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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 13 October 2008

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 13 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 13 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 13 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 Monday 13 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 13 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, with reference to the statement by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry during the Second Reading of the Consumer Credit Bill of 9th June 2005, Official Report, columns 1405-06, what recent reviews his Department has undertaken of the need for caps on interest rates in the sub-prime lending market.
(226532)
2
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 292W, on TICC: redundancy, how much was paid in compensation on a non-statutory basis; and under what authority.
(226615)
3
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2147W, on UK trade and investment: public appointments, what the salary of the head of the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation is.
(227137)
4
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, who sits on the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation's (a) Defence Advisory Group and (b) Security Advisory Group; what companies or interests each represent; and how long their appointments last.
(227138)
5
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many civil servants from his Department served in (a) Basra, (b) Baghdad and (c) other locations in Iraq in each month since January 2005.
(226988)
6
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the average time taken to process export licences granted under the SPIRE system involving countries of proliferation concern was in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the longest time taken for process approval of a licence has been since the system's inception.
(225863)
7
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will take steps to encourage a competitive broadband market in rural areas, with specific reference to North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.
(226667)
8
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the public sector-led broadband initiative NYnet to the economic competitiveness of North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.
(226669)
9
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226816)
10
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what support his Department provides for UK car, van and truck manufacturing; what account his Department has taken of (a) the current economic climate and (b) EU proposals for restrictions on automotive emissions in providing such support; and if he will make a statement.
(227018)
11
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what criteria have been agreed between Ofcom and BT for subscribers who qualify for the BT basic telephone service.
(227038)
12
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many workers in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire received wages at the national minimum rate in each year since 2000, broken down by sex.
(226378)
13
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps the Government has taken to improve business development in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire since 2000.
(226395)
14
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226496)
15
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent on (a) training and conferences, (b) consultancy fees, (c) general expenses and (d) publications by (i) the North West Regional Development Agency, (ii) One North East, (iii) Yorkshire Forward, (iv) Advantage West Midlands, (v) the East Midlands Development Agency, (vi) the East of England Development Agency, (vii) the South West of England Development Agency, (viii) the South East of England Development Agency and (ix) the London Development Agency in each financial year since their creation; and if he will make a statement.
(226755)
16
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent on (a) external consultants and (b) private contractors by (i) the North West Regional Development Agency, (ii) One North East, (iii) Yorkshire Forward, (iv) Advantage West Midlands, (v) the East Midlands Development Agency, (vi) the East of England Development Agency, (vii) the South West of England Development Agency, (viii) the South East of England Regional Development Agency and (ix) the London Development Agency in each financial year since their creation; and if he will make a statement.
(226756)
17
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226803)
18
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226956)
19
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227049)
20
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the hardback book Post, Present and Future produced by Postwatch in September 2008 cost to produce and distribute.
(225980)
21
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226411)
22
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226515)
23
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many haulage businesses went into administration or liquidation in each region of England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.
(227071)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
24
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures are in place to ensure that containers of imported fireworks leaving UK ports of entry are taken directly to the licensed site address provided to HM Revenue and Customs by the importer.
(226686)
25
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date a prosecution was last made against an importing company for giving false information to HM Revenue and Customs in relation to the licensed destination site for imported fireworks.
(226687)
26
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what protection there is under UK banking regulations for the savings of UK citizens deposited in Icelandic banks trading in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(226237)
27
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to review recent changes to (a) business rates and (b) empty properties relief in view of the current economic situation and its effect on small businesses.
(226179)
28
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families with children have claimed the childcare element of the working tax credit in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) the City of Leeds since the element was introduced.
(226324)
29
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families on low incomes in Leeds West constituency have not claimed the Child Trust Fund initial payment since its introduction.
(226325)
30
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to promote saving with credit unions in the current financial circumstances.
(226608)
31
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid by employers in fees and subscriptions on behalf of their employees, as recorded in section M of P11D forms, in each of the last three years.
(226621)
32
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what non-routine interventions and injections of liquidity by his Department or the Bank of England into the financial markets there have been since 1st August 2007; and what the (a) date, (b) amount and (c) date on which the action was made public was in each case.
(227000)
33
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to review his Department's decision not to allow the inclusion of residential property in pension funds.
(227080)
34
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in UK holdings of USA Treasury securities there was in each month from April 2005 to August 2008.
(226536)
35
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what communications have taken place since January 2008 between his Department and (a) the Governor of the Bank of England and (b) the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority on the monthly changes from January 2008 to July 2008 of UK holdings of USA Treasury securities.
(226537)
36
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the consequences for UK-owned and based financial institutions of the decision by the Irish government to underwrite all deposits held by Irish banks.
(226210)
37
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimated additional revenue would be raised in 2009-10 by increasing the higher rate tax band to 50 per cent. for those with incomes in excess of £100,000 per annum from April 2009.
(226211)
38
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many litres of oil were recovered from sites producing illegal fuel oils in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(226242)
39
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the current economic situation in Iceland on (a) UK-owned banks and (b) banks located in the United Kingdom.
(226243)
40
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors the Government took into account when deciding to apply a rate of duty of 9.29 pence per litre, rather than the 15 euros per 1,000 kilograms minimum required under the Energy Products Directive.
(226818)
41
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mechanisms he plans to put in place to ensure that the banking rescue package does not disadvantage banks which do not seek recourse to it.
(226264)
42
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account he takes of (a) changes in the share price of banks and (b) moral hazard in determining what public support to make available to banks; and if he will make a statement.
(226555)
43
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake an investigation of the effects of arrangements for control of the money supply which include creation of it by private financial institutions in the form of credit; and if he will make a statement.
(226556)
44
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to ensure that the moral hazard principle is applied to the activities of the banking and finance sector.
(226558)
45
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that the banking rescue package will not affect levels of expenditure on public services in the short, medium and long term.
(226266)
46
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to respond to the Report from the Treasury Select Committee on Banking Reform, HC 1008.
(226871)
47
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will consider the merits of requiring the repatriation of any profits transferred offshore by those British registered banks in receipt of support from the public purse.
(226873)
48
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has considered placing a Minister or departmental representative on the board of directors of those banks in receipt of public funds and support.
(226914)
49
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission research on the effects of the demutualisation of former building societies on the wider financial system.
(226736)
50
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the Chief Executive of HM Revenue and Customs received the letter dated 24th September 2008 from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on his constituent, reference chm/08593/2008; and when he expects the matter to be resolved.
(226106)
51
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the average real price of units of alcohol (a) consumed in pubs and (b) bought in retail outlets for each main unit of alcohol over the last (a) 10 and (b) 20 years; and if he will make a statement.
(226468)
52
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects depositors with Icesave to be able to withdraw their deposits.
(226572)
53
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226815)
54
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how long the gift aid transitional rate of 22 per cent. announced on 12th March 2008 will remain in place; and if he will make a statement.
(227006)
55
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the operational costs of the HMRC offices in (a) St Helens, (b) Blackburn and (c) Chorley were in each of the last five years.
(226576)
56
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the condition of the HMRC offices in (a) St Helens and (b) Blackburn; and if he will make a statement.
(226613)
57
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to answer the letter dated 26th August from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on to Mr Raja Afzal, transferred to his Department from the Department of Work and Pensions.
(226546)
58
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on revenue for the Exchequer if his Department ended the exemption from national insurance contributions and tax relief for employers providing qualifying childcare and vouchers towards the cost of childcare in each of the next five years.
(225532)
59
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the Exchequer has been of exemptions from national insurance contributions and tax relief for employers providing qualifying childcare and vouchers towards the cost of childcare in each year since its introduction.
(225533)
60
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, on child benefit, what percentage of callers to the child benefit helpline were automatically informed to call later by answer message because the lines were too busy in 2007-08.
(226660)
61
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate (a) his Department, (b) the Bank of England and (c) the Financial Services Authority has made of the number of local authorities which have deposits in Icelandic-owned banks.
(226582)
62
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the guarantee given to UK savers in Icelandic-owned banks will apply to investments made by local authorities.
(226583)
63
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Nordic countries on their reciprocal financial compensation scheme and its application to the Icesave online bank.
(226741)
64
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's estimate is of the cost to the public purse of the nationalisation of Bradford and Bingley.
(226751)
65
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226488)
66
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226794)
67
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226948)
68
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227054)
69
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take following publication of the Parliamentary Ombudsman's report on the regulatory supervision of Equitable Life; and if he will make a statement.
(226578)
70
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226432)
71
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226511)
72
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effects on financial institutions of the tighter insolvency regime introduced by the Financial Services Authority in 2003, with particular reference to Standard Life; and if he will make a statement.
(226624)
73
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the rate of duty to apply to waste derived fuel oil from 1st November 2008 on (a) the volume of hazardous waste oil recovered and re-processed, (b) investment in the collection and re-processing of hazardous waste oil, (c) the manufacturing of secondary fuel product, (d) the volume of hazardous waste oil sent to landfill and (e) the volume of hazardous waste oil incinerated.
(226448)
74
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration he has given to exercise the discretion provided under the Energy Products Directive to observe differentiation in the application of hydrocarbon oil duty to reflect the quality and environmental impact of different waste derived fuel oils.
(226449)
75
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will delay the introduction of hydrocarbon oil duty until the Waste Protocols Project is complete.
(226450)
76
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will review its decision not to exercise the discretion provided under the Energy Products Directive to observe differentiation in the application of hydrocarbon oil duty to reflect the quality and environmental impact of different waste derived fuel oils once the Waste Protocols Project is complete.
(226451)
77
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration the Government has given to applying the 15 euro per kilogramme minimum required under the Energy Products Directive to duty on Waste Derived Fuel Oils.
(226452)
78
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the UK may withdraw unilaterally from the Mark to Market rules under European Union legislation.
(226867)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
79
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children in Leeds West constituency due to enter their first year of primary school did not have a place by 1st September in each year since 1997.
(226246)
80
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what mechanisms he plans to put in place requiring schools to take part in the education of excluded schoolchildren; whether his plans will cover every excluded schoolchild; whether schools will be able to opt out; how many school age children he estimates will still be excluded and not allocated to a school after the programme has been implemented; how the programme will be monitored; who will monitor it; and if he will make a statement.
(226557)
81
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to encourage schools to enhance the skills of pupils to prepare and cook meals.
(226379)
82
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will take steps to (a) require schools to follow more environmentally sustainable practices and (b) monitor levels of environmental sustainability in schools.
(226739)
83
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of schoolchildren in Ribble Valley constituency qualify for free school meals.
(226673)
84
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the total cost of the implementation of the diploma programme.
(226435)
85
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many primary schools were closed or merged in each year since 1997.
(226436)
86
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of special educational needs pupils had behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(226437)
87
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of primary school pupils were being educated in schools with more than 500 pupils in each year since 1997.
(226438)
88
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many maintained special schools there were in each year since 1997.
(226439)
89
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools there are in which 10 or more different languages are spoken by pupils as their first language.
(226440)
90
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the total number of children under 16 years of age who are home educated in England.
(226441)
91
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much in compensation was paid by schools to (a) pupils and (b) teachers in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(226442)
92
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils received more than (a) 10, (b) 11, (c) 12, (d) 13, (e) 14 and (f) 15 or more fixed period exclusions in a 12-month period in each of the last five years.
(226443)
93
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils have been given more than three fixed period exclusions in the last three years.
(226444)
94
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils were given more than one fixed period exclusion in a 12 month period in each of the last five years; and how many such pupils were eligible for free school meals.
(226445)
95
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils obtaining five good GCSEs including English and mathematics also received an equivalent qualification worth four GCSEs in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226446)
96
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of pupils gaining five good GCSEs did so by gaining five separate GCSE qualifications excluding equivalents in each of the last five years for which data is available.
