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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 20 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 Monday 20 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 20 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 20 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 20 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 20 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will make it his policy to create a database to which all employers are required to submit the details of their liability insurance.
(228808)
2
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to support small businesses.
(228038)
3
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001.
(228895)
4
N
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will bring forward proposals to extend the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to include the time that support workers are obliged to spend sleeping at their place of work; and if he will make a statement.
(227696)
5
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what analysis he has made of changes in the length of maternity leave taken over the last 10 years; and what future trends in such leave he anticipates.
(228820)
6
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years of age were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228760)
7
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent on overnight acommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228788)
8
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many meetings (a) the Secretary of State, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials in his Department had on the future of tobacco sales regulation with tobacco (i) retail businesses and (ii) manufacturers between September 2007 and August 2008.
(228440)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
9
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many TC647 forms have been produced since their introduction; and how many unused forms have been (a) discarded and (b) recycled since their introduction.
(227947)
10
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether tax credits claimants are entitled to receive form TC647 on request.
(227948)
11
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures his Department has taken to ensure that staff working in tax credit helpline call centres are trained about claimants' entitlement to be sent TC647 forms.
(227949)
12
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Tax Credit Office plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letter of 14th July 2008 on his constituents Mr and Mrs Mitchell.
(228689)
13
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Tax Credit Office plans to respond to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 5th August 2008 on his constituent Susan Marshall.
(228827)
14
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letter of 25th July 2008 on his constituents Miss M Murray and Mr Stuart Fleming.
(228838)
15
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to protect the assets of British citizens living in the Isle of Man whose savings were deposited with Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Ltd.
(228039)
16
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to guarantee the investments of individual savers in Icelandic banks if they are held in the subsidiary accounts of British banks based in (a) Guernsey and (b) the Isle of Man; and if he will make a statement.
(228040)
17
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average length of time taken to process a new application for child benefit was in the latest period for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to expedite the process.
(228032)
18
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of those registered for tax credits were receiving payments in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(225753)
19
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many private finance initiative projects have not met their contractual obligations; for how many projects contracts have been re-registered; and how many projects have reverted to public ownership.
(226335)
20
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the standards of auditing of banks following the recent banking difficulties.
(228649)
21
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions the Chancellor has had with the accountancy profession about audit standards and quality in respect of the auditing of banks in the last three years; and what discussions he intends to have in the next 12 months.
(228679)
22
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what correspondence his Department's (a) Ministers and (b) officials had with banks and their representatives on the provision of affordable credit in each year since 1997; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence.
(227880)
23
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings his Department's (a) Ministers and (b) officials had with banks and their representatives to discuss the provision of affordable credit in each year since 1997; which banks were represented in each case; and what the date and location of each meeting was.
(227881)
24
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001.
(228960)
25
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when in autumn 2008 the Government plans to respond to the report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman on Equitable Life.
(228659)
26
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce a centralised system of credit approval for all loans made by English local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(228635)
27
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking in partnership with the Bank of England to reduce the spread between official interest rates and the three-month London inter-bank offered rate; and if he will make a statement.
(228789)
28
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he next expects to meet the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss the level of UK interest rates; and if he will make a statement.
(228790)
29
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what rate of dividend is to be payable on the preference capital provided to banks.
(228453)
30
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much gold has been sold by the Treasury since 1997, expressed in current retail prices; and how much was received in respect of the sales.
(228882)
31
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will direct the Financial Services Authority to issue formal guidance or a code of conduct for the banking sector in respect of remuneration policy.
(228802)
32
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department's agreements with each of the banks participating in the recapitalisation scheme include commitments on the policy of each institution in respect of (a) mortgage arrears and (b) repossessions.
(228806)
33
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will require banks participating in the recapitalisation scheme to provide funding to independent debt advice centres.
(228807)
34
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228742)
35
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228783)
36
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the ratio is between the cost of premises mortgaged by Northern Rock and the average earnings of their mortgagees (a) nationally, (b) in the North East and (c) in each county in the North East.
(228678)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
37
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, column 590W, on GCE A-level, if he will disaggregate the figures in the previous Answer by (a) grade and (b) type of school.
(228565)
38
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average financial allocation per pupil was in (a) Devon local authority area and (b) England in each of the last five years.
(228871)
39
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on educational standards in Stoke-on-Trent over the next 10 years of the closure of Longton High School and Trentham High School.
(228647)
40
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which magazines and other publications his Department distributes to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools on a regular basis.
(228793)
41
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which information and guidance documents his Department circulated to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in 2007.
(228794)
42
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the budget of the Young Gifted and Talented programme is in 2008-09.
(228795)
43
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of schools have a gifted and talented register in (a) the primary sector and (b) the secondary sector.
(228796)
44
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the value is of the contract awarded to CfBT to deliver the Young Gifted and Talented Programme.
(228797)
45
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what role the Assessing Pupil Progress approach has in the implementation of his Department's policy on personalised learning; and if he will make a statement.
(228907)
46
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils did not gain a GCSE at (a) C grade or above, (b) D grade or above and (c) E grade or above in 2008.
(228685)
47
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils did not obtain five A* to G grades at GCSE, excluding equivalents, in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.
(228686)
48
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils did not obtain any GCSEs, excluding equivalents, in 2008.
(228687)
49
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils eligible for free school meals achieved three A grades at A level in 2008.
(228819)
50
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils eligible for free school meals took unauthorised absence in the last 12 months, broken down by national curriculum year group.
(228832)
51
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of pupils who did not gain a single grade C or above at GCSE in 2008 were resident in the 50 per cent. most deprived areas of the country.
(228836)
52
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils eligible for free school meals did not gain a single grade C or above at GCSE in 2008.
(228837)
53
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils eligible for free school meals were given a fixed period exclusion in the last 12 months, broken down by national curriculum year group.
(228839)
54
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students had (a) applied for an education maintenance allowance (EMA), (b) been processed for an EMA and (c) been issued with a notice of entitlement as at 30th September 2008.
(228920)
55
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students had been assessed as eligible for the (a) £30 education maintenance allowance (EMA), (b) the £20 EMA and (c) the £10 EMA by (i) 8th September and (ii) 6th October 2008.
(228921)
56
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of applicants eligible for the full education maintenance allowance of (a) £30, (b) £20 and (c) £10 had not received their allowance by (i) 8th September and (ii) 6th October 2008.
(228925)
57
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the dropout rates of colleges were in September (a) 2008, (b) 2007 and (c) 2006.
(228927)
58
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for how many hours Liberata's (a) helpline and (b) online portal were inaccessible between 4th August and 6th October 2008.
