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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 25 February 2008

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 25 February 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 25 February 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 25 February 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 25 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 25 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will take steps to investigate the dumping of Chinese air compressors in the EU.
(189528)
2
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 18th February 2008, Official Report, column 397W, on post offices: closures, why Post Office Ltd has not released relevant financial information to Essex County Council to help the council explore the viability of financially supporting some of those post offices set for closure.
(188896)
3
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received from the Mayor of London on post offices in London in each year since 2001.
(189392)
4
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many staff are employed by the National Secretariat of the Regional Development Agencies for England; what the National Secretariat's office expenditure was in each of the last five years; and what its total staffing cost was in the last year for which figures are available.
(188900)
5
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much cover the Export Credits Guarantee Department has extended for military exports to Indonesia in each year since 2000.
(189353)
6
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he plans to take steps to prevent supermarkets from engaging in loss-leading alcohol promotions.
(189541)
7
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the average annual household bill for (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) Bexley borough and (ii) Greater London in each of the last 10 years.
(189383)
8
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people responded to the consultation on the relocation of Bexleyheath post office to a WH Smith branch.
(189398)
9
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received in (a) opposition and (b) support of the relocation of Bexleyheath post office to WH Smith.
(189399)
10
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of his Department's translation and interpreting work is outsourced under framework agreements with commercial providers; and if he will make a statement.
(189161)
11
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the UK has fully implemented the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive; and what steps he is taking to ensure the continuing compliance with WEEE obligations.
(188611)
12
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on how many occasions radioactive material has been (a) stolen and (b) lost from (i) nuclear premises and (ii) in transit since 2003.
(189069)
13
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by his Department.
(189072)
14
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimates his Department has made of the number of people that will reside more than three miles away from a post office following the restructuring of the Post Office branch network, broken down by region of residency.
(189103)
15
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will list the patents held by each Regional Development Agency; and whether ownership is shared with another entity in each case.
(189107)
16
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much each Regional Development Agency spent on research and development (a) in nominal prices and (b) as a proportion of total expenditure in each of the last five years.
(189108)
17
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will make a statement on the opening times of the Companies House WebCHeck website.
(189302)
18
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many times Companies House's WebCHeck website experienced technical difficulties in each month of the last three years.
(189303)
19
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what information his Department holds on levels of take-up of the right to request flexible working by those with caring responsibilities.
(188991)
20
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what progress has been made in the investigation of the affairs of Phoenix Venture Holdings Ltd, MG Rover Limited and related companies under section 432 of the Companies Act 1985; and what the reasons are for the length of the investigation.
(188663)
21
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what value the Shareholder Executive currently places on its 40 per cent. share of Actis Capital LLP; and if he will make a statement.
(189573)
22
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the European Union has plans for a directive on origin marking.
(189582)
23
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations officials in his Department have made to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in advance of the forthcoming meeting of the Consulting Forum under the Ecodesign of Energy-using Products Directive on requirements for boilers and water heaters.
(189045)
24
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department has sought advice from the Department of Communities and Local Government on the application of criteria for calling in planning applications and referring such applications to a planning inspector to the application for consent for a coal fired power station at Kingsnorth, Kent.
(189221)
25
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what criteria he plans to use in deciding whether to call a public inquiry before determining the application for a coal fired power station at Kingsnorth, Kent.
(189222)
26
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will ask EON UK to provide a technical assessment of the feasibility and likely costs of retrofitting its proposed Kingsnorth coal fired power station with carbon capture technology and of the availability of suitable storage sites and suitable transport sites.
(189223)
27
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received in respect of the proposed Kingsnorth coal fired power station (a) in favour of the proposal and (b) against the proposal.
(189224)
28
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the impact of the likely volume of carbon dioxide of a new coal fired power station at Kingsnorth on meeting the UK's emissions target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by (a) 2020 and (b) 2050.
(189312)
29
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the impact of the effect of likely changes in sea-levels over the next 30 years on the proposed new coal power station at Kingsnorth, if built.
(189313)
30
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of measures to manage the effect on the proposed Kingsnorth power station, if built, of likely changes in sea-levels over the next (a) 30 and (b) 40 years.
(189314)
31
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the carbon cost of the expected volume of emissions from the proposed Kingsnorth power station, if built, between (a) 2012 and 2020 and (b) 2021 and 2050 based on the Government's shadow cost of carbon.
(189315)
32
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what response he has made to representations by Medway Council in connection with the proposed Kingsnorth power station on (a) a public inquiry, (b) combined heat and power capacity at the plant and (c) available land for future carbon capture and storage facility.
(189316)
33
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189511)
34
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps the Government plans to take to maintain the competitiveness of UK manufacturers of heating controls in implementing the Energy Using Products Directive.
(189463)
35
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost to sub-post offices of the (a) services and (b) electronic services provided to them by the Post Office was in the last 12 months period for which figures are available.
(188898)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
36
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of the advice provided to his Department by Goldman Sachs on Northern Rock; and if he will make a statement.
(188250)
37
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much is due to be paid to the Virgin consortium from the public purse in relation to Northern Rock; and if he will make a statement.
(188251)
38
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons were for providing that sections 4 and 6 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will not apply to Northern Rock under public ownership in the Banking (Special Provisions) Bill.
(189564)
39
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that the guaranteed funds for the Northern Rock Foundation will go to funding arts and heritage projects.
(188892)
40
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has any plans to (a) increase duty on alcoholic products and (b) link the rates of duty on alcoholic products to the amount of alcohol in the product.
(189453)
41
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual value of new mortgages that Northern Rock will need to originate in order to prevent a non-asset covenant breach occurring of the Granite securitisation vehicles.
(188944)
42
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the quality rating of Northern Rock mortgage security is (a) within Northern Rock and not otherwise committed, (b) within Northern Rock and committed to the Bank of England and (c) committed to the Granite Master Trust.
(188958)
43
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of Northern Rock's total mortgage assets are contained in the Granite Master Trust.
(188959)
44
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the size is of the minimum seller share that Northern Rock is required to maintain in the Granite Master Trust.
(188960)
45
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by his Department.
(189074)
46
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants have voluntarily ceased employment, excluding redundancies, with his Department in each month since May 1997.
(189105)
47
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on wine in each of the last three years.
(189109)
48
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths in hospitals were recorded on each day of (a) August 2007 and (b) August 2006.
(189135)
49
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what programmes his Department has in place to encourage volunteering among its employees.
(189138)
50
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been incorrectly awarded tax credits, excluding cases of deliberate fraud, in each of the last 10 years.
(189299)
51
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what revenue accrued to his Department from the payment of stamp duty in (a) England, (b) South East England and (c) London.
(189306)
52
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2008, Official Report, column 1365W, on Employment Agencies, what recruitment agencies his Department has used in each of the last 10 years.
(189367)
53
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2008, Official Report, columns 675-6W, on Revenue and Customs: data protection, how many of the new data guardians will be based in (a) London, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) elsewhere.
(189371)
54
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2008, Official Report, columns 675-6W, on Revenue and Customs: data protection, how many data guardians have been appointed; and how many of these were appointed from (a) within existing HM Revenue and Customs staff, (b) within existing HM Treasury staff and (c) elsewhere.
(189372)
55
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2008, Official Report, columns 675-6W, on Revenue and Customs: data protection, what training has been given to the new data guardians; and what estimate he has made of the cost of such training.
(189373)
56
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 675W, on Revenue and Customs: data protection, which officials in HM Revenue and Customs were designated as responsible for data protection before 23rd November 2007.
(189374)
57
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 677W, on Tax Credit Office: administration, how many complaints were handled by the tax credit office in 2006-07.
(189375)
58
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4th February 2008, Official Report, column 828W, on departmental marketing, what the cost to his Department of Government and departmental branded products was in each of the last five years.
(189377)
59
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4th February 2008, Official Report, column 828W, on departmental marketing, which of his Department's agencies have procured products featuring (a) Government and (b) its own branding in each of the last five years.
(189378)
60
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4th February 2008, Official Report, column 828W, on departmental marketing, how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on HM Revenue and Customs branded products in each of the last five years.
(189379)
61
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families were receiving child tax credit for children who were not resident in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.
(189555)
62
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of couples receiving married couple's tax allowance where one partner was not resident in the United Kingdom in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(189556)
63
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance HM Revenue and Customs has issued on the tax liability of the use of official Ministerial residences for those who (a) are and (b) are not Ministers of the Crown occupying a Ministerial residence; and if he will place such guidance in the Library.
