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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 17 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 Friday 17 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 17 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 17 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 Friday 17 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 17 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228421)
2
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessors in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228512)
3
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228542)
4
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much each regional development agency has invested or on deposit in Icelandic banks.
(228196)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
5
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228426)
6
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228516)
7
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department is providing to (a) credit unions and (b) other organisations which provide financial services to lower income households during the current financial situation.
(228282)
8
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government is guaranteeing accounts held in credit unions; and if he will make a statement.
(228283)
9
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of credit unions there are.
(228284)
10
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what credit unions were registered in each region of the UK in each year since 1997.
(228285)
11
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that banks support low income households in accessing financial services during the current financial situation.
(228293)
12
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) duration and (b) methodology of the sale process for Bradford and Bingley's retail deposit business and branch network was; and whether such procedures allowed for the gathering of formal asset evaluation advice.
(228500)
13
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal measures he and his predecessor introduced in each year since 1997 with the aim of reducing childhood poverty.
(228233)
14
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will instruct his appointees to the boards of banks in receipt of public funds for recapitalisation to seek measures through the board to (a) recover the bonus payments made and (b) reduce the pension payments to the chief executives and chairmen of the board of those banks commensurate with their performance.
(228370)
15
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will consider appointing as non-executive directors to the boards of banks in receipt of public funds for recapitalisation representatives from (a) the Bankworkers' Trade Union and (b) the third sector.
(228371)
16
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will establish an inquiry into the competence of credit rating agencies.
(228372)
17
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provisions are in place to guarantee the funds of (a) individuals and (b) companies who have received the proceeds from the sale of their homes, or other large transactions, into law firms' client accounts in an insolvent bank.
(228193)
18
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether individuals will be able to claim the £50,000 deposit guarantee on the funds in their own account and on their deposits in a law firm client account in circumstances where such accounts are held with the same bank.
(228194)
19
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the £50,000 bank deposit guarantee cap will apply to clients with funds in law firms' client accounts.
(228195)
20
Mark Durkan (Foyle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was received from betting on (a) horse racing and (b) greyhound racing in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(228234)
21
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role his Department played in discussions leading to the decision of the Financial Services Authority of 18th September 2008 to prohibit short selling in financial institutions.
(227805)
22
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the UK Government is responsible for conducting negotiations with the Icelandic authorities on behalf of Guernsey in respect of deposits held by Landsbanki Guernsey; and if he will make a statement.
(228251)
23
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, column 5796W, on the private finance initiative, on how many occasions one party has failed to meet its obligation under a contract; on how many occasions a contract failure has led to contract re-negotiations; and on how many occasions a contract failure has led to a reversion to public ownership.
(227879)
24
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effects on pension funds of major banks ceasing to pay dividends.
(228544)
25
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people applied for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in each month since January 2006.
(228029)
26
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228546)
27
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed new aviation duty on (a) regional airports and (b) regional economies related to them.
(228403)
28
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of families eligible for the childcare element of the working tax credit claimed it in each year for which figures are available.
(228367)
29
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to protect the money deposited by Naomi House with Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander.
(227882)
30
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will include deposits by charities in Icelandic banks in any arrangements designed to secure UK deposits in such banks.
(227941)
31
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date (a) his Department, (b) the Bank of England and (c) the Financial Services Authority first (a) was informed of and (b) reported on the financial vulnerabilty of Icelandic banking institutions.
(228197)
32
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue the Exchequer received from employer national insurance contributions in the last tax year; and what proportion of this came from employers running (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large enterprises.
(228470)
33
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the extent and scope of his responsibilities and accountability to Parliament in relation to the activity of the arms-length bodies managing the stakes taken by the Government in (a) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (b) Halifax/Bank of Scotland, (c) Lloyds TSB Bank and (d) Northern Rock; what guidance has been offered in each case in responding to correspondence from hon. Members; and on what matters he will (i) answer questions and (ii) refer such questions to the executive bodies of each institution.
(228296)
34
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs about support for taxpayers who have savings in a bank which has required payments from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme with regard to tax instalments falling due on 31st January 2009.
