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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 7 October 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 7 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 7 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 7 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 7 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 7 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department spent tackling fuel poverty in each of the last 10 years; and how much it expects to spend in the next 12 months.
(225196)
2
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the use of sustainable energy.
(224990)
3
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps the Government plans to take to facilitate the development and use of sustainable energy.
(224991)
4
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many gymnasiums operated for the use of staff members his Department funds.
(225048)
5
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the annual running costs have been of the gymnasium used by staff at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets in each year between 2003 and 2007.
(225049)
6
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many Office of Gas and Electricity Markets staff have membership of the gymnasium at 9 Millbank, London, paid for from the public purse.
(225201)
7
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the range in rates of the Annual Service Provision Cost (Franchise Fee) paid by branches of the Post Office is.
(224852)
8
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many franchised branches of the Post Office pay an annual service provision cost (franchise fee) in the range of (a) £0 to 10,000, (b) £10,001 to £20,000, (c) £20,001 to £30,000, (d) £30,001 to £40,000, (e) £40,001 to £50,000, (f) £50,001 to £60,000 and (g) £60,001 and above.
(224853)
9
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what criteria and performance measures his Department uses to assess the performance of industry regulators.
(224778)
10
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Written Statement of 10th July 2008, Official Report, column 79WS, on the EU Energy Council, whether the UK is classified as a country with potentially expensive domestic renewables resources; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the UK/Germany/Poland proposal.
(224890)
11
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much money has been guaranteed by the Government under the Small Firms' Loan Guarantee in each year since 2003.
(225166)
12
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses have been refused loans under the Small Firms' Loan Guarantee in each year since 2003.
(225167)
13
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses have received assistance from the Small Firms' Loan Guarantee in each year since 2003.
(225168)
14
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department plans to spend on development of solar energy technology in 2008.
(224920)
15
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he was informed that KPMG had resigned as auditors to Excel Airways Group PLC in October 2006; what steps he and the regulator took to investigate the reasons for this resignation; and if he will set up an investigation into the financial affairs of Excel and the successor XL Leisure Group.
(224686)
16
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2128W, on the National Grid: standards, if he will (a) publish the National Grid's full report and (b) provide an explanation of the third drop in system frequency of 27th May 2008.
(224889)
17
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many days' supply of gas the UK has storage capacity for; and what proposals his Department has to increase this.
(224730)
18
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to protect vulnerable individuals from receiving mail from fraudsters.
(224791)
19
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether trials on the use of topanol in oil-fired stoves are (a) taking place or (b) are due to take place; and if he will make a statement.
(224728)
20
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had with industry representatives on the maintenance of oil-fired stoves.
(224729)
21
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many staff were employed by (a) the Welsh Consumer Council, (b) Postwatch Wales and (c) Energywatch Wales in each of the last five years.
(224830)
22
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many staff are expected to be employed as part of Consumer Focus Wales.
(224831)
23
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many wind turbines there are in the UK.
(225107)
24
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what information his Department holds on the number of fossil fuel power stations which have closed as a direct result of being replaced by wind turbines.
(225108)
25
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the (a) average gross income per annum and (b) subsidy from the public purse for a large 2.5 MW installed capacity wind turbine was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(225109)
26
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what procedures are in place to ensure that generation from fossil fuel power stations is regulated to account for differentials in wind power generation.
(225110)
27
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what information his Department holds on whether (a) the output of fossil fuel power stations may be reduced for periods when wind power is available and (b) there are periods of duplication of production.
(225111)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
28
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will meet the hon. Member for Nottingham North to discuss early intervention.
(225190)
29
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of expenditure from the public purse on asylum seekers in each of the last 11 years (a) in cash terms and (b) adjusted for inflation.
(224559)
30
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to raise the limit for the maximum monthly investment into a Save as You Earn Sharesave plan to £400 to take account of inflation since 1991.
(224703)
31
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish his Department's factual paper on the operation of the Barnett formula.
(225021)
32
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will consider the report, Unequal Shares: The Definitive Guide to the Barnett Formula, published by the Taxpayers' Alliance.
(225022)
33
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29th September 2008, Official Report, column 2308W on VAT: energy, if he will estimate the additional revenue that will be raised from VAT on domestic energy as a result of increases in fuel prices in 2008-09.
(225095)
34
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families with children aged between one and five years in (a) Carshalton and Wallington constituency, (b) Greater London and (c) England have been awarded the childcare element of the working tax credit since the element was introduced.
(224969)
35
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many working hours were spent administering the issue of annual review forms to tax credit recipients in 2007-08.
(225046)
36
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of (a) sending and (b) processing the return of annual tax credit review forms was in 2007-08.
(225047)
37
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the operational independence of the Financial Services Authority.
(224683)
38
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the carbon dioxide and (b) the nitrogen oxide emissions output for all fleet models of aircraft (i) currently using and (ii) predicted to use UK airports as part of its formulation of aviation duty policy.
(224854)
39
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the carbon dioxide emissions output during the landing and take off cycle and (b) the maximum take off weight of all fleet models of aircraft (i) using and (ii) predicted to use UK airports as part of its formulation of aviation duty policy.
(224855)
40
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for Transport on the use of (a) carbon dioxide emissions output during the landing and take off cycle and (b) the maximum take off weight as a basis for a per aeroplane aviation duty.
(224856)
41
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224757)
42
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account he has taken of varying regional impacts of the proposed aviation duty in the formulation of the policy; and if he will publish his Department's modelling of the likely effects of the duty on each region before a decision on implementation is taken.
(224994)
43
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the progress achieved by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in achieving the target set by his Department to raise £20 million per year in private sector support for elite sport; what plans he has to guarantee the funding; and if he will make a statement.
(224761)
44
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what targets for asset sales have been set for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in each of the next three years.
(224865)
45
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what redundancy costs have (a) already been incurred and (b) are budgeted for by HM Revenue and Customs in each year from 2002-03 to 2010-11.
(224945)
46
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was to HM Revenue and Customs of compliance and enforcement in each year since 2003-04.
(224946)
47
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the revenue recovered by HM Revenue and Customs Compliance and Enforcement Unit in each year since 2003-04.
(224947)
48
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many UK taxpayers would pay tax at 50 per cent. if a 50 per cent. rate were introduced for taxpayers with annual pay of (a) £100,000, (b) £150,000 and (c) £200,000.
(224540)
49
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much additional revenue would be raised if a 50 per cent. tax rate were introduced for UK taxpayers receiving annual pay of (a) £100,000, (b) £150,000 and (c) £200,000.
(224716)
50
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many professional and semi-professional football clubs have entered administration with debts outstanding to HM Revenue and Customs in the last three years.
(224916)
51
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what timetable has been set for the Adjudicator's Office by his Department for the completion of investigations into complaints about HM Revenue and Customs.
(224898)
52
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual costs of PFI/PPP contracts across the public sector were in the latest period for which figures are available.
(224937)
53
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the forecast is of total (a) losses and (b) cash requirements of Northern Rock for (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.
(224938)
54
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of unfunded pension liabilities in the public sector is.
(224940)
55
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect which would result from one per cent. lower growth in the economy in a year on the published annual deficit.
(224941)
56
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures the Government plans to introduce to protect the (a) pensions, (b) homes and (c) savings of UK citizens with reference to the recent uncertainty in the international banking sector.
(224734)
57
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the international banking turbulance on (a) public sector pay policy, (b) fuel prices, (c) utility bills and (d) food prices in the UK.
(224736)
58
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what regulatory changes the Government plans to introduce to ensure better regulation of banks operating in the UK.
(224737)
59
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Government has made of the number of UK employees who may be made redundant due to the recent uncertainty in the international banking sector, broken down by region.
(224738)
60
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to ensure that as many HBOS employees in Halifax as possible retain their jobs as part of the conditions of the pending merger of HBOS with Lloyds TSB.
(225206)
61
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and with which institutions he has invested Child Trust Fund contributions that have been unclaimed by families.
(224644)
62
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families with low incomes have not claimed the Child Trust Fund payment since 2005.
(224648)
63
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times his predecessor visited (a) Cardiff, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Swansea, (d) Glasgow, (e) Aberdeen and (f) Dundee between 2nd May 1997 and 8th June 1999; on what dates he made such visits; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(224942)
64
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times his predecessor visited (a) Cardiff, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Swansea, (d) Glasgow, (e) Aberdeen and (f) Dundee between 8th June 1998 and 8th June 1999; on what dates he made such visits; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(224943)
65
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many instances of the loss of personal documents were recorded by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years.
(225093)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
66
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children due to enter their first year of primary school did not have a school place by 1st September in the relevant year in each London borough in each year since 1997.
(224967)
67
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of three to five year-olds in (a) Carshalton and Wallington constituency, (b) Greater London and (c) England were living in (i) workless households and (ii) relative poverty in each of the last 10 years.
(224968)
68
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent steps the Government has taken to assist parents seeking employment with their childcare responsibilities.
(224986)
69
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the attainment of employment-based skills by parents.
(224987)
70
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve literacy levels among key stage 2 children.
(224988)
71
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve numeracy skills among key stage 2 children.
(224989)
72
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent steps the Government has taken to provide assistance to children who fall behind in writing and mathematics in school.
(225199)
73
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent steps the Government has taken to assist schools in identifying children with learning difficulties.
