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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 22 October 2008

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 22 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 22 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 22 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 22 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 22 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his most recent assessment is of levels of competition within the banking sector.
(229447)
2
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(229133)
3
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will place in the Library a copy of materials his Department has distributed to schools in the last three years.
(229271)
4
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the total value of loans (a) applied for and (b) made under the Small Firms Loan Guarantee was in each of the last five years; and what the average value of such loans was in each year.
(229060)
5
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which business sectors are excluded from the Small Firms Loan Guarantee; and if he will make a statement.
(229061)
6
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many successful applications for the Small Firms Loan Guarantee have been made in each of the last five years in the (a) communication and IT, (b) construction, (c) hotels and catering, (d) manufacturing and production, (e) property and business services, (f) sport, health and education, (g) wholesale and retail and (h) other sectors.
(229062)
7
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many instances of default claims have been made under the Small Firms Loan Guarantee in each of the last five years.
(229063)
8
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications for the Small Firms Loan Guarantee have been submitted by small and medium-sized enterprises in each of the last five years.
(229065)
9
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what business support his Department makes available to the retail sector; what assessment he has made of future trends in demand for such services; and if he will make a statement.
(229309)
10
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many Ministerial visits have been made to Saudi Arabia for the purpose of promoting British business since 1997.
(229435)
11
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent steps the Government has taken to promote business relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the British construction industry.
(229437)
12
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a universal service obligation for broadband provision; and if he will make a statement.
(229370)
13
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the provision of broadband in rural areas.
(229371)
14
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations his Department has received on provision of broadband in rural areas in the last 12 months.
(229372)
15
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many letters his Department has received (a) in favour of and (b) opposed to post office closures in the last 12 months.
(229353)
16
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent on the upkeep of his Department's website in 2007-08; and how many people visited the site in that year.
(229363)
17
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what official visits abroad he plans to make in 2009.
(229364)
18
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department's current advertising campaign on firework safety cost; and how much of that will be spent on actors.
(229373)
19
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent discussions he has had with firework manufacturers on safety.
(229375)
20
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much in grants has been paid by the Government to trades unions in each year since 1997.
(229380)
21
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses have entered liquidation in England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(229382)
22
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent representations his Department has received suggesting the creation of new bank holidays.
(229385)
23
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent discusssions have taken place between his Department and Commonwealth governments to encourage intra-Commonwealth trade.
(229386)
24
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and non-EU European countries to encourage trade between the UK and those countries.
(229387)
25
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance he provides to the Royal Mail on stamp design; and if he will make a statement.
(229389)
26
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage business start-ups.
(229392)
27
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many employees of his Department work in the London Borough of Havering.
(229395)
28
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent steps have been taken by the Government to increase levels of manufacturing employment.
(229396)
29
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people living in each London borough received the national minimum wage at the latest date for which information is available.
(229398)
30
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people used post offices for (a) foreign currency transactions and (b) submitting passport applications in the last 12 months.
(229407)
31
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the proposed (a) functions and (b) objectives of the proposed new Chief Construction Officer are.
(229449)
32
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229540)
33
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229559)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
34
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Banking (Special Provisions) Act 2008; and what recent representations he has received on the Act.
(229503)
35
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the turbulence in the financial markets on the cost of living; and if he will make a statement.
(229504)
36
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on financial markets of US (a) government policy and (b) banking practices on lending standards; and if he will make a statement.
(229505)
37
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Bank of England Act 1998; what recent representations he has received about this Act; and what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents he (i) has issued and (ii) plans to issue in the next 12 months consequent on the provisions of the Act.
(229506)
38
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of house repossessions which have taken place in (a) Southend West constituency and (b) the United Kingdom as a result of the current financial situation; what steps he (i) has taken and (ii) plans to take to assist people facing repossession of their property; and if he will make a statement.
(229512)
39
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated on the causes of the current international financial turbulence; when his Department last undertook a review of causes of the international financial turbulence that took into account (i) UK and (ii) international research; and if he will make a statement.
(229513)
40
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his predecessor had with the US administration between 1997 and 2001 on the effects on the United Kingdom economy of banks in the United States lowering their lending standards; and if he will make a statement.
(229514)
41
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in response to recent trends in the rate of inflation; what representations he has received on this issue since July 2008; what steps he took in response to those representations; and if he will make a statement.
(229515)
42
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what process is followed for appointment of members of the Monetary Policy Committee.
(229516)
43
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(229134)
44
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's estimate is of the potential liability of the British insurance industry in the current financial situation.
(228999)
45
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps the Government has taken to reach a conclusion for those affected by Equitable Life.
(228593)
46
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps the Government has taken as a result of the Ombudsman's investigation into Equitable Life.
(228594)
47
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the possibility of circumstances similar to those which affected Equitable Life from recurring.
(228595)
48
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints from customers in (a) Bexley and (b) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency on tax credits his Department received in each year since tax credits were introduced.
(229441)
49
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what protection is available for UK depositors in Kaupthing Isle of Man banks.
(229059)
50
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many category B1 gaming machines there are in casinos in each region; and how much value-added tax revenue accrued from customer spending on B1 gaming machines in the most recent period for which information is available.
(229496)
51
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the policy of Northern Rock is on repossessing homes; and if he will make a statement.
(229450)
52
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what modelling has been undertaken in assessing the likely impact on the economic viability of the aviation industry of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty.
(229598)
53
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what modelling has been undertaken to assess the likely effect on the financial viability of the aviation industry of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty.
(229256)
54
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what elements of Government support for Lloyds TSB are conditional on that company completing its proposed merger with HBOS; and if he will make a statement.