(228411)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
35
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228415)
36
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessors in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228508)
37
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of students achieved five A* to C GCSEs including English and mathematics in each local education authority area in the North East region in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007; what percentage of such students were in receipt of free school meals in each year; and what percentage of students not in receipt of free school meals achieved that standard in each year.
(228520)
38
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average time taken to process a claim for the education maintenance allowance was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(227942)
39
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228557)
40
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children in Darlington constituency took up free nursery places in each of the last 10 years.
(228376)
41
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what progress has been made in the last six months in reaching agreement with the Chinese authorities about a protocol to enable British citizens to adopt Chinese children.
(227801)
42
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many buildings of maintained schools use high energy efficiency pumps for (a) central heating, (b) air conditioning and (c) water boosting.
(228380)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
43
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the average fertility rate in (a) Leeds West, (b) Leeds Metropolitan District and (c) the UK was in each five year period since 1978.
(228230)
44
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the number of inward migrants to the UK intending to stay for 12 months or more who cited work-related purposes as the main reason for migration in (a) each year for which figures are available and (b) each quarter since 2004.
(227937)
45
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people living in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale and (b) Cumbria were unemployed in each of the last 12 months.
(227841)
46
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228559)
47
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people living in (a) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency and (b) Fife were unemployed in each of the last 12 months.
(228017)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
48
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228417)
49
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many agencies were sponsored by her Department or its predecessors in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228509)
50
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 989W, on terrorism, what progress has been made on point 11 of the 12-point plan of 5th August 2005 in respect of consulting Muslim leaders with regard to those clerics who are not British citizens to draw up a list of those not suitable to preach who will be excluded from the UK.
(227938)
51
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the cost of amalgamating the Housing Corporation and English Partnerships; and how much and what proportion of these costs she expects to be expended on (a) consultancy, (b) IT and temporary staff costs, (c) communications work, (d) redundancy and (e) re-hire payments.
(228501)
52
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether directors of the Homes and Communities Agency who are also employed by (a) the Housing Corporation and (b) English Partnership will receive remuneration for both roles until the formal amalgamation of the organisations has been completed.
(228507)
53
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff are employed by (a) the Housing Corporation and (b) English Partnerships; and how many of these staff she expects to be retained by the Homes and Communities Agency.
(228517)
54
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the budget for each fire and rescue service in England and Wales is for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.
(228013)
55
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to support the development of improved large conference facilities in the South East.
(228020)
56
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what additional support her Department makes available to local authorities with large student populations.
(228021)
57
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the take-up of FireBuy.
(227610)
58
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made in the implementation of the FireGuard project; and if she will make a statement.
(227842)
59
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions she has had with (a) fire and rescue services and (b) fire authorities on the disaggregation of regional funding for resilience issues to individual fire and rescue services; and if she will make a statement.
(227843)
60
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions she has had with (a) fire and rescue services and (b) fire authorities on section 9 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, in respect of a statutory duty to assist with flooding incidents; and if she will make a statement.
(227844)
61
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information her Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) her Department and (b) the public sector bodies for whom she has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228543)
62
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to review the planning policy regulations as they apply to small-scale renewable energy projects in the Green Belt.
(228400)
63
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether plans are in place to simplify the re-use of licences for Ordnance Survey mapping data.
(228401)
64
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff were employed by Ordnance Survey in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(228402)
65
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support her Department provided to Shelter for the production of the document on the proposed eco-town at Long Marston, entitled Middle Quinton: Eco-town - the Facts.
(228354)
66
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date (a) her Department and (b) the Audit Commission was first informed of the financial vulnerabilty of Icelandic banking institutions.
(228198)
67
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the financial exposure of each (a) local authorities and (b) fire authorities to the Icelandic banking crisis is, expressed in cash terms.
(228227)
68
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the financial exposure of (a) local authority private finance initiative schemes and (b) housing associations to the Icelandic banking crisis.
(228229)
69
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on providing services of each type in Torbay in each of the last five years.
(228267)
70
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1098-1100W, on housing: overcrowding, what estimate she has made of the number of households living in overcrowded conditions in each local authority area.