(228928)
59
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the performance of Liberata in handling the education maintenance allowance application procedure.
(228929)
60
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average time of processing applications for education maintenance allowance was in the period from 1st May to 6th October 2008.
(228930)
61
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many eligible students from each of the lowest three socio-economic groupings had not received their education maintenance allowance by (a) 8th September and (b) 6th October 2008.
(228932)
62
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of eligible applicants have received their education maintenance allowance in each further education college.
(228933)
63
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many unprocessed education maintenance allowance applications there were on (a) 8th September and (b) 6th October 2008.
(228934)
64
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of when (a) all education maintenance allowance applications will have been processed and (b) all eligible students will have received their allowance.
(228935)
65
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he has taken to prevent financial hardship for students yet to receive their education maintenance allowance; and whether these apply across England.
(228936)
66
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department and its predecessors in each year since 2001.
(228942)
67
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which local authorities are involved in the pilot schemes to extend the pre-school education entitlement to two-year-olds; and if he will make a statement.
(228676)
68
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the take-up of the pre-school education entitlement among two year olds in each local authority participating in a pilot scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(228738)
69
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when Lord Sutherland's report on Key Stage Testing in 2008 will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(228582)
70
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when ETS asked the National Assessment Agency and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to terminate its contract for the key stage tests; and if he will make a statement.
(228583)
71
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what warnings were given by ETS to (a) the National Assessment Agency and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority about risks in delivering the 2008 key stage tests in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008; when these were made; and if he will make a statement.
(228584)
72
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what requests were made by ETS for changes in the key stage 2 and 3 marking contract for the 2008 tests; which of these requests were (a) granted and (b) refused; how long it took for a decision to be made in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(228585)
73
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when Ministers or officials from his Department met (a) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, (b) the National Assessment Agency and (c) ETS to discuss the 2008 key stage tests between December 2007 and July 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(228586)
74
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many changes to the key stage 2 and 3 contract with ETS were made by (a) the National Assessment Agency and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority between September 2007 and July 2008; what the content was of each such change; when the changes were notified; and if he will make a statement.
(228587)
75
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what reasons ETS was required to undertake face to face training for markers of the 2008 key stage tests, rather than online marking training; when this decision was made; and if he will make a statement.
(228588)
76
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what reasons there was not a full-scale logistics pilot for the 2008 key stage 2 and 3 tests; and if he will make a statement.
(228589)
77
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the National Assessment Agency budget has been in each year since its establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(228637)
78
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what options his Department has considered for the publication of key stage 2 test results for schools taking the single level tests; and if he will make a statement.
(228638)
79
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils stayed in education in 2008 after the age of 16 having attended a secondary school (a) with and (b) without a sixth form.
(228682)
80
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research his Department has (a) commissioned, (b) evaluated and (c) undertaken on the influence of sixth forms in schools on rates of post-16 participation in education by other pupils attending the schools.
(228683)
81
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 389W, what proportion of pupils aged 16 to 18 years in (a) further education colleges and (b) school sixth forms were from highly deprived backgrounds in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.
(228684)
82
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether schools classified as National Challenge schools on the basis of 2007 GCSE results will continue to be classified as National Challenge schools if their 2008 GCSE results were over the National Challenge 2008 threshold; and if he will make a statement.
(228792)
83
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will publish the minutes of the meeting between the National Assessment Agency and Ofqual on 21st February 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(228821)
84
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when Ofqual received Lord Sutherland's interim report into the management of the Key Stage tests in 2008; and if he will publish the interim report.
(228822)
85
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many adopted children waited longer than (a) 12, (b) 18, (c) 24, (d) 30, (e) 36, (d) 42 and (e) 48 months to be adopted following the decision that adoption was in their best interests in each of the last five years, broken down by ethnicity.
(228707)
86
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who were suspected to be victims of human trafficking came to the UK in each year for which records are available.
(228708)
87
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department gives to local authorities on the placement of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who are suspected to be victims of human trafficking.
(228709)
88
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many qualified full-time male secondary school teachers were working as teachers in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority.
(228710)
89
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many qualified full-time male primary school teachers were working as teachers in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority.
(228711)
90
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools did not have a qualified full-time male teacher in each of the last 10 years.
(228712)
91
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children were fostered by a grandparent in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority.
(228713)
92
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children who were adopted aged (a) under one, (b) one to four, (c) five to nine and (d) 10 to 15 years old achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE in each of the last 10 years.
(228723)
93
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children who, at the time they sat GCSEs, were (a) adopted, (b) in foster care, (c) in foster care with relatives or friends and (d) in children's homes achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE in each of the last 10 years.
(228724)
94
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of girls aged (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15 and (e) 16 were recorded as being pregnant in each of the last five years.
(228727)
95
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people aged 16 to 24 years old not in education, employment or training there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) constituency, (b) local authority and (c) region.
(228730)
96
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils were excluded from pupil referral units for assaulting (a) teachers and (b) other pupils in each of the last 10 years.
(228731)
97
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils at pupil referral units had (a) statemented and (b) non-statemented educational needs, broken down by type of need.
(228732)
98
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupil referral units had more than (a) one, (b) two and (c) three headteachers in the last year for which records are available.
(228733)
99
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average vacancy rate for teachers in pupil referral units was in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) region.
(228734)
100
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils who attended pupil referral units did not achieve an A*-G grade in either English or mathematics GCSE in each of the last 10 years.
(228735)
101
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils attended more than (a) one, (b) two and (c) three pupil referral units in each of the last 10 years.
(228736)
102
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department spent on (a) after-shcool facilities and (b) holiday clubs in each of the last 10 years.
(228661)
103
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) after-school facilities and (b) holiday clubs have closed in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) in each quarter of the last three years.
(228662)
104
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) after-school facilities and (b) holiday clubs have opened in each of the last 10 years.
(228663)
105
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many childcare places of each type (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 2003.
(228897)
106
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the value was of public sector pensions for teachers in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing such pensions in each year.
(228431)
107
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many out-of-area placements were made by each social services department in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(228645)
108
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department has taken to monitor trends in out-of-area placements made by social services.
(228646)
109
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years of age were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228761)
110
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228764)
111
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what schemes co-ordinated by (a) his Department and (b) local authorities that provide opportunities for experienced, recently retired teachers to act as mentors for existing subject staff in schools on a voluntary or paid basis are in operation.
(228664)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
112
Lyn Brown (West Ham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many 14 to 19 year olds resided in (a) the London Borough of Newham, (b) the London Borough of Hackney, (c) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and (d) London in each of the last five years.
(228823)
113
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008-2011.
