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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 21 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 Tuesday 21 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 21 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 21 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 Tuesday 21 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 21 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his Department's practice is on supplying non-alcoholic wine as a choice at official receptions or functions.
(229128)
2
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many successful applications to the Small Firms Loan Guarantee were valued at (a) £5,000 to £20,000, (b) £20,001 to £50,000, (c) £50,001 to £100,000, (d) £100,001 to £150,000, (e) £150,001 to £200,000 and (f) £200,001 to £250,000 in each of the last five years.
(229010)
3
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many successful applications under the Small Firms Loan Guarantee were submitted in the (a) North West, (b) North East, (c) Midlands, (d) South West, (e) South East and (f) London in each of the last five years.
(229011)
4
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will consider proposals for the Post Office network to have its terminals linked to the Motor Vehicle Licence Online system.
(228970)
5
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which companies were used by his Department and its predecessor for providing temporary staff since its establishment; and what the value of contracts with each such company was.
(229078)
6
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since its inception.
(229108)
7
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229138)
8
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229153)
9
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will instruct Post Office Ltd. to make its accounts available to North Yorkshire County Council to allow that council to assess the financial viability of individual post offices in North Yorkshire.
(228985)
10
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what (a) briefing and (b) minutes the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry received from (i) 10 Downing Street and (ii) Ministerial colleagues in relation to the business interests of Formula One and its associated companies in November 1997.
(228816)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
11
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Chief Executive of HM Revenue and Customs received the letter dated 24th September from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on his constituent, reference chm/09440/2008; and when he expects the matter to be resolved.
(228968)
12
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229080)
13
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229098)
14
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229140)
15
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229155)
16
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what IT projects his Department and its agencies have been undertaking have been subject to gateway review in the last 12 months; and what the outcome of each gateway review was.
(229179)
17
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of those eligible for the childcare element of the working tax credit received it in each year since it was introduced.
(228967)
18
N
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that British business clients of the Landsbanki bank are able to continue to draw on their overdraft facility notwithstanding the Government's freezing of that bank's assets.
(228818)
19
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 376W, on income tax: prisoners, what his policy is on the payment of income tax by prisoners.
(228971)
20
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) briefing and (b) minutes the then Chancellor of the Exchequer received from (i) 10 Downing Street and (ii) ministerial colleagues in relation to the taxation affairs of Formula One Holdings and its associated companies in November 1997.
(228813)
21
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Statement of 13th October 2008, Official Report, columns 540-1, on financial markets, what reference point his Department proposes to use in respect of the requirement for banks supported by the recapitalisation scheme to maintain (a) the volume of lending to and (b) the interest rates charged to homeowners and small businesses at least at 2007 levels.
(228814)
22
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies have been appointed to assist his Department in the preparation of his plans for financial support to the banking industry.
(228815)
23
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether directors of banks participating in the recapitalisation scheme are entitled to receive bonuses in the form of shares in the present financial year.
(228817)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
24
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(228671)
25
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children did not achieve a place at the secondary school of their choice in Lancashire in each of the last five years.
(228964)
26
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since its inception.
(229107)
27
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229141)
28
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.
(229156)
29
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which companies have been used by his Department for providing temporary staff since its establishment; and what the value of contracts with each such company has been.
(229203)
30
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the statement of 14th October 2008, Official Report, columns 673-87, on national curriculum tests, for what reasons his Department has decided not to move to internal marking of key stage 2 tests with external moderation; and if he will make a statement.
(228978)
31
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many companies have tendered to provide the 2009 Key Stage 2 standard assessment tests; and if he will make a statement.
(229002)
32
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average starting salary of a (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher (i) in England, (ii) in London and (iii) outside London was at the latest date for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(229012)
33
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils he expects to enrol on a new diploma course in September (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; and if he will make a statement.
(229013)
34
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools he expects to offer one or more new diploma courses starting in September (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; and if he will make a statement.
(229014)
35
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils of primary school age in maintained schools are in classes of (a) fewer than 20, (b) 20 to 24, (c) 25 to 28, (d) 29 to 30, (e) 31 to 35, (f) 36 to 40 and (g) more than 40 pupils; and if he will make a statement.
(229021)
36
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his latest estimate of the number of students who will begin a diploma course in 2009-10 is; and if he will make a statement.
(229023)
37
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to introduce a general diploma.
