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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 15 October 2008

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 15 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 15 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 15 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 15 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 15 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227473)
2
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the effect on local licensed premises of sales of low-cost alcohol in supermarkets; and if he will make a statement.
(227292)
3
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the relationship between the price of alcohol and drinking behaviour; and if he will make a statement.
(227293)
4
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans he has to regulate the sale of low-cost alcohol as a loss leader in supermarkets; and if he will make a statement.
(227294)
5
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices have been closed in villages and towns with a population smaller then 10,000 inhabitants in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.
(227304)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
6
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to assist families in the current economic climate.
(226332)
7
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps his Department has taken to assist families in reducing their household bills.
(226333)
8
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the monetary value was of illegal drugs seized by HM Revenue and Customs in 2007-08.
(227242)
9
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many weapons HM Revenue and Customs prevented from entering the UK in 2007-08.
(227244)
10
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on capital gains tax revenues of trends in the sales of residential properties following the reforms to capital gains tax announced in the October 2007 Pre-Budget report.
(227597)
11
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many capital gains calculations were apportioned under principal private residence rules in each of the last five years.
(227598)
12
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the cost to the Exchequer in terms of tax revenue foregone of allowing individuals to elect their principal private residence in each of the last five years.
(227599)
13
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many principal private residence elections have been made in each of the last five years; and how many such elections represent individuals making (a) two, (b) three and (c) four or more elections.
(227600)
14
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average cost to HM Revenue and Customs is of processing a tax return; and how many tax returns would be obviated by increasing the thresholds in line with rental inflation.
(227601)
15
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual cost was of providing the rent-a-room tax scheme at the current threshold of £4,250 in each of the last five years; and what the annual cost would be of indexing the rent-a-room threshold in line with rental inflation from the £4,250 base set in 1997-98.
(227602)
16
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue foregone each year from not taxing capital gains by non-UK residents in relation to UK real estate in each of the last five years.
(227605)
17
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227478)
18
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the Parliamentary Ombudsman's report on the regulatory supervision of Equitable Life; and if he will make a statement.
(227289)
19
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance he has issued to the public on how to recognise a counterfeit £1 coin; and if he will make a statement.
(227516)
20
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the experience and qualities sought in Government directors of UK banks where the Government has a shareholding will include time spent working in a mutual.
(227517)
21
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many office buildings owned or leased by HM Revenue and Customs are currently not in use in (a) England, (b) the South West, (c) Cornwall and (d) each parliamentary constituency in Cornwall.
(227501)
22
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon, sent on behalf of his constituent Mr Mike Wetton, reference wet/jeh, dated 28th July 2008.
(227238)
23
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government was informed by the European Commission that it was considering proposing amendments to the Capital Adequacy Directive.
(227653)
24
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government received a copy of the European Commission's proposed amendments to directives 2006/48/EC and 2008/49/EC.
(227654)
25
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions there have been between the European Commission and the Government on ways to prevent a repeat of the financial market turbulence of the summer of 2007.
(227655)
26
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has had discussions with the Leader of the Opposition and leaders of other UK political parties on the European Commission's proposals to amend EU directives 2006/48/EC and 2008/49/EC.
(227656)
27
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the European Union to change the mark or marking to market rules.
(227657)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
28
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal result in an increase in parental confidence in the special educational needs system; and if he will make a statement.
(227579)
29
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department has issued on the number of feeder schools which may be named as part of a maintained school's admission criteria.
(226829)
30
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what representations he has received from independent schools linked to maintained secondary schools on the question of remaining as named feeder schools.
(226830)
31
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether, under his proposed revised admissions guidance in circumstances where an independent Catholic school is one of 19 named Catholic feeder schools for admission to a Catholic maintained school, such an arrangement would be deemed to unfairly disadvantage children from deprived areas.
(226831)
32
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many communication support workers working with deaf children there are; and how many of these have a qualification in sign language equivalent to a Council for Advancement of Communication with Deaf People Level 3 qualification.
(227391)
33
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what sign language qualifications a communication support worker working with deaf children is expected to hold; and what measures are in place to ensure all communication support workers hold such a qualification.
(227392)
34
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to increase the number of people from low-income backgrounds who study at university.
(227615)
35
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, columns 590-1W, on the general certificate of secondary education, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the requested information in full.
(227379)
36
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, column 591W, on languages: general certificate of secondary education, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the requested information.
(227386)
37
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of mainstream maintained schools did not enter any pupils for (a) a GCSE and (b) an A-level in history in each year since 2005.
(227387)
38
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of mainstream maintained schools did not enter any pupils for (a) a GCSE and (b) an A-level in geography in each year since 2005.
(227388)
39
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many mainstream maintained secondary schools are designated as specialist language colleges.
(227389)
40
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what progress has been made in developing a project to test ways of improving the system of providing accessible versions of text books for blind and partially sighted pupils.