(228355)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
71
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228412)
72
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessor in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228504)
73
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228545)
74
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will reduce the level of public funding paid to the BBC to reflect the fine imposed by Ofcom for misleading audiences by fake phone-ins; and if he will make a statement.
(227798)
75
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Football Association on allegations of match-fixing and unusual betting activity involving the Norwich City versus Derby County Football League Championship match on 4th October.
(228289)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
76
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228418)
77
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228510)
78
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the Ministry of Defence Police was of the policing of the area around RAF Menwith Hill by the Armed Response Team and the Counter Terrorist Unit in each year from 2001 to 2007.
(228386)
79
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at which bases in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales US visiting forces are based.
(228387)
80
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role RAF Croughton plays in the US Missile Defense System.
(228388)
81
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what direct running costs the UK has incurred to date in the use of RAF Menwith Hill and RAF Fylingdales in the US Missile Defense System.
(228389)
82
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) US Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine and (b) US civilian personnel work at the Composite Signals Organisations stations at (i) Irton Moor, (ii) Morwenstow and (iii) Culmhead.
(228390)
83
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in Bexley were awarded a veteran's badge in each year since the inception of the award.
(228243)
84
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the command relationships will be between Combined Task Force-150, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and the new EU-led anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa.
(228404)
85
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British ships will participate in the EU-led anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa, broken down by type of ship; and for how long the mission will last.
(228405)
86
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost will be for the British contribution to the EU-led anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa; and whether the ATHENA mechanism will be used to determine costs.
(228406)
87
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the legal basis is for the EU-led anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa.
(228407)
88
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228556)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
89
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many homes were awaiting prepayment meter recalibration in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.
(228286)
90
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will list the public bodies (a) for which he has responsibility, (b) which receive funding from his Department and (c) which are sponsored by his Department.
(228252)
91
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the (a) annual cost to public funds and (b) total annual budget is of each of the public bodies (i) for which he has responsibility, (ii) which receive funding from his Department and (iii) which are sponsored by his Department.
(228253)
92
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what costs have been incurred in creating his Department's brand identity.
(228254)
93
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the recruitment process is for the permanent secretary in his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(228255)
94
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what public engagements have been attended by each of the Ministers in his Department since it was created.
(228256)
95
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the annual budget of the Office of Nuclear Development is, broken down by expenditure type.
(228257)
96
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff are employed by the Office of Nuclear Development (a) on a full-time equivalent basis and (b) on a headcount basis.
(228258)
97
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's organisational chart.
(228259)
98
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff are employed by his Department (a) on a full-time equivalent basis and (b) on a headcount basis, broken down by civil service grade.
(228260)
99
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the annual budget is of his Department, broken down by expenditure type.
(228261)
100
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the annual staffing cost of his Department.
(228262)
101
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what offices (a) in London and (b) outside London are used by his Department and its agencies; and what the size is of the floor area of each.
(228263)
102
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the energy efficiency rating is of each building occupied by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.
(228264)
103
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many consultants are employed by his Department.
(228265)
104
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with which consultancy firms his Department has contracts; and what the value of each such contract is.
(228266)
105
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what grants his Department makes available to meet the cost of insulation in older properties without cavity walls; and what additional grants are likely to be available under the recently announced special energy efficiency scheme in the next two years.
(228521)
106
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions Ministers or officials from his Department, or its predecessors, have had with officials from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the development of plutonium management and security policies since 2006.
(228374)
107
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will bring forward legislation to reduce the retail price of (a) petrol and (b) gas in line with reductions in production costs.
(228375)
108
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the average price of coal for domestic heating use in each of the last five years.
(228124)
109
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate he has made of likely trends in the price of coal for domestic heating use in the next three years.
(228125)
110
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what gas storage facilities he expects to be constructed to provide the extra 13.8 billion cubic metres of storage, referred to in the Government's response to the Eleventh Report of the Business and Enterprise Committee on Energy prices, fuel poverty and Ofgem, HC293-1; and what the (a) size and (b) location of each facility will be.
(228022)
111
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many individual contractors have been appointed to carry out work under the Warm Front scheme.
(228395)
112
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessments are carried out before appointing contractors to carry out work under the Warm Front scheme.
