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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 16 June 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 16 June 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 16 June 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 16 June 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 16 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 16 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department has made of the resilience of electricity substations to flooding.
(211908)
2
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will make a statement on the procurement procedures followed by UKTI in respect of the contract recently awarded to Greater London Enterprise Ltd.
(211658)
3
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what has been the cost to the public purse recently for the decision by UKTI to tender the contract hitherto held by WSX and subsequently awarded to Greater London Enterprise (GLE) Ltd, broken down by (a) the costs of the tender exercise itself and (b) changes to the annual costs resulting from the decision to award the contract to GLE Ltd.
(211659)
4
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, for what reason the contract let by UKTI to Greater London Enterprise Ltd was signed while the internal appeal lodged by WSX was outstanding.
(211660)
5
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on what date discussions first took place between UKTI and Greater London Enterprise (GLE) Ltd on the contract subsequently awarded to GLE Ltd; and on what date WSX was notified that the contract they held would be put out to tender.
(211661)
6
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the Crown Estate Round 3 offshore windfarm development to the UK's share of the EU target of 20 per cent. renewable energy by 2020.
(211873)
7
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the potential electricity output of the Crown Estate Round 3 offshore windfarm development.
(211874)
8
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to develop viable alternative fuels; and if he will make a statement.
(210756)
9
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department spent on research into alternative energies in each of the last 10 years.
(210757)
10
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans his Department has to strengthen co-ordination and communication across Government departments in an attempt to reduce fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.
(211939)
11
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what involvement the United Kingdom had in the International Energy Forum held in Rome in April.
(211945)
12
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent representations he has received from the Royal Society in respect of the role of carbon capture and storage in combating climate change.
(211947)
13
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what grants are available to (a) biomass producers and (b) producers of other biofuels.
(211988)
14
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many business start-ups took place in Bexley in each of the last three years.
(211600)
15
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many business registrations for value added tax there have been in (a) Bexley and (b) London in each year since 2000.
(211601)
16
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the respective role and responsibilities are of (a) Trading Standards departments, (b) his Department and (c) others for the implementation of provision of European Council Directive 76/768 in respect of cosmetic experimentation on animals.
(211597)
17
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will consider the merits of ensuring the (a) disclosure of non-commercially sensitive information and data in product records relating to animal testing of cosmetics and (b) the sharing of such data to avoid the need for repeat experiments in respect of European Council Directive 76/768.
(211599)
18
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what payments his Department has made to Irwin Mitchell Solicitors for services provided to coal health claimants in the last 10 years.
(211677)
19
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211699)
20
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211758)
21
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211864)
22
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the economic prospects for the construction industry over the next 12 months.
(211934)
23
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether home information packs have been commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to market a residential property.
(211928)
24
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, for what reasons his Department decided to hold a consultation exercise on the implementation of Council Directive 93/98 EEC of 29th October 1993 on copyright and related rights.
(211652)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
25
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Law Officers' advice on the compatibility of the Financial Services and Markets Act 1999 with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998.
(211943)
26
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on subsidies for biofuel production in the UK in each of the last three years.
(211878)
27
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which individuals other than his Department's and HM Revenue and Customs' officials were present at meetings held with third party interest groups on changes to the system of vehicle excise duty before the 2008 Budget.
(211590)
28
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211697)
29
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the administrative costs to employers of implementing the changes to tax allowances announced on 13th May 2008.
(211745)
30
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211756)
31
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the income decile boundaries are (a) excluding state pension and benefits and (b) including state pension and benefits for people (i) between 60 and 65, (ii) between 65 and 70, (iii) between 70 and 75, (iv) between 75 and 80 and (v) over 80 years.
(211774)
32
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what civil service grade the Head of the Government Finance profession is.
(211779)
33
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants are employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies at each senior civil service grade.
(211780)
34
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Government projects are subject to the Gateway Review process; and what the estimated value is of each project.
(211782)
35
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the Government projects which have received a (a) red and (b) amber/red rating in the Gateway reviews in each of the last two years.
(211783)
36
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the Government projects which have been cancelled as a result of the findings of Gateway reviews in each of the last five years.
(211785)
37
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Government projects received (a) a red and (b) an amber/red rating in Gateway reviews in each of the last five years.
(211787)
38
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reports were commissioned by Ministers to determine the effects of the abolition of the 10 pence tax rate on low earners.
(211789)
39
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any external consultants were employed to determine the effects of the abolition of the 10 pence tax rate on low earners.
(211790)
40
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30th April 2008, Official Report, column 474W, on data protection, on how many occasions official advice has been sought of data guardians since their introduction.
(211888)
41
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30th April 2008, Official Report, column 474W, on data protection, how many hours of security training each data guardian has received.
(211889)
42
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25th March 2008, Official Report, column 50W, on voluntary pay, if he will list the organisations for which members of his Departments have volunteered while on special leave.
(211893)
43
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25th March 2008, Official Report, column 42W, on tax credits, what the highest possible income is that a family which does not claim disability element for any children or adults may receive while being eligible for the child care element of the working tax credit with (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) more than four children.
(211959)
44
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for the future of the HM Revenue and Customs office in Yeovil.
(211996)
45
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of trends in economic activity in (a) Cleethorpes constituency and (b) Great Grimsby constituency since 1997.
(211847)
46
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many departmental identity cards have been reported lost or stolen in the last 24 months by staff in the Valuation Office Agency.
(211644)
47
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 6th May 2008, Official Report, column 818W, on council tax: valuation, how many dwellings in Wales moved up one or more bands as a result of council tax band amendments subsequent to the 2005 council tax revaluation.
(211654)
48
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 12th May 2008, Official Report, column 1425W, on council tax: valuation; what data sources are used to value newly built homes for council tax purposes.
(211655)
49
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7th May 2008, Official Report, column 980W, on departmental contracts, what costs the Valuation Office Agency incurred in contesting the challenge by GVA Grimley on the business rates assessments of the premises referred to.
(211662)
50
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 19th March 2008, Official Report, column 1226W, on Valuation Office Agency: ICT, what sources will be used to supply the geo-spatial data for the Geographic Information System; and whether this will include (a) ACORN and (b) MOSAIC data.
(211665)
51
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7th May 2008, Official Report, column 913W, on housing: valuation, how many localities there are on average in each individual billing authority.
(211666)
52
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7th May 2008, Official Report, column 913W, on housing: valuation, what process was used to calculate the geographical dimensions of each locality.
(211667)
53
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7th May 2008, Official Report, column 913W, on housing: valuation, if he will place in the Library a list of the unique numbers given to each live locality within each billing authority area.
(211668)
54
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 6th May 2008, Official Report, column 796W, on official residences: income tax, what the policy of HM Revenue and Customs is on the income tax liability on the benefit in kind of providing a free ministerial residence to a person who is not a Minister of the Crown; and whether guidance has been issued on this matter.
(211669)
55
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 6th May 2008, Official Report, column 829W, on Valuation Office: Northern Ireland Land and Property Services, where and when each meeting was held; and what the official title or group name given to each of the meetings was.
