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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 4 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 4 December 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 4 December 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 4 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 Tuesday 4 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 4 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has made to Post Office Limited in respect of (a) sub and (b) Crown Post Office branches' opening hours during the period 27th December to 31st December 2007.
(169788)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will overturn the decision by HM Revenue and Customs not to treat pigeon racing as a sport for tax purposes.
(171659)
3
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors HM Revenue and Customs took into account when determining whether pigeon racing should be treated as a sport for tax purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(171678)
4
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many child benefit claimants there are in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) Kettering constituency.
(171067)
5
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money HM Revenue and Customs generated from revenue sharing telephone numbers in the latest period for which figures are available.
(171686)
6
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest forecasted cost is of the delivery of the Aspire IT support project.
(169318)
7
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were employed (a) in each salary grade and (b) in each region by HM Revenue and Customs (i) in 2005 and (ii) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(169319)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
8
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when his Department commissioned the report on The Integrated Children's System: An Evaluation of the Practice, Process and Consequences of the ICS in CSSRs.
(171697)
9
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the timescale is for publication of the report his Department commissioned from Deloitte on ContactPoint's security procedures.
(171698)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
10
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance on the use of Chequers by civil servants when the Prime Minister is not resident.
(171236)
11
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on how many occasions Chequers has been used by civil servants on occasions when the Prime Minister was not present in the last 12 months; and for what purposes in each case.
(171237)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
12
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people remain displaced from their homes due to the floods in June and July in England.
(171241)
13
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to facilitate the return of displaced families to their homes following the summer 2007 floods.
(171364)
14
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent meetings she has held with the local authorities affected by the summer 2007 floods where households are still displaced.
(171365)
15
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will publish (a) the assessment of the financial viability on the unitary council proposal submitted by Exeter City Council and (b) the results of the further examination she ordered regarding the Exeter City Council bid.
(171176)
16
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice she has received from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and the Investment Property Forum regarding the financial viability of the proposal for unitary status submitted by Exeter City Council.
(171177)
17
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the Minister for Housing to reply to the letter of 1st August 2007 from the right hon. Member for West Chelmsford; what the reasons are for the time taken to reply; and if she will make a statement
(169789)
18
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will answer Question (a) 166759, (b) 166760, (c) 166761, (d) 166762 and (e) 166763 tabled by the hon. Member for South West Surrey on 16th November, on the review her Department is carrying out on the regeneration of Manchester.
(171657)
19
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria her Department uses to determine whether a (a) one, (b) two and (c) three bedroom property is overcrowded.
(171553)
20
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department is on course to meet the commitment in the sustainable operations on the Government estate targets (a) to source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewables by 31st March 2008 and (b) to increase recycling figures to 40 per cent. of waste by 2010.
(171058)
21
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management programme.
(171059)
22
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department met the target in the sustainable operations on the Government estate review to reverse the then upward trend in carbon dioxide emissions by April 2007.
(171060)
23
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system for its whole estate or some of its buildings.
(171061)
24
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has conducted a sustainability appraisal in the light of the recent relocation announcement of the Standards Board for England.
(171062)
25
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the procedure will be for designating regional development agencies as regional planning bodies.
(171658)
26
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many invitations to tender her Department has issued in the last 12 months; and for what purpose in each case.
(171684)
27
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many databases are maintained by her Department; and what the (a) title and (b) purpose is of each.
(171687)
28
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated take-up rate is of small business rate relief in England.
(171708)
29
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what ability the proposed new Homes and Communities Agency will have to make decisions on (a) housing and (b) planning over and above the decision-making process of local authorities.
(171709)
30
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers the proposed new Homes and Communities Agency will have to enter private property and land.
(171710)
31
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the reward grant given to local area agreements is ring-fenced to meet the targets laid out in the agreement.
(171711)
32
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether revenue raised from the local authority business growth incentive scheme is ring-fenced.
(171712)
33
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to review the needs test in planning guidance on out-of-town retail development.
(171713)
34
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the electorate has a personal liability for council tax in whole or in part, excluding households on 100 per cent. council tax benefit and those with a 100 per cent. exemption from council tax.
(171714)
35
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the reduction in the number of new residential dwellings built on previously developed land in the last 12 months; and what proportion of new residential dwellings were built on previously developed land in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 in (i) England and (ii) each Government Office Region.
