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171404)
445
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171417)
446
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many emergency maintenance requests were made for properties occupied by service personnel and their families in each of the last 12 months; and what the average length of time taken to carry out the maintenance was in each month.
(170452)
447
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by his Department in each of the last six years on providing private rented accommodation for service personnel and their families.
(170453)
448
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what he estimates the lifetime cost of the Astute programme will be.
(170639)
449
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what he estimates the lifetime cost of Typhoon will be if the Government (a) completes the order for Tranche 3 and (b) cancels Tranche 3.
(170641)
450
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide examples of the nuclear materials for which his Department makes special handling arrangements.
(171104)
451
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many accidents have taken place involving (a) Puma, (b) Merlin, (c) Chinook and (d) Sea King RAF helicopters since 2001; how many British service personnel were killed or wounded as a result in each case; and whether (i) equipment failure and (ii) pilot error were contributory factors in each case.
(171010)
452
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours RAF helicopter pilots (a) are required to have and (b) have on average before being deployed on operational duties flying (i) Puma, (ii) Merlin, (iii) Chinook and (iv) Sea King helicopters.
(171011)
453
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for extending the life of the RAF's existing fleet of Puma HC1 helicopters; when the proposed Puma Mk 2 helicopter will come into service; and if he will make a statement.
(171012)
454
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) UK and (b) US personnel were employed at RAF Menwith Hill in each year since 2002, broken down by employer.
(171224)
455
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) UK and (b) US personnel were employed at RAF Flyingdales in each year since 2002, broken down by employer.
(171225)
456
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what definition the Government uses of (a) smart and (b) dumb cluster munitions; what munitions it will ban in accordance with the Oslo process; and if he will consider banning all forms of cluster munitions.
(170146)
457
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving military personnel have been treated as inpatients by the National Health Service over the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what proportion of those admittances were the result of incidents and accidents on frontline deployments.
(170590)
458
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will meet the Council of Mortgage Lenders to discuss the number of rejected mortgage applications from UK forces personnel posted overseas on the grounds of inability to provide a UK address.
(171352)
459
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of repairing the Astute submarine damaged during routine tests.
(170413)
460
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel were reported as absent without leave in the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army in each year since 1997.
(171474)
461
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) effect on future expenditure of moving the Services Personnel and Veterans Agency from RAF Innsworth to HMS Centurian, Gosport; and if he will make a statement.
(170644)
462
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy ships are (a) operational, (b) in reserve, (c) available for sale to a foreign navy and (d) waiting to be scrapped.
(171118)
463
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171316)
464
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171339)
465
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what exercises UK armed forces are committed to with European Union formations for the next 18 months; and which such exercises they have participated in over the last 12 months.
(169892)
466
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to which European Union formations UK armed forces have a potential obligation; and on what scale.
(169893)
467
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2007, Official Report, column 309W, on departmental co-ordination, on what date the Foreign and Commonwealth Office consulted his Department about the Bruges speech; and on what date his Department replied.
(170435)
468
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Minister for Veterans will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 14th September (reference: MC04936/2007).
(170091)
469
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he approved the policy that the Territorial Army training bounty was a payment in lieu of pension; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (169884)
470
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what purposes the River Class offshore patrol vessels have been used in addition to fisheries protection; how many patrol days this has required in each case since the River Class were commissioned; and if he will make a statement.
(170908)
471
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what purposes the River Class offshore patrol vessels will be used in addition to fisheries protection for the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(170909)
472
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has charged charitable organisations for events held on departmental property in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(171347)
473
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department charges charitable organisations for public liability insurance for events held on departmental property.
(171348)
474
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are made for public liability insurance for events organised by charitable organisations held on his Department's property.
(171349)
475
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department charged the Army Benevolent Fund for hosting its Music on Fire event at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in September 2006.
(171350)
476
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy not to charge charitable organisations for events held on departmental property.
(171351)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
477
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the United States Department of Agriculture on genetically modified organisms.
(170364)
478
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Food and Agriculture Organisation's policy on organic farming.
(170365)
479
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the proposals of the EU Agriculture Commissioner for capping support to larger recipients of the single farm payment.
(170646)
480
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will assess the merits of a de minimis level to single farm payments.
(170647)
481
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the Department's plans to introduce cost-sharing with farmers for the control of animal diseases.
(170648)
482
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claimants there are under the single payment scheme in Ribble Valley constituency; and how many farms this represents.
(170001)
483
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the likely impact of budget reductions on British waterways.
(170527)
484
N
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) proportion and (b) tonnage of waste from household collection which is made up of packaging waste.
(170536)
485
N
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the tonnage of packaging waste from household collection which is (a) recovered and (b) recycled annually; and if he will make a statement.
(170537)
486
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons were for not extending the powers of the Environment Agency to include flooding from drains and sewers by the end of 2006 as planned in 2004; and what progress is being made towards rationalising responsibilities for drains and sewers.
(171021)
487
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the compensation allocated to farmers following the foot and mouth crisis in August has been allocated to Wiltshire.
(171022)
488
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of his Department's annual budget was allocated to dairy farming in each of the last three years.
(171023)
489
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170503)
490
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171438)
491
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171548)
492
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the gamebird shooting industry on (a) the killing of indigenous mammals and birds, (b) damage to moorland peat deposits and (c) burning of heather; and if he will make a statement.
(170284)
493
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171248)
494
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): 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.
(171261)
495
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department and its predecessors (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171274)
496
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many items of post sent by his Department and its predecessor were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171289)
497
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171405)
498
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171419)
499
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on ensuring the safety of new homes built on flood plains in Gravesham.
(171091)
500
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Marine Bill will include provisions to improve the welfare of fish caught for human consumption.
(171100)
501
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to assess the appropriateness of the points scoring system which determines what areas have priority for funding for flood defence measures.
(170418)
502
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on the point scoring system for funding of flood defence measures.
(170419)
503
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what safeguards are in place to ensure that rural areas receive sufficient funding for flood defence measures under the point scoring system for funding of flood defence measures.
(170420)
504
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons he has reduced the budget for the North East of England for the construction of flood defences, with particular reference to the budget for Yorkshire and the Humber.
(170421)
505
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of his Department's ability to meet its target under the EU commitment to halt biodiversity loss by 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(170430)
506
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on improvements to sewerage infrastructure to improve bathing water quality in each of the last seven years.
(170431)
507
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in transposing the revised Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC) into domestic law; and when he expects the provisions of the directive to be fully implemented in the UK.
(170432)
508
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of critical infrastructure is situated in flood risk areas; and what proposals he has to ensure the future safety of this infrastructure.
(170519)
509
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the effect of proposed funding reductions for inland waterways on future maintenance and safety of canals.
(170520)
510
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on an application for provision of additional funding for inland waterways.
(170521)
511
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on maintaining waterways in England in each of the last five years.
(170522)
512
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the Government's commitment in the Statement of Principles with Insurance Industries to (a) reduce the annual probability of flooding each year for a substantial number of properties in the UK, (b) maintain investment in flood management each year, (c) implement reforms to the land-use planning system to ensure that new developments do not lead to an increase in the national or local flood risk, (d) communicate flood risk effectively and (e) develop an integrated approach to urban drainage that alleviates the risks of sewer flooding and flash flooding.
(171154)
513
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on implementing (a) a more holistic approach, (b) better management of risk, (c) land use planning, (d) integrated urban drainage management and (e) addressing coastal issues, as set out in Making Space for Water; and if he will make a statement.
(171155)
514
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the collation of groundwater flooding records, and monitoring and risk assessment, as referred to in Making Space for Water.
(171156)
515
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the introduction of a flood risk management innovation fund.
(171157)
516
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures have been introduced to encourage people to take up resilience measures in their homes.
(171158)
517
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of English bathing waters met the standards required by the current Bathing Water Directive in each of the last five years.
(171186)
518
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of the capability of the Environment Agency to assess bathing water quality using fewer microbiological indicators as proposed in the revised Bathing Water Directive, 2006/7/EC.
(171187)
519
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) the market value and (b) his Department's valuation is of his Department's Gleadthorpe Cottages in Meden Vale.
(170559)
520
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he or his Ministers have had with the EU Commissioner or her officials on the possible use of sugar beet compensation funding for growers who were forced to cease production as a result of the closure of York and Alscott factories.
(170141)
521
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding his Department has provided for the development of Discovery Software's Flood Ranger programme.
(171625)
522
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will seek to ensure that British Sugar's application to surrender quota back to the EU is not agreed unless British Sugar agrees terms for compensation to Shropshire (a) sugar beet growers and (b) contractors whose businesses are affected.
(171166)
523
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidelines are issued by Ofwat on the design of foul sewage systems in respect of the frequency of storm events; and if he will make a statement.
(169990)
524
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Ofwat on the design of foul sewage systems in respect of the frequency of storm events; and if he will make a statement.
(169991)
525
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what restrictions he has placed on the holding of (a) pigeon shows and (b) other bird shows because of avian influenza; and if he will make a statement.
(170645)
526
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what restrictions on movement remain in place to counter (a) foot and mouth and (b) bluetongue; and if he will make a statement.
(171167)
527
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the use of snares.
(171221)
528
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from cage bird societies and other organisations forced to cancel events because show licences were revoked as a result of the outbreak of avian flu; what compensation is available to organisers of cage bird show events in such circumstances; and if he will make a statement.
(170285)
529
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171315)
530
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171340)
531
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the letter of 1st October from the Minister for the Environment (reference: MC45270/TB), when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 26th October 2007.
(170090)
532
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what work the Wellbeing Indicators Group has undertaken.
(171358)
533
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Wellbeing Indicators Group has (a) a business plan and (b) objectives.
(171359)
534
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) titles and (b) qualifications are of the academics on the Wellbeing Indicators Group.
(171360)
535
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role the Wellbeing Indicators Group has in the formulation of government policy; what cross-departmental representation the group has; and if he will make a statement.
(171361)
536
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) staff and (b) members of the Wellbeing Indicators Group has.
(171362)
537
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the budget of the Wellbeing Indicators Group has been in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement.
(171363)
538
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether farmers will be able to increase their slurry storage capacity to satisfy the requirements of the Nitrate Action Programme; and if he will consider extending the period of implementation.
(171201)
539
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the budget of the Commission for Rural Communities for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and what the planned budget is for (i) 2008-09 and (ii) each subsequent year of the current spending round.
(170084)
540
N
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government is planning to seek a (a) temporary and (b) permanent derogation from mandatory air quality limits on Nox which will apply from 2010 under EU Directive 1999/30/EC.
(170671)
541
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) economic and (b) other factors he took into account in granting licences to produce vaccines to Merial at Pirbright.
(170612)
542
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the consultation on the UK Operational Programme for the European Union Fisheries Fund will begin; and if he will make a statement.
(170762)
543
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration he has given to using the dispute resolution procedures set out in the devolution agreements to finalise the UK Operational Programme for fisheries; for what reasons he has not already used them; whether he plans to use them; whether he has set a deadline for the devolved administrations for reaching an agreement before using them; and if he will make a statement.
(170763)
544
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2007, Official Report, columns 864-5W, on European Fisheries Fund, up to what percentage the European Commission can propose a cut in the UK's European Fisheries Fund budget; and if he will make a statement.
(170764)
545
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is required to hold a consultation on the UK Operational Programme for the European Fisheries Fund before he submits the Programme to the European Commission for approval; and if he will make a statement.