(211829)
56
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 6th May 2008, Official Report, column 828W, on the Valuation Office, if he will outline how the models differ from each other within the Automated Valuation Model.
(211830)
57
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 19th March 2008, Official Report, column 1226W, on the Valuation Office Agency: Rightmove, whether the initial contract between the Valuation Office Agency and Rightmove has now ended; and whether a decision to extend the contract has been made by the Valuation Office Agency.
(211831)
58
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the April 2008 target for mandatory benchmarking of buildings performance across the central government estate was met.
(211915)
59
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans there are to increase the amount of public sector data held on the e-PIMS property database; and what plans there are to extend its application to (a) the NHS, (b) police authorities and (c) local authorities.
(211917)
60
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) set-up and (b) ongoing annual revenue cost of the Valuation Office Agency's TENET mapping software was.
(211918)
61
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the assumed price of oil was, in dollars, on which the 2008 Budget was based.
(211919)
62
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Valuation Office Agency will provide a substantive response to Freedom of Information Act request 11335561.1/CEO.
(211920)
63
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many dwellings in England have a National Land and Property Gazetteer-derived Unique Property Reference Number according to the Valuation Office Agency records.
(211921)
64
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultations (a) have taken place and (b) are planned, by his Department on the definition of zero carbon.
(211922)
65
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research (a) his Department and (b) the Valuation Office Agency have commissioned on council tax revaluation in the last 12 months from (i) within his Department and its agencies and (ii) external bodies.
(211923)
66
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether projects or research have been commissioned from the Institute for Public Policy Research by (a) his Department or (b) the Valuation Office Agency in the last 12 months; and on what topics.
(211924)
67
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether home information packs have been commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to market a residential property.
(211930)
68
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what records HM Revenue and Customs keeps of the amount of waste exported to countries outside the United Kingdom.
(211931)
69
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been allocated by the Valuation Office Agency for payments to Rightmove.co.uk plc in 2008-09.
(211933)
70
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will investigate the case of Veronika Ellis-Stockley of Churchdown, Gloucester and demands made on her by the Child Tax Credit Department for repayment of money.
(211233)
71
N
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the longest time taken by his Department to answer a letter from an hon. Member was in each of the last three years.
(211042)
72
N
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what target his Department sets for the maximum time to respond to letters from hon. Members; what proportion of responses met the target in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the average time taken to respond to a letter from hon. Members in that period was.
(211043)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
73
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on allocating personal education allowances to improve outcomes of children in care in addition to that published at the end of May 2008.
(211462)
74
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent on after-school clubs in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years.
(210754)
75
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of children used after-school clubs in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years.
(210755)
76
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will take steps to transfer work with young offenders to childrens' trusts.
(211838)
77
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what account he takes of the requirements of (a) justice and (b) welfare in determining his policy on children (i) convicted of criminal offences and (ii) involved in anti-social behaviour.
(211866)
78
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to incorporate work with young offenders into local authority children's services.
(211867)
79
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children under the age of 18 years were in custody in (a) local authority secure units, (b) young offender institutions and (c) secure training centres at the latest date for which figures are available.
(211868)
80
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what alternatives to custody are available for persons under the age of 18 years who have been convicted of a criminal offence.
(211869)
81
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to transfer work with young offenders to children's trusts.
(211870)
82
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many staff of his Department were seconded to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit at the latest date for which figures are available.
(211663)
83
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211696)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211773)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which pilot projects initiated by his Department and its predecessor in the last two years have not proceeded to further roll-out.
(211848)
86
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much sick pay to staff in his Department and its predecessor cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211861)
87
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department is contributing to the £140 million fund announced on 6th June 2008 to encourage local authorities to offer free swimming.
(211450)
88
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what arrangements have been put in place for ensuring the continuity of careers advice services during the period of transition from Connexions to local authorities.
(211836)
89
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on the early years entitlement in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(211492)
90
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many secondary schools (a) have been placed in special measures, (b) have been issued notices to improve and (c) have had at least 30 per cent. of students achieving five good GCSEs including English and mathematics in 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(211673)
91
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether 16 to 18 year olds in (a) sixth form colleges and (b) general further education colleges are entitled to free school meals; and if he will make a statement.
(212000)
92
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average (a) pupil to teacher and (b) pupil to adult ratio at key stage 3 was in secondary schools in (i) Cleethorpes constituency, (ii) North East Lincolnshire local education authority and (iii) North Lincolnshire local education authority in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(211841)
93
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average (a) pupil to teacher and (b) pupil to adult ratio at key stage 1 was in maintained primary schools in each year since 1997 in (i) Cleethorpes constituency, (ii) North East Lincolnshire local education authority and (iii) North Lincolnshire local education authority.
(211843)
94
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of pupils in secondary education in (a) Cleethorpes, (b) Great Grimsby, (c) North East Lincolnshire and (d) North Lincolnshire were classed as persistent truants in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(211845)
95
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discussions he has had with the Isle of Wight Council on levels of funding for the Primary Capital Programme beyond 2011.
(211680)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
96
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when Nicola Burdett began work at 10 Downing Street; what her job title is; and who her line manager is.
(211674)
97
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what staff have been appointed to work in the Prime Minister's Office since 31st December 2007; and what the (a) name and (b) job title is of each such newly-appointed staff member.
(211676)
98
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) people and (b) nights accommodation were booked by Government officials at The Grove in connection with the Heads of Government Summit held on 5th April 2008.
(211678)
99
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what reports have been produced but not published by the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit in each of the last five years.
(211679)
100
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211694)
101
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211757)
102
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) Government officials and (b) special advisers attended the Heads of Government Summit held on 5th April.
(211784)
103
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many members of the 10 Downing Street Strategy Unit are seconded to each Government Department.
(211786)
104
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the volume of (a) memoranda, (b) e-mails, (c) letters, (d) other communications sent by members of his Department to destinations (i) within the Cabinet Office, (ii) in the Central Office of Information and (iii) in No. 10 Downing Street and (iv) in other Government departments since June 2007; and what estimate he has made of the cost.
(211788)
105
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the contract for the provision of the facilities for the Heads of Government Summit held on 5th April was put out to competitive tender.
(211792)
106
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the attendees of the Heads of Government Summit held on 5th April.
(211793)
107
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total cost of the Heads of Government Summit held on 5th April was; and how much was spent on (a) accommodation, (b) transport, (c) conference room hire, (d) food, (e) alcoholic drinks, (f) soft drinks and (g) other.
(211794)
108
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much sick pay to staff in the Cabinet Office cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211859)
109
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April 2008, Official Report, column 1704W, on staff: 10 Downing Street, which companies employ the members of staff working in the Cabinet Office seconded in from outside the Civil Service; and how many employees are seconded by each.
(211880)
110
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April 2008, Official Report, column 1704W, on staff: 10 Downing Street, what the (a) job descriptions and (b) daily rates of pay are for the agency staff and consultants working in the Cabinet Office.
