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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 8 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.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 8 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 8 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 8 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 Wednesday 8 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 8 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
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 assist the UK manufacturing sector to compete internationally.
(225135)
2
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on what basis the annual service provision cost franchise fee paid by branches of the Post Office is calculated.
(225152)
3
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what criteria are used to set the annual service provision cost franchise fee paid by branches of the Post Office.
(225153)
4
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the annual percentage increase in the annual service provision cost franchise fee paid by branches of the Post Office was in each year since 2002.
(225154)
5
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department has made of the costs incurred by the Post Office, broken down by (a) staff costs, (b) distribution and conveyance, (c) other operating costs and (d) (i) voluntary and (ii) involuntary redundancy costs in each of the last five years.
(225155)
6
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost was of (a) producing and (b) distributing the hardback report Past, Present and Future recently published by Postwatch.
(225548)
7
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, to what extent Post Office Ltd is required to ensure that post offices providing services to members of the public are compliant with laws relating to disabled access.
(225314)
8
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 30th June 2008, Official Report, columns 627-28W, on the INTERREG programme, whether any bodies have sought approval to participate in a grouping.
(225563)
9
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects to complete his review of cases in the Icelandic Fishermen's Compensation Scheme; and when he expects to pay those people ruled by the Ombudsman to be eligible for payment but not yet paid.
(225553)
10
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much has been paid out so far under the Icelandic Fishermen's Compensation Scheme; and to how many recipients.
(225629)
11
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he has issued guidance on best practice for insurance renewal offers.
(225145)
12
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many complaints the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate has received regarding the advertising of non-existent jobs in the last 12 months; and how many of these complaints have been upheld.
(225348)
13
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many companies have been found to be advertising non-existent jobs in each of the last 10 years.
(225349)
14
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many business improvement districts have been established in each region.
(225394)
15
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the effect that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency prize draw promotion for customers renewing their vehicle excise licence online will have on the number of people choosing to renew their vehicle excise licence at a post office.
(225395)
16
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he is taking to encourage the renewal of vehicle excise licences through post offices; and if he will make a statement.
(225396)
17
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what powers the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate has to prevent recruitment companies from placing advertisements for non-existent jobs.
(225549)
18
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he is taking to prevent the publication in print or via the internet of bogus notices from recruitment agencies and other organisations advertising non-existent jobs.
(225550)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
19
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's letter of 21st July 2008 concerning Mr S Browne of Coval Lane, Chelmsford, sent to the Financial Secretary.
(225134)
20
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the implementation of the powers of the Scottish Parliament to alter existing arrangements for local taxes; and if he will make a statement.
(225496)
21
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual change was in local government expenditure funded by central government in each of the last 10 years.
(225431)
22
Mr Doug Henderson (Newcastle upon Tyne North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account he has taken of the potential impact of the proposed aviation duty in each region.
(225477)
23
Mr Doug Henderson (Newcastle upon Tyne North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what modelling has taken place of the impact of the proposed aviation duty in each region; and if he will make a statement.
(225478)
24
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment the Financial Services Authority has made of the level of risk of buying a house.
(225444)
25
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many dwellings in Wales have had their council tax banding amended upwards since the initial 2005 council tax revaluation process, according to records held by the Valuation Office Agency, expressed in terms of the (a) original and (b) revised banding.
(225445)
26
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of likely changes to levels of revenues to be received from property business rates over the next three years; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for such changes.
(225544)
27
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7th May 2008, Official Report, columns 912-3W, on housing: valuation, if he will rank each individual locality according to the value significance of its co-efficient.
(225560)
28
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely financial effects of changes in the landfill tax escalator on local authorities over the next two years.
(225580)
29
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 26th June 2008, Official Report, column 465W, on Ordnance Survey: databases, how much the Ordnance Survey has spent advertising the products listed in the Answer.
(225631)
30
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 18th June 2008, Official Report, column 988W, on housing: valuation, how many localities there are in each individual billing area.
(225641)
31
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the title is of the mapping product that the Valuation Office Agency has licensed from TENET.
(225646)
32
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the status is of the contractual arrangement between Rightmove.co.uk plc and the Valuation Office; and whether the Valuation Office Agency continues to use the Rightmove interface to collect property data on domestic dwellings.
(225652)
33
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will produce a privacy impact assessment for the Valuation Office Agency's Geographical Information System project.
(225653)
34
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for insurance companies of the cost of repairs to houses affected by the recent floods.
(225402)
35
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of his predecessor's response to the letter of 4th May 2007 from John Nichols on behalf of the Urban Redevelopment Chief Executives' Group regarding the impact of the proposed abolition of the empty property relief on business rates; and if he will make a statement.
(225302)
36
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to introduce paper currency with identifiable marks to assist visually-impaired individuals.
(225160)
37
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which banks are authorised to issue their own bank notes; and in what circumstances such authority would be revoked.
(225498)
38
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the costs to date arising from the actions pursued by HM Revenue and Customs against Mr Philip J. Wright of Rowhedge Road, Colchester, in respect of Regulation 49 of the Income Tax (Employee) Regulations 1993 and section 8 of the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions etc) Act 1999 for tax relating to the years ending 1999-2000 to 2003-04; and what estimate he has made of the number of staff hours spent on this case.
(225661)
39
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken to process child benefit applications in respect of first-born children was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(225158)
40
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which parliamentary constituencies his predecessor visited between 6th May 2005 and 6th May 2006; on what dates each such visit took place; and what the purpose of each such visit was.
(225403)
41
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which parliamentary constituencies his predecessor visited between 6th May 2006 and 27th June 2007; on what dates each such visit was made; and what the purpose of each such visit was.
(225410)
42
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on the childcare element of tax credits paid to families in England and Wales who have children under five years of age and who work fewer than 24 hours per week in each year since the element was introduced; and what estimate he has made of equivalent costs in each of the next five years.
(225330)
43
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in England and Wales who have children under five years of age and who work fewer than 24 hours a week have claimed the childcare element of tax credits; and what estimate he has made of the number of families in this group in each of the next five years.
(225333)
44
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of callers to the Child Benefit Helpline whose call was logged with the promise of a call back received a call back in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(225583)
45
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the length of time is of the automated message on the Child Benefit Helpline; and if he will make a statement.
(225584)
46
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost per minute is of calls made to the Child Benefit Helpline; and if he will make a statement.
(225585)
47
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many TC846 forms his Department has received disputing a tax credit overpayment in each (a) year and (b) month since tax credits were established; and if he will make a statement.
(225736)
48
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many appeals against a tax credit decision taken by his Department there have been in each (a) year and (b) month since tax credits were established; and if he will make a statement.
(225737)
49
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints from customers over tax credits his Department has received in each (a) year and (b) month since tax credits were introduced, broken down by type of complaint; and if he will make a statement.
(225738)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
50
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, under what circumstances and for what reasons legal custody of a child may be removed from the parents of that child in cases where custody is not contested between the parents themselves.
(225217)
51
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children transferred to high schools in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; and how many children resident in each borough transferred to a school in another borough in each year.
(225754)
52
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which charge more than the national call rate; and how much income each such agency has derived from such charges in each of the last three years.
(225718)
53
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people in West Lancashire constituency have received education maintenance allowance since its inception.