(170765)
546
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of the 21st November 2007, Official Report, column 864W, on European Fisheries Fund, which EU member states (a) have and (b) have not submitted their Operational Programmes on fisheries to the European Commission for approval; which have had their Operational Programmes approved; and if he will make a statement.
(170766)
547
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many qualified sea fisheries officers there were in each year since 1997; how many are planned for each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(170775)
548
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the UK National Strategic Plan for Fisheries in relation to the European Fisheries Fund for the period January 2007 to December 2013 has been submitted to the European Commission; what the deadline was for (a) submitting it to the Commission and (b) Commission approval; what penalties could be imposed for submission being made after the deadline has passed; and if he will make a statement.
(170776)
549
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the penalties that could be imposed by the European Commission for late submission and approval of the UK Operational Programme on Fisheries.
(170777)
550
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2007, Official Report, columns 863-4W, on the European Fisheries Fund, what assessment he has made of the effect that a reduction in the European Fisheries Fund budget for the UK would have on his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(170778)
551
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the likely effects on the UK economy are of producing foot and mouth disease vaccine in Britain; and if he will make a statement.
(170865)
552
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his will re-examine the merits of producing foot and mouth disease vaccine in the UK.
(170866)
553
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which pathogens handled under Specified Animal Pathogens Order licence in the UK for viruses and diseases are not normally present in British livestock; and if he will make a statement.
(170867)
554
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the benefits to the UK are of handling pathogens under SAPO licence for viruses and diseases that are not normally present in British livestock; and if he will make a statement.
(170868)
555
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 22nd November 2007: Specified Animal Pathogens Order (SAPO) Licence Conditions at Merial Animal Health, whether the valves on the steam lines used to sterilise the associated pipework were inspected by his Department's officials prior to restoring the SAPO licence to Merial Animal Health on 6th November 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(170869)
556
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 22nd November 2007: Specified Animal Pathogens Order Licence Conditions at Merial Animal Health, what risk assessment he has carried out to the risks to British livestock of contamination from the live virus leak reported; and if he will make a statement.
(170870)
557
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 22nd November 2007: Specified Animal Pathogens Order (SAPO) Licence Conditions at Merial Animal Health, and the decision to suspend the SAPO licence, what assessment he has made of the effect this will have on the production of a bluetongue vaccine; and if he will make a statement.
(170871)
558
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the average cost per capita of collecting waste in predominantly (a) rural and (b) urban local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(170877)
559
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 22nd and 23rd October 2007 and the discussions on the animal health strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure improvements in biosecurity in laboratories; and if he will make a statement.
(170883)
560
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 22nd and 23rd October 2007 and the discussions on the animal health strategy, whether he discussed with his European counterparts biosecurity at the Pirbright site; and if he will make a statement.
(170884)
561
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he decided to keep the minimum landing size for bass at 36cm; and if he will make a statement.
(170885)
562
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what he expects to be the membership composition of the Marine Biodiversity Liaison Group; and if he will make a statement.
(170886)
563
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which stakeholders form the membership of the Marine Fisheries Science Group; and if he will make a statement.
(170887)
564
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which marine species in UK waters are in decline; and if he will make a statement.
(170888)
565
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which sites he has designated marine protection areas; and if he will make a statement.
(170889)
566
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which inshore sites he has identified to become special areas of conservation over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(170890)
567
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which offshore sites he has identified to become special areas of conservation over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(170891)
568
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his plans are to modernise sea fisheries committees (SFCs); whether they include proposals to change the composition of the membership of SFCs; and if he will make a statement.
(170892)
569
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the licensing for future offshore carbon capture and storage facilities; and if he will make a statement.
(170893)
570
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to publish the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(170894)
571
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to report on the review of the marine emergency contingency plan; and if he will make a statement.
(170895)
572
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what level of funding he plans to provide to the Cente for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(170896)
573
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has commissioned on the compliance with fisheries rules and regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(170897)
574
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve the level of compliance with fisheries regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(170898)
575
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the UK's Total Allowable Catch for 2008 he plans to distribute to the 10 metre and under fleet; and if he will make a statement.
(170899)
576
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the UK's Total Allowable Catch for 2008 he has allocated to the 10 metre and under fleet, broken down by (a) species and (b) fishery; and if he will make a statement.
(170900)
577
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding he plans to give to (a) the North Sea Regional Advisory Council, (b) the North Western Waters Regional Advisory Council, (c) the Pelagic Regional Advisory Council and (d) the Long Distance Regional Advisory Council in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(170901)
578
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Inshore Fisheries Working Group on quota management; and if he will make a statement.
(170902)
579
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to put forward proposals on reforming quota management that are agreed with the devolved administrations; and if he will make a statement.
(170903)
580
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of aerial surveillance in support of fisheries enforcement.
(170904)
581
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by the Government on aerial surveillance in relation to fisheries protection in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170905)
582
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the arrangements with Direct Flight Ltd. to provide aerial surveillance in relation to fisheries protection.
(170906)
583
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many miles of aerial surveillance were provided in relation to fisheries enforcement in each month since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170907)
584
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on reforming the system of penalties for violations of fisheries rules and regulations.
(170910)
585
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the cod recovery plan; and if he will make a statement.
(170911)
586
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the Irish Discard Project to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(170912)
587
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contribution he receives from the devolved administrations on the costs of the contract for the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Service; and if he will make a statement.
(170913)
588
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to introduce measures to protect the pink sea fan colonies of Lyme Bay; and if he will make a statement.
(170914)
589
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to establish a fisheries marine protected area; and if he will make a statement.
(170915)
590
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on brown crab conservation.
(170916)
591
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of brown crab stocks in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(170917)
592
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the devolved administrations and (b) the EU on brown crab conservation; and if he will make a statement.
(170918)
593
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on lobster conservation.
(170919)
594
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of lobster stocks in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(170920)
595
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the devolved administrations and (b) the EU on lobster conservation; and if he will make a statement.
(170921)
596
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on the commencement of section 281(5) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170922)
597
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on the sentence for persons convicted of cruelty crimes, specified in the Animal Welfare Act 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(170923)
598
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reforms he is planning to change the composition of the membership of Sea Fisheries Committees; and if he will make a statement.
(170924)
599
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many boat (a) owners and (b) skippers were convicted for a violation of fisheries rules in each year since 1997, broken down by violation.
(170925)
600
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what sanctions were imposed on boat (a) owners and (b) skippers who were convicted for a violation of fisheries rules in each year since 1997, broken down by violation.
(170926)
601
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to bring forward a Marine Bill.
(170927)
602
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the long-term objectives are of the Marine and Fisheries Directorate; and if he will make a statement.
(170928)
603
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the Marine Strategy Directive to be implemented.
(170929)
604
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what targets he has set for the Renew Defra programme; and if he will make a statement.
(170930)
605
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the role of the UK policy custodian for the marine and aquatic environment is, as stated in his Department's Marine and Fisheries Business Plan 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(170931)
606
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many on-board inspections of (a) UK and (b) foreign fishing vessels were undertaken in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170932)
607
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects a UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Stategy to be implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(170933)
608
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding his Department provided for marine biodiversity science in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170934)
609
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has commissioned on the eutrophication of UK waters; and if he will make a statement.
(170935)
610
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Quota Management Change Programme.
(170936)
611
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the Quota Management Change Programme to present proposals to improve the amount of quota available to the inshore fleet; and if he will make a statement.
(170937)
612
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved administrations about the Quota Management Change Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(170938)
613
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many vessels he expects to be decommissioned under the provisions of the Decommissioning of Fishing Vessels Scheme 2007, S.I., 2007, No. 312; and if he will make a statement.
(170941)
614
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what total tonnage is being decommissioned with reference to the Decommissioning of Fishing Vessels Scheme 2007, S.I., 2007, No. 312; what proportion this is of (a) the total tonnage of vessels in the South West and (b) the total tonnage of vessels in the South West that have quota for Western Channel sole; and if he will make a statement.
(170942)
615
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much he expects to be spent on decommissioning vessels with reference to the Decommissioning of Fishing Vessels Scheme 2007, S.I., 2007, No. 312; what will happen to the remaining monies; and if he will make a statement.
(170943)
616
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many vessels were considered for decommissioning with reference to the Decommissioning of Fishing Vessels Scheme 2007, S.I., 2007, No. 312; and if he will make a statement.
(170944)
617
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on jobs that the decommissioning scheme will have with reference to the Decommissioning of Fishing Vessels Scheme 2007, S.I., 2007, No. 312; and if he will make a statement.
(170945)
618
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to make a long term decision on protecting the biodiversity of Lyme Bay; and if he will make a statement.
(170946)
619
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 22nd to 23rd October 2007.
(170947)
620
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 22nd to 23rd October 2007, when he expects a legislative framework to implement the animal health strategy to be implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(170948)
621
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 22nd to 23rd October 2007 and the discussions on the animal health strategy, what plans he has to review the UK Government's vaccine policy; and if he will make a statement.
(170949)
622
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was allocated to the Energy Savings Trust in the last Budget; and if he will make a statement.
(171521)
623
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been allocated to the Energy Savings Trust in each year since it was founded; and if he will make a statement.
(171523)
624
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department provides to livestock show judges on the avoidance of contamination on clothing.
(170292)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
625
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 214W, on CIC material, for what reason his Department wished to protect the process used by John Williams; and what the public interest was in releasing the information.
(169881)
626
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British election monitors will be in Russia to monitor the forthcoming Parliamentary elections representing (a) the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and (b) the Council of Europe; and if he will make a statement.
(170447)
627
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the forthcoming Parliamentary elections in Russia with reference to (a) the recent changes to the electoral system and (b) the number of election monitors from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Council of Europe.
(170448)
628
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has made to the Russian Government on (i) independent monitoring of the forthcoming Parliamentary elections in Russia and (b) the treatment of opposition parties in Russia.
(170449)
629
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the treatment of the opposition parties in Russia in the run up to the Russian Parliamentary elections.
(170450)
630
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Vietnamese government on the arrest of more than 40 democracy activists, opposition party members and union leaders in Vietnam during the last 15 months.
(170859)
631
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Vietnamese government on the imprisonment of human rights lawyers Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan.
(170860)
632
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Seychelles government on the recent United Nations General Assembly resolution vote on the death penalty moratorium.
(170861)
633
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response the Government has made to the call by Antonio Maria Costa, Head of the United Nations Anti Narcotics Unit, for NATO forces to tackle heroin production in Afghanistan; what the UN's policy is on paying poppy growers to (a) diversify and (b) cease poppy production; and if he will make a statement.
(171392)
634
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the United Nations General Assembly passing resolutions on human rights in individual states or territories.
(171394)
635
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan following the arrest of the British primary school teacher Gillian Gibbons in Sudan on 26th November.
(169633)
636
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Eritrean government on media freedom in Eritrea.
(171013)
637
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the effects of emigration from Eritrea on that country; and what discussions he has had with the Eritrean government on the matter.
(171014)
638
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 9th October 2007, Official Report, columns 437-8W, on Iraq: overseas aid; how much of the £744 million the Government has allocated to Iraq came from his Department.
(170807)
639
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's personnel were based in Kuwait in support of Operation Telic in each year since 2003.
(170812)
640
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's personnel were assigned to the British provincial reconstruction team in (a) Basra and (b) Lashkar Gah in each year since 2005; what contacts each team has with local people on reconstruction issues; and if he will make a statement.
(170817)
641
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements are in place to allow EUFOR to draw on the shared EU/NATO Operational Reserve Force in the event of deterioration of the security situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
(170414)
642
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the stability of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia of a declaration of Kosovan independence.