(211881)
111
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April 2008, Official Report, column 1704W, on staff: 10 Downing Street, what the job titles are of the fee-paid staff; and what daily fees the fee-paid staff are paid.
(211882)
112
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April 2008, Official Report, column 1704W, on staff: 10 Downing Street, how many of the 87 members of FTE staff working in the Cabinet Office not employed by the Civil Service are staff seconded in from outside the Civil Service.
(211886)
113
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 9th May 2008, Official Report, column 1217W, on departmental ministerial policy advisers, which staff members in the Prime Minister's Office (a) have received severance payment and (b) have not received severance payments in each of the last five years.
(211895)
114
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time jobs there were in (i) Cleethorpes, (ii) Great Grimsby, (iii) Brigg and Goole and (iv) Scunthorpe constituency in each year since 1997.
(211850)
115
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what recent estimate he has made of average life expectancy for (a) men and (b) women in (i) Cleethorpes, (ii) Great Grimsby, (iii) Brigg and Goole and (iv) Scunthorpe in (A) 1995, (B) 2005 and (C) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(211975)
116
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, from what budget the cost of the television licence fee for the Prime Minister's official residence is met.
(211595)
117
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many copies of PR Week are purchased for the Prime Minister's Office each week; and at what cost.
(211642)
118
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will place in the Library a list of the residential properties owned by the Duchy of Lancaster.
(211643)
119
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether cable or satellite television is provided in the Prime Minister's official residence in Downing Street at public expense.
(211645)
120
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 17th December 2007, Official Report, column 1079W, on Admiralty House, whether the Deputy Prime Minister's Office provided (a) linen and laundry services, (b) porters, (c) internal plants, (d) catering services, (e) telephones, (f) cable or satellite television and (g) internet access, to the right hon. Member for Kingston-upon-Hull (i) at public expense and (ii) billed to the resident in each case.
(211865)
121
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether home information packs have been commissioned by (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) its agencies to market a residential property.
(211927)
122
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when on 11th June 2008 the Prime Minister was first informed of the loss of intelligence documents relating to Al Qaeda from the Cabinet Office.
(211586)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
123
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households are still displaced following the summer floods of 2007, broken down by local government area.
(211837)
124
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the availability of (a) plumbers, (b) electricians, (c) plasterers and (d) other essential workers necessary to complete repairs due to flood damage from summer 2007.
(211910)
125
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many firefighters died on duty in each fire authority in each year since 1986; and how many of these deaths were (a) the result of attendance at (i) fire, (ii) road traffic and (iii) other incidents, (b) occurred whilst the fire fighter was undertaking training and (c) resulted from natural causes.
(211591)
126
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when (a) she, (b) the Housing Minister and (c) officials in her Department (i) have visited and (ii) plan to visit the proposed eco-town site in Harborough; and which officials have already visited the site.
(211281)
127
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will list the conferences hosted by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211695)
128
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by her Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211772)
129
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much sick pay to staff in her Department and its predecessor cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211860)
130
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department is contributing to the £140 million fund announced on 6th June 2008 to encourage local authorities to provide free swimming.
(211451)
131
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to increase house-building activity within the construction sector.
(211639)
132
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many firefighters died in the course of their duties in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by fire authority.
(211049)
133
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households which were flooded in summer 2007 remain empty.
(211670)
134
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were built in (a) Cleethorpes, (b) Grimsby, (c) Brigg and Goole, (d) North East Lincolnshire and (e) North Lincolnshire in each year since 1997.
(211976)
135
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what studies of movements in the Gypsy and Traveller population her Department undertook ahead of the consultation on the single issue review of the East of England Regional Spatial Strategy.
(211911)
136
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what projections have been made of the growth of the Gypsy and Traveller population in the east of England by (a) 2011 and (b) 2050.
(211951)
137
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many reports her Department and its predecessors have commissioned on affordable rural housing since 1997.
(211879)
138
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which (a) councils and (b) other organisations have bid for funds under the Thames Gateway Parklands programme.
(210396)
139
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been distributed by the Thames Gateway initiative (a) in total and (b) to Castle Point constituency in each of the last five years; and to what uses the sums distributed to Castle Point have been put.
(210398)
140
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of funds to be distributed by Thames Gateway for its Parklands programme will be allocated to (a) Castle Point constituency and (b) Essex.
(210399)
141
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what budgetary allocations have been made under the Thames Gateway Parklands programme; and what timetable has been set for the distribution of allocations.
(210400)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
142
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211692)
143
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211770)
144
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211857)
145
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the role of regional sports boards will be under the Sport England strategy for 2008 to 2011.
(211456)
146
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the £69 million funding allocated for the Five Hour Offer between 2008 and 2011 will come from (a) the National Lottery and (b) HM Treasury.
(211457)
147
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, by what means he expects the £20 million administrative savings expected of Sport England over the next three years will be achieved.
(211459)
148
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's definition is of (a) direct delivery costs and (b) over operating costs, as used in paragraph 108 of the Sport England strategy for 2008 to 2011.
(211460)
149
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what role Sportsmatch will have in the £10 million Small Grants Scheme under the Sport England strategy for 2008 to 2011.
(211461)
150
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of the activities and internet-based art auctions on the UK art market since the introduction of Artist's Resale Rights.
(211650)
151
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to take steps to harmonise copyright and related rights regulations across all creative industries.
(211651)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
152
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to appoint a Middle East adviser; and if he will make a statement.
(211452)
153
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15th May 2008, Official Report, column 180W, on fuels, in what ways his Department has worked in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive to maintain security and safety at the Redcliffe Bay oil storage depot site.
(211656)
154
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) UK Defence Taxonomy and (b) UK Defence Thesaurus.
(211887)
155
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 (Column 7227, 2006/07), what the expected level, in near cash terms is of (a) negative resource DEL income and (b) negative capital DEL income to be retained by his Department for the financial year 2008-09.
(211898)
156
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on office refurbishment in each year since 1997.
(211955)
157
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) actual personnel medically fit for purpose strength for each battalion of the infantry is.
(211957)
158
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) target inflow, (b) inflow and (c) outflow for each unit in the (i) infantry, (ii) Royal Corps of Signals, (iii) Royal Logistics Corps, (iv) Royal Engineers and (v) Royal Artillery was in each month since January 2008.
(211958)
159
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many courts martial have taken place in each year since 2001.
(211960)
160
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the percentage shortfall in availability of spare parts for each type of (a) armoured and (b) protected vehicle in the Army.
(211961)
161
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel were deployed during the firefighters' strike in 2002 and 2003.
(211962)
162
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel were placed on standby for deployment prior to the planned firefighters' strike in 2005.
(211963)
163
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions armed forces bomb disposal units have supported domestic counter-terrorism operations in each of the last five years.
(211965)
164
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel were deployed in support of responses to the foot and mouth outbreaks in (a) 2001 and (b) 2007.
(211966)
165
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel were deployed to assist those affected by flooding in England and Wales during 2007.
(211968)
166
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel went absent without leave in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each year since 2003.
