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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 9 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 9 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 9 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 9 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 Thursday 9 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 9 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Lorely Burt (Solihull): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent representations he has received from UK business trade and industry representatives on US extraterritorial jurisdiction and intervention; and if he will make a statement.
(225944)
2
N
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, 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.
(225747)
3
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency are living in fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.
(225961)
4
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many households in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency use a pre-payment meter; and if he will make a statement.
(226004)
5
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will review the recommendations of the Better Regulation Executive on banking in light of the events in the banking sector in mid September.
(225954)
6
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what costs were incurred in the (a) production and (b) distribution by post of the Postwatch publication, Post, Present and Future.
(226124)
7
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the economic impact on the City of Liverpool of Royal Mail's proposal to close the Coppers Hill mail sorting office; and if he will make a statement.
(225742)
8
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he was consulted on Royal Mail's review of mail sorting offices in the North West; and whether similar reviews are being carried out in other regions.
(225743)
9
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of the working week he expects the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting to spend on his Department's business.
(225916)
10
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting has been assigned an office in his Department.
(225917)
11
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on how many occasions Post Office Ltd has responded to public opposition by reversing a decision to close a post office branch as part of the Network Change Programme; and what percentage of branches considered for closure under the programme this figure represents.
(225822)
12
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans he has to seek to secure the reduction of US import tariffs on catering products; and if he will make a statement.
(226150)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
13
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the income received from income tax revenues came from (a) the top one per cent. of earners, (b) the top five per cent. of earners, (c) the top 10 per cent. of earners, (d) the top 25 per cent. of earners, (e) the lowest 50 per cent. of earners, (f) the lowest 25 per cent. of earners and (g) the lowest 10 per cent. of earners in (i) 1975, (ii) 1980, (iii) 1985, (iv) 1990, (v) 1997, (vi) 2000 and (vii) each year since 2000.
(225568)
14
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has assessed of the likely effect of the rate of duty to be applied to waste-derived fuel oil from 1st November 2008 on (a) the volume of hazardous waste oil recovered and reprocessed, (b) the level of investment in the collection and reprocessing of hazardous waste oil, (c) the volume of secondary fuel product manufactured, (d) the volume of hazardous waste oil sent to landfill and (e) the volume of hazardous waste oil incinerated.
(226128)
15
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will (a) delay the introduction of hydrocarbon oil duty until the Waste Oils Protocol project is complete and (b) exercise the discretion provided under the Energy Products Directive to observe differentiation in the application of hydrocarbon oil duty to reflect the product quality and environmental impact of different waste-derived fuel oils once the Waste Oils Protocol project is complete.
(226130)
16
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of whether the rate of duty to be applied to waste-derived fuel oil from 1st November 2008 is consistent with Government obligations under the Waste Framework Directive to encourage the recovery and reuse of waste.
(226132)
17
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the Government has decided not to exercise the discretion to date provided under the Energy Products Directive to observe differentiation in the application of hydrocarbon oil duty to reflect the product quality and environmental impact of different waste-derived fuel oils.
(226133)
18
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reports he has received on the extent of bad debt held by (a) UK banks and (b) banks with a base in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(226126)
19
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of Government bonds swapped for bank-owned assets under the liquidity arrangements; and what proportion has been swapped with assets of (a) UK banks and (b) other banks.
(226205)
20
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from consumer organisations on the use by financial services companies of automated cold-calling telephony systems that give rise to silent calls; and if he will make a statement.
(225979)
21
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings his predecessor held with Lehman Brothers in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006 and (d) 2007; what the purpose of each meeting was; and if he will place on his Department's website the text of the speech made by his predecessor when he opened the Lehman Brothers headquarters at Canary Wharf in 2004.
(225950)
22
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of (a) household and (b) business indebtedness in (i) each Parliamentary constituency, (ii) each area covered by a regional development agency, (iii) Northern Ireland, (iv) Scotland and (v) Wales.
(225952)
23
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for the competitiveness of United Kingdom banks of the decision on 29th September of the Irish Government to place an unlimited two year guarantee on all deposits and some debts in six Irish banks.
(225953)
24
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the dates were of each meeting he and his predecessor held with the Chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to discuss the adequacy of regulatory oversight of the financing models for British-based banks; and if he will (a) place in the Library and (b) post on his Department's website copies of all correspondence between him and his predecessor and the FSA on banking oversight and reform since January 2006.
(226134)
25
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals pay more income tax following the abolition of the 10 pence band as modified by the changes announced on 13th May; and if he will break down the data according to those earning (a) under £10,000, (b) between £10,000 and £15,000, (c) between £15,000 and £20,000 and (d) above £20,000 a year.
(225223)
26
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons his Department sends a standard tax credits renewal pack to the next-of-kin of deceased tax credit claimants.
(225398)
27
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new public sector pensions were opened in each of the last 10 years.
(226164)
28
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people with marginal tax deduction rates of (a) between 50 to 60 per cent., (b) between 60 to 70 per cent., (c) between 70 to 80 per cent., (d) between 80 to 90 per cent. and (e) between 90 to 100 per cent. and (f) over 100 per cent. in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(226206)
29
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons were for the decision by HM Revenue and Customs to review the guidance on vessels that do not qualify under the seafarers' earnings deduction income tax rules.
(226230)
30
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what level of duty was charged on kerosene in each year since 2001.
(225751)
31
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who have investment income taxed automatically at 20 per cent. but who are not on PAYE and are not issued with a tax return annually, are made aware that a repayment of tax may be due to them.
(225912)
32
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income tax revenue was received from non-UK citizens working in the UK in 2007-08.
(225513)
33
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the tax revenue accruing to the Exchequer in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.
(225514)
34
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many sports clubs had community amateur sports club status removed in each of the last six months, broken down by (a) sport and (b) region.
(225824)
35
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which local amateur sports clubs in Bassetlaw have been (a) granted and (b) refused community amateur sports club status since 2002.
(225825)
36
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many local amateur sports clubs (a) applied for community amateur sports club (CASC) status and (b) were granted CASC status in each year since 2002, broken down by (i) sport and (ii) parliamentary constituency.