(189530)
64
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the retail price would be of (a) a bottle of wine, (b) a bottle of whisky and (c) a pint of lager if real prices had been maintained since 1960.
(189054)
65
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Stockton South constituency were in receipt of no more than the national minimum wage in the last period for which figures are available.
(189327)
66
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many unemployed people there were in Stockton South constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.
(189328)
67
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pensioners there were in Stockton South constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(189329)
68
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pensioners in Stockton South constituency were aged over 75 years in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(189332)
69
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189502)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
70
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the percentage of A-level geography students who had the opportunity to participate in a half-day field trip in the school year ended 1997.
(189162)
71
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the percentage of A-level geography students who did not have the opportunity to conduct course related field-work in the school year ended 1997.
(189163)
72
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the percentage of A-level geography students who had the opportunity to participate in a course related field trip in the school year ended 1997.
(189164)
73
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the percentage of GCSE geography students who had the opportunity to participate in a course related field trip in the school year ended 1997.
(189165)
74
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what response he has made to the recommendations of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that A-level geography coursework be abolished; and if he will make a statement.
(189205)
75
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of (a) A-level and (b) GCSE (i) geography, (ii) sciences and (iii) biology students were offered the opportunity to participate in a course-related (A) field trip and (B) half-day field trip in the school year (1) 1994-95, (2) 1995-96 and (3) 1997-98.
(189206)
76
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of A-level biology students were not offered the opportunity to conduct course-related fieldwork in the school year 1995-96.
(189207)
77
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of GCSE science students took a residential field trip in the school year 1995-96.
(189208)
78
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to promote and facilitate good hydration among school pupils throughout the school day.
(188905)
79
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been allocated per pupil for the 2008-09 school year, broken down by county.
(189455)
80
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average funding per pupil is in England for the 2008-09 school year.
(189458)
81
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on the final outcome of his Department's review of the 210 cases identified on List 99 who were subject to only a partial bar on working with children.
(189067)
82
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) referrals and (b) letters of notification on child protection received by the Department in each of the last five years from (i) state maintained and (ii) independent schools were subsequently reported to the police with a copy sent to the Department.
(189250)
83
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment has been made of the feasibility of introducing Criminal Records Bureau checks for private tutors or music teachers who work unsupervised with children.
(188664)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by his Department.
(189070)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether his Department issues guidance to schools on the (a) holding and (b) funding of staff parties.
(189106)
86
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of teachers who qualified within the last two years are not employed as teachers in state maintained schools.
(189140)
87
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2008, Official Report, column 1142W, on truancy, how many pupils have had a recorded unauthorised half-day absence while in year (a) nine, (b) 10 and (c) 11.
(189360)
88
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd October 2007, Official Report, column 216W, on Schools: Sport, what the average annual salary of a sports co-ordinator is in the current financial year.
(189363)
89
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd October 2007, Official Report, column 216W, on schools: sport, what the duties of a sports co-ordinator for schools are.
(189364)
90
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many young people who are not resident in the United Kingdom were receiving the education maintenance allowance in the latest period for which figures are available.
(189557)
91
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the total capital spend was on the school academy programme in England in each year since 2003-04; and what percentage that total represented of all new secondary school building capital expenditure in England in each year.
(189199)
92
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the total annual revenue support was for English (a) academy schools and (b) community schools in each year since 2003-04; and what the average spend per pupil was in English (i) academy schools and (ii) community schools in each year.
(189200)
93
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189499)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
94
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2008, Official Report, column 687W, on special adviser legal expenses, what criteria he applies to the disclosure of legal costs in relation to the police investigation into cash for honours for (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers.
(189231)
95
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by the Prime Minister's Office.
(189071)
96
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by his Department.
(189085)
97
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what changes to Government policy have been made as a result of the deliberations of citizens' juries.
(189090)
98
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much matching funding his Department has channelled through the charity V to date.
(189110)
99
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when he will answer Question 178800, tabled on 25th January 2008, on the Iraq draft dossier.
(189406)
100
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether Chequers was included in official residences under (a) section 4.2 of the July 2005 Ministerial Code and (b) section 6.2 of the July 2007 Ministerial Code; which senior ministers were referred to in section 4.2 of the July 2005 Ministerial Code; and which official residences (i) senior ministers are required to live in for the purposes of the job, (ii) senior ministers are not required to live in for the purposes of the job and (iii) are not occupied by senior ministers.
(189462)
101
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which works of art from the Government Art Collection are located in each of the official ministerial residences in Admiralty House; and what the title and artist of each is.
(189520)
102
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who occupies, or was the most recent occupier of, each official ministerial residence in Admiralty House.
(189521)
103
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 13th December 2007, Official Report, column 826W, on departmental records: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and further to the Deputy Prime Minister's Office Resource Accounts for 2006-07, how much the Deputy Prime Minister's Office spent on minor works, refurbishment, fittings and fixtures, in relation to the official ministerial residence in Admiralty House of the Deputy Prime Minister during 2006-07.
(189523)
104
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 7th January 2008, Official Report, column 85W, on catering, how much was spent on food and drink by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office from April 2007 to the date of the Department's closure.
(189524)
105
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 7th January 2008, Official Report, column 85W, on catering, how much of the expenditure on drink related to products obtained from the Government wine cellar.
(189525)
106
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 7th January 2008, Official Report, column 85W, on catering, if he will break down that expenditure by subheading.
(189526)
107
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the expenditure of the Deputy Prime Minister's Office was between April 2007 to the date of the Department's closure; and whether resource accounts will be produced for the Department for that period.
(189529)
108
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the measure of inflation is by which the cost of official ministerial residences for which other departments are billed by the Cabinet Office is adjusted each year.
(189534)
109
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 29th January 2008, Official Report, column 246W, on Admiralty House, how many bathrooms each of the three official ministerial residences in Admiralty House has.
(189576)
110
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 29th January 2008, Official Report, column 246W, on Admiralty House, which Minister occupies or last occupied the flat with one or two bedrooms; and which Ministers occupy or last occupied the two flats with three or four bedrooms.
(189577)
111
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer to the Right hon. Member for Horsham of 25th October 2007, Official Report, column 490W, on Official Residences: Admiralty House, what the floor area is of each of the three ministerial flats in Admiralty House; and what the current or most recent occupier is of each.
(189578)
112
N
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2008 to Question 184563, which public appointments, other than those for which his Department is directly responsible, Sir Alistair Graham has held; and what salary he has received in respect of those appointments, in each of the last five years.
(188986)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
113
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff are employed by the Government Office for (a) the East of England, (b) the East Midlands, (c) London, (d) the North East, (e) North West, (f) South East, (g) South West and (h) Yorkshire and the Humber; what each office's expenditure was in each of the last five years; and what the total staffing cost was for each office in the last year for which figures are available.
(188899)
114
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the minimum criteria is for connection from eco-towns to nearby settlements.
(189280)
115
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what facilities and amenities will have to be included in an eco-town.
(189281)
116
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps will be taken to ensure that eco-towns are designed to conserve water and other natural resources.
(189282)
117
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether eco-towns will be subject to an independent landscape appraisal.
(189283)
118
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what standards of architectural design eco-towns will have to demonstrate.
(189284)
119
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether eco-towns will be required to be carbon neutral.
(189285)
120
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how eco-towns will be required to demonstrate that the proposed settlement is the most sustainable option for housing and growth.
(189286)
121
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what process of public consultation will be undertaken when determining whether to establish eco-towns.
(189287)
122
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether eco-towns will be required to conform to criteria laid down in the regional spatial strategy and local development framework.
(189288)
123
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria will be used to determine whether eco-towns represent the most efficient use of land.
(189289)
124
Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it a requirement of planning permission for supermarkets that supermarkets have to create provision for small market traders within the curtilage of their stores.
(189131)
125
Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the extent to which local authorities have used Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning for Town Centres to support and develop the role of street markets in their own town centres; and if she will make a statement.
(189132)
126
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Area Based Grant (ABG) was for the City of Newcastle in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 with its component grants; and what the predecessor grants were for ABG for 2007-08.
(189536)
127
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the take-up was of each category of Homebuy scheme in each county and region in each year the scheme has been available; and what the total value was of homes produced.
(189537)
128
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to assist local authorities in tackling gender pay gaps among their employees.
(188901)
129
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to tackle community tensions since 1997.
(188902)
130
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what financial and other resources are available to Regional Ministers to support them in the discharge of their duties.
(188768)
131
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the administrative costs for the Government Offices for the Regions are expected to be in the current financial year.