(225758)
54
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what advice he has given to local authorities on seeking clawbacks from individual schools' reserves; and what assessment he has made of the way in which this is being operated in Gloucestershire by the whole school forum.
(225426)
55
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what advice the Department gives to local authorities on whether (a) head teachers, (b) teaching staff, (c) non-teaching school staff and (d) governors should be checked by the Criminal Records Bureau prior to commencing their duties or subsequent to so doing.
(225427)
56
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which primary schools have full kitchen facilities in Stroud constituency; and which other schools in Stroud have facilities for hot meals.
(225428)
57
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools are without a permanent head teacher in each local authority area.
(225429)
58
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which primary schools in Gloucestershire have fewer than 50 pupils.
(225430)
59
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 annual survey of school sport partnerships.
(225684)
60
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding his Department provided for the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Link Strategy in each of the last five years.
(225686)
61
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what financial support is available from (a) central and (b) local education authority funds for the running of small schools.
(225310)
62
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made in trends of school balances.
(225313)
63
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects the Director of Schools to return to work from his leave of absence; whether the Director of Schools has been paid while on his leave of absence; and if he will make a statement.
(225414)
64
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which Minister has responsibility for the academies programme; and if he will make a statement.
(225415)
65
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the total cost was of the bonuses paid through the education maintenance allowance for submitting course work on time in the latest period for which figures are available; when the bonus was introduced; and if he will make a statement.
(225416)
66
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children starting primary school in 2008 and eligible for free school meals attended a Sure Start children's centre in the 2007-08 academic year.
(225274)
67
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the adult to child ratio in Sure Start children's centres in England was in 2007-08.
(225275)
68
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of children attending Sure Start children's centres in 2007-08 were from each socio-economic group; and what percentage of eligible children from each socio-economic group attended in that period.
(225276)
69
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children starting primary school in (a) Bassetlaw constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England had previously attended a Sure Start children's centre in the latest period for which figures are available.
(225277)
70
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of children under 11 years of age live in families where there has been social services involvement during the child's lifetime.
(225479)
71
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether academy or foundation trusts may (a) develop, (b) sublet and (c) grant licences over their land and buildings.
(225379)
72
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether (a) pupils, (b) parents and (c) local residents have powers to object to the use or management of land or buildings by an academy or foundation trust.
(225380)
73
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the value is of (a) land and (b) buildings owned by academy trusts and foundations; and how much funding has been contributed by academy and foundation school sponsors to the capital costs of these schools.
(225381)
74
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will hold discussions with Essex County Council on the proposed selling of playing fields at Canvey Island Secondary School; and if he will make a statement.
(225268)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
75
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was paid by the Central Office of Information (COI) to Iris London in each financial year since 2001; which contracts were awarded by the COI to Iris London in each year since 2000-01; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost of each contract was; what penalties for default were imposed in contract provisions; what the length was of each contract; whether each contract was advertised; how many companies applied for each contract; how many companies were short-listed in each case; what criteria were used for selecting the successful tender in each case; what provision was made for renewal without re-tender in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(225739)
76
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what work the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake on climate change; and if he will make a statement.
(225359)
77
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what work the European and Global Issues Secretariat (a) has undertaken in the last five years and (b) plans to undertake on climate change; and if he will make a statement.
(225360)
78
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the employment rate was of (a) people, (b) UK citizens and (c) UK-born people aged over 50 years old in (i) each year since 1997 and (ii) each of the last eight quarters for which figures are available.
(225147)
79
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) men and (b) women were diagnosed with bowel cancer in each calendar year since 1997, broken down (i) by Government region and (ii) by those aged (A) under 30, (B) 30 to 40, (C) 41 to 50 and (D) 51 to 60 years.
(225704)
80
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) men and (b) women died of bowel cancer in each calendar year since 1997, broken down (i) by Government region and (ii) by those aged (A) under 30, (B) 30 to 40, (C) 41 to 50 and (D) 51 to 60 years.
(225705)
81
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much it cost to run the Office of the Third Sector in 2007-08.
(225262)
82
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many staff are employed by the Office of the Third Sector.
(225263)
83
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much the Office of the Third Sector spent on outside consultancy in financial year (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.
(225264)
84
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 2nd July 2008, Official Report, column 1003W, on departmental press, if he will (a) estimate the cost of answering the Question and (b) set out the cost assumptions on which that estimate is based.
(225555)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
85
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to ensure future housing provision to meet London's housing needs.
(225378)
86
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of planning policy guidance on the preservation of back-garden land and maintenance of bio-diversity in urban and suburban neighbourhoods.
(225582)
87
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what agencies or units for which her Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which charge more than the national call rate; and how much income each such agency derived from such charges in each of the last three years.
(225719)
88
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent steps the Government has taken to give the general public greater access to information on how their local authority is being run.
(225156)
89
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage local authorities to be more open to public scrutiny.
(225157)
90
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the commutation factors used in the Firefighters' Pension Scheme were not revised between 1998 and 2008.
(225331)
91
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when her Department was advised by the Government Actuary's Department of the desirability of revising the commutation factors used in the Firefighters' Pension Scheme leading to the adoption of new factors in May 2008; and if she will place in the Library copies of subsequent correspondence between her Department and the Government Actuary's Department on the commutation factors used in the Scheme.
(225332)
92
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many retained firefighters entered full-time service in each of the last three years, broken down by brigade.
(225440)
93
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what budget was given to each local authority for the Supporting People programme in each of the last three years.
(225441)
94
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many firefighters there were per 100,000 residents in (a) England, (b) Derbyshire and (c) Chesterfield in each year since 1997.
(225329)
95
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to respond to the letter to her dated 22nd July from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss C. Doran.
(225390)
96
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the public funding available for the provision of affordable housing in the next three years is ring-fenced for such provision in rural areas in (a) Stafford constituency, (b) the West Midlands region and (c) England.
(225308)
97
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what public funding is available to assist local authorities in Stafford constituency to enable the provision of new affordable housing in the next three years.
(225312)
98
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of the implications of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and secondary legislation made under it on building standards and regulations for new domestic dwellings.
(225442)
99
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research her Department has commissioned on the extent to which people feel they are able to influence planning decisions (a) locally and (b) nationally since 2007.
(225443)
100
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on agency staff under general ledger account number 40002 in the latest year for which figures are available.
(225446)
101
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether tree safety inspections required by her Department will require homeowners to pay a specialist to examine regularly their garden trees.
(225447)
102
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level will be that homes in eco-towns built before 2016 will have to meet.
(225448)
103
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 1st July 2008, Official Report, column 787W, on council tax: valuation, what the evidential basis was for the observations on the number of consequentials made in the minutes of the meeting of the Programme Board.
(225449)
104
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made against the Government's target to build three million homes by 2020; and what proportion of those three million homes she expects to be built in the next two years.
(225450)
105
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there are plans to revise the house building targets in the new regional spatial strategies as a consequence of the downturn in the housing market.
(225451)
106
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons her Department's local priorities website does not list all local priorities chosen by local authorities, including those not negotiated with central government.
(225453)
107
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her policy to require information on efficiency savings by local authorities to be included with council tax bills issued by local billing authorities.
(225554)
108
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on subscriptions to overseas bodies under general ledger account number 40104 in the latest year for which figures are available.