(225826)
37
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from mutual organisations on the financial effect on them as a result of the Bradford and Bingley rescue; and if he will make a statement.
(225973)
38
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases were pursued in each of the last nine financial years by HM Revenue and Customs 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; and of these, how many led to HM Revenue and Customs lodging an appeal in the High Court.
(225662)
39
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what timescale targets are placed on HM Revenue and Customs to register applications by companies for value added tax purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(225665)
40
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new companies are waiting for their applications for registration for value added tax purposes to be finalised by HM Revenue and Customs; what the longest waiting time was in the last three years from date of application; and if he will make a statement.
(225666)
41
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Equitable Life policyholders are estimated to be affected by the regulatory failure set out in the Parliamentary Ombudsman's report Equitable Life: A Decade of Regulatory Failure.
(225814)
42
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made towards the implementation of a compensation scheme for those Equitable Life policyholders who the Parliamentary Ombudsman identified as having undergone a loss as a consequence of regulatory failure.
(225815)
43
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the cost to the Government of compensating former Equitable Life policyholders under the recommendations set out by the Parliamentary Ombudsman in her report Equitable Life: A Decade of Regulatory Failure.
(225816)
44
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to airline companies on the refunding of tax on unused airline tickets.
(225819)
45
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on seafarers' earnings deduction; and if he will make a statement.
(226147)
46
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to meet the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss the effects of the reclassification of seafarers' earnings deduction on the recruitment and retention of British seafarers.
(226148)
47
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect the mark to market rules are having on bank liquidity; and what the procedures are for changing those rules.
(225934)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
48
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on health visitors; and if he will make a statement.
(225967)
49
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will bring forward plans for secure children's homes for children trafficked into the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
(225959)
50
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the operation of the academies programme in the London Borough of Bexley.
(225925)
51
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the reasons are for ceasing to fund scholars from Australia, the Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, New Zealand and Singapore after 2009.
(225511)
52
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many independent schools had pupils taking key stage 3 tests in the last five years for which figures are available.
(225827)
53
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much and what proportion of the schools budget was not passed from local authorities to schools in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(225828)
54
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils requested a re-mark of key stage (a) 2 and (b) 3 tests in each of the last five years; and in what percentage of such cases the mark was revised.
(225829)
55
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, members of which professions will have access to the ContactPoint database.
(225830)
56
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which languages are taught in a primary school, broken down by the number of schools teaching each language.
(225831)
57
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which primary schools teach a foreign language other than French, Spanish or German.
(225832)
58
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which secondary schools teach (a) Chinese, (b) Urdu, (c) Japanese and (d) Italian and are located in a local authority area which also includes at least one primary school which teaches that subject.
(225833)
59
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which secondary schools offer (a) Italian, (b) Chinese, (c) Urdu and (d) Japanese at (i) GCSE and (ii) A-level.
(225834)
60
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers took a primary (a) B.Ed or BA and (b) PGCE with a language specialism in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(225835)
61
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to increase the number of primary teacher training (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate courses with a language specialism.
(225836)
62
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers took (a) a PGCE, (b) a BEd or BA, (c) a SCITT and (d) another teacher training route at primary level with a specialism in (i) Mandarin, (ii) Japanese, (iii) Urdu, (iv) Italian, (v) French, (vi) Spanish and (vii) German in each of the last five years.
(225837)
63
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding has been provided by his Department to educational institutions to offer diploma courses for 14 to 19 year olds, broken down by institution type.
(225838)
64
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding each school and college offering diplomas for 14 to 19 year olds will receive in each of the next three years in (a) per capita funding and (b) other funding as a result of offering diploma courses.
(225839)
65
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools do not have a kitchen, broken down by local authority area.
(225840)
66
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which independent schools are offering diploma courses, broken down by diploma type.
(225841)
67
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children in care received (a) fixed-term and (b) permanent exclusions in each of the last five years.
(225842)
68
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children in care were working towards (a) level 1, (b) level 2, (c) level 3 and (d) level 4 in key stage 1 tests in (i) writing, (ii) reading, (iii) literacy, (iv) speaking and listening and (v) science in each of the last five years.
(225843)
69
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what reasons a pupil may be working at the level of assessment for but unable to take key stage 2 tests.
(225844)
70
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department has spent on (a) advertising, (b) conferences and (c) other forms of marketing in respect of 14 to 19 diplomas in each year since the plan to introduce such diplomas was announced.
(225845)
71
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of his Department's expected total expenditure on diplomas for 14 to 19 year olds by the end of 2009.
(225846)
72
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many places will be available for each of the diplomas for 14 to 19 year olds in 2009-10.
(225847)
73
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were male in each year since 1997.
(225848)
74
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of people detained in young offenders' institutions (a) are from care home backgrounds, (b) are eligible for free school meals and (c) have been assessed as having special educational needs, broken down by type of special educational need.
(225849)
75
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what measures are in place to vet people coming into contact with children as part of their work experience for foundation and higher diplomas.
(226026)
76
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the minimum number of recommended hours a week is that a student taking a (a) foundation, (b) higher and (c) advanced diploma should spend studying (i) mathematics, (ii) English and (iii) science (A) excluding and (B) including applied learning.
(226027)
77
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which diplomas will include (a) compulsory and (b) optional mathematics A-level.
(226028)
78
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what average number of GCSEs was taken by pupils in maintained schools in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.
(226029)
79
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many GCSEs were taken on average by children eligible for free school meals in maintained schools in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.
(226030)
80
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people claimed the education maintenance allowance in each year since its introduction.
(226031)
81
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of those aged 16 years and older in education who are eligible to claim education maintenance allowance but do not do so.
(226032)
82
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of those in (a) full-time and (b) part-time education aged (i) 16, (ii) 17 year and (iii) 18 years claimed education maintenance allowance in each year since its introduction.
(226033)
83
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what materials his Department prohibits the use of during science lessons in schools.
(226034)
84
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which 20 maintained schools issued the (a) highest and (b) lowest number of (i) permanent and (ii) fixed-term exclusions in the most recent academic year for which figures are available; and how many such exclusions were issued by each such school.