(229247)
55
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to answer Question 221509, tabled on 17th July 2008 for named day answer on 22nd July 2008, on Civil Service pay.
(229269)
56
N
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the government of Iceland on the use of anti-terrorist legislation to seize Icelandic bank assets.
(229067)
57
N
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that those running businesses in the UK financed by Icelandic banks can continue to use their overdraft facilities.
(229068)
58
N
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to (a) improve relations with Iceland and (b) help that country in its financial difficulties.
(229069)
59
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his officials are participating in the European Commission's investigation into the legality of the continued availability of low value consignment relief from value added tax in respect of imports of food supplements, herbal remedies and other items from the Channel Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(229755)
60
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have lost construction industry scheme status in relation to their tax affairs since 6th April 2007.
(229253)
61
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of European Union funding in each region was administered by (a) Government departments, (b) regional development agencies, (c) local authorities and (d) other bodies in the latest period for which information is available.
(229348)
62
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average cost of investigating an independent financial adviser under the Treating Customers Fairly scheme was in the last 12 months.
(229349)
63
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints the Financial Services Authority have received about independent financial advisers under the Treating Customers Fairly scheme in the last 12 months; how many were investigated; and how many investigations resulted in penalties or other sanctions being imposed on the adviser concerned.
(229350)
64
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2007, Official Report, column 918W, on the Iraq conflict, if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest report by his Department into the implications for the Exchequer and the economy of military operations in Iraq.
(229448)
65
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229525)
66
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229543)
67
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the guidance provided by HM Treasury to departments on what they should disclose in their 2008 autumn performance reports.
(229456)
68
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his practice to place in the Library copies of the guidance provided by HM Treasury to Departments on what they should disclose in departmental annual reports and autumn performance reports, on each occasion that such guidance is issued.
(229457)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
69
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps have been adopted by the Learning and Skills Council to allow colleges to give Learner Support Fund monies to students yet to receive their education maintenance allowance grant.
(229261)
70
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many requests the Learning and Skills Council has received from colleges for funds to cover expenditure from their learner support funds to replace delayed education maintenance allowance grants; and how much has been (a) requested and (b) supplied.
(229262)
71
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much colleges have paid monies from their learner support funds to students yet to receive their education maintenance allowance grant.
(229263)
72
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether the Learning and Skills Council will reimburse college spending from the learner support funds to redress the effects of delayed education maintenance allowance payments.
(229264)
73
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what surveys his Department has conducted to estimate the proportion of the school student population in Peterborough which wishes to stay on in full-time education beyond GCSEs; and what the findings were.
(229451)
74
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Peterborough offer competitive sports as part of their curriculum.
(229454)
75
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department is planning to spend on the Building Schools for the Future programme in each year from 2011-12 to 2021-22; and if he will make a statement.
(229464)
76
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his policy is on the use of support federations to turn around failing schools; and if he will make a statement.
(229465)
77
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether it is his policy that academies should recognise trades unions; and if he will make a statement.
(229466)
78
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupil referral units do not have provision for pupils with special educational needs, broken down by local authority.
(229626)
79
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many shared residence orders were issued in each of the last five years.
(229627)
80
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of teachers at pupil referral units have received special educational needs teacher training beyond their initial teacher training.
(229628)
81
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children who attended pupil referral units in each of the last five years were (a) pupils permanently excluded from school and on fixed-term exclusions of more than 15 days, (b) pregnant schoolgirls and school-aged mothers, (c) anxious or vulnerable pupils, (d) school refusers, phobics and young carers, (e) pupils unable to attend school because of medical reasons, (f) pupils moving into the local authority (casual admissions) who were unable to find a school place because of insufficiency of school places within the local authority, (g) children who, because of entering public care or moving placement, required a change of school and were unable to access a school place, (h) pupils with statements of special educational need (SEN) whose placements were not yet agreed and pupils awaiting assessment of SEN and (i) asylum seekers and refugees who had no school place.
(229641)
82
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the vacancy rates for child social workers were in England in each year since 2001, broken down by local authority.
(229642)
83
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what representations he has received on the difference in salary levels between futher education lecturers and schoolteachers; and if he will make a statement.
(229299)
84
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the implications of the deficit in the Teachers Contributory Pension Fund.
(229199)
85
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments from the Teachers Pension Scheme in each of the last five years.
(229432)
86
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the annual change in cost to the public purse of the 2006 changes to the teachers' pension scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(229491)
87
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many school buildings built before 1900 were demolished in each local authority area in each of the last five years.
(229442)
88
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229539)
89
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229558)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
90
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will place in the Library a copy of materials his Department has distributed to schools in the last three years.
(229272)
91
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Fareham on 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2016W, on the departmental internet, when the Cabinet Office's resource accounts will be audited; and when the audited accounts will be published.
(227465)
92
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many deaths attributed to methadone addiction were recorded in each of the last five years.
(229662)
93
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many postcards were issued by his Department as part of public policy consultations in each of the last five years; and how many responses were received in each year.
(229731)
94
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many non-UK nationals worked in London in each of the last 10 years.
(229381)
95
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many hours of work in the United Kingdom were lost as a result of industrial action in each year since 1997.
(229383)
96
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers and (b) to those receiving pension payment from the Civil Service pension scheme in each of the last five years.
(229445)
97
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the annual change in the cost to the public purse arising from the recent changes to Civil Service pensions; and if he will make a statement.
(229487)
98
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when he plans to answer Question 217221, on data handling procedures, tabled on 3rd July 2008.
(229251)
99
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes; and what information he holds on the numbers and proportion of all civil servants who are members of each scheme.
(229520)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
100
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance she has issued to Ordnance Survey on its role as (a) an adviser and (b) a commercial supplier to the Government.