(228665)
114
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the number of foreign workers in employment who have lived in the UK for less than six months.
(228442)
115
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what change there was in the number of people aged 16 years or over in employment who were (a) UK citizens, (b) non-UK citizens, (c) UK born and (d) non-UK born in the period (i) 1987 to 1997 and (ii) since 1997, expressed as (A) a proportion of those of working age in employment and (B) as a proportion of the total change in employment level in the same periods.
(228443)
116
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what change there was in the number of people of working age in employment who were (a) UK citizens, (b) non-UK citizens, (c) UK born and (d) non-UK born in the period (i) 1987 to 1997 and (ii) since 1997, expressed (A) as a proportion of those of working age in employment and (B) as a proportion of the total change in employment level in the same periods.
(228444)
117
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) the Cabinet Office, (ii) its agency and (iii) the Prime Minister's Office in each year since 2001.
(228961)
118
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the level of unemployment was in Milton Keynes in each month since 1997.
(228428)
119
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what proportion of women under 18 years old living in (a) local authorities with a benefit claim rate of 10 per cent. or above and (b) in the 10 local authorities with the lowest employment rate were recorded as becoming pregnant in each year since 1997.
(228726)
120
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the rate of youth unemployment was in each (a) constituency, (b) local authority and (c) region in each of the last 10 years.
(228728)
121
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228739)
122
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years of age were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228759)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
123
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many powers of entry her Department and its predecessors have (a) introduced in legislation and (b) repealed since 1997.
(228619)
124
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse of the Government Offices for the Regions was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(228623)
125
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what account her Department takes of the public health benefit of developments that encourage physical activity and sport in designing planning policy.
(228694)
126
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what account will be taken of the public health benefit of developments that promote physical activity and sport in designating exemptions from the Community Infrastructure Levy.
(228695)
127
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much public funding was provided to (a) Stroud District Council and (b) Gloucestershire County Council in (i) non-formula funding and (ii) formula grant in each of the last four financial years.
(228870)
128
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) her Department and its predecessors and (ii) agencies sponsored by her Department in each year since 2001.
(228941)
129
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice and when her Department has provided to local authorities on financial investment risk since January 2007.
(228446)
130
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have identified a severe short-term financial difficulty as result of the financial collapse of an Icelandic bank; and what assessment she has made of the extent of the difficulty in each case.
(228448)
131
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates and by whom local authorities were provided with risk advice on investments in 2007 and 2008.
(228449)
132
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the national level of housing revenue account subsidy was in each year since 1990; and what it is projected to be in each of the next 15 years, using the same assumptions which have been made for the housing revenue account pilot opt-outs.
(228876)
133
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the capital value of (a) housing association and (b) council housing stock in each year since 1997.
(228878)
134
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she next plans to review the standard national rate for local authority mortgages.
(228805)
135
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 982W, on local authorities: mortgages, which building society lending rates are used for the purpose of reviewing the standard national rate (SNR) for local authority mortgages; and what those rates were at the time of the last review of the SNR.
(228899)
136
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the value was of public sector pensions in the fire service in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing such pensions in each year.
(228433)
137
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) council houses, (b) houses rented by registered social landlords, (c) private rented houses in multiple occupation and (d) private rented houses which are not in multiple occupation there are in (i) the most deprived ward and (ii) the most deprived lower-layer super output area in (A) Barry, (B) Blackpool, (C) Bognor Regis, (D) Bournemouth, (E) Bridlington, (F) Brighton, (G) Burnham on Sea, (H) Clacton, (I) Conwy, (J) Dawlish/Teignmouth, (K) Deal, (L) Eastbourne, (M) Exmouth, (N) Falmouth, (O) Folkestone/Hythe, (P) Great Yarmouth, (Q) Hastings/Bexhill, (R) Ilfracombe, (S) Isle of Wight, (T) Lowestoft, (U) Minehead, (V) Morecambe/Heysham, (W) Newquay, (X) Penzance, (Y) Porthcawl, (Z) Rhyl, (AA) Scarborough, (BB) Sidmouth, (CC) Skegness, (DD) Southend on Sea, (EE) Southport, (FF) St Ives, (GG) Swanage, (HH) Thanet, (II) Torbay, (JJ) Weston super Mare, (KK) Weymouth, (LL) Whitby, (MM) Whitley Bay, (NN) Whitstable/Herne Bay and (OO) Worthing.
(228598)
138
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) licensed and (b) unlicensed houses of multiple occupation there are in (i) Barry, (ii) Blackpool, (iii) Bognor Regis, (iv) Bournemouth, (v) Bridlington, (vi) Brighton, (vii) Burnham on Sea, (viii) Clacton, (ix) Conway, (x) Dawlish/Teignmouth, (xi) Deal, (xii) Eastbourne, (xiii) Exmouth, (xiv) Falmouth, (xv) Folkestone/Hythe, (xvi) Great Yarmouth, (xvii) Hastings/Bexhill, (xviii) Ilfracombe, (xix) Isle of Wight, (xx) Lowestoft, (xxi) Minehead, (xxii) Morecambe/Heysham, (xxiii) Newquay, (xxiv) Penzance, (xxv) Porthcawl, (xxvi) Rhyl, (xxvii) Scarborough, (xxviii) Sidmouth, (xxix) Skegness, (xxx) Southend on Sea, (xxxi) Southport, (xxxii) St Ives, (xxxiii) Swanage, (xxxiv) Thanet, (xxxv) Torbay, (xxxvi) Weston super Mare, (xxxvii) Weymouth, (xxxviii) Whitby, (xxxix) Whitley Bay, (xl) Whitstable/Herne Bay and (xli) Worthing.
(228632)
139
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) least deprived and (b) most deprived lower layer super output area is in (i) Barry, (ii) Blackpool, (iii) Bognor Regis, (iv) Bournemouth, (v) Bridlington, (vi) Brighton, (vii) Burnham-on-Sea, (viii) Clacton, (ix) Conwy, (x) Dawlish/Teignmouth, (xi) Deal, (xii) Eastbourne, (xiii) Exmouth, (xiv) Falmouth, (xv) Folkestone/Hythe, (xvi) Great Yarmouth, (xvii) Hastings/Bexhill, (xviii) Ilfracombe, (xix) Isle of Wight, (xx) Lowestoft, (xxi) Minehead, (xxii) Morecambe/Heysham, (xxiii) Newquay, (xxiv) Penzance, (xxv) Porthcawl, (xxvi) Rhyl, (xxvii) Scarborough, (xxviii) Sidmouth, (xxix) Skegness, (xxx) Southend-on-Sea, (xxxi) Southport, (xxxii) St Ives, (xxxiii) Swanage, (xxxiv) Thanet, (xxxv) Torbay, (xxxvi) Weston-super-Mare, (xxxvii) Weymouth, (xxxviii) Whitby, (xxxix) Whitley Bay, (xl) Whitstable/Herne Bay and (xli) Worthing.