(226035)
85
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which 20 maintained schools had the greatest (a) number and (b) proportion of pupils (i) excluded and (ii) permanently excluded for (A) physical assault against an adult, (B) physical assault against a pupil and (C) bullying in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(226036)
86
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many independent schools have pupils studying for an A-level in communication and culture.
(226038)
87
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department expects to spend annually on the education maintenance allowance from 2013 onwards.
(226039)
88
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of 18 year olds from households with annual incomes (a) up to £20,817, (b) between £20,818 and £25,521, (c) between £25,522 and £30,810 and (iv) over £30,810 enrolled at (i) university, (ii) a Russell Group university and (iii) Oxford or Cambridge University in each of the last five years.
(226040)
89
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of those in receipt of education maintenance allowance entered (a) higher education, (b) a Russell Group university and (c) Oxford or Cambridge University in each year since the allowance was introduced.
(226041)
90
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people eligible to receive the education maintenance allowance achieved three As at A-level in each year since the allowance was introduced.
(226042)
91
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the (a) percentage and (b) percentage point change was in the number of people studying for AS or A-level qualifications was in each parental income decile in each of the last five years.
(226043)
92
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of those claiming education maintenance allowance studied for AS or A-level exams in each year since the allowance was introduced.
(226044)
93
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of students eligible to receive the education maintenance allowance have not received a payment under the scheme.
(226045)
94
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, under what circumstances his Department may terminate its education maintenance allowance contract with Liberata.
(226046)
95
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which companies bid for the education maintenance allowance contract which was awarded to Liberata; and by what criteria such bids were assessed.
(226047)
96
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent estimate is of the number of 16 to 18 year olds who are not in education or training, broken down by parental income decile.
(226048)
97
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number and percentage of 16 to 18 year olds not in education or training; and how many of these belong to households with annual incomes (a) below £30,810, (b) below £25,522 and (c) below £20,817 a year.
(226049)
98
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of teachers teaching (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry and (d) biology who were awarded a golden hello in each year since 2000 were still in the teaching profession (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four and (v) five years after receiving the award.
(226050)
99
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of hours per week (a) teachers and (b) headteachers spent on administrative functions required by (i) the local education authority, (ii) his Department and (iii) other organisations in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(226051)
100
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many 16 to 24 year olds were not in full-time education, employment or training in each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion of the population of 16 to 24 year olds this represented in each such area.
(226204)
101
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to improve research standards in trials which involve schoolchildren.
(225911)
102
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department plans to take in response to the report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published on 3rd October 2008.
(225817)
103
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects the group reviewing sex and relationship education to report its recommendations.
(225818)
104
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which schools are both (a) national challenge schools and (b) extra mile schools, or mentor schools; and if he will make a statement.
(225851)
105
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which local authorities are involved in the 14 to 19 engagement programme; and if he will make a statement.
(225852)
106
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department plans to spend on e-learning credits in each of the next five years; how much his Department spent on e-learning credits in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(225853)
107
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools offering the core set of extended services; and if he will make a statement.
(225854)
108
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children under 11 years of age live in single-parent families in (a) Bassetlaw constituency and (b) England.
(225344)
109
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools among the 500 lowest performing primary schools have received funding under the Building Schools for the Future programme in the last five years.
(225512)
110
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many public consultations were launched by his Department in each year since 1997.
(225884)
111
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of all staff in his Department who were involved with the preparation and publication of (a) reports and (b) consultations in each year since 1997.
(225904)
112
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many reports were published by his Department and its predecessor in each year since 1997.
(225905)
113
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the average number of days spent on the preparation and publication of (a) reports and (b) consultations by his staff in each year since 1997.
(225906)
114
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department and its predecessors spent on consultations in each year since 1997.
(226092)
115
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department spent on the (a) production and (b) publication of reports in each year since 1997.
(226093)
116
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many proposals for new schools have been through the planning process since the introduction of the new Building Bulletin 100: Design for Fire Safety in Schools; and in how many cases the fitting of sprinkler systems has been required following the application of the cost and benefit analysis contained in the bulletin.
(225972)
117
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether his Department has issued guidance on the use of biometric technology relating to school children to (a) schools and (b) parents.
(226099)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
118
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people were unemployed in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last six months.
(225850)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
119
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the implementation of point 11 of the then Prime Minister's 12-point counter-terrorism plan issued in August 2005.
(226069)
120
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many mortgage applications relating to the purchase of property in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency were approved in each of the last 24 months.
(225960)
121
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps are being taken to assist local authorities to meet requirements for equal pay for men and women; and if she will make a statement.
(226135)
122
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to encourage local authorities to open their facilities to the public.
(225339)
123
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding the Audit Commission provided for the (a) Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and (b) Senior Managers Foundation Imprint magazine in 2007-08.
(226125)
124
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of (a) pensioners and (b) children were living in income-deprived households in each parliamentary constituency calculated using the Indices of Deprivation 2007.
(226208)
125
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the lower layer super output areas in each parliamentary constituency are.
(226209)
126
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average rate of home ownership is in England; what the rate is among those from ethnic minority groups; and if she will make a statement.
(225907)
127
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.
(225897)
128
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many departmental staff of each grade undertook voluntary work as set out in her Department's volunteering policy in the last 12 months; and how many days of volunteering those staff undertook (a) in total and (b) on average.
(226121)
129
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received from the Milton Keynes Partnerships on the proposed development east of the M1 in Milton Keynes contained in the most recent version of the South East Plan.
(225857)
130
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what account was taken of views of local residents in the decision to approve the proposed development east of the M1 in Milton Keynes as part of the proposed revision of the South East Plan.
(225858)
131
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will reduce the national rate for local authority mortgages.
(225744)
132
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of how many repossessions were avoided by the Government's mortgage rescue service in 2007-08.
(225745)
133
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30th June 2008, Official Report, column 630W, on regeneration: Canvey Island, whether the absence of an additional access road for Canvey Island constituted one of the impediments.
(225823)
134
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to protect tenants who are faced with the possibility of eviction when their buy-to-let landlord becomes insolvent.
(225929)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
135
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government plans to take to develop new sporting talent to participate in the London 2012 Olympics.