(229024)
38
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has for the future of BTEC qualifications.
(229025)
39
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) after-school and (b) holiday club places for children have opened in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) each quarter of the last three years.
(228672)
40
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 1113W, on departmental consultants, what estimate his Department makes for planning purposes of the average costs of undertaking a public consultation.
(228701)
41
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1115-6W, on departmental publications, what the (a) budget and (b) staffing costs of the (i) Central Publications Team and (ii) Central Consultation Unit were in the last 12 months.
(228705)
42
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much land has been bought for educational use in England in (a) the last 12 months and (b) the last 10 years.
(229055)
43
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how educational land is valued for sale.
(229056)
44
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the area of educational land is in England; and what the average amount of land per school is.
(229057)
45
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what restrictions are in place for the selling of educational land for residential use.
(229074)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
46
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many staff are employed in the Economic and Domestic Secretariat on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis.
(229050)
47
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229082)
48
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229096)
49
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what progress has been made on appointing a new Permanent Secretary for Government Communication; and if he will make a statement.
(229117)
50
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229143)
51
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) its agency is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229158)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
52
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding has been agreed with each of her Department's non-departmental bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(228669)
53
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new affordable homes were made available in Bournemouth in each of the last five years.
(228888)
54
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has for the introduction of new targets for housing provision in Bournemouth; and when she expects these plans to be brought forward.
(228892)
55
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which companies were used by her Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229081)
56
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many civil servants in her Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since its inception.
(229111)
57
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many civil servants in her Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229142)
58
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what IT projects (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229157)
59
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to collect data on the number of fires in bed and breakfast establishments as a separate category from all existing accommodation premises; and if she will make a statement.
(228454)
60
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to review the implementation by fire and rescue authorities of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, in respect of its operation regarding bed and breakfast establishments.
(228455)
61
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, (b) fire and rescue authorities and (c) representatives of tourism organisations in England on the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(228459)
62
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the planning process is for the sale of educational use land for residential use; and how much educational use land in (a) England and (b) Leicester East constituency has been sold for development for residential use in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) 10 years.
(229054)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
63
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects his Department to have completed its World Heritage Policy Review.
(228539)
64
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's practice is on supplying non-alcoholic wine as a choice at official receptions or functions.
(229126)
65
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations the Government has received on the operation of the Licensing Act 2003.
(228884)
66
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations the Government has received on changes to licensing laws associated with lap dancing establishments.
(228890)
67
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229083)
68
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229094)
69
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) its agency is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229160)
70
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of funding for the Government's free swimming initiative has been allocated to improving access to swimming lessons.
(229022)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
71
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(229132)
72
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made with the review of the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service; and when he expects the review to be completed.
(228886)
73
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229084)
74
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229095)
75
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229161)
76
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229180)
77
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department were informed of the allegations made by the International Committee of the Red Cross about abuses by United States forces at Abu Ghraib prison in its report of February 2004.
(228972)
78
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Ministers in his Department were informed by officials of (a) allegations concerning the treatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and (b) the interim report of the International Committee of the Red Cross of February 2004 on the treatment of prisoners by coalition forces in Iraq.
(229017)
79
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which districts of Helmand Province are deemed to be (a) under UK, ISAF and NATO forces or the Afghan government control, (b) under Taleban control and (c) in indeterminate control; and if he will make a statement.
(227374)
80
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gibraltarians are serving in the UK armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
(229131)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
81
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what performance targets his Department has inherited from other Government departments; and what progress had been made towards meeting them.
(228602)
82
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what buildings are occupied by his Department; and what other buildings his Department plans to use.
(229118)
83
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff are employed by his Department (a) on a full-time equivalent basis and (b) on a headcount basis.
(229119)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's organisational chart.
(229120)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff in his Department were previously employed by (a) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (b) the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and (c) other Government departments on (i) a full-time equivalent and (ii) a headcount basis.
(229121)
86
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229137)
87
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229152)
88
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) Civil Service support and (b) office space will be given to the special representative on carbon trading; and what expenses the representative will be able to claim.
(229194)
89
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) Civil Service support and (b) office space will be given to the special representative on international energy issues; and what expenses the representative will be able to claim.
(229195)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
90
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's practice is on supplying non-alcoholic wine as a choice at official receptions or functions.
(229129)
91
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to assist low income families with paying their water bills.