(171715)
36
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of specific grants to local government were ring-fenced in the latest period for which figures are available.
(171716)
37
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what precepts were levied on London council tax bills in 1997-98, other than the London Borough precept, the London Fire precept and the Metropolitan Police/City of London Police precept.
(171717)
38
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons Northstowe was not adopted as an eco-town.
(171718)
39
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the implementation of the housing and planning delivery grant does not create incentives for (a) over-development of one-bedroom flats, (b) over-development in areas of constraint and (c) poor design quality.
(171719)
40
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) qualitative and (b) quantitative research the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister commissioned in relation to council tax revaluations prior to the discontinuance of that Office.
(171720)
41
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to promote the use of (a) referendums and (b) direct democracy.
(171721)
42
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many members the proposed Independent Infrastructure Planning Commission will have; and how many of them will be appointed by (a) the Welsh Assembly Government and (b) the Scottish Executive.
(169634)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
43
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many commercial radio licences were granted by Ofcom in each of the last five years.
(171652)
44
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the size of the commercial radio sector in the UK.
(171653)
45
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff will be seconded from his Department to the Digital Radio Working Group.
(171654)
46
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many national digital radio stations (a) there are and (b) he expects there to be by the end of 2008.
(171655)
47
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many commercial radio licences have been returned to Ofcom in each of the last five years.
(171656)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
48
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units of the Colombian security forces UK military assistance is not provided to; and for what reasons.
(171070)
49
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which battalion forms the Airborne Task Force (ABTF); whether it is fully equipped; whether the ABTF is deployed; and when the next ABTF will take over from the current ABTF.
(170803)
50
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units form the UK's commitment to the Operational Readiness Force (ORF) for KFOR; whether they are fully equipped; whether the ORF is deployed; and when the next ORF will take over from the current ORF.
(170804)
51
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar and (e) VC-10 aircraft sorties were flown in support of the 2004 Spearhead Land Element's deployment to Kosovo in March 2004.
(170805)
52
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which brigade forms the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF); whether it is fully equipped; whether the JRRF is deployed; and when the next JRRF will take over from the current JRRF.
(170806)
53
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the age is of the oldest (a) Puma and (b) Chinook helicopters in operational military service.
(171066)
54
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the state of readiness of NATO's Balkans Operational Reserve Force; and if he will make a statement.
(171232)
55
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many consultation events have been held as part of the review of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.
(171662)
56
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the members of the team conducting the review of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office are.
(171663)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
57
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on environment protection, if he will break down the Enviroment Agency's maintenance expenditure on activities other than dredging, aquatic weed removal, grass cutting, tree removal and pollarding.
(171707)
58
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures the Department uses to assess the effectiveness of flood proofing measures used on (a) private homes and (b) business properties.
(171729)
59
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will set out the Government's proposals for the application of the European Fisheries Fund in the United Kingdom for the period 2007 to 2013; and when he intends to submit such proposals to the European Commission.
(171234)
60
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government supports Eyemouth and the Berwickshire coast being designated as a fisheries dependent area eligible for assistance from the European Fisheries Fund.
(171235)
61
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from the Royal Pigeon Racing Association on movement restrictions imposed as a result of avian influenza; and if he will make a statement.
(171660)
62
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency provisions are in place to provide fisheries enforcement in the event of all three river class offshore patrol vessels being unavailable for operation at the same time under the terms of the contract for the use of the Fishery Protection Squadron which enters into force on 1st April 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(171681)
63
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much fisheries-related funding were allocated from the EU to the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) region and (b) fisheries administration; and if he will make a statement.
(171682)
64
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 19th July 2007, Official Report, columns 512-3W, on fisheries: EU law, how the estimated costs of implementing the European rules on electronic recording and reporting of fishing activities have changed; and if he will make a statement.
(171725)
65
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the press release issued on 27th November 2007 by his Department, how much funding the Government plans to provide to the fishing industry in addition to that provided by the European Fisheries Fund; and if he will make a statement.
(171726)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
66
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department provided to the Colombian authorities for counter-narcotics operations in each year from 2004 to 2007; and what such assistance will be provided for 2008.
(171069)
67
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation of the Karen people in Burma.
(171064)
68
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) political and (b) security situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
(171233)
69
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the Government voted against the resolution on decreasing the operational readiness of nuclear weapons in the United Nations First Committee on Disarmament.
(171324)
70
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Indonesia on the situation in West Papua.