(228681)
140
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years of age were recruited by her Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228762)
141
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by her Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228765)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
142
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to the public purse of his Department was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(228624)
143
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(228655)
144
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) funding his Department has allocated to and (b) discussions his Department has had with (i) the Amateur Swimming Association, (ii) the Royal Life Saving Association, (iii) the swimming and water safety website, (iv) the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents, (v) the Institute of Swimming Teachers and Coaches, (vi) the British Swimming Coaches and Teachers' Association, (vii) the Swimming Teachers' Association and (viii) any other swimming organisations in relation to (A) teaching people to swim and (B) coaching competitive swimmers in each of the last 10 years.
(228653)
145
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department has allocated (a) to swimming and (b) to elite and competitive swimming in each of the last 10 years.
(228654)
146
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) the agency sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001.
(228940)
147
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the welfare standards applicable to animals used in the performance and arts industries.
(228909)
148
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years of age were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228763)
149
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228766)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
150
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions within the next 12 months.
(228737)
151
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received on the provisions of the Army Terms of Service (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2008, with reference to young people serving for four years beyond their 18th birthday; and if he will make a statement.
(228571)
152
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what further steps the Government intends to take in order to meet the obligations of Article 5 of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.
(228572)
153
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the (a) Theoretical Enhanced Radiation warhead concept, (b) Residual Enhanced Radiation Weapon warhead concept and (c) other advanced nuclear weapon concept have been discussed at a Joint Working Group meeting in the last three years.
(228883)
154
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on progress towards a successsor to the D5 missile; and what role UK personnel have played in that work.
(228900)
155
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the Joint Working Group has met since 2000; and what the purpose was of those meetings.
(228901)
156
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether US personnel will be asked to participate in his Department's work on the Warhead Pre-Concept Working Group.
(228902)
157
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Warhead Pre-Concept Working Group has considered options for (a) agent defeat and (b) other warhead modifications, as part of its work.
(228903)
158
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether work emerging from the (a) Theoretical Enhanced Radiation and (b) Residual Enhanced Radiation Weapon warhead concept have been examined as part of the work of the Warhead Pre-Concept Working Group; and whether personnel at AWE Aldermaston have been briefed on these or other advanced nuclear weapons concepts by their US counterparts in the last three years.
(228904)
159
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will review the appropriateness of the minimum age at which people can join the armed forces; and if he will (a) make it his policy that those under the age of 18 years may not take a direct part in hostilities in any circumstances and (b) renew the Government's declaration on the UN optional protocol on the Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to armed conflict.
(228800)
160
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001.
(228939)
161
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether representatives of the British Army and representatives of the Mahdi Army entered into any agreement or accommodation in respect of military engagement in Iraq during 2007.
(228803)
162
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years of age were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228758)
163
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228767)
164
N
Sir Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will arrange for the Hydrographic Office to issue tide times for 2009.
(227632)
165
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consideration was given by officials in his Department to the terms of the Madrid Declaration 1989 when agreeing to (a) its bilateral programme with China and (b) the attendance of Chinese cadets at Sandhurst.
(228531)
166
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from his US counterpart on (a) his Department's Chinese bilateral programme and (b) the training of Chinese military personnel in the UK.
(228533)
167
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17th September 2008, Official Report, columns 2250-1W, on armed forces: training, when his Department's bilateral programme with the Chinese People's Liberation Army started; what the terms of the programme are; what other activities (a) have taken place and (b) are planned to take place under the programme; how much funding has been allocated for the programme in the next 12 months; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the bilateral programme agreement.
(228567)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
168
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will provide assistance to (a) consumers and (b) local distributors of coal for domestic use to manage recent cost increases.
(228810)
169
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008-2011.
(228658)
170
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people in West Chelmsford constituency have (a) applied for a grant for energy efficient measures under the Warm Front scheme and (b) been awarded a grant for energy efficient measures under the scheme.
(228034)
171
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been spent on grants under the Warm Front scheme in West Chelmsford constituency since its introduction.
(228035)
172
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which organisations employ the members of staff working in his Department who are seconded from outside the Civil Service; and how many employees are seconded from each.
(228300)
173
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff in his Department were (a) transferred from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, (b) transferred from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (c) transferred from other Government departments and (d) not transferred from another Government department.
(228301)
174
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department and its predecessor spent on promoting commercial wind turbines in each of the last five years.
(228677)
175
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) meetings and (b) briefings he has had on nuclear power; with whom; on what dates; and if he will post on his departmental website copies of all briefings he has received on (i) nuclear and (ii) other power generation sources since his appointment.
(228641)
176
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans he has to meet the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to discuss the next steps in the plutonium management strategy.
(228643)
177
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what meetings officials of (a) his Department and of (b) the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when it was responsible for nuclear policy, have had with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to discuss the development of the plutonium management strategy since January 2006.
(228644)
178
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of households in Stroud constituency are not on the mains gas network; and what plans he has to facilitate access to households which are not on it.
(228696)
179
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the gap between (a) wholesale market prices and (b) retail prices for home energy fuels; and if he will make a statement.
(228791)
180
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) meetings and (b) discussions he and his predecessor with responsibility for nuclear energy has had with the Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive on the implications for electricity consumers in Northern Ireland of the Government's decision on the future of nuclear generation in Great Britain in the last 12 months; and what correspondence has been undertaken between his officials and those of his predecessor department and officials in the Northern Ireland Executive on the matter over that period.
(228680)
181
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people were in fuel poverty in (a) the London Borough of Havering and (b) England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(228801)
182
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years who work in his Department were recruited in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of staff recruited in that year who work in his Department.
(228757)
183
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants since its establishment.
(228768)
184
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment has been made of the potential contribution water wheels could make to the production of energy from renewable sources.
(228306)
185
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of energy in the UK was produced from water wheels situated on major rivers in the latest period for which figures are available.
(228307)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
186
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made (a) in the UK and (b) internationally in implementing the recommendations arising from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development regarding sustainable consumption.
(228492)
187
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in implementing the conclusions of the review of enforcement in environmental regulation; and if he will make a statement.
(228493)
188
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse of the Environment Agency was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(228621)
189
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of dairy farmers in each of the last 10 years.
(228535)
190
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001.
(228937)
191
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Written Answer of 21st July 2008, Official Report, column 748W, on noise pollution, whether the repeal of restrictions on demonstrations in Parliament Square will result in (a) permanent encampments and (b) unrestricted amplified broadcast noise being permitted.