(227811)
92
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to assist low income families in reducing water bills.
(227812)
93
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure water companies maintain pipe work and mains to high standards.
(227813)
94
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure water companies provide safe and clean water.
(227814)
95
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to assist low income families with the costs of sewage and water pipe repairs.
(227815)
96
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229085)
97
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229099)
98
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has for the future use of the office building at 1A Page Street; and if he will make a statement.
(229116)
99
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229162)
100
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229181)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
101
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on whale hunting.
(228966)
102
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229086)
103
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229100)
104
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229163)
105
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229182)
106
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) office space and (b) Civil Service support will be provided to the special representative for conflict resolution mechanisms; and what expenses the representative will be able to claim.
(229193)
107
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which representatives of his Department and those agencies for which he is responsible were present at the briefing given on 26th February 2004 by the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross on that organisation's report on alleged abuses by coalition forces in Iraq.
(229045)
108
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much it has cost to date to administer the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme for Iraqi nationals; and if he will make a statement.
(227952)
109
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th July 2008, Official Report, column 1827W, on Iraq: asylum, of the 351 applications assessed as eligible, how many applicants have chosen the (a) financial package and (b) Gateway scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(227953)
110
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for financial assistance under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme have been approved; how much financial assistance has been (a) authorised and (b) distributed in relation to these applications; how many of the applications for financial assistance included claims for dependants; what the total number of claims was for dependants; and what the total amount of extra financial assistance granted to those applicants was as a result.
(227954)
111
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd July 2008, Official Report, column 1120W, on Iraq: asylum, of the 220 applications for assistance under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme from currently employed staff, how many (a) applied for and (b) received (i) financial assistance, (ii) exceptional leave to remain and (iii) resettlement under the Gateway scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(227955)
112
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding the government of Gibraltar received from the European Union in 2007.
(229122)
113
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on Gibraltar in the last six months.
(229125)
114
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what endangered animal species exist in Gibraltar; and what steps are being taken to protect them.
(229151)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
115
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's practice is on supplying non-alcoholic wine as a choice at official receptions or functions.
(229127)
116
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) his Department's officials and (b) NHS officials have been instructed to review the cost to the public purse of providing more single rooms within the NHS estate since 27th September 2008.
(229048)
117
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229087)
118
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229101)
119
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229164)
120
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229183)
121
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the alcoholic beverage industry on the health effects of underage drinking.
(228998)
122
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 457W on Health: obesity, which public service agreements published by the Government between 1998 and 2004 were related to levels of obesity; and what evidence he has assessed on the effect these targets have had on levels of obesity.
(228979)
123
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on advertising his Department's alcohol strategy through (a) television, (b) radio and (c) print media.
(228980)
124
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contracts were awarded to carry out his Department's recent consultation on the alcohol strategy; and at what cost.
(228981)
125
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultation postcards were issued to the public in his Department's recent consultation on alcohol strategy.
(228983)
126
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of issuing consultation postcards to the public in his Department's recent consultation on alcohol strategy.
(228984)
127
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients required emergency readmissions within 28 days of emergency admission to hospital in each of the last five years.
(228986)
128
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of emergency patients were discharged within a day in each of the last five years.
(228987)
129
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which countries are classified as possessing a level of tuberculosis infection sufficient to justify the treatment of their nationals as a high risk group under the new guidelines for the national BCG vaccination programme.
(228988)
130
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rate of tuberculosis infection was amongst children under 11 years of age in each of the last five years.
(228989)
131
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of children who will be vaccinated under the revised guidelines for the national BCG vaccination programme and (b) the cost of the revised programme.
(228990)
132
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to his Department was of the Healthcare Commission's Annual Health Check report for 2007-08.
(228991)
133
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to improve performance in those trusts rated double weak in the Healthcare Commission's Annual Health Check for 2007-08.
(228992)
134
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Government did not set a target to reduce levels of obesity in children between 1997 and 2004.
(228994)
135
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures will be followed to analyse responses to his Department's public consultation on the alcohol strategy.
(228995)
136
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department's analysis of responses to its public consultation on the alcohol strategy will be complete.
(228996)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
137
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers are available to local authorities wishing to regulate the establishment of lap dancing clubs.
(228889)
138
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many assaults on police officers were recorded in each of the last five years; and how many prosecutions there were for such assaults in each year.