(170415)
643
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress made in (a) (i) police, (ii) military and (iii) judicial reform, (b) disarmarment, (c) refugee return, (d) human rights guarantees and (e) protection of cultural and religious monuments in Bosnia-Herzegovina since the Dayton Peace Accords in November 1995.
(170774)
644
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the whether any settlement on the final status of Kosovo will secure the backing of the UN Security Council.
(170779)
645
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by the Government (a) through the EU and (b) on a bilateral basis in Bosnia-Herzegovina since the Dayton Peace Accords in November 1995.
(170780)
646
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the current presence of 2,500 EU troops in Bosnia-Herzegovina is sufficient to deal with any threats to the country's stability in the period prior and after the end of Kosovo final status talks.
(170795)
647
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170507)
648
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his staff are receiving language training under the new outsourcing arrangement after the closure of his Department's Diplomatic Service Language Centre on 2nd October, broken down by language taught.
(170322)
649
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date the decision to close his Department's Diplomatic Service Language Centre was made; and if he will make a statement.
(170323)
650
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British embassies and consulates have been (a) closed and (b) opened in each of the last 10 years; and if he will list the closures by country.
(170324)
651
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are for the Office of High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina to be closed and its responsibilities and authorities, including the Bonn powers, to be fully transferred to the EU and exercised through the EUSR.
(170325)
652
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Serbian counterpart on statements by Prime Minister Kostunica linking a Kosovo settlement to the future of the entity of Republika Sprska.
(170326)
653
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial assistance has been allocated within the Instrument of Pre-Accession to (a) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (b) Serbia and (c) Croatia for each year from 2007 to 2010.
(170327)
654
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is his policy that the Office of the High Representative and the related Bonn powers should continue in their present form beyond June 2008.
(170328)
655
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed the political and security situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the High Representative, Miroslav Lajcak.
(170329)
656
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed the security situation in the Balkans with the Secretary of State for Defence; and if he will make a statement.
(170330)
657
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 205W, on languages: education, if he will place in the Library copies of the two reviews FCO Services conducted of its language training provision; and if he will make a statement.
(170512)
658
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171439)
659
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171541)
660
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the duties and responsibilities are of the Government's Special Representative to Cyprus, the Hon. Member for Enfield North.
(171122)
661
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13th November 2007, Official Report, column 109W, if he will list the areas of foreign policy for which EU Common Positions are in place; and if he will make a statement on the legal constraints on individual member states on operating separate foreign policies within such areas.
(170576)
662
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the roles of (a) the EU External Action Service and (b) his Department will be in developing areas of policy where a EU Common Position has been decided if the Treaty of Lisbon is ratified.
(170651)
663
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely role of the EU External Action Service in (a) the United Nations and (b) the Commonwealth if the Treaty of Lisbon is ratified.
(170652)
664
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely training requirements for officials of the EU External Action Service if the Treaty of Lisbon is ratified.
(170659)
665
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the likely (a) size and (b) budget of the EU External Action Service if the Treaty of Lisbon is ratified.
(170660)
666
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely recruitment procedure for officials of the EU External Action Service if the Treaty of Lisbon is ratified.
(170661)
667
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department will have access to all documents produced by the EU External Action Service after ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon.
(170681)
668
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which occasions the British Embassy in Athens has hosted receptions for UK organisations visiting the city in each of the last three years; what assessment he has made of how this compares to other UK diplomatic missions; and what funding was allocated to the embassy over this period for this purpose.
(170473)
669
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the situation in Zimbabwe will be on the formal agenda of the EU/AU summit in Lisbon.
(171188)
670
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of Iran's human rights record, with particular reference to the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and if he will hold discussions with his international counterparts to seek an end to persecution on the grounds of sexuality in Iran.
(170287)
671
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the operating costs were of the Government Hospitality Advisory Committee for the Purchase of Wine in 2006-07; and how many full-time equivalent staff support the committee.
(171453)
672
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces his Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what date each (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; and what the purpose is of each.
(170524)
673
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date he formally requested the return of British residents from Guantanamo detention facility; when he expects this to occur; and if he will make a statement.
(171092)
674
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will call for a definition of cluster munitions to be banned under the Oslo process encompassing both dumb and smart cluster munitions.
(169784)
675
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Turkey-UK Strategic Partnership Agreement, what discussions were held with the Cyprus government on those parts of the agreement that refer to Cyprus prior to its signing; what his definition is of high level contacts with Turkish Cypriot authorities; what his policy is on (a) the engagement of TRNC universities with the Bologna Process, (b) the right of Turkish Cypriots to representation in the European Parliament and (c) direct commercial, economic, political and cultural contact between the UK, EU and Turkish Cypriots; and if he will make a statement.
(171475)
676
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions of the Turkey-UK Strategic Partnership Agreement that refer to contact with Turkish Cypriots on (a) UK policy on the status of the TRNC and (b) perceptions of UK policy in (i) Cyprus, (ii) Turkey and (iii) the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(171476)
677
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with his Turkish counterpart prior to signing the Turkey-UK Strategic Partnership Agreement on (a) immigration from Turkey to Cyprus and (b) reducing the Turkish military presence in Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(171477)
678
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the UK voted against the resolution on reducing nuclear danger in the United Nations First Committee on Disarmament on 17th October 2003.
(170784)
679
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government supports proposals to de-alert nuclear weapons world-wide.
(170785)
680
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations has he received from the government of Ethiopia requesting military (a) equipment and (b) advice to assist them in operations in Somalia.
(171353)
681
Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington & Chelsea): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which provisions of UN Resolution 1244 on Kosovo permit the formation of an independent Kosovo.
(170409)
682
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will consider granting a waiver on the collection of biometric data for organised groups of children from Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster seeking to visit the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(171223)
683
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government intends to take to attempt to increase the number of critically endangered animal species in UK Overseas Territories.
(171208)
684
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171298)
685
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171341)
686
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the (a) United Nations and (b) United States in support of a diplomatic resolution of tensions with Iran over its nuclear programme.
(169584)
687
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps the Government has taken to resolve the question of Iran's nuclear programme.
(169585)
688
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations were made to the government of Saudi Arabia on human rights in Saudi Arabia on the occasion of the recent official Saudi visit to the United Kingdom.
(171613)
689
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the latest dates are by which each member state is required to ratify the draft EU Reform Treaty, according to their constitutional requirements, to allow it to enter into force by June 2009.
(167067)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
690
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department gives to NHS hospital trusts on the use of NHS equipment for private patients; and whether there are restrictions on NHS hospital trusts using specialist equipment purchased by the NHS for treating private patients.
(170296)
691
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the financial position of each primary care trust was at the most recent date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(170425)
692
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average bed occupancy rate was at St. George's Hospital, Hornchurch in each month of the last three years.
(170426)
693
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what annual payments are required to be made by (a) Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Hospitals Trust and (b) other NHS bodies under the private finance initiative contract for the Queen's Hospital in Romford; to whom such payments are made; and what the duration of the contract is.
(170427)
694
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he issues to local authorities to work with their local Job Centre Plus in order to meet the needs of adults with an autism spectrum disorder.
(170768)
695
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role is of the independent sector procurement forum; what funds were allocated to it for 2007-08; who is on the forum; and what remuneration each member receives.
(171395)
696
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs); what mechanisms are in place to monitor the undertaking of operations paid for by primary care trusts; how many complaints he has received of ISTCs not carrying out paid for operations; and if he will make a statement.
(171396)
697
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Stroud District Council has had with Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust on the proposal to increase primary care provision in the new settlement of Hunts Grove, with particular reference to (a) numbers of GPs and (b) dentistry provision.
(171018)
698
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding was committed for the treatment of (a) HIV and (b) AIDS in each health authority in England in each of the last five years.
(169998)
699
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of treatment for (a) HIV and (b) AIDS in each health authority in England in each of the last five years.
(169999)
700
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients received treatment for (a) HIV and (b) AIDS in each health authority in England in each of the last five years.
(170000)
701
N
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 830W, on maternity services, how many midwife-led units were (a) situated alongside consultant-led units and (b) stand-alone units.
(170002)
702
N
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects anti-TNF treatments to be available to patients with ankylosing spondylitis.
(170145)
703
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the ethical propriety of Egton Medical Information Systems having a facility to direct prescriptions to Pharmacy2U; and if he will make a statement.
(170318)
704
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the dispensing doctors in Hampshire, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) primary care trust for each of the last five years.
(170319)
705
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what controls there are on general practitioners and other primary care staff directing prescriptions to particular pharmacies.
(170320)
706
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170504)
707
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171431)
708
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171542)
709
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Written Statement of 27th November 2007, Official Report, columns 29-30WS, on mental health and employment: meeting the challenge, if he will make a statement on his Department's work on expanding the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.
(170316)
710
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171247)
711
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): 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.
(171260)
712
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171273)
713
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many items of post sent by his Department were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171288)
714
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171408)
715
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171418)
716
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was in Wirral West constituency between GP referral and hospital consultation in the latest period for which figures are available.
(171046)
717
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many alcohol-related emergency admissions to hospitals in Wirral West constituency there have been since 1997.
(171047)
718
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that pregnant women's options to choose to use the midwife-led unit at Peterborough District Hospital are maintained and enhanced; and if he will make a statement.
(169782)
719
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foreign nationals received NHS treatment in each of the last three years; and what mechanisms his Department has in place to ensure that those that are required to pay for the treatment do so.
(170307)
720
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the announcement on the second round of bidders for the Community Hospitals Fund will be made.
(170288)
721
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will begin its proposed consultation on deregulating of laser treatment.
(170289)
722
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his statement of 22nd November 2007, Official Report, column 1350, on pandemic influenza, how many (a) poultry workers, (b) farm labourers and (c) related staff have been vaccinated for H5N1 since the outbreak of the virus was first discovered in Suffolk on 11th November.
(169996)
723
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical staff were employed at Broadmoor Hospital in each year since 1997.
(170332)
724
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-clinical staff were employed at Broadmoor Hospital in each year since 1997.
(170333)
725
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attacks on staff were recorded at Broadmoor Hospital in each year since 1997.
(170334)
726
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many official complaints were made by patients of Broadmoor Hospital to West London Mental Health Trust in each year since 1997.
(170335)
727
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foreign nationals are held in Broadmoor Hospital.
(170336)
728
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical staff vacancies were unfilled at Broadmoor Hospital in each year since 1997.
(170339)
729
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical staff vacancies at Broadmoor Hospital were advertised in each year since 1997.
(170340)
730
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-clinical staff vacancies were unfilled at Broadmoor Hospital in each year since 1997.
(170341)
731
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-clinical staff vacancies at Broadmoor Hospital were advertised in each year since 1997.
(170342)
732
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths recorded as suicide there have been at Broadmoor Hospital in each year since 1997.
(170343)
733
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths in custody have occurred at Broadmoor Hospital in each year since 1997.
(170344)
734
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to introduce prescription charges for the provision of wheelchairs.
(170360)
735
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for a wheelchair being provided to a patient following a GP referral for (a) a standard wheelchair and (b) a specialist wheelchair in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170362)
736
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure the needs of wheelchair users with complex needs will be protected under the current review of wheelchair service provision.