(227390)
41
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his policy is on the (a) number and (b) proportion of governors on the governing body of an academy who (i) represent and (ii) are appointed by the principal sponsor; and if he will make a statement.
(227502)
42
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227484)
43
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average amount of funding per student was in comprehensive secondary schools of (a) fewer than 100, (b) 100 to 199, (c) 200 to 299, (d) 300 to 399, (e) 400 to 499, (f) 500 to 599, (g) 600 to 699 and (h) 700 and above in (i) rural and (ii) non rural areas in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(227306)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
44
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) men and (b) women died from drug misuse in each year since 1997.
(227510)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
45
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requests for meetings her Department has received from businesses operating at ports to discuss changes to the rules on business rates for businesses on ports land and the backdating of that tax.
(226652)
46
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consultations were undertaken with those businesses operating within ports prior to the introduction of business rates for port tenants; what form those consultations took; and how long the consultation period was.
(226653)
47
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many businesses located in British ports have gone into liquidation since the issuing of business rate demands for port tenants; and what their names are.
(226654)
48
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research she has (a) commissioned, (b) evaluated and (c) undertaken on the effects of planning regulation upon small independent retailers; and whether such research includes analysis of the effects of large-scale, out-of-town developments on small retailers.
(227614)
49
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding the Northwest Regional Development Agency provided to the campaign group Keep our Future Afloat, in each year since 2005.
(227375)
50
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether monies collected under section 106 agreements can be used to pay for infrastructure projects other than those specified in the original agreement.
(227345)
51
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to review the Regional Controls Centre Physical Access Control and Security Policy for Regional Controls document; and if she will make a statement.
(227312)
52
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions her Department has had with the Audit Commission on overseeing cost savings from the FiReControl project; and if she will make a statement.
(227313)
53
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the revenue costs of the regional project team were in each regional management board area in respect of the FiReControl project in financial year 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(227314)
54
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to date has been of the development and implementation of (a) the data capture and management toolkit version 1 product and (b) the early station end equipment product in respect of the FiReControl project; and if she will make a statement.
(227315)
55
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the savings generated by the 2007 National Review of the FiReControl Project Business Case were allocated, broken down by sub-heading; and if she will make a statement.
(227350)
56
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities and other public institutions for which she has responsibility hold accounts in Icelandic banks; and how much is held by each institution in such banks.
(227303)
57
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many units of housing were given planning permission in Northamptonshire in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(227634)
58
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of development corporations in meeting their objectives.
(227635)
59
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions she has had with the Council of Mortgage Lenders on housing repossessions; and if she will make a statement.
(227636)
60
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many citizens' juries her Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what was discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227466)
61
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what meetings she and the Minister of State for Housing have had on eco-towns since the latter's appointment; and if she will make a statement.
(227349)
62
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6th April 2008, Official Report, column 322W, on home information packs, how many penalty charge notices have been issued for breaches of home information pack duties; and how many of these resulted in further legal action.
(227378)
63
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she or her Ministers will agree to meet members of the public from each selected eco-town site to discuss the relevant eco-town proposal; and if she will make a statement.
(227541)
64
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been purchased under the right to buy scheme in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1997 expressed in (i) absolute terms, (ii) per 1000 population and (iii) per 1000 households.
(227307)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
65
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding public libraries received from the public purse in each year since 1997, expressed in 2008 prices.
(227384)
66
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish his Department's statistics on planning applications affecting playing fields in 2006-07.
(227385)
67
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227470)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
68
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which armed forces hospitals have been closed in the last 30 years; and what the date of each such closure was.
(226658)
69
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, column 610W, on departmental sick leave, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the requested information.
(227380)
70
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account his Department has taken in its formulation of policy on training of the summing-up remarks of Mr Justice Royce of Winchester Crown Court before the acquittal of Provost Sergeant Russell Price, Sergeant Paul Blake and Corporal John Edwards on 31st July 2008.
(227404)
71
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227477)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
72
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Government's target is for reducing fuel poverty; what changes have been made to this target since January; what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on this issue; what recent representations he has received on fuel poverty; what reply he gave in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(227584)
73
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the recent changes in energy prices on fuel poverty among elderly people; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(227585)
74
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress the Government made in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) in the first nine months of 2008 on meeting the targets arising under the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(227586)
75
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the fuel poverty strategy required by the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 was published; what changes have been made to it since publication; what discussions he has had with energy companies on it since its publication; what discussions he has had with HM Treasury on the strategy; what recent representations he has received on it; and if he will make a statement.
(227587)
76
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to publicise the (i) Warm Front Scheme and (ii) Warm Deal Scheme; how much was spent by his Department and predecessor departments to publicise each scheme since its inception; and if he will make a statement.
(227588)
77
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what research he has recently (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of the (i) Warm Front Scheme and (ii) Warm Deal Scheme in reducing fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.