(228963)
139
N
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rate of absconding was of (a) single men, (b) single women, (c) families and (d) unaccompanied child asylum seekers who were not held in detention and whose claim for asylum had (i) been refused with removal from the United Kingdom imminent, (ii) been refused and where removal from the United Kingdom was not possible on human rights or humanitarian grounds and (iii) were yet to be processed in the latest period for which figures are available.
(227555)
140
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which companies were used by her Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229079)
141
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil servants in her Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229097)
142
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil servants in her Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229139)
143
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what IT projects (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229154)
144
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers (a) below superintendent rank and (b) of superintendent rank and above were suspended in each police force area in each year since 1997.
(228975)
145
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of police officers at the rank of (a) constable, (b) sergeant, (c) inspector, (d) chief inspector, (e) superintendent, (f) chief superintendent and (g) Association of Chief Police Officer ranks were from an ethnic minority background in each year since 1997, broken down by police force.
(227461)
146
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of police community support officers were from an ethnic minority background in each year since their inception, broken down by police force.
(227462)
147
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of police officers recruited into each force in each year since 1997 were from an ethnic minority background.
(227463)
148
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of the interception modernisation programme.
(228993)
149
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what enforcement campaigns her Department is conducting to prevent (a) underage drinking, (b) the sale of alcohol to young people and (c) alcohol-related crime and disorder.
(228997)
150
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes her Department has made to the postal delivery service it uses for returning documents to members of the public in the last 10 years; when these changes were made; and for what reasons they were made.
(228973)
151
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which of Royal Mail's delivery options is used by her Department for the return of passports and visas to applicants; whether the option requires a signature on delivery; and how much compensation the option provides for lost items.
(228974)
152
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) passports, (b) visas and (c) other documents posted to applicants by her Department were lost in the post in each of the last seven years.
(228976)
153
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of documents sent to members of the public by her Department were lost in the post in the latest period for which information is available.
(228977)
154
N
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of domestic violence were recorded in each local authority area in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07, broken down by (i) sex and (ii) ethnicity of alleged offender.
(226141)
155
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions relating to the trafficking of human beings were brought in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997.
(229031)
156
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were prosecuted for offences relating to the trafficking of human beings for (a) the sex trade and (b) illegal labour in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.
(229032)
157
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been extradited to work in order to be prosecuted in the UK for offences relating to the trafficking of human beings in the last 10 years.
(229033)
158
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens were extradited in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997 to be prosecuted abroad for offences relating to the trafficking of human beings.
(229034)
159
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of under 18 year olds that arrived unaccompanied in the UK and were taken into care but subsequently went missing in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997.
(229035)
160
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget is for each police authority in England and Wales in 2008-09.
(229036)
161
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much is held by each police authority in England and Wales in (a) UK and (b) foreign bank accounts.
(229037)
162
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of the budget of each police authority in England and Wales was held in Icelandic bank accounts before the recent collapse of several Icelandic banks.
(229038)
163
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice her Department has provided to police authorities in England and Wales which risk losing funds due to Icelandic banking turbulence.
(229039)
164
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether funding will be provided by her Department to cover any potential budget shortfalls in police authorities in England and Wales due to the loss of funds as a result of Icelandic banking difficulties.
(229040)
165
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her most recent estimate is of the number of errors on the national DNA database; and how many and what percentage of the errors which were on the database in 2007 have been corrected.
(229175)
166
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of the British population has a DNA sample stored on the national DNA database.
(229176)
167
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people had a DNA sample removed from the national DNA database in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997.
(229177)
168
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people who requested the removal of their sample from the national DNA database in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997 subsequently had it removed.
(229178)
169
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has provided to police authorities in England and Wales on future investment policies.
(229202)
170
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ask the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police to provide a substantive reply to the right hon. Member for Walsall North to his letter of 4th September concerning a constituent (reference: NH/JF); and if she will inquire into the reasons for the time taken to reply.
(228601)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
171
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(228670)
172
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which companies have been used by his Department for providing temporary staff since its establishment; and what the value of contracts with each such company was.
(229089)
173
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since its inception.
(229105)
174
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229165)
175
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229184)
176
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the average (a) training and (b) student support cost of training a primary school teacher was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(229019)
177
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of students on an initial teacher training course were eligible for a bursary in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(229020)
178
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, when the response to the consultation on informal adult learning will be published.