(225571)
136
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of expenditure incurred in conducting the most recent Taking Part survey; and what proportion of this expenditure was met by his Department's non-departmental public bodies.
(225522)
137
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many recommendations for listing of properties were passed to his Department by English Heritage in each of the last five years; and how many such buildings were listed as a result.
(225523)
138
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has allocated to each of its sponsored museums and galleries for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.
(225524)
139
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what responsibilities his Department has in relation to broadcasting; what changes have been made to these responsibilities since his appointment; and if he will make a statement.
(225525)
140
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on digital switchover; and if he will make a statement.
(225876)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
141
N
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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.
(225748)
142
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for conflict resolution in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(225962)
143
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of the recent capture of a Ukrainian ship by pirates in Somali waters; what response he has made to these reports; and if he will make a statement.
(225963)
144
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of the recent joint naval military exercise conducted by Venezuela and Russia; what response he has made to those reports; and if he will make a statement.
(225965)
145
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29th September 2008, Official Report, column 2440W, on Trident missiles, how many Trident warheads are either operationally available or undergoing maintenance.
(225908)
146
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of dental treatment for members of the Territorial Army.
(226122)
147
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to allow members of the Territorial Army to be treated by dentists employed by the army free of charge at army premises.
(226123)
148
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will use pathogen inactivation for blood products to be supplied for UK forces personnel.
(225938)
149
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel left (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in each of the last five years.
(225669)
150
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department has not written to the hon. Member for Thurrock with details of the plans to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the First World War's armistice on 11th November 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(225397)
151
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force alcohol strategies; and if he will make a statement.
(225910)
152
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of HM Armed Forces have availed themselves of the scheme enabling them to have a career break; and if he will make a statement.
(225664)
153
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which (a) reconstruction and (b) aid projects British armed forces are participating in Afghanistan.
(225940)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
154
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the potential for development of solar photovoltaic energy in the UK.
(226129)
155
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on levying a windfall tax on the profits of energy companies; what representations he has received from (a) trades unions and (b) consumer groups on an energy windfall tax; what the reasons were for deciding against such a tax; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the transcript of his comments to Radio Five Live on 23rd September on energy windfall taxes.
(225949)
156
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will take steps to ensure that energy prices are reduced for those paying by pre-payment meters.
(226229)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
157
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from which sources Waterwise receives public funding.
(225909)
158
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the Waste Oils Protocol project to be complete.
(226131)
159
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in the processing of partial succession payments for the (a) Farm Woodland Scheme and (b) Farm Woodland Premium Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(225879)
160
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle were destroyed because of contracting bovine tuberculosis in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of paying compensation to the farmers so affected in each year.
(225750)
161
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on the development of a local food procurement policy.
(226228)
162
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration has been given to merging the provisions of the Marine Bill and the Marine Navigation Bill in a single bill.
(225820)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
163
Lorely Burt (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made in the identification of possible incidents of rendition flights via UK airports since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(225923)
164
Lorely Burt (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14th July 2008, Official Report, column 130W, on the USA: bank services, what progress has been made on establishing guiding principles for intervention in extraterritoriality cases since July 2008.
(225943)
165
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries' claims to Arctic waters are disputed by (a) the UK and (b) other countries.
(225933)
166
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure the safety of Britons in Georgia.
(225399)
167
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to encourage a peaceful resolution of the dispute between Russia and Georgia.
(225400)
168
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the establishment of an effective National Election Commission in Sudan.
(225942)
169
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding his Department provided to the British Council to sponsor British musical and theatrical artists to perform overseas in each year since 1998.
(225518)
170
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will introduce an arms embargo against Eritrea.
(226068)
171
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will amend his Department's stategic priorities and policy goals to include the advancement of human rights and freedom of speech.
(226227)
172
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Sri Lanka on the evacuation of foreign aid workers and UN staff from the northern regions of the country; and if he will make a statement.
(225878)
173
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in establishing an EU-led multi-national naval mission to deal with incidents of piracy around the Gulf of Aden; and when he last discussed the matter with his EU counterparts.
(226071)
174
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in securing the (a) financial resources, (b) personnel and (c) equipment for the international stabilization force for Somalia; and if he will make a statement.
(226072)
175
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) cost, (b) print run and (c) distribution of the Diplomatic Service List was in the last financial year before its discontinuation.
(226074)
176
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in identifying countries with the capability to contribute to the police units for the joint UN-AU hybrid force in Darfur; which countries have pledged to contribute; and what each has pledged to contribute.
(226075)
177
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress in the Arab League's mediation attempts between the government of Sudan and the rebel forces; and when he last discussed the matter with his Arab League counterparts.
(226076)
178
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of progress towards the establishment of independent human rights institutions in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.
(226077)
179
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the implementation of the Action Plan on Peace, Reconciliation and Justice in Afghanistan; and what assistance the UK has given to civil society organisations in the country in support of that implementation since 2002.
(226078)
180
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Sudan on its alleged support of armed groups in Chad; and if he will make a statement.
(226079)
181
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on incidents involving sexual violence in internally displaced persons' sites and refugee camps in eastern Chad; and when he last raised this matter with the government of Chad.
(226080)
182
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Indian government on the alleged persecution of Christians in Orissa state; and if he will make a statement.
(226082)
183
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the next round of the ad hoc EU-India human rights dialogue will take place; and whether the recent violence in Orissa state, India, will be on the agenda for discussion.
(226083)
184
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Commonwealth Committee on Terrorism next plans to meet; and if he will make a statement.
(226084)
185
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed the situation in Sri Lanka with his Commonwealth counterparts; and if he will make a statement.
(226085)
186
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of cross-border violence between the Central African Republic and Darfur; and what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been internally displaced as a result of the violence.
(226086)
187
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is giving to the conduct of the national elections in Sudan that are scheduled for 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(226087)
188
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports of the alleged radicalisation and militarisation of refugees in camps in Darfur by rebel groups; and if he will make a statement.
(226088)
189
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the security situation in Darfur on the number of police patrols UNAMID is able to perform around refugee camps at night.
(226089)
190
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in the procurement and transport of donor-provided equipment for Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(226090)
191
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of incidents involving the alleged persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan; and when he last raised the subject with the government of Pakistan.