(227589)
78
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the operation of sections (a) 1 and (b) 2 of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000; what recent representations he has received on the operation of the Act; if he will place in the Library copies of such representations; and whether he plans (i) to amend and (ii) to repeal this Act.
(227590)
79
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people and (b) households in fuel poverty, broken down by local authority area in each year since 2000; and what Government target on the reduction of fuel poverty applied in each such year.
(227591)
80
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment his Department has made of the case for applying emission performance standards to the approval of new power plants.
(226016)
81
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he plans to decide on the roll-out of the smart meter programme; and if he will make a statement.
(227383)
82
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of importing solar electricity from Africa using a high voltage direct current grid; and if he will make a statement.
(227239)
83
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the annual budget of his Department (a) is in 2008-09 and (b) will be in 2009-10; how much of the budget in each year is attributable to the costs of nuclear decommissioning and the handling of nuclear waste; and if he will make a statement.
(227240)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
84
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to publish a further consultation on the transfer of private sewers and lateral drains connected to the public network to water and sewage companies; what the future timetable of this work is; and if he will make a statement.
(227341)
85
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of implementing the proposals for electronic identification of sheep on (a) the sheep industry and (b) hill farmers.
(227533)
86
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the effects of electronic identification on the UK sheep industry.
(227537)
87
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings he has had with farmers' representatives from (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales on the European Commission's plans for electronic identification of sheep.
(227538)
88
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings he has had with his counterparts in each of the devolved administrations on the European Commission's plans for electronic identification of sheep.
(227539)
89
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what statutory obligations the Harwich Haven Authority has for the development or conservation of Hamford water estuary.
(227309)
90
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many residential moorings his Department has registered; and what the location of each is.
(227616)
91
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will increase the rigorousness and regularity of the testing of shellfish imported from South East Asia; and if he will make a statement.
(226476)
92
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the risk of toxic imported shellfish being put on sale to the public in the UK.
(226542)
93
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227474)
94
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors underlay the decision to reduce the number of herds tested for bovine tuberculosis between January and June 2008 compared to the same period in 2007.
(227297)
95
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many work permits were allocated under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in each of the last five years.
(227298)
96
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the return rate was of workers under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in each of the last five years, broken down by country of origin.
(227299)
97
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of agricultural and horticultural labour in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(227300)
98
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the fruit and vegetable crop on the availability of agricultural and horticultural labour.
(227301)
99
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the incidence was of bovine tuberculosis in each county of England and Wales in each non-bovine species in each year since 1997.
(227302)
100
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to regulate the farming of rabbits.
(227376)
101
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) lowest, (b) highest, (c) median and (d) mean value was of claims under the 2007 Single Payment Scheme.
(227308)
102
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many livestock disease reactors were identified through pre-movement testing in each year such testing has been in operation.
(227316)
103
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with industry representatives on the constitution of the Bovine TB Partnership Group; and when he plans that the group should be operational.
(227317)
104
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of herd health plans being in place for 95 per cent. of dairy farms by 2010.
(227318)
105
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects a bovine tuberculosis vaccine to be available for (a) badgers and (b) cattle.
(227319)
106
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential for bovine tuberculosis to transfer between (a) badgers and humans, (b) badgers and companion animals, (c) cattle and humans and (d) cattle and companion animals.
(227320)
107
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much waste was produced by supermarkets in each of the last three years; and how much of this was (a) recyclable and (b) recycled.
(227322)
108
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the EU Council of Ministers' common position on the Regulation for Placing Plant Protection Products on the Market on arable and horticultural production in England reached on 23rd June 2008.
(227323)
109
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans that the penetration of bluetongue vaccination in UK livestock will reach 85 per cent.
(227324)
110
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential for bluetongue to transfer to calves in utero from infected cows.
(227325)
111
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what strains of (a) avian influenza and (b) bluetongue were confirmed in the UK in each of the last three years; where such cases occurred; and how many animals were slaughtered in each case, broken down by region.
(227326)
112
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the increase in mean surface temperatures on the potential for (a) malaria, (b) equine fever, (c) dengue fever, (d) lyme disease, (e) African Horse Sickness, (f) Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus, (g) Rift Valley fever and (h) other vector borne diseases to spread to the UK; and what steps he has taken towards securing vaccines for these diseases.
(227327)
113
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the additional £90,000, announced for research into bee colony collapse on 17th June 2008, has been allocated.
(227328)
114
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of deformed wing virus in the bee population in England; and what assessment he has made of the potential impact of this virus on bee productivity.
(227329)
115
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken in response to the reported 30 per cent. bee population loss in winter 2007; what assessment he has made of the potential impact of this loss on food security; and if he will make a statement.
(227330)
116
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the levels of (a) deformity, (b) disability and (c) hereditary disease amongst (i) pedigree and (ii) other dogs.