(228445)
192
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what outcome measures are used to assess the effectiveness of expenditure on flood risk management measures; what criteria relating to outcomes for (a) the economy, (b) commerce and (c) industry are included in these measures; and what his policy is on the inclusion of flood security as an outcome measure.
(228697)
193
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what priorities he has set for reducing flood risk in (a) urban and rural areas.
(228706)
194
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the provisions of the EU Air Quality Directive to be implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(228798)
195
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the Traffic Noise Action plans based on the noise maps published in May 2008 to be published; what organisation will be tasked with delivering upon those plans; and what funds he has allocated to support implementation of the plans.
(228566)
196
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on badger culling as it relates to the control of bovine tuberculosis.
(228910)
197
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228756)
198
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228769)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
199
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(228656)
200
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Prisons Ordinance 1981 of the British Indian Ocean Territory was intended to authorise.
(228650)
201
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001.
(228919)
202
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the countries that gave the UK Government information relating to the UK Government's claim in the September 2002 Dossier that Iraq attempted to purchase uranium from Africa complied with the request in UN Resolution 1441 to pass the same information to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
(228660)
203
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Minister in his Department is responsible for dealing with the International Committee of the Red Cross, with particular reference to its activity in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(228799)
204
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228755)
205
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228770)
206
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response the UK Government plans to make at the United Nations to the report of Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories on Israeli violations of Article 3 of the Convention on Human Rights in the case of journalist Mohammed Omer.
(228652)
207
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience currently held in custody in Cuba.
(228439)
208
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in promoting the role of women in post-conflict negotiations and reconstruction.
(228494)
209
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from his US counterpart on (a) the Ministry of Defence's Chinese bilateral programme and (b) the training of Chinese military personnel in the UK.
(228532)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
210
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects his Department to respond to the letter sent by the hon. Member for Billericay to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health Services dated 25th September on the subject of the accord between the NHS Litigation Authority and FirstAssist.
(228302)
211
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been paid by the NHS Litigation Authority to FirstAssist by way of premiums; and how much has been paid by FirstAssist to the NHS Litigation Authority by way of payments under policies of insurance in each year since the inception of the accord between the NHS Litigation Authority and FirstAssist.
(228303)
212
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions since its inception the accord between the NHS Litigation Authority and FirstAssist has not been complied with in the payment of monies by the NHS Litigation Authority to FirstAssist.
(228304)
213
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 455W, on the NHS: negligence, what the legal basis is for the non-binding status of the accord between the NHS Litigation Authority and FirstAssist.
(228305)
214
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pharmaceutical licences have been awarded under Section 13 of the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005 in (a) West Chelmsford parliamentary constituency, (b) Chelmsford local authority area and (c) England.
(228033)
215
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role of the No Secrets Guidance Programme Board is.
(228874)
216
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the advisory group established as part of his Department's consultation on the review of guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse has met to date; and what plans there are to convene meetings during the consultation period.
(228875)
217
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the information collected by his Department during the listening events organised to inform the drafting of the consultation on the proposed review of guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse.
(228877)
218
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Minister authorised the issue of the consultation document on his Department's proposed review of guidance on developing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse.
(228879)
219
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Scottish Executive officials and (b) non-governmental organisations in Scotland on the (i) enactment and (ii) implementation of legislation to protect vulnerable adults.
(228915)
220
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets the Commercial Director of his Department must achieve to qualify for bonus payment; and what bonus levels are in place.
(227459)
221
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP dispensaries there are in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England.
(228536)
222
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many licensed pharmacies there are in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England.
(228537)
223
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made towards (a) designation of specialised services to guarantee patient safety and (b) ensuring that service staff are used effectively in accordance with his Department's operating framework for 2008-09.
(228651)
224
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with a history of violence who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia do not voluntarily stop taking their medication while living in the community.
(228954)
225
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the medical profession complies with the new Community Treatment Orders when treating people with a history of violence who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.
(228955)
226
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will support doctors who refuse to allow people with a history of violence who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia to self-treat.
(228956)
227
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding is allocated within the NHS for protecting staff from intimidation and violence; what guidance has been issued to trusts on how these funds should be spent; and what safeguards have been put in place to ensure the funding is spent for the purposes for which it is intended.
(228809)
228
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001.
(228918)
229
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) cases of healthcare-acquired infections and (b) deaths where the death certificate refers to a healthcare-acquired infection there were in care homes in each of the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by (i) type of infection and (ii) type of care home.
(228914)
230
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on do not resuscitate decisions.
(228447)
231
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is being provided by the Food Standards Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to help the Governments of the Crown Dependencies bring forward measures to meet obligations to comply with European legislation on food supplements and herbal remedies.
(228576)
232
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Ministers in his Department last discussed with the Governments of the Channel Islands concerns about the import to the United Kingdom of food supplements and herbal remedies marketed using claims which would be illegal where the products to have been placed directly on the United Kingdom market; and what the outcome was of those discussions.
(228577)
233
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adjudications have been made by the Advertising Standards Authority in relation to complaints about the making of illegal claims in the marketing of food supplements and herbal remedies from the Channel Islands; what assessment he has made of the such adjudications; and if he will make a statement.
(228578)
234
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October, Official Report, column 1175W, on medical equipment, if he will publish the toolkit developed by The Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services Programme to enable local authorities and their health partners to calculate the true cost of their decontamination and recycling.
[R] (228427)
235
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration he gave to including cost projections in relation to (a) police enforcement and (b) changes in trading standards arrangements in his Department's impact assessment relating to the Government's alcohol strategy; what estimate he has made of these costs; and if he will make a statement.
(228590)
236
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to progress with a further review of alcohol labelling before the review of the first stage is complete.
(228600)
237
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that the outcome of his Department's consultation on alcohol strategy (a) does not have a disproportionate effect on small retailers and (b) is consistent in its treatment of all sectors of the alcohol retail market.
(228618)
238
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reviews there have been of the independent market survey conducted by the Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association undertaken as part of his Department's review of alcohol labelling; and if he will make a statement.
(228628)
239
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with industry partners in the voluntary alcohol labelling agreement whether (a) the pictorial representation of pregnant women and (b) the reproduction of the logo drinkaware.co.uk on labels of alcoholic products have the same effect on consumers as an advisory message in text form; and if he will make a statement.
(228629)
240
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the responsible drinking messages disseminated by the drinks industry under the terms of the voluntary alcohol labelling agreement do not include the word please; what assessment he has made of the potential change in the effect of such messages of framing them in more courteous terms; and if he will make a statement.