(170719)
71
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Indonesia on upholding the right to freedom of expression and assembly in West Papua.
(170720)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
72
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to assist the families of people with dementia since 1997.
(170975)
73
N
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for bariatric surgery in England in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(171178)
74
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy periodically to review the funding of maternity services in those areas with live birth rates significantly above the national average; and if he will make a statement.
(170721)
75
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts in England provide maternity services.
(171664)
76
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwife-led post-natal units there were in each of the last five years in (a) England and (b) each region.
(171665)
77
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many births per whole-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in each year since 2001, broken down by primary care trust area.
(171666)
78
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what hospital building projects were approved in each of the last three years; what the (a) projected costs when approved were, (b) costs to date are and (c) projected completion costs are of each project; and what the (i) expected completion dates were on approval and (ii) actual expected completion dates are.
(171688)
79
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) adults and (b) children were admitted to accident and emergency departments in England as a result of drinking alcohol in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years, broken down by strategic health authority.
(171689)
80
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Quality Outcome Framework for GPs will be reviewed; whether there are plans to make tackling obesity part of the framework; and if he will make a statement.
(171690)
81
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on the National School Pedometer Programme; how much is planned to be spent; what estimate he has made of pedometer use by children; and what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of such use in tackling obesity.
(171691)
82
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which slimming clubs the Government is employing to help reduce obesity; how much has been paid to them to date; and what estimate has been made of the number of people who have (a) used their services and (b) lost weight as a result of doing so.
(171692)
83
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applicants to the inter-deanery job transfer scheme there have been to date; and how many applications have been successful.
(171693)
84
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiographers are employed by the NHS in England.
(171699)
85
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of radiographers required by the NHS in order to meet the Government's targets on screening.
(171700)
86
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of regional variations in waiting periods for screening for (a) breast cancer and (b) ovarian cancer.
(171701)
87
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital trusts (a) met and (b) did not meet the screening targets for (i) breast cancer and (ii) ovarian cancer in the latest period for which figures are available; and what assessment he has made of the factors impeding those trusts which did not meet the target.
(171702)
88
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice is given by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to primary care trusts on the prescribing of the drug Lucentis to treat Macular Disease; and if he will make a statement.
(171174)
89
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which community hospitals closed in 2007; how many are planned to close in 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(171175)
90
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he proposes to take to take account of the views of the public and patients in the enhancing confidence in professional healthcare regulation process.
(171366)
91
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Counter Fraud and Security Management Services Division recovered in fraud detected or prevented in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what proportion these figures represented of the Division's costs in each year.
(171661)
92
N
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust makes full and accurate payments to staff at the North Staffordshire University Hospital in line with their entitlement to remuneration for hours worked and pay award, within the timescale specified in their contracts.
(171189)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
93
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to protect people from domestic violence, since 1997.
(170976)
94
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the applicability of the methods utilised in the Cambridgeshire Alcohol Project on a national scale.
(171231)
95
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there have been for using a handheld mobile telephone while driving since the offence was introduced, broken down by (a) year and (b) police authority.
(169321)
96
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police force recruits were (a) men, (b) women, (c) black and minority ethnic men and (d) black and minority ethnic women in each of the last 10 years.
(171376)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
97
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, on how many occasions the fire alarm in Portcullis House has been set off since May 2005; and how many times there was a fire.
(171462)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
98
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK assistance to Colombia is provided for projects which are not related to the Colombian security forces in 2007-08.
(171071)
99
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he expects to (a) finalise and (b) publish his Department's regional assistance plan for Latin America for 2008-2011.
(171551)
100
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance his Department will allocate to each Latin American country in 2008-09.
(171552)
101
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation of the Karen people in Burma.
(171063)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
102
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has had discussions with Ofcom on the security implications of the radio broadcast of messages aimed at prisoners; and if he will make a statement.
(171323)
103
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions cases involving recordable sexual offences have not been placed on the Police National Computer in (a) Leeds and (b) England and Wales.
(171694)
104
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff were employed at Leeds Magistrates' Court in each year since 1997; and how many staff are employed at the court.
(171695)
105
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding Failure to Appear warrants there were in each year since 1997 (a) in England and Wales and (b) issued at Leeds Magistrates' Court.
(171696)
106
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what percentage of crimes committed in Suffolk resulted in (a) a caution, (b) a fixed penalty notice and (c) a conviction in each of the last five years.