(225200)
74
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many letters he has received from members of the public on the 14 to 19 diplomas in the last three months; and what percentage of those letters have supported the programme.
(224564)
75
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the (a) set-up and (b) running costs of the Young People's Learning Agency will be, broken down by function of the Agency.
(224567)
76
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many full-time equivalent staff work for the Learning and Skills Council.
(224568)
77
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many full-time equivalent staff will work for each new agency resulting from the dissolution of the Learning and Skills Council.
(224569)
78
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been spent on the Primary National Strategy in each year from 2006 to 2008.
(224570)
79
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent on the National Literacy Strategy in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(224573)
80
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent on the National Numeracy Strategy in each year from 1998 to 2006.
(224574)
81
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of (a) secondary and (b) primary schools are offering at least four hours of sport a week, broken down by local authority.
(224794)
82
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people who were entered for a (a) GCSE and (b) A Level did not sit one or more exams in each of the last five years.
(224796)
83
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools in each local authority have had no entrants for (a) French, (b) German and (c) Spanish examinations in each of the last five years.
(224797)
84
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many headteachers between the ages of 55 and 60 years there are in maintained schools in each local authority.
(224798)
85
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children eligible for free school meals received an A grade in (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) further mathematics, (e) history, (f) French and (g) German A Level in each of the last five years.
(224799)
86
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children eligible for free school meals received an A or A* grade in (a) mathematics, (b) English literature, (c) English language, (d) physics, (e) chemistry, (f) biology, (g) French and (h) German GCSE examinations in each of the last five years.
(224800)
87
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent by his Department on voluntary early release schemes and redundancies in each of the last 10 years.
(224801)
88
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many civil servants employed by his Department stopped working for the Department in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years.
(224802)
89
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many civil servants were employed by his Department on a permanent basis in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years.
(224803)
90
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many civil servants transferred from his Department to other Government departments in each of the last 24 months.
(224804)
91
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of (a) boys and (b) girls from each ethnic minority group did not achieve any A* to C grades at GCSE in each of the last 10 years.
(224805)
92
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of (a) secondary and (b) primary schools offer two hours of sport within the school day, broken down by local authority.
(224806)
93
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of (a) secondary and (b) primary schools offer two hours or more a week of sport outside the school day, broken down by local authority.
(224807)
94
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what targets were not achieved by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(224811)
95
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many foundation schools have (a) become trust schools and (b) applied to become trust schools.
(224870)
96
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many national challenge schools will be entering national challenge trusts.
(224871)
97
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have applied to become trust schools.
(224873)
98
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of pupils achieved five good GCSEs in (a) comprehensive and (b) independent schools in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.
(224874)
99
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of pupils obtained five good GCSEs including English and mathematics but excluding equivalents in each year since 1997.
(224875)
100
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of pupils obtained five good GCSEs including English and mathematics in the 100 least deprived lower super output areas in 2008.
(224876)
101
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many boys on free school meals achieved (a) five A* to C passes at GCSE, (b) five A* to C passes at GCSE including mathematics and English, (c) five A* to C passes at GCSE including mathematics, English and a science and (d) five A* to C passes at GCSE including mathematics, English, science and a foreign language in each year since 1997.
(224877)
102
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of pupils obtained a GCSE at grade C or above in mathematics in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by decile of the indices of multiple deprivation.
(224878)
103
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many boys on free school meals achieved three As at A-level in the last year for which figures are available.
(224880)
104
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and mathematics in the 100 most deprived lower super output areas in 2008.
(224881)
105
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will place in the Library a list of the (a) targets and (b) quantifiable aims which his Department is committed to meeting.
(224925)
106
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of people who had been in young offender institutions for (a) less than and (b) more than two years were entered for GCSEs in each of the last five years.
(224928)
107
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils had a recorded unauthorised half-day absence while in year (a) nine, (b) 10 and (c) 11 in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(224929)
108
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have been put into special measures (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times and (d) more than three times in the last 10 years.
(224930)
109
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils spent some time in a pupil referral unit in each year since their introduction.
(224931)
110
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of students in pupil referral units had been there for more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) a year, (d) two years, (e) three years, (f) four years and (g) five years in each of the last 10 years.
(224932)
111
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils have spent more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) a year, (d) two years, (e) three years, (f) four years and (g) five years in a pupil referral unit since their introduction.
(224933)
112
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what costs are incurred by students seeking to re-take (a) mathematics and (b) English language GCSE examinations.
(224934)
113
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students have taken (a) mathematics and (b) English language GCSE examinations for a second time in each of the last 10 years.
(224935)
114
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 21st July 2008, Official Report, column 928, on the Building Schools for the Future Programme, if he will (a) update the results for 2008 and (b) give the dates on which the Building Schools for the Future Programme (i) began and (ii) was completed in each school.
(225043)
115
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent on salaries for press and communications officers in (a) his Department, (b) its NDPBs and (c) its agencies in each of the last three years.
(224548)
116
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Competition Managers have been appointed; and how many he expects to be appointed during 2008-09.
(224769)
117
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects his Department to publish its most recent annual survey of school sport partnerships.
(224973)
118
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools in each local authority area are in special measures; and if he will make a statement.
(224609)
119
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will publish each local authority's latest estimate of the GCSE results of each school in the National Challenge for (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(224664)
120
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the reasons for some local authorities to have a large proportion of schools in the National Challenge; and if he will make a statement.
(224665)
121
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what (a) legislative changes and (b) departmental approval would be needed to open a new grammar school; and if he will make a statement.
(224666)
122
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which 10 local authorities had the highest proportion of secondary schools below the National Challenge target of 30 per cent. of children achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs, including English and mathematics, in (a) 1996, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(224667)
123
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his estimate is of spending on the National Challenge for Schools in each year between 2008 and 2012, broken down by smallest geographical area available; and if he will make a statement.
(224668)
124
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on rates of exclusion from academies compared with other maintained schools.
(224669)
125
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on the level of start-up funding in academies compared with Fresh Start schools.
(224670)
126
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of pupils in secondary schools attended their nearest maintained school in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by each local authority; and if he will make a statement.
(224671)
127
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of pupils attending grammar schools was known to be eligible for free school meals in (a) 1978, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(224672)
128
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his estimate is of the number of children in academies in each year from 2002 to 2008; what proportion was entitled to free school meals in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(224673)
129
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of pupils was entitled to free school meals in (a) grammar schools, (b) academies and (c) all other maintained schools in each year from 1997 to 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(224674)
130
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which academies have been identified by his Department as making inadequate improvement in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(224834)
131
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what powers his Department has to intervene where academies are making inadequate progress; and how often such powers have been used.
(224835)
132
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which academies plan to open in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and if he will make a statement.
(224837)
133
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which National Challenge schools (a) have and (b) have not appointed a National Challenge Adviser; and if he will make a statement.
(224902)
134
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in which local authorities over 50 per cent. of children did not achieve five or more A* to C grade GCSEs, including English and mathematics, in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(224903)
135
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will publish the primary capital programmes submitted to his Department by each local authority in 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(225031)
136
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools were built between (a) 1997 and 2007 and (b) 1987 and 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(225032)
137
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to ensure that all those who were approved to mark standard assessment test papers in 2008 but who received no scripts to mark will receive the compensation payment of £250 from ETS; and if he will make a statement.
(225036)
138
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether an academic review day counts as one of the 190 days per year on which a teacher is required to teach pupils and perform other duties, as referred to in paragraph 77.3 of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 2008.
(225056)
139
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his estimate is of the annual cost of the teachers' pension scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(225057)
140
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on the terms and conditions of the teachers' pension scheme.
(225058)
141
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his estimate is of the proportion of children known to be eligible for free school meals in each academy and its predecessor school in each year since 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(225059)
142
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of white British boys eligible for free school meals did not achieve (a) any GCSE passes, (b) at least one GCSE pass at grade C or above, (c) at least five GCSEs at A*-C, (d) at least five A*-C GCSEs, including English and mathematics in each year between 2001 and 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(225065)
143
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what start-up grants are made available to new academies; how long they last; and what their average amount is.
(225066)
144
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) parent governors and (b) local authority governors there are for each academy; and if he will make a statement.
(225067)
145
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which academies use their powers to select up to 10 per cent. of their intake by aptitude; and if he will make a statement.
(225068)
146
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which academies (a) do and (b) do not follow national pay and conditions for staff.
(225069)
147
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which academies (a) do and (b) do not recognise trade unions; and if he will make a statement.
(225070)
148
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what procedures govern the means by which capital funding is devolved to each category of maintained school; and if he will make a statement.
(225082)
149
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people in each local authority area are enrolled on an entry to employment programme.
(225086)
150
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of people enrolled on an entry to employment programme have applied for education maintenance allowance since June 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(225087)
151
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people enrolled on an entry to employment programme have had education maintenance allowance payments delayed because of technical problems; and if he will make a statement.
(225088)
152
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many local authorities allow people enrolled on an entry to employment programme to apply for education maintenance allowance online; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the online application process; and if he will make a statement.
(225089)
153
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average expenditure on school buildings was in each year from (a) 1979 to 1997 and (b) 1997 to 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(225090)
154
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many markers of national key stage tests in 2008 (a) have received and (b) are yet to receive compensation payments because they did not receive any scripts; by what date he expects all such markers to have received compensation payments; what the reason is for the time taken to pay compensation; and if he will make a statement.