(228630)
241
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of changes in the level of licensing fees payable by alcohol vendors in respect of each of the policy options set out in his Department's further consultation on its alcohol strategy in July 2008.
(228631)
242
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of levels of availability and supply of the drug diazoxide suspension.
(228429)
243
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) funding and (b) other provision for (i) nursing and (ii) personal care for people with Alzheimer's disease.
(228430)
244
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the value was of public sector pensions in the NHS in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing such pensions in each year.
(228435)
245
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228754)
246
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228771)
247
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assist primary care trusts with the funding of eculizumab; and if he will make a statement.
(228829)
248
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts in England and Wales are funding the use of eculizumab in the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria.
(228830)
249
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts in England and Wales have refused to fund the use of eculizumab in the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria on the grounds of cost-effectiveness.
(228831)
250
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish his Department's resource accounts for 2007-08.
(228873)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
251
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse of the UK Border Agency and its predecessor was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(228627)
252
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Immigration and Nationality Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letter of 17th July 2008 on his constituent Rangarirai Mukora.
(228688)
253
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Immigration and Nationality Department plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 17th July on his constituent Felicity Kalingizi.
(228835)
254
Lyn Brown (West Ham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of victims of crime were aged between 14 and 19 years in (a) the London Borough of Newham, (b) the London Borough of Hackney, (c) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and (d) London in the latest period for which figures are available.
(228824)
255
Lyn Brown (West Ham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of crimes were committed by 14 to 19 years old in (a) the London Borough of Newham, (b) the London Borough of Hackney, (c) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and (d) London in the latest period for which figures are available.
(228825)
256
Lyn Brown (West Ham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which population figures are used to calculate the level of police precept in the London Borough of Newham.
(228826)
257
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prosecuted for the offence of obtaining alcohol for a person who is drunk in each of the last three years.
(228534)
258
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effects of the reclassifying of cannabis on the number of people receiving a custodial sentence for offences relating to the drug each year.
(227806)
259
N
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sites her Department has identified as suitable for alternative to detention programmes for asylum seeking families; and when she expects those sites to become operational.
(227551)
260
N
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish her Department's evaluation of the alternatives to detention scheme at Millbank, Ashford, Kent.
(227552)
261
N
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis is for statements by Ministers in her Department that somebody is removed from the United Kingdom every eight minutes.
(227553)
262
N
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department expects the capacity of the immigration detention estate to be in (a) October 2009, (b) October 2010, (c) October 2011 and (d) October 2012.
(227554)
263
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people suffering from paranoid schizophrenia have been convicted of knife crimes in each of the last five years.
(228953)
264
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of serious violent crime offences in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(228714)
265
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of violent crime offences in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(228715)
266
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of serious violent crime were reported in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(228716)
267
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of violent crime have been reported in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(228717)
268
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to punish offenders who breach anti-social behaviour orders; and if she will make a statement.
(228718)
269
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding has been allocated to tackling anti-social behaviour in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since the inception of such programmes.
(228719)
270
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breaches of anti-social behaviour orders have resulted in a criminal conviction in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since their inception.
(228720)
271
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breaches of anti-social behaviour orders have been recorded in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since their inception.
(228721)
272
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the detection rate was for offences involving firearms in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) offence and (b) police force area.
(228896)
273
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees have escaped from Oakington Immigration Centre in Cambridgeshire in the last five years; how many have since been recaptured; how many are still missing as whereabouts unknown; how many of these were illegal immigrants and suspected illegal immigrants; and if she will make a statement.
(227808)
274
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that police officers armed with stun guns only use them in exceptional circumstances and after approval from a senior officer has been obtained.
(227809)
275
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice she has issued to police on the use of stun guns against farm animals; and if she will make a statement.
(227810)
276
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to ensure that sensitive financial data required by the UK Border Agency to be sent overseas by those sponsoring applicants for visas is protected.
(228648)
277
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many proposals have been made under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to use animals in scientific procedures in 2008 to date; and how many of these have been accepted.
(228911)
278
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many laboratories were licensed under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in 2007.
(228912)
279
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by her Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228753)
280
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by her Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228772)
281
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to combat drug-related crime.
(228574)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
282
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many House of Commons security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in each year since 2001.
(228666)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
283
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the cost to the public purse of his Department was in 2007-08.
(228626)
284
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what criteria are used to take decisions on allocation of quality related research funding.
(228636)
285
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much quality related funding was awarded in the last funding round to universities to support (a) five star, (b) four star, (c) three star, (d) two star and (e) one star research.
(228639)
286
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much quality related funding has been awarded to each of the UK's universities since 2002.
(228640)
287
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many students in West Chelmsford constituency are waiting to receive education maintenance allowance payments.
(228036)
288
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the use of innovation in small business.
(227369)
289
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to assist small businesses with improving the skills of their workforces.
(227370)
290
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to assist small businesses in undertaking research.
(227371)
291
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department since its creation.
(228917)
292
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the annual cost to his Department was of the funding of (a) post graduate certificate in education courses and (b) undergraduate B.Ed courses in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(228881)
293
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228752)
294
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228773)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
295
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost to the public purse of his Department was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(228625)
296
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(228657)
297
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 991-2W, on humanitarian aid, what measures are in place to ensure his Department adheres to the 23 principles of good humanitarian donorship in (a) Bangladesh, (b) Nigeria and (c) Sierra Leone.
(228690)
298
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 995W, on South America: research, what priority themes were identified by the International Development Research Centre for Asia and Latin America; when consideration of the studies will be completed; what the cost of the scoping work is expected to be; and how many training places have been created as a result of this work.
(228692)
299
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 993W, on overseas aid, what his Department's definition of a low value contract is.
(228693)
300
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department in each year since 2001.
(228916)
301
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 1043W, on departmental public expenditure, whether the programmes to which underspend can be re-allocated must be within the same country budget as the programme in which the underspend occurred.
(228452)
302
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Government will provide humanitarian aid to Cuba following the recent hurricanes.
(228804)
303
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228751)
304
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228774)
305
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the progress of reconstruction in Cuba following hurricanes Gustav and Ike; and if he will make a statement.
(228438)
306
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial and other support the Government has provided directly or via multilateral agencies to assist with reconstruction in Cuba following hurricanes Gustav and Ike; and whether further assistance is planned.
(228441)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
307
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost has been of developing the co-ordinated online record of electors to date.
(228840)
308
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans there are to consult on developing the next phases of the co-ordinated online record of electors.
(228841)
309
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether a full cost-benefit analysis of introducing a co-ordinated electoral registration service has been undertaken by the Department.
(228842)
310
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the running costs of the ViSOR system have been to date.
