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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 23 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 Thursday 23 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 23 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 23 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 Thursday 23 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 23 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to protect small businesses in the current economic climate; and if he will make a statement.
(229214)
2
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will publish the interim report of the Street Trading and Pedlar Review commissioned by his Department from Durham University.
(229745)
3
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects the final report of the Street Trading and Pedlar Review commissioned by his Department from Durham University to be made available to hon. Members.
(229746)
4
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent assessment he has made of the future competitiveness of the retail sector.
(229224)
5
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he is taking to ensure that loan finance is available to small businesses on normal financial terms.
(229422)
6
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies it sponsors in each of the last three years; and what the cost of each such contract was.
(230224)
7
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much fishermen received to date under the Icelandic Fishermen's Compensation Scheme, broken down by port.
(230136)
8
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the value of UK (a) imports to and (b) exports from Iceland were on the latest date for which figures are available.
(230137)
9
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230199)
10
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects Post Office Ltd. to make a decision on the future of Linslade Post Office in South West Bedfordshire constituency.
(229580)
11
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the Post Office has spent on (a) advertising and (b) sponsorship in each of the last five years.
(229833)
12
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many consignments of goods were exported from the UK in each of the last three years to (a) Israel and (b) the occupied Palestinian territories.
(229928)
13
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will put in place procedures to record the export of products to illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory separately from those relating to Israel.
(229938)
14
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance his Department provides to UK businesses wishing to trade with or invest in Israel with regard to not supporting illegal Israeli settlements.
(229944)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
15
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the ordinary shares in (a) HBOS plc, (b) RBS plc and (c) Lloyds TSB plc purchased by the Commissioners of HM Treasury are ordinary voting shares; whether ordinary dividends may be paid before all shares held by the Government are redeemed or sold in each case; how many directors the Government will be able to appoint to the Board of Directors in each case; and what restrictions will be put on the emoluments of the directors of each of these banks.
(229573)
16
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the preference shares purchased by the Commissioners of HM Treasury in (a) HBOS plc, (b) RBS Group plc and Lloyds TSB plc are (i) redeemable, (ii) fixed rate, (iii) non-cumulative and (iv) non-voting shares; what the (A) nominal value and (B) rate of dividend is of each type of preference shares; and what the (1) earliest date the company can redeem the shares and (2) latest date the shares have to be redeemed is for each type of share.
(229574)
17
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a formal condition for the purchase in Lloyds TSB plc, HBOS plc and RBS Group plc by the Government of £28 billion in common stock is a commitment immediately to restore and maintain the availability and active marketing of competitively priced mortgage lending, other than in the non-conforming market, over the next three years at a level at least equivalent to that of 2007.
(229575)
18
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date each of the different share categories under the £37 billion purchase by the Commissioners of HM Treasury in (a) HBOS plc, (b) RBS Group plc and (c) Lloyds TSB plc will be subscribed.
(229576)
19
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to halt the merger of Lloyds TSB plc and HBOS plc; and if he will make a statement.
(229577)
20
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the level to which the higher threshold for income tax would need to be raised for the same number of people to be paying the higher rate now as in 1997.
(229737)
21
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual revenue which would be forgone by raising the higher rate of income tax threshold to (a) £45,000 and (b) £50,000.
(229739)
22
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were paying the higher rate of income tax in (a) 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(229763)
23
N
Mary Creagh (Wakefield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of UK nationals who hold deposits with offshore Icelandic banks and (b) the value of such deposits.
(229572)
24
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support the Government has provided to building societies during the recent economic difficulties.
(228596)
25
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government has taken to ensure the interests of all building societies are taken into account in the Government's financial strategy during the current economic difficulties.
(228597)
26
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of credit card debt in (a) November 2006 and (b) the most recent month for which figures are available.
(229839)
27
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will direct those banks which have received funds from the public purse not to repossess any property in cases where the mortgage holder is unable to keep up payments where the property in question is the mortgage holder's home and solely-owned property.
(229840)
28
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make provision for British citizens living overseas who are unable to access their deposits in subsidiaries of Icelandic banks following the Government's decision to freeze the assets of Landsbanki bank.
(229869)
29
N
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the status as public authorities for the purposes of the Human Rights Act 1998 of companies in temporary public ownership; and if he will make a statement.
(229338)
30
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to ensure the efficient administration of online tax returns for the 2007-08 tax year.
(229583)
31
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to issue revised guidance on eligibility to claim the seafarers' earnings deduction.
(230018)
32
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely effect of any decision to lower fuel duties in Northern Ireland on tax revenues.
(229472)
33
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the revenue to the Exchequer from the small companies rate of corporation tax in each of the last four years; and what he expects it to be in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.
(229740)
34
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made (a) of the number of companies paying the small companies rate of corporation tax in each of the last four years and (b) the likely number in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11.
(229741)
35
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of company liquidations among companies paying the small companies rate of corporation tax in each of the last four years and (b) the likely number in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11.
(229742)
36
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1593-4W, on social security benefits, how many people applied for either working tax credit or child tax credit in each month since January 2006.
(229705)
37
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) plans to spend on (a) maintenance and (b) upgrading of its offices at (i) St Helens and (ii) Blackburn in each of the next three years.
(229978)
38
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government plans to take to encourage banks which are in receipt of money from the public purse to lend money to small businesses.
(229851)
39
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department received on the financial position of Landsbanki between February and October 2008.
(229766)
40
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department received on Icesave accounts between Landsbanki between February and October 2008.
(229767)
41
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mortgage repossessions Northern Rock has initiated in each month since it was taken into public ownership.
(230138)
42
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to ease the procedures for tendering and procurement between Government departments and (a) social enterprises and (b) small- and medium-sized enterprises.
(230228)
43
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's non-domestic rating guidance, RAT IA, as amended to include advice on the smoking ban.
(230305)
44
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what methodology will be used to calculate the rateable value of (a) micro wind turbines and (b) solar or photovoltaic cells, for the 2010 rates revaluation; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the relevant guidance used by the Valuation Office Agency.
(230309)
45
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average capital value was of (a) a pre-1919 terraced house (modernised), (b) an inter-war semi-detached house (modernised), (c) a post-1960 semi-detached house, (d) a post-1960 detached house and (e) a post-1960 flat in a three (or more) storey block, according to Valuation Office Agency records in (i) the most recent month for which figures are available, (ii) the same month in 2007 and (iii) the same month in 2006 in (A) England and (B) each local authority area or equivalent area that the Agency uses in England.
(230332)
46
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which capital projects he has identified to date as suitable to be fast-tracked during the current economic uncertainty.
(230097)
47
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the terms of the agreement were with Santander Abbey over Bradford and Bingley, with particular reference to the balance between cash and other assets covering the retail deposit base.
(230177)
48
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230205)
49
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether European Commission officials have on any occasion launched investigations inside Israel to determine whether Israeli importers are correctly applying the 2005 technical arrangement of the EU-Israel Association Agreement with regard to goods being charged at the correct duty.
(229916)
50
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs maintain a list of companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements.
(229917)
51
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many consignments of Israeli goods entered the UK in each of the last three years.
(229927)
52
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many consignments of goods entered the UK from the occupied Palestinian territory in each of the last three years.
(229929)
53
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many targeted physical examinations have been carried out on goods coming into the UK from Israel in the last three years.
(229930)
54
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests for information have been raised with the Israeli customs authorities to establish whether consignments have been imported from Israel or Israeli settlements under the 2005 technical arrangement of the EU-Israel Association Agreement in each of the last three years.
(229931)
55
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests for information to the Israeli customs authorities under the 2005 technical arrangement regarding the origin of consignments from Israel or Israeli settlements had not been answered within 10 months, in each of the last three years.
(229932)
56
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests for information regarding consignments believed to have originated from Israeli settlements have been answered by Israeli customs authorities in each of the last three years; and how many such consignments the Israeli government determined had originated from settlements.
(229933)
57
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure Israeli customs authorities respond to all requests from HM Revenue and Customs made under the 2005 technical arrangement.
(229934)
58
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he has issued any fines to companies for falsely declaring goods are from Israel when they have originated from illegal Israeli settlements under the 2005 technical arrangement.
(229935)
59
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Israeli customs authorities have provided HM Revenue and Customs with a list of postcodes for Israeli settlements and the corresponding names and addresses of each settlement.
(229936)
60
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will put in place procedures to record the import of products from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory separately from those relating to Israel.
(229937)
61
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of flights using UK airports of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty.
(229477)
62
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what economic modelling he has undertaken in assessing the likely effect of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty; and if he will make a statement.
(229478)
63
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on assistance for UK citizens with savings in Isle of Man banks that have gone into receivership.
(229340)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
64
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children with autism spectrum disorders have been sent to a pupil referral unit in the last 12 months.