(225559)
109
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to make a decision on whether to introduce legislation to allow council tax payments to be taken from bank accounts.
(225565)
110
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19th July 2008, Official Report, column 1635-6W on housing: sustainable development, if she will assess whether it would be possible for a home using any tumble dryer currently available on the market to achieve over 90 per cent. of the credits available within the Code for Sustainable Homes.
(225566)
111
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities will be able to use directed surveillance under the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to monitor tensions between different communities.
(225634)
112
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) gross and (b) net income from parking was for each local authority in England in each year between 1996 and 2003.
(225640)
113
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hectares of greenfield land she estimates to be developed in each eco-town.
(225642)
114
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether full planning inquiries will be held into eco-town proposals which are not already allocated in local authority structure plans, local development frameworks or regional spatial strategies.
(225643)
115
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many responses have been received on eco-towns consultations; and what the deadlines are for responses to such consultations.
(225649)
116
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her policy is on the future use of best value practices by local authorities.
(225650)
117
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent under general ledger account numbers 40017 and 60002 in the latest year for which figures are available.
(225651)
118
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the internal refurbishment of a property, where the physical refurbishment affects the notional rent that the property would attract, should routinely lead to the carrying out of revised valuation by the Valuation Office Agency prior to the 2010 business rates revaluation.
(225654)
119
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will assess the likely effect on businesses of the imposition by local authorities of (a) infrastructure levies, (b) congestion charges and (c) workplace parking taxes over each of the next three years.
(225655)
120
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what area of land situated on the western border of the M1 in the Milton Keynes Unitary authority area is currently subject to (a) outline and (b) detailed planning permission; and what percentage this represents of all land in that area.
(225351)
121
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which bodies are the planning authorities for the land (a) on the eastern boundary of the M1 and (b) on the western boundary of the M1 in the Milton Keynes Unitary authority area.
(225352)
122
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) cost of additional bridges required to cross the M1 to facilitate the proposed development in the latest edition of the South East Plan east of the M1 in Milton Keynes.
(225353)
123
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the likely effects of development east of the M1 proposed in the most recent revisions of the South East Plan on traffic congestion on key routes into Milton Keynes, with particular reference to junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.
(225354)
124
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the latest proposed revision of the South East Plan has preferred development east of the M1 in Milton Keynes Unitary authority area over development to the south east and south west of the city.
(225355)
125
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with insurance companies on requiring repairs to houses affected by flooding to make residences more flood resilient, with particular reference to (a) installation of electrical sockets higher up and (b) the replacement of wooden skirting boards with a water-resistant version.
(225401)
126
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what hydrological assessments have been made of the state of water courses and consequential flood risk in rural Bassetlaw since 1978.
(225323)
127
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many right to buy sales of council and social housing there were in each month of the last two years; and what revenue was generated in each month.
(225552)
128
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have been permitted to introduce selective licensing schemes under the Housing Act 2004; how many applications have yet to be approved; how many have been refused; and if she will make a statement.
(225300)
129
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what procedures are in place to monitor the average time taken on housing repairs by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations.
(225485)
130
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to ensure access to supported accommodation for vulnerable young adults who abuse alcohol and other substances.
(225486)
131
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Ministers and officials from her Department have met representatives of Canatxx Ltd to discuss gas storage facilities in the UK.
(225406)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
132
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which charge more than the national call rate; and how much income each such agency derived from such charges in each of the last three years.
(225720)
133
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government plans to take to encourage more young people to participate in Olympic sports.
(225391)
134
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government has taken to recognise the achievement of the Great Britain team in the 2008 Olympics.
(225392)
135
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions English Heritage has had with representatives of (a) the Baptist Church, (b) the Methodist Church and (c) the United Reformed Church on making funds available for the repair of listed buildings in their ownership.
(225418)
136
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department has made available to (a) the established church and (b) non-established churches for the repair of (i) buildings and (ii) listed buildings in their ownership.
(225419)
137
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) English Heritage has made of the cost to heritage attractions of new (i) regulations and (ii) legislation in each of the last three years.
(225159)
138
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on monitoring progress in the construction of Wembley Stadium in each of the last three years; and if he will break down the costs by category.
(225282)
139
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what income his Department received from (a) the National Lottery Distribution Fund and (b) the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund in each year since 1997.
(225283)
140
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the funding provided to his Department for its joint research budget by each of its non-departmental public bodies comes from National Lottery income.
(225284)
141
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what income his Department received from English Heritage in each of the last 10 years.
(225285)
142
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what income his Department received from the British Library in each of the last 10 years.
(225286)
143
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which organisations rent property from his Department.
(225287)
144
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department received from its non-departmental public bodies in rental income in each of the last 10 years.
(225288)
145
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department received in rental income in each of the last 10 years.
(225289)
146
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many events were staged at English Heritage properties in each of the last five years; and what the total attendance at these events was.
(225290)
147
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what role heritage will play in his Department's plans for an Olympic legacy; and if he will make a statement.
(225291)
148
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people participated in English Heritage outreach projects in each year since 2000.
(225292)
149
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 National Gallery, (b) the Tate, (c) the Science Museum, (d) the Science Museum Manchester and (e) the Museum of London.
(225293)
150
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 Royal Armouries Museum, (b) Sir John Soane's Museum, (c) Chatham Historic Dockyard and (d) the Wallace Collection.
(225294)
151
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) English Heritage and (b) the Heritage Lottery Fund provided to places of worship in each of the last five years.
(225295)
152
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much unallocated sports grant-in-aid there is in his Department's budget; and what plans he has to make the money available for grassroots sports initiatives.
(225334)
153
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what statues his Department is responsible for; what the cost of maintenance of these statues was in 2007-08; and what valuation has been made of the statues.
(225457)
154
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was paid to the BBC from television licence revenue in each year since 1997.
(225458)
155
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was received in television licence revenue in each year since 1997.
(225459)
156
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much unallocated grant-in-aid there is for museums and galleries in his Department's budget.
(225460)
157
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on each state visit to the UK since 2003.
(225461)
158
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) Sport England and (b) Arts Council England spent on advertising vacancies in each of the last five years.
(225463)
159
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many overseas visitors arrived in the UK in each quarter since 2005.
(225465)
160
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date his Department conducted its annual staff survey for 2008; which organisation conducted the survey; and what estimate he has made of the cost of the survey.
(225466)
161
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date his Department's All Staff Conference took place; how many staff attended; how many Ministers attended; and what the total cost of the event was.
(225467)
162
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects the Engaging Places online resource to be operational.
(225468)
163
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by the National Lottery Commission on advertising for recruitment in each of the last five years.
(225469)
164
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by the Big Lottery Fund on advertising for recruitment in each of the last five years.
(225470)
165
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by the UK Film Council on advertising for recruitment in each of the last five years.
(225471)
166
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which were the three most expensive appointments in relation to recruitment advertising in each of the last three years; and how much was spent in each case.
(225472)
167
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what additional funding (a) Sport England, (b) Arts Council England, (c) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and (d) English Heritage will receive in relation to the new regional responsibilities announced by his Department on 2nd July 2008.
(225473)
168
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate (a) Sport England, (b) Arts Council England, (c) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and (d) English Heritage have made of the cost of implementing the new regional responsibilities announced by his Department on 2nd July 2008.
(225474)
169
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding he has allocated for regional cultural consortia in each of the next three years.