(229484)
101
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what arrangements are in place for the payment of bonuses to officials of Ordnance Survey; and if she will make a statement.
(229485)
102
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what financial targets were set for Ordnance Survey for the latest period for which figures are available; and what outcomes were achieved against those targets.
(229486)
103
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to reply to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's letter of 4th September 2008 on Mr Paul Carlier of Little Waltham, Chelmsford.
(229064)
104
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authority-owned, non-decent dwellings there were in (a) the South West and (b) Stroud district in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(229735)
105
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people aged 18 to 21 years appoached their local authority for accommodation on the basis that they were homeless in each local authority area in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229736)
106
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average length of time taken was for a household to be provided with suitable housing after joining the socially provided housing waiting list in (a) Southampton and (b) Test Valley Borough in each of the last two years; and how many households were on the socially provided housing waiting list in (i) Southampton and (ii) Test Valley Borough in each of the last 10 years.
(229561)
107
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have taken part in Government programmes for (a) shared and (b) subsidised home ownership; and what the cost of each such programme has been in each year since introduction.
(229404)
108
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date each local authority is expected to meet the decent homes standard.
(229405)
109
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.
(229406)
110
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has issued on the restriction on councillors from serving as staff on local authorities other than those on which they serve; and whether she plans to amend such guidance.
(229568)
111
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government Offices for the Regions Network corporate plan.
(229569)
112
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what obligations local planning authorities have to place maximum parking standards for (a) residential and (b) non-residential development in their local development frameworks.
(229605)
113
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which regional spatial strategies or regional planning guidance documents currently in effect have maximum parking standards in place for (a) residential and (b) non-residential development.
(229607)
114
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20th May 2008, Official Report, column 263W, on departmental consultants, for what purpose her Department has hired Intelligent Addressing Ltd to provide National Land and Property Gazetteer address matching.
(229619)
115
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers the regional development agencies will have in respect of regional planning for traveller camps from 2010.
(229621)
116
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12th May 2008, Official Report, column 1393W, on the green belt, what her reasons were for approving the Regional Spatial Strategy's proposals to review and develop on the green belt.
(229624)
117
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the period of time is that the Valuation Office Agency uses to determine whether a traveller caravan is too transient for occupation of the caravan to be rated for council tax purposes.
(229631)
118
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Valuation Office Agency's targets are for (a) elapsed time on council tax reports, (b) banding accuracy and (c) rateable value loss.
(229632)
119
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether planning authorities may take into account the potential effect on (a) crime and disorder and (b) fear of crime and disorder when considering a change of use planning application to create a bail hostel.
(229635)
120
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requirements local authorities will have to set up a tension monitoring committee or working group.
(229638)
121
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 8th May 2008, Official Report, columns 37-39WS, on home information packs, what the timetable is for the production of the report of the working group.
(229649)
122
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 8th May 2008, Official Report, columns 37-39WS, on home information packs, in what ways her Department will seek to enhance the current product and quality of the pack.
(229650)
123
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29th April 2008, Official Report, column 313W, on the index of deprivation, whether distance calculations were (a) made by the Oxford University researchers producing the report and (b) contained within the primary source data.
(229651)
124
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what projects are being considered under the Interreg IVC programme which relate to the United Kingdom.
(229669)
125
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Infrastructure Planning Commission is expected to be operational.
(229670)
126
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there are restrictions on local authorities using their powers as laid under Part 2 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 to change the timing of their elections, other than the provisions laid out in the primary legislation.
(229674)
127
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the report by Nera UK Ltd on the economic benefits of the New Dimension programme.
(229678)
128
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total programme budget managed or influenced by Government Offices for the Regions (a) was in 2007-08 and (b) is in 2008-09 according to the Network Corporate Plan.
(229680)
129
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by Ove Arup and Partners on the consultation responses to the Planning White Paper.
(229681)
130
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the research report, LGR 65/12/122, on Modelling Transitional Rate Relief Options.
(229683)
131
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's research entitled Impact of Demographic Change on Housing, with project reference: RAE 3/16/16.
(229690)
132
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether national policy statements will be subject to Parliamentary approval.
(229695)
133
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requirement local authorities have to adopt National Indicator 35 on violent extremism as part of their Local Area Agreement.
(229696)
134
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration was given to making a written ministerial statement on the publication of her Department's 2008 Annual Report.
(229712)
135
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers local authorities have with regard to non-ringfenced grants made according to comprehensive performance assessments; and whether such powers will change under the system of comprehensive area assessments.
(229714)
136
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the premises of diplomatic missions are (a) valued for non-domestic rates by the Valuation Office Agency and (b) exempt from non-domestic rates.
(229715)
137
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to (a) publish a draft version of PPS6 and (b) consult on its content.
(229716)
138
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether county council elections will take place in (a) Suffolk and (b) Ipswich in 2009.
(229718)
139
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the levels of gazundering in the housing market.
(229719)
140
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether licensed premises which diversify under the Pub is the Hub scheme would receive a revised business rates valuation on their additional, diversified services.
(229721)
141
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have received Reward Grants from her Department for meeting targets in their (a) Local Public Service Agreement and (b) Local Area Agreement; and what the (i) value and (ii) dates of such payments were in each case.
(229728)
142
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Local Better Regulation Office will be able to designate itself as a primary authority and instruct councils to take enforcement action.
(229729)
143
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) civil servants, (b) Ministers and (c) special advisers in her Department are permitted to access web mail accounts from departmental computers.
(229760)
144
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many housing benefit claimants have been (a) evicted and (b) deemed intentionally homeless as a result of rent arrears in each of the last three years.
(229367)
145
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the implications of the deficit in the Local Government Contributory Pension Fund.