(227331)
117
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of breeding practices on the welfare of pedigree dogs, with particular reference to consanguinity between breed pairs.
(227332)
118
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of the rules and regulations of pedigree dog shows on the welfare of pedigree dogs.
(227333)
119
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of breed standards on the welfare of pedigree dogs; and if he will make a statement.
(227334)
120
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the culling of pedigree dogs which do not meet breed standards; what estimate he has made of the number of pedigree dogs (a) culled and (b) neutered on such grounds in each of the last three years; and if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban this practice.
(227335)
121
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend breed standards in order to reduce health problems and improve the welfare and life expectancy of pedigree dogs.
(227336)
122
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban (a) inbred dogs, (b) unhealthy dogs and (c) dogs with inherited diseases from being entered in pedigree shows.
(227337)
123
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will introduce mandatory health checks for pedigree dogs as a condition of entry into pedigree shows.
(227338)
124
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will review the standards and rules relating to breed showing for their implications for animal welfare.
(227339)
125
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of pre-movement testing on the level of bovine tuberculosis in national livestock herds.
(227340)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
126
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he received of terrorist attacks in the State of Israel since July 2008; what discussions he has had with the government of the State of Israel on terrorism in Israel since July 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(227593)
127
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department, (c) officials in his Department, (d) the British Ambassador to Egypt and (e) officials in the British Embassy in Egypt have had since August 2008 with the government of Egypt on the trafficking of (i) weapons and (ii) people into Gaza from Egypt via under-border tunnels; what response was received in each case; what reports he has received on the number of tunnels between Gaza and Egypt that have been (A) discovered and (B) closed; and if he will make a statement.
(227595)
128
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the level of paramilitary activity and (ii) the number of internally displaced people in Colombia; and if he will publish the results of such research.
(227542)
129
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to seek to secure the release of political prisoners in Burma in the last 12 months.
(227580)
130
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received of a military escalation in Karen state, Eastern Burma; and what steps his Department plans to take to seek to prevent military action against civilians there.
(227581)
131
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what procedures his Department uses to compile its advice on travel to Sudan.
(227611)
132
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to facilitate free and fair elections in Sudan as outlined in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
(227612)
133
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has with the government of Bangladesh on outbreaks of violence against Christians and other religious minorities.
(227644)
134
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Colombia on the treatment of trade unionists.
(227645)
135
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to monitor the potential for renewed conflict in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan; and what steps he is taking to seek to promote peace in the region.
(227646)
136
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to seek to encourage conditions conducive to freedom of expression in Sudan ahead of the forthcoming elections in that country.
(227648)
137
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions on which UK authorities have interviewed Wouter Basson with the permission of the South African authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(227346)
138
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his United States counterpart on the allegations made by Radovan Karadzic regarding an agreement with the US to afford him immunity from arrest; and if he will make a statement.
(227354)
139
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227479)
140
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote freedom of movement for displaced people in the Vanni region of Sri Lanka.
(227287)
141
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan authorities on recent events in the Vanni region of Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(227288)
142
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Kenya; and if he will make a statement.
(227284)
143
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and humanitarian situation in Burma; and if he will make a statement.
(227285)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
144
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what internal reports his Department has produced on (a) abortion, (b) contraception and (c) reproductive health issues in each of the last five years.
(227594)
145
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the letter of 18th March 2008 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Home Office with responsibility for crime reduction to the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale West, what changes have been made to his Department's Frank website with regard to the Under-Secretary's request for a review of its advice on the link between cannabis and mental health.
(226828)
146
Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what options for bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese are provided by (a) Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and (b) Liverpool Primary Care Trust in their respective areas.
(227617)
147
Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many morbidly obese patients in (a) the Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust area and (b) the Liverpool Primary Care Trust area have been offered a duodenal switch in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008 to date.
(227618)
148
Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many out of areas referrals were made by the Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust because the surgery options sought by the patient were provided by a neighbouring primary care trust rather than Gateshead Primary Care Trust in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008 to date.
(227619)
149
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes in co-operation with other Government departments to prevent misuse of NHS services by foreign nationals.
(227525)
150
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average general medical services weighted capitation payment received by GP practices was in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust, in each of the last four years.
(227503)
151
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the median waiting time for treatment of cataracts in NHS hospitals was in each year since 1997-98; and how many treatments were provided in each such year.
(227504)
152
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts are deemed financially challenged; what the cumulative deficit of each such trust is; what estimate has been made of the proportion of turnover for 2008-09 that the deficit represents in each case; what support such trusts are receiving; and if he will make a statement.
(227505)
153
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008 to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South, Official Report, column 1714W, on hospitals: infectious diseases, what the average cost per healthcare associated infection case is in 2008-09 prices; and what the estimated cost for all in-patient admissions was in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2006-07 was using the Public Health Laboratory Service assumptions adjusted for inflation and in-patient numbers.