(226091)
192
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the African Union and the EU on measures to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1816; what the UK's position is on the implementation of the resolution; and if he will make a statement.
(226100)
193
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to extend the scheme of entry clearance operating for locally employed staff in Iraq to similar staff in Afghanistan.
(225526)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
194
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he is making in devising an independent complaints procedure for those who arrange and finance their own social care and who are currently excluded from other statutory complaints procedures.
(226119)
195
N
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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.
(225746)
196
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on nuclear medicine departments of the shortage of supply of isotopes due to producer unit shut-downs in Europe; and what steps are being taken to encourage the resumption of supply.
(225885)
197
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on staff shortages in care homes of restrictions on asylum seekers working.
(225886)
198
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS consultant midwives there were in each region of England in 2007.
(225889)
199
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the 100 largest settled claims awarded under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts have been; how much was paid in each case; and which claims arose from maternity care.
(225891)
200
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS workforce in England comprised midwives in each of the last two years for which figures are available, expressed in terms of (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent.
(225892)
201
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultant-led and (b) midwife-led maternity units there were in each region of England at the latest date for which figures are available.
(225893)
202
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average annual cost to public funds was of training a student midwife in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) tuition, (b) bursary and (c) other costs.
(225894)
203
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many student midwives were in receipt of a bursary in each academic year since 1996-97; what average bursary was paid to a student midwife in each year; and what the total cost was of all bursaries paid to student midwives in each year.
(225895)
204
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on (a) the NHS and (b) NHS maternity services in the 2007-08 financial year.
(225896)
205
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with the Chief Dental Officer the development of a programme to encourage universal regular cleaning of teeth, with the co-operation of relevant manufacturers of oral hygiene products; and if he will make a statement.
(226207)
206
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of offering free universal health check ups for everyone over 40 years of age starting from April 2009, as announced by the Prime Minister on 23rd September; what the expected take-up rate is; and on what that estimate is based.
(225951)
207
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure his Department incurred in maintaining and operating the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.
(225969)
208
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are used to appoint staff to posts in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; what criteria are applied; and who is responsible for making decisions on staff selection.
(225970)
209
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the letter of January 2008 from the Association of Medical Research Charities and others to Lord Darzi, on the creation of pluripotent embryonic cell lines, what (a) cell types have been generated and (b) disorders ameliorated in animal models using stem cells from the umbilical cord matrix; and if he will make a statement.
(225945)
210
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the food manufacturing industry on the salt content of packaged foods.
(225517)
211
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were on waiting lists to register for an NHS dentist in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each year since 2000.
(225519)
212
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received corrective laser eye surgery on the NHS in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each year since 2000.
(225521)
213
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of residential care home places in (a) Bexley, (b) London and (c) England.
(225924)
214
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire of 2nd April 2008, Official Report, columns 1101-02W, on maternity services: finance, how much was spent on NHS maternity services in each region of England in 2007-08.
(225946)
215
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26th June 2008, Official Report, columns 513-4W, on midwives, how many live births per full-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in (a) England and (b) each region of England in 2007.
(225947)
216
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what analysis his Department has undertaken of the funding required to implement the draft National Dementia Strategy for England.
(225813)
217
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake an investigation of the effect of the takeover of dental practices by Associated Dental Practices Co. Ltd on the provision of dental services; and if he will make a statement.
(226115)
218
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of adults with autism in Wirral West constituency and (b) proportion of those people who are in paid employment.
(226070)
219
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS nurses were employed in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(225898)
220
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(225899)
221
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting times were for (a) heart and (b) cancer operations in (i) Chesterfield, (ii) Derbyshire and (iii) England in each year since 1997.
(225900)
222
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS doctors were employed in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(225901)
223
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the clinical strategy on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to be published.
(226067)
224
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the effect on NHS costs of use of pathogen inactivation for blood products.
(225935)
225
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the output data from the pilot studies conducted as part of the Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services programme.
(225527)
226
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he is issuing to local authorities on the implementation of the new Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services programme model.
(225528)
227
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospital trusts are bidding for foundation trust status; and what criteria must be satisfied before they can achieve such status.
(225974)
228
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what childhood cancer centres there are in England; and how many (a) patients under treatment, (b) consultant medical staff and (c) clinical nurse specialists there are at each.
(226143)
229
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost of medical care per head of prison population was in each of the last 10 years.
(226226)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
230
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) British Overseas Citizens, (b) British Nationals (Overseas) and (c) other British nationals who do not have a right of abode in the UK.
(225966)
231
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd June 2008, Official Report, column 871W, on asylum, when she expects the asylum tipping point figures for 2007 to be available.
(225575)
232
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) asylum claimants and (b) their dependants of each nationality have been granted leave to remain in the UK through (i) the 1998 backlog exercise, (ii) the 2003 family indefinite leave to remain exercise, (iii) the legacy exercise and (iv) discretionary leave to remain since 1997.
(226120)
233
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her most recent estimate is of the incidence of domestic violence in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.
(225880)
234
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of domestic violence were reported to the police in each police force area in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(225881)
235
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to encourage local authorities to assist in reducing anti-social behaviour.
(225338)
236
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her most recent estimate is of the (a) number and (b) monetary value of (i) aluminium and (ii) stainless steel beer barrels stolen in 2007.
(225520)
237
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of violence against public transport staff were recorded in Greater London in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.
(225926)
238
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to implement the Court of Appeal's order to restore the original provisions of the Highly Skilled Migrant (HSMP) visa so that HSMP visa holders are able to apply for indefinite leave to remain visas in the UK after legally being on HSMP visas for four years.
(225222)
239
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many mobile detention centres her Department was operating on 30th September 2008.
(225927)
240
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people under the age of 18 years have been interviewed at passport interview centres since the system of interviews for passport applications was introduced.
(225930)
241
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on commissioning a new (a) logo and (b) brand for the UK Border Agency.
(226052)
242
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on the (a) design and commissioning and (b) manufacturing of uniforms for the UK Border Agency and its predecessors in each of the last five years.
(226053)
243
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many businesses had applied for licences to sponsor migrants as at 30th September 2008.
(226054)
244
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on changing (a) signage and (b) other branded external and internal fittings at UK Border Agency buildings and airport facilities.