(225091)
155
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his estimate is of the proportion of children in each local authority who obtained (a) five or more A* to C GCSEs and (b) five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and mathematics in each year between 1996 and 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(225113)
156
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the remit of the Joint Advisory Council for Qualifications will be; and if he will make a statement.
(225118)
157
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whom he expects to appoint as the (a) chair and (b) chief executive of the Joint Advisory Council for Qualifications; and if he will make a statement.
(225119)
158
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects the Joint Advisory Council for Qualifications to be in operation; and if he will make a statement.
(225120)
159
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, where the Joint Advisory Council for Qualifications will be based; and if he will make a statement.
(225121)
160
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of 15 year olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved (i) five GCSEs at A* to C and (ii) five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics in each year since 1997.
(225122)
161
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of 14 year olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved level five in English, mathematics and science at key stage 3 in each year since 1997.
(225123)
162
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of 11 year olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved level four in English and mathematics at key stage 2 in each year since 1997.
(225124)
163
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of 7 year olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved level two in literacy and numeracy at key stage 1 in each year since 1997.
(225125)
164
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, by what date he expects the contracts for administration of the 2009 key stage tests to be agreed; and if he will make a statement.
(225169)
165
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment his Department has made of the reliability of the marking of key stage 2 and 3 tests in 2008; on the basis of what information that assessment was made; and if he will make a statement.
(225170)
166
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many requests for marking reviews of (a) key stage 2 and (b) key stage 3 tests were received in each year from 2002 to 2007; what proportion of these requests resulted in a change of mark; and if he will make a statement.
(225171)
167
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many requests for marking reviews of (a) key stage 2 and (b) key stage 3 2008 tests were received before 30th September 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(225172)
168
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the costs and benefits of teacher assessment of key stage 2 and key stage 3 tests, with external moderation; and if he will make a statement.
(225173)
169
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the cost of the key stage (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 tests was in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(225174)
170
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students were entitled to education maintenance allowance in each local authority area in the academic year 2007-08; and what percentage of students took up their entitlement.
(225127)
171
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what public funding is being made available for new school buildings at Eaton Hall, Nottinghamshire.
(224585)
172
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the level of public access to new sports facilities funded by the sale of playing fields at Portland School, Worksop.
(224586)
173
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects Serlby Park school to be rebuilt under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(224587)
174
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which schools in Nottinghamshire have been proposed for either new building or significant rebuilding through the Building Schools for the Future programme in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.
(224904)
175
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidelines he has issued to education authorities relating to over-subscribed primary schools.
(224647)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
176
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people died from an asbestos-related condition in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224752)
177
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people died from mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224753)
178
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people were diagnosed with cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224785)
179
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people died from cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224786)
180
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people were diagnosed with breast cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224787)
181
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people died from breast cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224788)
182
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the running costs of the Media Monitoring Unit were in 2007-08.
(224958)
183
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many full-time equivalent employees are employed to work in the Cabinet Office's Media Monitoring Unit.
(224965)
184
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th June 2008, Official Report, columns 1138-44W, on the Central Office of Information: advertising, what the (a) name, (b) cost and (c) purpose was of each advertising campaign carried out by the Central Office of Information in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2007-08.
(224999)
185
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what financial contributions were made by (a) each central government department and (b) other organisations to the Cabinet Office's Media Monitoring Unit in each of the last three years; and how much he expects each such organisation to contribute in 2008-09.
(225002)
186
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Social Enterprise Action Plan across Government.
(225024)
187
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what recent discussions he has had with Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on social enterprise.
(225025)
188
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the community investment tax relief scheme in respect of social enterprise activities.
(225026)
189
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the outcome of the cross-departmental third sector public services action plan has been in respect of social enterprise.
(225027)
190
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what deficiencies he has identified in (a) regional, (b) sub-regional, (c) local and (d) sectoral social enterprise networks; and what steps he (i) has taken and (ii) plans to take to address such deficiencies.
(225028)
191
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how the £10 million social co-investment risk capital fund for social enterprise is to be used; and what Government funding sources are available for social enterprise start-ups.
(225029)
192
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which (a) regions and (b) council areas have the (i) highest and (ii) lowest number of registered social enterprises; and if he will make a statement.
(225030)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
193
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will publish the draft Planning Policy Statement on eco-towns.
(225051)
194
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's latest estimate is of the number of new homes required to be built in the South East region; and how many of these homes are required to fulfil housing need for those living in the South East region.
(224607)
195
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the demand for new homes in (a) the South East Region and (b) other regions from (i) UK nationals already living in the South East Region, (ii) UK nationals living outside the South East Region, (iii) European Union citizens and (iv) citizens of other countries.
(224756)
196
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects Milton Keynes Unitary Authority to publish its landscape character assessment.
(224927)
197
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the outcome of neighbourhood management pathfinders against objectives to increase electoral registration.
(224823)
198
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what regulations and guidance her Department and its predecessors have issued on the use of non-barrier piping for central heating systems in the last 15 years.
(224906)
199
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many representations she has received from local authorities seeking amendments to planning law to give preferential planning to new build with solar energy installed in the last two years.
(224914)
200
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when representatives of her Department last met housebuilders to discuss the promotion of solar energy in new build housing.
(224918)
201
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many residential properties in the UK have solar panels; and what data her Department gathers on residential solar panel installation in other EU member states for benchmarking purposes.
(224919)
202
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been paid from receipts from the EU Solidarity Fund in respect of flood damage in Nottinghamshire in 2007, broken down by category of expenditure.
(224921)
203
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new houses built or to be built in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 have solar panels.
(224922)
204
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what options are available to Bassetlaw residents seeking the introduction of a unitary local government authority in their area; and if she will make a statement.
(224926)
205
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the use the National Fraud Initiative has made of information from joint bank accounts on the financial affairs of spouses.
(225020)
206
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to hold online consultations in the next two years.
(225015)
207
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the level of fraud perpetuated against housing associations.
(224721)
208
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if her Department will consider the merits of re-introducing Parker-Morris standards for new housing.
(224722)
209
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding is available to the Thames Gateway over the next three years; and what direct democratic controls are in place to monitor the use of that funding.
(224614)
210
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her policy to collect statistics on how much each (a) county council and (b) borough council spends on communication and marketing.
(224624)
211
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the average additional cost of wall insulation for a home with solid walls; and if she will make a statement.
(224892)
212
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of homes which have solid walls in (a) Castle Point, (b) Essex and (c) England.
(224893)
213
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance she plans to provide for people whose homes have solid walls to provide wall insulation; and if she will make a statement.
(224894)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
214
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what analysis he has made of the elite sports which field teams to represent England at international level and receive no funds from UK Sport; and what estimate he has made of the number of people who are actively involved in each sport.
(225014)
215
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has had from UK sporting organisations on the adoption of a wider list of sports eligible for elite funding.
(225019)
216
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many visits there were to English Heritage properties in each year since 1997.
(224543)
217
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which meetings (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of English Heritage in the last 12 months.
(224544)
218
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what target was set by English Heritage for providing free education visits in each of the last five years.
(224545)
219
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff were employed by his Department to work on heritage in each year since 1997.
(224762)
220
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the funds received by his Department as part of the sale of the land to the north of the British Library have yet been allocated; and what plans he has to make use of any unallocated funds.
(224764)
221
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the land to the north of the British Library was sold for; and how much was retained by his Department.
(224765)
222
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what use has been made of the income relating to the sale by his Department of the land to the north of the British Library.
(224766)
223
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what valuations were made of the land to the north of the British Library in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08.
(224767)
224
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department completed the exercise measuring the cost of the Gambling Act 2005 as set out in the departmental Corporate Plan; what the estimated costs of the Act have been; and when he expects to publish the report in full.
(224768)
225
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will give a breakdown by main budget heading of the £140 million funding announced on 6th June 2008 to encourage local authorities to offer free swimming.
(224770)
226
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average local authority entitlement is as part of the £140 million fund announced on 6th June 2008 to encourage local authorities to offer free swimming; and what percentage of the total cost is expected to be borne by local authorities.
(224771)
227
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of (a) his Department's most recent annual staff survey, (b) the staff perception of the Department's ability to manage change and (c) the staff perception of communications within the Department and with NDPBs; and if he will make a statement.
(224773)
228
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects his Department to complete the evidence base for its sectors in relation to the objective of increasing private giving to cultural and sporting organisations as set out in the Department's Corporate Plan.
(224774)
229
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) Arts Council England has made of the cost to arts establishments and artists of new (i) regulations and (ii) legislation in each of the last three years.
(224775)
230
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) Sport England has made of the cost to sports clubs of new (i) regulations and (ii) legislation in each of the last three years.
(224776)
231
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) Arts Council England, (b) Sport England, (c) UK Sport, (d) the Museums and Libraries Archive and (e) English Heritage.
(224779)
232
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communication officers are employed by the UK Film Council.
(224780)
233
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communication officers are employed by (a) the National Lottery Commission and (b) the Gambling Commission.
(224781)
234
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many enlarged partial agreements his Department made in the financial year 2007-08; and what the (a) subject and (b) cost to his Department of each such agreement was.
(224838)
235
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been allocated to support (a) individual cyclists and (b) the British Cycling Federation from (i) the National Lottery and (ii) his Department as grant-in-aid in each year since 1997.