(226480)
97
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils have been entered for each available diploma, broken down by sex.
(226481)
98
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils studying for diplomas are eligible for free school meals.
(226482)
99
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many days off sick were taken by teachers on account of stress-related illnesses in each year for which figures are available.
(226483)
100
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils have been entered for diploma qualifications, broken down by local authority.
(226484)
101
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils did not obtain a single D grade or above at GCSE in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226485)
102
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils who have been in receipt of the education maintenance allowance have not gained a qualification and are no longer in education and training.
(226486)
103
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226902)
104
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what provision is available outside normal school hours to assist children with learning difficulties with their studies.
(226759)
105
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what subject matter he expects to be covered in cultural studies under the citizenship curriculum in schools; and if he will make a statement.
(226761)
106
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Give and Let Live organ donation education programme for secondary school pupils.
(226009)
107
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of children in care (a) gained five or more GCSEs at C grade or above and (b) entered university in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226584)
108
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what measures will be put in place to prevent a backlog of education maintenance allowance payments in the future.
(227007)
109
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make it his policy that whenever his Department publishes (a) regulations and (b) guidance relating to children and young persons he will also publish a young persons' version.
(226840)
110
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many three to five year olds he expects to be entitled to 15 hours per week of pre-school education in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(226320)
111
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many two year olds he expects to be entitled to 15 hours per week of pre-school education in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(226321)
112
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects all two to five year olds in England to be entitled to 15 hours per week of pre-school education; and if he will make a statement.
(226322)
113
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much additional funding will be made available to increase the pre-school education entitlement to 15 hours per week for two to five year olds in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(226323)
114
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what progress his Department has made on developing a central database to record pupils' examination results; and if he will make a statement.
(227012)
115
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department has spent on developing a central database to record pupils' examination results; and if he will make a statement.
(227013)
116
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effect that the Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant has had on improving educational performance; and if he will make a statement.
(227014)
117
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils participated in an Aim Higher Programme in each year since 2005, broken down by local authority; and if he will make a statement.
(227015)
118
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of school funding per pupil for each primary and secondary school in Yeovil constituency in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; what the average funding level for all English schools is for each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(227032)
119
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what reports have been prepared by the National Assessment Agency into the reliability of Key Stage tests since 1st January 2002; which of those reports have been published; if he will publish the unpublished reports; and if he will make a statement.
(227035)
120
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what advertising campaigns his Department has run since June 2004; and what the (a) date and (b) cost was of each of these.
(227037)
121
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects the Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families to reply to the letter dated 29th July from the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on the Haut de la Garenne children's home.
(225987)
122
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of children in the 10 per cent. (a) most and (b) least deprived local authority areas were working securely within each of the 13 assessment scales of the Foundation Stage Assessment Profiles in each year since 2005.
(226005)
123
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Basingstoke, (b) Hampshire and (c) each region were working securely within each of the 13 assessment scales of the Foundation Stage Assessment Profiles in each year since 2005.
(226006)
124
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the projected annual costs arising from the extension of free entitlement to nursery places to all two year olds.
(226102)
125
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects the extension of the free entitlement to nursery places to all two year olds to be implemented.
(226103)
126
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226501)
127
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226807)
128
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226963)
129
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from his Department in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2003-04 and (e) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227045)
130
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent changes he has made to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal Regulations; what further changes he plans; what the reasons are for making these changes; and if he will make a statement.
(225986)
131
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the names are of (a) representatives of his Department, (b) representatives of Essex County Council and (c) others who accompanied the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Schools and Learners) on his recent visit to the Alderman Blaxill School in Colchester.
(226216)
132
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, who instigated the visit on 12th September to Alderman Blaxill School, Colchester, by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the Minister for Schools and Learners.
(226733)
133
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many vacancies there are for school governors in (a) Essex and (b) Colchester constituency for (i) primary, (ii) junior and (iii) secondary schools, broken down by category of governor.
(226740)
134
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what reason foreign teachers able to teach in academy schools are not permitted to teach in other maintained schools.
(225999)
135
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226413)
136
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226517)
137
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the economic situation on the delivery of private finance initiative educational projects; and if he will make a statement.
(226568)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
138
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the (a) growth and (b) rate of percentage change in employment level for (i) UK citizens, (ii) non-UK citizens, (iii) UK born persons and (iv) non-UK born persons for people of working age was in each year since 1997.
(226214)
139
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the employment (a) level and (b) rate for (i) UK citizens, (ii) non-UK citizens, (iii) EU14 citizens, (iv) A8 citizens and (v) citizens from the rest of the world of working age was in each quarter since 2004.
(226215)
140
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what proportion of the increase in the employment of people of working age since 1997 was accounted for by (a) foreign nationals and (b) workers born abroad.
(226634)
141
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people in employment in the UK were (a) UK citizens, (b) citizens of other EU states and (c) citizens of non EU states in each year since 1978.
(226635)
142
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226885)
143
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people living in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire were unemployed in each of the last 12 months.
(226394)
144
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226412)
145
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226516)
146
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the cost was of holding the Cabinet meeting in Birmingham in September 2008.
(226622)
147
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what mileage rate for motoring expenses is paid to senior civil servants.
(226623)
148
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the average number of electors in (a) English, (b) Scottish, (c) Welsh and (d) Northern Ireland parliamentary constituencies was in (i) 2001, (ii) 2004 and (iii) 2007.
(225861)
149
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the average number of electors in the areas covered by the (a) English, (b) Scottish, (c) Welsh and (d) Northern Ireland parliamentary constituencies which will be in effect at the next general election was in (i) 2001, (ii) 2004 and (iii) 2007.
(225862)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
150
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions the Church Commissioners have had with HM Treasury on funding for the repair and upkeep of church buildings; and if he will make a statement.
(226693)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
151
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has taken steps to encourage implementation of the recommendations of the Audit Commission's 2006 report into Public Sports and Recreation Services.
(226616)
152
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what types of development she has considered exempting from the requirement to pay the proposed community infrastructure levy.
(226617)
153
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to publish the categories of development to be exempt from paying the community infrastructure levy.
(226618)
154
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she will make it her policy that developments that promote sport or physical activity be exempt from paying the community infrastructure levy.
(226619)
155
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether developments in receipt of funding from the community infrastructure levy will be exempt from paying the levy charge.
(226620)
156
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many firefighters there were per 100,000 residents in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(226377)
157
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to assist local authorities with deposits in Landsbanki.
(226999)
158
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the likely effects of current trends in the housing market on the delivery of Government targets on affordable housing.
(226271)
159
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to increase the provision of affordable housing in rural areas.
(226272)
160
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of proposals that the first eco-towns should go ahead in those sites which are urban extensions; how she expects eco-towns to provide sustainable community development models for future urban communities; and if she will make a statement.
(226868)
161
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in land values for the Government's housebuilding targets.
(226869)
162
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding is to be provided to home improvement agencies under the Supporting People budget in the next 12 months.
(226663)
163
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will bring forward proposals to regulate the work of fire assessors, with particular reference to the accuracy of advice provided by them.
(226664)
164
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether energy performance certificates may make reference to the performance of (a) light bulbs, (b) fridge-freezers and (c) dishwashers in a property.
(226682)
165
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions her Department has had with other Departments on the issuing of backdated bills by the Valuation Office Agency in respect of the change from prescriptive rating of docks and harbours to rating by conventional methods.
(226319)
166
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consultation was held before the decision to change from prescriptive rating of docks and harbours to rating by conventional methods; and when that consultation took place.
(226376)
167
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day her Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226901)
168
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the criteria to be used in the allocation of social housing to people released from prison.
(227121)
169
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there will be a presumption or expectation that local authorities in a two-tier area should join a joint waste authority.
(226372)
170
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities may demand internal inspections of domestic dwellings as a condition of applying a single person's council tax discount.
(226373)
171
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the latest estimated date is for when each of the nine regional fire control centres will become operational.
(226454)
172
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to safeguard sensitive data during transfer between fire and rescue services to central databases at data centres identified under the FiReControl project; and if she will make a statement.
(226636)
173
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department paid PA Consulting for work related to the FiReControl project in each quarter from 1st April 2005 to September 30th 2008; and if she will make a statement.
(226637)
174
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent on agency staff employed in respect of the FiReControl project since 1st April 2005, broken down by regional management board; and if she will make a statement.
(226638)
175
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library the minutes of meetings of the FiReControl Project Business Case Assumptions Review Group held in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(226670)
176
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with (a) regional management boards and (b) local authority-controlled companies' representatives on the apportionment of running costs in respect of the FiReControl project with regard to council tax; and if she will make a statement.
(226671)
177
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the outcome of the Review of Private Rented Sector Housing announced by the former Housing and Planning Minister on 23rd January 2008 will be published.
(226573)
178
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations she has received on building regulations for domestic heating pumps; and if she will make a statement.
(226881)
179
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to reply to Question 167261, on insurance of flood-damaged property, tabled on 19th November 2007.
(227131)
180
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much local government business growth initiative funding has been given to Bassetlaw Council over the last four years.
(226257)
181
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requests her Department has received from Bassetlaw Council for new local government business growth initiative funding.
(226273)
182
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the difference in council tax for a band D property is between each two-tier authority and its nearest unitary authority.
(226547)
183
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many first-time buyers purchased a home in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire in each of the last 10 years.
(226380)
184
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families were on the socially provided housing waiting list in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire in each of the last 10 years.
(226392)
185
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average length of time taken was for a family to be provided with suitable housing after entering the socially provided housing waiting list in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire in each of the last two years.
(226393)
186
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent guidance has been given to local authorities on maximising returns on their investments.
(226571)
187
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of how the financial situation in Iceland's banks has affected the investments of UK local authorities.
(226614)
188
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses was paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) her Department and (b) the agencies for which her Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(226500)
189
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost of the (a) private offices, (b) salaries, (c) administration costs and (d) travel expenses, broken down by (i) first class rail, (ii) standard class rail, (iii) first class air tavel, (iv) economy class air travel and (v) taxis of Regional Ministers since their appointment has been; and if she will make a statement.
(226753)
190
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if she will make a statement.
(226806)
191
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Christmas functions (a) she, (b) officials from her Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if she will make a statement.
(226962)
192
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if she will make a statement.
(227046)
193
Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what financial commitments have been made by her Department towards the development of the Thames Gateway.
(226259)
194
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226414)
195
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of her Department.
(226518)
196
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the mean (a) mortgage payment and (b) rent payment was in England in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) age of household reference person and (ii) disposable income of household reference person and partner.
(226458)
197
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many children were registered as living in (a) temporary accommodation, (b) non-decent accommodation and (c) overcrowded accommodation in each local authority area in each year since 2004.
(226459)
198
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households registered as homeless there were in each of the last eight quarters, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) age of applicant.
(226460)
199
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of households living in overcrowded conditions in each region in each of the last 10 years.
(226461)
200
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of empty homes in each region, broken down by (a) size and (b) type of dwelling.
(226462)
201
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households displaced by flooding in summer 2007 have not yet been able to return to their homes, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) household size.
(226465)
202
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average cost was of insuring a home against (a) coastal and (b) inland flooding in each of the last five years.
(226466)
203
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of homeowners at risk of flooding have flood insurance.
(226467)
204
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authority-owned homes were sold on the private market in each of the last 10 years, broken down by size of dwelling.
(226567)
205
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the economic situation on the delivery of private finance initiative housing projects; and if she will make a statement.
(226569)
206
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been assessed against the Code for Sustainable Homes since 1st May 2008; how many of these homes have been issued with (a) design stage and (b) post-construction certificates for levels (i) 3, (ii) 4 and (iii) 6 of the Code; and if she will break down these figures by type of landlord.
(226969)
207
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Code for Sustainable Homes assessors in each region have been fully accredited; and how many are in training.