(226055)
245
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) grades and (b) job descriptions in the UK Border Agency are operating at under their established complement.
(226056)
246
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the minimum period of training immigration officers are expected to receive in the identification of forged travel documents is.
(226057)
247
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much (a) her Department and (b) the UK Border Agency and its predecessors spent on polling and focus groups in each of the last five years.
(226058)
248
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to assess staff morale at all grades within the UK Border Agency; and if she will publish the results of any such assessment.
(226059)
249
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas issued by posts abroad were revoked in each of the last five years.
(226062)
250
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department and the Identity and Passport Service paid Ipsos MORI for the research, compilation and publication of Identity and Passport Service, Proof of Age Research.
(226063)
251
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the (a) absolute unique and (b) total visitors to her Department's mylifemyid website have been from computers in her Department and its agencies.
(226064)
252
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place in the UK Border Agency to prevent staff corruption.
(226144)
253
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many electronic breaches of security there were at the UK Border Agency in each of the last three years.
(226145)
254
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers retired due to ill health or long-term illness between the ages of (a) 21 to 30, (b) 31 to 40, (c) 41 to 50 and (d) 51 to 60 years in the last five years.
(225902)
255
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.
(225903)
256
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding was allocated to the prolific and priority offenders programme in Peterborough City Council area in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(226065)
257
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent evaluation has taken place of the efficacy of the prolific and priority offenders programme in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire; and if she will make a statement.
(226066)
258
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer the letter to her of 1st September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mrs N. Akhtar.
(225956)
259
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to introduce mobile detention vans operated by the UK Border Agency on a national basis.
(225928)
260
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to include statistics on prosecution of (a) drink drivers and (b) disqualified drivers as part of the police national performance data.
(225515)
261
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to introduce a degree of flexibility on deadlines for visa applications that are held up owing to tribunal hearings.
(225516)
262
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has met to investigate specific cases in each year since it was established.
(225162)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
263
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent consideration has been given by the House authorities to the provision of crèche facilities on the parliamentary estate as an alternative option alongside the childcare voucher scheme for staff of hon. Members.
(225978)
264
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate has been made of the (a) administrative and (b) maintenance costs of the Members' Centre in Portcullis House in its first year of operation.
(225257)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
265
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will provide funding for adult learning support at Chelmsford College for 2008-09 to make up for the shortfall contingent on the changes made to the funding formula.
(225340)
266
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to assist apprentices with the costs of the apprenticeship scheme.
(225335)
267
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to increase the numbers of applications for apprenticeships.
(225336)
268
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to reduce the burden of administration within the apprenticeship scheme.
(225337)
269
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to encourage colleges and universities to provide access to their facilities for the local community.
(225570)
270
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what level of funding he has made available for trades union training in each of the last three years.
(225855)
271
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what support his Department gave to Vocational Qualification Day 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(225936)
272
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which UK companies are involved in the European High Power Laser Energy Research Facility; and what financial and other assistance his Department is providing to those companies.
(226146)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
273
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government plans to spend on basic services for the population in the Nuba Mountains following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan; and how much of this has been spent to date.
(225882)
274
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government plans to provide to voter education in preparation for the elections and referendum in Sudan.
(225883)
275
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how his Department treats individual country budgets underspent in a financial year.
(225569)
276
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many instances of fraud were recorded in his Department in each of the last five years; what the monetary value of the fraud was in each case; what the nature of the fraud was in each case; and how many of his Department's staff were (a) reprimanded and (b) dismissed as a result in each case.
(226117)
277
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when a decision will be made on tenders for the construction of an airport on the Island of St Helena; and if he will make a statement.
(225663)
278
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect of the security situation in eastern Chad on the delivery of humanitarian assistance to refugees in the region.
(225873)
279
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect of the security situation in north Darfur on the delivery of humanitarian assistance to refugees in the region.
(225874)
280
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many British humanitarian workers in Darfur have been subject to attacks in the last 12 months; and what proposals are under consideration to improve security for humanitarian workers in the region.
(226073)
281
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has made to the government of Chad on action against perpetrators of criminal acts which impede the delivery of humanitarian aid in eastern Chad.
(226081)
282
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which projects his Department (a) funds and (b) provides other assistance to (i) directly and (ii) indirectly in Afghanistan; how much funding his Department is providing for such projects; and with which organisations his Department works on these projects.
(225939)
283
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government is contributing financially to the Afghanistan National Development Strategy in 2008-09; and what involvement the Government has in the formation and implementation of the strategy.
(225941)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
284
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made in the interdepartmental review on representative actions; and how many officials have responsibility for the review, broken down by pay band.
(225741)
285
N
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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.
(225749)
286
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons a full tendering process is undertaken for the setting up of community legal advice networks.
(226218)
287
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with representatives of Citizens Advice Bureaux on the proposed changes to the community legal systems.
(226219)
288
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many encrypted memory sticks have been supplied to (a) prison service staff, (b) National Offender Management Service staff, (c) National Probation Service staff, (d) court and judicial staff and (e) District, Circuit and High Court Judges and Lord Justices of Appeal.
(225343)
289
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases in the (a) criminal and (b) civil courts were funded wholly or partly through legal aid in the last year for which figures are available; and what the equivalent figures were (i) five and (ii) 10 years previously.
(225971)
290
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what alternatives to a custodial sentence upon conviction there are for those offenders who have been diagnosed with severe mental health problems.
(225913)
291
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of those in custody in England and Wales have been diagnosed with mental health problems.
(225914)
292
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what facilities are available in prisons to prisoners diagnosed with mental health problems.
(225915)
293
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were opened and then not proceeded with in court because of a failure to comply with the Information Commissioner's code of practice for CCTV in each of the last seven years.
(225821)
294
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many ex-service personnel have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to custody in the last five years.
(225667)
295
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many personnel who were discharged from the Army in the last five years have been subsequently convicted of a criminal offence.
(225668)
Questions to the Leader of the House
296
N
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome): To ask the Leader of the House, what plans she has to bring forward proposals for the orders of reference for regional select committees.