(211969)
167
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel were dismissed from the armed forces due to drug abuse in each year since 2003, broken down by (a) rank and (b) service.
(211970)
168
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the Army manning target is to be decreased under performance indicator 2.2 in his Department's plan for 2008 to 2012.
(211971)
169
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints Modern Housing Solutions have received in each month since January 2008.
(211972)
170
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which training exercises were cancelled in 2007-08; and what percentage of all exercises this represents.
(211973)
171
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current average individual separated service rate is for each unit in the (a) infantry, (b) Royal Corps of Signals, (c) Royal Logistics Corps, (d) Royal Engineers and (e) Royal Artillery.
(211974)
172
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel went absent without leave in each year since 2003.
(211977)
173
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9th June 2008, Official Report, columns 66-7W, on nuclear submarines, what X and Z berths are available to the Royal Navy; when the X and Z berths outside HMNB Devonport and HMNB Clyde referred to in the Answer of 14th November 2000 to the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead, Official Report, column 575W, on berths, lost their designated status; for what reasons; and if he will make a statement.
(211913)
174
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211691)
175
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211769)
176
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211856)
177
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what type of (a) land, (b) air and (c) sea exercises have been (i) cancelled and (ii) postponed as a result of increases in the cost of fuel in each of the last 12 months.
(211854)
178
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many foreign military delegations visited the Defence Export Services Organisation between (a) 1st August 2005 and 31st July 2006 and (b) 1st August 2006 and 31st July 2007; and how many such delegations have visited UK Trade and Investment since 1st August 2007.
(211855)
179
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Congleton on 5th March 2008, Official Report, column 2553W, on armoured fighting vehicles, on which date his Department signed the contract to procure Ridgeback vehicles.
(211991)
180
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether destroyers withdrawn from the fleet in the next five years are scheduled to be replaced on a one-for-one basis.
(210473)
181
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what major armaments systems have recently been removed from (a) HMS Southampton and (b) HMS Exeter; when this change in capability was carried out; when it was decided to make this information public; and if he will make a statement.
(210474)
182
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the Gibraltar Service Police Staff Association was not party to the discussions prior to the agreement between his Department and the Transport and General Workers Association on 31st May 2007 on the future of the Gibraltar dockyard; and if he will make a statement.
(211203)
183
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what direct consultations his Department has had with the Gibraltar Service Police Staff Association about the future of (a) the Gibraltar dockyard and (b) the Gibraltar Service Police; and if he will make a statement.
(211204)
184
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provisions in the agreement between his Department and the Transport and General Workers Union on 31st May 2007 (a) relate to the Gibraltar Service Police (GSP), (b) have a direct effect on the GSP and (c) have a direct effect on individual GSP officers; and if he will make a statement.
(211205)
185
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the evidential basis is for the estimated cost saving which his Department has indicated will result from the transfer of the Gibraltar Service Police (GSP) to the Royal Gibraltar Police; for what reason the documents relevant to the proposed transfer were not made available to the Gibraltar Service Police Staff Association; and if he will place the documents in the Library.
(211206)
186
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultations his Department held on the proposed transfer of the Gibraltar Service Police (GSP) to the Royal Gibraltar Police with the GSP Chief Police Officer through (a) the Headquarters of the British Forces GIB security review and (b) any other means; and if he will make a statement.
(211207)
187
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has initiated disciplinary action against any individual as a consequence of their involvement in the commissioning of the eight Chinook helicopters which remain unairworthy.
(210713)
188
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what co-operation exists between the Government and the government of France on the Super Carrier project.
(211455)
189
N
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the Government has played in securing international agreement on the banning of cluster munitions.
(210792)
190
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a service helicopter was flying at grid reference GR 214 384, over land at Fiddington, adjacent to Clayton Lane, near Tewkesbury, on 4th December 2007, between 4.15 p.m. and 4.45 p.m.
(211236)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
191
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the £34.5 million commitment to implement the recommendations of the Pitt Review on Flooding is in addition to or included in the cost of implementing the urgent recommendations of the Pitt Review.
(211833)
192
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of implementing each of the recommendations of the Pitt Review on Flooding; and if he will make a statement.
(211896)
193
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent to date on implementing the urgent recommendations of the Pitt Review on Flooding.
(211897)
194
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of public awareness of the need for flood kits and practical home improvements in case of a flood; and if he will make a statement.
(211899)
195
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the implementation of a telephone flood warning scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(211901)
196
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what types of critical infrastructure were categorised as at risk of flooding by the Environment Agency in each of the last five years; and how many of each type were categorised in each year.
(211902)
197
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the Environment Agency to publish its temporary flood defence policy; and if he will make a statement.
(211903)
198
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the development of the (a) draft and (b) final National Flood Emergency Framework.
(211904)
199
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Environment Agency's list of critical infrastructure at risk of flooding was last updated; and if he will make a statement.
(211905)
200
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made by local resilience forums in incorporating Environment Agency data on areas at risk of surface water flooding into their emergency plans; and if he will make a statement.
(211906)
201
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local resilience forums have received information from the Environment Agency on the probability of flooding to critical infrastructure in their area; and if he will make a statement.
(211907)
202
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward amendments to the Climate Change Bill to provide for the appropriate level of carbon dioxide emission reductions required from transport within the non-traded emissions sector to be determined.
(211445)
203
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will consider a trial cull of badgers in Cornwall as a measure against the spread of bovine tuberculosis.
(211672)
204
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has assessed on the likely level of stabilisation of global temperatures in relation to pre-industrial mean temperatures; what estimate he has made of the likely range of stabilisation temperatures; and what steps he plans to take to reduce the probability of stabilisation at the upper end of the temperature range.
(211463)
205
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department is providing to pig farmers and the pig industry; and what account he has taken of soya and grain prices in determining the level of such support.
(211937)
206
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with Scottish counterparts on assisting pig farmers with input costs; and if he will make a statement.
(211938)
207
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the departmental research projects entitled (a) simulation of flood risk and non-structural flood management, (b) flood risk management strategies in European member states, (c) who benefits from flood management policies and (d) developing the evidence base for flood resilience were completed; and at what cost in each case.
(211946)
208
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to try to mitigate the effects of rising fertiliser prices on farmers.
(211987)
209
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he made of the cost of reforming the Marine and Fisheries Agency to meet the policy objectives set out in the draft Marine Bill.
(212008)
210
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the benefits of constituting the proposed Marine Management Organisation as (a) a non-departmental public body and (b) an executive agency.
(212009)
211
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to protect staff of the proposed Marine Management Organisation from personal litigation arising from their discharge of Government functions.
(212010)
212
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing the Marine Management Organisation as a non-departmental public body.
(212011)
213
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration he has given to transferring (a) regulation of offshore oil and gas licensing, (b) regulation of ship-to-ship oil transfer, (c) regulation of merchant shipping and (d) registration of fishing vessels to the proposed Marine Management Organisation; and if he will make a statement.