(226970)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
208
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what analysis he has made of the elite sports which field teams to represent Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland which receive no funds from UK Sport.
(226822)
209
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many projects in Bolton North East have received awards from National Lottery funding bodies; and how much those awards came to in total.
(226270)
210
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions English Heritage has had with representatives of (a) the Roman Catholic Church and (b) non-conformist churches on the repair and upkeep of church buildings.
(226699)
211
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance he has issued to the National Lottery on the handling of funding bids from faith-based organisations; and if he will make a statement.
(226757)
212
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226900)
213
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who appoints those sitting on the Advertising Standards Agency; and for how long they are appointed.
(227005)
214
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria are used to appoint those holding a position on the Advertising Standards Authority.
(227008)
215
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff he expects to work in the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting's private office; and where the office will be located.
(226000)
216
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the working week he expects the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting to spend on his Department's business.
(226001)
217
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting has been assigned an office in his Department.
(226002)
218
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department are employed to work on matters relating to broadcasting.
(226003)
219
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much each regional cultural consortium spent on employing press and communications officers in each of the last five years.
(226248)
220
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Visit Britain spent on employing press and communications officers in each of the last five years.
(226249)
221
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) the Royal Armouries Museum, (b) Sir John Soane's Museum, (c) Chatham Historic Dockyard and (d) the Wallace Collection spent on employing press and communications officers in each of the last five years.
(226250)
222
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many representations his Department has received from local authorities on the budgetary implications of free swimming schemes for (a) over 60 year olds and (b) under 16 year olds; and if he will place in the Library copies of such representations.
(226261)
223
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, columns 21-23W, on art works: exports, what the estimated value of each object referred to in the Answer was prior to its sale.
(226312)
224
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, columns 21-23W, on art works: exports, how much each of the objects referred to in the Answer was sold for.
(226313)
225
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, columns 21-23W, on art works: exports, which objects (a) were purchased before the expiration of the bar and (b) were sold to overseas buyers in each year since 2002-03.
(226314)
226
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 34W, on the British Grand Prix, what subjects were discussed at the meeting with Bernie Ecclestone on 18th March.
(226235)
227
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to include tickets for circuses in his Department's proposed Free Ticket Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(226824)
228
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Lottery funding was awarded to sport-related groups in Leeds in each of the last five years.
(226381)
229
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of Lottery funding available has been awarded to organisations in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire over the last 12 months.
(226382)
230
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government's policy is on the formation of a football team to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.
(226136)
231
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses was paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226502)
232
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226808)
233
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226964)
234
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227044)
235
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226415)
236
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226519)
237
Sir Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the guidelines for applicants for World Heritage Status will be published.
(226879)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
238
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements there are for recording and classifying traumatic brain injuries to military personnel in the course of their duties; how many such injuries there were, broken down by degree of severity in each of the last five calendar years; what arrangements are made to facilitate ongoing treatment by civilian health and social services after post-traumatic rehabilitation; and if he will make a statement.
(227028)
239
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will bring forward proposals for national events to mark the bravery of UK personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(226212)
240
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to make arrangements for members of the armed services serving in Afghanistan to be able to receive Christmas parcels after the end of October.
(226882)
241
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to improve conditions for Royal Marines wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq requiring hospital treatment.
(226883)
242
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of (a) AS90s and (b) L118s are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service.
(226834)
243
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of (a) light machine guns, (b) general purpose machine guns and (c) heavy machine guns are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service.
(226835)
244
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times officials from his Department have met representatives from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade since September 2006; what the title was of each departmental official attending; what the date was of each meeting; and what the length was of each meeting.
(226836)
245
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are plans to create a European Union-led naval task force to combat piracy.
(226837)
246
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of (a) Chinook, (b) Merlin and (c) Sea King helicopters are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service.
(226903)
247
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military working dogs his Department had in each year since 1997, broken down by type of dog.
(226904)
248
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much on average it cost to train fully a military working dog of each breed used in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226905)
249
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) fit for task strength of each battalion of the infantry is.
(226906)
250
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on transporting family members to airports to meet returning service members coming home from operations in each month since January 2003.
(226907)
251
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department for (i) main buildings and (ii) other departmental offices in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(226908)
252
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Armed Forces personnel were deployed on operations on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by location of operation.
(226909)
253
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints Modern Housing Solutions received in each month since January 2008.
(226910)
254
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) in-service and (b) operational delivery dates are of each of the six Merlin helicopters procured from Denmark.
(226911)
255
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Mastiffs, (b) Vector, (c) Jackal and (d) Ridgeback vehicles have been ordered by his Department; and how many have been delivered.
(226912)
256
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recommendations of the Nimrod XV230 crash board of inquiry report have been implemented to date.
(226913)
257
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many months and what percentage time each Royal Navy attack submarine in service spent (a) on operations and (b) in maintenance in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09 to date.
(226980)
258
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel were medically discharged for mental and behavioural disorders in each year since 2001.
(226981)
259
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) inflow, (b) outflow and (c) voluntary outflow figures for the Army rates were in each year since 2003, broken down by corps.
(226982)
260
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) fit for task strength is of each pinch point trade in the Armed Forces.
(226983)
261
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's rest and recuperation leave policy for civilians working in operational theatres.
(226985)
262
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Armed Forces were sent to the (a) US Navy War College, (b) US National Defense University, (c) US Army War College, (d) US Air University and (e) European Security and Defence College in each year since 2005.
(226987)
263
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of (a) Scimitar and (b) Spartans are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service.
(226989)
264
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military working dogs were killed in service in each year since 1997; what type of dog was involved in each case; and what the (a) location and (b) circumstances of death were in each case.
(226990)
265
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fully trained military working dog handlers there were in the armed forces in each year since 1997.
(226991)
266
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod aircraft are (i) service, (ii) in the forward fleet and (iii) fit for purpose.
(226994)
267
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of (a) Nimrod, (b) Harrier, (c) Tornado GR4, (d) Tornado F3 and (e) Typhoon aircraft are (i) in service, (ii) in the forward fleet and (iii) fit for purpose.
(226995)
268
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of helicopters in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Fleet Air Arm and (c) Royal Air Forces are (i) in service, (ii) in the forward fleet and (iii) fit for purpose, broken down by helicopter type.
(226996)
269
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of Hercules C-130 aircraft have been fitted with explosive suppressant foam.
(226997)
270
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times Royal Navy (a) destroyers, (b) frigates, (c) submarines, (d) mine countermeasure vessels, (e) patrol vessels, (f) amphibious assault vessels and (g) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels underwent the Storob process in each month since January 2008.
(226998)
271
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many months and what percentage of time each Royal Navy destroyer in service spent (a) on operations and (b) in maintenance in each year since 2006.
(227039)
272
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many months and what percentage of time each Royal Navy aircraft carrier in service spent (a) on operations and (b) in maintenance in each year since 1997.
(227040)
273
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to discontinue the Royal Navy role in the Combined Task Force 150 in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden; and if he will make a statement.
(226281)
274
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226899)
275
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will reply to Question 220189, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226916)
276
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what types of helicopter are deployed in Afghanistan undertaking (a) combat support roles and (b) medical evacuation roles; and how many of each type are deployed.
(227021)
277
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for future orders of Tranche 3 Typhoon fighters; and if he will make a statement.
(227033)
278
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in the TRiM project for post-conflict trauma, depression and stress training; what the project's budget is; where the project's administration is located; and if he will make a statement.
(226247)
279
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters there are in the helicopter fleet of the UK armed services; how many of them are due to be taken out of service by (a) 2015 and (b) 2020; and if he will make a statement.
(227036)
280
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) establishment and (b) current strength is of each of the three battalions of the Parachute Regiment.
(226850)
281
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been of compensation paid by his Department to Iraqi citizens since 2005.
(226851)
282
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226490)
283
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226798)
284
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226952)
285
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227052)
286
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many properties owned by his Department are unused; and how long each such property has been unused.
(226631)
287
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have held discussions in the last four months with Essex County Council about possible involvement by his Department or Colchester Garrison in the future of secondary school education in Colchester; and if he will make a statement.
(226217)
288
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226416)
289
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226520)
290
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of foreign armed forces received (a) training and (b) hospitality at UK military establishments in each year since 2003, broken down by (i) nationality and (ii) reason for providing training; and whether conditions applied to the provision of the training.
(226842)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
291
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average settlement has been for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger claims submitted by the 10 solicitors' firms which have submitted the greatest number of claims under the Coal Miners' Compensation Scheme.
(226639)
292
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 20th May 2008, Official Report, column 256W, on oil: prices, what his Department's current oil price assumptions are for (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2020.
(226668)
293
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which Ministers in his Department are responsible for policy on (a) nuclear safety and (b) nuclear waste storage and disposal.
(226689)
294
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to ensure that community scale renewable electricity technologies such as solar photo voltaics and small wind can contribute fully to help to reach the 2020 renewable energy target.
(226876)
295
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the potential TWh contribution that solar photo voltaics and small wind technologies can make (a) to the 2020 renewable energy target and (b) by 2030.
(226877)
296
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons the Renewable Energy Strategy Consultation document did not include an analysis of the potential of solar photo voltaics and small wind technologies in the non-domestic sector.
(226878)
297
Sir Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether planning consents already given in renewable energy projects in the North East meet or exceed the renewable energy targets in the North East Regional Spatial Stategy for (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2020.
(226968)
298
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the effects of turbulence in financial markets on the willingness of banks to provide loans to fuel-poor householders to improve their home energy efficiency rating.
(226251)
299
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what criteria underpin his Department's definition of fuel poverty; what public surveys his Department and its predecessor have conducted of the extent and impact of fuel poverty; which 10 parliamentary constituencies contain the highest number of fuel poor; and what plans he has to increase public access to resources to combat fuel poverty.
(226252)
300
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many additional homes will receive increased insulation and pipe lagging as a result of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target package with the power utilities announced on 11th September.
(226256)
301
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people able to carry out insulation work in winter 2008-09 and (b) council-owned or housing association properties eligible for insulation or pipe lagging work under the energy efficiency and household insulation scheme announced in September.
(226530)
302
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what value was put on the share of British Energy plutonium owned by the Government through its share ownership in British Energy, as part of the sale price agreed with Eléctricité de France.
(226872)
303
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the timescale is for issuing a statement on the proportion of the 2020 renewables target to be met by (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales.
(227009)
304
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the quantity of wasted energy in the form of heat produced by energy from waste plants in England in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what proportion this represents of the total energy produced from the sites.
(226760)
305
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many (a) former miners and (b) former miners' families in Scotland have received compensation payments from the Coal Miners' Compensation Scheme, broken down by constituency.
(226590)
306
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many miners' compensation claims remain unsettled in Scotland, broken down by constituency.
(226591)
307
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many former miners' compensation claims cases are awaiting responses in Scotland, broken down by constituency.
(226592)
308
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff who are now members of his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226417)
309
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226521)
310
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many of the directors of the Energy Savings Trust are from energy producing organisations.
(225995)
311
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much funding his Department provided for the Energy Savings Trust in 2007-08; and how much it is providing for 2008-09.
(225997)
312
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what system is in place for ensuring that the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Code of Practice operated by the Energy Savings Trust give appropriate weight to innovative gas saving products.
(225998)
313
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the number of domestic microgeneration installations, broken down by type.
(226971)
314
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the timetable is for the introduction of the Community Energy Saving Programme.
(226972)
315
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed in the microgeneration industry.
(226973)
316
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many green homes service regional advice centres are in operation; when each centre was opened; and how many enquiries each centre dealt with.
(226974)
317
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many enquiries the Energy Saving Trust's Act on carbon dioxide advice line has dealt with in each month since April 2008.
(226975)
318
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of air quality in the UK's most polluted areas in each of the last eight years.