(170363)
737
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what social care information the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has identified as being relevant at a (a) national and (b) local level, as stated on the Our priorities for 2007-08 section of its website; and what progress the Information Centre has made in (i) providing a forum for sharing good practice across information specialists in social care, (ii) forging greater integration of social care and health information, (iii) setting appropriate standards for social care data collection and (iv) producing a publication on the state of the nation using all the Information Centre's sources of data on social care and other sources as appropriate.
(170499)
738
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, representatives of which private sector providers of healthcare the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has included on its stakeholder and reference groups, as stated on the Our Priorities for 2007-08 section of its website; what progress the Information Centre has made in extending (a) support and (b) guidance to private sector providers; and what steps the Information Centre has taken in support of its aim to align information collected across the NHS and private sectors.
(170500)
739
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account was taken of tax revenues paid by appliance manufacturers in estimating the effect of price reductions for incontinence and stoma appliances proposed by his Department.
(170552)
740
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of illegal immigrants (a) working in the NHS and (b) who have worked in the NHS in each of the last five years as (i) NHS personnel and (ii) contractors.
(170564)
741
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether trusts are able to rent hospital accommodation to (a) persons who are not junior doctors and (b) persons who are not health professionals.
(170567)
742
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which legislation (a) established and (b) removed the statutory responsibility of NHS trusts to provide accommodation for junior doctors.
(170573)
743
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) has been spent and (b) he expects to be spent in consultancy fees in relation to the review of Part IX of the Drug Tariff.
(170575)
744
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on implementing savings under the Gershon programme; and how much was saved in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(170439)
745
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the 10 most frequent causes of repeat visits to accident and emergency wards were in the latest period for which figures are available; and what estimate has been made of the avoidable costs which accrued from such visits.
(170538)
746
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions NHS contractors have been required to provide repairs at their own expense over the last 12 months.
(170539)
747
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list his Department's (a) current and (b) planned Private Finance Initiative and Public Private Partnership contracts by (i) total end of life debt owed by the state by final year of payment and (ii) annual state payment by year; and what the total comparative value is of the assets provided.
(170540)
748
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on planned changes to the pay scales of ambulance drivers.
(170541)
749
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions emergency service personnel have been disciplined for misuse of blue lights in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170542)
750
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS was of road calming tolls and charges in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170543)
751
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on underwriting indemnity insurance for private sector paramedic providers; and if he will make a statement.
(170544)
752
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on competition in service provision by paramedics; and if he will make a statement.
(170545)
753
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on registering private training programmes for non-NHS paramedics; and if he will make a statement.
(170546)
754
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on mutual recognition for military and civilian paramedic qualifications; and if he will make a statement.
(170547)
755
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the use of (a) vocational training courses and (b) degree-level courses to train paramedics; and if he will make a statement.
(170548)
756
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of military medical reservists working in the NHS.
(170589)
757
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many air ambulances were operating in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available; what estimate he has made of their operating cost in that period; and how much of the cost was paid by the public purse.
(170591)
758
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average response time was for (a) air ambulances and (b) road ambulances in areas in which air ambulances operated in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170592)
759
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were airlifted by air ambulances in the last 12 months for which figures were available.
(170593)
760
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average wage was for each NHS management grade in (a) the latest period for which figures are available and (b) 1997.
(170595)
761
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many managers were employed in the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many there were in 1997.
(170596)
762
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total wage cost of employing managers in the NHS was in the latest period for which figures are available; and what it was in 1997.
(170597)
763
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role of his Department is in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence in recruiting military dentists; and if he will make a statement.
(170598)
764
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on facilitating Territorial Army activity by NHS personnel; and if he will make a statement.
(170599)
765
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what 10 highest salaries were paid by the NHS were in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170601)
766
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals have special arrangements with local police forces to allow (a) permanent and (b) semi-permanent stationing of police officers on their grounds to deter criminal activity.
(170607)
767
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many criminal convictions following assaults on ambulance drivers there were in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170608)
768
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attacks there were on ambulance drivers in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170609)
769
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many criminal convictions there were following assaults on hospital staff in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170610)
770
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attacks there were on hospital staff in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170611)
771
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for which of his Department's programmes the total cost to date of employing consultants has surpassed £500,000.
(170613)
772
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for which programmes his Department employs consultants at a cost of more than £100,000 per annum.
(170614)
773
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions over the last 12 months NHS suppliers have been required to resupply stock at their own expense.
(170615)
774
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many management and other consultants are employed by his Department.
(170616)
775
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors graduated in England in each year since 1997; how many NHS vacancies there were for these doctors in each year; how many GP posts became available in each year; and how many foreign national doctors began employment in the UK in each year.
(170617)
776
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what average length of time an NHS doctor spent on (a) full and (b) part pay during a period of suspension in the last period for which figures are available.
(170618)
777
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS doctors are suspended, broken down by reason for suspension.
(170619)
778
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the most recent estimated pensions liability is of the NHS; what estimate was made of liability in May 1997; and what estimate he has made of the projected future change in the liability.
(170620)
779
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which departmental questionnaires have been sent to general practitioners since May 1997.
(170621)
780
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS publications have been sent to general practitioners since May 2005.
(170622)
781
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the likely cost of asbestos disposal in NHS properties in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(170623)
782
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS properties are vacant and awaiting final disposition.
(170624)
783
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much revenue has been received since May 1997 from the sale of NHS property.
(170625)
784
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals have come under special measures since May 2005; which consultancy firm was brought in for each case; and how much was spent on the consultancy in each case.
(170626)
785
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals have closed wards since May 1997; and in which constituencies they are located.
(170627)
786
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals have closed since May 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(170628)
787
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many instances of tuberculosis were diagnosed in foreign nationals resident in the UK in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170653)
788
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards are (a) in place and (b) planned to prevent visits to the UK for the primary purpose of using the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(170654)
789
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many EU nationals were treated by the NHS in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170655)
790
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which the 10 most common types of hospital infection were in the last year for which figures are available; and what the incidence was in each in 1997.
(170656)
791
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average wage of nurses outside the NHS in (a) the last year for which figures are available and (b) 1997.
(170657)
792
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which 10 nationalities supplied the greatest number of foreign national nurses in the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170658)
793
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was to move from the waiting list to treatment programmes for hard drug substitutes in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170665)
794
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were prescribed (a) methadone and (b) other hard drug substitutes in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the size is of the waiting list for substitutes programmes.
(170666)
795
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people died from drug overdoses while on the waiting list to receive hard drug substitutes in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170667)
796
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people died from drug overdoses in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170668)
797
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people died from drug overdoses while on hard drug substitutes in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(170669)
798
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on NHS pensions in each of the last 12 months.
(170758)
799
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many press officers are employed by (a) his Department and (b) the NHS.
(170858)
800
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any jobs within the NHS are reserved for British citizens; and if he will make a statement.
(170973)
801
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average annual staff cost was of an air ambulance in the latest period for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the average annual (a) insurance and (b) running costs of an air ambulance.
(170974)
802
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that there is an appropriate number of West Midlands Ambulance Trust's ambulances in Shropshire to respond to emergency calls during the day and at night.
(171486)
803
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists in (a) Uxbridge constituency, (b) Hillingdon Primary Care Trust and (c) Greater London (i) admitted new adult patients to their list and (ii) treated NHS patients between the ages of 18 to 65 years in each of the last five years.
(171093)
804
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the financial position is of Hillingdon Primary Care Trust.
(171094)
805
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time to see a chiropodist was in (a) Uxbridge constituency and (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(171095)
806
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients received chiropody treatment in (a) Uxbridge constituency and (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(171096)
807
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve NHS chiropody services in (a) Uxbridge and (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon.
(171097)
808
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what chiropody services there are in (a) Uxbridge constituency and (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon.
(171098)
809
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many chiropodists there were in (a) Uxbridge constituency, (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(171099)
810
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by his Department on food outlets at the new Queen's Hospital, Romford.
(170850)
811
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the number of nurses per 100 beds in Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust matches the national average.
(170851)
812
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the financial position of Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust.
(170852)
813
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the number of doctors per 100 beds in Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust matches the national average for other trusts.
(170853)
814
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he expects Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust to break even by the end of financial year 2007-08.
(170854)
815
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171299)
816
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171332)
817
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted to (a) West Suffolk Hospital, (b) Addenbrookes Hospital and (c) Ipswich Hospital as a consequence of (i) alcoholic liver disease and (ii) cirrhosis in each of the last five years.
(170781)
818
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken to respond to an emergency telephone call by the ambulance service was in Suffolk in each of the last five years.
(171619)
819
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account will be taken of the report from the Enhancing Confidence in Professional Healthcare Regulation sub-group during the drafting of (a) existing and (b) future section 60 orders under the Health Act 1999.
(170082)
820
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further steps he proposes to take to ensure that the views of public and patient groups are taken into account in the conclusions of the Enhancing Confidence in Professional Healthcare Regulation sub-group; and if he will make a statement.
(170083)
821
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 831W, whether the healthcare professionals who advised his Department on classification were informed that this classification would be used as the basis of a proposed pricing system.
(171195)
822
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many errors, inaccuracies and omissions were identified by industry within his Department of Health's new Part IX Drug Tariff categories; and if he will make a statement.
(171196)
823
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the risk of increased patient infections if visits from specialist nurses are capped as proposed in his Department's consultation on Part IX of the Drug Tariff.
(171197)
824
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many visits on average a new user of (a) an indwelling catheter and (b) an intermittent catheter will receive from a specialist nurse within the first six months of receiving their prescription.
(171198)
825
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will publish the revised categories for part IX of the Drug Tariff, which have been amended as a result of corrections and revisions submitted by industry prior to 9th November 2007.
(171199)
826
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the possible effect on UK manufacturing jobs of the price reductions for incontinence and stoma appliances proposed by his Department.
(171200)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
827
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community domestic violence programmes there are for the treatment of violent women.
(170578)
828
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community domestic violence programmes have been implemented nationally.
(170579)
829
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many integrated domestic violence abuse programmes there are for the treatment of violent women.
(170580)
830
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many integrated domestic violence abuse programmes have been implemented nationally.
(170581)
831
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many accredited independent domestic violence advisers are male.
(170582)
832
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many independent domestic violence advisers have been trained and accredited; and who trained them.
(170583)
833
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on the use of carbon dioxide to destroy animals regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(169882)
834
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the Animal Procedures Committee has been asked to consider the criteria for the discharge of genetically altered animals from the controls of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(169885)
835
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will list the Ministers in her Department who have had responsibility for animal experiments since 1st May 1997, giving the start and end date of their tenure in each case.
(169886)
836
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers were deported from the UK in each of the last 10 years; and how long on average it took to deport a failed asylum seeker after final refusal of an asylum claim in each year.
(170368)
837
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of failed asylum seekers in the UK in each of the last 10 years.
(170369)
838
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants were deported from the UK in each of the last 10 years.
(170370)
839
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of illegal immigrants living in the UK in each of the last 10 years.
(170371)
840
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of immigration which was illegal in each of the last 10 years.
(170372)
841
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured following police vehicle pursuits in each year since 1997, broken down by police force area.
(170423)
842
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received from (a) the Association of Chief Police Officers and (b) the Police Federation on the proposed introduction and implementation of alcohol disorder zones.
(170424)
843
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 162141, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on non-EU citizens.
(171129)
844
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 162345, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on the Worker Registration Scheme.
(171130)
845
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 162352, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on highly skilled workers.
(171131)
846
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 162672, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on highly skilled migrants.
(171132)
847
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 162680, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on English language requirements.