(227506)
154
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the pilot project to evaluate the implications for nursing of 100 per cent. single room provision in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(227507)
155
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing single rooms for all NHS patients.
(227508)
156
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on funding drug treatment services in each year since 1997; and what the projected expenditure on drug treatment services is in each year to 2010-11.
(227509)
157
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of (a) national guidance and circulars and (b) representations received from NHS organisations on the disposal of crutches.
(227511)
158
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008 to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire, Official Report, column 1689W, on health centres, for what reason GP-led health centres will not receive payments for treating patients registered with another GP practice.
(227512)
159
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008 to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire, Official Report, column 1689W, on health centres: finance, how much each primary care trust will receive of the £120 million allocated for new GP-led health centres.
(227513)
160
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227482)
161
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are in place to ensure that NHS hospital and community doctors are supplied with an up-to-date paper copy of the British National Formulary; and what arrangements are in place for (a) purchase and (b) distribution of such copies.
(227559)
162
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the British National Formulary is available to NHS hospital and community doctors (a) online and (b) on disc.
(227560)
163
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of tuberculosis have been reported in each county in each year since 1997.
(227296)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
164
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the prosecution rate for homophobic hate crime detected by the Metropolitan Police was in each of the last five years.
(227396)
165
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of (a) all recruits and (b) recruits from ethnic minorities entering the Metropolitan Police in each of the last five years have completed their probationary period.
(227413)
166
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps police services in England have taken to use social networking sites to encourage reporting of homophobic hate crimes and incidents; and if she will make a statement.
(227416)
167
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of Metropolitan Police recruits identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in each of the last five years; and what percentage of those recruits completed their full probationary period.
(227418)
168
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the prosecution rate was for racist hate crime detected by the Metropolitan Police in each of the last five years.
(227420)
169
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of the United Kingdom coastline is patrolled at least once a week by maritime craft from (a) the UK Border Agency and (b) other agencies engaged in border patrol.
(227524)
170
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) property and (b) land owned by the UK Border Agency is not in full-time use; and what the estimated market value is of each such holding.
(227527)
171
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the UK Border Agency expects to pay in rent to (a) other public bodies, (b) local authorities and (c) Government departments for buildings and land in 2008-09.
(227528)
172
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) buildings and (b) land are (i) owned and (ii) leased by the UK Border Agency; and how many full-time equivalent staff are based at each.
(227529)
173
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of its fee income from immigration documents and services for (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the subsequent three financial years.
(227530)
174
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the effect on its levels of fee income from passports, visas and other immigration documents and services paid for by (a) British and (b) foreign nationals of the economic downturn; and what contingency plans her Department has made.
(227531)
175
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what forecasts her Department has made of levels of fee income from (a) British and (b) foreign nationals for passport, visa and other immigration-related documents and services in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010, (iv) 2011 and (v) 2012.
(227532)
176
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department received in passport, visa and other immigration-related fees from (a) British and (b) foreign nationals in (i) the first six months and (ii) the second six months of each of the last five years.
(227534)
177
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department has allocated for (a) the policing and security of and (b) immigration work associated with the London 2012 Olympics.
(227535)
178
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has conducted a review of (a) financial and (b) other support provided to people at all stages of the asylum process.
(227536)
179
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the monetary value was of illegal drugs seized by the UK Border Agency in 2007-08.
(227243)
180
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many weapons the UK Border Agency prevented from entering the UK in 2007-08.
(227245)
181
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people the UK Border Agency prevented from attempting to cross the English Channel illegally in 2007-08.
(227246)
182
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people with criminal records who do not have records on the national DNA database.
(227347)
183
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many European arrest warrants for (a) British citizens and (b) non-British citizens her Department has issued to other EU member states; and how many people have been extradited to the UK under such warrants in each year since they came into force, broken down by (i) offence and (ii) member state to which the warrant was issued.
(227620)
184
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many European arrest warrants for (a) British citizens and (b) non-British citizens have been received from other EU member states; and how many people have been extradited under such warrants in each year since they came into force, broken down by (i) offence and (ii) member state of destination.
(227621)
185
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on the Airwave programme; and what discussions she has had with the Department of Health on the rollout of the programme to the Ambulance Service.
(227377)
186
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many homes of serving police officers were searched by investigation teams on 27th January 1998; how many police officers were subsequently suspended from duty; how many of these were (a) reinstated and (b) prosecuted; and if she will make a statement.
(227344)
187
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Harwich of 5th March 2008, Official Report, column 2670W, on homicide, when she plans to publish an honour-based violence action plan.
(227429)
188
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens' juries her Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227481)
189
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many overseas students have been permitted, on graduation in the UK, to remain for a period of two years in each year of the shortage occupations list scheme's existence.