(188769)
132
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what budgets the Government Offices for the Regions are responsible for in the current financial year.
(188770)
133
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department plans to put in place interim reporting and accountability guidelines for regional Ministers before the Modernisation Committee produces its report on regional accountability.
(188771)
134
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the contribution of regional Ministers to the development of Government policy.
(188772)
135
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by her Department.
(189086)
136
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times her Department and its predecessors paid money to what was later found to be the incorrect local governmental body in each year since 1997; and what the total value of such incorrect payments is.
(189133)
137
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many complaints were (a) received, (b) investigated and (c) upheld by the Housing Ombudsman in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the councils and agencies against which complaints were made.
(189134)
138
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many complaints were (a) received, (b) investigated and (c) upheld by the Local Government Ombudsman for England in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the council or agency for which the complaint was filed.
(189151)
139
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to receive figures for the number of dwellings built on brownfield land in the Thames Gateway area in 2007.
(189390)
140
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18th February 2008, Official Report, column 36W, on Housing Renewal Areas: Private Sector, if she will place in the Library the names of those individuals who have been asked to undertake the review of buy to let accommodation and student accommodation in the private rented sector; what the terms of reference of the review are; and if she will make a statement.
(189391)
141
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the impact of the cost of the clean up of the floods of summer 2007 on local authority budgets.
(189092)
142
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what central government receipts were from council house sales in (a) St Albans and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of total revenues from council house sales this represented in each area in each year.
(189480)
143
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she last discussed the funding of village halls with the Secretaries of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Culture Media and Sport.
(189348)
144
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support her Department gives to rural communities for the maintenance and improvement of village halls and community centres.
(189349)
145
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Minister for the East of England will visit (a) Essex and (b) Colchester to discuss potential involvement with the 2012 Olympics.
(188627)
146
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 586W, on local government: consent regimes, how many (a) listed building consents made by the Local Planning Authority (LPA), (b) Conservation Area Consents, (c) less than best price disposals, (d) allotments disposals and (e) LPA TPO consents were considered by the Government Office for London in the last year for which figures are available.
(189234)
147
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 30th January 2008, Official Report, column 442W, what is the name and address of the Managing, Certifying and Audit Authority that oversees the INTERREG III-B/IV-B programmes.
(189235)
148
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 6th February 2008, Official Report, column 1180W, on Government Offices for the Regions: finance, what the total expenditure was of each of the Government Offices in 2006-07.
(189236)
149
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 583W, and 1st February 2008, Official Report, column 691W, on housing: local incomes, what types of home improvement the householder cannot request be excluded from any equity uplift share with the mortgage lender and Homebuyer Agent.
(189237)
150
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 583W, and 1st February 2008, Official Report, column 691W, on housing: local incomes, what types of home improvement require prior permission from the mortgage lender in order to be excluded from the mortgage lender and Homebuy Agent sharing in the equity uplift.
(189238)
151
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 583W, and 1st February 2008, Official Report, column 691W, on housing: local incomes, whether any deposit of the householder is applied to reducing (a) Part 1, (b) Part 2 or (c) Part 3 of the amount given to the household.
(189239)
152
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 583W, and 1st February 2008, Official Report, column 691W, on housing: local incomes, what negative equity liability the householder has on the (a) Part 2 and (b) Part 3 of the loan if housing prices fall by more than (i) 15 per cent. or (ii) 17.5 per cent. of the original purchase price over the course of the loan.
(189240)
153
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 583W, and 1st February 2008, Official Report, column 691W, on housing: local incomes, what the early repayment charges are on (a) Part 1 and (b) Part 2 of the loans offered by Yorkshire Building Society if the mortgage is redeemed or the property is sold within the first five years of the mortgage.
(189241)
154
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 583W, on housing: local incomes, what the overall APRs would be in scenarios (b) and (c) of the Answer, given the effect of interest being charged at three per cent. a year after the first five years on Part Two of the equity loan.
(189242)
155
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31st January 2008, Official Report, columns 586-7W, on non-domestic rates, for what reason transitional relief will not apply to supplementary business rates; and for what reason the decision was previously taken by her Department not to apply relief to business improvement districts following the rates revaluation.
(189243)
156
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31st January 2008, Official Report, columns 586-7W, on non-domestic rates, whether any impact assessment or research has quantified the marginal increase in taxation on an individual business which would be otherwise eligible for transitional relief on the main multiplier as a consequence of transitional relief not being applied to supplementary business rates.
(189244)
157
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 586W, on local government: consent regimes, what the role of the Government Office for the Regions is in exercising the statutory functions in relation to (a) the Green Belt Act 1938, (b) redundant churches and (c) revocation orders.
(189245)
158
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on the Working Neighbourhoods Fund, which local authorities which were in receipt of Deprived Areas Fund, but which did not receive Neighbourhood Renewal Funding, will not Receive Working Neighbourhood Funding, following the end of any transitional relief.
(189401)
159
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on the Working Neighbourhoods Fund, which local authorities which were in receipt of (a) either Deprived Areas Funding or Neighbourhood Renewal Funding and (b) both types of funding will receive Working Neighbourhood Funding but at a lower cash level per year.
(189402)
160
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Torbay of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on the Working Neigbourhoods Fund (WNF), how the criteria for WNF differs from the criteria previously used to allocate Deprived Areas Fund.
(189403)
161
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31st January 2008, Official Report, columns 589-91W, on the Thames Gateway, if she will list the central government departments that are involved in the Thames Gateway.
(189404)
162
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31st January 2008, Official Report, columns 589-91W, on the Thames Gateway, whether the Olympics Delivery Authority is involved in the development.
(189405)
163
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 18th September 2006, Official Report, columns 133-4WS, on Housing Employment Mobility Services, whether her Department recouped the £1.06 million and associated costs following the termination of its contract with Scout Solutions Projects Limited to deliver mobility services for social tenants in the UK.
(189408)
164
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7th February 2008, Official Report, column 1297W, on local authorities: reorganisation, whether her Department will direct the Boundary Committee to take account of (a) the views of local residents and (b) local identities when deciding whether to restructure local authority areas across (i) traditional and (ii) existing shire and county boundaries.
(189409)
165
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 4th February 2008, Official Report, columns 839-40W, on community centres: valuation, within which larger categories village halls and community centres fall into for the purposes of the rating lists.
(189410)
166
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 669W, on conditions of employment: parking, whether the payment by an employer of the workplace parking tax in a local authority area which levies the tax on workplace parking spaces, would be classed as a taxable benefit in kind by HM Revenue and Customs.
(189411)
167
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 30th January 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on INTERREG Programme, if she will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the last meeting of the Monitoring and Steering Committee which scrutinises INTERREG III-B/IV-B programmes.
(189412)
168
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 30th January 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on the INTERREG Programme, if she will place in the Library a copy of the draft IVA programmes submitted to the European Commission and copies of the outline of the IVB and IVC programmes that have been approved.
(189413)
169
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information is collected from waste collection authorities on public satisfaction with the frequency of household rubbish collections.
(189490)
170
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to (a) extend and (b) curtail permitted development rights for householders.
(189514)
171
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes the Housing and Regeneration Bill will make to the status of housing association debt for the purpose of the Exchequer's balance sheet.
(189515)
172
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many public requests ordering disposal were received in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007; and how many of these requests resulted in a direction being issued.
(189516)
173
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether account is taken by the Valuation Office Agency of the presence of sprinklers when calculating the rental value of educational premises for business rates.
(189517)
174
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how London boroughs will be represented on the London sub-committee of the Homes and Communities Agency.
(189518)
175
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) estimate her Department has made of and (b) research her Department has conducted into the cost of (i) local authority reporting to central government and (ii) local government inspection by external inspectors and auditors.
(189519)
176
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Valuation Office Agency has established the proposed property attributes that will form the basis of the regression analysis in its automated valuation process for the forthcoming non-domestic rating revaluation.
(189532)
177
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether public requests ordering disposal may be made against property which is (a) Crown Land and (b) owned by Regional Development Agencies.
(189533)
178
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a decision to move to fortnightly rubbish collections of household rubbish from weekly collections is a matter for the executive or the full council of a local authority in a local authority with a cabinet executive structure.
(189535)
179
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library copies of the monthly performance management framework reports produced by her Department's local management accounting team for the Deputy Prime Minister's Office in 2006-07.
(189539)
180
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she has plans to replace the MoveUK scheme with different arrangements.
(189540)
181
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what use her Department is planning to make of Valuation Office Agency data for the purposes of housing and delivery grant allocation.