(230178)
65
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of exclusions of pupils with special educational needs.
(230229)
66
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children with autism spectrum disorders were subject to (a) permanent exclusion and (b) fixed-term exclusion from school in the academic year 2006-07.
(230230)
67
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the factors influencing the proportion of children attending pupil referral units who have been assessed as having special educational needs.
(230237)
68
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what definition of internal exclusion his Department uses in its guidance on school exclusions and pupil referral units.
(230238)
69
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to minimise the number of pupils with autism who are excluded from school because they are being bullied.
(230239)
70
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans his Department has to collect data on the types of special educational needs of pupils who have been excluded.
(230240)
71
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether his Department's review of the Designated Schools Grant will take into account the contribution that small rural primary schools make to their communities and to the education of disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
(230179)
72
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many of his Department's capital projects under (a) the Building Schools for the Future programme and (b) other programmes have involved financing from Landsbanki in the last three years, broken down by (i) school and (ii) local authority area.
(230220)
73
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teacher trainees on the initial teacher training course had to retake the basic (a) literacy, (b) numeracy and (c) IT tests (i) once, (ii) twice, (iii) three times and (iv) more than three times in each of the last 10 years.
(230221)
74
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which private sector companies are participating in Local Education Partnerships to deliver Building Schools for the Future projects.
(230222)
75
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many UCAS points on average those entering BEd courses had in each of the last five years.
(230273)
76
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of those completing BEd courses were awarded a (a) pass, (b) third class and (c) lower second class degree in each of the last 10 years.
(230274)
77
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teacher trainees did not pass their teacher training in each of the last 10 years, broken down by graduate route into teacher training.
(230275)
78
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average number of hours of training is that teachers have been given on the new diplomas prior to their implementation.
(230051)
79
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which organisations are offering training on teaching diploma courses to teachers.
(230052)
80
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the syllabus is for the training of teachers on diplomas.
(230053)
81
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to help rural schools collaborate in offering the diploma courses.
(230054)
82
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what additional funds will be available to help rural schools provide intra-institutional transport for students undertaking a diploma course in a joint educational setting.
(230055)
83
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the issues arising from the offering of diploma courses in rural areas.
(230056)
84
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the procedure is for businesses applying to participate in delivering diploma courses.
(230057)
85
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the procedures are for ensuring compliance with child protection requirements within businesses applying to participate in joint ventures offering diploma courses.
(230058)
86
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether the Government plans to provide headteachers with additional powers to increase school discipline.
(229854)
87
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to encourage children from the most deprived backgrounds to apply for admission to leading universities.
(229863)
88
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if his Department will consider giving local safeguarding children boards a role in identifying and supporting the children of imprisoned parents.
(229828)
89
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department issued to local authorities on the adequate protection and care of children whose parent or parents are (a) remanded in custody and (b) sentenced to a period of imprisonment.
(229975)
90
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with children's charities on (a) the needs of children with parents in prison and (b) the additional support they require.
(229976)
91
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) untrained staff and (b) staff trained to level (i) one, (ii) two and (iii) three working in (A) private, voluntary and independent sector and (B) maintained sector nurseries.
(229699)
92
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of people with (a) a Cache level three, (b) a BTEC national diploma and (c) an NVQ level three in childcare in each year since 1997.
(229700)
93
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of people who qualified in (a) a Cache level two, (b) a BTEC certificate, CACHE and City and Guilds and (c) an NVQ level two in childcare in each year since 1997.
(229701)
94
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the additional number of staff who will have to enter the childcare sector to extend the free entitlement (a) from 12 and a half to 15 hours and (b) to all two year olds.
(229702)
95
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what qualifications his Department (a) approves and (b) recommends for people working in child care.
(229703)
96
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 1133W, on pre-school education, what the timescale is for the pilots underway in 63 local authorities.
(229764)
97
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what criteria his Department uses to value non-cash contributions made by academy sponsors.
(230135)
98
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what reasons (a) academies and (b) foundation schools are granted ownership of the land and buildings they occupy; and if he will make a statement.
(230139)
99
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230209)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
100
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many civil service and executive agency jobs have been (a) created in and (b) relocated to York in each year since 1992.
(230252)
101
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many excess deaths from cold weather there were in York in each year since 1996-97; and if he will make a statement.
(230259)
102
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many diagnoses of prostate cancer there were in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority area and (c) each primary care trust area in each year since 1997.
(229318)
103
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what rules apply to expenditure by (a) central government and (b) local authorities in respect of local referenda (i) before and (ii) during the referendum period.
(230318)
104
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the annual savings accruing to the public purse as a result of the introduction of a career average pension scheme within the Civil Service pension scheme.
(229872)
105
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether UK-based charities may provide funds to illegal Israeli settlements within the rules administered by the Charity Commission.
(229921)
106
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the Charity Commission has issued any guidance to UK charities operating in Israel regarding their ability to operate in illegal Israeli settlements.
(229922)
107
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps the Charity Commission takes to determine that UK charities do not support individuals or organisations which violate international law or undermine human rights.
(229923)
108
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will estimate the number of UK charities which are operating in illegal Israeli settlements; and if he will make a statement.
(229942)
109
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if the Charity Commission will take steps to ensure that UK-based charities do not support Israeli settlement groups involved in committing violent acts against Palestinian civilians.
(229943)
110
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many charities registered in the UK operate outside the UK; and in what countries.
(230100)
111
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many charitable organisations the Charity Commission has penalised for receiving illegitimate donations in each of the last five years; and how many of those had religious objects.
(230101)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
112
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authority-owned dwellings underwent improvements to their (a) central heating and (b) insulation in each year since 1996-97; and how much was spent on each kind of work in each year.
(230256)
113
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who has been appointed to the Board of the Housing and Communities Agency; what criteria were used in making the appointments; and what annual remuneration each board member will receive.
(229962)
114
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many householders have presented themselves to a local authority as homeless in England in each year since 1985; and how many of those presented following (a) mortgage repayment difficulties and (b) rental arrears in each such year.
(229415)
115
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much council tax liability was written off by local authorities in each year since 1985; and what proportion of council tax liability this represented in each such year.
(229416)
116
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage of council tax liability was not collected by local authorities in England in each year since 1985.
(229417)
117
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average Band D council tax increase was in England in each year since 1985.
(229418)
118
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies it sponsors in each of the last three years; and what the cost of each such contract was.
(230226)
119
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures the Government plans to introduce to alleviate (a) homelessness and (b) youth homelessness.
(229859)
120
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many free emergency beds are available solely to homeless youths at any one time in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley District and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(229860)
121
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department and its predecessors has spent on services for homeless youths in each of the last 10 years.
(229861)
122
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she plans to take to make brownfield sites available for housing development.
(229864)
123
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the historic debt outstanding against council house construction was in each year since 1990 in (a) cost terms and (b) as a proportion of the public sector borrowing requirement; and what the projection for those figures is, including borrowing on the part of arm's length management organisations over the next 10 years.
(230046)
124
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council houses there are in each local authority area; and what estimate she has of the cost to Government of transferring those homes to registered social landlords.
(230047)
125
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total value of right to buy receipts has been in each month of the most recent two years for which figures are available; and what amount has been (a) retained by local authorities and (b) taken by Government in each such month.
(230050)
126
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much each local authority has received in (a) capital receipts from right to buy sales, (b) management and maintenance allowance and (c) minor repairs allowance in each year since 1990; and what estimate she has made of such local government receipts in the next 30 years, using the assumptions adopted in her Department's self-financing of council housing services modelling exercise.
(230134)
127
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) privately rented student accommodation or houses, (b) student halls of residence and (c) residential care homes which are not fitted with carbon monoxide alarms.
(229324)
128
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations her Department has received on introducing a mandatory requirement for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all forms of rented accommodation.
(229325)
129
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2086W, on housing: low incomes, which local authorities and housing associations offer the scheme; and which localities the housing associations cover.
(230033)
130
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 10th September 2008, Official Report, columns 1987-8W, on council tax, whether local authorities may grant a single person council tax discount on the condition that the householder permits an internal inspection of their property by a local authority representative.
(230034)
131
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April 2008, Official Report, column 1412W, on regional empowerment consortia, how much her Department has allocated to regional empowerment consortia in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.
(230035)
132
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 28th January 2008, Official Report, column 112W, on council tax: standards, which data collections outside the National Indicator Set will be (a) continued and (b) discontinued.
(230036)
133
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, columns 1427-8W, on non-domestic rates: valuation, what the average size of a sub-location is; and how many sub-locations there are in England.
(230125)
134
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, column 1427W, on non-domestic rates: valuation, whether each sub-location is given (a) a name and (b) a unique number.