(225252)
297
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Leader of the House, whether the redundancy arrangements available to staff of hon. Members will be part of the next Senior Salaries Review Body review of parliamentary pay, pensions and allowances.
(225975)
298
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Leader of the House, if she will examine the financial implications of extending the House of Commons staff redundancy arrangements to staff of hon. Members.
(225976)
299
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Leader of the House, if she will examine the financial and administrative implications of automatically increasing the pay of staff of hon. Members annually by the rise in staffing allowance.
(225977)
300
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Leader of the House, how much, on average, staff of hon. Members received in redundancy payments in each of the last 10 years.
(226012)
301
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Leader of the House, how much has been spent on (a) the publicity for and (b) the solicitation of responses to the Government's Draft Legislative Programme for 2008-09.
(226096)
302
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Leader of the House, how many responses to the Government's Draft Legislative Programme for 2008-09 were received by (a) e-mail, (b) post and (c) another method; and if she will make a statement.
(226098)
Questions to the Prime Minister
303
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of people from the public who attended the Cabinet meeting events in Birmingham.
(225341)
304
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost was of the Cabinet visit to Birmingham, broken down by (a) staff time, (b) staff travel, (c) staff accommodation, (d) Ministerial travel, (e) Ministerial accommodation, (f) hire and additional costs of venue, (g) publicity, (h) security and (i) costs of Ministerial visits and photocalls associated with the Cabinet visit.
(225342)
Questions to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission
305
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, when the National Audit Office plans to publish its report Building Capacity in the Third Sector; and what the reason is for the time taken to publish the report.
(225346)
Questions to the Solicitor General
306
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions have been brought for offences related to the use of a mobile telephone whilst driving in each London borough in the latest year for which figures are available.
(225968)
307
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions were brought for shoplifting by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.
(225877)
308
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions have been brought by the Crown Prosecution Service against people found running cannabis factories in the last five years.
(225234)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
309
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Transport for London over future funding of the London Underground; and if he will make a statement.
(226127)
310
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to distribute Fresnel lenses free of charge to drivers of left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles entering the UK.
(225932)
311
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reclassification of seafarers' earnings deduction on the recruitment and retention of British seafarers.
(226149)
312
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent consideration he has given to the licensing of tour operators; and if he will make a statement.
(226060)
313
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on consumers resulting from the entry into administration of XL Airways; and if he will make a statement.
(226061)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
314
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the policy of the Government is on the submission to Parliament of any request for a referendum made by the Welsh Assembly Government during the present term of the Assembly under Part IV of the Government of Wales Act 2006.
(226116)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
315
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what the make up of the board of each public body is broken down by (a) gender, (b) race, (c) disability, (d) faith, (e) age and (f) sexual orientation.
(225859)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
316
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to extend the right of women to buy retrospective national insurance contributions in order to qualify for a state pension.
(226142)
317
Lorely Burt (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to increase the number of working parents taking up their entitlement to flexible working.
(226037)
318
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what jobcentres he has visited since taking up his post.
(225572)
319
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants had been in receipt of incapacity benefit for five years or more in the last year for which figures are available.
(225573)
320
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many written warnings have been issued to benefit claimants about the consequences of failure to engage in a rehabilitiation programme in respect of anti-social or criminal behaviour under the provisions of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 as amended by the Welfare Reform Act 2007; in how many cases benefit sanctions have been applied; what progress has been made in the pilot areas; how many warnings and sanctions have been issued in each pilot area; and if he will make a statement.
(225574)
321
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance number registrations there were for non-UK citizens in each year since 2004, broken down by nationality.
(225576)
322
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will consider paying carers allowance to pensioners; and if he will make a statement.
(225887)
323
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) women aged between 16 and 60 years and (b) men aged between 16 and 64 years in the United Kingdom have never paid national insurance contributions as a consequence of paid employment; and how many of these are classed as able to work.
(226152)
324
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in his Department were dismissed for gross misconduct in each of the last five years.
(226153)
325
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints his Department and its agencies received claiming that a pension has been paid into a bank account other than the nominated one in each of the last five years.
(226154)
326
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension credit applications were not processed within 10 days in each of the last three years.
(226155)
327
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for the state pension took more than 60 days to process in each of the last 10 years.
(226156)
328
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on providing translation services for customers in each of the last five years.
(226157)
329
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of children lived in families claiming out-of-work benefits in each year since 2004, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(226158)
330
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children lived in households with income of less than 60 per cent. of the national average, broken down by the smallest geographical category possible, in each of the last 10 years.
(226159)
331
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the projected total cost of establishing the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is.
(226160)
332
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will break down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority the debt owed to the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years.
(226161)
333
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of a repayment schedule agreed with the Child Support Agency is.
(226162)
334
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people began a claim for (a) incapacity benefit and (b) disability living allowance in each of the last 12 months, broken down by category of incapacity.
(226163)
335
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how frequently claimants of disability living allowance are assessed.
(226165)
336
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people began to claim disability living allowance in each of the last 60 months, broken down by disability.
(226166)
337
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claiming jobseeker's allowance were sanctioned in each of the last 60 months; and for what reasons.
(226167)
338
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people had their benefit reduced as a consequence of not taking a reasonable job offer in each of the last 10 years.
(226168)
339
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much Jobcentre Plus spent on staff counselling in each of the last 10 years.
(226169)
340
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the working age population that belonged to an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension scheme in each year since 1997.
(226170)
341
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many occupational pension schemes have fully wound up since 1997; how many are in the process of winding up; and what the membership of such schemes was in each year since 1997.
(226171)
342
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of private sector employers who offered a pension to their employees in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(226172)
343
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of pensioners who were assessed as having savings insufficient for their retirement in each year since 1997.
(226173)
344
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of the staff at the Pensions Service are entitled to a final salary pension scheme; and how much employer contributions costs to the scheme cost in the last year for which figures are available.
(226174)
345
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Pensions Service spent in making contributions to final salary pensions schemes in each of the last 10 years.
(226175)
346
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of adults who were not members of any pension scheme in each year since 1997.
(226176)
347
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new public sector pensions have been opened in each of the last 10 years.