(171146)
848
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 162360, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on benefit claimants.
(171147)
849
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 162351, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on work-permit holders.
(171149)
850
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 165425, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 13th November, on the resident labour market test.
(171165)
851
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used in directing complaints relating to the handling of cases by the Metropolitan Police to (a) the Metropolitan Police Directorate of Professional Standards and (b) the Independent Police Complaints Commission; what the outcome has been of the handling of the complaint of Bihan and Hussein Mohammed in relation to the conduct of Kentish Town police station officers; and if she will make a statement.
(171397)
852
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the investigation into the alleged mistreatment of Beatrice Guessi during the journey from Yarl's Wood detention centre to Cameroon on 28th August 2007 to be concluded; and if she will make a statement.
(170286)
853
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the London Borough of Bexley are awaiting a decision on applications for leave to remain in the UK.
(171025)
854
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, columns 177-8W, on anti-terrorism control orders, how many individuals subjected to control orders have been deemed ineligible for employment or other benefits due to the terms of their control order; how much funding these individuals have received in subsistence payments; over what time period; and if she will make a statement.
(170729)
855
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the use of upright electronic personal transporter vehicles by police forces in other countries.
(171113)
856
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many interview centres for new passport applicants are operational.
(171049)
857
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on acquiring premises for passport application interview centres.
(171050)
858
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been interviewed in each of the operational passport interview centres since they opened.
(171051)
859
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the monthly operational cost is for each of the passport interview centres currently in use.
(171052)
860
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been recruited to work in passport interview centres.
(171053)
861
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the likely period of time it will take a police constable to check a person's identity against the National Identity Register when it becomes operational.
(171054)
862
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the technology requirements needed by police forces to check a person's identity against the National Identity Register when it becomes available; and if she will make a statement.
(171055)
863
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations her Department expects to have technology and equipment to allow officers access to the National Identity Register when it is first introduced.
(171056)
864
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department or individual police forces will pay for (a) technology, (b) equipment and (c) training that will enable police forces access to the National Identity Register when it becomes operational; and what she expects the costs to be for each police force area.
(171057)
865
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171440)
866
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171531)
867
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on the role of (a) Europol and (b) other EU institutions in the Bureau de Liaison network for EU-wide infomation-sharing on terrorist incidents.
(170588)
868
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the consequences of European Court of Justice case C-16/05, 2007/C 269/09 on the application of restrictions on entry to Great Britain to nationals of EU applicant states.
(170600)
869
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171245)
870
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): 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.
(171258)
871
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by her Department (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by her Department.
(171271)
872
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many items of post sent by her Department were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171286)
873
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of her Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171403)
874
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171416)
875
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were deported to Iran in each of the last five years.
(170467)
876
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Government were unable to deport a person to Iran because they failed to co-operate with the obtaining of a travel document in each of the last five years.
(170468)
877
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were arrested in each of the last 18 months in relation to false passport offences attempting to (a) enter and (b) exit the United Kingdom.
(170470)
878
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to lower the permitted alcohol levels in relation to drink driving offences; and what recent research has been commissioned on this subject.
(170471)
879
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fraudulent passport applications were made in the last 12 months; and how many of those applications involved (a) identity theft and (b) false declarations where the individual was otherwise entitled to a passport.
(171127)
880
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispatched passports have been reported lost since October 2006; and what estimate she has made of the number of such passports that may have been stolen.
(171128)
881
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants were found at each of the main ports of entry to the United Kingdom in 2007.
(171193)
882
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether funding for Operation Pentameter II for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary will be available in the financial year 2008-09; and if she will make a statement.
(169526)
883
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made per full-time police officer in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(169528)
884
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice was (a) sought from and (b) given by her Department in the case of the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority and the resignation of the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, Mr Terence Grange.
(170143)
885
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines are issued to police authorities on applications for early retirement by senior police officers under investigation.
(170144)
886
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in the London Borough of Hillingdon in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(171089)
887
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the costs incurred by (a) Hillingdon Police and (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon as a result of (i) immigration, (ii) illegal immigration and (iii) the presence of asylum seekers who have exhausted all appeals in the latest period for which figures are available.
(171112)
888
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to remove asylum seekers who have exhausted all appeals in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
(171115)
889
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the London Borough of Hillingdon on removing asylum seekers who have exhausted all appeals.
(171116)
890
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who had exhausted all appeals were resident in the London Borough of Hillingdon in each year since 1997, broken down by country of origin.
(171117)
891
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of asylum seekers who have exhausted all avenues of appeals in England in each year since 1997.
(171518)
892
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171300)
893
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171333)
894
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what extent the guidelines set down in the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice were observed in the appointment of Christine Channon to the South West Regional Development Agency.
(170295)
895
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police officers were (a) men, (b) women, (c) black and minority ethnic (BME) men and (d) BME women in each of the last 10 years.
(170585)
896
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer written question numbers 162090 and 162091, tabled on 7th November 2007 by the hon. Member for Ceredigion, on economic migrants.
(171226)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
897
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the (a) salaries of staff in and (b) total costs incurred by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards were in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(170474)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
898
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many apprenticeships were (a) started and (b) completed in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.
(171009)
899
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people failed to complete apprenticeships in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.
(171026)
900
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 166W, on educational institutions: registrations, how many illegal immigrants were detected at each of the 114 colleges removed from the Register of Education and Training Providers.
(170510)
901
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171441)
902
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171532)
903
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which universities admitted (a) more than 90 per cent. of their students from state schools and (b) more than 20 per cent. of students from low participation backgrounds in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(170434)
904
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of careers guidance at each university.
(170436)
905
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of changes made by universities in their provision of careers guidance following Sir Martin Harris's review in 2001.
(170437)
906
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which 50 (a) universities and (b) further education colleges have the highest numbers of non-European Union students registered for courses; and how many such students each has registered.
(170438)
907
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which UK university (a) mathematics, (b) chemistry and (c) science departments have closed since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(170440)
908
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many non-EU students attended English universities in each year since 1997.
(170441)
909
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which (a) further education colleges and (b) universities have been supplied with meat by McLaren Foods in the last 12 months.
(170442)
910
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proposals he has to increase the number of students from state-funded schools entering Russell Group universities.
(170444)
911
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14th November 2007, Official Report, column 282W, on departmental manpower, what percentage of the staff of the former Department for Education and Skills was represented by the 536 staff who are working in his Department.
(170568)
912
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department and its predecessor spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171256)
913
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department and its predecessor on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(171267)
914
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department and its predecessor (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171282)
915
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many items of post sent by his Department and its predecessor were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171297)
916
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171414)
917
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171427)
918
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many Train to Gain brokers in (a) London and (b) nationally received funds from Government in 2006-07.
(170412)
919
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent on Train to Gain brokers in 2006-07; and what percentage of the overall Train to Gain budget this constituted (a) nationally and (b) in London.
(170769)
920
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what definition the UCAS form uses of an EU national; who drew up the form using that term; whether the use of the term is a European Union requirement; and if he will review the UCAS form.
(170566)
921
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171301)
922
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171334)
923
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what initiatives his Department has launched to use the 2012 London Olympics as a vehicle for promoting upskilling and vocational learning; and who he has appointed to lead them.
(170293)
924
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has for provision of funding for students studying for an MSc in clinical oncology who have already gained a first degree.
(170855)
925
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has for provision of funding for post-graduate students who wish to train for a Masters qualification in health care.
(170856)
926
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has for provision of funding for post-graduate students with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education who wish to gain specialist qualifications to teach children with special educational needs and autism.
(170857)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
927
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Bangladesh.
(170638)
928
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his policy is on whether (a) the European Commission should provide an alternative to an Economic Partnership Agreement at the request of any African, Caribbean or Pacific country and (b) any alternative offered should provide no worse market access to the EU than is enjoyed under the Cotonou preferences.
(170629)
929
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 9th October 2007, Official Report, columns 437-8W, on Iraq: overseas aid, what lessons have been learnt from provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq that could apply to Afghanistan in terms of how and where aid is delivered.
(170630)
930
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect on regional integration of a country signing an Economic Partnership Agreement outside their regional grouping either individually or as a small grouping.
(170633)
931
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his policy is on the recent statement by the General Affairs and External Relations Council of the EU that all parties should agree to pursue trade negotiations within agreed timeframes in outstanding areas.
(170634)
932
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department followed all the provisions of its (a) approved departmental performance appraisal process and (b) departmental disciplinary procedure, including contingent provisions, in relation to the dismissal of Howard Horsley.
(170565)
933
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, from which budget the recently announced £7 million to aid relief efforts in Bangladesh following Cyclone Sidr will be taken; and whether this money is additional funding that has not previously been announced.
(170294)
934
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 9th October 2007, Official Report, columns 437-8W, on Iraq: overseas aid; how much of the £744 million the Government has allocated to Iraq came from his Department.
(170808)
935
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 9th October 2007, Official Report, columns 437-8W, on Iraq: overseas aid; how much of the £744 million the Government has allocated to Iraq has not been used by the Iraqis.
(170810)
936
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the likely effect the (a) Basra Investment Promotion Agency and (b) Basra Development Fund will have on promoting private investment and reconstruction in southern Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(170811)
937
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department has provided to the (a) Basra Investment Promotion Agency and (b) Basra Development Fund; and if he will make a statement.
(170814)
938
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects his Department has implemented to improve the availability of electricity to local people in (a) Basra, (b) Maysan, (c) Dhi Qar and (d) Al Muthanna provinces; and how much was spent on such projects in each year since 2003.
(170815)
939
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects his Department has implemented to improve the availability of electricity to local nationals in Southern Afghanistan; and how much money was spent on such projects in each year since 2005.
(170816)
940
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects his Department has implemented to improve ground transport for local nationals in Southern Afghanistan; and how much was spent on such projects in each year since 2005.
(170819)
941
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect of civilian use of Kandahar International Airport on the economic development of Regional Command South in Afghanistan.
(170820)
942
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of his Department's personnel were based in Kuwait in support of Operation Telic in each year since 2003.
(170821)
943
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many illegal immigrants were discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170502)
944
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 153W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, if he will place in the Library copies of the last three studies by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit on the effect of humanitarian and development programmes in Afghanistan.
(170410)
945
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 153W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, if he will (a) place in the Library a copy of his Department's funded study by the Peace Dividend Trust and (b) state how many Peace Dividend Trust studies relating to Afghanistan his Department has funded.
(170411)
946
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171442)
947
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171533)
948
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department provides for the construction of new schools or existing schools in (a) Ghana and (b) Nigeria.
(171124)
949
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171249)
950
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): 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.
(171262)
951
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171275)
952
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many items of post sent by his Department were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171290)
953
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171406)
954
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171420)
955
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he or his ministerial colleagues will meet representatives of the Bond Latin America and the Caribbean Group.
(170331)
956
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK aid was given to the government of Sudan between November 2006 and November 2007.
(171354)
957
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department provided to each non-governmental organisation (NGO) in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion that funding represented of each NGO's budget in each of those years.
(170682)
958
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that aid supplied in kind by the UK is branded as British.
(170683)
959
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the quality of his Department's literature aimed at (a) infant, (b) junior, (c) secondary and (d) sixth form pupils; and if he will make a statement.
(170684)
960
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has provided in aid to each recipient country in each of the last 10 years, expressed in 2007 prices.
(170685)
961
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has held on measures to end the destruction of tropical forest caused by the expansion of biofuel plantations in South East Asia.