(212012)
214
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had on the career development of staff of the coastal offices of the Marine and Fisheries Agency following the entry into force of the proposed Marine Bill.
(212013)
215
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for staff of the proposed Marine Management Organisation of being post holders in the organisation rather than Crown servants; and if he make a statement.
(212014)
216
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the Government's biofuels policy.
(211876)
217
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4th June 2008, Official Report, column 919W, on abandoned vehicles, if he will provide the information on abandoned vehicles, broken down by (a) vehicle type and (b) scenario as defined by the Home Office Crime Reduction and Community Safety Group.
(211657)
218
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211690)
219
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211768)
220
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211862)
221
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many instances of fly-tipping involving hazardous waste have been investigated by the Environment Agency in each of the last five years; and how many such investigations have resulted in convictions.
(211671)
222
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice he has issued to local authorities in relation to the disposal of waste paints and solvents from domestic properties.
(211948)
223
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations his Department (a) has held and (b) plans to hold on the definition of zero carbon.
(211641)
224
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9th May 2008, Official Report, column 1240W, on domestic wastes: contracts, when each of the projects will be placed in the Library.
(211664)
225
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether (a) his Department and (b) the Rural Payments Agency has power to impose further sanctions on farmers convicted for cruelty to farm animals.
(211237)
226
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals to regulate the selling of recreational fishing tackle.
(211039)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
227
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what report his Department has received of forced labour in Uzbekistan; and what representations his Department has made to Uzbek authorities on this matter.
(211892)
228
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th June 2008, Official Report, column 3W, on nuclear disarmament, if he will place in the Library a copy of the research undertaken on verification of multilateral nuclear disarmament by AWE in partnership with Norway and Vertic; and what the cost was of the contract with the International Institute for Strategic Studies to which reference is made.
(211941)
229
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which representations he plans to make to the EU following plans to de-proscribe the People's Mujahadeen Organisation of Iran.
(211989)
230
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211689)
231
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211767)
232
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) consultancy, (b) design and development and (c) other costs of redesigning his Department's website were.
(211890)
233
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15th May 2008, Official Report, column 1775W, on France: state visits, what the additional costs associated with the hosting the UK-France summit were.
(211894)
234
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211999)
235
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will send a representative of his Department to attend the parole hearing for Mr Craig Alden in Brazil on 26th June 2008.
(211284)
236
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the progress of the caretaker government towards holding free and fair elections in Bangladesh.
(211950)
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N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the treatment of members of the Baha'i community in Iran.
(211363)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
238
Ms Celia Barlow (Hove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in how many primary care trust areas doctors have decided to discontinue the provision of warfarin testing facilities.
(211640)
239
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had NHS treatment withdrawn because they opted to pay for treatment outside the NHS in the last 12 months.
(211280)
240
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Welsh Assembly Government on the implementation of the National Carers Strategy.
(211942)
241
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners were tested for (a) HIV, (b) AIDS, (c) hepatitis A and (d) hepatitis B in each of the last three years.
(211574)
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N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on testing on arrival in prisons for (a) HIV, (b) AIDS, (c) hepatitis A and (d) hepatitis B; and how frequently such testing is conducted during the course of sentences.
(211575)
243
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure his Department has incurred on the treatment of prisoners for (a) HIV, (b) AIDS, (c) hepatitis A and (d) hepatitis B in each of the last three years.
(211576)
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Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the prison population (a) are HIV positive, (b) have AIDS, (c) have hepatitis A and (d) have hepatitis B.
(211577)
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Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the median waiting time was for (a) an outpatient first appointment and (b) an inpatient appointment in (i) Bexley and (ii) Greater London in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(211602)
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N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost of providing an abortion on the NHS was in the last 12 months.
(211447)
247
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned or evaluated on (a) the origins, (b) a cure and (c) the potential incubation period of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
(211954)
248
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease were diagnosed in (a) humans and (b) animals in each of the last five years; and what the identified cause of infection was in each case.
(211956)
249
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211688)
250
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211766)
251
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which pilot projects initiated by his Department in the last two years have not proceeded to further roll-out.
(211839)
252
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30th April 2008, Official Report, column 446W, on departmental working hours, for how long contracted hours have differed for staff within and outside London; and what the reasons were for the different contracts.
(211967)
253
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(212001)
254
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many secondary schools have been sent information about the Give and Let Live donor education programme; and how many of them have participated in the programme.
(211368)
255
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department is contributing to the £140 million fund announced on 6th June 2008 to encourage local authorities to offer free swimming.
(211449)
256
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to improve the rates of early diagnosis for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
(211826)
257
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his most recent assessment is of the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in County Durham.
(211827)
258
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated direct cost to the NHS was of providing care for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in (a) County Durham and (b) England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(211828)
259
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) hospital admissions and (b) deaths arising from female genital mutilation in each of the last three years.
(211047)
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N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what personnel make up an air ambulance team; and which personnel are funded by the NHS.
(211282)
261
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of air ambulances are staffed by personnel funded by the NHS.
(211283)
262
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether people employed in the private health sector are required to have Criminal Records Bureau checks carried out on them; and if he will make a statement.
(211235)
263
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what submissions he has received on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's recent guidance on the sequential prescribing of anti-TNF drugs to treat NHS patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
(210475)
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N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent submissions he has received on the consideration given to cost by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in its appraisal process of potential drug treatments; and if he will make a statement.
(210759)
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N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to compensate individuals who had adverse health outcomes from their prescribed use of the drug Vioxx; and if he will make a statement.
(211279)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
266
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with the Office for Civil Nuclear Security on the implications for its vetting procedures of the addition of several categories of nuclear specialists to the national shortage list.
(211944)
267
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Operation Pentameter 2 is due to conclude; and when she expects details of the operation to be published.
(211453)
268
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken by her Department in support of the United Nations Global Initiative to fight Human Trafficking; what steps have been taken in the UK as a result of the high level UK delegations' participation in the Vienna Forum on the Global Initiative held on 12th to 15th February; and if she will make a statement.
(211454)
269
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her timetable is for the publication of the Policing Green Paper.
(211578)
270
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mobile equipment each police force operating in the Greater London area uses to test for the presence of illegal drugs.
(211592)
271
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions were secured for the offence of driving without insurance in each of the last five years in London, broken down by borough.
(211603)
272
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's role and responsibilities are for implementation of the provisions of European Council Directive 76/768 in respect of cosmetic experimentation on animals.
(211598)
273
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Chinese nationals convicted of criminal offences in the United Kingdom were deported in each of the last six years.
(211834)
274
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Chinese government on accepting Chinese nationals intended for deportation from the United Kingdom who have been convicted of criminal offences in the UK.
(211835)
275
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will list the conferences hosted by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211698)
276
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which pilot projects initiated by her Department in the last two years have not proceeded to further roll-out.
(211844)
277
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much sick pay to staff in her Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211863)
278
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to make a statement on the precept levied by the Lincolnshire Police Authority.
(211587)
279
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 9th June 2008, Official Report, column 16, what criteria govern the range of subjects on which it is appropriate for the Security Service to express a professional view without contravention of its political neutrality.