(229201)
146
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments by the (A) new and (B) old firefighters' pension schemes in each of the last five years.
(229351)
147
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments by the local government pension scheme in each of the last five years.
(229352)
148
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the annual change in the cost to the public purse of the 2006 changes to (a) the local government pension scheme and (b) the firefighters' pension scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(229490)
149
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the amount of social housing being sub-let within each local authority area.
(229610)
150
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will instigate an inquiry into Castle Point Borough Council's (a) policies and procedures regarding planning enforcement action with respect of building on Green Belt land and (b) overall planning enforcement record.
(229241)
151
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average number of planning enforcement officers in local authorities was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229242)
152
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) budgeted expenditure and (b) outturn expenditure was for each HomeBuy scheme in each year since the schemes were introduced.
(229280)
153
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average length of time taken to complete urgent housing repairs by each local authority was in each of the last five years.
(229281)
154
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the level of tenant satisfaction with each registered social landlord's performance on repairs and maintenance was in each of the last five years.
(229282)
155
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether qualified stonemasons who are not on the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons may be employed by local authorities to carry out stonemasonry work.
(229647)
156
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of civil servants in her Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229535)
157
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many civil servants working in her Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229557)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
158
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much public funding is being provided to the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) expressed (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the overall budget of the ICA in 2008-09.
(229270)
159
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much National Lottery funding was awarded to sport-related groups in (a) Southampton and (b) Test Valley Borough in each of the last five years.
(229562)
160
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2020W, on the Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Borders Regions, how many people have now been identified as eligible for assistance under the scheme in the area covered by the Selkirk television transmitter and its related relays on the grounds that they are (a) over 75 years old, (b) in receipt of (i) disability living allowance, (ii) attendance allowance and (iii) constant attendance allowance and (c) registered blind or partially sighted; what the overall percentage take-up of eligible people has been to date; and how many people have opted for (A) the default option of Sky, (B) a Freeview digital box, (C) a Freeview playback digital television recorder, (D) a new television with digital built-in, (E) Freesat and (F) Top Up TV.
(228568)
161
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229538)
162
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229556)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
163
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps would need to be taken to extend the Commonwealth War Graves Commission dates of commemoration from 31st December 1947.
(229277)
164
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what use is made of RAF Molesworth in the US Africom programme.
(229412)
165
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether an operational certificate has been issued by the US administration for the space-based infra-red system at RAF Menwith Hill.
(229413)
166
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to support the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence by signing a memorandum of understanding with the Centre; and if he will make a statement.
(229147)
167
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on (a) cyber defence and (b) cyber warfare.
(229148)
168
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency planning had been conducted at AWE Burghfield before the 2007 floods to prepare for such an eventuality; and if he will make a statement.
(229694)
169
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel aged under 18 years died (a) while on active service and (b) in training in each of the last five years; and what the cause of death was in each case.
(229408)
170
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many under 18 year olds are serving in the armed forces.
(229409)
171
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many under 18 year olds have applied for discretionary discharge under the unhappy minors provisions in the last three years; and how many of these applications were granted.
(229410)
172
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the commitment of young people who joined the armed forces before the age of 18 years to serve for four years beyond their 18th birthday with (a) international and human rights conventions and (b) the International Labour Organisation Child Labour Conventions.
(229411)
173
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has had discussions with its NATO counterparts on possible military cooperation with the Russian Federation in Afghanistan.
(229458)
174
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent advice the Surgeon General has received on adopting pathogen inactivation for treating blood products for UK armed forces.
(229596)
175
Anne Moffat (East Lothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department records the names of Colombian security forces personnel who have received training from UK military advisers in Colombia.
(229310)
176
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to discuss increasing opportunities for schoolchildren to visit British war graves.
(229248)
177
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments from the Armed Forces Pension Scheme in each of the last five years.
(229434)
178
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the annual change in the cost to the public purse of the 2006 changes to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(229489)
179
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force have policies in place to prevent discrimination against personnel with diabetes on the basis of their condition.
(229438)
180
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229537)
181
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229555)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
182
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what role the (a) Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, (b) Office of Nuclear Development, (c) Sustainable Development Commission and (d) Office of Climate Change will have in achieving his Department's objectives; and if he will make a statement.
(229446)
183
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Wales and (b) Pembrokeshire that have kerosene heating.
(229259)
184
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the number of households in Pembrokeshire in fuel poverty.
(229260)
185
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been spent on grants under the Warm Front scheme in Bexley since its introduction.
(229439)
186
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people were in fuel poverty in Hemel Hempstead constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229656)
187
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people he estimates are eligible for Warm Front grants; and how many people have received all or part of a grant in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West, (c) England and (d) the UK in each year since 2003.
(229369)
188
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been spent on the consultation project Towards Carbon Capture and Storage.
(229397)
189
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229536)
190
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229554)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
191
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was claimed in expenses by Ministers in his Department in each of the last three years.
(229250)
192
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on research on new farming systems in each of the last five years.
(229275)
193
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many projects each regional development agency has funded under the (a) Axis 1, (b) Axis 3 and (c) Leader sections of the England Rural Development Programme since 1st January 2007, broken down by projects budgeted at (i) up to £5,000, (ii) £5,001 to £100,000, (iii) £100,001 to £1,000,000 and (iv) over £1,000,000.
(229480)
194
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much each regional development agency has committed to projects under (a) Axis 1, (b) Axis 3 and (c) Leader sections of the England Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) since 1st January 2007, broken down by projects budgeted at (i) up to £5,000, (ii) £5,001 to £100,000, (iii) £100,001 to £1,000,000 and (iv) over £1,000,000; and what proportion of each total represents forward commitments for years three to seven of RDPE.