(228396)
113
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, in how many and what proportion of cases the cost of Warm Front work recommended exceeded the available grant in (a) Leicester and (b) nationally and resulted in the householder being asked to pay an excess amount in the latest period for which figures are available.
(228397)
114
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment his Department has made of the UK's capacity to build integrated solar photovoltaics; and if he will make a statement.
(228368)
115
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether solar photovoltaics will form part of the renewable energy strategy to be published in 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(228369)
116
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of investment in UK solar photovoltaic manufacturing.
(228488)
117
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what responsibility his Department has for the oversight of nuclear decommissioning; and if he will make a statement.
(228491)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
118
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what sea defence projects have been deferred for more than 12 months in the last five years.
(228250)
119
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228420)
120
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessors in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228511)
121
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people are employed by the New Forest National Park Authority; and how many of those are resident within the boundary of the National Park.
(228014)
122
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will require the New Forest National Park Authority to extend the deadline for consultation on the draft Recreation Management Strategy.
(228015)
123
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate the New Forest National Park Authority has made of the number of people (a) resident in and (b) holidaying in Christchurch constituency who visit the New Forest annually; and what consultation has been carried out with Christchurch residents on the draft Recreation Management Strategy.
(228016)
124
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is the policy of the New Forest National Park Authority to include traffic on the A31 trunk road within the calculation of its carbon footprint.
(228030)
125
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by the Government Decontamination Service, broken down by (a) region and (b) county of employment.
(228526)
126
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his most recent estimate is of the badger population in England.
(228191)
127
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take in response to the Madders Report on animal movements.
(227936)
128
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the Government's response to his Department's consultation on the transfer of private sewers to sewerage undertakers; and if he will make a statement.
(227943)
129
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission research from the Environment Agency on (a) bromate levels in the River Mimram and (b) the extent to which bromate contamination has spread in Hertfordshire in the last six months.
(228541)
130
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will arrange for the Environment Agency to test the pumping station at Digswell in Hertfordshire for bromate contamination.
(228549)
131
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228548)
132
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the candidate special areas of conservation listed as the Dee, Humber and Severn estuaries have been formally adopted as such by the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(228383)
133
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which flood defences have been improved in 2008; and how much each improvement cost.
(228477)
134
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th September 2008, Official Report, column 2419W, on food, what estimate he has made of the level of UK self-sufficiency in (a) milk and other dairy products and (b) each type of fish in each year since 1997.
(228518)
135
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislation to prohibit the keeping, selling, buying and training of primates as pets.
(228353)
136
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what level of take up there has been by British farmers of the bluetongue vaccine.
(227799)
137
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ensure that bluetongue vaccine is available to veterinarians in small bottles to reduce the price of the vaccine to smallholders.
(227800)
138
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has commissioned into commercial relationships between members of the veterinary profession and commercial dog food producers.
(228298)
139
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2007, Official Report, column 865W, on fisheries: quotas, whether the quota management change programme remains in existence following the Scottish Executive's withdrawal from it; and if he will make a statement.
(228471)
140
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his response is to the draft Recreational Sea Angling Strategy; which policies in the strategy he plans to implement; whether he has a timetable for implementing the strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(228472)
141
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what species will be covered by management plans introduced under the draft Recreational Sea Angling Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(228473)
142
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research that his Department has commissioned is being undertaken by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee; and if he will make a statement.
(228474)
143
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has information on the amount of fish caught by vessels from other EU member states within the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone and then discarded in EU member state waters in each year since 1997.
(228475)
144
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration he has given to the impact introducing a bovine tuberculosis vaccine for cattle will have on Britain's tuberculosis free status; and what discussions he has had with the European Commission on this issue.
(228377)
145
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 cost and responsibility sharing for animal disease on the effectiveness and profitability of British farming.
(228378)
146
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will fund a long-term monitoring programme of amenity trees.
(228384)
147
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on inbreeding in pedigree dogs and its effects on animal welfare; and if he will make a statement.
(228385)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
148
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228425)
149
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what questions the Government plans to ask the Colombian government during Colombia's Universal Periodic Review at the UN in December; and what criteria the Government will use to assess the accuracy of the Colombian government's responses.