(225475)
170
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects each of the new regional culture and sport alliances announced by his Department on 2nd July 2008 to come into operation; and when he expects each of the new non-departmental public body alliances to meet for the first time.
(225476)
171
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) the Gambling Commission and (b) the National Lottery Commission spent on press and communications officers in each of the last five years.
(225501)
172
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Tote spent on press and communications officers in each of the last five years.
(225502)
173
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which key words or terms (a) Arts Council England, (b) the Museums, Libraries and Archives, (c) the Big Lottery Fund, (d) English Heritage and (e) the Heritage Lottery Fund monitored in the media in each of the last three years.
(225503)
174
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of his Department's spending on administration in 2007-08 was in relation to (a) the 2012 Olympics, (b) the arts, (c) sports, (d) heritage, (e) tourism, (f) licensing and (g) the creative industries.
(225504)
175
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Heritage Lottery Fund has received from the National Lottery Distribution Fund in each year since 2000 in 2007-08 prices.
(225505)
176
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment spent on employing press and communications officers in each of the last five years.
(225670)
177
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on security in each year since 1997.
(225675)
178
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department will provide to the Olympic Delivery Authority in each of the next three years.
(225676)
179
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Invest to Save bids were sponsored by his Department in each of the last three years.
(225677)
180
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department's non-departmental public bodies received from Invest to Save budgets in each of the last three years.
(225678)
181
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to improve his Department's workforce equality monitoring as set out in his Department's corporate plan.
(225679)
182
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on net administration costs in each year since 1997; and what percentage of departmental net operating costs this represented in each year.
(225680)
183
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department received from each of its sponsored bodies and agencies in each year since 1997.
(225681)
184
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on the (a) Sporting and (b) Cultural Champions initiatives in each of the last three years; and what assessment he has made of the performance of each scheme against its objectives.
(225682)
185
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on children's play in each of the last three years; and how much he expects to spend on it in each of the next three years.
(225683)
186
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department provided for the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Link Strategy in each of the last five years.
(225685)
187
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent valuation has been made of the property portfolios of (a) his Department, (b) the Royal Parks, (c) English Heritage and (d) Arts Council England.
(225687)
188
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on (a) ceremonial overheads and (b) ceremonial services in each of the last five years; and if he will break down these costs by subheading.
(225688)
189
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff were employed to work on Culture Online in each year since 2002-03; and how many will be employed during 2008-09.
(225689)
190
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) his Department, (b) Sport England, (c) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (d) English Heritage and (e) Arts Council England contributed to the Living Places Partnership in each of the last three years.
(225690)
191
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects the Cultural Planning Toolkit training to commence.
(225691)
192
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date he expects to publish the first full report on Olympic and Paralympic public service agreements and physical education and school sport.
(225692)
193
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) his Department and (b) Sport England spent on advertising appointments in each of the last five years.
(225693)
194
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and (b) Visit Britain spent on advertising appointments in each of the last five years.
(225694)
195
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what balances his Department held with (a) other central government departments and (b) local authorities at the end of each financial year since 1997.
(225695)
196
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 his Department's Corporate Plan.
(225696)
197
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on staffing in each year since 1997 in (a) cash and (b) real terms.
(225697)
198
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date Fast Track presented him with a business case for raising private sector support for elite sport; and on what date he approved the business case.
(225707)
199
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's total annual (a) administrative and (b) programme income was in each year since 1997.
(225708)
200
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 British Library, (b) the British Museum, (c) the Geffrye Museum, (d) the Horniman Museum and (e) the Imperial War Museum.
(225755)
201
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) the British Library, (b) the British Museum, (c) the Geffrye Museum, (d) the Horniman Museum and (e) the Imperial War Museum spent on press and communications officers in each of the last five years.
(225756)
202
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on Culture Online in each year since 2000-01.
(225757)
203
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to review provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 relating to temporary event notices; and if he will make a statement.
(225729)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
204
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicewomen requested an abortion in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) the age of the woman, (b) the grounds for the abortion, (c) the number of weeks of gestation at which the request was made, (d) the procedures used and (e) whether the operation was performed.
(225671)
205
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what preparations his Department has made for the possible effects of climate change on the armed forces' (a) estate, (b) personnel, (c) equipment capabilities and (d) policies; and if he will make a statement.
(225363)
206
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of climate change on international peace and stability; and if he will make a statement.
(225364)
207
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers or equivalent ranks and (c) other ranks or equivalent left (i) the Royal Navy, (ii) the Royal Marines, (iii) the Army and (iv) the Royal Air Force in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many from each of the above rank categories in each service were involuntarily discharged.
(225142)
208
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution the UK is making to efforts to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden; and if he will make a statement.
(225603)
209
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether combat simulation studies have been carried out to analyse the capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter against those of other aircraft, including the Sukhoi SU 27/35 series.
(225699)
210
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department has commissioned on post-traumatic stress syndrome and related topics in order to facilitate the discharge of its duty of care for members of HM Armed Forces.
(225499)
211
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what budget has been allocated to the armed forces for dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (a) in conflict zones, (b) on leave and (c) on discharge from the forces in 2008-09.
(225659)
212
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army employees have been charged with a violent offence in each of the last five years.
(225660)
213
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK troops were wounded in Afghanistan in each month of operations in the last two years.
(225726)
214
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many injuries in each category were suffered by UK forces in Afghanistan in each month of operations in the last two years.
(225727)
215
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many enemy combatants were killed by UK troops in Afghanistan in each month of operations in the last two years.
(225728)
216
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many enemy combatants were taken prisoner in Afghanistan by UK forces in each month of operations in the last two years.
(225730)
217
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps have been taken to assess alternatives to bear fur for use in guardsmen's busbies; and if he will make a statement.
(225305)
218
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to place the order for the third tranche of the Typhoon.
(225724)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
219
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Inter-departmental Analysts Group (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake on climate change and the low carbon economy; and if he will make a statement.
(225350)
220
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made on the commitments undertaken at the meetings of the Major Economies Process on Energy Security and Climate Change in Washington, USA and Honolulu, Hawaii; and if he will make a statement.
(225357)
221
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made on the commitments undertaken at the Ministerial G8 Gleneagles Dialogue meeting in Berlin, Germany in September 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(225358)
222
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what work the Climate Change and Energy Strategy Board has undertaken; what further work is planned; and if he will make a statement.
(225366)
223
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made on the Gleneagles Plan of Action on climate change to exploit cleaner technologies, promote energy efficiency and invest in clean technologies in emerging economies.
(225367)
224
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress the Government has made on Public Service Agreement 27 on leading the global effort to avoid dangerous climate change; and if he will make a statement.
(225368)
225
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will set a binding target for microgeneration by 1st November 2008 as required by the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006.
(225725)
226
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the potential impact on the price of electricity of proposals by energy companies to build new nuclear power stations.
(225497)
227
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people paying energy bills through pre-payment meters and (b) the average annual cost of paying energy bills by (i) pre-payment meters and (ii) direct debit.
(225635)
228
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations he has received on the powers of entry provisions in the Energy Bill relating to carbon dioxide inspectors.
(225721)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
229
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which charge more than the national call rate; and how much income each such agency has derived from such charges in each of the last three years.