(229481)
195
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much each regional development agency has received from the Regional Development Programme for England since the inception of the 2000 to 2006 programme, broken down by programme year.
(229482)
196
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which projects have received Rural Development Programme for England funding since 1st January 2007, broken down by regional development agency.
(229483)
197
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) wheat, (b) barley, (c) fresh vegetables, (d) potatoes, (e) fresh fruit, (f) beef and veal, (g) pork, (h) bacon and ham, (i) mutton and lamb, (j) poultry meat, (k) eggs and (l) liquid milk was produced by volume in England in each year since 1997.
(229492)
198
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) value and (b) volume of imports of (i) wheat, (ii) barley, (iii) fresh vegetables, (iv) potatoes, (v) fresh fruit, (vi) beef and veal, (vii) pork, (viii) bacon and ham, (ix) mutton and lamb, (x) poultry meat, (xi) eggs and (xii) liquid milk in each year since 1997, broken down by country of despatch.
(229493)
199
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229534)
200
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229553)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
201
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Saudi Arabian government on use of the death penalty in that country since 2006.
(229497)
202
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Saudi Arabian government seeking (a) a moratorium on executions and (b) an end to use of the death penalty against children in that country.
(229498)
203
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's staff based in China work on UK trade promotion.
(229257)
204
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's staff based in China work on human rights issues.
(229258)
205
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with the government of Saudi Arabia on means of ensuring that Saudi aid for peaceful educational programmes to Palestine is spent on such purposes.
(229249)
206
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the number of Christians in Mosul who have fled as a result of attacks since September 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(229359)
207
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the number of Christian churches in Mosul which have been attacked since September 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(229360)
208
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of religious violence in Orissa state, India; what assessment he has made of its effect on the stability of India; and if he will make a statement.
(229361)
209
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of refugees who left Uzbekistan for neighbouring countries following events in Andijan in May 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(229366)
210
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Uzbekistan on establishing an independent inquiry into the events in Andijan in May 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(229374)
211
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the next EU-Uzbekistan Human Rights Dialogue will take place; and if he will make a statement.
(229376)
212
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Uzbekistan on the detention of journalists Salijon Abdurahmanov and Yusuf Juma; and if he will make a statement.
(229377)
213
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to review its (a) strategy and (b) goals in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(229384)
214
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229532)
215
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229552)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
216
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in relation to what requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on (a) abortion, (b) contraception, (c) reproductive health issues and (d) euthanasia refused by his Department appeals were made to the Information Commissioner in each year since 2005; how many such appeals were successful; if he will place in the Library copies of the information subsequently provided by his Department in each case; how much was spent by his Department opposing each appeal; what (i) consultants and (ii) law firms his Department employed in connection with each appeal; and if he will make a statement.
(229509)
217
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(229136)
218
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when and for what reason the decision was taken to withdraw diethylstilboestrol as a treatment for pregnant women.
(229400)
219
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research conducted overseas on the long-term effects of taking diethylstilboestrol on (a) women and (b) their children his Department has evaluated.
(229401)
220
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to identify and locate (a) women who were prescribed diethylstilboestrol and (b) the children of such women.
(229402)
221
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when information on incidence and mortality will be collected for people with breast cancer from black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds; and if he will make a statement.
(229653)
222
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timeframe is for evaluating and agreeing models that collect data on prevalence of people with breast cancer from black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds; and if he will make a statement.
(229654)
223
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on reducing the age limit to 60 years for free influenza injections; and if he will make a statement.
(229614)
224
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were employed in the NHS in (a) Bolton and (b) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(229615)
225
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines are in place in the NHS for offering (a) home births and (b) natural births to expectant mothers.
(229616)
226
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many detained mental health patients were absent without leave in each of the last five years.
(229276)
227
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many females were diagnosed with depression triggered by an oral contraceptive in each of the last five years, broken down by oral contraceptive.
(229565)
228
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received the influenza vaccination in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age group and (b) primary care trust.
(229566)
229
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he made of the effectiveness of the risk sharing scheme for the provision of multiple sclerosis disease modifying drugs; what value for money assessment he has made of the risk sharing scheme since its inception; when he will make available the full ScHARR report, including Annex C, as requested by the Health Select Committee in 2007; what the cost of the scheme has been since its inception; what the cost of (a) providing Avonex, Beteferon, Copaxone and Rebif and (b) the administration of the scheme by the MS Trust has been; and if he will make a statement.
(229560)
230
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing personal antimicrobial products for hospital patients as a means of combating healthcare-associated infections; and if he will make a statement.
(229463)
231
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent per head on health services in (a) Peterborough, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229452)
232
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS midwives have received redundancy notices in (a) Peterborough, (b) Cambridge and (c) England in the last two years.
(229453)
233
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) private finance initiative and (b) local improvement finance trust schemes his Department is planning which are not yet operational; what the (i) monetary value of the contract and (ii) equity partners are in each case; and what his most recent assessment is of each such scheme's viability.
(229467)
234
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what services are not provided free at the point of use in the NHS; when charges were introduced for each of these services; and how much was raised by each type of charge (a) in the last year for which figures are available and (b) since its introduction or in the last 30 years, whichever is the shorter period.
(229495)
235
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of prevalence of hepatitis B in each primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.
(229590)
236
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to commission research in the next 12 months on the anticipated incidence of all types of chronic hepatitis B over the next decade; and if he will make a statement.
(229591)
237
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many notifications there were for (a) hepatitis A, (b) chronic hepatitis B, (c) hepatitis C, (d) hepatitis D, (e) hepatitis E, (f) hepatitis F, (g) hepatitis G and (h) hepatitis H in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(229592)
238
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the public health guidelines on hepatitis B will be published.