(228278)
150
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is giving to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in its candidate status to join the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(228287)
151
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when Ministers in his Department last met representatives of the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; and what was discussed.
(228288)
152
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the United States is required to seek permission from the UK Government to use UK-run civilian detention facilities on Diego Garcia.
(228462)
153
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there is a US-administered militiary detention facility on Diego Garcia.
(228463)
154
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has sought legal advice as to whether the use of Diego Garcia by the US for rendition flights in 2002 contravened the terms of the Exchanges of Notes that govern the United States' usage of the island.
(228464)
155
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who is responsible for maintaining and possessing the flight logs of aeroplanes flying in and out of Diego Garcia.
(228465)
156
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons a police station is maintained on the island of Diego Garcia.
(228466)
157
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people have been held in the police station on the island of Diego Garcia since 2001; and for what reasons in each case.
(228467)
158
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what modifications occurred to UK-run civilian detention facilities on Diego Garcia under orders issued in December 2001; and for what reasons these modifications were implemented.
(228468)
159
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who was responsible for carrying out the modifications to prison facilities on Diego Garcia required under orders issued in December 2001.
(228499)
160
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many flights into and out of Diego Garcia have asked for air traffic flow management exemption since 2001; and what reasons were given for asking this permission in each case.
(228522)
161
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the job title is of the person responsible for ensuring compliance with the UK-US Agreement on British Indian Ocean Territory; and who has occupied this position since 2001.
(228523)
162
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there have been any requests put (a) to British officials based in Diego Garcia and (b) directly to his Department since 2001 to (i) change the nature of US facilities on the island, (ii) construct new US facilities and (iii) extend existing US facilities.
(228524)
163
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there have been any requests from the US administration for permission to use their facilities on Diego Garcia for extraordinary purposes since 2001.
(228525)
164
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228558)
165
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he or his predecessor last discussed the issue of Cameroonian citizens seeking asylum in the UK with his Cameroonian counterpart.
(228485)
166
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens were reported as missing in Croatia in each of the last three years; how many of these have not yet been found; and if he will make a statement.
(225347)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
167
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228422)
168
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228513)
169
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Organ Donation Taskforce.
(228479)
170
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the conclusions of the Umbilical Cord Blood Review will be published.
(228480)
171
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people treated for breast cancer also received psychological and emotional support during and after treatment in each of the last three years.
(228126)
172
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on developing the Picture of Health for South East London; and if he will make a statement.
(228238)
173
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228547)
174
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on buying advertising space on the Jeremy Kyle show to date in 2008.
(227804)
175
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, column 411WA, on general practitioners, how many examples his Department received from members of the public; and to which primary care trusts these examples related.
(228249)
176
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department paid to ITN (a) in each year from 2005-06 to 2007-08 and (b) in 2008-09 to date; and what films were made by ITN for his Department in each year.
(228268)
177
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on which dates officials or Ministers in his Department met representatives of the pharmaceutical industry in the last six months to discuss (a) the recent increase in the practice of parallel trading and (b) a potential shortage of medicine stocks in the run-up to the introduction of the new drug-pricing regime in January 2009; and if he will place in the Library copies of the agenda and minutes of each meeting.
(228269)
178
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to hospital trusts on the purchasing of medicines in the last five years.
(228270)
179
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of possible medicine shortages in the winter of 2008-09; and which drugs he expects will be most affected.
(228271)
180
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence his Department has assessed in considering whether NHS dentists are (a) dividing up courses of treatment unnecessarily and (b) calling healthy patients back for check-ups unnecessarily.
(228272)
181
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to the NHS on the frequency with which different parts of hospitals should be cleaned in the last five years.
(228273)
182
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff in his Department are working on the NHS Identity, broken down by payband.
(228274)
183
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent staff there are in each (a) directorate and (b) team in his Department, broken down by payband.
(228275)
184
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of ambulance handovers took more than (a) 15, (b) 30, (c) 45 and (d) 60 minutes in the last 12 months.
(228276)
185
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish his Department's report on the effectiveness of its deep cleaning exercise conducted in 2007-08.