(225638)
230
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the transfer of all private sewers and lateral drains that drain to the public sewer to the ownership and responsibility of water and sewerage companies; and if he will make a statement.
(225316)
231
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timescale is for the transfer of all private sewers and lateral drains that drain to the public sewer to the ownership and responsibility of water and sewerage companies; and if he will make a statement.
(225317)
232
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of rabies were reported in the UK in each of the last three years; and what steps the Government is taking to reduce the incidence of rabies world-wide.
(225432)
233
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many letters he has received on the Uplands Entry Level Scheme; and how many of those opposed its introduction.
(225433)
234
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many badger re-location licences have been (a) granted and (b) rejected by each of his Department's offices in each of the last three years.
(225434)
235
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has commissioned or supported into the effects of pesticide use upon the bee population; and whether he has given consideration to banning any pesticide that is harmful to bee colonies.
(225435)
236
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding is available from (a) his Department and (b) the Environment Agency for communities for solutions to their flooding problems; and what the reasons were for the rejection of the Water 21 bid from Gloucestershire by his Department.
(225436)
237
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department is undertaking into the effect of habitat destruction and climate change on European amphibians, with particular reference to common toads; and if he will make a statement.
(225437)
238
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the results of the consultation upon food security are expected to be published; and when the Government expects to make a response.
(225536)
239
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for how many strains of bluetongue the Government has vaccines available.
(225538)
240
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information he holds on which EU countries currently have bluetongue epidemics; and what strain is prevalent in each case.
(225539)
241
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on its tuberculosis health check programme.
(225540)
242
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the proposal of the EU to appoint an animal welfare officer for each slaughterhouse.
(225541)
243
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the Government awarded the contract for research into the safety and efficacy of the use of snares to the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.
(225715)
244
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role the Central Science Laboratory will play in the proposed research into the use of snares.
(225716)
245
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the (a) terms of reference and (b) contract details relating to the proposed arrangement between the Game and Wildlife Trust and his Department on research into the use of snares.
(225717)
246
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department has budgeted to spend on projects investigating the contribution of farming to flood attenuation on flood plains in the next three years.
(225309)
247
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether funding from the Waste and Resources Action Programme's local communications fund has been used to support the introduction of fortnightly rubbish collections.
(225543)
248
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated yearly effect on the (a) tax bill and (b) other expenditure of a family in the lowest income quintile is under his Department's impact assessment of new charges for the collection of household waste.
(225558)
249
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the responses to the consultation on joint waste authorities' regulations and guidance.
(225644)
250
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on whether care homes should be subject to the new charges for the collection of household waste.
(225645)
251
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of local government industrial action by municipal refuse collectors in the summer months in areas with fortnightly rubbish collections.
(225647)
252
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the vaccine for bluetongue to be available; whether there are plans to provide a vaccine for each strain of the disease; and whether cattle that have been vaccinated will be allowed (a) into and (b) out of the bluetongue zone.
(225455)
253
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 operation of flood warnings to parts of Morpeth during the recent floods.
(225510)
254
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes there have been to the levels of household recycling in (a) Devon, (b) Plymouth and (c) Torbay since 1997.
(225372)
255
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the proposals for the new charges for the collection of household waste within the Climate Change Bill will remain the responsibility of his Department or become the responsibility of the new Department for Energy and Climate Change.
(225215)
256
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with other Departments on the likely effects of the Environment Agency's Thames Estuary 2100 scheme on Canvey Island's (a) public safety and (b) proposed levels of future building.
(225149)
257
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what area of land on Canvey Island is being considered for flooding under the Environment Agency's Thames Estuary 2100 scheme.
(225150)
258
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on the likely effects of the Environment Agency's Thames Estuary 2100 scheme on sites on Canvey Island.
(225161)
259
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the annual average time taken by households to sort domestic rubbish so that it may be recycled; and if he will make a statement.
(225266)
260
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications of the outcomes of research on the dissolution of polythene by the application of microbes for his policy to reduce the amount of plastic packaging in the waste stream; and if he will make a statement.
(225393)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
261
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what public diplomacy work on climate change is undertaken by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(225369)
262
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department has made on Departmental Strategic Objective 8 to promote a low carbon, high growth global economy since it was set; and if he will make a statement.
(225370)
263
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which charge more than the national call rate; and how much income each such agency has derived from such charges in each of the last three years.
(225709)
264
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the re-appointment of Peter van Walsum as UN special representative on the Western Sahara.
(225438)
265
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the list of banks domiciled in Iran, including their branches and subsidiaries abroad, that was distributed to UN Security Council members by the United Kingdom, the United States and France on 1st August.
(225586)
266
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed the security situation in Yemen with his American counterpart; and what the outcome of those discussions was.
(225587)
267
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of links between terrorist groups operating in Yemen and terrorist groups operating in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
(225588)
268
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of the operations in Yemen of (a) al Qaeda in the south of the Arabian Peninsula and (b) the Yemen Soldiers Brigade faction; and what assessment he has made of the the threat that such activities pose to the UK.
(225589)
269
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Yemeni government's implementation of the requirements in UN Security Council Resolutions 1737 (2001) and 1377 (2001) on the suppression of terrorism; and if he will make a statement.
(225590)
270
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Yemeni counterpart on the arrest of Abdul Majid al-Zindani.
(225591)
271
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many acts of piracy off the coast of Yemen (a) were recorded in 2007 and (b) have been recorded to date in 2008; and what assistance the UK has given to the government of Yemen to tackle such acts.
(225592)
272
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government supports proposals to create a regional conflict resolution mechanism for conflicts in the Horn of Africa; and if he will make a statement.
(225593)
273
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the June 2008 Memorandum of Understanding on nuclear energy between the UK and the United Arab Emirates.
(225594)
274
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Sri Lanka on its opposition to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' proposal to establish a UN field presence in the country for monitoring and reporting; and if he will make a statement.
(225595)
275
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's staff were made redundant as a result of the closure of his Department's language school.
(225596)
276
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has conducted (a) an audit of staff skills and (b) a strategic skills plan as set out in the FCO Strategic Workforce Plan of November 2007.
(225597)
277
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget for the Government Hospitality section of FCO Services (a) was in each of the last five financial years and (b) will be in financial years (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.
(225598)
278
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what savings have been identified by his Department as a result of co-location of offices with the Department for International Development, broken down by country.
(225599)
279
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's arrangements are for receiving visiting VIPs at UK airports; and if he will make a statement.
(225600)
280
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st July 2008, Official Report, column 872W, on Iran: sanctions, on how many occasions UK authorities have undertaken inspection of cargoes to and from Iran in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1803 since March 2008.
(225627)
281
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what sanctions may be imposed on diplomatic missions in the UK which do not pay non-domestic rates for which they are liable.
(225556)
282
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Lord Malloch Brown will continue to occupy a ministerial residence in Admiralty House following the recent Cabinet reshuffle and changes to the machinery of Government.
(225214)
283
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions he or officials from his Department have met representatives of the governments of (a) Sudan and (b) Libya since 1997.
(225483)
284
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department provides for British nationals seeking information on relatives who have died abroad.
(225484)
285
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date he was first informed that members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army were attending RMA Sandhurst.
(225409)
286
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to lodge a formal complaint at the European Commission against the government of Ireland's decision to guarantee all Irish savings deposits.