(224839)
236
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what costs his Department has incurred in advertising the position of Chairman of Sport England in each month since November 2007.
(224840)
237
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much under each budgetary heading his Department spent on strategic commissioning in each of the last five years.
(224841)
238
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on (a) transcripts and recordings, (b) fees to the Newspaper Licensing Authority and (c) analysis of press coverage in each of the last three years.
(224842)
239
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) Sport England, (b) English Heritage, (c) the Heritage Lottery Fund, (d) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (e) the Big Lottery Fund and (f) Arts Council England spent on (i) transcripts or recordings, (ii) fees to the Newspaper Licensing Authority and (iii) analysis of press coverage in each of the last three years.
(224843)
240
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers (a) the Heritage Lottery Fund and (b) the Big Lottery Fund employed at the latest date for which figures are available.
(224844)
241
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by the Royal Parks Agency.
(224845)
242
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by regional cultural consortiums.
(224846)
243
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
(224847)
244
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by Visit Britain.
(224848)
245
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by the Churches Conservation Trust.
(224849)
246
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
(224850)
247
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by the Theatres Trust.
(224851)
248
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
(224858)
249
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by the Historic Royal Palaces.
(224859)
250
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by the Football Licensing Authority.
(224860)
251
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) the Victoria and Albert Museum, (b) National Museums Liverpool, (c) the National Maritime Museum, (d) the Natural History Museum and (e) the National Portrait Gallery.
(224861)
252
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by the Tote.
(224862)
253
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on employing press officers in each of the last five years.
(224863)
254
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by (a) Arts Council England, (b) Sport England, (c) UK Sport, (d) the Museums Libraries and Archives Council and (e) English Heritage on employing press and communications officers in each of the last five years.
(224864)
255
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by (a) the Heritage Lottery Fund and (b) the Big Lottery Fund on employing press and communications officers in each of the last five years.
(224866)
256
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on employing press and communications officers by the UK Film Council in each of the last five years.
(224867)
257
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press and communications officers are employed by his Department.
(224869)
258
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects his Department to publish its (a) Gambling Study, (b) Scoping Survey of Culture and Sport in the UK, (c) Tourism Productivity Survey, (d) report on World Heritage Status and (e) report on Drivers of Tourism Demand.
(224954)
259
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which keywords or terms his Department has monitored in the media in each of the last three years.
(224955)
260
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) Arts Council England has made of the cost to arts establishments and artists of new (i) regulations and (ii) legislation in each of the last three years.
(224956)
261
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) Sport England has made of the cost to sports clubs of new (i) regulations and (ii) legislation in each of the last three years.
(224957)
262
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the money spent by (a) Arts Council England and (b) Sport England on media monitoring services came from National Lottery income in each of the last three years.
(224959)
263
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much English Heritage received in grant-in-aid in each year since 2000 in 2007-08 prices.
(224960)
264
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on work related to tourism in each year since 2002 in 2007-08 prices.
(224961)
265
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many buildings were (a) added to and (b) removed from the Buildings At Risk Register in each year since 2000.
(224962)
266
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been paid to (a) Edelman and (b) Acclaim for services relating to the World Creative Business Conference; and how much he expects to pay to each during 2008-09.
(224963)
267
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the World Creative Business Conference will take place; where it will be held; and how much the event is estimated to cost.
(224964)
268
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many properties managed by English Heritage are required to display an energy certificate; and how many did so at the latest date for which figures are available.
(224971)
269
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much English Heritage spent on acquiring historic artefacts in each of the last five years.
(224972)
270
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average price of entry to an English Heritage property was in each of the last three years.
(224974)
271
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken in response to the findings from his Department's most recent annual staff survey.
(224975)
272
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps English Heritage has taken in response to the findings in its most recent annual staff survey.
(224976)
273
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been allocated to support (a) sports for disabled people and (b) disabled athletes from (i) the National Lottery and (ii) his Department as grant-in-aid in each year since 1997.
(224977)
274
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 17th June 2008, Official Report, columns 856-58W, on departmental NDPBs, what funding has been agreed with (a) the Royal Parks Agency and (b) each of his Department's NDPBs for the period 2008-11.
(225071)
275
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many invitations to the World Creative Business Conference have been sent out; and how many invitees have so far replied.
(225072)
276
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 17th June 2008, Official Report, columns 856-58W, on Departmental NDPBs, on which date (a) the Royal Parks Agency and (b) each of his Department's NDPBs finalised its most recent funding agreement with his Department.
(225074)
277
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish guidelines for applicants for World Heritage status.
(224832)
278
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what grants have been given out by the Football Foundation for stadium improvements since its inception.
(224583)
279
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, at which 100 outlets the most Lottery ticket sales were made in the latest period for which figures are available.
(224591)
280
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in which 50 constituencies the most Lottery ticket sales were made in the latest period for which figures are available.
(224592)
281
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which boxing clubs received funds through Sport England in 2008.
(224908)
282
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which competitive archery centres received funding originating from his Department in 2008.
(224910)
283
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many community amateur sports clubs there are in (a) Bassetlaw constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England.
(224912)
284
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which indoor BMX tracks are available for public use.
(224913)
285
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which professional and semi-professional football clubs have entered administration in the last three years.
(224915)
286
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Digital UK on ensuring that work on transmitters and the effect it has on television reception is publicised; and if he will make a statement.
(224727)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
287
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the creation of new combined cadet forces in secondary schools; how many have been created in the last three years; at what cost; what target has been set for the number of such forces to be created in the next five years; and what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of meeting this target.
(225000)
288
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of servicemen and women leaving the armed forces in each of the last five years for which figures are available had completed (a) 22 years' service and (b) fewer than five years' service.
(225023)
289
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) pork and (d) chicken supplied to the armed forces came from livestock reared in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.
(224740)
290
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the categories of support his Department makes available to ex-service personnel; what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of such support; and if he will make a statement.
(224562)
291
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of ex-service personnel were defined as living in absolute poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224680)
292
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were in receipt of a war pension in each year since 1997.
(224688)
293
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were awarded a veteran's badge in each year since the inception of the award.
(224896)
294
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ex-service personnel were defined as living in relative poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224897)
295
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual (a) operating and (b) support costs are for one unit of (a) an armoured regiment equipped with Challenger 2 tanks, (b) a formation reconnaissance regiment, (c) an engineer regiment, (d) a Royal Marine Commando battalion, (e) a Regular Army equipment support battalion, (f) a Royal Logistics Corps regiment and (g) a (National Communications) Signal Brigade.
(224701)
296
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual running cost was of (a) HMS Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal, (b) one Harrier GR9, (c) HMS Albion, (d) one Lynx Mk 8 helicopter, (e) one Merlin Mk1 helicopter and (f) one RFA support tanker in each of the last three years.
(225079)
297
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual running costs were for one Sea Harrier FA2 in each of the last three years before it was withdrawn from service; and how much was spent on manning in each year.
(225080)
298
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what he estimates the annual running costs, including manning costs, will be for a Type-45 Destroyer.
(225081)
299
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the proposed new Army Headquarters land at Andover will be in new, purpose-built accommodation; and if he will make a statement.
(225203)
300
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to dispose of Erskine Barracks, Wilton, on the open market; and if he will make a statement.
(225204)
301
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Army will vacate Erskine Barracks at Wilton.
(225205)
302
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many deaths of UK armed forces personnel in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan are considered to have resulted from the use of technology, explosives, ordnance or other weapons whose provenance is believed to be Iranian; and if he will make a statement.
(225085)
303
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army Boards of Inquiry have been convened since 1997; and how many of these have been reconvened.
(224793)
304
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) army helicopters have been sold by his Department to foreign governments since April 2002.
(224726)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
305
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many representations the National Rights of Way Casework Team has received since its inception; what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average period between the receipt of a representation and the issue of a decision on that representation has been; how many decisions have been issued more than 12 months from the date of receipt of the representations; and what the longest time is a representation has remained without the issue of a decision.
(224637)
306
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the performance of the National Rights of Way Casework Team against its targets for reviewing representations.
(224639)
307
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many appeals have been made to him under Schedule 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; how many appeals have been allowed; what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average time taken for a decision to be issued is; and what the longest time an appeal has remained without the issue of a decision is.
(224640)
308
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance he has given to (a) the National Rights of Way Casework Team and (b) surveying authorities on how to determine whether modifications to the definitive map of rights of way have been made as soon as reasonably practicable.
(224641)
309
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people are assigned to the National Rights of Way Casework Team.
(224642)
310
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of annual carbon dioxide emissions arising from bodies recognised as public corporations by the Office for National Statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(225005)
311
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Brazil on the inclusion of provisions on carbon capture and storage in the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism; and if he will make a statement.
(225006)
312
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has conducted into the potential acceleration of Greenland ice cap melt in light of the accelerated rate of Arctic summer ice melt of 2007 and 2008.
(225100)
313
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has re-assessed any of its UK flood mapping timelines in view of the accelerated rate of Arctic summer ice melt of 2007-08 and its significance for the melting of the Greenland ice cap.
(225101)
314
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications for a Warm Front grant from residents of (a) Carshalton and Wallington constituency, (b) Greater London and (c) England were (i) received, (ii) accepted and (iii) declined in each year since 2000.