(230126)
135
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, columns 1421-2W, on empty property, if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent to local authorities seeking information on how reforms to the empty property rate are working.
(230127)
136
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10th September 2008, Official Report, column 1949W, on council tax: valuation, what the value of the total payments made to Tenet Technology by the Valuation Office Agency in the last financial year for which figures are available was.
(230142)
137
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 30th June 2008, Official Report, column 630W, on the Valuation Office: ICT, on what date the copy of the guidance was placed in the Library.
(230143)
138
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2081W, on departmental overseas visits, which division of her Department authorised each overseas visit.
(230144)
139
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2085W, on home information packs, what assessment (a) her Department and (b) consultants for her Department have made of the typical maximum period within which a local authority search in a home information pack will be accepted as valid by a mortgage lender.
(230145)
140
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2082W, on the English Regions Network, if she will make it her policy to cease funding the English Regions Network.
(230146)
141
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2080W, on councillors: code of practice, whether councillors who are members of an area committee that is administered by another council are required to (a) sign the code of conduct and (b) maintain a register of interests, in addition to the code and register that they have for the council to which they were directly elected; and whether her Department or the Standards Board for England has issued any advice or guidance on this issue.
(230147)
142
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, column 1429W, on the Valuation Office: council tax, if she will list each type of property data attribute that is sold.
(230148)
143
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, column 1419W, on council tax, what guidance (a) the Valuation Office Agency, (b) the Valuation Tribunal Service and (c) the predecessors of her Department have provided on the application of the Limitations Act 1980 to repayments by local billing authorities for council tax bills in cases where there has been an error in the banding of a domestic dwelling.
(230149)
144
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, columns 1421-2W, on empty property, what the timetable for (a) information gathering and (b) the publication of the conclusions is.
(230150)
145
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, column 1479W, on stamp duty land tax, who is responsible for determining whether an energy performance certificate contains the information sufficient to demonstrate that the zero carbon homes standard has been met and that a further inspection is not necessary for certification.
(230151)
146
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 10th September 2008, Official Report, columns 1996-98W, on the right to buy scheme: discounts, what consideration her Department and its predecessors have given to increasing right to buy discounts in line with house price inflation and appreciation since 1997.
(230152)
147
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 20th May 2008, Official Report, column 262W, on demolition: finance, if she will now place in the Library the funding agreements.
(230153)
148
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 10th September 2008, Official Report, columns 1994-5W, on local government: reorganisation, if she will provide a summary of the independent financial report's recommendations, with particular reference to those related to (a) cost overruns and (b) increasing net costs.
(230154)
149
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 10th September 2008, Official Report, columns 1996-98W, on the right to buy scheme: discounts, what assessment her Department or its contractors has made of the effect of the changes in right to buy discounts and eligibility on the affordability of right to buy properties.
(230155)
150
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10th September 2008, Official Report, columns 1995-6W, on non-domestic rates: empty properties, which local authorities provided information on evasion of empty property rates.
(230156)
151
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information her Department (a) collected and (b) sampled arising from home information pack purchases.
(230181)
152
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the average cost of empty property business rates to local authorities in 2008-09 arising from empty local authority properties.
(230182)
153
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether an impact assessment was undertaken in relation to the decision to allow energy performance certificates for the sale of domestic dwellings to have a shelf-life of three years.
(230183)
154
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Departmental Unallocated Provision for Capital DEL outlined in her Department's 2008 Annual Report on page 166, has yet been allocated in whole or in part from (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.
(230184)
155
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the purpose of the proposed State of the Cities Database development is.
(230185)
156
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of private (a) sales and (b) rental transactions in England are accessible to the Valuation Office Agency through its interface with Rightmove.co.uk plc to assist with council tax revaluations.
(230186)
157
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's definition of place shaping is.
(230187)
158
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department has taken to implement recommendation 7.5 of the Lyons Inquiry report in relation to student households and council tax.
(230188)
159
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations in London offer Social Homebuy to their tenants.
(230189)
160
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, at what point in the residential sale process an energy performance certificate must be provided.
(230190)
161
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what each of the regional and local authority caps for right to buy discounts are.
(230191)
162
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what evidential basis the supplementary vote was chosen as the electoral system for directly-elected mayors; and whether evidence was gathered on its use overseas.
(230192)
163
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many social tenants participated in the (a) right to buy and (b) right to acquire scheme in each year since the introduction of each scheme.
(230193)
164
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on certificates of lawfulness for developments with permitted development rights.
(230194)
165
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the purpose of the compensation payments set out on page 62 of her Department's latest resource accounts were.
(230195)
166
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the forecast additional revenue arising from empty property business rates will be (a) treated and (b) disposed of.
(230196)
167
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the deadlines for small firms to submit applications to claim small business rate relief for the (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09 financial years are.
(230293)
168
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers local authorities have to issue fixed penalty notices.
(230294)
169
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have cited a move to an alternate weekly collection of household rubbish as an efficiency saving in their annual efficiency returns submitted to her Department.
(230295)
170
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she plans to take to implement her proposal to make parish polls more accessible contained in the Community Empowerment White Paper.
(230296)
171
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers local authorities have to take action against empty non-domestic dwellings which harm the amenity of the local environment.
(230297)
172
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether representatives of (a) her Department and its predecessors and (b) the Government Office for the South East have attended (i) formal or (ii) informal meetings of (A) the Arc Manche Assembly and (B) its committees since the Assembly's inception.
(230298)
173
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the implications of the recent Court of Appeal ruling on increased traffic and council tax bands for her Department's policy; and what the cost to the public purse of the legal case was.
(230299)
174
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect on levels of council tax of the creation of additional parish councils and changes in parish precepts.
(230300)
175
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what publications related to the eco-towns programme her Department has funded; and on what date each such document was published.
(230301)
176
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what Government policy is on levying retrospective (a) council tax and (b) business rates.
(230302)
177
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made, and what legal advice its has commissioned, on the compatibility of her Department's promotion of the eco-town programme and specific sites with its role in the planning process for such sites.
(230303)
178
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which regional spatial strategies proposed the weakening of Green Belt protection in specific locations in the most recent drafts submitted to her Department.
(230304)
179
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the central budget for the eco-town programme is.
(230306)
180
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the running costs of the Audit Commission were in 2007; and what estimate has been made of such costs for 2008.
(230307)
181
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what issues the forthcoming Housing Green Paper will address; and what the timetable is for its publication.
(230308)
182
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which organisation is providing her Department with research into levels of housing need; and what the terms of reference of such research are.
(230310)
183
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the withdrawal of housing data in July 2008 due to inconsistencies; and what data were affected.
(230311)
184
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent to date by her Department and its agencies in relation to the eco-town programme, broken down by main budget heading.
(230312)
185
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when each regional fire control room outside London is planned to come into operational use.
(230313)
186
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding and other resources her Department is providing to run road shows or other events to promote eco-towns.
(230314)
187
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library copies of the assessments and reports made by her Department's press officers, or outsourced press monitoring operations, of media coverage of her Department for the last month.
(230315)
188
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) date and (b) location of each exhibition and road show funded (i) directly and (ii) indirectly by her Department in relation to the eco-towns programme is.
(230316)
189
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reason her Department has decided to cease funding for the Gigateway; and whether she plans to reassess the spatial data infrastructure during the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive.
(230317)
190
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) purpose and (b) nature of (i) the £136,000 ex gratia payment and (ii) the £286,000 adverse costs payment recorded on page 62 of her Department's most recent resource accounts was.
(230319)
191
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who the board members of (a) Firebuy Ltd and (b) the Community Development Foundation are.
(230320)
192
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether new Place Surveys will be conducted by (a) face-to-face interview or (b) correspondence.
(230321)
193
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of her Department's proposed expenditure on citizens' juries in the (a) present and (b) next two financial years.
(230322)
194
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding the Government Offices for the Regions gave to regional equality and diversity partnerships in the last period for which figures are available.
(230323)
195
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the annual cost of her Department's Places Community.
(230324)
196
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, under what circumstances a certificate of lawfulness is required in relation to a proposed development; and whether a developer or householder is required to obtain such a certificate if the proposed development does not require planning permission.
(230325)
197
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the (a) set up cost and (b) annual running cost of the Homes and Communities Agency.
(230326)
198
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what impact assessment has been produced by (a) her Department and (b) the Audit Commission on the effect of moving from comprehensive performance assessment to comprehensive area assessment.
(230327)
199
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what budget has been established for the Homes and Communities Agency in the first full year of its operation.
(230328)
200
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who the Audit Commission's appointed auditors are.
(230329)
201
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to respond to the recommendations in the National Land Use Database scoping study commissioned by her Department.
(230330)
202
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 job specification of the spatial analysis co-ordinator position advertised by her Department in October 2008.