(171680)
Questions to the Prime Minister
107
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met representatives of the Saudi Arabian government; what topics were discussed; how long the meeting lasted; and when he next expects to meet such representatives.
(171679)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
108
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Highways Agency is seeking to restrict the access of local traffic to the A14 around Kettering.
(171068)
109
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the services adjacent to junction 22 of the M1 motorway are not signposted on the motorway; and if she will arrange for signage to be erected.
(170514)
110
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps her Department is taking to improve rainwater run-off on motorways; and if she will make a statement.
(170515)
111
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is Government policy that development of a second runway at Stansted Airport should precede the development of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
(170299)
112
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK fishing vessels have been lost at sea in the last 12 months.
(171683)
113
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK fishermen have died at sea in the last 12 months.
(171685)
114
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take steps to amend Regulation 5 of the Severn Bridges Act 1992 to allow the introduction of facilities to pay by card and online; and if she will make a statement.
(169320)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
115
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what assessment she has made of any pay gap between male and female staff in the Government Equalities Office.
(171377)
116
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what proportion of staff in the Government Equalities Office are (a) male, (b) female, (c) black and minority ethnic male and (d) black and minority ethnic female.
(171378)
117
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what proportion of staff at the Women's National Commission are (a) male, (b) female, (c) black and minority ethnic male and (d) black and minority ethnic female.
(171379)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
118
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what security breaches there have been at his Department's Newcastle office in relation to the personal data of those claiming benefits administered by local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(171238)
119
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the recently published letter from his Department to council revenue and benefit offices suspending data exchanges on security grounds; and if he will make a statement.
(171239)
120
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the security of the data-sharing processes between local authorities and his Department; and whether any data has been compromised during such procedures in the last five years.
(171240)
121
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals who participated in New Deal for Young People in the Peterborough constituency were not in either full-time or part-time work 12 months after completing the scheme in each year since 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(170604)
122
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the future of the (a) Trefforest, (b) Brynaman and (c) Stradgynlais Remploy factory.
(171381)
123
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether transitional funding will be provided to assist the transfer of ownership of the Remploy factories in (a) Trefforest, (b) Stradgynlais and (c) Brynaman.
(171382)
124
N
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision he has made for claimants to collect their benefit for the week commencing 24th December in the week commencing 17th December.
(169787)
125
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance has been issued to Jobcentre Plus on the circumstances in which availability and affordability of childcare is to be taken into account in assessing a claimant's availability for work.
(171487)
126
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a claimant may be refused jobseeker's allowance on the grounds of having voluntarily left employment where they have done so following (a) domestic violence, (b) bereavement and (c) dismissal because of inability to meet the conditions of employment due to childcare responsibilities.
(171488)
127
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances the jobseeker's allowance regime permits claimants to participate in (a) full or (b) part time education or training.
(171489)
128
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims there were for disability living allowance by (a) children and (b) adults with Asperger's syndrome in each of the last five years.
(171065)
129
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims there were from (a) children and (b) adults with autism spectrum disorders for disability living allowance in each of the last five years; and what proportion these constituted of all claims for that allowance.
(171463)
130
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims there were for disability living allowance on behalf of (a) children and (b) adults with Asperger syndrome in each of the last five years.
(171465)
131
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on (a) administration and (b) legal fees for the Financial Assistance Scheme in each month since March; and if he will make a statement.
(171550)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
132
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the Civil Service are (a) male, (b) female, (c) black and minority ethnic male and (d) black and minority ethnic female.
[Transferred] (171380)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
133
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 26th November 2007, Official Report, columns 39-41W, on fisheries: Navy, for what reasons the recall of the river class offshore patrol vessels between 15th and 19th June 2007 due to a Davit failure was not classified as lost patrol days; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (171722)
134
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 41W, on fisheries: Navy, what the circumstances were of the Davit failure that resulted in the three river class offshore patrol vessels being recalled; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (171723)
135
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 41W, on fisheries: Navy, for what reasons there were no river class offshore patrol vessels in operation on (a) 27th April 2007, (b) 28th April 2007 and (c) 11th October 2007; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (171724)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
136
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has for the future of the National Textile Conservation Centre, with particular reference to services formally provided from its Winchester centre.
[Transferred] (171464)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
137
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children there were in families in work earning less than the average national weekly income in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (170605)

 
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