(224966)
315
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the relationship between the use of allotments and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
(224944)
316
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the harmful effects of pesticides on wildlife.
(224979)
317
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to address the illegal poisoning of wildlife.
(224980)
318
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was raised from the modulation element of the single farm payment in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(224939)
319
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implications of the Local Government Ombudsman ruling 06/C/10554, in relation to the waste policies of local authorities which seek to restrict the number of household bins which are collected.
(224617)
320
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which local authorities (a) are considering, (b) are piloting, (c) are planning to move to and (d) have moved to household waste collections where residual rubbish is collected (i) once every three weeks and (ii) once every month, according to records held by (A) his Department and (B) the Waste and Resources Action Programme; and what guidance or support has been produced on the issue.
(224618)
321
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers waste collection authorities have to restrict (a) the size of a bin provided to a household and (b) the number of bins provided in circumstances where a householder is prepared to pay for an additional bin to be provided; and what changes the provisions in the Climate Change Bill amending the Environmental Protection Act 1990, if enacted, are expected to make to existing practices.
(224619)
322
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has commissioned in relation to household waste prevention and restriction in the last five years.
(224620)
323
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): 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 14th January 2008, Official Report, column 869W, on waste disposal: domestic waste, whether the work on estimating dioxin emissions from domestic burning is complete; and if he will place in the Library copies of the research reports on the topic to date.
(224888)
324
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) wild-caught and (b) captive-bred primates have been imported into the UK as pets since 2000.
(225073)
325
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pet primates have been seized in the UK as a result of noise or other nuisance since 2000; and where such seized primates were subsequently kept.
(225075)
326
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many illegally held pet primates have been seized in each year since 2000; and where such seized primates were subsequently kept.
(225076)
327
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pet primates have been recorded in the UK through licences issued under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 since 2000.
(225077)
328
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the consultation on restructuring of inland drainage boards.
(224593)
329
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost of damage caused to crops during recent floods.
(224595)
330
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account will be taken of representations received on the consultation on restructuring of inland drainage boards in formulating policy on their future structure.
(224627)
331
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of loss of livestock incurred in the recent floods.
(224808)
332
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will amend regulations relating to fallen stock to better facilitate their swift disposal.
(224809)
333
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will amend regulations to allow farmers easier access to their land during flood conditions.
(224810)
334
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of loss of crops incurred as a result of recent floods.
(224812)
335
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of procedures for flood warnings.
(224886)
336
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many solar panels were installed using grants from the public purse in each of the last three years.
(224581)
337
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Natural England on the requirement to clear and widen watercourses to prevent flooding.
(224584)
338
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Environment Agency has made of the likelihood of flooding at North Leverton and North Wheatley primary schools.
(224588)
339
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment the Environment Agency has made of the size and condition of pumping stations in Bassetlaw constituency.
(224589)
340
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment the Environment Agency has made of the flooding risk in Worksop.
(224590)
341
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who the largest five contractors were, in terms of business value, installing Warm Front-funded central heating in Bassetlaw constituency have been in the last three years.
(224719)
342
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many foreign workers were registered under the HOPS scheme in 2008, broken down by nationality.
(224829)
343
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which model of boiler has been most commonly specified for installation through Warm Front grants in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(224907)
344
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much Warm Front spent in labour costs associated with installing central heating in each of the last three years; and how many dwelling installations this figure represents.
(224909)
345
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many properties in Bassetlaw constituency received Warm Front grants for (a) insulation and (b) central heating in the last three years.
(224911)
346
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many grants were awarded to assist the installation of solar panels on buildings in each of the last five years.
(224917)
347
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8th July 2008, Official Report, column 1473W, what area of (a) lowland heathland and (b) acid grassland restoration has been undertaken by (i) Forestry Commission England, (ii) other Government departments and (iii) non-governmental organisations; and in which geographical areas this restoration has taken place.
(225133)
348
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken to (a) clear ditches, (b) widen and deepen drainage channels and (c) create holding areas for surplus water in periods of heavy rain in the last 12 months.
(224936)
349
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research the Environment Agency has undertaken in conjunction with the Environmental Services Association to evaluate the toxicity testing of incinerator bottom ash.
(225188)
350
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government will (a) respond to and (b) set out its five proposals for action in respect of the consultation on options for allocation of responsibility for the ownership and long-term maintenance of drainage systems; and if he will make a statement.
(224612)
351
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of draining systems serving (a) households and (b) businesses in (i) Castle Point and (ii) Canvey Island are privately owned.
(224613)
352
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will visit Canvey Island to review areas which the Environment Agency's Thames Estuary 2100 scheme is considering for flooding purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(224625)
353
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to ensure that (a) sites of special scientific interest and (b) important wildlife habitats are not destroyed by the implementation of Environment Agency plans to flood areas in the Thames estuary.
(224626)
354
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage contribution to a reduction in UK carbon emissions on 1990 levels, as defined by the Climate Change Bill, are expected to be made by full compliance with the EU Renewables Directive by 2020.
(224707)
355
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of correspondence between Dr. John Mitchell, Chief Scientist at the Hadley Centre, and the International Panel on Climate Change occurring in the last 12 months.
(225013)
356
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions legal proceedings resulting in a court hearing have been initiated against the Rural Payments Agency since the Agency's establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(225008)
357
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding he has made available to assist farmers to comply with nitrate vulnerable zones.
(224649)
358
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with United Utilities on sewage works in Fleetwood and Wyre.
(224650)
359
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether those living in residential park homes may be eligible to participate in the Warm Front scheme.
(225009)
360
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage alternatives to incineration for the management of non-recyclable waste.
(225010)
361
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage businesses to divert waste from landfill to recycling.
(225011)
362
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance he has given to county councils and unitary authorities to develop waste-processing technologies.
(225098)
363
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many instances of the loss of personal documents have been recorded by the Rural Payments Agency in each of the last five years.
(225106)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
364
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what activities the Special Representative on Climate Change has undertaken since his appointment; what progress has been made towards meeting the objectives associated with the post; and if he will make a statement.
(225007)
365
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan on the murder of members of the Ahmadiyya community.
(224996)
366
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to assist Pakistan with reducing the incidence of racially-motivated murders in that country.
(224997)
367
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to assist the government of Pakistan in reducing the incidence of extremism in that country.
(224998)
368
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the written Ministerial Correction of 3rd July 2008, Official Report, column 7MC, on the Middle East: peace negotiations, what the pay band is of the senior Civil Service equivalent who has been seconded to work in the right hon. Tony Blair's office.
(225096)
369
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requests for advice or sharing of expertise concerning personnel recruitment in embassies, with particular reference to policy and management issues concerning the recruitment of locally employed staff, have been received from embassies in London and foreign services of EU partners in the last five years; what assistance or other response was given; and if he will make a statement.
(224580)
370
Eric Joyce (Falkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the UK has made in relation to the arrest and detention in the Democratic Republic of Congo of Gabriel Mokia, head of the Movement for Democratic Change political party.
(224541)
371
Eric Joyce (Falkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the UK has made in relation to concerns raised by international observers at the conviction in the Democratic Republic of Congo of Freddy Bisimwa Matabaro and Mugisho Rwezangabo for the murder of the journalist Serge Maheshe and their requests for a renewed and effective investigation into his death.
(224542)
372
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the product of the Gazivoda Reservoir in Kosovo is available without impediment to all communities in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(224708)
373
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK (a) ambassadors and (b) high commissioners are (i) female and (ii) from an ethnic minority background.
(224821)
374
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries have not received an official visit from a Minister since the last general election.
(224822)
375
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of the human rights situation in China following the conclusion of the Olympic Games; and if he will make a statement.
(225063)
376
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the arrest of Bishop Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding on 24th August 2008 by the Chinese authorities; what assessment he has made of the Bishop's health and the conditions in which he is held; what representations he has made to his Chinese counterparts; and if he will make a statement.
(225064)
377
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will have discussions with the US Administration on the application of trade sanctions to Cuba.
(225012)
378
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the European Union's targets for renewable energy usage; and if he will make a statement.
(224978)
379
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the issue of human rights abuses in Western Sahara is raised during the ongoing negotiations to grant Morocco advanced status with the European Union.
(225112)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
380
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place for ensuring that children have (a) a hip examination at birth and (b) another examination at between six and eight weeks old.
(224759)
381
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for rolling out the Sunsmart campaign; when he plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the scheme; and by what means.
(224571)
382
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the consultation on proposals for the next steps in (a) tobacco control and (b) the further regulation of tobacco products.
(224572)
383
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects it to be the default position for all new cancer drugs and significant new licensed indications to be referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(224575)
384
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the first annual report on progress towards objectives contained in the Cancer Reform Strategy.
(224576)
385
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms he has implemented for monitoring progress towards NHS waiting time standards outlined in the Cancer Reform Strategy.
(224577)
386
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for making changes to payment by results taking account of findings from the review of payment by results and cancer.
(224578)
387
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of proposals received for a feasibility study and trial development for a United Kingdom-based screening programme for lung cancer; and what further steps he plans to take.
(224579)
388
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards developing (a) an information pack to be issued regarding screening programmes and (b) a public relations strategy to boost participation of women aged 25 to 35 years in cervical cancer screening; and when he expects these policies to be implemented.
(224882)
389
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the National Chemotherapy Advisory Group to report.