(189544)
182
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding regional planning bodies will receive from housing and planning delivery grant; and what targets will they be required to meet to maximise their funding.
(189545)
183
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for which funding streams the index of multiple deprivation, or elements of it, is used as a mechanism in whole or in part to allocate central funding to local areas.
(189546)
184
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the re-use of empty domestic dwellings will be incentivised in the allocation mechanisms of housing and delivery grant.
(189547)
185
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) under-floor insulation and (b) under-floor heating is taken into account when assessing the energy efficiency of a property for an energy performance certificate.
(189548)
186
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether account is taken of security systems and burglar alarm systems by the Valuation Office Agency when revaluing a property for (a) non-domestic rates and (b) council tax.
(189549)
187
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether domestic properties with a Class U council tax exemption will be liable to pay the new charges for the collection of household rubbish.
(189550)
188
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library the comprehensive performance assessment scores, and sub-scores, assigned to each local authority by the Audit Commission in each year since comprehensive performance assessment was introduced.
(189551)
189
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library copies of the value for money scores assigned to each local authority by the Audit Commission in its most recent comprehensive performance assessments.
(189552)
190
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether moving from a weekly rubbish collection of household waste to a fortnightly rubbish collection is deemed to be a cut in service provision, according to the methodology used by her Department for the purposes of meeting Gershon targets.
(189553)
191
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the cause of the recent performance of the MoveUK scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(189554)
192
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions officials in her Department have had with counterparts in the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs in advance of the forthcoming meeting of the Consulting Forum under the Ecodesign of Energy-using Products Directive on requirements for boilers and water heaters.
(189044)
193
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it a requirement for a licensee of a mobile home site to be a fit and proper person.
(189211)
194
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what arrangements are in place to ensure building owners provide affected parties with adequate notice of their intentions to build under the Party Wall Act 1996.
(189586)
195
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(189496)
196
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have (a) applied for designation of an area as subject to additional licensing and (b) obtained designation under the terms of section 58 of the Housing Act 2004.
(189249)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
197
Mark Durkan (Foyle): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much revenue was raised from National Lottery ticket sales in Northern Ireland in each financial year since 1997.
(189436)
198
Mark Durkan (Foyle): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding was granted by the National Lottery (a) to schemes in Northern Ireland and (b) per head of the population in Northern Ireland in each financial year since 1997.
(189437)
199
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals the Government has considered to tackle the rigging of results in sport gambling; and how initiatives will be funded.
(188712)
200
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had on the introduction of bans on (a) the broadcasting of alcohol advertising before 9 p.m., (b) sponsorship by the alcohol industry of sporting, music and other entertainment events aimed primarily at young people and (c) the marketing of pre-mixed alcoholic drinks aimed at young people.
(189454)
201
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will subsidise the entry fee to cultural institutions for children from low income households to ensure that every child experiences five hours of culture a week.
(189068)
202
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years are employed by his Department.
(189083)
203
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 29th October 2007, Official Report, column 639W, on sports: schools, how many of the competition managers will be senior competition managers.
(189354)
204
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many specialist Gambling Commission compliance officers there are; and how many have been appointed since the Gambling Act 2005 entered into force.
(189038)
205
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spends on the website Margaret Hodge's DCMS Diary; how many unique visitors this section of his Department's website receives each month; how many total hits this section of his Department's website receives each month; and how many full-time staff or equivalent are employed to run this section of his Department's website.
(189039)
206
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the report of the Independent Licensing Fees Review Panel; and whether he plans to review the fees prescribed by the Licensing Act (Fees) Regulations 2005.
(189043)
207
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council on the likely effect of funding the Portable Antiquities Scheme at the current level in 2008-09 on the number of posts; and if he will make a statement.
(188625)
208
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Director of the British Museum on the effect of funding the Portable Antiquities Scheme at the current level in 2008-09 on the number of posts; and if he will make a statement.
(188626)
209
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much lottery funding was awarded to village halls in Braintree constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) each of the last three year for which figures are available.
(189345)
210
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which projects were awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund in Braintree constituency in each of the last five years.
(189346)
211
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which projects in Braintree constituency have received community fund grants.
(189347)
212
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to encourage internet service providers to provide content suitable for children.
(189341)
213
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189498)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
214
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there have been changes in his Department's approach to information technology as a result of virtualisation; and if he will make a statement.
(188635)
215
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects outstanding payments arising from the operation of the Joint Personnel Administration to be made to security forces personnel.
(188354)
216
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria are used to decide which nationalities of foreign citizens may be trained at RMA Sandhurst.
(189441)
217
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many foreign citizens were trained at RMA Sandhurst since 1997; and of what nationalities.
(189444)
218
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours helicopters can undertake before they must be taken out of service, broken down by type of helicopter.
(189269)
219
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide a breakdown by rank and nationality of all Commonwealth soldiers serving in the Army.
(189270)
220
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much it has cost to establish the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft private finance initiative in each year since 1999.
(189271)
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Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimates have been made of the total costs of the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft; how much it has cost to check the value of a private finance initiative against a public sector comparator; and what the cost has been of the auction and negotiations with the preferred bidder.
(189272)
222
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made any changes to the number of units required for the Future Rapid Effects System.
(189273)
223
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made any changes to the number of aircraft to be ordered for the third tranche of Typhoon.
(189274)
224
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made any changes to the number of A400M aircraft to be ordered.
(189275)
225
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made any changes to the number of Nimrod MRA4 aircraft to be ordered.
(189276)
226
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made any changes to the number of Astute class submaries to be ordered.
(189277)
227
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made any changes to the planned in-service dates of Type 45 Destroyers.
(189278)
228
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made any changes to the planned in-service dates of the Future Aircraft Carriers.
(189279)
229
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years are employed by his Department.
(189082)
230
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships there are in the Royal Navy.
(189460)
231
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many admirals there are in the Royal Navy.
(189461)
232
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will issue a medal for those who served in Bomber Command during the Second World War.
(188629)
233
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will institute the practice of wearing a wound stripe or other honour award for soldiers wounded in action.
(188631)
234
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189501)
235
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18th February 2008, Official Report, column 82W, on armed forces: protective clothing, what items of equipment personnel are issued for use in self-extraction from minefields.
(189587)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
236
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that 95 per cent. of sites of special scientific interest are in favourable condition by 2010 remains in place.
(188723)
237
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice his Department has received from (a) independent and (b) international experts on H5N1 virus surveillance strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(188724)
238
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding has been budgeted for the biodiversity elements of the Environmental Action Fund/Countdown 2010 Fund in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; how much funding is available for biodiversity projects under the funds run by non-governmental organisations in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(188725)
239
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the independent review of the safety of UK facilities handling the foot and mouth disease virus; and if he will make a statement.
(188726)
240
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that 95 per cent. of sites of special scientific interest are in favourable condition by 2010.
(188728)
241
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the costs incurred by small businesses as a consequence of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations.
(189542)
242
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money was spent by his Department on the destruction of animals identified as having contracted bovine tuberculosis in 2007.
(189543)
243
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Environment Agency has allocated for land drainage works in each of the last five years, broken down by county.
(189351)
244
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Environment Agency's expenditure on land drainage in each constituency in the East Riding of Yorkshire has been in each of the last 10 years.
(189352)
245
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has commissioned into the effect of GM crop technology on levels of pesticides use.
(189431)
246
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the implications would be of the Government not meeting its target of eradicating fuel poverty by 2016.
(188717)
247
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by his Department.
(189081)
248
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the proposed implementation of the Energy-using Products Directive for boilers being outside the scope of the Directive.
(189251)
249
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will meet representatives of the controls industry to discuss their proposal for the creation of a separate standard for controls rather than the bundled approach proposed in the Energy-using Products Directive.
(189253)
250
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what position his officials will be taking on the Energy-using Products Directive at the Implementing Measure Consulting Forum on 29th February.
(189254)
251
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the consequences Lot 1 of the Energy-using Products Directive will have on the UK heating controls industry.
(189255)
252
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the Energy-using Products Directive does not negatively impact on the proposed UK strategy to develop the market for advanced heating controls in new and existing homes.
(189256)
253
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration his Department has given to the report produced by the consultancy commissioned by the European Commission to write a preparatory study for the Energy-using Products Directive.
(189257)
254
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has considered using industry expertise to work with the European Commission to produce a separate standard for heating controls rather than including them with boilers as outlined in the Energy Using Products Directive.
(189258)
255
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Energy Using Products Directive ensures the maximum potential carbon savings of heating controls are realised.