(229593)
239
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of NHS patients who received infected blood products in each year since 1992.
(229594)
240
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs has to undertake bacterial infection in blood trials as part of their comprehensive review of pathogen inactivation for blood products in 2009.
(229595)
241
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of sepsis were recorded in England in each year since 2005.
(229597)
242
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) date of appointment and (b) expected date of end of term of office is of each member of (i) the Advisory Group on Hepatitis and (ii) the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
(229620)
243
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people seeking registration as domiciliary care providers in each region (a) met and (b) did not meet the required standard at each stage in the registration process in each of the last five years.
(229243)
244
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people over the age of 65 years were supported to live at home in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority area in each of the last five years.
(229244)
245
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of vulnerable older people who have undergone physical or physiological abuse in residential care homes in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(229245)
246
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients with dementia who have been given neuroleptic sedatives in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(229246)
247
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department took to ensure neutrality in the wording of questions issued to the public in relation to his Department's recent consultation on alcohol strategy; and whether the consultation's content was tested with an independent polling organisation before being issued.
(229265)
248
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): 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) Hemel Hempstead and (b) West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust.
(229644)
249
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the number of NHS dental practices in England that make use of the internet in providing care.
(229645)
250
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP dispensaries there are in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) West Hertfordshire primary care trust.
(229655)
251
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of documents sent to external bodies by his Department were lost in the post in the latest period for which information is available.
(229657)
252
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many licensed pharmacies there are in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) West Hertfordshire primary care trust.
(229659)
253
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of methadone prescriptions relating to substance abuse were made by general practitioners in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many of these were not made as part of formal drug treatment programmes.
(229663)
254
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average duration was of methadone treatment programmes in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229664)
255
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were prescribed (a) methadone and (b) other hard drug substitutes in each of the last five years.
(229665)
256
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals have made more than one submission to his Department's consultation on the alcohol strategy.
(229708)
257
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the recommendations of the report of the Healthcare Commission in 2007-08 entitled Annual Health Check.
(229724)
258
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for moving to a policy of selective rather than universal vaccination of children against tuberculosis.
(229725)
259
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for implementing his decisions following the consultation on the alcohol strategy.
(229730)
260
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications of the deficit in the National Health Service Contributory Pension Fund.
(229200)
261
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments from the National Health Service Pension Scheme in each of the last five years.
(229431)
262
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229533)
263
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229551)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
264
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was held by each police authority in England and Wales in foreign bank accounts (a) in each year since 2001 and (b) at the latest date for which information is available.
(229507)
265
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were made to each police authority about an individual's profile since 2005; how many requests were (a) agreed to and (b) refused in each of those years; how many refusals were subject to appeal to the Information Commissioner in each of those years; how many appeals were successful; if she will place in the Library copies of the material subsequently provided in each case; how much was spent by each police authority opposing each appeal; which (i) consultants and (ii) law firms were employed by each police authority in connection with each appeal; and if she will make a statement.
(229508)
266
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding has been agreed with each of her Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(229145)
267
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of offences related to domestic violence were reported in each police division in Gloucestershire in the latest year for which figures are available.
(229608)
268
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received on the sale of skunk cannabis seeds through online mail-order retailers.
(229070)
269
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people selling skunk cannabis seeds in England and Wales.
(229071)
270
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) murders, (b) assaults, (c) robberies and (d) other crimes committed while under the influence of skunk cannabis in (i) Lancashire and (ii) England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(229072)
271
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breaches of anti-social behaviour orders have been recorded in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London since their inception.
(229440)
272
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of the loss of personal documents were recorded by the Identity and Passport Service and its predecessors in each year since 1997.
(229307)
273
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports were lost by the Identity and Passport Service in transit to the passport holder in each year since 1997.
(229308)
274
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from each country of origin used the 1951 Convention on Refugees exemption from prosecution defence when attempting to enter the UK using false documentation in each of the last five years.
(229266)
275
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers received section (a) 4 and (b) 95 support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in each year since the Act came into force.
(229267)
276
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of administering section (a) 4 and (b) 95 support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 has been in each year since the Act came into force.
(229268)
277
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of offences involving (a) firearms and (b) knives after handing themselves into the police in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) offence and (ii) police force area.
(229283)
278
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refused asylum seekers of each nationality her Department estimates are living in each local authority area in the UK.
(229284)
279
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum cases were concluded in each year since 2003 because the claimant's country of origin had acceded to the EU, broken down by (a) country of origin and (b) year of original application.
(229285)
280
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers her Department estimates used false documentation to travel to the UK in each of the last five years.
(229286)
281
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from each country of origin were prosecuted for using false documentation to enter the UK in each of the last five years.
(229287)
282
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the detection rate for offences involving knives was in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) offence and (b) police force area.
(229399)
283
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispersal orders were issued by each police authority area in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(229732)
284
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers there were per head of population in each police authority area in England and Wales in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(229733)
285
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) recorded and (b) estimated actual number of incidents of domestic violence against (i) women and (ii) men was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(229293)
286
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the incidence of forced marriage in the UK.
(229294)
287
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of crimes in Hemel Hempstead were committed by 14 to 19 year olds in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229660)
288
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 9th May 2007, to the hon. Member for Bexley and Crayford, Official Report, column 246W, on drugs: misuse, what estimate she has made of (a) the number of problematic drug users in England and (b) the proportion of problematic drug users who are receiving treatment for addiction.
(229734)
289
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in (a) Hyndburn constituency and (b) the Lancashire Constabulary area in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available.
(229254)
290
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications of the deficit in the Police Contributory Pension Fund.
(229197)
291
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments from the Police Pension Scheme in each of the last five years.