(224883)
390
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the National Chemotherapy Advisory Group.
(224884)
391
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable is in place for gathering more information about the effects of sunbed use.
(224885)
392
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) health promotion centres and (b) health promotion resource centres (i) opened and (ii) closed in each London borough in each of the last five years; and how many (A) health promotion centres and (B) health promotion resource centres there were in each borough at the latest date for which figures are available.
(224970)
393
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to improve public awareness of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
(224697)
394
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will (a) make foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) a core subject in training for new doctors and other medical professionals and (b) design and implement a catch-up training programme on FASD for medical professionals already in practice, with particular reference to (i) general practitioners, (ii) midwives, (iii) mental health workers and (iv) those working in paediatrics.
(224698)
395
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the steps his Department plans to take to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking during pregnancy.
(224699)
396
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to improve the awareness of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) amongst (a) LEA members, (b) local authority members and (c) others responsible for decisions on the allocation of public funds in order to ensure appropriate future provision of funds to deal with FASD.
(224700)
397
Mary Creagh (Wakefield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts have allocated resources to tackle attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults.
(224608)
398
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to assist hospitals with financial management.
(224982)
399
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to assist hospitals to reduce debt.
(224983)
400
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who left NHS hospitals experiencing malnutrition in each of the last three years.
(224744)
401
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of NHS patients who died in NHS hospitals as a result of (a) dehydration and (b) starvation in each of the last three years.
(224745)
402
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding South East Essex Primary Care Trust is due to receive in the 2008-09 financial year under his Department's funding formula.
(224654)
403
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding South East Essex Primary Care Trust was supposed to have received under his Department's funding formula in the 2007-08 financial year.
(224655)
404
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding South East Essex Primary Care Trust received in the 2007-08 financial year.
(224656)
405
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much primary care trusts should have received under the Department's funding formulae for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(224657)
406
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid to primary care trusts under the distribution mechanisms in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(224658)
407
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to assist carers.
(224601)
408
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people over the age of sixty were registered as carers in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224603)
409
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are in receipt of a carer's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England; and how many were in receipt of the allowance in each year since its inception.
(224604)
410
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people required treatment for an asbestos-related condition in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224747)
411
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people required treatment for mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224748)
412
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people required treatment for pleural plaques in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224749)
413
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224754)
414
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with pleural plaques in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(224755)
415
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the risks of medical accidents or misapprehension of clinical information identified by the seventh report of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health, Saving Mothers' Lives, of using friends and family as interpreters in medical and social care contexts, what steps he has taken to ensure that health and social care professionals have the assistance of interpreters qualified at the level of the National Occupational Interpreting Standards.
(224792)
416
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th January 2008, Official Report, columns 345-6W, on the National User Forum on Mental Health, what discussions have taken place with service users on the replacement for the national service framework for mental health from 2009.
(224891)
417
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much capital expenditure there was on buildings in the NHS between (a) 1979 and 1997 and (b) 1997 and 2007 in real terms using 2006-07 prices; and if he will make a statement.
(225033)
418
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of spinal cord injury patients who are being managed by people without specialist skills relating to the condition.
(224710)
419
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to monitor the outcomes of spinal cord injury care to ensure the minimum quality standards are being achieved.
(224711)
420
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to monitor those foundation trusts that host the specialist spinal cord injury centres to ensure that those centres provide an appropriate level of service to patients with spinal cord injury.
(224712)
421
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place for (a) the funding of specialist spinal cord injury centres, (b) decisions on how much is to be allocated to the trusts that host each specialist spinal cord injury centre and (c) the system by which each host trust is monitored in the provision of spinal injury care.
(224714)
422
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether multidisciplinary teams of medical and paramedical specialists trained in the appropriate care of spinal cord injury are present within the NHS other than in the specialist spinal cord injury centres established by his Department; where specialist centres are located; and whether his Department has issued guidance on the commissioning of spinal cord injury services outside these specialist spinal cord injury centres.
(224715)
423
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether the number of beds and other resources available in spinal cord injury centres are sufficient to meet the specialist needs of all spinal cord injury patients promptly and appropriately; and how many beds there were in the designated specialist spinal cord injury centres in the latest period for which figures are available.
(224899)
424
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place for the collection of national data on spinal cord injury patients, their management and the outcomes of their care; and what steps he is taking to improve such mechanisms.
(225053)
425
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to ensure early referral of all spinal cord injury persons to the relevant expert Spinal Cord Injury Centre service; and what recent assessment he has made of possible improvements to those procedures.
(225055)
426
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients used NHS dental services in Bassetlaw in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(224610)
427
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered NHS dental patients there are in Bassetlaw constituency; and how many there were in (a) 2007 and (b) January 2008.
(224923)
428
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the NHS budget for dentistry in Bassetlaw constituency was in each of the last 20 years.
(224924)
429
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent in the last year for which figures are available on (a) research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, (b) mental health research, (c) neurological research, (d) ophthalmic research, (e) audiology research and (f) HIV/AIDS research.
(224598)
430
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution to dental outcomes in England made by (a) dental technicians and (b) clinical dental technicians.
(224678)
431
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to support training and professional development for clinical dental technicians.
(224679)
432
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which departmental authority is responsible for the central funding allocation for hospital and healthcare chaplaincy; what proposals are in place for its use in 2009-10; and when these will be discussed with the nine world faith communities.
(224704)
433
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce secondary legislation to deregulate Class 3B and 4 lasers and intense light sources.
(225016)
434
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding allocations have been made from the central allocation for hospital and healthcare chaplaincy for 2008-09; and what (a) bids and (b) requirements were made by the relevant representations of the nine world faith communities at which the allocation is directed.
(225017)
435
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what investigations his Department plans to undertake to evaluate the possible effects on children of taking paracetamol suspension type medicines.
(224731)
436
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department will be introducing new guidelines for the retailing of paracetamol suspensions.
(224735)
437
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been paid to stop-smoking counsellors in the last 12 months.
(224723)
438
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts have developed their own vascular assessment or screening programmes.
(225176)
439
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts have developed their own diabetes strategy.
(225177)
440
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) financial and (b) administrative support the Government has given to campaigns to raise awareness of the risk factors for diabetes.
(225178)
441
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average points score was for practices across each primary care trust for the 16 indicators for diabetes in the quality of outcomes framework.
(225179)
442
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department plans to address the need for improvements in emotional and psychological support for diabetes patients identified in the National Service Framework's Five Years On report.
(225180)
443
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimated percentage of hospital beds were occupied by patients with diabetes in each primary care trust at the latest date for which information is available.
(225181)
444
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been admitted to hospital in diabetes-related emergencies in the last 12 months.
(225182)
445
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figures his Department holds on predicted diabetes rates in the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(225183)
446
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with diagnosed type two diabetes there are in each primary care trust; and how many people are estimated to have undiagnosed type two diabetes in each such area.
(225184)
447
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many free vascular risk assessments have been provided under the Government's Putting Prevention First programme in each primary care trust.
(225185)
448
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diabetes patients (a) are receiving, (b) have received and (c) have not received structured education for diabetes through DESMOND programmes in each primary care trust.
(225186)
449
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diabetes patients (a) are receiving, (b) have received and (c) have not received structured education for diabetes through DAFNE programmes in each primary care trust.
(225187)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
450
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether employees of local authorities will be responsible for paying the fee for Independent Safeguarding Authority clearance.
(224758)
451
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether local authority workers who have been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau must apply for clearance under the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
(224760)
452
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of (a) the incidence of metal theft and (b) the cost of such theft to (i) Government, (ii) local authorities and (iii) other public bodies; and if she will make a statement.
(224901)
453
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people suspected of (a) war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c) genocide are estimated to be present in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(224628)
454
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases the War Crimes Unit in the Border Agency investigated for (a) suspected war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c) genocide in each year since 2004.
(224629)
455
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were refused asylum on grounds that they are suspected of (a) a crime against peace, (b) a war crime and (c) a crime against humanity under article 1F(a) of the UN Refugee Convention in each year since 2000.
(224630)
456
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who were refused asylum under article 1F(a) of the UN Refugee Convention were granted (a) humanitarian protection, (b) discretionary leave, (c) exceptional leave to remain and (d) indefinite leave to remain in each year since 2000.
(224631)
457
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who were refused asylum under article 1F(a) of the UN Refugee Convention were refused (a) humanitarian protection, (b) discretionary leave, (c) exceptional leave to remain and (d) indefinite leave to remain in each year since 2000.
(224632)
458
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been subject to extradition proceedings for (a) suspected war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c) genocide since 2000, broken down by (i) requesting state and (ii) the state in which the crime is alleged to have been committed.
(224633)
459
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extradition requests were received under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003 for individuals alleged to have committed (a) war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c) genocide in each year since the Act came into force, broken down by (i) requesting state and (ii) the state in which the crime is alleged to have been committed.
(224634)
460
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers' applications had been outstanding for (a) six months to one year, (b) one to two years, (c) two to three years, (d) three to four years, (e) four to five years, (f) five to six years, (g) six to seven years, (h) seven to eight years, (i) eight to nine years, (j) nine to 10 years and (k) more than 10 years on 31st December in each of the last 11 years.
(224550)
461
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were deported from the UK in each of the last 11 years.