(228277)
186
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the clinical basis is for the recommendation of his Department that transfers of patients between ambulance and hospital staff should be completed in under 15 minutes.
(228290)
187
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much revenue was raised by West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust in car parking fees in the latest period for which information is available.
(228356)
188
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust spent on cleaning in the latest period for which information is available.
(228357)
189
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner practices there are in the West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust area.
(228358)
190
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses and (b) allied health professionals work in general practitioner practices in primary care trusts in Hertfordshire.
(228359)
191
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of security cameras at West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust locations have been found to be faulty in each of the last three years.
(228360)
192
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on security staff in hospitals in Hemel Hempstead constituency in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(228361)
193
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were employed by West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(228362)
194
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients contracted MRSA in hospitals in West Hertfordshire in the last five years.
(228363)
195
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for cancer treatment in West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust area in the latest period for which figures are available.
(228364)
196
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there are per 1,000 people in Hemel Hempstead constituency.
(228365)
197
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many opticians there are per 1,000 people in Hemel Hempstead constituency.
(228366)
198
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neurologists are employed by the NHS; how many were employed in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(228295)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
199
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228423)
200
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many agencies were sponsored by her Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228514)
201
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 21456, tabled on 24th June 2008, on the prosecution of US personnel.
(228294)
202
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the statement of 15th December 2005, Official Report, columns 167-71WS, on counter-terrorism: progress report, what progress has been made on the development of a database of individuals who have demonstrated unacceptable behaviour.
(227940)
203
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration was given to arranging for independent interpreters to be present during all interviews that took place in March and April 2007 between Sudanese officials and Sudanese asylum seekers at her Department's facilities.
(228391)
204
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were fined (a) up to £100, (b) £101 to £250 and (c) more than £250 for refusing to stop drinking or to surrender alcohol in a public place in each year since 2003.
(228122)
205
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested, (b) cautioned and (c) proceeded against for buying or attempting to buy alcohol for someone under age in each of the last three years.
[R] (228123)
206
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for leave to remain have been received from addresses in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley in the last six months.
(228239)
207
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the classification regime for controlled drugs in meeting its objectives; and if she will make a statement.
(227797)
208
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Zimbabwean nationals were refused asylum in the UK in each of the last 12 months; and how many are awaiting a decision on an asylum application.
(228481)
209
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sudanese nationals have been refused asylum in the UK in each of the last 12 months; and how many are awaiting a decision on an asylum application.
(228482)
210
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people have a criminal record, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex and (c) ethnicity.
(228248)
211
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will (a) publish and (b) place in the Library a copy of all certificates signed under section 28 of the Data Protection Act 1998 that are still valid.
(228506)
212
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) her Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which she has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228560)
213
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she or her predecessor last discussed the issue of Cameroonian citizens seeking asylum in the UK with the Cameroonian High Commissioner.
(228486)
214
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons UK nationals acting as sponsors for overseas applicants applying for a UK visa are required to send personal financial information abroad for presentation by the applicant to Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials at the appropriate overseas embassy; what consideration has been given to enabling such sponsors to present information to officials in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(228476)
215
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish plans to tackle alcohol-related crime.
(227845)
216
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the financial exposure of each police authority to the Icelandic banking crisis is, expressed in cash terms.
(228228)
217
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers and police community support officers are employed in Leicestershire Constabulary.
(228398)
218
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those (a) arrested for and (b) convicted of human trafficking offences in the UK were (i) male and (ii) female in each of the last five years.
(228299)
219
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the nationalities were of those (a) arrested and (b) convicted of human trafficking offences in the UK in each of the last five years.
(228408)
220
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's deadline to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Human Trafficking by the end of 2008.
(228409)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
221
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 854W, on catering, how much (a) Brakes Vegetable Suet and (b) Trenwax is used by the catering service each week.
(228192)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
222
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228414)
223
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessor in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228505)
224
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effects on participation rates on concessionary fees in adult education under the age discrimination regulations.
(228241)
225
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228554)
226
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how projects funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) are selected; what independent assessment is undertaken of applications for funding; and what evaluation is undertaken of the value for money of ETI funding.