(229433)
292
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the annual change in the cost to the public purse of the 2006 changes to the National Police Pension Scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(229488)
293
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received from the Council on the Misuse of Drugs on the use of gamma-butyrolactone as a date rape drug; and if she will make a statement.
(227816)
294
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the effectiveness of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the last 12 months.
(229240)
295
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department provides to the authorities in the country of origin of an asylum seeker without documents as part of the re-documentation process.
(229278)
296
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sudanese asylum seekers were deported following re-documentation interviews in March and April 2007 were from Darfur.
(229279)
297
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps were taken in response to the complaint made by a Darfuri asylum seeker against a Sudanese official as part of the re-documentation interviews of March and April 2007.
(229296)
298
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1432W, on the Criminal Records Bureau: standards, how many of the disputes resulted in the applicant's complaint being upheld and the record amended in each year.
(229252)
299
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of individual police forces' ability to tackle human trafficking in their areas; and if she will make a statement.
(229288)
300
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for driving without a licence or insurance in (i) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (ii) Cambridgeshire, (iii) the East of England and (iv) England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(229290)
301
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions there were for human trafficking offences in each police force area in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(229295)
302
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2008, Official Report, column 1272W, on police: disciplinary proceedings, from what date each officer had been on suspension, how much pay each officer was receiving while on suspension; what rank each was; and whether any were suspended due to allegations of racism.
(229603)
303
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of civil servants in her Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229530)
304
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil servants working in her Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229550)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
305
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will take steps to ensure that the Official Report is published on the Parliamentary intranet in PDF format; what discussions the Commission has had with the House of Lords authorities about the availability on the Parliamentary intranet of House of Lords Hansard in PDF format; and if he will make a statement.
(229499)
306
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 858W, on Official Report, what the average cost was of making all the forms of the Official Report available in printed form per sitting day in the 10 financial years before 2007-08.
(229066)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
307
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Havant of 3rd March 2008, Official Report, column 2219W, on taxis, what information on travel expenditure is collected centrally in his Department.
(229274)
308
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people took level 3 NVQs in childcare in the last three years, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) further education college.
(229609)
309
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229531)
310
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229549)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
311
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what grants were given to the Karen Development Committee in Burma in each of the last five years; and what the purpose of each grant was.
(229300)
312
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether (a) UN staff and (b) staff of his Department have unrestricted access to all areas of the delta region in Burma where UK-funded aid is being delivered.
(229301)
313
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the government of Burma on the lifting of aid restrictions in eastern and other parts of Burma.
(229302)
314
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what mechanisms are in place to monitor the response to Cyclone Nargis of these organisations or companies using funds allocated by his Department.
(229303)
315
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which sub-recipients and end recipients received UK relief aid following Cyclone Nargis in Burma.
(229304)
316
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which organisations have received funding from his Department to assist in the response to Cyclone Nargis in Burma.
(229305)
317
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the aid provided by his Department to alleviate the effects of Cyclone Nargis in Burma has been given to private companies for relief and reconstruction work; to which companies; and for what purpose.
(229306)
318
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has allocated to the Platform2 programme; what conditions were attached to that funding; and what assessment he has made of how effectively that funding has been spent.
(229643)
319
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many individuals his Department recruited from the fast stream through (a) the Central Departments option and (b) the Technical Development option in each of the last five years.
(229356)
320
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1339-40W, on departmental fraud, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's submission to HM Treasury for the 2007 Annual Fraud Report.
(229357)
321
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the written statement of 22nd April 2008, Official Report, column 100WS, on rising food prices (international impact), how much budgetary support has been advanced; to which countries; how much his Department has spent on additional payments to date; and which countries have received such payments.
(228569)
322
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the written statement of 22nd April 2008, Official Report, column 100WS, on rising food prices (international impact), how much of the £30 million identified for support for the World Food Programme has been spent to date; on what dates such payments were made; and what quantity of food has been purchased as a result, broken down by food type.
(228570)
323
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of people in the north of Sri Lanka who do not have access to healthcare and water as a result of the recent hostilities between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam since July 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(229362)
324
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has undertaken of the effects of UK-funded reconstruction and development projects in Afghanistan; what plans it has for such studies in the future; and if he will make a statement.
(229378)
325
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229529)
326
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants working in his Department have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229548)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
327
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.
(229146)
328
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are being taken in response to prisoners' views about methods of pain relief in Standford Hill Prison as outlined in the measuring the quality of prison life survey of June 2008; and whether there is a ban on prescribing oxycontin for pain relief in the prison.
(229297)
329
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many house repossession orders were laid before the courts in Hampshire in each of the last 12 months, broken down by county court.
(229563)
330
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of convicted prisoners with severe psychiatric disorders in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(229468)
331
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's policy is on meeting the needs of convicted prisoners with psychiatric disorders.
(229469)
332
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the facilities available to convicted prisoners with severe psychiatric disorders; and if he will make a statement.
(229470)
333
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Inspector of Prisons on the provision of treatment in prisons for prisoners with severe psychiatric disorders; and if he will make a statement.
(229471)
334
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers in England and Wales who are at occupational risk have been required to pay for vaccination against chronic hepatitis B since January 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(229589)
335
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications of the deficit in the Judicial Contributory Pension Fund.
(229198)
336
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with Ministers from the Department for Children, Schools and Families on the drafting of the Youth Action Plan.
(229444)
337
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of released prisoners found (a) full-time employment and (b) placements in work-based training programmes within six months of completing their sentence in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(229289)
338
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisoners were reconvicted and sentenced to another custodial term within three months of leaving prison in each of the last five years.
(229291)
339
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1379W, on the Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution, how many inmates of HM Young Offender Institution Lancaster farms aged 18 years and one month are housed on the juvenile site.