(225412)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
287
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many officials in his Department have responsibility for the checking and monitoring of the notification form required by the Abortion Act 1967 as amended, broken down by pay band; and if he will make a statement.
(225672)
288
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department has given to the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV in each year since its inception; how much is planned for 2008-09; how many officials provide the secretariat for the advisory group; what the grade is of each; what restrictions his Department places on the use of such funds; and if he will make a statement.
(225712)
289
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what process was followed in the appointment of the Chairman of the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV; where the post was advertised; how many persons applied for the post; how many were short-listed for interview; whether consideration was given to a candidate's (a) political views and (b) views on abortion; how each was appraised; what criteria were adopted for each candidate; how many candidates were rejected; and if he will make a statement.
(225713)
290
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid by his Department to Iris London in each financial year since 2001; which contracts were awarded by his Department to Iris London in each year since 2000-01; what the cost was of each contract; what penalties for default were imposed in contract provisions; what the length was of each contract; whether the contract was advertised; how many companies applied for the contract; how many were short-listed; what criteria were used for choosing a company; what provision was made for renewal without re-tender in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(225714)
291
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances an exceptional uses medical panel may reverse a clinician's recommendation for treatment with a drug approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and if he will make a statement.
(225377)
292
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish proposals to reduce the level of inappropriate prescribing of anti-psychotic medication to people with dementia, as heralded in his Department's draft dementia strategy.
(225509)
293
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to prevent diabetes.
(225136)
294
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve treatments for diabetes patients in the NHS.
(225137)
295
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the monies allocated to the reduction in the numbers of people with learning disabilities living in NHS campus-style accommodation will be distributed.
(225423)
296
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the re-location of Berkeley Hospital to the Cam/Dursley area.
(225424)
297
Mr John Grogan (Selby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which primary care trusts Duodopa has been prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson's disease in the last 12 months.
(225272)
298
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve bowel cancer awareness and early diagnosis among men.
(225706)
299
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses there are in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England.
(225326)
300
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors there are in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England.
(225327)
301
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were referred from private hospitals to NHS hospitals following complications after operations in each of the last four years; and what the estimated cost was to the NHS of caring for patients who required further treatment following operations at private hospitals in each of the last four years.
(225542)
302
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department's Liver Disease Service Review will reach its conclusions; and when he plans to make a decision on the future of liver disease services.
(225269)
303
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department plans to spend in (a) the 2008-09 and (b) the 2009-10 financial year on improving GPs' awareness of the risks of contracting the Hepatitis C virus and its treatment.
(225270)
304
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people newly-diagnosed with the Hepatitis C virus in each of the last 10 years.
(225271)
305
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the operation of the law relating to abortion.
(225311)
306
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the EU Working Time Directive on the effectiveness of surgical training; what representations he has received from the Royal College of Surgeons on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(225299)
307
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) the monetary value and (b) the projected duration is of all contracts most recently awarded to provide services linked to NHS Direct.
(225322)
308
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which non-English languages are offered to users of NHS Direct services; and what the total budgetary allocation for NHS Direct translation and language services is.
(225324)
309
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of NHS Direct translation and language services in providing equitable and accessible medical advice for non-English speakers.
(225325)
310
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the vaccine industry on public health priorities in addressing infectious diseases.
(225698)
311
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the substance was of his conversation with the chairman of Camden Primary Care Trust in March 2008 on the award of contracts for general practitioner practice management; and if he will make a statement.
(225740)
312
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital as a result of medical problems resulting from body piercing in the last 12 months.
(225723)
313
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research he has undertaken into foetal alcohol syndrome; and if he will make a statement.
(225636)
314
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies were born with foetal alcohol syndrome in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(225637)
315
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for physiotherapy for elderly and vulnerable patients.
(225482)
316
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the financial position of (a) NHS Brent and (b) the North West London Hospital Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(225492)
317
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) in-patient, (b) out-patient and (c) community drug treatment programme places were available for problem drug users, in each of the last five years, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
(225735)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
318
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers police community support officers (PCSOs) have to (a) stop members of the public, (b) enter private property, (c) demand information from members of the public and (d) issue fixed penalty notices; and what offences may an individual be committing by not co-operating with a PCSO.
(225211)
319
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what agencies or units for which her Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which charge more than the national call rate; and how much income each such agency derived from such charges in each of the last three years.
(225711)
320
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) work permit holders and (b) dependants of work permit holders were given leave to enter the UK in each quarter since 1st January 2007.
(225139)
321
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to address online identity fraud.
(225760)
322
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions have been brought against those arrested for the sale of knives to underage persons through commercial premises in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last 10 years.
(225731)
323
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for the sale of knives to underage persons have been brought against commercial premises in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last 10 years.
(225732)
324
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions have been brought against those arrested for the sale of knives to underage persons through internet sites and mail order companies in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last 10 years.
(225733)
325
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for the sale of knives to underage persons have been brought against internet sites and mail order companies in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last 10 years.
(225734)
326
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what freephone 24-hour telephone lines exist for victims of rape and sexual assault in England and Wales.
(225140)
327
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to increase the number of sexual assault referral centres in England and Wales over the next five years.
(225141)
328
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the variations in rape conviction rates across areas of England and Wales; and what progress has been made by the Rape Performance Group in analysing this issue.
(225143)
329
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crack house closure orders have been issued in England and Wales in each year since their introduction.
(225218)
330
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the review of all Home Office contracts with PA Consulting has been concluded; and when she will make public the outcome of the review.
(225219)
331
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is issued to interviewers conducting the British Crime Survey on interviewing in areas where they feel unsafe.
(225220)
332
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what conditions are attached to the use of funds allocated to police forces under the assets recovery incentive scheme.
(225221)
333
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from the Occupied Palestinian Territories were refused asylum in the UK in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years; and how many are awaiting a decision on an asylum application.
(225296)
334
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Afghani, (b) Belarusian, (c) Burmese, (d) Chinese, (e) Colombian, (f) Cuban, (g) Democratic Republic of Congo, (h) Democratic People's Republic of Korea, (i) Iranian, (j) Iraqi, (k) Israeli, (l) Nepalese, (m) Pakistani, (n) Russian, (o) Saudi Arabian, (p) Syrian, (q) Turkmenistani, (r) Uzbekistani and (s) Vietnamese nationals were refused asylum in the UK in each of the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years; and how many in each category are awaiting a decision on an asylum application.
(225298)
335
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Derbyshire, (b) Chesterfield and (c) each police authority in England in each year since 1997.
(225328)
336
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter to her dated 1st September from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard to Mrs N. Akhtar.
(225389)
337
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on whether local authorities should use directed surveillance powers to monitor dog fouling; and if she will make a statement.
(225632)
338
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will instruct the Office of the Surveillance Commissioner to assess whether surveillance powers have been used by local authorities to generate income from fines.
(225633)
339
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were (a) charged and (b) convicted of (i) public order offences and (ii) offences against the person in the Torbay area in each of the last seven years.
(225373)
340
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has for the implementation of the outcomes of the police pay and conditions arbitration process; and if she will make a statement.
(225267)
341
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Kuwaiti Bidoons have claimed asylum in the United Kingdom in the last five years.
(225487)
342
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times personal profiles stored on the national DNA database have been released to (a) European and (b) other foreign governments since the database was established.