(230333)
203
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many spatial analysis co-ordinators her Department (a) employs and (b) proposes to employ.
(230334)
204
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been allocated to regional efficiency improvement partnerships in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.
(230335)
205
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department on best value (a) inspection subsidies to public corporations and (b) interventions in the last year for which figures are available.
(230336)
206
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's definition of (a) a rural and (b) an urban local authority is.
(230337)
207
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the location and address of each site in the Design for Manufacturer competition is; and which sites have completed their home building process.
(230338)
208
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the forecast gross revenue from council tax is in England in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.
(230339)
209
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what inspections of local government take place under (a) the Charter Mark programme, (b) auspices of the Audit Commission and (c) both.
(230340)
210
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which Minister in her Department is responsible for policies related to (a) static caravans and (b) park homes.
(230341)
211
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department and its predecessors have issued to local authorities on local authority-funded (a) public relations and (b) marketing in each of the last five years.
(230342)
212
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what statutory requirements there are on local authorities to provide information on an authority's activities in the area it serves.
(230343)
213
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what records (a) her Department and (b) the Housing Corporation holds relating to the housing debt of (i) local authorities and (ii) housing associations.
(230344)
214
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated annual effect on costs to the public purse is across (a) central Government, (b) the Audit Commission and (c) local authorities arising from the shift from comprehensive performance assessment to comprehensive area assessment.
(230345)
215
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's contribution to regional development agencies single budget in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 will be.
(230346)
216
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research her Department has undertaken, commissioned or evaluated on the relative changes of the prices of houses and flats in the last 12 months.
(230347)
217
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will review provisions in the Land Compensation Act 1961 relating to the rebuilding of houses destroyed by Second World War ordnance following the recent Court of Appeal ruling in Greenweb Ltd. v. Wandsworth Borough Council [2008] WLR (D), 286, with particular reference to the recommendations of the Law Commission on sections 15(3) and (4) of that Act.
(230348)
218
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, from what date energy performance certificates are required for a residential property sale; and at what stage in a sale.
(230349)
219
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230212)
220
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 322W, on home information packs, how many penalty charge notices have been issued to the responsible person for breaches of home information pack duties to date.
(230077)
221
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to make an order moving the date of the local elections in 2009; and if she will make a statement.
(229311)
222
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) time period and (b) jurisdictions are covered by Criminal Records Bureau checks on (i) British and (ii) foreign national applicant for taxi licences.
(229312)
223
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on the number of planning enforcement files open and awaiting action by Castle Point Borough Council; and if she will make a statement.
(229315)
224
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will extend the deadline for responses to her Department in respect of the appeal by New Milton Sand and Ballast to the High Court under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (reference: 82483).
(229474)
225
N
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received from local authorities on the likely effect of the provisions of Clause 151 of the Planning Bill, if enacted, on their ability to take enforcement action following complaints regarding alleged statutory nuisance by major infrastructure project developers.
(229473)
226
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many empty homes there are in the Eastbourne Borough Council area.
(229994)
227
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what targets have been set for house building in (a) Eastbourne constituency and (b) East Sussex in the next planning period.
(229995)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
228
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2008, Official Report, column 1296W, on the Advertising Standards Authority: public appointments, what requirement there is on the Chairman of the Authority to have regard to a balance of political views when making appointments to the Advertising Standards Authority Council.
(230012)
229
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many education visits to English Heritage properties in respect for which free admission was granted there were in each of the last five years.
(230078)
230
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on recruitment consultants in each of the last five years; and which companies provided these services.
(230079)
231
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been paid to Veredus in each of the last five years; and how much has been spent in respect of recruitment to the position of Chairman of Sport England.
(230080)
232
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many visits from overseas to (a) the UK and (b) England there were in each year since 1997; and what percentage of the world market for tourism each figure represents.
(230081)
233
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much visitors from overseas to (a) the UK and (b) England spent in each year since 1997; and what percentage of global tourism spending each figure represents.
(230082)
234
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the development of a non-commercial brand intended to take advantage of the tourism benefits of hosting the Olympic Games in 2012; what use small tourism businesses will be able to make of the branding; and if he will make a statement.
(230083)
235
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on changes to the lending policies of those banks recapitalised with public money in areas relevant to his responsibility.
(230063)
236
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in improving the digital signal for terrestrial television in the UK; and what further steps are planned.
(229852)
237
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department plans to take to improve the digital signal for terrestrial television in the North East.
(229853)
238
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of households which are unable to receive all five terrestrial television channels as a result of geography or topography.
(229326)
239
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230211)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
240
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the Atomic Weapons Establishment report on the effects of extreme weather events and flooding at its Burghfield and Aldermaston nuclear warhead development and production sites in July 2007; how much the remedial action taken as a result of the report has cost to date; and what assessment he has made of the sustainability of (a) AWE Aldermaston and (b) AWE Burghfield.
(230048)
241
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of gross domestic product was spent on defence (a) including the cost of military operations and (b) excluding the cost of operations in each year since 1997; and what forecast he has made of the proportions to be so spent in each year to 2011.
(230157)
242
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 15th October 2008, Official Report, column 1248W, on armoured fighting vehicles: procurement, what plans his Department has to order military vehicles other than those of the models detailed in the Answer.
(230158)
243
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many seaborne incidents in the Persian Gulf involving coalition forces and (a) armed gangs and (b) the Iranian navy have been recorded since January 2008.
(230159)
244
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel leaving the armed forces in each year since 2001 had completed (a) under five years service, (b) between five and 22 years service and (c) over 22 years service.
(230160)
245
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contacts there have been between British forces and the Taliban in Helmand province in each of the last 12 months.
(230161)
246
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what priority is accorded to post and parcels in shipping goods from the UK to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan for service personnel.
(230162)
247
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what priority is accorded to post and parcels in shipping goods for service members to theatres of operation.
(230163)
248
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the primary means for transporting post and parcels from (a) the UK and (b) Germany to (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan is.
(230164)
249
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on transporting post and parcels from (a) the UK and (b) Germany to (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan since 2001.
(230165)
250
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the out of service dates of the (a) AS90 and (b) L118 are.
(230166)
251
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual (a) staffing and (b) other office costs of the office of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Veterans is.
(230167)
252
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many pinchpoint trades there were in each service in each year since 2003.
(230168)
253
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of training exercises have been cancelled in 2008; and for what reason each exercise was cancelled.
(230169)
254
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what public consultations his Department has undertaken in the last month.
(230170)
255
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days lost were recorded for service personnel in respect of (a) rest and recuperation, (b) post-operational tour and (c) annual leave in each year since 2003.
(230171)
256
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many days on average a (a) Hercules C-130, (b) Tristar, (c) VC-10 and (d) C-17 Globemaster was (i) on operations, (ii) engaged in non-operational flying, (iii) available but not flown, (iv) in scheduled maintenance, (v) undergoing other repair activity, (vi) undergoing unscheduled maintenance, (vii) awaiting spares and (viii) not worked in each of the last three years.
(230172)
257
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many days on average an RAF helicopter was (a) on operations, (b) engaged in non-operational flying, (c) available but not flown, (d) in scheduled maintenance, (e) undergoing other repair activity, (f) undergoing unscheduled maintenance, (g) awaiting spares and (h) not worked in each of the last three years, broken down by type of helicopter.
(230173)
258
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many training sorties for the (a) Hercules C-130, (b) Tristar, (c) VC-10 and (d) C-17 Globemaster were cancelled in each year since 2003.
(230174)
259
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many training flying hours crews of the (a) Hercules C-130, (b) Tristar, (c) VC-10 and (d) C-17 Globemaster aircraft flew on average in each year since 2001.
(230175)
260
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on a military application for the Galileo global satellite navigational system.
(230243)
261
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the proposed Directive (a) COM(2007) 0766 on public procurement in the fields of defence and security and (b) COM(2007) 0765 on terms and conditions of defence-related product transfers within the EC; and if he will make a statement.
(230244)
262
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of recent comments by President Zardari about the position of the Taliban in the conflict in Afghanistan; what assessment he has made of those comments; and whether he has responded to them.
(229819)
263
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many units of the (a) Tranche 3 Typhoon, (b) Joint Strike Fighter and (c) A300M have been (i) ordered and (ii) delivered.
(229979)
264
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies.
(230040)
265
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230210)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
266
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the merits of extending the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to cover surface transport; and if he will make a statement.
(230059)
267
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many pensioner households in York have received grants or other assistance to improve their home insulation in each year since 1996-97; and how much public money was spent on this in each such year.
(230257)
268
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many low energy light bulbs have been distributed without charge to pensioners in York.
(230258)
269
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assistance his Department makes available under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets Scheme to park home residents.
(229912)
270
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assistance his Department makes available under the Warm Front Scheme to park home residents.