(227095)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
319
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the decision to make available to China stockpiled ivory for onward sale; and what assessment he has made of the potential effect of this decision on elephant populations.
(226487)
320
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy on bird rearing and shooting is; when that policy was introduced; and if he will make a statement.
(226562)
321
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how often the Environment Agency updates its maps of river and coastal flood risks.
(226700)
322
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish a plan and timetable for implementing the findings of Sir Michael Pitt's review of flooding.
(226701)
323
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his written Ministerial Statement of 4th February 2008, Official Report, columns 49-50WS, on flood and coastal erosion risk management (budget allocations and outcomes targets), what plans he has to make funding allocations beyond those indicated in the Statement to enable the implementation of Sir Michael Pitt's recommendations on flooding.
(226702)
324
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department requires the water industry to provide funding to Waterwise; and if he will make a statement.
(226553)
325
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Treasury as to 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.
(226817)
326
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ensure that the implementation of any recommendations emerging from the Hampton Review of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate does not lead to a diminution of the quality of support provided for the delivery of veterinary medicines.
(226732)
327
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tonnes of grain grown in the UK were exported in each of the last three years, broken down by country of destination; and how much in each year was exported for (a) the production of food products and (b) the manufacture of bio-fuels.
(226280)
328
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226898)
329
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will reply to Question 220188, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226917)
330
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the newly established Council for Food Policy Advisers will work with EU partners.
(227010)
331
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who the members are of the Council for Food Policy Advisers; and how they were selected.
(227011)
332
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Environment Agency has to draw up proposals for parts of the British coastline to be surrendered to sea erosion; in which parts of the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(226375)
333
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will assess the relative health benefits and safety from toxins of wild prawns farmed in the UK with farmed prawns imported from South East Asia; and if he will make a statement.
(226475)
334
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will answer Question (a) 224594, (b) 224593, (c) 224886, (d) 224812, (e) 224627, (f) 224808, (g) 225455, (h) 225510, (i) 223902, (j) 224809, (k) 223900, (l) 224810, (m) 223893, (n) 223899, (o) 223901, (p) 224196 and (q) 224595.
(226823)
335
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for a repositioning exercise of the National Forest Estate to better deliver public policy objectives.
(226677)
336
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria are used on the National Forest Estate for the identification of sites for disposal, retention and purchase.
(226678)
337
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the review of the Forest District Strategic Plans on the National Forest Estate to meet the objectives of the revised English Forestry Strategy.
(226679)
338
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226494)
339
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226801)
340
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226954)
341
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227055)
342
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the ivory trade; and if he will make a statement.
(225983)
343
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of China on that country's involvement in the ivory trade; and if he will make a statement.
(225984)
344
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of food consumed in the UK in the last period for which figures are available had been imported; what information he holds on the land area used to produce this food; and if he will make a statement.
(226579)
345
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much farming land in the UK was not used for food production in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(226580)
346
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226418)
347
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226522)
348
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, of 22nd August, transferred from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (reference: CMS 101711), on charity shops re-using carrier bags.
(225990)
349
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures he is taking to ensure that regulators involved in determining Wightlink's application for shore works on the Lymington River co-ordinate their separate responsibilities to ensure full compliance with the EU Habitats Directive is achieved; and if he will make a statement.
(225981)
350
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letters of (a) 5th September and (b) 19th September from the hon. Member for New Forest West on the future of the Lymington River.
(225982)
351
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the request by New Forest District Council that the application by Wightlink for shore works in the Lymington River be the subject of a full environmental impact assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(226574)
352
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK's obligations are on encouraging the recovery and re-use of waste under the Waste Framework Directive; what assessment he has made of the degree to which the duty regime applicable to waste derived fuel oil from 1st November 2008 contributes towards this objective; and what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on this subject.
(226447)
353
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the Waste Oil Protocol project to be complete.
(226464)
354
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of homes at risk of (a) coastal flooding and (b) inland flooding, broken down by region.
(226463)
355
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle are recorded on the cattle tracing system register; how many of those born after 1996 have been reported (a) lost and (b) not traced; and how many have an unreported final destination.
(227003)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
356
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on Tibet's right to national self-determination; and what recent steps he has taken in pursuing that policy.
(226717)
357
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of British diplomatic staff, excluding locally recruited personnel, at each diplomatic mission in a country where English is not the first language are (a) fluent in the local language and (b) have received instruction in the local language (i) at a facility of his Department and (iii) at an independent facility.
(227081)
358
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what human rights criteria the Government applies before granting any form of military aid to a foreign government.
(226589)
359
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made to the Colombian government on attacks on human rights defenders.
(226632)
360
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the Union of South American Nations' special summit on 15th September on developments in Bolivia.
(226633)
361
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with his US counterpart on the future prospects for a no-fly zone over Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(226944)
362
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the implementation of a no-fly zone over Sudan on the prospects for peace and security in the region; and if he will make a statement.
(226945)
363
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what international meetings to discuss claims over the Arctic he plans to attend in the next 12 months.
(226551)
364
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the United States and (b) Russia on the respective proposals in each country to modernise their nuclear weapons programme and the compatibility of such modernisation with obligations under Article 6 of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.
(226915)
365
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of terrorist attacks in India over the last 12 months, broken down by (a) location and (b) community affected.
(226236)
366
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to India to assist counter-terrorism activities in India; and if he will make a statement.
(226238)
367
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Indian government on terrorism (a) in India and (b) internationally; and if he will make a statement.
(226239)
368
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanisms are in place for co-operation with the Indian government on intelligence relating to (a) the causes of and (b) the perpetrators of terrorism in India.
(226240)
369
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of temple desecration in Goa, India; what assessment he has made of the scale of the problem; and what assistance the Government is providing to the Indian government to deal with the (a) causes and (b) consequences of the problem.
(226263)
370
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan government over its responsibility to (a) ensure that security forces operate under the rule of domestic and international law and (b) bring to justice those of the security forces who commit crimes, including war crimes and abuses of human rights; and if he will make a statement.
(227017)
371
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the numbers of Tamil women and children displaced in Sri Lanka since the end of July 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(227019)
372
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons Colonel Karuna was released from UK custody; what assessment he has made of Colonel Karuna's status as a member of the Sri Lanka parliament given the allegations of human rights abuses against him; and if he will make a statement.
(227023)
373
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government plans to make over the EU General System of Preference Plus (GSP+) status of Sri Lanka for trade purposes, to be reviewed in December, in the light of Sri Lanka's human rights record and the linkage between trade preferences and human rights in the GSP+ scheme legal provisions; and if he will make a statement.
(227025)
374
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on Sri Lanka's candidacy for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council; and if he will make a statement.
(227026)
375
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross on the misrepresentation of its findings by the Sri Lankan government.
(227027)
376
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recommendations in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees report on camps in the occupied territories of the Western Sahara and Algeria.
(226727)
377
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of progress in implementing a consultation process with the population of the Nuba Mountains as part of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
(226729)
378
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British (a) plays and (b) concerts were performed overseas by British performers under the auspices of the British Council in each year since 1998.
(226672)
379
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's rest and recuperation leave policy for civilians working in operational theatres.
(226984)
380
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens are participating in the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia.
(226992)
381
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding the British Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia (a) loaned and (b) gave to the EU-led Aceh Monitoring Mission; and whether any such loans have been repaid (i) with and (ii) without interest.
(226993)
382
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any Ministers or officials plan to meet the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus when he visits the UK in November.
(226456)
383
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to answer Questions (a) (i) 223176, (ii) 223177, (iii) 223178, (iv) 223179 and (v) 223180 tabled on 3rd September and (b) (A) 224249 and (B) 224248 tabled on 10th September by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South.
(226371)
384
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226897)
385
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to Question 220187, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226918)
386
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which overseas youth parliaments his Department has funded in the last five years; and how much his Department has provided for each.
(226181)
387
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on concerns about the recent elections in Malta; and if he will make a statement.
(226874)
388
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent elections in Malta; and if he will make a statement.
(226875)
389
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his most recent assessment is of the state of relations between the Falkland Islands and Argentina.
(227030)
390
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on whether students from Birzeit University in Palestine are being imprisoned as a result of their political beliefs; and if he will make a statement.
(226383)
391
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226489)
392
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226795)
393
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226947)
394
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227053)
395
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226419)
396
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226523)
397
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consideration has been given to the status of the Western Sahara as part of the discussions on Morocco's status with the EU.
(226434)
398
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the account taken by the European Commission of non-recognition of Morocco's claim to the Western Sahara in its conclusion of the Association Agreement with Morocco.
(226506)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
399
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average charge made by dentists for (a) crown fitting, (b) root treatment and (c) a check-up.
(226267)
400
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there is a limit on the number of patients who can be registered with any one NHS dentist.
(226268)
401
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients are registered with dentists in (a) Bolton and (b) Greater Manchester.
(226269)
402
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to develop a joint health inequality study with his counterparts in the Scottish Executive, Northern Ireland Assembly and Welsh Assembly Government.
(226870)
403
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the arrangements are for the protection of the Standish Hospital site; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the placing of guardians there; and what investigation he has undertaken into the competence of (a) Camelot and (b) Safe Estates in relation to this site.
(225864)
404
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what applications for financial support he has received from (a) Forest of Dean and (b) Stroud district councils for the pursuit of social enterprise schemes.
(225865)
405
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what areas have received financial help for social enterprise initiatives; and how much has been granted in each case.
(225866)
406
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to raise pay levels for care workers in the NHS.
(226720)
407
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess whether a policy of introducing compulsory single room occupancy in maternity units would result in the closure of any existing units.
(226721)
408
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether patients with long-term diseases will be eligible for free prescriptions under his recently announced proposals to extend eligibility for such prescriptions.
(226722)
409
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the circumstances in which properties may have to be sold to pay for the residential care costs of people who require such care in cases where relatives are resident in such properties.
(226725)
410
N
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research into the causes of death of active amateur and professional footballers over the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(226244)
411
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have died from (a) sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and (b) variant CJD in the last 20 years.
(226279)
412
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has in place to ensure that there are appropriate resources and infrastructure for all breast screening units to have at least one full-field digital mammography set by 2010, as stated in the Cancer Reform Strategy.
(226282)
413
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26th June 2008, Official Report, column 483W, on midwives: training, whether the number of NHS midwifery training places commissioned for the 2007-08 academic year has been confirmed.
(226316)
414
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226896)
415
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will visit Chorley and Preston hospitals and the new clinical access treatment centre in Chorley.
(227031)
416
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have also been diagnosed with asthma in each primary care trust in England; and if he will make a statement.
(226478)
417
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the detection rates for cervical cancers in women under 25 years old.
(226880)
418
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the last five people to leave the Independent Reconfiguration Panel were; when they left; and how long they served for.
(226457)
419
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department had with the Independent Reconfiguration Panel on its review of services at Bridlington Hospital prior to the announcement of the Panel's decision.
(226541)
420
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people the Independent Reconfiguration Panel employs.
(226543)
421
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what payments members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel receive.
(226544)
422
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who makes appointments to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel; and what the duration of such appointments is.
(226545)
423
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the senior officer responsible for Connecting for Health is.
(226275)
424
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has published on the decontamination procedure for nail clipping implements used for chiropody care in the NHS.
(226276)
425
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of disposable surgical instruments supplied to the NHS since 1997, broken down by sub-heading.
(226277)
426
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authorities have responsibility for social care services.
(226278)
427
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, from which budget the funding will be taken for the free universal check-ups for everyone over 40 years of age from April 2009.
(226283)
428
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department's free universal check-ups for everyone over 40 years of age, available from April 2009, will differ from the free consultations with a GP that are available to any patient who has not had one in the last three years.
(226284)
429
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, from what date prescription charges will be abolished for all patients with long-term conditions; how much he expects this measure to cost; and how many patients per annum he expects to benefit from it.