(189259)
256
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to publish the individual results for each of the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste partners for 2005-06 and 2006-07.
(189260)
257
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the criteria for funding agreements are with each of the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste partners for 2007-08.
(189261)
258
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) resources and (b) advice are issued to councils to help improve air quality management areas; and what change there has been in the air quality in (a) St Albans and (b) Hertfordshire over the last 10 years.
(189483)
259
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what air quality management areas there are in the East of England, broken down by (a) location, (b) year of designation and (c) local authority.
(189485)
260
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department gives support to rural communities for the maintenance and improvement of village halls and community centres.
(189343)
261
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which projects in Braintree constituency have been funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund; and what the value is of each project.
(189344)
262
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support inshore recreational bass fishing.
(188987)
263
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) state of the inshore bass fishing industry and (b) availability of large mature adult bass.
(188988)
264
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings his officials have had with the European Commission's Director General for Enterprise and Industry or his representatives where the concerns of UK industry on the application of the Eco design of Energy-using Products Directive were discussed.
(188766)
265
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from the UK heating industry about the proposals for heating and hot water products contained in the Ecodesign of Energy-using Products Directive.
(189046)
266
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to cap transmission charges if Ofgem implements a new payment system based on generator distance from population centres.
(189446)
267
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189509)
268
N
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether, under the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty granting the European Union exclusive competence over the conservation of marine biological resources, the European Union will be able to determine the allocation of quota opportunities within the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(189040)
269
N
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had on the granting of exclusive competence over the conservation of marine biological resources to the European Union with (a) Government colleagues, (b) the devolved administrations, (c) the European Commission, (d) other EU member states and (e) other organisations; and if he will make a statement.
(189041)
270
N
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions granting the European Union exclusive competence over the conservation of marine biological resources in Article 2B of the Lisbon Treaty on (a) the governance of the UK marine environment, (b) UK fishing policies, (c) the maintenance of the UK's 12 nautical mile limit after 31st December 2012 and (d) the making of policy affecting the marine environment and fisheries; what competences in relation to the marine environment and fisheries will remain within the sole jurisdiction of the UK Government and devolved administrations; what competences in relation to the marine environment and fisheries that are currently shared with the European Union or within the sole jurisdiction of the UK Government and devolved administrations will become the exclusive competence of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(189042)
271
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to maximise the carbon reduction impact of the Energy-using Products Directive, with reference to heating controls.
(189464)
272
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration the Government has given to the development of a discrete standard for heating controls under the Energy-using Products Directive; and if he will establish a working group including industry experts to examine this matter.
(189465)
273
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account the Government has taken of the potential electrical and electronic waste arising after 2013 in its consideration of the implementation of the Energy-using Products Directive in relation to supply system bundles.
(189470)
274
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates he has (a) made and (b) evaluated on the potential effect of the Energy-using Products Directive on the UK boiler industry; and if he will make a statement.
(189472)
275
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to take account of the potential effects of the Energy-using Products Directive in developing the proposed strategy for developing the market for advanced heating controls in new and existing homes.
(189476)
276
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will meet representatives of the heating controls industry to discuss the creation of a separate standard for controls, with reference to the implementation of the Energy-using Products Directive.
(189479)
277
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the scope of the Energy-using Products Directive as it relates to boilers.
(189481)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
278
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what status annotations made by individuals to the hard copy of the John Williams' draft of the 2002 Iraq dossier had within the drafting process.
(188777)
279
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the safety of UK citizens living and working in Kenya following recent events in that country.
(188665)
280
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the government of South Africa on the hardship caused to the citizens of that country and adjoining nation states as a result of recent substantial power cuts affecting the region.
(188666)
281
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what responses he has received to his speech to the conference on disarmament in Geneva on 5th February setting out United Kingdom disarmament commitments.
(189565)
282
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th February 2008, Official Report, column 175W, on Iraq: asylum, how many former locally-engaged Iraqi staff (a) have applied for (i) resettlement in the UK and (ii) independent leave to enter, (b) have moved to third countries in order to register for resettlement and (c) have been assessed as eligible but have not yet declared a preference.
(189438)
283
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th February 2008, Official Report, column 177W, on nuclear weapons, which countries were unable to agree in 2007 to the start of negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut Off Treaty.
(189440)
284
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the recent discovery that facilities on Diego Garcia had been used for the rendition of two individuals was preceded by a specific request by the UK to the US authorities to review their records in this respect.
(189527)
285
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by his Department.
(189080)
286
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th January 2008, Official Report, column 52W, on departmental internet, where the locally-engaged commercial officer was engaged.
(189355)
287
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4th February 2008, Official Report, column 763W, on Intimidation, how many cases of bullying in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were reported in each month of 2006.
(189376)
288
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the official duties of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department are; how many overseas territories he has visited since appointment; which overseas territories he plans to visit; what plans he has to visit countries in (a) the Caribbean, (b) South East Asia and (c) Central America; and what role he has in determining who lays a wreath on behalf of the overseas territories at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
(188721)
289
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2008, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on Israel: human rights, whether the human rights abuses referred to breach the human rights provisions of any EU trade agreements.
(189407)
290
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Libyan counterpart on Libya's intentions in chairing the preparatory committee for the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.
(188754)
291
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals he has made to put anti-semitism on the main agenda of the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.
(188755)
292
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Ministerial involvement is planned in the preparatory committee for the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.
(188756)
293
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Canadian government on its decision not to attend the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.
(188757)
294
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with European Union Ministers on the preparations for the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.
(188758)
295
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2008, Official Report, columns 1158-9W, on Admiralty House, what minor works were undertaken.
(189572)
296
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February 2008, Official Report, column 964W, on 1 Carlton Gardens, what the reasons were for the time taken by the Right hon. Member for Derby South to vacate 1 Carlton Gardens after ceasing to be a Minister.
(189579)
297
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February 2008, Official Report, column 964W, on 1 Carlton Gardens, whether the Right hon. Member for Derby South was charged (a) rent, (b) council tax and (c) utility bill costs whilst she occupied 1 Carlton Gardens after ceasing to be a Minister in June 2007.
(189580)
298
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February 2008, Official Report, column 964W, on 1 Carlton Gardens, whether an empty property council tax discount is being claimed for the property.
(189581)
299
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2008, Official Report, columns 1158-9W, on Admiralty House, what the cost was to the public purse of the minor works.
(189588)
300
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the United States authorities to create a central list of internet service providers to assist arrangements for the speedy removel of websites containing images of child abuse.
(189331)
301
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189504)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
302
N
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with (a) aphasia, (b) dyspraxia and (c) dysproxia, broken down by (i) strategic health authority area, (ii) primary care trust and (iii) constituency in each of the last three years.
(188773)
303
N
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to speech and language therapy for people with communication difficulties following stroke; and if he will make a statement.
(188774)
304
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the difference between the reported rates of public support for organ donation and outcomes in securing organ donations; and if he will make a statement.
(188628)
305
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Organ Donation Taskforce's recommendations on a centralised system for organ donation which is UK-wide.
(189201)
306
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of obstacles within the system of organ donation to ensuring greater availability of organs for transplant; and if he will make a statement.
(189202)
307
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Organ Donation Taskforce's recommendation on the reinforcement of training in organ donation and the provision of regular refresher training for staff.
(189203)
308
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will seek discussions with his Spanish counterpart to discuss policy on organ donation.
(189204)
309
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what EU member states he has assessed for benchmarks for the performance of organ donation; and if he will make a statement.
(189209)
310
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Eastern regional bowel cancer screening hub (a) catches up and (b) keeps pace with other regional hubs in terms of (i) invitations sent, (ii) kits sent and (iii) kits returned.
(188778)
311
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4th February 2008, Official Report, columns 870-2W, on Basildon Hospital: clostridium, when information for January to December 2007 will be made available.
(188895)
312
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure continued innovation of new products via proposed changes to the arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff.
(189450)
313
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on the quality of patient care of the proposed changes to the arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff.
(189451)
314
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on patient choice of the proposed changes to the arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff.
(189452)
315
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to reduce the incidence of death from cardiovascular disease among people under 75 since 1997.
(188903)
316
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research the Government has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of climate change on public health in the last five years.
(188904)
317
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the response times of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service were in the East Riding of Yorkshire for each of the last two years, broken down by postcode.
(189456)
318
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Humberside Breast Screening Unit will have screened every woman in its area within the 36 month target time period.
(189457)
319
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of people had a consultation with their GP within 48 hours of requesting an appointment in Bexley Borough in the latest period for which information is available.