(229913)
271
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much was spent under the Warm Front Scheme on improving the energy efficiency of park home residents in 2006-07.
(229914)
272
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will reform the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme to ensure that the entire surplus is used for the benefit of former mineworkers.
(229738)
273
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proposals the UK put forward to the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) on 1st October 2008 in respect of the establishment of a working group on radioactive waste management; and what consideration the GNEP has given to the concept of regional repositories for radioactive waste.
(229960)
274
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will set out the programme of events which his Department has organised or participated in during Energy Saving Week; what resources were committed to this programme; and what plans he has to evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign.
(230017)
275
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will review the (a) conduct and (b) content of the second round of consultation on nuclear power policy in summer 2007; and if he will post on his Department's website the statements issued by his Department on the judgement of the Market Research Standards Board on the market research which informed the consultation.
(230133)
276
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average length of time between the submission of a planning application for an onshore wind farm and the grant of consent was in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what plans his Department has to reduce this figure in respect of future applications.
(229980)
277
Mr Adam Ingram (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the £400 million to be invested in low-carbon technologies will be allocated to projects and initiatives in Scotland in the period 2008 to 2011.
(229989)
278
Mr Adam Ingram (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of electricity generating capacity in Scotland in (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years time; and if he will make a statement.
(229990)
279
Mr Adam Ingram (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the required investment in the electricity transmission infrastructure in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in the next (i) five, (ii) 10 and (iii) 15 years; and if he will make a statement.
(229991)
280
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government plans to take to support scientific projects which seek to curb climate change, with particular reference to projects (a) in their infancy and (b) which are finding difficulties in securing capital funding.
(229846)
281
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether he plans to publish a revised impact assessment relating to the Climate Change Bill to take account of the amended target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent.
(229323)
282
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether emissions from (a) aircraft, (b) shipping and (c) cement manufacture are included in (a) the targets to be set in the Climate Change Bill for reductions by (i) 2020 and (ii) 2050 and (b) in the target to reduce emissions by 20 per cent. below the 1990 level by 2010.
(229698)
283
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to ensure a competitive market for petrol and diesel.
(229213)
284
N
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the reliability of the medical assessment procedure in assessing claims under the coal miners' compensation scheme.
(229218)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
285
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what functions the National Rights of Way Casework Team had at its establishment; what additional functions it has been given since its establishment; and how many people have been assigned to the team in respect of these additional functions.
(229704)
286
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the policy of the Forestry Commission is on dog-free car parks; and which car parks are being considered for designation as dog-free.
(229744)
287
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1487W, on environment protection: New Forest, if he will place in the Library copies of the publications referred to.
(229765)
288
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency plans his Department has in the event that cases of bovine tuberculosis spread across the UK.
(229328)
289
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to identify whether bovine tuberculosis is carried by cats.
(229329)
290
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on research on a bovine tuberculosis vaccine in each of the last three years.
(229330)
291
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of implementation of his Department's proposal to require arable farmers to set aside up to five per cent. of their land on food security in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(229331)
292
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold discussions with his EU counterparts with a view to minimising the number of tests on animals within the EU.
(229826)
293
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date (a) his Department and (b) the Advisory Committee on Pesticides was first informed by the manufacturers that the hormone-based weed killer aminopyralid or similar chemical formulations were capable of surviving ingestion by horses or cows, and being composted in manure, and then having adverse effects on crops treated with the manure.
(229905)
294
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date (a) his Department and (b) the Advisory Committee on Pesticides was first informed by the manufacturers that the insecticides known as neonicotinoids have been reported in other countries to have a significant adverse impact on honey bees.
(229906)
295
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date members of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides were first informed that aminopyralid or similar chemical formulations had been found to cause adverse effects outside the United Kingdom on crops when manure made from animal waste from animals that had grazed pasture treated with these chemicals was spread on land growing such crops.
(229907)
296
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date members of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides were first informed that the group of insecticides known as neonicotinoids (a) were the subject of a court case in Germany being brought by beekeepers alleging that these chemicals were responsible for large-scale death tolls among their honey bees and (b) that the Italian government had suspended use of the sprays because of their adverse effects on honey bees.
(229908)
297
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will suspend immediately the use of neonicotinoid insecticides in order to protect honey bees.
(229909)
298
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what special steps he has asked (a) the Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) and (b) the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) to take to investigate the reported high levels of deaths of British honey bees over the last two years; when he made these requests; and what advice he has received from the (i) PSD and (ii) ACP to date.
(229910)
299
N
John Howell (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the further review of the Environment Agency's plans for lock-keepers' cottages along the Thames will be published; whether the review has included a re-examination of the business case for disposal of the cottages; and if he will make a statement.
(229427)
300
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department in each of the last three years; and what the cost was of each such contract.
(230180)
301
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230207)
302
N
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th September 2008, Official Report, column 2423W, on the South West Water Authority, whether regions other than the South West maintain residual water authorities.
(229423)
303
N
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th September 2008, Official Report, column 2423W, on the South West Water Authority, what residual matters relating to the South West Water Authority have yet to be resolved; and if he will make a statement.
(229424)
304
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 938W, on River Lymington: ferries, what the role of the Government Office for the South East will be in resolving the situation regarding Wightlink's application for shore works in the Lymington River.
(229585)
305
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much waste was recycled by each local authority in East Sussex in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229993)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
306
Hilary Armstrong (North West Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the creation of a UN Women's Agency; and what steps his Department has taken to encourage the UN to implement the gender reforms outlined by the High Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in November 2006.
(229904)
307
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in respect of the use of the death penalty in Nigeria; and what representations his Department has made to the government of Nigeria on the number of people sentenced to death and awaiting execution in that country.
(229963)
308
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the Iranian judiciary's decision to abolish the death penalty for juvenile offenders, save for those accused of murder; what recent representations he has made to the Iranian authorities on the subject; and if he will make a statement.
(230014)
309
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the construction of the Tamanthi dam in Burma; how many of these were in favour of construction; how many opposed construction on environmental grounds; and what representations he has made to the government of Burma as a result of such representations.
(230020)
310
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of draft amendments to Kazakhstan legislation relating to freedom of religion and belief under discussion in the Kazakhstan Senate; and if he will urge the government of Kazakhstan to implement the relevant recommendations of the OSCE Advisory Council of Experts on Freedom of Religion and Belief.
(230233)
311
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response he has made to the appointment of 10 Zanu-PF provincial governors in Zimbabwe by means other than those agreed under the process sponsored by the South African Development Community.
(229824)
312
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the proposal made by the Australian government to the United Nations General Assembly First Committee on 15th October 2008 on the global non-proliferation regime in the period running up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in 2010.
(229842)
313
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which resolutions the United Kingdom has (a) initiated, (b) co-sponsored and (c) voted for at the current session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York; and what the reasons are for the position taken by the Government in each case.
(230242)
314
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Qatar on the situation in Sudan.
(229743)
315
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies.
(230043)
316
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of India on incidents of violence towards Christians in Orissa state.
(230084)
317
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to assist Afghanistan in its democratic development.
(229849)
318
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to help address corruption in public life in Afghanistan.
(229850)
319
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will inform the incoming President of the United States of the Government's opposition to the death penalty.
(229855)
320
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria he uses to evaluate projects proposed for funding by the Forced Marriage Unit.
(230227)
321
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in India and Pakistan on easing movements across the line of control in Kashmir.
(230248)
322
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230204)
323
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Human Rights in Iraq last raised the subject of the persecution of Christians in Mosul with the government of Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(229870)
324
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of acts of terrorism which have been committed by proscribed armed Palestinian groups in (a) the West Bank and East Jerusalem and (b) Israel in the last 12 months.
(229895)
325
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received reports from the Israeli government on acts of terrorism committed by Israeli settlers and settler organisations in (a) the West Bank and East Jerusalem and (b) Israel in the last 12 months.
(229896)
326
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of acts of violence which have been committed by Israeli military personnel against Palestinian civilians in (a) the West Bank and East Jerusalem and (b) Israel in the last 12 months.
(229897)
327
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of acts of violence committed by Palestinians against Israeli civilians in (a) the West Bank and East Jerusalem and (b) Israel in the last 12 months.
(229898)
328
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of support provided to Israeli settlers by (a) the Israeli government and (b) the Israeli military; and if he will make a statement.
(229899)
329
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure the Israeli government allows the EU-Palestinian Interim Association Agreement to operate in full.
(229915)
330
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to discourge UK residents from purchasing properties inside illegal Israeli settlements.
(229918)
331
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the number of houses in illegal Israeli settlements which are owned by UK nationals.
(229919)
332
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the position of Palestinians seeking to recover their property inside illegal Israeli settlements from UK residents and companies.