(226285)
430
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much he expects abolishing prescription charges for cancer patients to cost; and from which budget this funding will be taken.
(226286)
431
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer patients paid prescription charges in the latest year for which figures are available.
(226287)
432
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the conclusions of his Department's review into the prescription charging system in England.
(226288)
433
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cash savings he expects to be generated in the NHS drugs budget in each of the next three financial years.
(226289)
434
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department plans to advertise to those over the age of 40 years the availability of free universal check-ups from April 2009.
(226290)
435
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the titles are of all internal reports his Department has produced on social care in the last six months.
(226291)
436
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for his Department's assertion that there is likely to be a £6 billion funding gap in social care in 20 years' time.
(226292)
437
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department has gathered from primary care trusts to assess progress in the implementation of the GP-led health centres programme.
(226293)
438
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of allowing primary care trusts to provide a minimum income guarantee to the new GP-led health centres to open in their areas on existing GP practices.
(226294)
439
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what checks will be included in the free universal check-ups to be made available to everyone over the age of 40 years starting from April 2009.
(226295)
440
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the free universal check-ups available to everyone over 40 years of age will be delivered; and how long each check-up will take.
(226296)
441
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many free universal check-ups for those over the age of 40 years his Department expects to be given in 2009-10; and what the average cost of each check-up is expected to be.
(226297)
442
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how frequently people over 40 years of age will be able to receive a free universal check-up after April 2009.
(226298)
443
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of guidance his Department has issued to the NHS in the last 12 months on the modern matrons programme.
(226299)
444
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department has gathered from NHS trusts to assess progress with the implementation of the modern matrons programme.
(226300)
445
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid in charges for (a) residential and (b) non-residential care, broken down by local authority area, in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.
(226301)
446
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each local authority area were in receipt of the social care personal expenses allowance in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.
(226302)
447
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department holds on the latest standard rate for local authority-provided residential care in each local authority area.
(226303)
448
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts have made a request to his Department that an existing health centre or health centre already under development be counted as its contribution to his Department's programme for a GP-led health centre in each primary care trust area; and which requests were accepted.
(226304)
449
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date he expects to publish the conclusions of his Department's consultation on top-up payments in the NHS.
(226305)
450
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who sold their home to pay for social care in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area.
(226306)
451
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were receiving local authority-funded care in each local authority area in the latest year for which figures are available; and how many people were receiving (a) community-based care and (b) residential care in each area.
(226307)
452
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each local authority spent on state-funded care in each of the last five financial years, broken down by (a) community-based care and (b) residential care.
(226308)
453
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th September 2008, Official Report, column 1878W, on cancer, what percentage of cancer patients in each (a) cancer network and (b) primary care trust area survived five years beyond diagnosis.
(226315)
454
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on average in providing child and adolescent mental health services for each young offenders institution in each of the last eight years; and if he will make a statement.
(226703)
455
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which child and adolescent mental health service inreach teams which carry out psychological assessments of young offenders at young offender institutions routinely carry out assessments of all offenders at those institutions; and if he will make a statement.
(226709)
456
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of people who were serving sentences at each young offender institution who had been receiving treatment from child and adolescent mental health services prior to commencing their sentence in each of the last eight years.
(226718)
457
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in plans for the dementia research summit that was announced in June; for what reasons the summit was not held in accord with the originally planned timetable; and if he will make a statement.
(226317)
458
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients Wharfedale Hospital in Leeds treated in each year since it opened in 2004.
(226386)
459
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the results of the market surveys associated with his Department's review of the Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services programme model.
[R] (226533)
460
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department used to calculate the contamination costs associated with the Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services programme model.
[R] (226535)
461
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to improve the conditions under which critically ill patients are transferred between hospitals.
(226847)
462
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of hospitals participate in the Trauma Audit and Research Network; and what steps he plans to take to increase the number of hospitals participating.
(226848)
463
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of trauma cases involved children in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226849)
464
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK citizens who opt to have (a) medical and (b) dental treatment carried out in other EU states receive a sufficient level of practitioner expertise.
(226852)
465
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of his staff were dismissed for improper conduct in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226853)
466
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many litigation cases were brought against his Department for clinical negligence in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much was paid out as a result.
(226854)
467
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid in bonuses to staff in his Department in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the largest single payment was.
(226855)
468
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost has been to implement the SHOWA system for the aggregation of his Department's expenditure on consultancy services.
(226856)
469
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which of his Department's programmes (a) the total cost of employing consultants has surpassed £500,000 and (b) his Department employed consultants at a cost of more than £100,000 per annum in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226857)
470
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were prescribed methadone and other hard drug substitutes in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the size is of the waiting list for substitutes programmes.
(226858)
471
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with a home address in (a) Scotland and (b) Northern Ireland were treated in NHS facilities in England in each year since 2006.
(226859)
472
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of donor hearts were found to be diseased or otherwise defective prior to transplantation in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226860)
473
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of hearts removed from donors (a) were transplanted into recipients, (b) reached their destination hospital within four hours of ischaemic time and (c) were not transplanted into recipients in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226861)
474
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff employed in his Department have been dismissed, or have had their employment contract otherwise terminated, for failure to perform to the standard expected since 2005.
(226862)
475
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the increase in the total NHS settlement for 2007-08 was spent on additional or increased salaries.
(226863)
476
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will break down the NHS Settlement for 2007-08 as allocated to centrally-funded initiatives by main budget heading; and if he will make a statement.
(226864)
477
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses, (b) general practitioners, (c) surgeons, (d) ward support staff and (e) administrative staff were employed in the NHS in each year since 2004.
(226865)
478
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns in each year since 2006; and what the cost of each campaign was, broken down by costs relating to (a) television, (b) radio and (c) print media.
(226926)
479
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226495)
480
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226800)
481
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226953)
482
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227051)
483
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial assistance is available to people who are travelling abroad to help them pay for essential medicines or injections; and if he will make a statement.
(225985)
484
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Choose and Book service; and if he will make a statement.
(226581)
485
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226420)
486
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226524)
487
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amendments he proposes to table during the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill to rectify the omission of the names of current NHS consultants from the Specialist Register when it was created.
(225994)
488
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the economic situation on the delivery of private finance initiative health projects; and if he will make a statement.
(226566)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
489
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the compulsory (a) fingerprinting, (b) iris scanning and (c) photographing of (i) UK and (ii) other passengers at UK airports.
(226479)
490
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 214526, tabled by the hon. Member for Lewes on 24th June 2008, on US personnel.
(226561)
491
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK residents have committed motoring offences which, had they been committed by UK residents, would have resulted in (a) a fixed penalty being issued and (b) penalty points being added to a driving licence, excluding those offences pursuable under the provisions of the European Arrest Warrant, in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(226724)
492
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will estimate the percentage of immigration cases heard in the Hatton Cross Tribunals in the next six months at which a Home Office Presenting Officer will represent the Government's case.
(226752)
493
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the Payment Industry and Police Joint Intelligence Unit will co-ordinate its work with the (a) Police Central E-Crime Unit and (b) National Fraud Strategic Authority; and if she will make a statement.
(226647)
494
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many seizures of illicit drugs there were at (a) Heathrow Airport, (b) Gatwick Airport, (c) Stansted Airport, (d) the Port of Dover and (e) the Port of Felixstowe in each of the last 10 years; and what the estimated street value of each such seizure was.
(226648)
495
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 177335, tabled on 7th January 2008, on the housing of persons granted leave to remain in the UK under the legacy exercise.
(226977)
496
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 177471, tabled on 7th January 2008, on the cost of asylum support and accommodation.
(226978)
497
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to answer Question 177352, tabled on 7th January 2008, on the the cost of the legacy exercise.
(226979)
498
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the prevalence of incidents involving the use of covert administration of scopolamine derivatives in connection with crimes of assault.
(226710)
499
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for fraud committed against British victims on internet auction websites and online marketplaces in each of the last three years.
(226674)
500
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for illegal file sharing of copyrighted music or video via the internet in each of the last three years.
(226675)
501
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for selling counterfeit DVDs in each of the last three years.
(226676)
502
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Belarusian nationals are on the Government's list of those denied entry to the UK.
(226455)
503
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Criminal Records Bureau and (b) Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks were conducted in each year for which figures are available.
(226612)
504
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether biometric information collected from foreign nationals in receipt of identity cards will be destroyed when the individual permanently leaves the UK.
(226396)
505
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances biometric information collected from foreign nationals applying for identity cards can be removed from Government records.
(226397)
506
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where fingerprints taken from people receiving biometric visas are stored.
(226398)
507
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many biometric visas have been issued to children under the age of 16 years, broken down by age.
(226399)
508
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how long biometric information collected from a recipient of a biometric visa may be retained, once the individual is no longer resident in the UK.
(226400)
509
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what biometric information will have to be supplied by workers in sensitive locations applying for identity cards from 2009.
(226401)
510
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what work is being undertaken by her Department on whether identity cards should be extended to British citizens under the age of 16 years.
(226402)
511
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether workers employed in sensitive locations applying for identity cards from 2009 will be required to provide 10 fingerprints.
(226403)
512
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Identity Cost Scheme Cost Report of May 2008, how the estimates of the volume of passports and identity cards to be issued over the next 10 years have been calculated.
(226404)
513
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual resource costs of providing passports to British citizens were in each of the last five years.
(226405)
514
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, why the age of six years has been stipulated as the age at which foreign national children must supply fingerprints when obtaining an identity card.
(226407)
515
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children under the age of 16 years have been issued with biometric visas after supplying their fingerprints.
(226408)
516
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason10 fingerprints will be collected from foreign nationals applying for identity cards instead of the two fingerprints required under EC Regulation No. 380/2008.
(226409)
517
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many private contractors have been granted access to personal data held by her Department in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(226410)
518
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day her Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226890)
519
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been paid in compensation since April 2006 to foreign prisoners held in custody beyond the expiry of their sentence while awaiting deportation.
(227001)
520
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed by the UK Border Agency dedicated specialist team to deal with foreign prisoners not considered for deportation in each month since March 2006; and what the operating costs of this team were in each such month.
(227004)
521
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in her Department and its agencies were (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for their conduct in each of the last 10 years.
(227079)
522
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prolific and priority offenders there were in each Basic Command Unit in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary area at (a) 31st December 2007, (b) 30th March 2008 and (c) 30th June 2008; and if she will make a statement.
(226101)
523
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 for supplying unlicensed security staff there were in the North Wales Police force area in 2006.
(226691)
524
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 for working in a licensable role without a Security Industry Agency licence there were in the North Wales Police force area in 2006.
(226692)
525
N
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the first pilot of the use of mobile detention vans by the Border Agency.
(225989)
526
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were deported from the UK in each of the last 30 years.
(226548)
527
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were living in each constituency in the UK at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(226550)
528
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what protections are planned in the proposed use of deep packet inspection equipment to ensure that data obtained by these means is not lost or stolen and that police and intelligence agencies do not use their access to this database for purposes other than fighting crime or terrorism.
(225869)
529
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many e-mails and other electronic communications data were sent in the UK in each of the last three years; how many were monitored by the authorities in each year; and how many were found to be relevant to (a) terrorist activity and (b) crime in each year.
(225870)
530
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests by law enforcement agencies were made to telephone and internet companies for details of calls or internet use in each year since 2001.
(225871)
531
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people (a) under the age of 18 years and (b) aged 18 years and over were served with anti-social behaviour orders in (i) Leeds and (ii) Yorkshire in each of the last five years.
(226384)
532
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged (a) under the age of 18 years and (b) 18 years and over were arrested in Leeds for carrying (i) knives and (ii) firearms in each of the last 12 months.
(226385)
533
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to ensure that unproven allegations against an individual where no charge has been made or conviction secured are not registered on the Criminal Records Bureau's database.