(171119)
962
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171302)
963
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171335)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
964
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which local authorities cover the cost of reinstatement of gravestones after they are deemed to be unsafe through topple testing.
(170636)
965
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list those counties in which the names on the most recent list of nominations for the position of High Sheriff were chosen (a) following open advertisement and (b) by a selection committee or board where membership is published.
(170321)
966
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons the Legal Services Commission Online was suspended indefinitely on 17th November 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(170509)
967
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects Legal Services Commission Online to become operational again.
(170511)
968
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on Legal Services Commission Online; and how much has been allocated to the service for each of the next three years.
(170513)
969
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 16th May 2007, Official Report, column 787W, on Prison Service: pay, for what reason the information on breaches of the regulations is not collected by HM Prison Service Professional Standards Unit Investigations Support Unit; and if he will make a statement.
(170635)
970
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the prisoner to officer ratio was at each prison establishment at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(170796)
971
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information is used by the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service in authorising managed moves; who is responsible for providing that information; how he establishes whether there are exceptional circumstances to warrant a managed move; and if he will make a statement.
(170797)
972
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answers of (a) 16th January 2007, Official Report, columns 1027-8W, (b) 22nd May 2007, Official Report, column 1252W and (c) 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 111W, on the issuance of penalty notices for disorder for 10 to 15 year olds, what factors have contributed to the length of time it has taken to publish the evaluation of the pilot project; and when the evaluation report was first given to Ministers.
(170085)
973
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued to 10 to 15 year olds in the six pilot police force areas, broken down by (a) police force area and (b) offences committed; and how many such penalty notices were (i) paid in full within the 21 day suspended enforcement period, (ii) paid in full outside the 21 day suspended enforcement period, (iii) registered as fines, (iv) contested in court and (v) cancelled.
(170086)
974
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to extend the use of penalty notices for disorder to persons under the age of 16 years.
(170087)
975
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2007, Official Report, columns 303-4W, on the Office of the Information Commissioner: finance, if he will review the appropriateness of the funding arrangements for the information responsibilities of the Information Commissioner's Office.
(170422)
976
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2007 from the Secretary of State for Justice, Official Report, columns 303-4W, on the Office of the Information Commissioner: finance, how much his Department agreed for the Information Commissioner to retain under section 26 of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last three years.
(170428)
977
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the outcome has been of the examination of individual liability through the review of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974, with reference to the statement of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 16th May 2007, Official Report, column 705, on corporate manslaughter and homicide.
(171345)
978
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what visits (a) he and (b) the Minister of State with responsibility for prisons have undertaken to (i) prisons, (ii) young offender institutions and (iii) secure training centres since 28th June 2007.
(170008)
979
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners are being held (a) on indeterminate sentence for public protection after the expiry of their tariff, (b) on life sentences after expiry of their tariff, (c) on determinate sentences beyond the date at which they would be eligible for release or parole and (d) beyond the expiry of their sentence.
(170140)
980
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of offenders sentenced in 2006 to (a) imprisonment for public protection sentences, (b) determinate sentences of over four years and (c) determinate sentences of between one and four years, (i) were first time offenders, (ii) had between one and four previous convictions, (iii) had between five and nine previous offences and (iv) had 10 or more previous offences.
(170152)
981
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were sentenced to (a) indeterminate sentences with a tariff of under 24 months and (b) determinate sentences of over four years for (i) rape, (ii) attempted rape, (iii) sexual assault, (iv) other sexual offences, (v) grevious bodily harm and (vi) manslaughter in the last year for which figures are available.
(170153)
982
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people serving indeterminate sentences with a tariff of under 24 months were convicted of sexual offences against children.
(170154)
983
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many illegal immigrants were discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170508)
984
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171443)
985
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171534)
986
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department and its predecessor spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171244)
987
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent by his Department and its predecessor on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.
(171257)
988
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department and its predecessor (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171270)
989
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many items of post sent by his Department and its predecessor were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171285)
990
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171402)
991
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171415)
992
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of revenue likely to arise from fixed penalty fines levied on people found drunk in public houses in the next 12 months.
(170315)
993
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library a copy of the declaration of interest made to the Permanent Secretary by the former Minister of State on 13th September 2007.
(170277)
994
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how the (a) licence, (b) equipment and (c) running costs of personal televisions in prisoner cells are met; by whom; how the costs arising from digital switchover will be allocated; and if he will make a statement.
(171183)
995
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, from what budget the funding for (a) the 8,000 new prison places announced by the previous Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) the 1,500 new prison places announced by the previous Lord Chancellor will be drawn.
(171184)
996
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place copies of responses to the Governance of Britain document in the Library.
(171185)
997
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners transferred from a Northern Ireland prison to a prison in England and Wales have qualified for early release under the End of Custody Licence scheme.
(170459)
998
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mobile telephones were seized in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 12 months.
(170463)
999
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions prisoners were housed in police stations in each of the last six months due to prison overcrowding; and what additional funding has been provided to the police forces providing prison services.
(170465)
1000
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many persons were convicted of false passport or false identity document offences in each of the last two years; and of those how many and what percentage have been given custodial sentences.
(170469)
1001
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons a staff notice was issued to prison officers at HMP Wymott on the wearing of tie pins.
(170862)
1002
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons prison staff from HMP Wymott have been sent for ATOS occupational health appointments; how many have been sent to such appointments in the last six months; and what the cost of these appointments has been.
(170863)
1003
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of prison officers younger than 21 years old working in prisons where the youngest prisoners are aged 21 years.
(170864)
1004
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were held at HM Prison Peterborough as at 31st October 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(169583)
1005
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department will (a) resume work on the review of Prison Service Order 6300 and the arrangements governing Childcare Resettlement Licence and (b) consult organisations acting on behalf of prisoners on this policy; and if he will make a statement.
(171103)
1006
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how his Department plans to handle complaints about the management of compensation claims of miners when the original claimant has died but a surviving family member wishes to pursue the complaint on their behalf.
(170558)
1007
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will ask the Electoral Commission to report on (a) the suitability of existing safeguards against anonymous donations and (b) the extent to which the Abrahams' case is an isolated incident.
(170782)
1008
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) 10 to 13, (b) 14 to 15 and (c) 16 to 17 year olds were (i) cautioned, (ii) prosecuted and (iii) in receipt of a penalty notice for disorder for purchasing alcohol under age in (A) Uxbridge constituency, (B) Greater London, broken down by London borough and (C) England, in the last three years for which figures are available.
(171484)
1009
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of speed cameras found to be operating illegally in each of the last 10 years; and how many fines, and of what amount, were issued through the use of these illegal cameras.
(171121)
1010
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review the time taken to promulgate Jersey legislation.
(171203)
1011
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recourse the Government has had to prerogative powers in respect of (a) the Channel Islands and (b) the Isle of Man, in the last 12 months.
(171204)
1012
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how the Department obtains the consent of the Crown Dependencies in circumstances where matters within the United Kingdom have legal implications for them.
(171205)
1013
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review current legislation or administrative practices that directly effect the Crown Dependencies with a view to improving police and criminal judicial co-operation between Crown Dependencies and European Union member states.
(171206)
1014
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what UK legislation governs immigration from European Union nations to the United Kingdom via the Channel Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(171207)
1015
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has any plans to make new Crown appointments on any of the Channel Islands.
(171211)
1016
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what responsibility his Department has with regard to the number of available prison spaces in (a) the Isle of Man and (b) the Channel Islands.
(171212)
1017
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to reply to the letter of 23rd July from the hon. Member for Torbay concerning Mr David Newby.
(170142)
1018
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171303)
1019
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171325)
1020
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what type of events are classed as operational emergencies in the Prison Service.
(169994)
1021
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in what circumstances a prison governor may call off-duty prison officers back into work.
(169995)
1022
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research the Government has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on differential conviction rates in rape cases in different police force areas in England and Wales.
(171356)
Questions to the Leader of the House
1023
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Leader of the House, how much her Office has spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171429)
1024
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 19th November 2007, Official Report, column 538W, on Members: Allowances, what is the maximum amount in cash terms in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 that may be spent on Communication Allowance expenditure, assuming the maximum amount is transferred from staffing allowance and incidental expenses provision.
(171029)
1025
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Leader of the House, how many responses were received to the Government's consultation on the Draft Legislative Programme for 2007-08; and from whom.
(171452)
1026
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Leader of the House, how much was allocated for 2007-08 to the Communications Allowance.
(171472)
1027
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Leader of the House, what the aggregate expenditure on allowances for hon. Members was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(171473)
1028
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Leader of the House, on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171304)
1029
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Leader of the House, what proportion of her average working week is allocated to her role as (a) Leader of the House, (b) Minister for Women and Equalities and (c) Lord Privy Seal; what responsibilities she has as Minister for Women and Equalities; and what mechanisms are in place for liaison with the Minister for Disabled People.
(171355)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
1030
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons were (a) arrested for and (b) charged with riotous behaviour arising from civil disturbances in Belfast city centre on the evening of 20th November.
(170485)
1031
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will break down the numbers of Police Service of Northern Ireland trainees by (a) age, (b) sex and (c) community background.
(170486)
1032
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Police Service of Northern Ireland regular officers are university graduates, broken down by (a) rank, (b) age, (c) sex and (d) community background.
(170487)
1033
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness, (b) efficiency and (c) value for money of the distribution of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable's Annual Report to households in Northern Ireland.
(170488)
1034
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the Garda Siochana were (a) seconded and (b) transferred to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each year since 2005, broken down by (i) rank and (ii) sex.
(170489)
1035
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of police forces in Great Britain were (a) seconded and (b) transferred to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each year since 2005, broken down by (i) rank and (ii) sex.
(170490)
1036
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers were seconded to police forces in Great Britain in each year since 2005, broken down by (a) rank and (b) sex.
(170491)
1037
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of the police establishment in North Belfast consisted of (a) full-time reserve officers and (b) part-time reserve officers at 31st October.
(170492)
1038
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many regular officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland worked on a part-time basis in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex and (c) community background.
(170493)
1039
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vehicles were stolen in North Belfast in each of the last 10 years.
(170494)
1040
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vehicles were stolen in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; how many persons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of vehicle theft in each year; and what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of car theft.
(170495)
1041
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of possession and supply of illegal drugs in North Belfast in each of the last 10 years.
(170496)
1042
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons have been (a) questioned about and (b) charged with the bomb scare in Enniskillen and the planting of a device which ignited a canon at Newry War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November; and if he will make a statement.
(170497)
1043
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what use the Police Service of Northern Ireland has made of street bail since the power was introduced; and if he will make a statement.
(170498)
1044
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many illegal immigrants were discovered working for his Department in the last year for which figures are available.
(170478)
1045
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171444)
1046
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171535)
1047
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what additional resources have been deployed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to expedite the progress of applications submitted to the Child Vulnerable Adult Access Vetting Unit.
(170454)
1048
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research he has commissioned on lowering the permitted alcohol limit for drink drive offences in Northern Ireland.
(170455)
1049
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many mobile telephones were seized in prisons in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months.
(170456)
1050
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what additional educational (a) facilities and (b) resources are to be made available in Northern Ireland prisons on the introduction of provisions on dangerousness and dangerous offenders.
(170457)
1051
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Northern Ireland prisoners were transferred to prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 12 months.
(170458)
1052
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) reports, (b) charges and (c) convictions for rape there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(170460)
1053
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Northern Ireland prisoners were released under the End of Custody Licence scheme in each month since its introduction.