(229920)
333
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the British Consulate in Jerusalem has provided guidance to UK nationals living in Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories about the risk attached to legal title of property therein.
(229925)
334
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the British Consulate in Jerusalem provides consular assistance to UK nationals living in Israeli settlements.
(229926)
335
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records his Department holds of the number of UK nationals who died overseas in each year since 1990, broken down by country of death.
(230066)
336
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records his Department holds of the number of UK nationals under the ages of (a) 18, (b) 25 and (c) 45 years who have died overseas in each of the last five years.
(230067)
337
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many deaths of UK nationals abroad were the subject of further investigation by UK consuls in the last five years.
(230068)
338
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records his Department holds on the number of (a) female and (b) male UK nationals who have died overseas in each of the last 10 years.
(230069)
339
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records his Department holds on the number of UK nationals who have died abroad in suspicious circumstances in each of the last five years.
(230070)
340
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records his Department holds on the number of female UK nationals who have died abroad in each month of the last two years; and what official cause of death was recorded on each occasion.
(230071)
341
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what powers (a) UK consuls and (b) his Department have to make inquiries deaths of UK citizens overseas.
(230072)
342
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) instruction and (b) guidance he issues to UK consuls on procedures to follow when a UK national is murdered overseas.
(230074)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
343
John Cummings (Easington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what process the mandate he gives his officials for international negotiations on areas of policy which are not the subject of settled Government policy is determined.
(230260)
344
John Cummings (Easington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what negotiating mandate he has given to his Department's officials for the Conference of the Parties on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the mandate.
(230261)
345
John Cummings (Easington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures he has put in place to ensure that Government policy on tobacco control forms the basis of his officials' work in negotiations in (a) the European Union and (b) the Conference of the Parties on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; and if he will make a statement.
(230262)
346
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what methodology his Department uses to assess the (a) clinical standards, (b) safety and (c) patient outcomes of specialist (i) services and (ii) surgical procedures and support in each (A) acute hospital and (B) acute hospital trust.
(230213)
347
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidential basis Ministers in his Department draw upon when commenting on clinical standards in each acute trust.
(230214)
348
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis was for the remarks made by the Minister of State for Health Services on patient outcomes at the Royal Cornwall Hospital during his interview broadcast on BBC Radio Cornwall on 14th October.
(230215)
349
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, column 1713-4W, on hospitals: infectious diseases, if he will take steps to provide more recent figures than those pertaining to 1994-5.
(229818)
350
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing homes have been inspected in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) England in each year since 2000.
(229831)
351
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing homes inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) England received a (i) 0 star rating (poor), (ii) 1 star rating (adequate), (iii) 2 star rating (good) and (iv) 3 star rating (excellent) in each year since 2000.
(229952)
352
N
John Howell (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to (a) announce the amount of funding Thame Community Hospital, Oxfordshire, will receive from the Community Hospital Development Fund and (b) make public information on the draw-down terms associated with such funding.
(229332)
353
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies it sponsors in each of the last three years; and what the cost was of each such contract.
(230223)
354
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that cancer networks adhere to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on prostate cancer.
(229316)
355
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding is available for treatment of metastatic prostate cancer in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority area and (c) each primary care trust in 2008-09.
(229317)
356
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical nurse specialists for prostate cancer there were in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority area and (c) each primary care trust area in each year since 1997.
(229319)
357
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that prostate cancer patients are reviewed by multi-disciplinary teams in all primary care trusts.
(229320)
358
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional steps the Government plans to take to encourage smokers to stop smoking.
(229856)
359
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were prescribed methadone in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of those prescribed methadone in the UK in each of the last 10 years were aged (i) under 18, (ii) between 18 and 25, (iii) between 26 and 40 and (iv) over 40 years at the date of first prescription.
(229857)
360
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government's commitment to remove charges for cancer patients applies to (a) all cancers and (b) prostate cancer; and for how long the removal of charges is to be maintained.
(229865)
361
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received treatment for prostate cancer in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(229866)
362
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has introduced to alleviate the condition of those with Alzheimer's disease.
(229867)
363
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(229868)
364
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1466W, on nurses, when his Department last issued guidance on the modern matrons programme; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that guidance.
(229835)
365
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1468W, on social services, what assessment he has made of the likely financial situation of organisations responsible for adult social care provision in each year from 2012 to 2041 for which figures are available.
(229836)
366
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many care episodes related to (a) health visiting, (b) community nursing, (c) district nursing, (d) community psychiatric nursing, (e) community learning disability nursing, (f) specialist care nursing, (g) chiropody services, (h) clinical psychology, (i) occupational therapy, (j) physiotherapy, (k) speech and language therapy and (l) community dental services there were in each year since 1990-91.
(229837)
367
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data returns his Department plans to collect from (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts to assess levels of implementation of the programme for a new GP-led health centre in each area.
(229964)
368
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department holds on rates of healthcare-associated infections in care homes.
(229965)
369
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each hospital trust in England spent on antibiotics in 2007-08.
(229966)
370
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many maternity care assistants there were in England in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available, broken down by NHS trust.
(229967)
371
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultant-led and (b) midwife-led maternity units there were in England in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(229968)
372
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Hospital Episode Statistics for 2007-08 to be available.
(229969)
373
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the value is of off-balance sheet PFI projects that his Department proposes to enter on its balance sheet in the present financial year.
(229970)
374
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 35 of his Department's resource accounts for 2007-08, if he will place in the Library a list of each of the 442 significant control issues, stating in which NHS trust each occurred.
(229971)
375
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 35 of his Department's resource accounts for 2007-08, whether his Department has retained the £1.67 billion NHS surplus for expenditure in 2008-09.
(229972)
376
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 27, paragraph 16 of his Department's resource accounts for 2007-08, from which organisation each named individual was seconded.
(229973)
377
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2008, Official Report, column 1359W, on Healthcare for London, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) agenda, (b) minutes and (c) papers discussed at each meeting listed in the Answer.
(229974)
378
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many older people were supported to live at home per 1,000 people in the year to 31st March 2008.
(230013)
379
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1466W, on nurses, what steps his Department has taken to ensure (a) a consistent definition of the role of and (b) consistent training for modern matrons across each NHS trust.
(230015)
380
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that elderly hospital patients without the support of close relatives or friends are provided with basic toiletry items from hospital budgets.
(230128)
381
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the national breastfeeding helpline went live; how many calls it has received in each month since that date; and what steps have been taken by his Department to promote awareness of it.
(229829)
382
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much it costs a member of the public to call the national breastfeeding helpline; and if he will make calls to it free of charge.
(229830)
383
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on the national breastfeeding helpline in each month since its inception.
(229832)
384
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authorities have decided to proceed with full implementation of transforming community equipment services following the recent trials.
(229428)
385
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many breast care nurses are working in the NHS.
(230276)
386
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many breast cancer patients have no access to a breast care nurse.
(230277)
387
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1st July 2008, Official Report, column 859W, on departmental consultants, what progress has been made on the implementation of his Department's new business management system; what the budget for running this system is in 2008-09; and when it will be able to provide data on his Department's expenditure on consultancy fees.
(229834)
388
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dispensing appliance contractors have been prosecuted for fraudulent use of dispensing licences in the last five years; and how many of those prosecutions related to the wrongful use of multiple licences for financial benefit.
(230102)
389
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dispensing appliance contractors dispense appliances above the level of the infrastructure payment cap of 50,000 proposed by his Department; and to how many patients these contractors provide services.
(230131)
390
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) industry representatives, (b) patient groups and (c) NHS organisations responded to the June 2008 consultation on changes to Part IX of the Drug Tariff; and what plans he has to publish the results of the consultation.
(230132)
391
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages for dispensing appliance contractors with multiple dispensing licences under (a) the current on-cost system and (b) the system of remuneration proposed by his Department in its consultation on the provision of appliances under Part IX of the Drug Tariff.
(230216)
392
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 434W, on incontinence: medical equipment, for what reason it is proposed to cap the infrastructure payment for Part IX-related services at 50,000 prescription items.
(230217)
393
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 434W, on incontinence: medical equipment, how many respondents to his Department's previous consultations on his Department's proposals for provision of stoma and incontinence appliances under Part IX of the Drug Tariff (a) requested a cap at 50,000 prescription items and (b) advocated the removal of any cap.
(230218)
394
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230200)
395
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many part-time employees of NHS ambulance service trusts and their predecessors who were excluded from the NHS pension scheme before 1999 were women.
(229999)
396
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are in place for part-time NHS employees to buy back foregone pension contributions; and if he will make a statement.
(230000)
397
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many part-time employees of NHS ambulance service trusts and their predecessors were not included in the NHS pension scheme in each year prior to 1999 for which figures are available.
(230001)
398
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what pension entitlements are provided to (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees of NHS ambulance service trusts.