(189400)
320
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of his Department's translation and interpreting work is outsourced through framework agreements with commercial providers; and if he will make a statement.
(189149)
321
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January 2008, Official Report, columns 1259-60W, on NHS expenditure, what the figures are for the area covered by the primary care trusts in (a) Wiltshire, (b) Hampshire, (c) Northumberland, (d) London, (e) Gloucestershire and (f) Oxfordshire.
(189059)
322
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years are employed by his Department.
(189079)
323
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of obese people in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; and what steps he is taking to reduce obesity in London.
(189295)
324
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions surgeons have operated on the incorrect person in the National Health Service in each of the last 10 years.
(189309)
325
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps will be taken to safeguard the provision of mental health advocacy services not linked to the operation of the Mental Health Act or Mental Capacity Act.
(189262)
326
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration has been given to independent mental health advocates being given access to electronic patient records; and if he will make a statement.
(189263)
327
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations his Department has received on the long-term health effects of adding fluoride to drinking water; and if he will make a statement.
(188254)
328
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on links between cardiac arrest survival rates and the time taken for the patient to reach a hospital.
(188256)
329
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the use of air purification equipment in the NHS.
(188718)
330
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the risk of airborne transmission of infectious diseases, such as MRSA and clostridium difficile in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(188719)
331
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the levels of respiratory diseases in areas which are subjected to air quality management orders in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(189478)
332
N
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) incidence and (b) rate per 1,000 live births of group B streptococcal infection has been in babies aged (i) 0 to six days and (ii) seven to 90 days in each strategic health authority since 1997.
(188906)
333
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire of 30th October 2007, Official Report, column 1222W, on general practitioners, what progress the NHS Next Stage Review has made in examining the different domains of the Quality and Outcomes Framework; what interim findings have emerged from the Review; whether he expects changes to be made to the process for reviewing the Quality and Outcomes Framework for the (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 financial years; and if he will make a statement.
(189439)
334
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that reviews of the Quality and Outcomes Framework take place for each new financial year.
(189466)
335
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates in the last six months officials in his Department discussed the Quality and Outcomes Framework with representatives of the British Medical Association; what the content of the discussions was; and if he will make a statement.
(189467)
336
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework for the 2009-10 financial year to begin; and if he will make a statement.
(189468)
337
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of rectifying problems arising from private cosmetic treatments and surgeries in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(189469)
338
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessments his Department makes of media coverage of (a) his Department, (b) the NHS, (c) departmental Ministers and (d) health and social care.
(189471)
339
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost was of treating a patient for a disorder of nutrition as an (a) inpatient and (b) outpatient in each year since 2004-05.
(189473)
340
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the additional number of days on average an inpatient must stay in hospital if they are undernourished.
(189474)
341
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bed days were occupied by patients with a (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of (i) malnutrition, (ii) nutritional anaemias and (iii) other nutritional deficiencies in each year since 1997-98, broken down by NHS trust; and what estimate he has made of the cost per bed day of treating a patient with a (A) primary and (B) secondary diagnosis of (1) malnutrition, (2) nutritional anaemias and (3) other nutritional deficiencies in the latest period for which figures are available.
(189475)
342
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost was to the NHS of treating patients with a (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of (i) malnutrition, (ii) nutritional anaemias and (iii) other nutritional deficiencies in each year since 1997-98.
(189477)
343
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration was given to including indicators of undernutrition in the list of vital signs in his Department's Operational Plans 2008-09 - 2010-11 on 31st January 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(189583)
344
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency incidents were responded to by ambulance services in England in each year since 1997-98, broken down by NHS ambulance trust.
(189225)
345
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients with chronic conditions supported in the community by telemedicine services in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(189226)
346
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates officials in his Department held discussions with officials in the Welsh Assembly Government on the cross-border provision of urgent care services in the last 12 months; and what the content of these discussions was.
(189227)
347
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many type 1 accident and emergency departments there are in England; and how many accident and emergency departments are co-located with an NHS walk-in centre.
(189228)
348
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of accident and emergency attendances of co-locating an accident and emergency department with a walk-in centre.
(189229)
349
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency care practitioners worked in the NHS in each year since 2005.
(189230)
350
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which areas personal medical services plus pilots are situated; and if he will make a statement.
(189568)
351
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients attending accident and emergency (A&E) departments were subsequently admitted to hospital via A&E in each quarter since the quarter ending December 2002.
(189569)
352
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attendances at (a) walk-in centres, (b) minor injuries units and (c) type 1 accident and emergency departments there were in each quarter since the quarter ending December 2002.
(189570)
353
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of patients attending accident and emergency departments who could be more appropriately managed in primary care.
(189571)
354
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the evidence on the effects of media reporting on the incidence of suicide.
(189150)
355
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much additional funding he has allocated to the monitoring of service provision and consultation with patients and their representative groups under the Musculoskeletal Service Framework.
(189492)
356
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to encourage GPs to work more closely with voluntary organisations to provide patients with peer support and information.
(189561)
357
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to replace 0844 numbers with 0800 numbers for patients calling their GPs.
(189563)
358
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of screening for cancer; what initiatives are being undertaken in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(189063)
359
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what forecasts he has made of the future requirements for additional (a) radiographers, (b) radiologists and (c) bowel screening colonoscopists over the next five years (i) in England and (ii) in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(189064)
360
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the national standards for uptake of (a) breast and (b) cervical cancer screening were being achieved in (i) England and (ii) Gloucestershire on the latest dates for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(189065)
361
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent (a) discussions he has had and (b) and representations he has received on withholding non-essential treatment from abusive patients by doctors and nurses.
(189491)
362
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents there were of (a) of physical, (b) verbal and (c) sexual abuse and assault of nurses, doctors and other hospital staff in each of the last 10 years.
(189493)
363
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) discussions he has had and (b) representations he has received on streamlining the IRI form to ensure all NHS employees are able to document all incidents in hospitals.
(189495)
364
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189508)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
365
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) fines, (b) penalty notices and (c) prosections have been issued by police in enforcing designated non-drinking zones in the Humberside Police area in each of the last five years, broken down by division.
(189394)
366
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons under the age of 18 years had alcohol seized by Humberside Police in each of the last five years, broken down by division.
(189395)
367
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of her Department's translation and interpreting work is outsourced through framework agreements with commercial providers; and if she will make a statement.
(189148)
368
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by her Department.
(189073)
369
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of her visit to the United States in February 2008 was.
(189089)
370
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) average and (b) highest pay rise among civil servants in her Department was in each of the last five years.
(189137)
371
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints the Independent Police Complaints Commission has (a) received, (b) investigated and (c) upheld in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force against which complaints were made.
(189139)
372
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes were recorded in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.
(189297)
373
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made in London by the Metropolitan Police in each of the last 10 years.
(189307)
374
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2008, Official Report, columns 377-8W, on cocaine, how many of the premises defined as crack houses were also in use as residential dwellings at the point at which the closure order was issued.
(189356)
375
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2008, Official Report, columns 377-8W, on cocaine, how many of the crackhouse closure orders were successfully enforced in each year for which figures are available.
(189357)
376
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2008, Official Report, column 389W, on police stations, how many police buildings have been (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 1997, broken down by police authority area.
(189368)
377
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2008, Official Report, column 389W, on police stations, what changes in the use of police buildings have taken place in the last five years.
(189369)
378
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2008, Official Report, column 389W, on police stations, how many police buildings there were in each police authority area in each year since 1997.
(189370)
379
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4th February 2008, Official Report, column 812W, on identity cards: consultants, what external consultants were given contracts by the Identity and Passport Service; and how much was paid to each.
(189380)
380
N
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to prevent retailers selling alcohol to under-age children.
(188122)
381
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which budget lines in her Department are subject to regular in-year reporting to HM Treasury; and with what frequency such reporting takes place.
(189335)
382
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of retired police officers in North Yorkshire and the impact of the cost of their pensions on the operational budget of North Yorkshire Police.
(189093)
383
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people took citizenship tests in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England and Wales in each of the last three years; what the average pass rate was in each year; and if she will make a statement.
(189482)
384
N
Laura Moffatt (Crawley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour in Crawley.
(188129)
385
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the non-emergency 101 number.
(188137)
386
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many senior police officers were permitted to retire while under disciplinary investigation in each of the last five years.
(189159)
387
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ban members of the Deobandi sect from entering the United Kingdom.