(229604)
340
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229528)
341
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229547)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
342
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229527)
343
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants working in his Department have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229546)
Questions to the Prime Minister
344
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has commissioned any studies into lessons learnt from the UK's military and humanitarian efforts in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since June 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(229379)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
345
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229526)
346
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many civil servants working in his Department have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229545)
Questions to the Solicitor General
347
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases of fraud exceeding £1 million the Fraud Prosecution Service has handled since September 2006.
(229390)
348
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases have been referred to the Joint Vetting Committee since the Fraud Prosecution Service's formation in September 2006.
(229391)
349
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the expansion of the City of London's Economic Crime Department on the flow of cases to the Serious Fraud Office.
(229393)
350
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Solicitor General, what the cost to the Serious Fraud Office was of reviewing 36 Fraud Prosecution Service case files for Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate's Review of the Fraud Prosecution Service.
(229394)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
351
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) blind and (b) partially sighted people had a free bus pass (i) in each year since 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which information is available.
(229510)
352
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will encourage local authorities to allow blue badge holders to park free of charge in (a) residents' parking bays and (b) parking bays; and if he will make a statement.
(229511)
353
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve bus services in England.
(228310)
354
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage bus companies to spend money on environmentally friendly vehicles.
(228311)
355
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of visually impaired people injured whilst using public transport in the last 10 years.
(229462)
356
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to reduce overcrowding on the rail network; and if he will make a statement.
(229347)
357
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to extend the electrification of the rail network west of London.
(229443)
358
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people driving illegally without a licence or insurance who are resident in (a) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) the East of England and (d) England and Wales.
(229292)
359
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229524)
360
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229544)
361
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the provision of bus passes for people aged over 60 years with no fixed abode; and if he will make a statement.
(229455)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
362
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229523)
363
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many civil servants working in his Department have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229542)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
364
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what legislation provides for the disability living allowance mobility component; what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents he (i) has issued and (ii) plans to issue in the next 12 months consequent on the provisions of that legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(229500)
365
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) blind and (b) partially sighted people received the mobility component of disability living allowance (i) at the higher rate and (ii) at the lower rate in each year since 1997.
(229501)
366
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) blind and (b) partially sighted people living in Southend West constituency received the mobility component of disability living allowance (i) at the higher rate and (ii) at the lower rate (A) in each year since 1997 and (B) at the latest date for which information is available.
(229502)
367
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the debt steer policy and guidelines implemented on his behalf by the Child Support Agency.
(229567)
368
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a visual impairment are receiving (a) the lower rate and (b) the higher rate of the mobility component of the disability living allowance.
(229459)
369
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a visual impairment have received the (a) lower rate and (b) higher rate of the mobility component of the disability living allowance in the last 12 months.
(229460)
370
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a visual impairment have applied for the (a) lower rate and (b) higher rate of the mobility component of the disability living allowance in the last 12 months.
(229461)
371
N
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to reduce pensioner poverty.
(228456)
372
N
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the take up of benefits that remain unclaimed by pensioners each year.
(228457)
373
N
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a system of automatic payments of benefits to people who are eligible for but not claiming pension credit or council tax benefit.
(228458)
374
N
John Mason (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on sharing data in order to enable automatic payment of benefits.
(228461)
375
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much in housing benefit has been paid to tenants of (a) housing associations and (b) local authorities, including arm's length management organisations, since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the effect on housing benefit costs of tenants transferring from council management to registered social landlords as part of stock transfers in each of those years.
(229403)
376
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of jobs advertised in jobcentres offered remuneration at the level of the national minimum wage on the latest date for which figures are available.
(229298)
377
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes.
(229522)
378
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.
(229541)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
379
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the Office of Fair Trading has spent on investigating complaints under the supermarket code of practice in each year since the code's inception.
[Transferred] (229494)
380
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps are being taken to seek to ensure the stability of the price of petrol.
[Transferred] (229388)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
381
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which items of expenditure in a local election or local referendum are liable for value added tax.
[Transferred] (229611)
382
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the number of flights using UK airports of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty.
[Transferred] (229599)
383
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the likely effect on the number of flights using UK airports of the introduction of the proposed aviation duty.
[Transferred] (229255)
384
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the cost of implementing its plans for a geographical information system.
[Transferred] (229673)
385
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the net additional funding the United Kingdom will receive from the European Union Solidarity Fund to assist in the aftermath of the floods in 2007.
[Transferred] (229761)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
386
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2008, Official Report, column 1638W, on regional planning and development: finance, which Government office or agency funds the (a) e-governmental regional partnerships and (b) regional equality and diversity partnerships.
[Transferred] (229625)
387
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many mobile telephone masts were constructed in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (229365)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
388
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with (a) the World Bank, (b) the African Development Bank, (c) the International Monetary Fund and (d) the UN on a long-term economic assistance package for Zimbabwe; what conditions would be imposed by the Government on any such package; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (229354)
389
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with (a) the World Bank, (b) the African Development Bank, (c) the International Monetary Fund and (d) the UN on an international donor conference for Zimbabwe; what conditions the Government would apply to the holding of such a conference; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (229355)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
390
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has issued guidance on the placing of CCTV cameras near polling stations.
[Transferred] (229273)
391
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17th June 2008, Official Report, columns 885-6W, on departmental security, how many identity cards and security passes were reported lost or stolen at (a) HMP Pentonville, (b) HMP Holloway and (c) Young Offender Institution Holloway in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (229358)
392
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) fined for speeding in Hampshire in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (229564)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
393
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the merits of paying housing benefit directly to private landlords where their tenants agree.
[Transferred] (229368)

 
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