(227407)
190
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will change the process of obtaining a Criminal Records Bureau check so that an individual in more than one relevant role need only apply for one check.
(227500)
191
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers have been employed in each police force area in each year since their introduction.
(227282)
192
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the UK Border Agency and its predecessors spent on (a) permanent and (b) casual staff in each of the last five years.
(227494)
193
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) permanent and (b) casual staff have been employed in administrative roles by the UK Border Agency and its predecessors in each of the last five years; and at what cost.
(227495)
194
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) permanent and (b) casual staff have been employed by the UK Border Agency specifically to clear the immigration backlog; and at what cost.
(227496)
195
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the UK Border Agency's budget for 2008-09 is, broken down by (a) staff, (b) equipment, (c) buildings and (d) other categories for which information is held centrally.
(227497)
196
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the UK Border Agency spent on (a) administrative and (b) operational matters in each of the last three years; and what its budget is on the same basis for 2008-09.
(227498)
197
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the UK Border Agency's budget for 2008-09 is expected to be spent (a) in the UK and (b) in each other country in which it operates.
(227499)
198
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) fraudulent and (b) stolen (i) passports and (ii) driving licences in circulation.
(227561)
199
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to combat the use of fraudulent identity documents.
(227562)
200
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports were issued by the Home Office in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997 that later transpired to have been fraudulently applied for.
(227563)
201
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how football clubs are charged for the cost of policing during games; who is responsible for the level of such charges; and what criteria are used in such decisions.
(227564)
202
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the scope of policing costs that football clubs should be liable for; and if she will make a statement.
(227565)
203
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of costs of policing football matches and related fan movements not met by football clubs.
(227566)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
204
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what progress has been made with preparations for the planned works to replace the mechanical and electrical systems in the Palace of Westminster.
(227348)
205
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what representations the Commission has received from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment on the erection of temporary structures on the Terrace; what the Commission's policy is on the erection and dismantling of such structures; and if he will make a statement.
(227342)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
206
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227469)
207
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what funding streams are available to universities on application to (a) his Department and (b) the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
(227423)
208
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of students who applied for a student loan received it after the agreed date in each of the last five years.
(227424)
209
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what Government grants are (a) available to and (b) planned to be introduced for universities for improving and widening social access to higher education.
(227425)
210
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many university lecturers have left the profession in each of the last five years.
(227426)
211
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many staff are employed full-time on the Aimhigher programme.
(227427)
212
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which organisation regulates the quality of foundation degrees.
(227428)
213
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which 50 (a) universities and (b) further education colleges had the highest number of non-European Union students registered for courses in the last year for which figures are available; and how many such students were registered at each.
(227519)
214
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many students have been enrolled in full-time higher education courses at English universities and colleges in each year since 1990; how many of those originated in (a) EU member states other than the UK and (b) non-EU countries; and how many students from EU countries other than the UK studied at university in England in each year since 1997.
(227520)
215
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which universities had over five per cent. of their student intake from non-EU nationals in each of the last five years.
(227521)
216
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many non-EU national students there are at each university in England.
(227522)
217
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much has been spent on widening participation in higher education in each year since 1997; on what schemes that money has been spent; and how much will be spent in each of the next three years.
(227523)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
218
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK aid funding in response to the cyclone in Burma has been allocated to education; and if he will make a statement.
(227400)
219
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to encourage other donors to contribute to the joint UN-NGO fund in response to the cyclone in Burma, launched on 10th July.
(227401)
220
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the UK is giving to local civil society organisations in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.
(227647)
221
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka.
(227582)
222
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian aid (a) workers and (b) supplies can reach the districts of Kilinochchi and Mulaitivu in northern Sri Lanka.
(227583)
223
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227475)
224
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent on education in emergencies since his Department announced the Education Beyond Borders initiative in April 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(227290)
225
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the policy change announced in the Education Beyond Borders initiative in April 2007 was communicated to his Department's staff in the field.
(227291)
226
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on the DFID retreats defined by Account 2103, Group 210 in his Department's Chart of Accounts in the last year for which audited figures are available.
(227405)
227
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the initial findings of his Department's assessment team on the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka are; and if he will make a statement.
(227486)
228
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people were on his Department's assessment team on the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka.
(227487)
229
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many days his Department's assessment team spent observing the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka on its recent visit.
(227488)
230
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what areas were visited by his Department's assessment team on the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka.
(227489)
231
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department's assessment team reported being subject to significant travel restrictions during its visit to Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(227490)
232
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what further steps the Government plans to take in response to the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka.
(227491)
233
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on humanitarian aid in each of the last five years.
(227492)
234
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how his Department's budget was allocated between the different functions of the Department in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(227493)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
235
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the operation of section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961; and how many proceedings have been brought under this section since 1978.
(227592)
236
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve public accountability of the family courts.