(229003)
179
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has for the future use of lifelong learning networks; and if he will make a statement.
(229004)
180
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what criteria are used to determine whether further education college courses for people with learning difficulties are eligible for public funding; and what contingency arrangements are in place to help people on these courses that have recently lost funding.
(229005)
181
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the timescale is for the consultation process on the re-licensing of Sector Skills Councils; which stakeholders will be consulted; and what form the consultation will take.
(229006)
182
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has to consult professional bodies as part of the consultation process for the re-licensing of Sector Skills Councils.
(229007)
183
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much has been spent on each publicly funded international student scholarship programme for which he is responsible in each of the last five years; and how much is to be spent on each programme in 2008-09.
(229008)
184
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the (a) membership and (b) terms of reference are for the departmental working group that is being established on scholarships for international students.
(229009)
185
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of eligible students have received the minimum guaranteed bursary for 2008-09.
(229015)
186
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the Learning and Skills Council on delays in education maintenance allowance payments for students in further education colleges.
(229016)
187
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will place in the Library copies of (a) surveys taken among his Department's employees since its inception and (b) written analysis of their findings.
(229018)
188
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many eligible (a) new and (b) continuing higher education students have yet to receive their maintenance grant for 2008-09.
(229030)
189
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will place in the Library a copy of the apprentice matching service contract signed with (a) CAP Gemini and (b) S-Cool.
(229041)
190
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the projected cost of AimHigher is for 2008-09.
(229042)
191
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what representations have been made to his Department about university initiation rites in each of the last three years.
(229043)
192
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) non-advanced apprenticeship places and (b) advanced apprenticeship places there were within each (i) local authority and (ii) county council administration at the latest date for which information is available.
(229044)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
193
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229088)
194
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229102)
195
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.
(229166)
196
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229185)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
197
N
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2008, Official Report, column 1035W, on young offenders, what the average length of sentence was for young offenders convicted for offences involving (a) violence against a person, (b) burglary, (c) robbery, (d) sexual offences and (e) illegal drugs where a custodial sentence was handed down in 2005.
(228891)
198
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners gained (a) GCSEs, (b) A-levels, (c) NVQs and (d) other qualifications while in custody in each of the last five years.
(228962)
199
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the courts service budget for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 on the operation of magistrates' courts in Kent.
(228812)
200
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each year since it was established; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229090)
201
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since its inception.
(229106)
202
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229144)
203
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229159)
204
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the results of the consultation on the sentencing guidelines for shoplifting; what recent representations he has received on the sentencing guidelines for shoplifting; and if he will make a statement.
(228982)
Questions to the Leader of the House
205
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Leader of the House, how many civil servants in her Office were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229104)
206
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Leader of the House, what IT projects her Office is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.
(229167)
207
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Leader of the House, how many civil servants in her Office were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229186)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
208
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229077)
209
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.
(229170)
210
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229189)
Questions to the Prime Minister
211
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to appoint a special representative for Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(229046)
212
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to appoint an envoy for forestry; and if he will make a statement.
(229047)
213
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, what the roles of (a) Wilf Stevenson and (b) Nicola Burdett are in his Office; and if he will make a statement on their remuneration.
(229051)
214
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, how many staff work on the Downing Street switchboard, broken down by Civil Service grade.
(229052)
215
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, what the role is of Damian McBride in his Office; and if he will make a statement about his remuneration.
(229058)
216
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost was to the public purse of holding the meeting of the Cabinet in Birmingham on 8th September 2008.
(229112)
217
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent on police protection for the Cabinet meeting in Birmingham held on 8th September 2008.
(229113)
218
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent on (a) lunch and (b) refreshments for those attending the Cabinet meeting held in Birmingham on 8th September 2008.
(229114)
219
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 22nd July 2008, Official Report, columns 99-102WS, whether Mr Ravi Gurumurthy was in post as a special adviser on 22nd July 2008.
(229149)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
220
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.
(229174)
Questions to the Solicitor General
221
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Solicitor General, which companies were used by the Law Officers' Departments for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229091)
222
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Solicitor General, how many civil servants in the Attorney General's Office were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229110)
223
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Solicitor General, what IT projects the Law Officers' Departments are undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.
(229172)
224
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Solicitor General, how many civil servants in the Law Officers' Departments were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229191)
225
N
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan): To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions for domestic violence there were in each police force area in the North West of England in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and what percentage were successful.