(170461)
1054
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of prisoners in Northern Ireland are foreign nationals, broken down by nationality.
(170462)
1055
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what has been the assessed level of numeracy and literacy rates were amongst prisoners in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(170464)
1056
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on prisoner education at each facility in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(170466)
1057
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to reply to the letter of 27th September 2007 from the hon. Member for North Down on police officers' pay; and if he will provide an explanation for the delay in replying.
(170472)
1058
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171305)
1059
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171326)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
1060
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171306)
Questions to the Prime Minister
1061
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Prime Minister, what the expected salary level of the Prime Minister's Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests will be in the year commencing 1st January 2008.
(170475)
1062
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Prime Minister, how much his Office has spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171428)
1063
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the Answer of 25th July 2007, Official Report, column 1110W, to the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire, on Chequers, when he plans to update the list of guests entertained at Chequers on the Cabinet Office website.
(171480)
1064
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171307)
1065
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Prime Minister, when he last visited the Ministry of Defence's Permanent Joint Headquarters.
(169988)
1066
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Prime Minister, when he last visited the Ministry of Defence main building; and for what purposes.
(169989)
1067
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has met individuals representing (a) rail passengers, (b) the rail industry, (c) bus passengers, (d) bus companies, (e) coach passengers, (f) coach companies and (g) cyclists since he became Prime Minister.
(170735)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
1068
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what engagements he has had since 8th October 2007; and what the (a) date, (b) location, (c) time and (d) duration was of each engagement.
(170718)
1069
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many illegal immigrants were discovered working for his Department in the last year for which figures are available.
(170505)
1070
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171445)
1071
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171536)
1072
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171308)
1073
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171327)
Questions to the Solicitor General
1074
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Solicitor General, on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171309)
1075
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Solicitor General, how many (a) charges and (b) convictions there were for incitement to racial hatred in each of the last 10 years.
(170584)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
1076
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Electoral Commission has given on declaration and registration of trade union sponsorship of (a) hon. Members and (b) parliamentary candidates.
(171387)
1077
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Electoral Commission has provided on reporting aggregated trade union affiliation fees paid to a political party as a donation where each individual affiliation fee is below the £200 reporting threshold.
(171388)
1078
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission has undertaken into trade union funding of the (a) Labour, (b) Conservative and Unionist and (c) Liberal Democrat Party.
(171389)
1079
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the Electoral Commission's policy is on the (a) publication and (b) other uses of lists of impermissible donors.
(171454)
1080
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the amount donated by trade union organisations to political parties, in (a) cash and (b) non-cash donations in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.
(171455)
1081
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will make a statement on the timetable for the investigation by the Electoral Commission into whether there has been any failure to comply with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in connection with a number of donations made to the Labour Party announced on 26th November.
(171468)
1082
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Electoral Commission has produced on the procedure and obligations applying to individuals making donations to political parties on behalf of third parties.
(171469)
1083
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes of meetings held between the Political Parties Panel and the Electoral Commission held since June 2001.
(171470)
1084
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether restrictions apply to the staff of the Electoral Commission (a) joining political parties, (b) donating to political parties, (c) donating to registered third parties and (d) contributing to trade union political funds.
(171471)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
1085
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps she is taking to ensure that the renewable transport fuels obligation will help to lower carbon dioxide emissions.
(170451)
1086
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the number of car miles travelled in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006; and if she will make a statement.
(170761)
1087
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the proposed development of Stansted airport.
(171393)
1088
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate her Department has made of the likely effect of (a) the new settlement planned at Hunts Grove and (b) the new waste facility planned for Javelin Park on traffic flows on (i) Junction 12 on the M5 and (ii) the B4008.
(171005)
1089
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the potential environmental effects of Government encouragement of the use on upright electric personal transporter.
(171111)
1090
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make an assessment of the use of upright electric personal transporters in other countries.
(171114)
1091
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many illegal immigrants were discovered working for her Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170482)
1092
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171446)
1093
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171537)
1094
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171252)
1095
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): 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.
(171265)
1096
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by her Department and its predecessors (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by her Department.
(171278)
1097
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many items of post sent by her Department and its predecessors were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171293)
1098
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of her Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171410)
1099
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps her Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171423)
1100
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passports sent to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) were subsequently reported missing in the last 12 months; and how many owners of passports lost by the DVLA have claimed compensation.
(171190)
1101
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passports returned by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority have been delivered by (a) standard mail and (b) recorded delivery in the last 12 months.
(171191)
1102
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she and her predecessor have met (a) Mr. David Abrahams and (b) representatives of Mr. Abrahams' companies since 2004.
(171168)
1103
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many households will receive a paper copy of the Heathrow consultation summary in each borough.
(170732)
1104
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) reviews, (b) consultation and (c) taskforces the Deparment is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what date each such initiative that is underway (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; and what the purpose is of each.
(171481)
1105
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) Transport for London and (b) the Mayor of London's Office made any approach to her to take responsibility for the routes into Marylebone operated by Chiltern Railways; and if she will make a statement.
(170337)
1106
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she plans to transfer the running of any of the current rail franchises to Transport for London or the Mayor of London; and if she will make a statement.
(170338)
1107
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what factors she took into account in distributing the grant to cover the cost of the implementation of the new concessionary fares scheme for bus travel from April 2008; and what representations she has received on the potential inequalities of the distribution of the grant funding.
(171019)
1108
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the ability of councils to pay for the concessionary travel scheme; and whether councils will be required to pay for the costs of visitors to the council area using the concessionary travel scheme.
(171020)
1109
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable for improvements to the East Coast mainline has been agreed as part of the new franchise.
(171044)
1110
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will assess the viability of a temporary system of disability permits for those suffering from short-term limiting conditions lasting less than the three years required for receipt for the Blue Badge.
(170569)
1111
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency have received from (i) representatives of Durham Green Developments Limited and (ii) Mr David Abrahams on Durham Green Business Park in the last 36 months.
(170733)
1112
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will place in the Library a copy of all correspondence and documentation relating to the Durham Green Business Park planning application and development held by (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency.
(171024)
1113
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what Government resources have been used in support of Cardiff's bid to be the permanent home of the EU Galileo Supervisory Authority; and when the Government next expects an opportunity to present its case.
(170783)
1114
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what regulation applies to the placing of (a) a European 12 star flag and (b) a UK union flag on vehicle number plates above the initials GB.
(171120)
1115
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will compensate drivers who have been eroneously (a) fined and (b) charged with speeding on the evidence of illegally operating speed cameras.
(171172)
1116
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the number of driving licences which have been disqualified as a result of points being issued on the evidence of illegally operating speed cameras in the last period for which figures are available.
(171173)
1117
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what charges were levied on outlets currently acting as retailers for rail tickets, excluding online and telesales services and those located on railway station premises in each year since 1997.
(170525)
1118
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many outlets act as retailers for rail tickets, excluding online and telesales services and those located on railway station premises.
(170798)
1119
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171310)
1120
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171328)
1121
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the potential of second-generation bio-fuels.
(170549)
1122
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Statement of 25th October 2007, Official Report, column 20WS, on active traffic management, what factors determine the length of time for completion of the improvement of the M6 around Birmingham and the M6 Toll; and if she will make an assessment of the feasibility of completing the scheme before summer 2011.
(170631)
1123
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many journeys were made by freedom pass holders on London buses in each of the last five years.
(170972)
1124
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the role continuous descent approach can play in mitigating noise from Heathrow Airport.
(170672)
1125
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of which postcode areas would lose their break in the day from aircraft noise as a result of ending runway alternation at Heathrow.
(170673)
1126
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which postcode areas will be exposed to increased noise by the ending of the Cranford Agreement on Heathrow Airport.
(170674)
1127
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which postcode areas would experience increased noise by the ending of the westerly preference at Heathrow Airport.
(170687)
1128
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which postcode areas would experience less noise as a result of ending the Cranford Agreement in relation to Heathrow Airport.
(170688)
1129
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which postcode areas will experience less noise as a result of ending the westerly preference at Heathrow Airport.
(170689)
1130
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which postcode areas would be adversely affected by noise as a result of building a third runway at Heathrow Airport; and which postcode areas would be added to the 157 dB Leq noise contour for Heathrow as a result of building a third runway.
(170690)
1131
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons were for the time taken to publish her Department's Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources report.
(170691)
1132
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which postcode areas are affected by noise from Heathrow Airport at the level of 50 dB.
(170692)
1133
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which postcode areas will be affected by aircraft noise at a level of 50 dB or greater as a result of building a third runway at Heathrow.
(170693)
1134
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account she plans to take of her Department's Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources study on aircraft noise in formulating policy.
(170694)
1135
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she plans to retain the current cap on night flights past 2012.
(170695)
1136
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she is considering strengthening the system of fines for exceeding aircraft noise quotas.
(170696)
1137
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps she is considering to improve the reliability of measurement of aircraft noise.
(170697)
1138
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take steps to provide for independent verification of whether aircraft noise limits are being exceeded at UK airports.
(170698)
1139
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she has carried out studies comparing noise insulation schemes at Heathrow with other airports (a) in the UK and (b) elsewhere in the world.
(170699)
1140
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will strengthen the obligations on BAA to insulate buildings under Heathrow's flightpaths.
(170700)
1141
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will publish the research informing the assumptions made on the fleet mix expected to be using Heathrow in 2020 in (a) the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow study, (b) the consultation document Adding Capacity at Heathrow and (c) in the work done to prepare for 2003 White Paper on the Future of Air Transport.
(170701)
1142
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what respect the assumptions made on the fleet mix expected to be using Heathrow in 2020 used in the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow Study differ from those used in the work done to prepare for the 2003 White Paper on the Future of Air Transport.
(170702)
1143
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps she plans to take to ensure that Nox emissions from an expanded Heathrow airport are below the limits set by EU law.
(170703)
1144
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what targets she plans to set for the proportion of people using public transport to travel to and from Heathrow airport.
(170704)
1145
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what sanctions she plans to apply should BAA fail to meet targets set for the proportion of people using public transport to travel to and from Heathrow airport.
(170705)
1146
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the proportion of people travelling to and from Heathrow airport who used public transport to do so in each of the last 10 years.
(170706)
1147
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what decision she has made on road demand management measures (a) on the M4 and M25 in relation to Heathrow access and (b) in relation to local roads around Heathrow.
(170707)
1148
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she has plans to implement congestion charging along road access routes to Heathrow.
(170708)
1149
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of Ferrovial's ability to meet the combined cost of new runways at both Stansted and Heathrow.
(170709)
1150
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects the (a) start and (b) completion of the planning process on a third runway at Heathrow.
(170710)
1151
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which data contained in the consultation document Adding Capacity at Heathrow were provided by BAA.
(170711)
1152
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many flights to (a) Brussels, (b) Paris, (c) Manchester and (d) Leeds were taken by ministers and officials in her Department in each of the last five years.
(170712)
1153
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the effect on the demand for domestic flights of constructing new high-speed rail lines in the UK.
(170713)
1154
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the number of flights into and out of Heathrow which were to destinations where there is a viable rail alternative in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170714)
1155
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what flight caps she would expect to place on the use of a third runway at Heathrow in the period up to 2030.
(170715)
1156
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what teleconference facilities are available to (a) ministers and (b) officials at her Department; and how many ministerial meetings took place by teleconference link in her Department in each of the last five years.
(170716)
1157
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) short and (b) long haul flights were taken by ministers and officials in her Department in each of the last five years.