(225488)
343
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to protect personal information on the national DNA database; and if she will make a statement.
(225489)
344
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many profiles were (a) lost and (b) stolen from the national DNA database in each year since it was established.
(225490)
345
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17th September 2008, Official Report, column 2256W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) contents and (b) security classifications were of the lost and stolen laptops.
(225537)
346
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many blank passports were (a) lost and (b) stolen from the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(225382)
347
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports were lost by the Identity and Passport Service while being couriered to the passport holder in each of the last five years.
(225383)
348
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines have been issued to the Identity and Passport Service on the secure delivery of documentation to passport holders.
(225384)
349
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was paid in compensation to passport holders whose passports were lost by the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years.
(225385)
350
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people contested details held on record by the Criminal Records Bureau in each of the last five years.
(225388)
351
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the marginal costs of duplicate procurement cycles in police forces in England and Wales.
(225407)
352
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) complaints and (b) claims were made against her Department and its agencies and contractors, as a result of alleged injuries and assaults sustained during the enforcement of removals under immigration powers in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) (A) sex, (B) age and (C) nationality of complainant and (ii) location of alleged incident.
(225278)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
353
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many articles have been reported stolen from the Palace of Westminster in the last 12 months; and what those items were.
(225374)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
354
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) higher education and (b) further education in West Lancashire constituency since 1997.
(225759)
355
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what fees were charged by colleges for A-level courses to students in each of the last three years, broken down by college; and what fees are proposed for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 in each case.
(225454)
356
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what UK research and development projects are being undertaken into (a) quantum crypto-graphics and (b) electro-optics; how much funding such projects are planned to receive from the public purse in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(225376)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
357
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress his Department has made on developing guidance with the multilateral development banks to screen all development investments for climate risks; and if he will make a statement.
(225361)
358
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress his Department has made in assisting multilateral development banks to adopt and implement clean energy investment frameworks; and if he will make a statement.
(225362)
359
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department allocated to cover expenses associated with employees, offices and funded projects in China in each of the last three years.
(225413)
360
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effects of piracy in the Gulf of Aden on the delivery of humanitarian aid in the region over the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(225601)
361
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of Somalian refugees in Yemen; and what steps the UK has taken to facilitate their safety and security.
(225602)
362
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21st July 2008, Official Report, column 792W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, if he will place in the Library a copy of the last annual review of his Department's funding to North West Frontier Province.
(225628)
363
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the international development spending by the devolved administrations is included in his Department's calculation of the UK's total Official Development Assistance; and if he will make a statement.
(225577)
364
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on consultancy fees in each year since the Department was created.
(225578)
365
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) budget and (b) staff level of his Department's (i) Corporate Performance Division and each of its subdivisions, (ii) Policy and Research Division and each of its subdivisions, (iii) International Division and each of its subdivisions and (iv) Country Programmes Division and each of its subdivisions (A) was in each of the last three years and (B) is projected to be in each of the next three years.
(225579)
366
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the UN High-Level Event on the millennium development goals on 25th September, with particular reference to the financial contributions pledged by the British Government.
(225581)
367
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assistance the UK has provided to those affected by the hurricanes in Haiti.
(225507)
368
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made by the United Nations relief fund to help those affected by the recent hurricanes in Haiti; and if he will make a statement.
(225508)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
369
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions there have been for illegal use of a mobile telephone whilst driving in each year since it became an offence, broken down by police force area.
(225439)
370
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which probation areas within England and Wales use (a) Delius, (b) CRAMS and (c) other IT case management systems.
(225144)
371
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the results of the review of family law cases following the Cannings judgment; and what steps he is taking to increase confidence in medical expert witnesses in child protection cases.
(225315)
372
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 26th June 2008, Official Report, column 473W, on legal advice and assistance, what assessment he has made of the effect of the establishment of new community legal advice centres on the viability of citizens advice bureaux in areas where they have not won contracts to run the new centres.
(225546)
373
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 24th June 2008, Official Report, columns 9-11WS, on the consultation on weekend voting, whether he plans to pilot or introduce weekend voting in the 2009 European or local elections.
(225562)
374
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 4th June 2008, Official Report, column 1037W, on elections: Greater London, if he will assess the extent to which voters understood the conceptual differences between the second preference in the Supplementary Vote Election System for Mayor of London and the second vote in Additional Member System for the London Assembly, when casting their votes.
(225564)
375
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on whether responses prepared by local authorities' freedom of information officers should be passed to council group leaders for approval or amendment.
(225657)
376
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on the powers bailiffs have to collect monies for unpaid parking fines under the provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.
(225722)
377
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the prison population is in England and Wales; and how many of those prisoners have served in the armed forces in the last 10 years.
(225658)
378
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued in writing to prison governors on (a) misuse of bupranorphine, (b) systems of administering methadone and (c) the risks associated with naltrexone in the last three years.
(225480)
379
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners absconded from open prisons in each of the last five years, broken down by prison establishment.
(225387)
Questions to the Leader of the House
380
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Leader of the House, how many pages of (a) primary and (b) delegated legislation were passed by the House in each Session commencing in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) each year between 1996 and 2006.
(225212)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
381
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for North Shropshire, of 26th June 2008, Official Report, column 441W, on water charges, what estimate he has made of the effect on funding to be provided from central government to the Northern Ireland Executive as a result of not implementing a policy of revised water charges in Northern Ireland.
(225545)
382
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of the applications made to Access NI for criminal record checks in each of the last three months took more than four weeks to complete.
(225356)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
383
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how much the humanitarian assistance unit spent on publicity in each year since its establishment.
(225462)
384
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, on what date she expects the construction of the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics to begin.
(225464)
Questions to the Prime Minister
385
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Prime Minister, what consideration he gave to visiting Sderot during his recent visit to Israel; and if he will make a statement.
(225605)
386
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings he (a) held and (b) attended when in Beijing to attend the Olympic closing ceremony with the Chinese government; and whether he discussed (i) human rights and (ii) animal welfare with that government.
(225422)
387
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings have been held between officials in 10 Downing Street and representatives of (a) Ogilvy UK and (b) WPP since 27th June 2007.
(225561)
388
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Prime Minister, which Ministers will have grace and favour accommodation allocated to them; what the locations of that accommodation will be in each case following the changes to the machinery of Government and the Cabinet reshuffle; which Ministers or former Ministers will leave their grace and favour accommodation; and which grace and favour properties will remain empty.
(225213)
389
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Prime Minister, whether the new Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform will have an official ministerial residence funded by the public purse.
(225216)
390
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Prime Minister, which parliamentary constituencies he has visited since 27th June 2007; on what dates each such visit took place; and what the purpose of each such visit was.
(225404)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
391
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will issue guidance to local authorities on regulating the parking of motorcycles in residents' parking bays; and if he will make a statement.
(225673)
392
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will encourage local authorities to allow motorcycles to park free of charge in (a) residents' parking bays and (b) parking bays; and if he will make a statement.
(225674)
393
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the National Transport Model Team (a) has taken and (b) plans to take on climate change; and if he will make a statement.
(225506)
394
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which charge more than the national call rate; and how much income each such agency derived from such charges in each of the last three years.
(225639)
395
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Potters Bar Investigation Board.