(228484)
227
N
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the financial exposure of further and higher education institutions in terms of deposits and investments in Icelandic banks and financial institutions.
(227794)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
228
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228419)
229
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the 2004 stress audit carried out by his Department will be repeated with results of audits published to monitor progress; whether the 2007 analysis of barriers in his Department's recruitment programme was published; what information his Department has gathered on the effects of its policies and practices on recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228562)
230
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions his Department has had with other Government departments on the steps it is taking, including through its Mental Health Communication Strategy, to combat stigma against and provide support for its employees with mental illnesses.
(228563)
231
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the European Union and (b) the USA on funding for the second year of the response to the cyclone in Burma.
(228529)
232
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the education funding announced as part of the Education Beyond Borders initiative in April 2007 has been disbursed to date.
(228530)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
233
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228424)
234
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessors in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228515)
235
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that employers act upon the decisions of employment tribunals regarding monetary awards to claimants.
(228478)
236
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to answer the letter dated 31st July sent by the hon. Member for Billericay to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Access to Justice on the subject of Britain's nuclear test veterans.
(227939)
237
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) liability orders and (b) warrants of commitment were issued in respect of council tax arrears in each region of England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.
(228121)
238
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228555)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
239
Mark Durkan (Foyle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of (a) people in young offender centres in and (b) the population of Northern Ireland are (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) of each religion, (iv) from an ethnic minority, (v) from each socio-economic group and (vi) resident of each district council area; and if he will make a statement.
(228235)
240
Mark Durkan (Foyle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of residents in young offender centres in Northern Ireland had been diagnosed with addictions in each of the last five years.
(228236)
241
Mark Durkan (Foyle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of 16 to 25 year olds in Northern Ireland who have been through the criminal justice system were not in employment, education or training in each of the last three years.
(228237)
242
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents of homophobic crime were recorded in each Police Service of Northern Ireland district command unit area in each of the last 12 months; how many successful prosecutions were brought against those responsible; and what sentence was imposed in each case.
(228392)
243
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what training is provided to members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in dealing with homophobic crime cases.
(228393)
244
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints against the Police Service of Northern Ireland's handling of cases of homophobic crime were recorded in each of the last 12 months.
(228394)
245
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within his Department; and what use has been made of that information.
(228551)
Questions to the Prime Minister
246
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will encourage Ministers with business in the House to walk between their departmental buildings in Whitehall and Victoria Street and the Palace of Westminster.
(228231)
247
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, at what time and on what date Lord Mandelson's appointment as Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform formally commenced.
(228540)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
248
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within his Department; and what use has been made of that information.
(228553)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
249
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on whether a third runway should be built at Heathrow Airport.
(228279)
250
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely economic and commercial effects of not building a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
(228280)
251
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228416)
252
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228502)
253
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on his plans to revise the New Approach to Appraisal; and within what (a) parameters and (b) timescale the review is operating.
(228024)
254
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many individuals have their details protected by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency such that requests for release of information in relation to such individuals which would otherwise be granted are not granted; and what criteria the Agency applies in determining to whom this practice should apply.
(228025)
255
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which 20 registration marks sold by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the last year for which figures are available have generated the greatest income; and what the selling price was in each case.
(228026)
256
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on Government business in each year since its creation.
(228027)
257
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of the rail network was electrified in (a) 1978, (b) 1988, (c) 1998 and (d) 2008; what plans exist to electrify further sections; and on which of these sections electrification has commenced.
(228028)
258
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the new motorcycle driving test will be introduced.
(228487)
259
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking with the travel industry following the collapse of XL Leisure Group to ensure that consumers are covered in the event of future airline company failures.
(228018)
260
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will consider representations from the Association of British Travel Agents to introduce a universal consumer protection scheme for air travellers.
(228023)
261
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who will be responsible for determining whether bids received to operate the Tyne and Wear Metro represent value for money and are soundly financed.
(228527)
262
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what public sector comparator will be used to assess bids to operate the Tyne and Wear Metro; and who will be responsible for establishing the comparator.
(228528)
263
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on taking notes of (a) internal departmental meetings and (b) meetings with third parties; and if he will make a statement.