(226559)
534
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) her Department and (b) the agencies for which her Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(226491)
535
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if she will make a statement.
(226797)
536
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Christmas functions (a) she, (b) officials from her Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if she will make a statement.
(226949)
537
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if she will make a statement.
(227057)
538
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had on potential revisions to the no recourse to public funds rule for migrant women subjected to domestic violence.
(226625)
539
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of migrant women subject to the no recourse to public funds rule who would become eligible for retrospective support if their application for independent leave to remain were successful.
(226626)
540
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of migrant women who are victims of domestic violence and who have no recourse to public funds.
(226627)
541
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of providing support for migrant women who have no recourse to public funds while their application for indefinite leave to remain is considered.
(226628)
542
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to launch a consultation on migrant women who are victims of domestic violence and have no recourse to public funds.
(226629)
543
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the disclosure of details of criminal activity by the police to the media.
(226734)
544
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces have introduced policies of withholding reports of criminal activities from the media; and if she will make a statement.
(226735)
545
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has advised chief constables that reports of criminal activities should not be disclosed to the media.
(226737)
546
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations she has received on the decision of Essex Police not to make reports of criminal activities available to the media.
(226738)
547
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State expects to reply to the letters to the UK Border Agency, dated 10th June 2008 (ask card ref B20445/8) and 9th September 2008 from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, regarding Damion McDermott (receipt no. LR162100466).
(226640)
548
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State expects to reply to the enquiry dated 9th September 2008 from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, regarding Saeed Saleh (Home Office reference H1069116).
(226641)
549
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226421)
550
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of her Department.
(226525)
551
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps for redress are available to people who believe they have suffered from an abuse of intrusive surveillance powers by (a) local authorities and (b) central Government-controlled bodies; and if she will make a statement.
(225224)
552
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of projected levels on net migration into the UK over the next (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 25 years; from which countries arrivals are expected; and if she will make a statement.
(226841)
553
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Immigration Service detainees were held in police cells in each police force area in each year since 2001.
(226843)
554
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were stopped by police for driving an unsafe car which did not comply with MOT requirements in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008.
(227074)
555
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on rules of engagement since 2006.
(225164)
556
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications there were for licences for animal experimentation in each year since 2005; how many licences were granted in each such year; and how many applications were rejected.
(227146)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
557
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 9W, on Department of Facilities: fats, what the nine products purchased by the House of Commons catering service are that contain hydrogenated fats or oils.
(226138)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
558
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will convene a Joint Ministerial Committee with counterparts in the devolved administrations to co-ordinate policies and action in the field of higher education.
[R] (226265)
559
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what records his Department holds of non-registered sector skills bodies; and whether such bodies will be included in the current review and relicensing procedure for registered sector skills councils.
(227029)
560
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will hold discussions with representatives of universities to encourage the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices in universities.
(226719)
561
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many apprenticeships were (a) available and (b) taken up in (i) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (ii) North Staffordshire in 2007-08.
(226603)
562
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what apprenticeships were (a) made available and (b) taken up in (i) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (ii) North Staffordshire in 2007-08.
(226604)
563
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many apprenticeship places in the construction industry he expects to be offered in (a) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (b) North Staffordshire in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.
(226605)
564
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many apprenticeships are available in (a) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (b) North Staffordshire, broken down by sector; and if he will list each such apprenticeship.
(226606)
565
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many apprenticeships were offered in each sector in (a) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (b) North Staffordshire in 2007-08.
(226607)
566
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226895)
567
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, when he will reply to Question 220185, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226919)
568
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many university (a) applicants and (b) successful applicants there were to study (i) medicine, (ii) engineering, (iii) physics, (iv) chemistry, (v) veterinary medicine, (vi) accountancy, (vii) law, (viii) dentistry and (ix) economics courses, broken down by (A) sex and (B) socio-economic class in each year since 1992.
(226585)
569
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many students who left (a) Leeds University and (b) Leeds Metropolitan University since 2005 are not earning the £15,000 threshold to begin paying back their student loans.
(226387)
570
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the average wage was of graduates of (a) Leeds University and (b) Leeds Metropolitan University of (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(226388)
571
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was allocated to adult learning support at higher education colleges in Leeds by the Learning and Skills Council in 2007-08.
(226389)
572
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226503)
573
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226810)
574
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226966)
575
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227042)
576
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226422)
577
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226526)
578
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people are expected to start courses under train to gain in 2010-11, broken down by (a) region and (b) local authority.
(226587)
579
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people started courses under train to gain in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) region and (b) local authority.
(226588)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
580
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan government to ensure free passage of food, medicines and other humanitarian supplies to the North of Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(227016)
581
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK Government in taking to ameliorate the humanitarian situation in the north of Sri Lanka.
(227022)
582
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's rest and recuperation leave policy for civilians working in operational theatres.
(226986)
583
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226894)
584
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which overseas youth parliaments his Department has funded in the last five years; and how much his Department has provided for each.
(226180)
585
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the financial position was of each recipient country's allocated budget, with regard to (a) allocation, (b) draw down and (c) expenditure, in each of the last five years.
(225860)
586
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures his Department is supporting to promote trade between African countries.
(226680)
587
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures his Department is supporting to promote the manufacture of goods marketed in finished form from Africa, rather than the export of raw materials.
(226681)
588
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226497)
589
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226802)
590
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226955)
591
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from his Department in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2003-04 and (e) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227050)
592
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost.
(226423)
593
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226527)
594
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding was provided by (a) the UK and (b) the EU in the form of aid to African countries in each of the last five years, broken down by country.
(226845)
595
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he has taken (a) to ensure that UK aid reaches its intended targets and (b) to reduce fraud.
(226846)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
596
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his most recent estimate is of the required expenditure for the courts estate in Northern Ireland over the next three years.
(226213)
597
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Coleman judgement on the status of parents with a disabled child.
(226690)
598
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of his Department's planned efficiency savings for the Probation Service in England and Wales for 2009-10 and 2010-11 on the service's service delivery and quality.
(225867)
599
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how long on average elapsed between the time that prisoners were unlocked in the morning and returned to their cells in the evening in the last three months for which figures are available; and what the average number of returns to and releases during the day was (a) on weekdays and (b) at weekends, broken down by each (i) adult (A) male and (B) female prison and (ii) (1) male and (2) female young offender institution in England and Wales.
(226253)
600
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction during 2008 of changes to the core working day on the progress of prison establishments towards their purposeful activity key performance target.
(226255)
601
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hours on average prisoners spent on (a) work, (b) other purposeful activity and (c) out of cell each week (i) in July 2008, (ii) in July 2007, (iii) in July 2006, (iv) in July 2005, (v) in July 2004, (vi) in July 2003, (vii) on each day of the latest week for which figures are available and (viii) on each Friday of the last four months for which figures are available in each (A) adult (1) male and (2) female prison and (B) (I) male and (II) female young offender institution in England and Wales.
(226258)
602
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which closed (a) adult (i) male and (ii) female prisons and (b) (A) male and (B) female young offender institutions in England and Wales have introduced changes to the core working day since 1st January 2008; on which date the changes were introduced in each case; and which establishments have not introduced changes.
(226262)
603
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226893)
604
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he will reply to Question 220173, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226922)
605
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fires there were in prisons in each of the last five years; and what the cost of repairing the damage caused by each of them was.
(226232)
606
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of his Department's performance against its objectives in respect of the proportion of women in the judiciary.
(227034)
607
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the change in the percentage of eligible women barristers entering the judiciary has been since the date of his predecessor's 2004 consultation on increasing diversity in the judiciary.
(227059)
608
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community orders were issued in each month since April 2005; and how many times each of the 12 requirements was used.
(227002)
609
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) budget and (b) budget deficit was for each probation board in each of the last five years; and what the (i) budget and (ii) projected budget deficit is for each board for 2008-09.
(227077)
610
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff in his Department and its predecessors and their agencies were (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for their conduct in each of the last 10 years.
(227078)
611
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many custodial sentences of (a) less than one month, (b) between one and three months, (c) between three and six months and (d) between six and 12 months were handed down in each of the last 10 years, broken down by offence.
(227117)
612
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) daily, (b) weekly and (c) monthly (i) percentage and (ii) total turnover of inmates was in each prison establishment (A) in each of the last 10 years and (B) in each month in each of the last three years.
(227118)
613
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners from London are being held in prisons outside London.
(227119)
614
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were held in prisons outside the criminal justice area of their last known address in each of the last 10 years, broken down by criminal justice area.
(227120)
615
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what partnerships each prison developed with external companies to provide (a) training and (b) work for prisoners in each of the last five years.
(227122)
616
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what maximum amount a prisoner is able to earn per week, including any payments for education, work, good behaviour or any other duties.
(226309)
617
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hours of training (a) on average and (b) in total prison governors have received relating to illegal drugs in the last 12 months.
(226549)
618
N
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when representatives of (a) his Department, (b) the Youth Justice Board and (c) the National Offender Management Service met representatives of Parc Young Offender Institution (YOI) to discuss the provision of inreach child and adolescent mental health services at Parc YOI in each of the last eight years; and when he expects such services to be provided.
(226708)
619
N
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will write to those juvenile courts which sentence young offenders to sentences at Parc Young Offender Institution to inform them of the absence of inreach child and adolescent mental health services at that institution; and if he will make a statement.
(226711)
620
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) fined for speeding in Leeds in each of the last 10 years.
(226390)
621
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226492)
622
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226796)
623
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226950)
624
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227058)
625
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226424)
626
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226528)
627
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure consistency in the length of sentences handed down by judges for similar offences.
(226529)
628
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State plans to reply to the letter to him from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 25th July (reference: 209717) on a court case.
(225991)
629
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there are any courts in England and Wales which incorporate elements of Sharia law in their work; and if he will make a statement.
(225996)
630
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of assaults upon prison officers in the course of their duties in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(226683)
631
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines have been issued for drivers exceeding the speed limit in a 20 mph zone in the last eight years; and what the average such fine was in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i) each of the last eight years and (ii) 2008.
(227067)
632
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cars have been confiscated from uninsured drivers in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008.
(227072)
633
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted for driving without insurance in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008.
(227073)
634
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what average fine was levied for driving an unsafe car which did not comply with MOT requirements in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008.
(227075)
635
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drivers under the age of 25 years were prosecuted for driving over the permitted alcohol limit in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date.
(227140)
636
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drivers under the age of 25 years were prosecuted for driving using a mobile phone in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last five years and (b) 2008 to date.
(227142)
637
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many driving bans were served concurrently with prison sentences in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date.
(227144)
638
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drivers under the age of 25 years were prosecuted for driving under the influence of drugs in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date.
(227151)
639
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were prosecuted for driving under the influence of drugs in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date.
(227154)
640
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken in response to recommendations in the 2006 Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board for Her Majesty's Young Offender Institute, Lancaster Farms.
(226469)
641
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure former juvenile prisoners move to young offender prisons or wings once they reach their 18th birthday.
(226470)
642
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to relieve overcrowding on the young offenders side of Her Majesty's Young Offender Institute, Lancaster Farms in order to allow ex-juvenile offenders to transfer from the juvenile side on reaching their 18th birthday.
(226471)
643
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has received representations from the Governor of Her Majesty's Young Offender Institute, Lancaster Farms on late drop offs from court; and if he will make a statement.
(226472)
Questions to the Leader of the House
644
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Leader of the House, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day her Office has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226812)
645
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Leader of the House, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226425)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
646
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226892)
647
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will reply to Question 220174, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226923)
648
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the security status is of Magilligan Port; and what consideration has been given to designating it an international port for security purposes.
(226866)
649
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what factors were taken into account when deciding to increase the security arrangements on the local river ferry between Magilligan and Greencastle; and what consideration was made of the general security situation when taking that decision.