(226177)
348
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on (a) pension credit, (b) the second state pension, (c) the basic state pension, (d) widow's benefit, (e) free television licenses, (f) Christmas bonuses, (g) attendance allowance paid to pensioners and (h) carers allowance paid to pensioners expressed in current prices in each of the last 10 years.
(226178)
349
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) cold weather payments made and (b) the number of recipients of cold weather payments in each of the last five years, broken down by the area covered by each relevant weather station.
(226182)
350
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the temperature dropped below the threshold at which cold weather payments are made in each of the last 10 years, broken down by relevant weather station.
(226183)
351
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which areas are covered by each weather station used to assess the temperature for the purpose of cold weather payments.
(226184)
352
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people flowing on to jobseeker's allowance who have made (a) nil, (b) between one and five, (c) between six and 10, (d) between 11 and 20 and (e) over 20 previous claims for jobseeker's allowance.
(226185)
353
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the highest number of repeat claims made for jobseeker's allowance is.
(226186)
354
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of people flowing off jobseeker's allowance moved (a) into employment, (b) onto other benefits and (c) to an unknown destination in each year since 1997.
(226187)
355
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed housing benefit (a) in each of the last five years and (b) in each month of the last two years.
(226188)
356
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time was for decisions to be taken on crisis loan applications in each of the last 10 years for which information is available.
(226189)
357
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what interest rate income support mortgage interest rate payments are being made; and at what rate income support mortgage interest payments were paid in each of the last 10 years for which information is available.
(226190)
358
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how often the interest rate for income support mortgage interest payments is set.
(226191)
359
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what level the interest rate for income support mortgage interest payments was set in each month for the last two years.
(226192)
360
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what basis the interest rate for income support mortgage interest payments is set.
(226193)
361
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have claimed jobseeker's allowance for (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight, (e) nine and (f) 10 or more years.
(226194)
362
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Pensions Service has spent on its Full of Life campaign; and how the performance of the programme will be measured against his Department's public service agreement.
(226195)
363
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which (a) external and (b) internal programmes of his Department and its agencies cost between £1 million and £50 million; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) expected completion date of each is.
(226196)
364
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the initial traffic light status of each project in his Department and its agencies which has been the subject of a gateway review was.
(226197)
365
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the details of the Labour Force Survey showing the number of economically inactive people who want to work and can work and who are not counted in the International Labour Organisation definition of unemployment.
(226198)
366
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) households and (b) individuals in each local authority area have had their housing benefit withdrawn because of their anti-social behaviour under the Government's Respect Agenda housing benefit trials.
(226199)
367
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received cold weather payments in each year since 1988 for which information is available; how many payments were made, broken down by level; and how much was spent in each such year.
(226200)
368
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of cold weather payments to be made in 2008-09 and (b) the cost of the payments.
(226201)
369
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the definition of the unemployment claimant count and any inclusions to or exclusions from that count have changed since 1997; and what the reason for the change was in each case.
(226203)
370
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were made to Jobcentre Plus in each month in the last 10 years for which information is available, broken down by (i) region and (ii) Jobcentre Plus district.
(226220)
371
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many grants of (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were made by Jobcentre Plus in each month of the last 10 years for which information is available, broken down by (i) region and (ii) Jobcentre Plus district.
(226221)
372
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many grants of (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were made by Jobcentre Plus in each month of the last 10 years to applicants (i) of working age and in work, (ii) of working age and out of work and (iii) above state pension age.
(226222)
373
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were made to Jobcentre Plus in each month of the last 10 years to applicants (i) of working age and in work, (ii) of working age and out of work and (iii) above state pension age.
(226223)
374
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was overpaid in benefits through (a) fraud and (b) error in the category of (i) full-time earnings, (ii) part-time earnings, (iii) dependants, (iv) capital, (v) income, (vi) living together as husband and wife, (vii) identity errors, (viii) address errors, (ix) housing, (x) benefits, (xi) abroad, (xii) hospitalisation, (xiii) maintenance, (xiv) non-dependants, (xv) prison and (xvi) any other category in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(226224)
375
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was overpaid in benefits through (a) fraud and (b) error to claimants who were deceased in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(226225)
376
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of children live in families receiving Child Support Agency payments.
(225345)
377
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new scheme Child Support Agency cases were unresolved within six months in (a) North West Cambridgeshire constituency and (b) the Eastern Region in each of the last five years.
(226094)
378
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases under (a) the old and (b) the new scheme are open.
(226095)
379
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases are being dealt with manually.
(226097)
380
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in compensation by the Child Support Agency to (a) parents with care of one or more children and (b) non-resident parents in each of the last five years.
(226118)
381
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what specialist equipment is provided by Jobcentre Plus to make work placements arranged as part of the New Deal for Disabled People available to jobseeker's allowance claimants with visual impairment.
(226151)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
382
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what budget has been set aside to secure the work and operation of the New Business Ambassadors Group; from which departmental budget these resources will be drawn; and whether the ambassadors will receive any payment for their services.
[Transferred] (225955)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
383
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many home births there were (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of all births in each region of England in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (225888)
384
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, in which years since 1979 the number of births in England exceeded the number recorded for 2007.
[Transferred] (225890)
385
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) live births and (b) stillbirths there were in each region of England in 2007.
[Transferred] (225948)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
386
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the arrangements are for the utilisation and disposal of the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories site; and what consultation is planned as part of that process.
[Transferred] (225856)
387
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the oral response to the hon. Member for St. Albans of 30th June 2008, Official Report, column 628W, what consideration the Government has given to risks other than those of safety in planning of nuclear expansion.
[Transferred] (225875)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
388
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which EU countries grow tobacco; and how much EU subsidy tobacco producers in each such country received in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (226231)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
389
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to enhance stability in Somalia in order to facilitate the delivery of aid; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (225964)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
390
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission an independent investigation into the operation of the law relating to abortion.
[Transferred] (225937)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
391
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners were held in prisons on 30th September, broken down by nationality; and how many prisoners held in England and Wales on that date had an unknown country of origin.
[Transferred] (225872)
Questions to the Leader of the House
392
N
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Leader of the House, how much on average staff of hon. Members received in redundancy payments in each of the last 10 years.
[Question Unstarred] (225253)

 
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