(225146)
396
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to ensure that changes to the permitted level of sulphur content in marine fuel oils do not lead to disproportionate cost increases for UK ferry operators.
(225207)
397
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts about changes to the level of sulphur content in marine fuel oil in ships operating in environmental control areas.
(225208)
398
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the UK ferry industry of the proposed change to the MARPOL regulations to reduce sulphur levels in marine fuel oil.
(225209)
399
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he has given to local authorities which wish to introduced shared spaces on how to integrate this with safe access for those with disabilities.
(225420)
400
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has better to publicise knowledge of the knurled knob on pelican crossings for those with disabilities and children.
(225421)
401
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of improvements in aircraft fuel efficiency (a) in the last 20 years and (b) in the next 20 years.
(225151)
402
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) the recruitment and (b) the retention of British maritime professionals of the decision by HM Revenue and Customs to review the guidance on the vessels that do not qualify under the Seafarers' Earnings Deduction income tax rules.
(225630)
403
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to approve a scheme for the re-location of junction 14 of the M6 to a position further north of Stafford.
(225297)
404
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to approve a scheme for the early re-construction of junction 15 of the M6 to a modern motorway standard.
(225301)
405
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to introduce the first active traffic management scheme on the M6; and at what location.
(225303)
406
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the widening of the M6 between junctions 11 and 19.
(225304)
407
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the construction of a direct link from the M54 to the M6 Toll road.
(225306)
408
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to arrange the early re-surfacing of the M6 between junctions 13 and 14.
(225307)
409
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are to open new train lines in England.
(225606)
410
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new public buses have been introduced in the last five years.
(225607)
411
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train carriages have been refurbished in the last five years.
(225608)
412
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on consultation fees for the Crossrail project.
(225609)
413
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents have been caused by failed traffic lights in the last five years.
(225610)
414
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of resurfacing motorways has been in the last five years.
(225611)
415
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of his Department's budget was spent on British waterways in the last period for which figures are available.
(225612)
416
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of cycle lanes have been introduced in the last five years; and at what cost.
(225613)
417
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of tonnes of carbon dioxide produced on average each day by public transport.
(225614)
418
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average annual cost was of cleaning the M25 motorway in the latest period for which figures are available.
(225615)
419
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how often railway sleepers were replaced in the latest period for which figures are available.
(225616)
420
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the quantity of carbon dioxide produced each day by the use of traffic lights and electronic signs.
(225617)
421
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what change there has been in the average length of a train passenger journey in the last five years.
(225618)
422
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to (a) increase the number of toll roads in England and (b) remove existing toll roads.
(225619)
423
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars broke down on the M25 in each of the last five years.
(225620)
424
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on developing alternative fuels for buses.
(225621)
425
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of vandalism to buses in each of the last five years.
(225622)
426
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many violent assaults there were on passengers on trains in each of the last five years.
(225623)
427
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many attacks there were on bus drivers in each of the last five years.
(225624)
428
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents involved buses in the last 12 months.
(225625)
429
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many official visits he plans to take using public transport in the next 12 months; and which official visits were taken using public transport by his immediate predecessor.
(225626)
430
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many serious injuries have occurred on level crossings in the last five years.
(225700)
431
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he has issued on whether replacing the EU flag on a car number plate with a British flag may lead to an MOT failure; and if he will make a statement.
(225265)
432
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure the implementation of fair and competitive pricing structures by train operating companies.
(225701)
433
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent 10 per cent. increases in off-peak fares between Milton Keynes and London Euston on London Midland's franchise commitment to increase passenger numbers.
(225702)
434
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to repeat the 2003 Future Fares Policy Consultation to review the Strategic Rail Authority's fare structures.
(225703)
435
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the likely effects of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's free prize draw for online customers on the number of people who renew their vehicle tax at their local post office.
(225491)
436
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many calls to HM Coastguard were made by residents of Lancashire in each year since 2000.
(225405)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
437
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long on average it took for Royal Mail Opening Units to receive, open, sort and deliver post to Jobcentre Plus sites using the service in each month in 2008 to date.
(225417)
438
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which charge more than the national call rate; and how much income each such agency derived from such charges in each of the last three years.
(225710)
439
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance number registrations have been granted to non-UK (a) EU and (b) non-EU citizens in each quarter since 2004.
(225138)
440
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd July 2008, Official Report, column 1180W, on employment, what the figures are for the second quarter of 2008 on the same basis as the figures contained in the Answer.
(225148)
441
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people on incapacity benefit who are capable of entering employment.
(225425)
442
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the consequences of the decision of the House of Lords in R (on the application of Heffernan) v the Rent Service [2008] UKHL 58 on the Rent Service's approach to the determination of broad market rental areas; what action he plans to take following that decision; and if he will make a statement.
(225175)
443
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate the Government has made of monetary value of unclaimed benefits in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by benefit and allowance type.
(225280)
444
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to simplify the process for pensioners to claim benefits to which they are entitled.
(225281)
445
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what professional qualifications are required of doctors who carry out personal capability assessments for his Department; and under what level of oversight they operate.
(225456)
446
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department has commissioned on the effects of a local income tax on the administration of the council tax benefits system in Scotland.
(225411)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
447
N
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government programmes to encourage voluntary work.
[Question Unstarred] (224363)
448
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps the Prime Minister's Office is taking to reduce levels of food waste produced in 10 Downing Street.
[Transferred] (225648)
449
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what his latest estimate is of the number of individuals in the UK who own shares.
[Transferred] (225371)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
450
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memoranda of Understanding on military-co-operation signed during his visit to China in January 2008.
[Transferred] (225408)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
451
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress his Department has made in requiring electricity and gas suppliers to provide advanced meters to electricity customers in Profile 5-8 and gas customers with annual consumption above 732MWh by 2013; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (225365)
452
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much (a) oil and (b) gas was imported in 2007, broken down by country of origin; and what percentage of the total was imported from each country.
[Transferred] (225604)
453
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the availability of UK labour to build the next generation of nuclear power stations.
[Transferred] (225547)
454
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on what basis the initial allocation to local authorities will be made under the carbon reduction commitment; and what mechanisms will be put in place to reward local authorities which had reduced their energy consumption prior to the introduction of the scheme.
[Transferred] (225210)
455
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what additional monitoring the Government is undertaking of the effects on (a) payment method preference, (b) levels of debt and (c) levels of disconnections of domestic energy consumers of (i) recent and (ii) anticipated increases in energy prices; and how much the Government has allocated to provide domestic energy customers with energy efficiency advice and information.
[Transferred] (225279)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
456
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has issued guidance to local authorities on whether student accommodation which is exempt from council tax liability will be exempt from charges for the collection of household waste.
[Transferred] (225656)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
457
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of children under the age of 11 years in England have a parent who has had contact with a drug service, as recorded by Drug Action Team statistics in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England.
[Transferred] (225273)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
458
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals serving a sentence in a UK prison refused to provide their personal details, including their country of origin, resulting in their remaining in prison at the end of their sentence in the latest period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (225386)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
459
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the national performance targets for youth offending teams were in each of the last five years; and what the performance of Torbay Youth Offending Team was against those targets.
[Transferred] (225375)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
460
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to business of traffic congestion; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (225551)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
461
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many migrant workers have (a) applied for and (b) received national insurance cards in the last five years.
[Transferred] (225481)

 
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