(210476)
280
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to issue guidance to the police on dealing with cases of female genital mutilation.
(211044)
281
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an estimate of the number of women and girls taken abroad each year for the purposes of female genital mutilation.
(211046)
282
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have established a strategy on tackling the practice of female genital mutilation.
(211048)
283
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is responsible for determining the questions asked as part of the Life in UK Test; and whether she plans to endorse particular publications as recommended revision materials for those taking the Test.
(211649)
284
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a police helicopter was flying at grid reference GR 214 384, over land at Fiddington, adjacent to Clayton Lane, near Tewkesbury, on 4th December 2007 between 4.15 p.m. and 4.45 p.m.
(211234)
285
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to Question 206678 tabled by the hon. Member for Torbay on 15th May 2008, on Mr Christian Ofori-Addo.
(211588)
286
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on deporting citizens of other EU member states; in what circumstances such citizens deported may be from the UK; and how many deportations have taken place in the last 12 months.
(210397)
287
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has for the future (a) governance and (b) funding of NSPIS Case and Custody; and if she will make a statement.
(211852)
288
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in the IMPACT programme; and if she will make a statement.
(211853)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
289
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much funding was allocated for apprenticeships in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years.
(210758)
290
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, when his Department plans to publish the results of the consultation on the introduction of representative actions for trade associations which began in 2006.
(211744)
291
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on the numbers of spurious actions of the introduction of a right of representative action for trade associations.
(211749)
292
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd April 2008, Official Report, columns 2084-86W, on midwifery students, whether the number of NHS midwifery training places commissioned for the 2007-08 academic year has now been confirmed.
(211997)
293
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will introduce a search function on his Department's website.
(211209)
294
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will publish his Department's statistical releases on its website.
(211210)
295
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211687)
296
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211765)
297
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much sick pay to staff in his Department and its predecessor cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(212002)
298
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many residents of (a) Cleethorpes constituency, (b) North East Lincolnshire and (c) North Lincolnshire entered higher education in each of the last 10 years; and how many of those were (i) mature and (ii) part-time in each of those years.
(211849)
299
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate has been made by the Government of the contribution made by artists' beneficiaries to the UK art market.
(211580)
300
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment has been made by the Government of the impact of the EU Artists Resale Rights Directive 2001/84/EC on the UK art market.
(211581)
301
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate has been made by the Government of the change in size of the UK art market since 2006.
(211582)
302
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, to how many artists of each type a resale royalty has been paid since February 2006.
(211583)
303
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many resold artworks have been subject to the artists' resale right since February 2006; and what those works cost in total.
(211584)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
304
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has contributed to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund since 2001.
(211636)
305
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what organisations his Department engaged to disperse relief supplies in Bangladesh after Cyclone Sidr in 2007.
(211637)
306
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has provided in humanitarian and development aid to the health sector in Nepal in the last 10 years; and what projects have been supported by such funding.
(211638)
307
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which African states receive poverty reduction budget support from the UK; and how much each was allocated in 2007-08.
(211700)
308
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how funds released by the revocation or reduction of aid allocations to overseas governments are treated.
(211701)
309
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how and when his Department announces allocations of UK development aid.
(211702)
310
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department has taken towards addressing concerns raised by the National Audit Office on the value for money achieved by poverty reduction budget support.
(211703)
311
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development study commissioned by his Department on promoting partnership in development work.
(211704)
312
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will provide information that shows how UK civil society concerns are reflected in his Department's aid effectiveness work and preparations for the HLF in accordance with the dialogue his Department has with UK Advocacy Network.
(211705)
313
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) criteria are used and (b) process is followed in determining whether breaches of aid partnership commitments should give use to (i) revocation and (ii) reduction of aid allocations.
(211706)
314
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what process is followed for awarding contracts for aid projects in Africa; and what criteria are used for determining the best tender.
(211707)
315
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what UK aid programmes are aimed at promoting good governance in African countries.
(211708)
316
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what process his Department follows for assessing the performance of its aid projects; and what definition he uses of success in assessing aid project outcomes.
(211709)
317
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which 10 developing countries receive the most official development aid from international donors; and how much each country received from the UK in each of the last three years.
(211710)
318
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid allocations he has made for 2008-09 according to the reporting conventions established by the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006.
(211711)
319
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what obligations arise from adherence to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness; and who the signatories to that declaration are, broken down by (a) nationality and (b) status.
(211712)
320
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the relative performance of donors who have signed up to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.
(211713)
321
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what organisations were involved in the preparation of the sector-wide approach to aid for the social assistance sector in Moldova.
(211714)
322
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, who has contributed funds to the Palestinian Authority Office of the President to support its capacity and institution building plan; and how much the UK has contributed.
(211715)
323
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what definition he uses of corporate priority in referring to improving aid effectiveness.
(211716)
324
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will place a copy in the Library of each institutional strategy paper for multilateral aid organisations.
(211717)
325
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of progress of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's study on the relationship of social policy issues, gender equality, social inclusion and effectiveness in Sierra Leone.
(211718)
326
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which contractors received funding from his Department in the 2007-08 financial year in relation to projects in Africa.
(211719)
327
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been contributed by his Department to complete infrastructure projects that supply water and power to people in Southern Iraq.
(211720)
328
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the purpose of the Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact is; and what its terms of reference are.
(211721)
329
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for what reason 3 per cent. of the scheduled poverty reduction budget for 2007 was not disbursed; and what has happened to those funds.
(211722)
330
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by his Department to improve recording of data relating to HIV infection in the South Asia area.
(211723)
331
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent in the South Asia region to combat tuberculosis in each of the last three years; and what his assessment is of the perfromance of programmes receiving such funds.
(211724)
332
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what personnel have been deployed to work for the Global Conflict Prevention Pool for Sri Lanka; and in what roles.
(211725)
333
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been allocated to national health programmes in Pakistan for reducing child mortality.
(211726)
334
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent in Nepal to support child health interventions through the Ministry of Health.
(211727)
335
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what records he holds on the changes in percentage of skilled birth attendants assisting in births since 2000 in the South Asia region.
(211728)
336
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid the UK has allocated to the South Asia region to reduce mortality amongst under five-year-olds.
(211729)
337
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of his Department's contribution to poverty reduction in Nepal; and what programmes exist to sustain economic growth in Nepal.
(211730)
338
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes are being implemented by his Department to promote equality and the empowerment of women in the South Asia region.
(211731)
339
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what organisations his Department is supporting to fight HIV and AIDS infection in the South Asia region; and how much these organisations received in 2007-08.
(211732)
340
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the obstacles to the millennium development goal for the reversal of deforestation in South Asia; and what steps are being taken by his Department to overcome these obstacles.
(211733)
341
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been allocated to support the building of rural roads fit for a post-conflict environment in Nepal.
(211734)
342
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what type of support his Department is providing to rural livelihood programmes in India; and how much was allocated to support these programmes in 2007-08.