(230002)
399
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many part-time employees are (a) enrolled in the NHS pension scheme and (b) eligible to be enrolled in the NHS pension scheme.
(230003)
400
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many part-time employees work in NHS ambulance service trusts; and what percentage of all employees of these trusts this figure represents.
(230004)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
401
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours were spent on patrol by police officers in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229827)
402
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on the delivery of policing in Gwent of the proposed changes to the level of police grant for the forthcoming financial year.
(229961)
403
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will assess the adequacy of the procedures in place to investigate cases involving alleged criminality by holders of diplomatic passports, with particular reference to the cases of (a) Mr Ananias Tumukunde and (b) Ms Rose Birungi; and if she will make a statement.
(229820)
404
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) her Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies.
(230042)
405
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on the grant of UK citizenship to Gurkhas who have served in the armed forces.
(229848)
406
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many shoplifting offences were committed in the last period for which figures are available.
(229981)
407
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces have established specialist rape investigation units; and what assessment she has made of their effectiveness in (a) reducing the number of rapes and (b) arresting suspected perpetrators of rape.
(229977)
408
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations of suspected terrorism offences leading to arrests have revealed the use of online images of child abuse to convey information; and if she will make a statement.
(230272)
409
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of spouses of each sex who entered the UK for settlement purposes in 2007 from (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Bangladesh who did not have conversational English.
(230086)
410
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants to join Lancashire Constabulary as a police officer were rejected in each year since 2004; whether unsuccessful applicants are given reasons for their rejection on request; and if she will make a statement.
(230087)
411
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables there were in Lancashire Constabulary in each year since 2004, broken down by police division.
(230088)
412
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230203)
413
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the risk to victims of the use of gamma-butyrolactone as a date rape drug; and if she will make a statement.
(227817)
414
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the time taken by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to inquire into the death of Stuart Lubbock.
(229313)
415
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) armed Palestinian groups and (b) armed Israeli groups are proscribed in (i) the UK and (ii) the EU.
(229900)
416
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Palestinians and (b) Israelis have been refused entry into the UK because of their links to violence, terrorism or other armed criminal acts in the last 12 months.
(229901)
417
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will consider the merits of proscribing any armed Israeli groups proven to be associated with recent acts of violence against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
(229902)
418
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people whose home addresses are in illegal Israeli settlements entered the UK in the last 12 months.
(229945)
419
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to deal with people who make false declarations of their country of residence on immigration cards at the UK border.
(229946)
420
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) police officers per 1,000 individuals there were in Eastbourne constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(229992)
421
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been brought against persons or organisations engaging in religious proselytising on the grounds of threats to public order in each year since 1997.
(230099)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
422
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd July 2008, Official Report, columns 983-4W, on Cromwell Green, what action has been taken to recover budget overruns from the appointed consultants; what sums have or are likely to be recovered; who the members of the Project Advisory Board were; who authorised the extension of the project to cover the Grand Committee Room roof, Westminster Hall south steps and floor repairs; on what basis that extension was authorised; and who was in overall charge of the project.
(230245)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
423
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230198)
424
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of undergraduate student debt on the number of applications for postgraduate courses in each of the last three years.
(229838)
425
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans the Government has to (a) simplify higher education funding and (b) increase the transparency of higher education funding.
(230016)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
426
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the World Food Programme and other international agencies delivering humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe on ensuring that currency paid into the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is (a) not siphoned off in any currency transactions and (b) used for the purpose for which it was donated.
(229822)
427
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what checks he has in place on UK aid monies paid into the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to protect against siphoning off in currency transactions.
(229825)
428
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the governments of states bordering Zimbabwe on the effect of food shortages in that country on the number of refugees entering their countries.
(229844)
429
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance the Government provided to the government of Pakistan following the 2005 earthquake.
(228312)
430
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to improve the support given to developing countries immediately following natural disasters.
(228313)
431
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to encourage other countries to provide emergency service personnel to developing countries immediately after a natural disaster.
(228314)
432
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, columns 119-20W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, what progress the Pakistani Financial Inclusion Programme has made on the raising of £50 million from the private financial sector to improve access to finance including in rural areas.
(230246)
433
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 119W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, what the key performance indicators are for each of the 10 programmes referred to.
(230247)
434
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 112W, on environment protection: overseas aid, who the signatories are to each voluntary partnership agreement; and in which countries the agreements will support improved forestry governance.
(230249)
435
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, columns 94-6W, on Africa: education, with which multilateral organisations the Government is working in each country referred to; how much funding his Department has allocated to each such organisation in each year it has been funded; how much and what proportion of such funding has been allocated to (a) country systems and (b) third parties; what objectives and key peformance indicators have been set for the educational fast track initiative; which are the 18 countries expected to benefit from the scheme; what support his Department has provided to (i) teachers census in Sierra Leone, (ii) capacity technical assistance for joint educational sector support in Rwanda, (iii) the Association of African Universities initiative and (iv) the Revitalising Education Association for Development of Education in Africa: Books Work Group; what steps his Department has undertaken to determine the quality of education provision in each of the sub-Saharan countries; and how many new schools for primary children have been funded by each country referred to in the Answer as a result of his Department's intervention.
(230250)
436
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the United Kingdom has met its commitments to deliver the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and if he will place in the Library a copy of the addresses he made during the special United Nations General Assembly session on the MDGs in September 2008.
(230049)
437
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2008, Official Report, column 1339W, on departmental consultants, on what projects expenditure was incurred in each of those years; how much was spent on each such project; and which consultants were employed on each such project.
(229321)
438
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2008, Official Report, column 1339W, on departmental consultants, what his Department's projected spend on consultants is in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(229322)
439
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230206)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
440
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that (a) existing and (b) potential users of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal have full and accurate information about the changes being made to the system; and what consultation his Department has undertaken with voluntary sector organisations on the changes being made to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
(229026)
441
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the new arrangements for the Special Education Needs and Disability Panel on access to the tribunal for parents without legal representation.
(229027)
442
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential cost implications of the new system for special educational needs and disability tribunals for (a) parents, (b) local authorities and (c) voluntary and advocacy organisations.
(229028)
443
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the new case management system for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel has been piloted.
(229029)
444
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) repossession notices were served and (b) ejection orders were granted by the courts in each year since 1985.
(229419)
445
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of the alleged further offences committed by offenders on end of custody licence since 29th June 2007 were (a) murder, (b) attempted murder, (c) manslaughter and other homicide, (d) wounding and (e) other violence against the person.
(229414)
446
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure people sentenced to imprisonment for public protection and their families are given correct information about the sentence.
(229939)
447
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure prisoners on sentences of imprisonment for public protection with mental health problems have access to offending behaviour programmes and other support to enable them to be released safely at the end of their tariff.
(229940)
448
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will provide guidance to sentencers on the appropriate use of sentences of imprisonment for public protection for offenders with mental health problems; and if he will ensure that such offenders who need treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983 are provided with hospital orders.
(229941)
449
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many persistent offenders there were in East Lancashire in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(229911)
450
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230202)
451
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which overseas governments have made representations to the Government to change legislation on war crimes to prevent the issuing of arrest warrants without the approval of the Attorney General.
(229570)
452
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to announce whether he plans to propose changes to legislation on war crimes to prevent the issuing of arrest warrants without Attorney General approval; and whether such changes would require primary legislation.
(229571)
453
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what powers coroners have to investigate deaths overseas.
(230073)
454
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for public safety of the disclosure to the public of the identity and location of bail hostels; and if he will make a statement.
(230075)
455
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance he issues to local authorities on the disclosure to the public of the (a) identity and (b) location of bail hostels in their area; and what assessment he has made of the operation of such arrangements in practice.
(230076)
Questions to the Leader of the House
456
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1377-8W, on the parliamentary session, for how many hours the House (a) sat, (b) considered primary legislation and (c) considered delegated legislation in each (i) calendar year and (ii) session between 1984 and 1990.
(229339)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
457
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies.
(230039)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
458
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what outstanding requests from the Olympics Delivery Authority for resources from contingency funding are under consideration; and if she will make a statement.
(229333)
459
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what the original estimate for building cost inflation in the Olympic Construction Budget was for each year to 2012; and what the most recent estimate is for each such year.
(229334)
460
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, if she will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of the (a) £66 million contribution to paralympic costs and (b) £32 million allocated to the Look of London contained in the public sector funding package for London 2012.
(229335)
461
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, whether the £95 million forwarded to the Olympic Delivery Authority in October 2008 from contingency funding related to construction of the Olympic Village was from (a) the Olympic Delivery Authority programme, (b) the Funder's Group and (c) another contingency fund; and if she will make a statement.