(226946)
650
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226504)
651
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226809)
652
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226965)
653
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227043)
654
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether abortion policy would be devolved in the event of the devolution of policing and criminal justice to the Northern Ireland Assembly; and if he will make a statement.
(226577)
655
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226426)
656
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226513)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
657
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day she has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226813)
658
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, which voluntary organisations she has met to discuss their involvement in the delivery and legacy aspects of the 2012 Games; and what the outcome has been of these discussions.
(226586)
659
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226427)
660
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within her responsibilities.
(226514)
Questions to the Prime Minister
661
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 10th September 2008, Official Report, column 1806W, on written statements, if he will take steps to ensure that information is ready for publication other than on the days immediately prior to a parliamentary recess.
(226560)
662
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, how much has been paid to Lord Mandelson as a consequence of his leaving ministerial offices; if he will bring forward proposals for a mechanism by which former ministers re-appointed to the cabinet could make voluntary repayments of severance monies; and if he will make a statement.
(226712)
663
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Prime Minister, how much champagne was ordered by the Prime Minister's Office for consumption at events at (a) 10 Downing Street and (b) Chequers in each of the last six months.
(226474)
664
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish a response to the e-petition submitted via his website calling for a jobs guarantee for newly-qualified midwives.
(226552)
665
N
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, in what capacity the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform attended the first meeting of the National Economic Council on 6th October; and if he will publish the full minutes of each meeting of the Council on his departmental website and that of HM Treasury.
(225931)
666
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, how meetings of the Regional Economic Council of Ministers will be accountable to (a) Parliament and (b) the public; if he will place copies of the minutes of the meetings on a Government website and in the Library; and whether the Council will be a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(226531)
667
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings he has held with representatives of senior management of Lehman Brothers in the last 12 months.
(226665)
668
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, whether the (a) minutes of meetings of and (b) papers discussed at the National Economic Council will be a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2006.
(226666)
669
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Prime Minister, how many Ministers do not receive a Ministerial salary; and what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of maintaining their (a) private office, (b) staff, (c) driver and (d) car.
(226007)
670
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Prime Minister, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day he has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226884)
671
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Prime Minister, when he will reply to Question 220182, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226920)
672
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 17th June 2008, Official Report, column 883W, on the Security and Intelligence Committee: manpower, what the reasons are for not naming the clerk of the Intelligence and Security Committee; and if he will make a statement.
(225567)
673
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Prime Minister, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Office in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226428)
674
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Prime Minister, to whom or which Department the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Energy Issues reports; what his terms of reference are; and from which Department he would draw expenses, should any be incurred.
(226844)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
675
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day questions his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226891)
676
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he will reply to Question 220175, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226924)
677
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226493)
678
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226799)
679
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) host and (ii) attend in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226951)
680
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from his Department in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2003-04 and (e) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227056)
681
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226429)
682
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226509)
Questions to the Solicitor General
683
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Solicitor General, for what reasons it was decided that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Colonel Karuna for alleged war crimes; and if she will make a statement.
(227020)
684
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions were brought in all courts in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion were cases with outcomes of (a) guilty pleas, (b) discontinuances, (c) convictions after trial, (d) acquittals and (e) other.
(226406)
685
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Solicitor General, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day she has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226886)
686
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Solicitor General, when she will reply to Question 220180, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226921)
687
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Solicitor General, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in the Attorney-General's office in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226430)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
688
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under what provisions passengers using domestic flights are required to show a passport.
(226477)
689
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the relative merits of using a weight-based system or a footprint-based system to assess a car's carbon dioxide emissions.
(226563)
690
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th March 2008, Official Report, column 473, on emergency services: accidents, how many of those accidents which occurred involving blue light vehicles from the (a) police force, (b) fire service and (c) ambulance service in each of the last five years that resulted in (i) deaths and (ii) serious injuries were on pedestrian crossings.
(226564)
691
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the net change in the number of train carriages on the rail network has been since 1st May 1997, allowing for the removal of Mk 1 trains and other time-expired vehicles, in (a) absolute and (b) percentage terms; and what the change in passenger numbers has been over the same period.
(226565)
692
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30th April 2008, Official Report, column 427W, on bus services: concessions, when he plans to publish the results of his Department's survey of travel concession authorities; if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent to each travel concession authority; and if he will make a statement.
(226661)
693
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Department's high level output specification plan update for July 2008, what steps he is taking to ensure that carriages designed for use on services to airports are refurbished and made fit for purpose when cascaded to train operating companies running other services; and what the estimated completion dates for phases one, two and three of the plan are.
(226662)
694
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy, when assessing the benefits of new railway rolling stock, to base such an assessment on the operational life of the stock rather than the length of franchise.
(226688)
695
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated annual cost to the economy of road congestion has been in each year since 1997.
(226694)
696
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost to the economy is of projected road congestion increase of (a) eight per cent. by 2010, (b) 22 per cent. by 2015 and (c) 28 per cent. by 2025.
(226695)
697
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of hours of delays there will be on the railway in (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2025.
(226696)
698
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many school run car journeys he estimates were made in each year since 1997, broken down by the smallest available geographical unit.
(226697)
699
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of schools in England he estimates have a travel plan in place.
(226698)
700
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to decide upon the possible completion of the A555 beyond its junction with the A34; and if he will make a statement.
(226704)
701
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consideration he has given to promoting the construction of the Todmorden Curve to cut train journey times between Manchester and Burnley.
(226705)
702
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to review the level of toll charges on the Humber Bridge.
(226707)
703
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to counter the incidence of piracy on the high seas, with particular reference to the Gulf of Aden.
(226715)
704
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British seafarers are being held hostage as a consequence of piracy incidents on the high seas; and what steps he is taking to secure their release.
(226716)
705
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th May 2008 to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, Official Report, column 893W, on roads: tolls, what progress has been made in establishing the road charging trials involving volunteers.
(226726)
706
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what tolls and charges are applied for use of (a) bridges and (b) tunnels on the motorway and trunk road network, broken down by charges for (i) cars, (ii) buses, (iii) lorries and (iv) motorcycles.
(226728)
707
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th May 2008, Official Report, columns 888-89W, on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, what progress the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency has made with the review; and if he will make a statement.
(226730)
708
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) electronic and (b) manual requests using reasonable cause provisions were received by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; how many manual requests were refused in each month and for what reasons; and what reasons for refusal were in each case.
(226731)
709
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average level of carbon dioxide emissions in grammes-per-kilometre was for (a) new and (b) all cars in (i) the UK and (ii) each other EU member state in each year since 1997.
(226742)
710
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of his Department's staff are working on (a) high speed rail development and (b) the re-opening of former railway lines and stations as part of their official duties.
(226743)
711
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average increase in annual rail season ticket costs has been in each year since the cap on regulated fares of RPI plus one per cent. was introduced.
(226744)
712
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to change the national concessionary bus fares scheme.
(226745)
713
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost to local authorities of the national concessionary bus fares scheme is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and what the estimated central government funding for the scheme is for each of those years.
(226746)
714
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of miles of railways in each county are not electrified.
(226747)
715
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers have lost their licences under the six-point novice driver rule since it was introduced; and how many of these have (a) subsequently retaken their test and (i) passed and (ii) failed it and (b) been prosecuted for driving without a licence.
(226748)
716
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on consultancy fees since its establishment.
(226749)
717
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage compliance with the requirement for goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in relation to rear view mirrors.
(226750)
718
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents involving public service vehicles and minibuses carrying school children there were in each region in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(225534)
719
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents involving public service vehicles and minibuses carrying school children there were in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(226008)
720
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the Office of the Rail Regulator's review of the rail network draft determination.
(226644)
721
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many submissions the Office of the Rail Regulator received as part of its review of the rail network draft determinations; how many of these related to the redoubling of the Kemble to Swindon track; and if he will publish the responses received.
(226645)
722
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations (a) Network Rail and (b) First Great Western have made to the Office of the Rail Regulator on the issue of the Kemble to Swindon redoubling.
(226646)
723
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations the Office of the Rail Regulator has received from (a) Gloucestershire County Council, (b) Gloucestershire First and (c) the Gloucestershire Chamber of Commerce on the issue of the Kemble to Swindon redoubling.
(226659)
724
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to (a) increase access to and (b) improve the performance of the facilities available for online renewals of vehicle licence fees.
(226684)
725
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent consideration he has given to changing maximum levels of alcohol for drivers; and what factors were taken into account as part of such consideration.
(226713)
726
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to allow bus passengers to make appeals regarding complaints to Passenger Focus in an analogous way to those which may be made by rail passengers.
(226714)
727
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in how many road deaths obstructive sleep apnoea was a contributory factor in the last five years.
(226310)
728
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there are procedures in place to provide regular screening of lorry drivers for obstructive sleep apnoea.
(226311)
729
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ask (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission to inspect Euston station to ensure it complies with the relevant legislation in respect of access for the (i) disabled and (ii) parents with pushchairs from (A) car parks, (B) taxi ranks and (C) London Underground to the station and train platforms.
(226593)
730
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Euston station was last inspected to ensure it meets disability discrimination legislation in respect of access from (a) car parks and (b) taxi ranks to (i) the station concourse and (ii) train platforms; and if he will make a statement about the adequacy of the station's compliance with such legislation.
(226594)
731
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects Network Rail to end disruption to train journeys from London Euston to Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester at weekends during the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line.
(226600)
732
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects rail journey times from London Euston to Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester on (a) Saturdays and (b) Sundays to run as frequently as the weekday service.
(226601)
733
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that access to all parts of Euston station is improved for (a) the elderly and disabled, (b) parents with pushchairs and (c) travellers with large amounts of luggage.
(226602)
734
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to appoint a Chairman for the Office of Rail Regulator.
(226630)
735
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226889)
736
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will reply to Question 220177, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226925)
737
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role regional development agencies will play in the allocation of transport block funds currently allocated directly to local councils.
(226374)
738
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason fencing is being erected adjacent to the southbound carriageway south of junction 8 of the M1; and what the cost is of such fencing.
(226274)
739
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the upgrade of Milton Keynes Central train station is due to be completed; and at what cost.
(226473)
740
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many extra (a) Virgin and (b) London Midland trains will stop at Milton Keynes Central as a result of the platform upgrade.
(226538)
741
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) potential and (b) actual capacity for commuters has been created at Milton Keynes Central train station by the recent works.
(226539)
742
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what capacity for non-stopping trains will be created at Milton Keynes Central by the recent works; and how many trains per hour this represents.
(226540)
743
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has a comparator to assess the relative value for money of private and public operation of railway passenger services.
(227147)
744
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what European Union law governs whether train and station operations should be separated from rail infrastructure maintenance and renewals.
(227148)
745
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the value for money of (a) integrating rail infrastructure and operations in the public sector and (b) separating train and station operations from rail infrastructure maintenance and renewals.
(227149)
746
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of operating rail passenger services in the public sector after each passenger franchise expires.
(227150)
747
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend protection under Air Travel Organisers Licensing (ATOL) to all passengers flying on aircraft departing from the UK regardless of the manner in which those flights were booked; and if he will extend the same protection to those passengers who booked their accommodation independently of their flight as that enjoyed under ATOL by those who book their flights and accommodation as a package with a tour operator.
(226819)
748
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will impose a £1 levy on all passengers departing on flights from the UK to extend Air Travel Organisers Licensing cover to all passengers in the event of financial failure of an airline.
(226820)
749
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the protections provided by the EU Package Travel Directive in relation to the state of the airline industry; and if he will press for its amendment by the European Commission and EU Council of Transport Ministers to ensure that all providers of overseas leisure travel arrangements have adequate protection for consumers.
(226821)
750
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a decision has been taken by the Government to proceed with a third runway at Heathrow.