(211735)
343
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what mechanisms are in place to encourage progress towards achieving universal primary education in the South Asia region; and what assessment he has made of the steps necessary to meet this goal.
(211736)
344
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been allocated to Afghanistan Growth Fund; and who its contributors are.
(211737)
345
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what industrial sectors in Bangladesh are receiving aid under a millennium development goal banner.
(211738)
346
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's programme to increase micro-financing in Pakistan will be called; and how much has been allocated to implement the programme.
(211739)
347
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid his Department provided for Pakistan in 2007, broken down by programme.
(211740)
348
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent by his Department on aid for India's universal elementary programme since 2006.
(211741)
349
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he has taken to increase the security of aid for South Asia.
(211742)
350
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes will be overseen by the South Asia Division in his Department in 2008.
(211743)
351
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department has provided to the African Enterprise Challenge Fund; and what assessment he has made of its impact on the region.
(211795)
352
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what joint working his Department has undertaken with COMESA and USAID to strengthen border controls of developing countries which are vulnerable to petty corruption.
(211796)
353
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to promote good governance amongst pan-African institutions.
(211797)
354
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how his Department plans to encourage China to support development in Africa.
(211798)
355
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, by what means his Department monitors the effectiveness of its contribution to the government of Mozambique resettlement fund for relocation of those at risk from flooding.
(211799)
356
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of performance against public service agreements for 2005 to 2008 in the 16 monitored countries.
(211800)
357
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what resources he has allocated to monitoring performance against the public service agreements for 2005 to 2008.
(211801)
358
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution the UK made to the UNICEF Go To School Campaign.
(211802)
359
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the £200 million emergency response aid for Africa in 2007-08 was distributed.
(211803)
360
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which organisations his Department is working with in Mozambique to provide support for pregnant women and children under five years old.
(211804)
361
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to tackle HIV and AIDS in Africa; and what support in this area is being provided direct to governments of African developing countries.
(211805)
362
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether there is a strategy in place for UK aid aimed at improving the provision of safe water and sanitation services to Sierra Leone; and what agencies his Department is working with on this matter.
(211806)
363
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress the EU Water Initiative in Africa has made; and what the role of the UK Government has been in developing proposals for its reform.
(211807)
364
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department plans to take in conjunction with the African Development Bank to improve the regional infrastructure in the region in partnership with the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa.
(211808)
365
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by his Department to facilitate trade across borders in southern Africa.
(211809)
366
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Regional Trade Facilitation Programme on fair-trade exports in southern Africa since 2005.
(211810)
367
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Facility to the development of economic infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.
(211811)
368
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the role of higher economic growth rates is in meeting the millennium development goals in Africa; and what recent steps he has taken to support the rate of economic growth in Africa.
(211812)
369
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment has been made of the impact of the Nile Basin Initiative in the region; and what the role of his Department was in implementing this initiative.
(211813)
370
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what role the Investment Climate Facility has played in strengthening Africa's business environment since 2006; and what assessment he has made of the impact this has had on foreign direct investment in the region.
(211814)
371
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what commitments he has made to supporting the Africa EU Strategic Partnership.
(211815)
372
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people living on less than one dollar a day in sub-Saharan Africa.
(211816)
373
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage change in levels of bilateral aid to Africa there was between 2004-05 and 2007-08; and how this change compared to commitments made at the G8 and EU summits in 2005.
(211817)
374
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the average rate of economic growth was in sub-Saharan Africa in the last three years; and what estimate he has made of the contribution of the UK to such economic development.
(211818)
375
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he has taken to improve the provision of free primary education in Zambia since 2000.
(211819)
376
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on improving healthcare, and access to healthcare, in Malawi since 2005.
(211820)
377
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps he has taken to tackle unemployment in Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement.
(211821)
378
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps have been taken to tackle food shortages and poverty in Ethiopia in the last two years.
(211822)
379
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to tackle gender equality and promote the rights and political participation of women in Africa.
(211823)
380
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to reduce maternal mortality rates in Africa.
(211824)
381
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much he has allocated to tackling unsafe abortions in Africa; and on what projects this funding is being committed.
(211825)
382
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211686)
383
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211764)
384
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(212003)
385
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework will be published.
(211986)
386
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with UN officials on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of children by peacekeepers; what measures have been proposed to prevent such abuse; and if he will make a statement.
(211883)
387
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on child protection systems in developing countries in each of the last five years.
(211884)
388
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department plans to take to support progress on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, relating to child mortality and maternal health, at the June European Council.
(211885)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
389
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what arrangements are in place to compensate those who experience a loss of earnings as a result of jury service but who are self-employed or running new businesses and have as yet no track record of their earnings; and what arrangements are in place to provide appropriate levels of financial compensation for those jurors who draw a pension but also take on short-term contracted work.
(211040)
390
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to assist prisoners to gain employment when released.
(211935)
391
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to reduce re-offending by young offenders.
(211936)
392
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for driving in a bus lane where the defence was that the driver entered the bus lane to make way for an emergency vehicle in the last three years; and how many such prosecutions were successful.
(211448)
393
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211693)
394
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211771)
395
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which pilot projects initiated by his Department since its creation have not proceeded to further roll-out.
(211840)
396
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much sick pay to staff in his Department and its predecessor cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(211858)
397
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library representations received in the last 12 months by the East of England Regional Offender Manager in respect of the ClearSprings contract for bail accommodation in Peterborough from (a) Peterborough City Council, (b) Cambridgeshire Probation Service and (c) Cambridgeshire Constabulary; and if he will make a statement.
(211286)
398
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2004.
(211045)
399
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of fixed fees for legal aid on the funding of voluntary sector organisations providing legal advice.
(211593)
400
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether home information packs have been commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to market a residential property.
(211594)
401
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible but not registered to vote in each of the last 11 years, broken down by region; and what assessment he has made of the effects of individual voter registration on the level of voter registration.
(211365)
402
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average rate of voter registration is in the 100 (a) least and (b) most deprived wards; what assessment he has made of the effects of individual voter registration on the rate of registration in such wards; and if he will make a statement.
(211366)
403
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of those eligible were registered to vote in each ward in Denbighshire in each of the last 11 years.
(211367)
404
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the change in level of voter registration among eligible people has been in those 50 (a) constituencies and (b) local authority wards with the lowest level of voter registration in 2001 since that date, ranked in descending order by magnitude of change.
(211464)
405
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the demographic profile of those people who are most likely not to be registered to vote; what the conclusions were of such research; and if he will make a statement.
(211914)
406
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for an offence under section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1989 there have been since the Act came into force.
(211493)
407
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish his response to the consultation on bilingual juries in Wales.
(211285)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
408
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211683)
409
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211761)
410
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(212006)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
411
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many people have gone through the pre-volunteer pilot programme in each of the pilot boroughs.
(211776)
Questions to the Prime Minister
412
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the conferences hosted by 10 Downing Street in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211681)
413
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, which special envoys he has appointed since taking office; what remuneration is paid to each; what allowance each receives for expenses; and how much each has been reimbursed for claims for (a) expenses and (b) travel expenses.