(188630)
388
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time taken was between discovery and removal by internet service providers of (a) illegal and (b) fraudulent content on the internet in each of the last three years.
(189340)
389
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has mde of the incidence of shoplifting in (a) the Cleveland Police Area and (b) Stockton in the latest period for which figures are available.
(189323)
390
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce shoplifting.
(189324)
391
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her most recent estimate is of the number of migrant workers there were in (a) Teesside, (b) Stockton South constituency and (c) North East England in each of the last three years.
(189325)
392
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours detainees awaiting deportation spent in police custody in (a) Teesside and (b) England and Wales in 2007.
(189326)
393
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for human trafficking offences in (a) Cleveland, (b) Stockton and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(189338)
394
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to reduce crime in and around schools in (a) England and (b) Stockton.
(189339)
395
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were arrested for shoplifting in the Cleveland police force area in each of the last two years.
(189584)
396
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(189506)
397
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Government Departments that employ foreign nationals request the equivalent of a Criminal Records Bureau check from that person's country of origin.
(189484)
398
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers police forces in England and Wales have to control and manage traffic on (a) trunk roads and (b) local roads.
(188722)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
399
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he is considering to encourage unpaid carers to access learning opportunities in mainstream education; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (189213)
400
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years are employed by his Department.
(189078)
401
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many teachers of (a) mathematics and (b) physics in schools currently hold a degree in the subject in which they teach.
(189232)
402
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which three teaching disciplines had the highest number of graduates in each of the last 10 academic years.
(189311)
403
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many first degree physics undergraduates there are; and what the equivalent figures were in (a) 2003, (b) 1998 and (c) 1993.
(189317)
404
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many undergraduates have failed to complete their course in each of the last 10 years.
(189382)
405
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which 10 graduate courses have the highest non-completion rate from highest to lowest in each of the last 10 years.
(189384)
406
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many mathematics and physics teachers graduated in each of the last 10 years.
(189396)
407
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which five teaching disciplines faced the most shortages in recruitment in each of the last 10 academic years.
(189459)
408
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of Government-sponsored apprenticeships were completed in the last year for which figures are available.
(189087)
409
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to involve employers on the Tees to establish and deliver plans to increase the number of apprenticeships on (a) Teesside and (b) Stockton.
(189336)
410
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government plans to take to increase the number of apprenticeship in (a) Teesside and (b) Stockton.
(189337)
411
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of the additional support budget of the Train to Gain programme was spent in each English region by the Learning and Skills Council in 2006-07.
(187232)
412
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189494)
413
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of students who applied for university from a (a) state comprehensive school, (b) state grammar school, (c) state secondary modern school, (d) other state secondary school, (e) further education college, (f) state sixth form college and (g) independent school or college accepted a place at university in each of the last four years for which figures are available.
(189264)
414
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of students from a (a) state comprehensive school, (b) state grammar school, (c) state secondary modern school, (d) other state secondary school, (e) further education college, (f) state sixth form college and (g) independent school or college accepted a place at university in each of the last four years for which figures are available, broken down by local authority.
(189265)
415
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 year olds in 2006 are in (i) jobs without training, (ii) other education and training and (iii) employer funded training; and how many are in (A) full-time and (B) part-time jobs for each category.
(189266)
416
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what criteria his Department uses to define a university applicant as a home or international student; and what account is taken as to whether they have indefinite leave to remain as opposed to exceptional leave to remain.
(189267)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
417
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the distribution of funds committed in support of the transition of the Jamaican sugar industry in the Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol countries as part of the reform of the EU sugar regime.
(189445)
418
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on the funding of the public-private product development partnerships for diagnostics for neglected diseases.
(189268)
419
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by his Department.
(189077)
420
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of programmes funded by the European Commission on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with (a) the Global Business Plan on MDGs 4 and 5 and (b) the International Health Partnership.
(188720)
421
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if his Department will take steps to encourage governments of developing countries to increase the transparency and public accountability of their policies on child health and nutrition.
(189248)
422
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the Government calculated the value of the 60 per cent. stake in Actis prior to its sale in 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(189574)
423
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent on (a) internal and (b) external (i) advisers and (ii) consultants for services in relation to the sale of Actis; and if he will make a statement.
(189575)
424
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189510)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
425
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether authorities have been issued for surveillance of telephone communication between prisoners and lawyers since 2005.
(189210)
426
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners released from Scottish prisons have subsequently been deported in the last year for which figures are available.
(189393)
427
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders are believed to have re-offended while on probation in Bexley in each of the last five years.
(189385)
428
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of people not registered to vote in each London borough.
(189397)
429
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of his Department's translation and interpreting work is outsourced under framework agreements with commercial providers; and if he will make a statement.
(189147)
430
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Australian Government on legislative changes to make the operation of internet sites about suicide more difficult.
(189056)
431
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will establish an independent body to review complaints about internet sites operated from outside the UK which encourage suicide.
(189057)
432
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken with internet service providers to reduce the numbers of sites about suicide; and whether he has pursued the idea of a kite mark for internet sites.
(189058)
433
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many completed inquests suicide was found to have been assisted by internet sites in each of the last five years; and in how many such cases the suicide was committed by someone under the age of 18.
(189060)
434
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made in implementing the suicide prevention strategy; and what assessment he has made of whether the target for the reduction in the number of suicides will be met.
(189061)
435
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review the effectiveness of the operation of the day release system at Broadmoor Prison in light of the reconviction of Shaun Jarvis for crimes committed while on day release.
(189062)
436
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in England and Wales have (a) applied for and (b) received student loans in each of the last five years.
(189290)
437
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years are employed by his Department.
(189084)
438
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of his visit to the United States in February 2008 was.
(189088)
439
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were under (i) section 141 (a), (ii) section 141 (b), and (iii) section 142 of the Licensing Act 2003 in each year for which figures are available.
(189294)
440
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February 2008, Official Report, column 1110W, on departmental marketing, how much his Department has spent on (a) corporate display materials, (b) publications, (c) public information booklets, (d) building signage, (e) hard stationery and (f) lanyards since its establishment.
(189358)
441
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February 2008, Official Report, column 1110W, on departmental marketing, how much each of his Department's agencies spent on branded products in each of the last five years.
(189359)
442
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2008, Official Report, column 1188W, on Firearms Act 1968: convictions, what proportion of those convicted over the age of 18 years received custodial sentences.
(189362)
443
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were held in custody in 2007; and what proportion of the population this figure represented.
(189152)
444
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to bring forward a Statute Law (Repeals) Bill in this session in response to the recent report from the Law Commission.
(188255)
445
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the national procurement system for the Prison Service.
(188989)
446
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of those charged with rape in each of the last five years in (a) Teesside and (b) Stockton were convicted; and how many of those were given (i) an immediate custodial sentence, (ii) a community sentence and (iii) an (A) conditional and (B) absolute discharge.
(189334)
447
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of shoplifting in the Cleveland police force area in each of the last two years.
(189585)
448
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189505)
449
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by what means, other than completion of a rehabilitation course, prisoners on indeterminate sentences may demonstrate that their level of risk is sufficiently reduced for them to be released.
(188636)
450
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been detained on indeterminate sentences; and how many are currently so detained.
(188637)
451
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners on indeterminate sentences are detained although their minimum term has expired.
(188638)
452
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners on indeterminate sentences have been released following the completion of rehabilitation courses.
(188639)
453
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners on indeterminate sentences have been released despite not having access to pre-release rehabilitation courses; and how many of those were sex offenders.
(188640)
454
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many solicitors have ceased providing legal services to clients who require legal aid in (a) total, (b) England and (c) Wales in each of the last three years.
(189558)
455
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many solicitors in Wales have ceased providing legal services to clients who require legal aid for (a) family law and (b) criminal law for each of the last three years, broken down by local authority.
(189559)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
456
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prisoners detained in Northern Ireland have (a) applied for and (b) received student loans in each of the last five years.
(189291)
457
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2008, Official Report, column 1145W, on employment agencies, which recruitment agencies his Department has used in each year since 1998; and how much each agency was paid in each year.
(189361)
458
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what consideration is being given to awarding Long Service and Good Conduct medals to prison officers in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(189066)
459
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189497)
460
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in the anti-terrorist operation against associates of the Real IRA in Vilnius, overseen by the Lithuanian authorities, Garda Siochana, PSNI, British Intelligence Agencies and Interpol, which resulted in the arrest of Michael Campbell.
(189055)
461
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable on the transfer of the Assets Recovery Agency to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(189381)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
462
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2008, Official Report, column 1298W, on Olympic Games 2012: expenditure, how much each of the approved projects will cost.