(228843)
311
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has in place to ensure that all criminal justice IT systems are effectively co-ordinated once they are fully operational.
(228844)
312
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of not completing the implementation earlier in 2008 of C-NOMIS to the Probation Service in terms of end to end management of offenders.
(228845)
313
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he will publish the results of the pilot of the Youth Justice Management Information System.
(228846)
314
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost has been of the OASys system since its inception in 2003.
(228847)
315
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what percentage of HM Courts Service staff are now linked to the LIBRA system.
(228848)
316
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when LIBRA will become operational across the whole magistrates' court network.
(228849)
317
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the estimated cost is of implementing the connectivity system across the youth justice network.
(228850)
318
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to date has been of developing the connectivity network.
(228851)
319
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Connectivity application software and encryption devices will be installed by all youth offender teams.
(228852)
320
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which (a) youth offender teams and (b) non-HM Prison Service secure establishments are (i) using fully and (ii) not using fully Connectivity information sharing in their everyday operation.
(228853)
321
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the projected cost is of implementing fully the E-Asset IT system.
(228854)
322
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to date has been of implementing the E-Asset IT system.
(228855)
323
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which (a) secure children's homes, secure training centres and youth offender institutions and (b) other bodies within his responsibility are currently using fully the E-Asset IT system.
(228856)
324
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which secure children's homes, secure training centres and youth offender institutions are not using fully the E-Asset IT system.
(228857)
325
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the E-Asset Sentence Management System will be fully implemented across the secure children's home, secure training centre and youth offender institution estates.
(228858)
326
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value has been of his Department's IT contracts in the last 12 months; with whom these contracts have been awarded; and what the value was of each contract.
(228859)
327
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to publish the response to the consultation on weekend voting.
(228860)
328
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there are any plans to introduce e-voting mechanisms before the local and European elections in 2009.
(228861)
329
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there are any plans for further e-voting pilots in the next 12 months.
(228862)
330
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's total IT budget was in the last year.
(228863)
331
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the budget is for work on remote electronic voting over the next two years.
(228864)
332
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to date has been of running the Wiring Up Youth Justice programme.
(228865)
333
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are being taken to meet the learning and development needs of (a) youth offender team managers, (b) prison governors and (c) probation officers in their role as data controllers.
(228866)
334
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what additional safeguards have been put in place to ensure data security in the (a) Libra, (b) Prison Nomis, (c) ViSOR, (d) OASys, (e) Connectivity, (f) E-Asset and (g) Secure E-Mail IT systems following recent data losses.
(228867)
335
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the status is of the development of the coordinated online record of electors project.
(228868)
336
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether a final decision on the scope and specification of the Co-ordinated Online Register of Electors project has been made.
(228869)
337
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on external IT consultants in the last 12 months.
(228913)
338
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offender institutions have specialist social workers in permanent posts working in them.
(228725)
339
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young people attended more than (a) one, (b) two and (c) three young offender institutions in each of the last 10 years.
(228729)
340
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any bills originating in Guernsey making provisions for the law relating to medicine have received Royal Assent in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(228575)
341
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when officials in his Department next intend to meet representatives of the Health Food Manufacturers Association to discuss the import of food supplements and herbal remedies from the Channel Islands; and if he will make a statement on the progress made to date in securing the compliance of the Crown Dependencies with European legislation on food supplements and medicines.
(228579)
342
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance is issued on the validity of (a) fatwas and (b) other rulings issued by religious authorities in the determination of matrimonial disputes.
(228591)
343
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value was of public sector pensions for the judiciary in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing such pensions in each year.
(228432)
344
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228750)
345
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228775)
346
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Independent Monitoring Board Annual Report on HM Young Offender Institution Werrington, what assessment he has made of the availability of places for young offenders from the Potteries area; and if he will make a statement.
(228580)
347
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for which categories of offences those foreign national prisoners who have been released in the UK without being deported in the last five years were originally convicted.
(228633)
Questions to the Leader of the House
348
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Leader of the House, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in her Office in each year since 2001.
(228894)
349
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Leader of the House, what the value was of public sector pensions for hon. Members in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing such pensions in each year.
(228434)
350
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Leader of the House, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited to work in her Office in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228749)
351
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants from her Office in the last 12 months.
(228776)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
352
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001.
(228893)
353
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228748)
354
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228777)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
355
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, which organisations based in Wales have been awarded contracts by the Olympic Delivery Authority; what the value of each such contract is; and what work has been commissioned or goods and services procured under each such contract.
(228436)
356
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many contracts have been awarded by the Olympic Delivery Authority to date; and how many organisations have been awarded such contracts.
(228437)
357
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited to work in her Office in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228747)
358
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants from her Office in the last 12 months.
(228778)
Questions to the Prime Minister
359
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, what events have been held at 10 Downing Street since 1st August 2008.
(228945)
360
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of invitations sent out for the last 10 events held at 10 Downing Street.
(228947)
361
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, by what process the themes for events held at 10 Downing Street are chosen.
(228948)
362
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, whether any hon. or rt hon. Members other than Cabinet Ministers have been invited to host or co-host events in 10 Downing Street in the last year.
(228949)
363
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, what guidance has been issued on the apportionment of costs arising from events held at 10 Downing Street.
(228950)
364
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions events were held at 10 Downing Street at a cost to the public purse in 2007-08; and what the total cost was of such events.
(228951)
365
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Prime Minister, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years have been recruited to work in his Office in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228746)
366
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants in his Office in the last 12 months.
(228779)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
367
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department in each year since 2001.
(228957)
368
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228745)
369
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228780)
Questions to the Solicitor General
370
N
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Solicitor General, what progress the Crown Prosecution Service has made on an action plan following its response to the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism.
(228308)
371
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Solicitor General, what funding has been agreed with each of the Law Officers' Departments' non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(228691)
372
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Solicitor General, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) the Attorney-General's Office and (ii) the agency sponsored by the Office in each year since 2001.
(228958)
373
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Solicitor General, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by her Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228744)
374
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Solicitor General, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by Law Officers Departments officials in the last 12 months.
(228781)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
375
Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what payments have been made from his Department to the Somerset Trust for access easements for infrastructure projects.
(228880)
376
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Lancashire County Council on improving safety on (a) the A59 and (b) other roads in the Council's area.
(228538)
377
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since its creation.
(228959)
378
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2008, Official Report, column 1043W, on railways: Milton Keynes, how many more southbound Virgin trains will call at Milton Keynes during (a) peak and (b) off-peak times once the platform upgrade is complete than did so before the work commenced.