(211748)
414
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, which official residences are unoccupied; and what the annual cost of maintenance is of each residence.
(211777)
415
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, which official residences are occupied; and by which minister in each case.
(211778)
416
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 1st May 2008, Official Report, column 624W, on departmental manpower, if he will break down by pay grade members of staff listed.
(211875)
417
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 1st May 2008, Official Report, column 624W, on departmental manpower, how many people are employed in the (a) speech writing unit, (b) international unit and (c) direct communications unit in No. 10 Downing Street.
(211891)
418
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, how much sick pay to staff in his Office cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(212007)
419
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will hold meetings of the Cabinet outside London.
(211596)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
420
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211760)
Questions to the Solicitor General
421
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Solicitor General, what the (a) date, (b) venue, (c) total and (d) per capita cost of all internal staff parties held by (i) the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office and (ii) other agencies in her Department have been in the last 12 months.
(211781)
422
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list the appointments made to agencies for which the Attorney General is responsible since 27th June 2007.
(211791)
423
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Solicitor General, where Christine Drury's desk is located; and whether she is paid from the public purse.
(211912)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
424
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to her Oral Statement of 9th June 2008, Official Report, columns 22-23, on transport (Greater Manchester), how much of the funding allocated for public transport in Greater Manchester will be allocated to transport routes from East Lancashire.
(211900)
425
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make a statement on the proposed East Lancashire rapid transit scheme.
(211990)
426
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will estimate the cost to the local authority of regulatory approval for construction of a road-based tramway system in East Lancashire; and if she will make a statement.
(211992)
427
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are employed by the British Railways Board (Residuary); what that body's budget was in 2007-08; and when she expects the body to be wound up.
(211444)
428
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if her Department will commission an evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of speed reducing technologies.
(211446)
429
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9th June 2008, Official Report, column 38W, on transport exhaust emissions, what mechanism is in place to achieve the European Commission's 16 per cent. greenhouse gas reduction target over 2005 levels for the UK's non-traded sector, with specific reference to the reduction to be made in the road transport sector.
(211573)
430
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations she has received on flexible fuel vehicles.
(211877)
431
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans she has to have discussions with the Mayor of London on transport issues of shared responsibility.
(211746)
432
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to what schemes her Department plans to allocate funding from the Designated Community Rail Fund.
(211747)
433
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11th June 2008, Official Report, column 265W, on rolling stock: procurement, how many of the 317 vehicles ordered from manufacturers will be delivered in October 2008.
(211871)
434
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11th June 2008, Official Report, column 265W, on rolling stock: procurement, what the date of delivery is of each carriage ordered; and on which line each carriage will be delivered.
(211952)
435
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will estimate the cost of mutual recognition of bus concessionary travel between England and Wales.
(211208)
436
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will list the conferences hosted by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211685)
437
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by her Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211763)
438
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 26th March 2008, Official Report, columns 11-12WS, on Royal and Ministerial air travel, what the cost will be of the small aircraft for official travel within the UK.
(211872)
439
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which models of cars available for ministerial use are manufactured in the UK.
(211579)
440
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will discuss with Transport for London the absence of bus stops along the western side of Parliament Street near Whitehall and ask for this situation to be rectified.
(211851)
441
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) men and (b) women were killed in car accidents in the Humberside police authority area where at least one driver involved was aged 21 years or under and (i) male and (ii) aged 21 years or under female in each year since 2000.
(211846)
442
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what risk assessment she has made of pilots flying into London airports whose English language skills are not compliant with the minimum requirements of the Civil Aviation Organisation; and if she will make a statement.
(211993)
443
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make a statement on the findings of the Air Accident Investigation Branch investigation into the incident of a LOT Airliner, involving language communications difficulties with air traffic control on its approach to Heathrow airport.
(211994)
444
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will prevent any airline operators from landing at London's airports who do not comply with the International Civil Aviation Organisation's requirement for pilots to be proficient in English language; and if she will make a statement.
(211995)
445
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with (a) Network Rail and (b) National Express East Anglia on disruptions caused by failures to the infrastructure on the line from Colchester to London Liverpool Street since 1st January 2008; and if she will make a statement.
(211232)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
446
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211759)
447
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7th May 2008, Official Report, columns 894-895W, on council tax: valuation, how many dwellings in Wales had their council tax banding amended by the 2005 council tax revaluation.
(211653)
448
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 15th May 2008, Official Report, columns 1682-3W, on council tax: valuation, how many dwellings have changed band since the 2005 revaluation, in terms of moving (a) up a band or more and (b) down a band or more.
(211832)
449
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the banding amendments that have been made in Cardiff by the Valuation Office Agency subsequent to the 2005 council tax revaluation; and how many dwellings in Cardiff have seen their original bandings move to a higher band.
(211925)
450
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what role the Welsh Assembly Government plays in the valuation of properties for council tax purposes; and how responsibilities are divided between the Valuation Office Agency, Welsh Assembly Government, his Department, the Department for Communities and Local Government and HM Treasury.
(211926)
451
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether any home information packs have been commissioned by his Department.
(211929)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
452
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, if she will list the conferences hosted by the Government Equalities Office in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211682)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
453
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on using energy efficiency measures to tackle fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.
(211940)
454
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.
(211684)
455
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(211762)
456
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a list of the benefits and payments made available by his Department and the conditions required to claim each of those benefits and payments.
(211775)
457
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which pilot projects initiated by his Department in the last two years have not proceeded to further roll-out.
(211842)
458
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2008, Official Report, column 1613W, on departmental voluntary work, for which organisations members of his Department have volunteered through the Community 5000 scheme in the last 12 months.
(211964)
459
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.
(212005)
460
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people affected by changes in the rules governing the funding of the VIEW national diploma for piano tuners.
(211949)
461
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many blind applicants to courses leading to the VIEW national diploma for piano tuners there were in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes to funding arrangements on take-up of diploma courses; and if he will make a statement.
(211953)
462
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what organisational status Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) will have; and whether CMEC staff transferred from the Child Support Agency will retain Civil Service status.
(211041)
463
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received assistance from the Access to Work scheme in each of the last five years; and what proportion of those people had been diagnosed with a mental illness.
(211364)
464
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the financial impact on participating companies of the Pension Protection Fund; and if he will make a statement.
(210760)
465
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much and what proportion of each type of state benefits payable to residents in East Devon has been paid into post office card accounts in each of the last five years.
(211675)
466
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what means women who opted to pay the married woman's rate of national insurance contributions prior to the abolition of the half test were advised of (a) its abolition and (b) the implications of its abolition for their continued election to pay contributions at the reduced rate.
(211278)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
467
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the status of the contract between the Valuation Office Agency and Rightmove.co.uk plc is.
[Transferred] (211932)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
468
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has for the future employment of social workers in young offender institutions.
[Transferred] (211604)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
469
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been given by the General Register Office to local authority registrars on the taking of photographs of the wedding register by members of the public.
[Transferred] (211916)

 
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