(170717)
1158
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department has spent on (a) consultants and (b) other costs relating to the Inter-city Express programme.
(170736)
1159
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department has spent on the Competition Commission's investigation into rail rolling stock companies.
(170737)
1160
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects new Pendolino carriages to be (a) procured for and (b) in operation on the West Coast Mainline.
(170738)
1161
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the performance of First Great Western in operating its train franchise.
(170740)
1162
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department has spent on the procurement of the 1,300 carriages to be added to the rail network.
(170741)
1163
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department has spent on consultants in relation to the procurement of the 1,300 extra carriages to be added to the rail network.
(170742)
1164
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps her Department is taking to benchmark the performance of Network Rail.
(170743)
1165
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the budget is for the upgrade of Reading station, as proposed in Delivering a Sustainable Railway, broken down by subheading; and when she expects work to (a) start and (b) finish on the upgrade.
(170744)
1166
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when contracts will be let for work on the upgrade of Birmingham New Street station, as set out in Delivering a Sustainable Railway.
(170745)
1167
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will place in the Library a copy of the contracts which have been let for work on the upgrade of Reading station, as set out in Delivering a Sustainable Railway.
(170746)
1168
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the funding package is for the upgrade of Birmingham New Street station, as set out in Delivering a Sustainable Railway, broken down by subheading.
(170747)
1169
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work her Department is undertaking on (a) the possible re-opening of the York to Beverley rail link and (b) in relation to the section of new track needed to create a Cambridge to Oxford rail link.
(170748)
1170
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, of which disused rail lines her Department authorised the sale in each of the last 10 years; and which disused rail lines her Department is considering re-opening.
(170749)
1171
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what schemes her Department is considering to improve rail links to the port of Southampton.
(170750)
1172
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the likely effect on carbon dioxide emissions of the full electrification of (a) the Great Western railway line and (b) the Midland mainline; and what estimate she has made of the cost of each.
(170751)
1173
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the likely effect on reliability of the full electrification of (a) the Great Western railway line and (b) the Midlands Mainline.
(170752)
1174
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether upgrading London Bridge Station is included in the £150 million allocated by Delivering a Sustainable Railway White Paper to station improvements.
(170753)
1175
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects work to (a) start and (b) finish on the upgrade of Birmingham New Street station, as set out in Delivering a Sustainable Railway.
(170754)
1176
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she plans to use double decker trains on the rail network.
(170756)
1177
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work her Department is undertaking on the possibility of re-opening the Lewes to Uckfield rail link.
(170757)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
1178
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department in the last year for which figures are available.
(170476)
1179
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171448)
1180
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171539)
1181
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171312)
1182
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171330)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
1183
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what funding the Commission for Equality and Human Rights has provided to (a) the IPPR and (b) IPPR Ltd, in relation to community cohesion, in the last 24 months, and for what projects.
(171611)
1184
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171313)
1185
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what the Government's policy is on the introduction of a religious harassment offence covering insulting or abusive language.
(170297)
1186
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, whether an equal pay audit has been conducted for the Women and Equality Unit.
(170572)
1187
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, whether an equal pay audit (a) has been conducted and (b) is planned for the Government Equalities Office.
(170586)
1188
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, whether a racial impact assessment was carried out on the decision to reform the Women and Equality Unit as the Government Equalities Office.
(170587)
1189
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, whether the legal advisers working alongside the Government Equalities Office, as referred to in the Answer of 29th October 2007, Official Report, column 609W, on departments: manpower work exclusively for the Government Equalities Office.
(171344)
1190
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to protect people from discrimination on the grounds of political belief.
(171357)
1191
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, whether an equal pay audit has been conducted by the Women's National Commission.
(171383)
1192
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what proportion of the working week of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Government Equalities Office, is allocated to (a) her role supporting the Minister for Women and Equalities and (b) her role as Minister for the East of England.
(171384)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
1193
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has provided to Jobcentre Plus employees on working with local authorities to meet the needs of adults with an autism spectrum disorder.
(170551)
1194
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on numbers of housing benefit claims of transferring lone parents from income support to jobseeker's allowance.
(170677)
1195
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the resources which would be required to implement a more flexible jobseeker's allowance regime for lone parents whose youngest child has reached 12, including resources (a) for training for advisers and (b) for decision makers.
(170678)
1196
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his policy that parents of disabled children who are not claiming disability living allowance should be encouraged to claim jobseeker's allowance.
(170679)
1197
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the suitability of the procedures for jobseeker's allowance for lone parents; and if he will make a statement.
(170680)
1198
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162349, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on national insurance numbers.
(171133)
1199
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162142, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on national insurance numbers.
(171134)
1200
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162357, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November 2007, on incapacity benefit claimants.
(171135)
1201
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162350, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on incapacity benefit claimants.
(171136)
1202
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162140, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens.
(171137)
1203
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162356, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on the New Deal.
(171138)
1204
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162361, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on jobseeker's allowance claimants.
(171139)
1205
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162689, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on EU A8 nationals and national insurance numbers.
(171140)
1206
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162687, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on national insurance numbers.
(171141)
1207
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162686, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on national insurance numbers.
(171142)
1208
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162690, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on national insurance registrations.
(171143)
1209
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162683, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on ex-prisoners.
(171144)
1210
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162688, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on national insurance numbers.
(171145)
1211
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162358, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on incapacity benefit.
(171148)
1212
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162348, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on national insurance and non-UK citizens.
(171150)
1213
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162678, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on the new deal for young people.
(171151)
1214
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162346, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on national insurance numbers.
(171152)
1215
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162677, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on the new deal 25 plus.
(171153)
1216
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162359, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on the new deal.
(171162)
1217
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 162347, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November, on A8 nationals.
(171163)
1218
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many telephone calls have been made to the St Austell call centre by benefit recipients (a) through the Job Centre Plus office in Stroud and (b) using outside lines but registered through the Stroud office in each week since it opened.
(171006)
1219
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to make an evaluation of the effectiveness of the call centre at St Austell.
(171007)
1220
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit recipients who (a) previously signed on at the Dursley Job Centre Plus and (b) are living in the area previously covered by that office now sign on at the Stroud Job Centre Plus office.
(171008)
1221
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were underpaid their state pension in each of the last five years; and how many people complained about such underpayments in each year.
(170560)
1222
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the total amount underpaid to recipients of the state pension in each of the last five years.
(170561)
1223
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been refused the payment of money underpaid but due to them for their state pension as a result of a complaint taking place outside the one year guideline period since 2001.
(170562)
1224
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(170483)
1225
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
(171430)
1226
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.
(171540)
1227
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Leader of the House on the (a) Ministerial role of and (b) support for the hon. Member for Stevenage.
(170004)
1228
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the hon. Member for Stevenage on proposals for a Single Equality Bill.
(170005)
1229
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department is responsible for (a) the Ministerial salary and (b) the provision of support to the Ministerial office of the hon. Member for Stevenage.
(170006)
1230
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which Government department the Government Equalities Office comes under; and what the Ministerial responsibilities are of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the office.
(170007)
1231
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months.
(171251)
1232
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): 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.
(171264)
1233
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department and its predecessors (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department.
(171277)
1234
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many items of post sent by his Department and its predecessor were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.
(171292)
1235
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is.
(171409)
1236
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.
(171422)
1237
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to (a) promote age diversity in the workplace and (b) enable older people to gain equal access to training opportunities.
(171045)
1238
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value is of (a) pay supplements, (b) bonuses and (c) other incentive packages that are payable in his Department on the basis of geographic location; how many people are in receipt of each payment; and what the total cost to his Department of each payment was in 2006-07.
(171192)
1239
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average cost of making a benefit claim by telephone.
(170794)
1240
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) first, (b) second and (c) subsequent work focussed interviews for lone parents were booked between March 2006 and September 2007; and how many claimants were sanctioned for non-attendance in each category.
(170274)
1241
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether jobseeker's allowance regulations allow claimants to refuse a job offer if they are unable to find suitable affordable childcare.
(170278)
1242
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether jobseeker's allowance claimants are permitted to refuse an offer of employment if they would not be made financially better off by accepting the offer.
(170279)
1243
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what factors are included in determinations of lone parent claimants being better off by Jobcentre Plus.
(170280)
1244
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether jobseeker's allowance claimants are exempt from available and actively seeking work requirements (a) during school holidays, (b) during periods of a child's exclusion from school and (c) when a child is sick and unable to attend school.
(170281)
1245
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.
(171314)
1246
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.
(171331)
1247
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people seeking to (a) return to work and (b) obtain their first job his Department has assisted to compile a curriculum vitae in each of the last three years.
(171519)
1248
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Leicester South received the winter fuel payment in each of the last five years.
(170771)
1249
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people between the ages of (a) 18 to 25, (b) 25 to 45 and (c) 45 to 65 received incapacity benefit by cheque or benefit book in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170528)
1250
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people between the ages of (a) 18 to 25, (b) 25 to 45 and (c) 45 to 65 were in receipt of incapacity benefits in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170529)
1251
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people between the ages of (a) 18 to 25, (b) 25 to 45 and (c) 45 to 65 received jobseeker's allowance payments by cheque or benefit book in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170530)
1252
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people between the ages of (a) 18 to 25, (b) 25 to 45 and (c) 45 to 65 were in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in the latest period for which figures are available.
(170531)
1253
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who receive (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) incapacity benefits who would be affected by proposed strikes within his Department.
(170532)
1254
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of state pensioners who would be affected by proposed strikes within the Pensions Service.
(170533)
1255
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners over the age of 85 receive their state pensions weekly by cheque or benefit book.
(170534)
1256
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners receive their state pensions weekly by cheque or benefit book.
(170535)
1257
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contingency plans he has to help those who could be affected by the proposed strikes within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(170773)
1258
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to ensure that where backdated pension payments of over £100 arise from the correction of omitted home responsibilities protection or the payment of Class 3 national insurance contributions in respect of one or more years between 1996-97 and 2001-02 such payments automatically include interest; if he will investigate whether interest has routinely been added to such payments in such circumstances in the past; and if he will make a statement.
(170276)
1259
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a specimen copy of the letter sent by his Department in 2004-05 to women over pension age as part of the Reinstatement of Deficiency Notices Programme.
(170570)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
1260
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what consideration he has given to the funding of free transport to enable students over the age of 16 to reach schools and colleges if the school leaving age is raised to 18.
[Transferred] (170526)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1261
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total legal costs incurred by the Government were in respect of advice to (a) Ministers and (b) officials with regard to the inquiry into cash for honours.
[Transferred] (171123)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1262
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government intends to extend the protected areas of UK seas with marine reserves, as proposed in the draft Marine Bill.
[Transferred] (171202)
1263
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 23rd October 2007, Official Report, column 168W, on Turtles: conservation, if he will list the UK wildlife crime priorities for 2007-08; and with respect to the illegal trade in CITES species, what the five species threatened by illegal trade are that are being focused on.
[Transferred] (171213)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
1264
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contacts his Department's personnel assigned to the British provincial reconstruction team in (a) Basra and (b) Lashkar Gah have with local people on reconstruction issues; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (170818)
1265
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's personnel were assigned to the British provincial reconstruction team in (a) Basra and (b) Lashkar Gah in each year since 2005.
[Transferred] (170822)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
1266
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the primary sources are of bio-fuels; and what percentage of fuels was sourced from each in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (171182)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
1267
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 165386, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 13th November, on non-EEA nationals.
[Transferred] (171164)

 
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