(224551)
462
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward proposals to allow asylum seekers to work while their status is being determined; and if she will make a statement.
(224552)
463
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long it took on average to process an asylum seeker's application in each of the last 11 years.
(224554)
464
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outstanding asylum seekers' applications there were on 31st December in each of the last 11 years.
(224555)
465
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers entered the UK in each of the last 11 years; and how many such people were aged (a) under 18 years and (b) 18 years and over.
(224556)
466
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were applying for settlement in the UK under each employment route when the qualifying period for settlement was increased from four to five years in April 2006.
(225195)
467
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made by the working group initiated under the then Prime Minister's 12 point plan of August 2005 in order to deal with extradition requests to the UK; how many times the group met in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.
(224879)
468
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for the increase in the number of scientific procedures on animals at commercial establishments in Scotland from approximately 35,000 in 2006 to approximately 70,000 in 2007.
(225097)
469
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of policing the 2008 Notting Hill Carnival was.
(224681)
470
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was paid to the police by Notting Hill Carnival Ltd to cover the cost of policing the 2008 event.
(224682)
471
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost of investigating the death by non-natural causes of a prisoner held in police custody was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(224739)
472
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are taken to investigate the death from non-natural causes of a prisoner held in police custody.
(224746)
473
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people resident in the UK hold UK citizenship.
(225102)
474
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications were rejected in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) processing office and (b) reason for rejection.
(225103)
475
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom through the long-term residence concession in each of the last five years.
(225104)
476
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse would be of the immediate cancellation of the identity card scheme.
(224605)
477
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what costs have been incurred to date in the planning and implementation of the identity card scheme.
(224606)
478
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contracts have yet to be awarded in relation to the identity card scheme; who has tendered for them; and what the value of each contract is expected to be.
(224717)
479
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the expected delivery dates are for IT contracts in relation to the identity card scheme, including those that have been awarded and those that are yet to be awarded.
(224718)
480
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) value is of any penalty and cancellation clauses in the contracts awarded in relation to the identity card scheme and (b) the expected value is in contracts relating to the identity cards scheme that have yet to be awarded.
(224720)
481
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contracts have been awarded in relation to the identity card scheme; whom they were awarded to; and what the value of each contract was.
(224724)
482
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of the Metropolitan Police Service's CBI3 unit and its successor organisation in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(224709)
483
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prostitutes were murdered in each of the last 10 years.
(224557)
484
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to consult on the future of the long residence rules, as stated on 7th July.
(224695)
485
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to issue guidance on the UK Borders Agency website on the implications of the House of Lords judgements in the cases of Metock and of Baiai.
(224696)
486
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Bassetlaw residents were deported from the UK in each of the last five years.
(224611)
487
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in Nottinghamshire in each of the last seven years.
(224819)
488
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people seeking asylum are registered as living in Bassetlaw constituency.
(224825)
489
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Darfuris have been (a) granted and (b) refused asylum in the UK in the last three years.
(224826)
490
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK residents have been deported to Australia in the last five years.
(224827)
491
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many free passports were issued to pensioners in 2007.
(224828)
492
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many free passports have been issued to pensioners in Bassetlaw constituency in the last two years.
(224833)
493
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many days children who were British citizens were in immigration detention in the last 12 months.
(225202)
494
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to collect statistics on the number of recorded offences that are investigated by the police; and if she will make a statement.
(224623)
495
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to (a) implement the decisions of the Police Arbitration Tribunal and (b) backdate that implementation.
(225117)
496
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases involving alleged abuse of intrusive surveillance powers by (a) local councils and (b) central Government-controlled bodies were investigated by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in each year since it was established; and if she will make a statement.
(225189)
497
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last met the Chairman of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
(225191)
498
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) name and (b) title is of each person who sits on the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
(225192)
499
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) cost was of establishing and (b) expected annual running cost is of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
(225193)
500
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers she has to ensure that cases of abuse of intrusive surveillance are investigated by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal; and what the process of appeal is for a person who is dissatisfied with (a) the Tribunal decision not to review their complaint and (b) the Tribunal's decision on their complaint.
(225194)
501
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers (a) below superintendent rank and (b) of superintendent rank and above have been suspended by Lancashire Constabulary.
(224646)
502
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of the loss of personal documents were recorded by the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years.
(225094)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
503
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what guidelines govern the blocking of access to websites from the parliamentary network; and if he will place in the Library a list of all blocked websites.
(224558)
504
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 21st July 2008, Official Report, column 788W, on annual leave, when the leave arrangements for the Senior Commons Service were put in place; and if the Commission will review all leave arrangements for House staff and Members' staff.
(225044)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
505
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what procedures are in place to allow (a) asylum seekers under the age of 18 years and (b) asylum seekers who are 18 years old or over to obtain education and training; what guidance is given to universities; and if he will make a statement.
(224553)
506
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to provide support to students who have learning difficulties.
(225116)
507
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to improve the quality of higher education since 1997.
(225197)
508
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to increase completion rates of university degrees.
(225198)
509
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of over-16 year-olds who do not have a grade C or above in mathematics at GCSE or an equivalent qualification.
(224565)
510
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of over-16 year-olds who do not have a grade C or above in English at GCSE or an equivalent qualification.
(224566)
511
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will recommend that the Learning and Skills Council establish a source of ringfenced funding for the training of public service interpreters; and if he will make a statement.
(224783)
512
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress he has made towards the implementation of Lord Justice Auld's recommendation that the Government should consider central funding of further education establishments to equip them, where necessary, to provide courses for lesser known languages for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting; and if he will make a statement.
(224872)
513
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last three years; and what the total cost was of each contract.
(224953)
514
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans his Department has to require colleges to accept targets from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) for adult education courses which are not themselves funded by the LSC; and if he will make a statement.
(225050)
515
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the annual costs which would accrue to the public purse from the abolition of fees for students in higher education in the UK.
(224539)
516
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure applications for education maintenance allowance are dealt with as quickly as possible.
(225130)
517
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how long on average it took to complete applications for education maintenance allowance from application to confirmation of award in the 10 per cent. of cases which took longest to process in the latest period for which figures are available.
(225131)
518
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the average time taken to complete applications for education maintenance allowance was from receipt of application to confirmation of award in the latest period for which figures are available.
(225132)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
519
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps the Government has taken to address the effects of climate change on developing countries.
(224984)
520
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps the Government has taken to make the UK public aware of the incidence and consequences of poverty globally.
(224985)
521
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the education system in Iraq.
(224992)
522
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent support the Government has given to the development of employment opportunities in Iraq.
(224993)
523
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the transparency of its international aid.
(225114)
524
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the monitoring of aid given to ensure it is spent as intended.
(225115)
525
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last three years; and what the total cost was of each contract.
(224868)
526
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's contribution to provision of food, medicine, education and army disengagement in the Katacha Homeland is.
(224602)
527
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which consultants were involved in the Biwater project to take water services in Tanzania into private ownership; how many of them have received (a) funding and (b) contracts from his Department; and what the value of the funding or contracts was in each case.
(224813)
528
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was paid from the public purse in respect of the Biwater project to take Tanzanian water services into private ownership.
(224814)
529
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's policy is on the private ownership of water services in other countries.
(224815)
530
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the outcome against objectives of the Biwater project to take water services in Tanzania into private ownership.
(224816)
531
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many projects the Adam Smith Institute is undertaking for his Department; and how many contracts his Department has awarded to the Institute in the last five years.
(224817)
532
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria are used to select consultants engaged by his Department to advise on projects to take overseas public utilities into private ownership.
(224818)
533
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many consultancy contracts his Department has awarded in respect of projects to take overseas water utilities into private ownership; and for which countries.
(224824)
534
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will place in the Library copies of the reports containing the assessment of development impact produced by CDC for the consideration of the Best Practice and Development Committee.
(225060)
535
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will place in the Library copies of the reports received by CDC from its fund managers under the CDC/Actis umbrella agreement on procedures to deliver policies.
(225061)
536
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) amount and (b) proportion of the Government's contribution to the additional humanitarian funding for the Palestinian Authority pledged by the European Union at the United Nations on Monday 22nd September is.
(225062)
537
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of Guyana's offer to the UK to conserve rainforest in exchange for sustainable development funds; and if he will make a statement.
(224622)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
538
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are taken to investigate the death of a prisoner from non-natural causes on the Prison Estate.
(224750)
539
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost of investigating the death from non-natural causes of a prisoner on the Prison Estate is.
(224751)
540
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff members were assaulted by prisoners whilst on duty in each of the last three years.
(224952)
541
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many category A prisoners are serving sentences in category B, C or D prisons.
(225042)
542
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison cells have en-suite showers.
(225054)
543
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the consequences for his Department's responsibilities of the European Court of Human Rights case X v Croatia, reported in July 2008.
(224772)
544
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the average age at which a child has been considered to be Gillick competent and able to instruct a solicitor in family court proceedings relating to his or her medical treatment.
(225034)
545
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy, acting as central authority under the Hague Convention, where a family has had further children since emigrating with one or more children subject to an interim or final care order, to seek to transfer jursidiction for child protection to the family's current habitual residence.
(225035)
546
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that there is an adequate number of qualified interpreters available for criminal proceedings.
(224784)
547
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of custodial sentences imposed on people aged 18 years or under was as proposed in the pre-sentence report prepared by the local youth offending team (YOT) in each YOT area in each month between March 2006 and March 2007.