(227795)
264
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the remit is of the Threats, Contingencies and Operations Support Division within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(227796)
265
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the surplus or shortfall experienced by each local authority as a result of the funding provided by his Department for the provision of free bus passes for people aged over 60 years.
(228019)
266
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228550)
267
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to require full criminal record checks, covering the entire adult life, of foreign nationals seeking work as licensed taxi drivers.
(226928)
268
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce congestion on motorways and two-lane roads caused by slow-overtaking heavy goods vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(227802)
269
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to reduce overcrowding on the rail network; and if he will make a statement.
(228410)
270
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding he plans to allocate to the Access for All fund in each of the next three years.
(228469)
271
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will consider bringing forward proposals to limit the number of hours per week that foreign hauliers may spend on UK roads.
(228379)
272
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will consider requiring foreign hauliers entering the UK to have the same level of fuel when leaving the UK as when entering.
(228381)
273
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will discuss with Ministerial colleagues at HM Treasury a fuel tax derogation for rural areas.
(228382)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
274
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within his Department; and what use has been made of that information.
(228552)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
275
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were (a) passed as eligible for, (b) examined before being passed as eligible for and (c) on incapacity benefit and disability living allowance in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.
(228246)
276
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.
(228413)
277
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessor in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228503)
278
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children have been moved out of poverty in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds City area and (c) the UK since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(228291)
279
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who wish to work beyond retirement age in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) the Leeds City area and (c) Yorkshire and Humberside region in each year since 1997.
(228292)
280
N
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill of 4th June, 22nd July, 12th September and 1st October about his constituent Mr Gerald Mahoney.
(227803)
281
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children in the London Borough of Bexley are dependent on parents or guardians whose main income source is incapacity benefit.
(228240)
282
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average income of households in Bexley is where all occupants are of pensionable age.
(228242)
283
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Disability and Work Division's Employment and Support Allowance design team has undertaken an impact assessment study for the introduction of employment and support allowance (ESA), with particular regard to the effects on expenditure on current incapacity benefit and income claimants and new ESA claimants; and if he will make a statement.
(227945)
284
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with mental illnesses within (a) his Department and (b) the public sector bodies for which he has responsibility; and what use has been made of that information.
(228561)
285
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the likely change in his Department's expenditure in the next 12 months on benefits paid to families resulting from the economic downturn; and if he will make a statement.
(228244)
286
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on whether chief executives of his Department's executive agencies should reply personally to letters sent directly to them by hon. Members.
(227840)
287
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research he has commissioned on the effect of volunteering on an individual's speed of return to employment; and if he will make a statement.
(227946)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
288
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to take possession of houses and flats on which mortgage-holders with Northern Rock and Bradford and Bingley have defaulted and allocate the properties to those on the waiting list for social housing.
[Transferred] (228232)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
289
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will assess the effect of the implementation of the Government's Green Belt policy and Planning Policy Guidance 2 on policies which aim to tackle climate change by promoting small-scale renewable energy projects such as domestic wind turbines.
[Transferred] (228399)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
290
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from 100,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substances in building foams in buildings.
[Transferred] (228297)
291
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many departmental officials responsible for civil nuclear policy on (a) new build nuclear sites and (b) nuclear decommissioning and nuclear materials management have transferred to his Department from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform; and whether the associated nuclear documents library collection has also been transferred.
[Transferred] (228373)
292
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for future UK exports of integrated solar photovoltaics; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (228489)
293
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his estimate is of the percentage of output from the UK's solar photovoltaic manufacturing facilities which was exported in the most recent period for which information is available.
[Transferred] (228490)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
294
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of genital wart treatment on the (a) budget and (b) workload of (i) genito-urinary clinics, (ii) cytology and colposcopy services and (iii) GPs' surgeries; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (228564)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
295
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meat detection sniffer dogs were in use at ports and airports in Great Britain on (a) 1st January and (b) 1st July in each year since 2002.
[Transferred] (228519)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
296
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted in each of the last 10 years had never previously been convicted, broken down by police force area.
[Transferred] (228247)
297
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there has been a Prison Officers' Association staff vote of no confidence in the Governor of HMP Whitemoor in the last three months.
[Transferred] (228483)

 
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