(227310)
237
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department expects to publish its substantive response to its consultation on Confidence and confidentiality: openness in family courts - a new approach.
(227311)
238
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the new practice directions for the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal will be published.
(227567)
239
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans are in place to assess and review the effects of implementation of the changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
(227568)
240
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the expertise and qualifications of the lay members of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel will be.
(227569)
241
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who will chair the case management hearings for the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel.
(227570)
242
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what expertise or training in special educational needs will be required of chairs of the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel.
(227571)
243
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of cases going to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal concerned children with autism over each of the last five years; in what proportion of these cases the applicant was successful; and how many local authorities conceded the case before the case reached the hearing.
(227572)
244
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information and guidance is available to users of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal whose cases will be taken forward under the new system after 3rd November 2008.
(227573)
245
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken in response to representations from parents about the changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal to be made on 3rd November 2008.
(227574)
246
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal on users who have an autism spectrum disorder.
(227575)
247
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the time needed by organisations providing support to parents going to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal to retrain their staff to advise parents on the new system.
(227576)
248
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information is available to advocacy groups and other groups providing support to families using the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal about the changes to the Tribunal taking place after 3rd November 2008.
(227577)
249
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many disability discrimination cases concerning children with autism spectrum disorders went to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal in each of the last five years; and in what proportion of these the applicant was successful.
(227578)
250
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on the waiting period for the processing of an application for a lasting power of attorney; and if he will make a statement.
(227393)
251
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted for possession of an illegal firearm in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.
(227526)
252
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time has been to fill clergy vacancies in Lord Chancellor-appointed livings in each of the last five years.
(227649)
253
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many vacancies there are for clergy in the livings to which the Lord Chancellor makes the appointment.
(227650)
254
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there are plans to review the procedures for clergy appointments by his Department.
(227651)
255
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) male and (b) female clergy have been appointed by his Department in each of the last five years.
(227652)
256
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227480)
257
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many crimes have been committed in prisons in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) offence and (b) prison establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(227283)
258
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners convicted of knife or gun-related offences served their full sentence in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of crime.
(227286)
259
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates' courts have closed in (a) rural areas and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1995.
(227305)
Questions to the Leader of the House
260
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Leader of the House, how many hours the House sat in each session (a) in 1980, (b) in 1990 and (c) in each session between 1996 and 2006.
(227355)
261
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Leader of the House, how many citizens' juries her Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227476)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
262
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of sectarianism within the police force were reported within the Northern Ireland Police Service in each of the last 10 years; and how many officers were (a) found to have been sectarian, (b) dismissed as a result and (c) received disciplinary action as a result in each year.
(227394)
263
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what definition the Police Service of Northern Ireland uses of institutionalised homophobia.
(227395)
264
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of recruits entering the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five years completed their full probationary period.
(227397)
265
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what definition of institutionalised sectarianism the Police Service of Northern Ireland uses.
(227398)
266
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what definition of institutionalised racism the Police Service of Northern Ireland uses.
(227399)
267
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of racism within the Northern Ireland Police Service were reported in each of the last 10 years; and how many officers (a) were found to have been racist, (b) were dismissed as a result and (c) received disciplinary action as a result in each year.
(227402)
268
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of homophobia within the Northern Ireland Police Service were reported in each of the last 10 years; and how many officers (a) were found to have been homophobic, (b) were dismissed as a result and (c) received disciplinary action as a result.
(227403)
269
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of whether institutionalised racism exists within the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(227410)
270
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he made of whether institutionalised sectarianism exists within the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(227411)
271
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of whether institutionalised homophobia exists within the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(227412)
272
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland who come from ethnic minorities completed their probationary period in each of the last five years.
(227414)
273
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Police Service of Northern Ireland has taken to use social networking sites to encourage reporting of homophobic hate crimes and incidents; and if he will make a statement.
(227415)
274
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of new police officer recruits who joined the Police Service of Northern Ireland since November 2001 declared themselves as having a disability at the time of joining.
(227417)
275
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of Northern Ireland police recruits identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in each of the last five years; and what percentage of those recruits completed their full probationary period.
(227419)
276
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the prosecution rate was for racist hate crime detected by the Police Service for Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(227421)
277
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the prosecution rate was for homophobic hate crime detected by the Police Service for Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(227422)
278
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 537W, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Euro Changeover Plan with the confidential information redacted.
(227543)
279
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227471)
Questions to the Prime Minister
280
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will direct the relevant authorities to investigate the claim made by Wouter Basson during his trial in South Africa in July 2000 that an illicit weapons cache, including chemical weapons, seized by HM Customs and Excise (HMCE) was subsequently stolen from an HMCE warehouse following information he provided; and if he will make a statement.
(227353)
281
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with the Leader of the Opposition before the announcement of the bank rescue package; and when those discussions were held.