(228450)
379
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2008, Official Report, column 1043W, on railways: Milton Keynes, what the aggregate number of Virgin trains stopping per day at Milton Keynes will be once the platform upgrade is completed and a new timetable introduced; and what change this will represent from the previous aggregate number.
(228451)
380
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the production of Network Rail's capacity analysis of the East Coast Main Line; and when it will be completed.
(228573)
381
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what official visits he and his immediate predecessor undertook using public transport in the last 12 months.
(228938)
382
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228743)
383
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228782)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
384
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228741)
385
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228784)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
386
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in the Government Equalities Office since its creation.
(228944)
387
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many women with a child under the age of five returned to work in each month in the last two years.
(228906)
388
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by her Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228740)
389
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within the Government Equalities Office since its creation.
(228785)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
390
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse of the Child Support Agency was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(228620)
391
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse of the Benefits Agency was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(228622)
392
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department's office at Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 2nd September on his constituent Mrs. Janette Ramsay.
(228828)
393
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 1st April and subsequent letters of 23rd May and 11th September on non-EU nationals attending sports events in the UK.
(228833)
394
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 22nd August on his constituent Mr Sandy Horn and the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(228834)
395
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a deferred state pension is considered notional income when calculating (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit.
(228245)
396
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage people to pay into pension schemes.
(227372)
397
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage employers to provide pensions for their staff.
(227373)
398
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what forecast he has made of total expenditure on (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support, (c) employment and support allowance and (d) Pathways to Work in each of the next five years.
(228495)
399
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost implications of moving carers currently in receipt of income support onto a modified form of jobseekers allowance; what other impact assessment of the change he has made; and if he will make a statement.
(228496)
400
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to point 6.15 in the Welfare Reform Green Paper, No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility, how much carers who move off income support on to modified jobseekers allowance (JSA) will receive, broken down into the basic rate of JSA and carers' premium.
(228497)
401
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who represented his Department at meetings on 15th October with the (a) Royal National Institute for the Blind and (b) other organisations taking part in the lobby of Parliament that day regarding disability living allowance entitlements.
(228642)
402
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001.
(228943)
403
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobcentres have closed in each month since 1st January 2007; how many are scheduled for closure in the next year; and if he will make a statement.
(228898)
404
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many failed telephone calls were made to the Jobcentre Plus helpline (a) in each region and (b) nationally (i) in each quarter of 2008-09 and (ii) in each month of 2008-09 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(227950)
405
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the most recent workload forecasts by Jobcentre Plus are for the volume of claims for (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) income support, (c) incapacity benefit and (d) Social Fund loans for (i) the second, (ii) the third and (iii) the fourth quarters of 2008-09 and (iv) 2009-2010, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
(227951)
406
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his plans for the reorganisation of Jobcentre Plus offices and processing centres in the South East of England.
(228031)
407
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the future of the Jobcentre Plus office at Sunley House, Aylesbury.
(228037)
408
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assistance he plans to make available to lone parents who move from income support to jobseekers allowance when their youngest child reaches the age of 12 years to provide the flexibility needed to combine family commitments with job seeking.
(227807)
409
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the difference between summer and winter employment rates was in the latest period for which figures are available in (a) Barry, (b) Blackpool, (c) Bognor Regis, (d) Bournemouth, (e) Bridlington, (f) Brighton, (g) Burnham on Sea, (h) Clacton, (i) Conwy, (j) Dawlish/Teignmouth, (k) Deal, (l) Eastbourne, (m) Exmouth, (n) Falmouth, (o) Folkestone/Hythe, (p) Great Yarmouth, (q) Hastings/Bexhill, (r) Ilfracombe, (s) Isle of Wight, (t) Lowestoft, (u) Minehead, (v) Morecambe/Heysham, (w) Newquay, (x) Penzance, (y) Porthcawl, (z) Rhyl, (aa) Scarborough, (bb) Sidmouth, (cc) Skegness, (dd) Southend on Sea, (ee) Southport, (ff) St Ives, (gg) Swanage, (hh) Thanet, (ii) Torbay, (jj) Weston super Mare, (kk) Weymouth, (ll) Whitby, (mm) Whitley Bay, (nn) Whitstable/Herne Bay and (oo) Worthing.
(228599)
410
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time on (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support and (c) jobseeker's allowance was in the latest period for which figures are available for claimants in the most-deprived ward in (i) Barry, (ii) Blackpool, (iii) Bognor Regis, (iv) Bournemouth, (v) Bridlington, (vi) Brighton, (vii) Burnham on Sea, (viii) Clacton, (ix) Conway, (x) Dawlish/Teignmouth, (xi) Deal, (xii) Eastbourne, (xiii) Exmouth, (xiv) Falmouth, (xv) Folkestone/Hythe, (xvi) Great Yarmouth, (xvii) Hastings/Bexhill, (xviii) Ilfracombe, (xix) Isle of Wight, (xx) Lowestoft, (xxi) Minehead, (xxii) Morecambe/Heysham, (xxiii) Newquay, (xxiv) Penzance, (xxv) Porthcawl, (xxvi) Rhyl, (xxvii) Scarborough, (xxviii) Sidmouth, (xxix) Skegness, (xxx) Southend on Sea, (xxxi) Southport, (xxxii) St Ives, (xxxiii) Swanage, (xxxiv) Thanet, (xxxv) Torbay, (xxxvi) Weston super Mare, (xxxvii) Weymouth, (xxxviii) Whitby, (xxxix) Whitley Bay, (xl) Whitstable/Herne Bay and (xli) Worthing ranked in order of greatest disparity from the national average.
(228675)
411
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.
(228786)
412
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits.
(228787)
413
Ian Stewart (Eccles): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims under the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS) have been made by people claiming damage by hepatitis A or hepatitis B vaccines; for what reasons unsuccessful claimants for payment in respect of these vaccines have been informed that if they wish to appeal they must do so within six years; and for what reason hepatitis A and hepatitius B vaccines are not included in the VDPS.
(228905)
414
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to ensure that pensioners in receipt of a state pension and SERPS are not disadvantaged compared to those entitled to pension credits.
(228581)
415
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the highest weekly payment of local housing allowance is that has been paid since its introduction; and in which broad market rental areas it was paid.
(228872)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
416
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he intends that the proposed international conference to reshape the financial world order will have on its agenda changes to the mark to market rules.
[Transferred] (228634)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
417
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were prosecuted for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in 2007.
[Transferred] (228908)
Questions to the Prime Minister
418
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the attendance list for each of the last 10 events held at 10 Downing Street.
[Transferred] (228946)
419
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, from which budget the cost of drinks provided at events held at 10 Downing Street is met.
[Transferred] (228952)

 
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