(189365)
463
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2008, Official Report, column 1298W, on Olympic Games 2012: expenditure, what the 19 approved projects with expenditure over £20 million are.
(189366)
Questions to the Prime Minister
464
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Prime Minister, which representatives of (a) industry and (b) non-governmental organisations accompanied him on his visit to India in January.
(189197)
465
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 22nd November 2007, Official Report, columns 147-50WS, on numbers and cost of special advisers, how many (a) male and (b) female special advisers are paid in each pay band.
(189562)
466
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Prime Minister, which official ministerial residence is unoccupied.
(189522)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
467
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189507)
Questions to the Solicitor General
468
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Solicitor General, what Serious Fraud Office investigations into BAE Systems have started since 2003; and on what date in each case the investigation (a) began and (b) concluded.
(189198)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
469
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what target she has set for carbon dioxide emissions from road vehicles by 2020, expressed in g/km.
(188893)
470
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the budget was for, and what payments were made under, the Waterborne Freight Grant in each year since its inception.
(188894)
471
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 6th July 2006, Official Report, columns 1268-9W, on heavy goods vehicles, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of heavy goods vehicle kilometres on roads accounted for by foreign heavy goods vehicles.
(188897)
472
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of vehicles which did not receive an MOT certificate failed due to faulty front suspension springs in each of the last three years.
(189233)
473
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make it her policy to extend the concessionary travel scheme to (a) long distance coach travel and (b) other forms of public transport.
(183107)
474
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what conclusions have been drawn from her Department's study of cycle safety.
(189430)
475
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with Welsh Assembly Ministers and Ministers of other devolved administrations to ensure that appropriate funding is made available throughout the UK to encourage the promotion of the shift from cars to cycling.
(189212)
476
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years are employed by her Department.
(189076)
477
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what Metronet's weekly cost to the public purse has been since it went into administration; and from what budget the costs are met.
(189304)
478
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what Transport for London's debt is; and if she will make a statement.
(189305)
479
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes in human resources policy her Department has made to comply with the gender duty.
(189095)
480
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether judicial review proceedings have commenced against her Department concerning its implementation of the gender duty.
(189096)
481
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for each of her Department's and its agencies' bargaining units (a) how many equal pay claims have been lodged, (b) which grades of staff are making the claims and (c) which grades of staff the claims are being made against.
(189097)
482
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) the Equal Opportunities Commission and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission has made representations to her to conduct a cross-departmental equal pay audit.
(189098)
483
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of (a) women and (b) men work in each bargaining unit of her Department and its agencies.
(189099)
484
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4th February 2008, Official Report, column 788W, on motor vehicles: safety, what provisions have been agreed with her EU counterparts on the exemption of vehicles registered for road use before the commencement of the relevant European directive from the mandatory use of daytime running lights or their equivalent.
(188253)
485
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate her Department has made of the likely increase in annual fuel consumption resulting from the requirement to have daytime running lamps on motor vehicles.
(188257)
486
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make all Essex and Kent residents eligible to register for the new Dartford River Crossing discount which is to be offered to residents of Dartford and Thurrock.
(189342)
487
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the potential impact of electric personal assistive mobility devices on carbon emissions and congestion; and if she will make a statement.
(189387)
488
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of electric personal assistive mobility devices on the Government's (a) road traffic congestion and (b) carbon emissions targets; and if she will make a statement.
(189388)
489
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the impact the introduction of electric personal assistive mobility devices would have on carbon emissions in the UK.
(189389)
490
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make it her policy to record centrally expenditure by local authorities on compensation paid as a result of inadequate road maintenance resulting in (a) personal injury and (b) damage to vehicles.
(189100)
491
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she plans to publish the consultation document on fitness to drive.
(188252)
492
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(189513)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
493
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Transport to ensure that part of the new funding of £140 million to promote walking and cycling is made available to the devolved administrations of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (189214)
494
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Welsh Assembly Government and the UK Government to ensure that adequate matching funding is available to the successful Connect 2 lottery bid; and if he will make a statement.
(189215)
495
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189500)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
496
N
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unfilled job vacancies there were (a) nationally and (b) at York Jobcentre on (i) the most recent date for which figures are available and (ii) in the same month in each year since 2000.
(188767)
497
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who are eligible to claim pensions credit but do not do so.
(189560)
498
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the evidential basis is for the new Pension, Disability and Carers Service Agency providing a more effective service.
(188775)
499
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what account was taken of the proportion of the customers of the Disability and Carers Service who are now also customers of the Pension Service in deciding to establish the new Pension, Disability and Carers Service Agency.
(188776)
500
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he proposes to introduce a linking rule for customers on housing benefit with short breaks in claims before transferring them to local housing allowance.
(189538)
501
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received a winter fuel payment in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford and (b) the London Borough of Bexley in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(189350)
502
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Bexleyheath and Crayford were in receipt of the (a) higher rate and (b) lower rate of attendance allowance in the latest period for which figures are available.
(189386)
503
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of his Department's translation and interpreting work is outsourced through framework agreements with commercial providers; and if he will make a statement.
(189160)
504
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years are employed by his Department.
(189075)
505
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households (a) with more that £100,000 annual income and (b) in each household income decile have (i) one member and (ii) two members in receipt of (A) £100 a week, (B) £150 a week, (C) £200 a week and (D) £300 a week winter fuel payment.
(189136)
506
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mechanisms are in place in his Department to identify inappropriate searches of the national insurance number database.
(189292)
507
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of his Department's staff have been disciplined for inappropriate use of the National Insurance number database in each of the last five years.
(189293)
508
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of incorrect benefit payments was, excluding those payments resulting from fraud, in each of the last 10 years.
(189296)
509
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children in London were living in households with an income below (a) 60 per cent., (b) 50 per cent. and (c) 40 per cent. of median household income (i) after housing cost and (ii) before housing cost in each of the last 10 years.
(189298)
510
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total amount spent by his Department was on fraud prevention in each year for which figures are available.
(189300)
511
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's budget for fraud prevention is in each financial year in the 2007 spending review period.
(189301)
512
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) London and (b) England in receipt of (i) jobseeker's allowance and (ii) incapacity benefit have been claiming benefit continuously for (A) more than three months, (B) more than six months, (C) more than a year and (D) more than two years.
(189308)
513
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received benefits meant for another person, excluding cases of fraud, in each of the last 10 years.
(189310)
514
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) effective advice and support is available to those who wish to return to work after undertaking caring responsibilities and (b) that his Department's staff are trained to provide that advice and support.
(188990)
515
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the annual cost of medical examinations for those on incapacity benefit is expected to be under his proposed system.
(189094)
516
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid to homeowners in receipt of jobseekers allowance for the purpose of making mortgage repayments in the latest period for which figures are available.
(189101)
517
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who leave employment for the purposes of obtaining jobseeker's allowance are not eligible for such allowance.
(189102)
518
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners received the £200 winter fuel payment in Stockton South constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(189330)
519
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Stockton South constituency received assistance under the minimum income guarantee in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(189333)
520
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners have had their UK state pensions frozen since 2000; how many had their pensions frozen in 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(189432)
521
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of pensioners received their pensions while living abroad in the latest period for which figures are available.
(189433)
522
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many British pensioners were living outside the United Kingdom in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(189434)
523
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners were receiving pensions in the United Kingdom in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(189435)
524
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(189512)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
525
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families were receiving child benefit for children who were not resident in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (189531)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
526
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many civil servants have voluntarily ceased employment, excluding redundancies, with the Prime Minister's Office in each month since May 1998.
[Transferred] (189104)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
527
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many trials on indictment in Northern Ireland have been re-trials in each of the last five years; and of those re-trials how many have been (a) second and (b) third re-trials.
[Transferred] (189153)
528
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants on bail between pleading guilty or being found guilty and sentence subsequently failed to attend court for sentencing in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (189154)
529
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants remanded in custody pending trial in Northern Ireland have subsequently been acquitted or not found guilty in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (189155)
530
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions re-trials in Northern Ireland have resulted in defendants being found (a) guilty and (b) not guilty in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (189156)
531
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions re-trials on indictment in Northern Ireland have taken place (a) within three months of, (b) between three months and six months of and (c) six months or more after the original trial in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (189157)
532
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many re-trials on indictment in Northern Ireland have been for reasons of a jury being discharged before being sent out to decide their verdict in the last five years; and how many have been for reasons of a jury being unable to reach a verdict.
[Transferred] (189158)

 
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