(223022)
548
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to dispose of land owned by HM Courts Service at Spring Bank, New Mills.
(224705)
549
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) immediate and (b) suspended orders for possession have been made in mortgage possession proceedings in Wrexham County Court in the last five years for which records are available.
(224621)
550
Alun Michael (Cardiff South & Penarth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are being taken to (a) increase the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission as a regulator of electoral administration and (b) strengthen electoral regulation at local authority level.
(225001)
551
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he intends to introduce regulations on charging orders under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.
(224560)
552
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10th September 2008, when the Agreement between the EU and the United States on the processing and transfer of passenger name record data by air carriers to the United States' Department for Homeland Security will next be reviewed.
(225003)
Questions to the Leader of the House
553
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Leader of the House, how much has been paid to the Parliamentary Resources Unit through the Department of Resources and its predecessors in each year since 1997.
(224836)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
554
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) meetings and (b) discussions he has had with the Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive on the implications for electricity consumers in Northern Ireland of the Government's plans for nuclear generation in Great Britain in the last 12 months; and what correspondence has been undertaken between his officials and those in the Northern Ireland Executive on the matter of the same timescale.
(224763)
555
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on increases to the winter fuel payment; and if he will make a statement.
(224596)
556
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the terms of reference of the review of community safety partnerships are.
(224597)
557
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what revisions have been made to arrangements for the Police Service of Northern Ireland's budget; and if he will make a statement.
(224599)
558
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many violent offences were committed by prisoners against other prisoners in Northern Ireland whilst in custody in each of the last five years.
(224690)
559
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average time spent by a police officer on street patrol was in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(224691)
560
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints were made against the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(224692)
561
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many anti-social behaviour injunctions have been issued in Northern Ireland since April 2007.
(224693)
562
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners in Northern Ireland remain in custody having completed their sentence; and what the reason for such post-sentence detention is in each case.
(224694)
563
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent representations he has received calling for revisions to the Police Service of Northern Ireland budget arrangements.
(224741)
564
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions have taken place with the Irish government on the Strategic Review of Parades.
(224742)
565
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has been made of any potential overlap of work between the Eames/Bradley Consultative Group and the Victims Commissioners.
(224743)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
566
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what the Government's contingency budget for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games is; and how much of that has been (a) spent and (b) allocated.
(224706)
567
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many press and communications officers are employed by the Olympic Delivery Authority.
(224857)
Questions to the Prime Minister
568
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list (a) his special envoys and (b) their (i) professions, (ii) responsibilities as envoys and (iii) dates of starting and ending their roles.
(224900)
569
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Prime Minister, how much the recent redesign of the No. 10 website cost; and who carried out the redesign.
(225052)
570
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary about the provision of Prime Ministerial accommodation and its implications for claims against the additional costs allowance.
(225129)
571
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Prime Minister, which former Cabinet Ministers registered (a) directorships and (b) employment with the Cabinet Secretary after leaving office in the last 20 years; and in respect of which companies the registration was made in each case.
(224905)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
572
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent on salaries for press and communications officers in (a) his Department, (b) its NDPBs and (c) its agencies in each of the last three years.
(224549)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
573
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether any Commissioner has withdrawn from a meeting of the Commission or part of a meeting on the grounds of a possible conflict of interest in the last 10 years.
(224675)
574
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether he has made representations to the Commission about Parliament's view on the Commissions' work on political donations; and if he will make a statement.
(224676)
575
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to ensure that all relevant information on its register of regulated donees is published on the Commission's website for the years 2001 to January 2008 including details of donations received, name of donor, name of donee, amount, type of donation and whether the donation was notified to the Commission on time.
(224677)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
576
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve railway services between Coventry and (a) London and (b) Birmingham.
(224981)
577
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been raised by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from the sale and auction of registration marks in each of the last four years.
(224659)
578
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles are licensed; and what the total licence revenue was for each emission rating band in the private and light goods vehicle licensing category in the year for which figures are available.
(224660)
579
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list those purchases of land or buildings made by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies as a result of the rationalisation of driving test centres; and when these transactions were conducted.
(224661)
580
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Southend Borough Council on the proposed highway improvement at Priory Crescent and the A127 junction.
(224662)
581
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to meet (a) hon. and right hon. Members, (b) Southend Borough Council members and (c) Southend Borough Council officers in relation to the proposed highway improvement at Priory Crescent and the A127 junction.
(224663)
582
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) carbon dioxide and (b) nitrogen oxide emissions output of each fleet model of aircraft which (i) uses and (ii) is expected within the next 10 years to use (A) Heathrow and (B) other designated airports.
(224995)
583
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what opportunities are provided to Ministers to use UK-built cars that comply with carbon dioxide emission guidelines.
(224615)
584
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) its NDPBs and (c) its agencies.
(224546)
585
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents have occurred on the A12 between junction 30 (Dedham) and junction 31 (East Bergholt), including accidents on the said junctions, in each of the last five years.
(225078)
586
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he proposes to amend the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Mark) Regulations 2001 so as to permit the display of the Union Flag and the national flags of Wales, England and Scotland.
(224689)
587
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what disruption to roads he expects to take place during the construction of Crossrail; and if he will make a statement.
(225126)
588
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains per week on the Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport line did not make a scheduled stop at (a) intermediate stations and (b) Burnage station due to the service recovery protocol in the latest period for which figures are available.
(225128)
589
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable he has established for the construction of the A1 flyover at Elkesley.
(224820)
590
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what regulations govern the bearing of representations of (a) the EU flag and (b) the Union flag on motor vehicle licence plates.
(225018)
591
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidelines have been issued to airport authorities on the appointment of security personnel.
(224645)
592
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many instances of the loss of personal documents have been recorded by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last five years.
(225092)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
593
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) its NDPBs and (c) its agencies.
(224547)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
594
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, when the Government Equalities Office expects to publish its annual accounts.
(224777)
595
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much funding the Government Equalities Office is to receive in 2008-09.
(225045)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
596
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the unfunded pension liability for (a) 2010, (b) 2020 and (c) 2030.
(224895)
597
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in jobseeker's allowance in each financial year since 2005.
(224651)
598
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in jobseeker's allowance in each financial year from 2001 to 2005.
(224652)
599
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in jobseeker's allowance in each financial year from 1997 to 2001.
(224653)
600
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the effect on benefit entitlement is for someone who leaves the UK to live overseas for a number of years and then returns to the UK.
(224949)
601
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date his Department expects to release to the hon. Member for Yeovil the information in respect of the traffic light system for written parliamentary questions, as required by the Information Commissioner's Decision Notice of 8th September 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(224795)
602
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the Rent Service to complete its review of procedures resulting from the Heffenden judgment.
(224563)
603
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much will be saved annually by the implementation of the proposal to restrict the backdating of (a) housing benefit, (b) council tax and (c) pension credit to a maximum of three months.
(224616)
604
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to issue new guidance on health and safety in graveyards.
(224600)
605
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much subsidy for the provision of council tax benefit was provided to each local authority in Scotland in the latest year for which figures are available.
(224643)
606
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many instances of loss of personal documents have been recorded by (a) JobCentre Plus and (b) the Pension Service in each of the last five years.
(225105)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
607
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were awarded a Bevin Boys badge in each year since the inception of the award.
[Transferred] (224687)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
608
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he intends to provide a compensation package for Equitable Life investors.
[Transferred] (225099)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
609
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what percentage of children in North Lincolnshire live in households where neither parent is in employment.
[Transferred] (224948)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
610
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many ex-service personnel in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were registered as council tenants in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (224684)
611
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many ex-service personnel in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were registered as homeless in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (224685)
612
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans English Partnerships has to develop former coalfield sites in the next two years.
[Transferred] (224582)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
613
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when and for what purpose South Africa's Surgeon-General, Niel Knobel, visited Porton Down; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (225084)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
614
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) projected and (b) maximum number of investigations and trials is the International Criminal Court could undertake under its present budget and strategic plans.
[Transferred] (224638)
615
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations were made to the Swiss Government by the UK authorities in 1993, consequent on the arrest in Switzerland of Wouter Basson, to persuade the Swiss authorities to make him available to UK authorities for questioning; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (225083)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
616
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extradition requests have been received under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003 for individuals alleged to have committed (a) war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c) genocide in each year since 2000, broken down by (i) requesting state and (ii) the state in which the crime is alleged to have been committed.
[Transferred] (224635)
617
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been subject to extradition proceedings for (a) suspected war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c) genocide in each year since 2000, broken down by (i) requesting state and (ii) the state in which the crime is alleged to have been committed.
[Transferred] (224636)
618
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many war veterans in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received a free passport in each year since the scheme's inception.
[Transferred] (224561)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
619
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serving prisoners received additional terms of imprisonment for assaulting prison staff in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (224950)
620
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serving prisoners were convicted of assaulting prison staff in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (224951)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
621
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many streets he estimates have remained unadopted for over (a) 75 years and (b) 100 years.
[Transferred] (224887)
622
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all school children have access to cycling proficiency lessons before they attend secondary school.
[Transferred] (224725)
623
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on schools providing cycling proficiency lessons for children; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (224732)
624
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many schools in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point provide cycling proficiency lessons.
[Transferred] (224733)

 
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