(225868)
751
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of people eligible for a free bus pass have applied for one in Leeds since the scheme was introduced.
(226391)
752
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226499)
753
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency spent on external information technology consultants in each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement.
(226754)
754
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226805)
755
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226961)
756
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227048)
757
Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial commitments have been made by the Government as part of the Crossrail scheme for each of the next five years.
(226260)
758
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226431)
759
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226510)
760
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fixed speed cameras are being used to enforce 20 mph speed limits.
(227068)
761
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many 20 mph speed limit zones have been introduced in each region in (a) each of the last eight years and (b) 2008.
(227069)
762
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many 20 mph speed limit zones have been introduced near schools in each region in (a) each of the last eight years and (b) 2008.
(227070)
763
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his most recent estimate is of the number of people driving on UK roads without (a) insurance, (b) a valid MOT certificate and (c) a valid provisional or full driving licence.
(227076)
764
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many local road schemes were completed in each year since 2000.
(227082)
765
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on bridge maintenance since 2000.
(227083)
766
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department and its agencies have spent on local road maintenance since 2000.
(227084)
767
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bridges have been strengthened in England and Wales since 2000.
(227085)
768
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of new roads were added to the Strategic Road Network in each of the last 10 years.
(227086)
769
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of new (a) motorway and (b) motorway widening were completed in each of the last 10 years.
(227087)
770
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) public and (b) private spending there were on the strategic road network in each of the last 10 years.
(227088)
771
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bypasses have been built in south east Manchester since 2000.
(227089)
772
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which bypasses have been completed since 2000.
(227090)
773
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bypasses have been built in (a) urban and (b) rural areas since 1997.
(227091)
774
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of road schemes which have been approved in the last 12 months have been procured using (a) a DBFO contract and (b) another type of private finance initiative.
(227092)
775
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the Highway Agency's strategic road network underwent maintenance in each of the last eight years.
(227093)
776
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people adversely affected by noise pollution from the strategic road network in the last eight years.
(227094)
777
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many community transport schemes were (a) established and (b) disbanded in each of the last eight years.
(227096)
778
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many tonnes of (a) carbon dioxide, (b) other greenhouse gases and (c) harmful particulates were emitted from (i) road and (ii) other transport in each of the last eight years.
(227097)
779
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the baseline average is for the number killed or seriously injured by traffic collisions from 1994 to 1998 against which his Department assesses its progress on reducing the number killed or seriously injured on the roads.
(227098)
780
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of the strategic road network were widened in each of the last 11 years, broken down by region.
(227099)
781
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what savings have been made for the public purse in relation to each road detrunked in the last 11 years.
(227100)
782
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government spent on traffic and roads around Stonehenge in each year since 1997.
(227101)
783
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people hold a UK driving licence.
(227102)
784
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles are taxed to drive on UK roads.
(227103)
785
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate the Government has made of the cost of congestion to UK business in each of the last 10 years.
(227104)
786
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many police officers were engaged in patrolling roads to enforce traffic rules in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.
(227105)
787
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research the Government has carried out on the length of time taken to clear a motorway after a collision and reopen it for traffic.
(227106)
788
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what average time it took to reopen a motorway to the full flow of traffic after a collision had occurred in the latest period for which figures are available.
(227107)
789
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has carried out on the average journey time to and from work in the UK in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.
(227108)
790
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of new bus lanes were created in each of the last 11 years, broken down by region.
(227109)
791
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in how many areas real-time information is displayed at bus stops.
(227110)
792
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what grants have been given since 2003 from the Urban Bus Challenge Fund.
(227111)
793
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what park and ride schemes have been established since 2000, broken down by region.
(227112)
794
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what light rail schemes are scheduled to open in the next two years.
(227113)
795
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on local transport in each of the last eight years.
(227114)
796
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) public and (b) private sector funding was put into (i) London transport and (ii) non-London local transport in each of the last 10 years.
(227115)
797
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government (a) has spent and (b) is planning to spend on the pilot projects for a national road pricing scheme announced in the 2008 Budget; what the anticipated start date is for the pilot projects; how many projects will take place; and in what locations.
(227116)
798
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which roads were detrunked in each of the last 11 years, broken down by region.
(227130)
799
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road collisions involved side impact crashes into heavy goods vehicles in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008.
(227132)
800
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) injured in road collisions involving side impact crashes into heavy goods vehicles in each region of England and Wales in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008 to date.
(227133)
801
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and (b) the European Commission in the last 12 months on rules to require retro-reflective tape to be placed on the side of heavy goods vehicles around the outer edge to aid night time visibility.
(227134)
802
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers under the age of 25 years were involved in road collisions in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date.
(227135)
803
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road collisions involved drivers under the age of 25 in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date.
(227136)
804
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) injured as a result of traffic collisions involving drivers under the age of 25 years in each region of England and Wales in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008 to date.
(227139)
805
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) injured as a result of traffic collisions involving drivers under the age of 25 years who exceeded alcohol limits in each region of England and Wales in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008 to date.
(227141)
806
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured as a result of traffic collisions involving drivers under the influence of drugs in each region of England and Wales in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008 to date.
(227143)
807
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Bristol City Council and (ii) the Highways Agency in relation to highways access to the Robin Cousins Centre.
(227145)
808
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) injured as a result of traffic collisions involving drivers under the age of 25 years under the influence of drugs in each region of England and Wales in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008 to date.
(227152)
809
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people passed advanced driving tests in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date.
(227153)
810
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason his Department was not able to grant the necessary indemnities to allow the fleet operated by XL Airways to be used to repatriate customers stranded overseas by the entry into administration of the associated tour operator; and if he will make a statement.
(226104)
811
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the travel industry, (b) the aviation industry and (c) consumer representative organisations on protection for all pre-payments made in respect of travel arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(226105)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
812
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226888)
813
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226505)
814
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226811)
815
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226967)
816
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from his Department in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2003-04 and (e) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227041)
817
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.
(226433)
818
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226512)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
819
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much the Government Equalities Office will spend on the Single Equality Bill seminar being hosted on 10th December 2008 in conjunction with Whitehall and Westminster World.
(225163)
820
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day she has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226814)
821
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, if she will hold discussions with HM Treasury over allegations of discrimination concerning the relocation of disabled staff from the Kettering Tax Office to the tax office in Northampton.
(225988)
822
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 29th September 2008, Official Report, column 2304W, on equality, under what circumstances Commissioners of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are not representatives of the EHRC when making public statements.
(226575)
823
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of the Government Equalities Office.
(226507)
824
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in the Government Equalities Office in the last 12 months; and at what cost to the public purse.
(226642)
825
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 22nd August on discrimination by employers against people with mental illness.
(225993)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
826
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what occasions explosive site licences or applications for such licences have been revoked or refused on the grounds of the holder or applicant being deemed unfit to store explosives under the Manufacturing and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005.
(226685)
827
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to assist (a) workless households with children under five years of age and (b) families in relative poverty with children under five years of age; and if he will make a statement.
(226609)
828
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of three- to five-year olds were living in relative poverty in Leeds West constituency in each year since 1997.
(226610)
829
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of three- to five-year olds were living in workless households in Leeds West constituency in each year since 1997.
(226611)
830
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that his forthcoming decision on the Post Office card account does not jeopardise the viability of local post offices; and if he will make a statement.
(226554)
831
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many reported incidents of missing post from Jobcentre Plus clients have been received by Jobcentre Plus staff (a) nationally and (b) at the Preston office in the last 12 months.
(225752)
832
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many items of missing post sent by Jobcentre Plus clients to Jobcentre Plus offices in the latest period for which figures are available have been located.
(225761)
833
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what searches have been made to recover missing items of sensitive and confidential mail sent by the constituent of the hon. Member for West Lancashire, Ms Hilary Thompson, to the Jobcentre Plus office in Preston; what steps he is taking to make system changes to protect clients' data; and what assessment has been made of how Ms Thompson's items were initially lost.
(225762)
834
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the relationship between parents' cooking skills and child poverty in families.
(226245)
835
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what response he has made to recent representations by the National Pensioners' Convention on the number of pensioners living on less than 40 per cent. of the median population income.
(226254)
836
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce levels of child poverty.
(226453)
837
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which areas of public policy he plans to bring forward legislation to contribute to achieving the target of eradicating child poverty by 2020.
(226534)
838
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward proposals to provide enhanced financial assistance to families with disabled children to reflect recent trends in fuel and food prices.
(226723)
839
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans Jobcentre Plus has to (a) advertise, (b) promote and (c) fill apprenticeships in (i) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (ii) North Staffordshire.
(226595)
840
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what apprenticeships in the construction sector which Jobcentre Plus helped to (a) advertise, (b) promote and (c) fill in (i) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (ii) North Staffordshire in 2007-08.
(226596)
841
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what apprenticeships Jobcentre Plus helped to (a) advertise, (b) promote and (c) fill in (i) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (ii) North Staffordshire in 2007-08.
(226597)
842
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many apprenticeships Jobcentre Plus helped to (a) advertise, (b) promote and (c) fill in (i) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (ii) North Staffordshire in 2007-08.
(226598)
843
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what co-ordination takes place between Jobcentre Plus, local further education colleges and the Learning and Skills Councils to (a) advertise, (b) promote and (c) fill apprenticeships in (i) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (ii) North Staffordshire.
(226599)
844
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 65W, on incapacity benefit: applications, how many new claims for incapacity benefit were made by those aged (a) under 25, (b) under 35, (c) between 25 and 44 and (d) between 45 and 65 years in each year since 1997.
(226137)
845
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the processing of benefits administration in respect of Gloucestershire has been moved from Cedar house, Gloucester, to St Austell, Cornwall; and if he will make a statement.
(226758)
846
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what Ministerial or official meetings he or his officials have had with counterparts in the devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales on welfare to work programmes; and if he will publish the minutes of such meetings.
(226838)
847
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidelines have been issued to Jobcentre Plus employees in relation to making individuals better off in work calculations; which benefits or funding streams are (a) included and (b) excluded from the calculation; and if he will make a statement.
(226839)
848
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.
(226887)
849
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to Question (a) 220310, on benefits, tabled on 16th July and (b) 220179, on staff, tabled on 15th July.
(226927)
850
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research has been commissioned on behalf of his Department by external consultants in the last 10 years; and what the cost was of this research.
(226976)
851
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(226498)
852
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(226804)
853
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.
(226957)
854
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(227047)
855
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department.
(226508)
856
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost to his Department.
(226643)
857
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has for the future of the Better Government for Older People programme; and if he will make a statement.
(225530)
858
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the relationships are between his Department, the Better Government for Older People programme, the Older People's Advisory Group and the Centre for Policy on Ageing.
(225531)
859
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 19th August, transferred from HM Treasury (PO reference: 1/60002/2008), on the poverty line for couples.
(225992)
860
Ian Stewart (Eccles): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employers have incurred a penalty for refusing or repeatedly refusing to pay statutory sick pay in the last two years; what the level of the penalty imposed was in each case; and how long after the initial claim was made by the employee was the fine for refusal imposed in each case.
(226318)
861
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to make a decision on the award of the contract for the Post Office Card Account.
(225529)
862
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July, Official Report, columns 474-5W, on income support: lone parents, how many and what proportion of the 8,950 customer-facing staff have received specific training on the changes to the eligibility rules for income support affecting lone parents coming into effect in November 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(226326)
863
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9th July, Official Report, columns 1685W, on lone parents: income support, what progress has been made in developing a communication strategy to support the changes to the eligibility rules for income support affecting lone parents coming into effect in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(226327)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
864
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will investigate the time taken to process applications for student support in the London Borough of Barnet; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (226241)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
865
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance has been given to local authorities and public corporations in relation to investing or depositing in overseas or foreign-owned banks.
[Transferred] (226570)

 
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