(226139)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
226
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission has taken steps to encourage the use of doorstep canvassing in increasing registration.
(228702)
227
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Electoral Commission has taken to measure the effectiveness of electoral registration officers in increasing levels of registration.
(228703)
228
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many allegations of misconduct by hon. and rt hon. Members the Electoral Commission has received in the last five years; how many such allegations it investigated; how many such allegations were dismissed (a) following an investigation and (b) without an investigation having been held; what the cost was of the 10 most expensive such investigations; and what the average cost was of investigations.
(228704)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
229
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(228668)
230
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 15th October 2008, Official Report, column 46WS, on the Post-Gallagher update, what assessment he has made of the effect of slowing down the rate of increase of the renewable transport fuel obligation on (a) global food prices, (b) food insecurity in developing countries, (c) biodiversity loss and (d) greenhouse gas emissions arising from indirect land use change.
(229150)
231
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many foreign-registered motor vehicles which had been in the UK for more than six months were registered and licensed in the United Kingdom in the period (a) January to June 2008, (b) July to December 2007 and (c) January to June 2007.
(229123)
232
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many foreign-registered motor vehicles are estimated to be in the United Kingdom.
(229124)
233
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's practice is on supplying non-alcoholic wine as a choice at official receptions or functions.
(229130)
234
N
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much debt was owed by the Humber Bridge Board in each year between 1982 and 2008; and what the rate of interest charged each year was.
(228885)
235
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress there has been on the project to dual Priory Crescent in Rochford and Southend East constituency.
(227464)
236
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on provision of free public transport for all children.
(228965)
237
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Code of Practice for the Co-ordination of Street Works and Works for Road Purposes and Related Matters introduced in March 2008 under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 in reducing the disruption caused to traffic by such works by (a) utilities and (b) other contractors.
(228592)
238
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the results of his consultation on Blue Badge reform; and if he will make a statement.
(228699)
239
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Blue Badge Reform Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(228700)
240
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which companies have been used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229075)
241
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229103)
242
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229168)
243
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229187)
244
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, columns 1408-9W, on departmental post offices, how many items of mail were dealt with by (a) his Department's, (b) the Highways Agency's, (c) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's and (d) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency's mail service in the last 12 months.
(229192)
245
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, columns 1408-9W, on departmental postal services, how much (a) his Department, (b) the Highways Agency, (c) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and (d) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency spent on its mail services in the last year.
(229196)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
246
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.
(229173)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
247
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, which companies have been used by the Government Equalities Office for providing temporary staff since its establishment; and what the value of contracts with each such company has been.
(229092)
248
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many civil servants in the Government Equalities Office were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since its inception.
(229109)
249
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) establishing the National Equalities Panel, (b) running the panel in its first year and (c) the salary which will be paid to panel members.
(229115)
250
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what IT projects the Government Equalities Office is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.
(229171)
251
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many civil servants in the Government Equalities Office were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229190)
252
N
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what steps she plans to take to increase resources to regions where women who have undergone domestic violence are significantly underserved according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's survey Mapping the Gaps.
(226140)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
253
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(228667)
254
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects a decision to be made on who will win the tender to run the successor to the Post Office Card Account.
(228309)
255
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the hon. Member for West Lancashire's constituent Ms Helen L Dunham will (a) be sent any backdated monies from the Child Support Agency and (b) have her manual child maintenance payments resumed.
(228498)
256
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd June 2008, Official Report, column 478, on social care services, whether the £400 million referred to includes any part of the £1.1 billion of programme costs for Pathways to Work over the next five years.
(228698)
257
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reports have been completed by his Department's Strategy Team in each of the last 12 months.
(229049)
258
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years.
(229076)
259
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.
(229093)
260
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is.
(229169)
261
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.
(229188)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
262
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what response he plans to make to the expiry of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation in 2010; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (228887)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
263
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost to the public purse is of the work of regional ministers annually; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (229053)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
264
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding warrants have been issued for category (a) A, (b) B and (c) C offences to individuals whom the police cannot trace in each police authority in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (228969)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
265
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department takes to recover vehicle excise duty payments outstanding from the registered keepers of vehicles who do not have an address in the UK; how much was spent on such recovery in the last year for which figures are available; how much was recovered; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (228811)

 
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