(227658)
282
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has left the United Kingdom since his appointment in pursuit of his official duties; what the purpose of each visit was; what the total cost of each visit was; and how many people accompanied him on each visit.
(227165)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
283
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227467)
284
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on (a) advertising and (b) external consultants and advisers since March 2008.
(227637)
285
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of travel for his Department's staff between England and Scotland (a) has been in 2008 and (b) was in each of the previous five years.
(227638)
286
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many of his Department's staff are seconded from each other Government department.
(227639)
287
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times Dover House has been used to host events since May 2007; and what the cost of each such event was.
(227640)
288
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings he has had with officials of the Irish government since May 2007; and what topics were discussed at each such meeting.
(227641)
289
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many press releases have been issued by his Department since May 2007.
(227642)
290
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) e-mails, (b) telephone calls and (c) letters from members of the public his Department has responded to since May 2007.
(227643)
291
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of the election to the Scottish Parliament in 2007 was.
(227659)
292
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's expenditure on vehicles was in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2008-09.
(227660)
293
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of pension contributions incurred by his Department was in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2008-09.
(227661)
294
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been responded to by the Department since May 2007; and in how many cases (a) information was wholly exempted, (b) information was partly exempted and (c) the requests were answered in full.
(227662)
295
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what expenditure his Department has incurred on international travel since May 2007.
(227670)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
296
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227483)
297
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK travellers to countries outside the EU in each of the last two years.
(227295)
298
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what decision he has made on the redevelopment of Gatwick railway station.
(227408)
299
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has made to Network Rail on upgrading Gatwick railway station before 2012.
(227409)
300
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17th September 2008, Official Report, columns 2242-3W, on aviation, what estimate he has made of the number of small claims actions pursued by plaintiffs and pursuers against airlines alleging non-compliance with EU Regulation 261/2004; what percentage of such actions have resulted in an award of damages to the consumer; and what the total sum paid by airlines in satisfaction of such claims is.
(227160)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
301
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227468)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
302
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce sexism in the workplace.
(226334)
303
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many citizens' juries the Government Equalities Office has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227485)
304
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what steps she has taken pursuant to the Government Equalities Office's report of January 2008, Women Not For Sale.
(227514)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
305
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken to assist pensioners in the current economic climate.
(226330)
306
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps the Government has taken to assist pensioners in reducing their household bills.
(226331)
307
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he has put in place to facilitate the clearing of arrears in child maintenance owed by absent parents; and if he will make a statement.
(227633)
308
N
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what states are designated as non-qualifying destinations for the annual state pension uprating payable to UK pensioners overseas.
(227161)
309
N
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the annual pension uprating is withheld from state pensioners who have relocated to certain overseas countries on retirement; and if he will make a statement.
(227162)
310
N
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the benefit of the annual state pension uprating to UK citizens in receipt of state pensions who are resident in Australia, Canada and South Africa; and if he will make a statement.
(227163)
311
N
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many persons entitled to UK state pensions are not entitled to the annual state pension uprating by reason of their location overseas.
(227164)
312
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1st July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.
(227472)
313
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effects of the banking crisis on the value of pension funds and their ability to make payments as they fall due; and if he will make a statement.
(227515)
314
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work permits have been issued in 2008 for shortage occupations.
(227406)
315
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of all cases of fraud and error in the benefit system that arose from misdirected mail in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226655)
316
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit payments were made in error due to fraud arising from the impersonation of the deceased in the latest period for which figures are available.
(226656)
317
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to tackle benefit fraud.
(226657)
318
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to offer additional support to householders who are having difficulties meeting their mortgage repayments; and if he will make a statement.
(227241)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
319
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students have not yet received education maintenance allowance payments which are due to them.
[Transferred] (227518)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
320
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what consideration he has given to producing a Whole of Government annual report; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (227596)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
321
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much of the recently-announced domestic energy funding package has been spent on domestic energy efficiency measures; and how many households have received such funding.
[Transferred] (227381)
322
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average waiting time is for (a) heating and (b) insulation installations under the Warm Front scheme; and how many households were on the waiting list for such installations in each of the last six months.
[Transferred] (227382)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
323
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about the circumstances in which a camera containing photographic images relating to the work of the Secret Intelligence Service was offered for sale via internet auction; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (227343)
324
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he and his predecessors have received of the trial of Wouter Basson in South Africa in 2000.
[Transferred] (227351)
325
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will direct the relevant authorities to investigate the claim made by Wouter Basson during his trial in South Africa in July 2000 that he was able to purchase defence software developed in the UK through colleagues at Porton Down; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (227352)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
326
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal meat imports were seized at port of entry in each of the last three years; what the (a) estimated market value and (b) weight of such seizures was in each year; what assessment she has made of the recent trends in these figures; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (227321)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
327
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what discussions the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games has had with the International Olympic Committee's worldwide partners on their involvement in the London 2012 Olympics.
[Transferred] (227613)

 
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