(229336)
462
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, with reference to the Answer of 26th March 2007, Official Report, column 1250W, on the Olympic Games, whether the £290 million, referred to in the Answer as the investment in elite and community sport within the non-Olympic Delivery Authority provision public sector funding package for the Games' is in addition to the funding announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer's elite athlete funding package of March 2006; and if she will make a statement.
(229337)
Questions to the Prime Minister
463
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Prime Minister, what consideration he gave to the effect on the Doha world trade talks of the recall of the British Commissioner holding the post of EU Trade Commissioner.
(229748)
464
N
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 17th September 2008, Official Report, column 2229W, on the Cabinet: meetings, if he will notify the hon. Members for North Cornwall, Worthing West, South West Devon and Perth and North Perthshire in advance of the publication date of the costs associated with holding the Cabinet meeting in Birmingham.
(229426)
465
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place responsibility for the energy-saving activities of the market transformation programme with the Department for Energy and Climate Change; and if he will make a statement.
(229584)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
466
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which organisations provided media monitoring services to his Department in each of the last three years; and what the cost of each such contract was.
(230225)
467
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what issues relating to the devolution settlement he has considered since his appointment.
(229982)
Questions to the Solicitor General
468
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Solicitor General, what criteria are applied by the (a) Serious Fraud Office and (b) Fraud Prosecution Service to determine whether to accept a case.
(229420)
469
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Solicitor General, what criteria are used to determine whether a fraud case is prosecuted by the (a) Serious Fraud Office and (b) Fraud Prosecution Service.
(229421)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
470
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers were prosecuted for (a) driving without insurance and (b) driving without a licence in each year since 1997; and what the average fine for each of these offences was in each of those years.
(229947)
471
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents were caused by drivers without (a) valid insurance and (b) a valid driving licence in each year since 1997.
(229948)
472
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of his Department's public private partnerships and private finance initiative schemes which (a) have begun and (b) are planned have as a private partner (i) an Icelandic bank and (ii) a UK bank which has been part-nationalised.
(229949)
473
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how many vehicles a statutory off road notification was made in the third quarter of (a) 2008, (b) 2007, (c) 2006, (d) 2005 and (e) 2004.
(229950)
474
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department collects on proposed penalty fare schemes by train operating companies before approving them.
(230060)
475
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial agreement he has reached with BAA and Transport for London on the funding of Crossrail.
(230061)
476
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been (a) committed and (b) provided for Crossrail from (i) BAA, (ii) Transport for London and (iii) London businesses.
(230062)
477
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1372W, on departmental staff, how many individuals in the rail network strategy division are examining options for supporting further growth in the longer term.
(230065)
478
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to dim street lights during the early hours of the morning.
(229924)
479
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the exclusion of cats from the terms of section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
(229314)
480
Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents between junction 20 and junction 6 of the M6 in each of the last five years resulted in (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) other outcomes; and how many accidents in each category involved (i) UK-registered lorries and (ii) foreign-registered lorries.
(230019)
481
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for research to be carried out on the way concessionary travel is administered; who has been commissioned to undertake the research; what methodology will be followed by the researchers; and whom they intend to consult.
(229073)
482
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last three years; and what the cost of each contract was.
(230037)
483
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the adequacy of supply of engineering and other skills required to implement his Department's transport strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(230064)
484
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what evidence his Department has received on the incidence of bacterial contamination in biodiesel road transport fuels; if he will revise the renewable transport fuels obligation in the light of any evidence received; and if he will make a statement.
(230009)
485
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department is carrying out into bacterial contamination of biodiesel fuels; and if he will make a statement.
(230010)
486
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice his Department has issued, and to whom, on the prevention of bacterial contamination in biodiesel fuels.
(230011)
487
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have been (a) detected and (b) reprimanded for inappropriate use of disabled badges in each of the last 10 years.
(229845)
488
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department and its predecessors have taken to alleviate congestion on trains in the last 10 years; and what steps it plans to take.
(229847)
489
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to minimise the negative effects on the environment of cars in development, with specific reference to measures to promote (a) fuel economy and (b) the use of hybrid drives.
(229862)
490
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the original estimate was for the cost of the engineering work and platform upgrade at Milton Keynes Central station.
(229327)
491
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the performance of First Great Western against the objectives of its remedial plan; and if he will make a statement.
(229843)
492
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230201)
493
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when stage two of the tram-trains trials will commence.
(229475)
494
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the decision on the operation of tram-trains in England to be made.
(229476)
495
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) serious and (b) fatal accidents there were on the M6 through North Staffordshire in each of the last two years; how many accidents there were in total in each category on motorways in England, broken down by region; and if he will make an assessment of the safety of the M6 in North Staffordshire in comparison with equivalent roads elsewhere.
(230241)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
496
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last three years; and what the cost of each contract was.
(230045)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
497
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) its associated non-departmental public bodies since its creation; and what the cost of each contract was.
(230038)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
498
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much he expects to pay to pensioner households in York in winter fuel payments in 2008-09.
(230253)
499
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households in York which will receive the (a) £250 and (b) £400 winter fuel payment in 2008-09.
(230254)
500
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) households and (b) pensioner households he estimates are in fuel poverty in York; how many there were in York in 1996-97; and if he will make a statement.
(230255)
501
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many winter fuel payments have been made to pensioner households in each of the last five years.
(230129)
502
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated relating to age discrimination.
(230130)
503
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average credit pension credit recipients will receive in each of the next three years.
(230231)
504
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the adequacy of the eligibility criteria for the mobility component of the disability living allowance with regard to people with visual impairments.
(229821)
505
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what factors were taken into account by his Department when it was decided not to provide £30 million of funding to allow visually impaired people to claim the higher rate of mobility component of the disability living allowance.
(229823)
506
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of awarding the Post Office Card Account contract to more than one bidder.
(229747)
507
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the decision on the award of the Post Office Card Account contract will be (a) taken and (b) announced.
(229749)
508
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the award of the Post Office Card Account contract.
(229750)
509
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies.
(230041)
510
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last three years; and what the cost of each contract was.
(230044)
511
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years.
(230208)
512
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll and Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the access criteria laid down in the tender documents for the successor to the Post Office Card Account.
(229479)
513
N
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people he estimates are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of council tax benefit in each region.
(229425)
514
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Heffernan judgement in the House of Lords on 30th July 2008 on the delivery of local housing allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(229578)
515
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average length of time was taken to restart child maintenance payments after the death of a parent with care in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229579)
516
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints have been brought to the attention of his Department or the Rent Service on the operation of local housing allowance; and from which broad rental market areas these have come in the last 12 months.
(229581)
517
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many callers were unable to speak to an operator about a Social Fund application in (a) the last quarter and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(229582)
518
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received the state pension in each of the last five years.
(229996)
519
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals have deferred their state pension in each year since 1997.
(229997)
520
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received late payment of their state pension during the last 12 months in (a) Eastbourne constituency, (b) East Sussex and (c) the UK.
(229998)
521
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contingency plans he is considering to ensure the efficient and effective operation of benefit payments for the duration of planned industrial action by civil service unions.
(230005)
522
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on his Department's published performance targets of planned industrial action by civil service unions; and if he will make a statement.
(230006)
523
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on pension and benefit recipients of planned industrial action by civil service unions.
(230007)
524
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department's budget of planned industrial action by civil service unions; and what adjustments will be necessary to ensure that his Department's budgets balance.
(230008)
525
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, column 7W, which potential bidders (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have met in the last six months to discuss the flexible new deal.
(230032)
526
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what speaking engagements (a) he and his predecessor and (b) Ministers in his Department have attended in the last 12 months; and at whose invitation.
(230085)
527
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people claiming (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance receive awards for an indefinite period, broken down by condition.
(230089)
528
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) average and (b) maximum duration of a fixed award of (i) disability living allowance and (ii) attendance allowance was in each of the last 10 years, broken down by condition.
(230090)
529
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many awards have been made for (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance under special award rules in each of the last 10 years; how many were (i) made for three years initially, (ii) paid for the full three years and (iii) renewed after three years, broken down by category of condition.
(230091)
530
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training and guidance his Department gives on length of awards to staff making decisions on the award of disability living allowance and attendance allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(230092)
531
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff his Department employs to deliver his Department's Employee Assistance Programme, broken down by (a) region and (b) pay band.
(230093)
532
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many counsellors there are in his Department's Employee Assistance Programme, broken down by region.
(230094)
533
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the counselling service offered by his Department's Employee Assistance Programme is delivered to staff in Jobcentre Plus offices who request it.
(230095)
534
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether requests by staff for services offered by his Department's Employee Assistance Programme are recorded.
(230096)
535
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington on 20th October 2008, Official Report, columns 6-7, how many of the additional staff recruited to administer the employment and support allowance will be customer-facing; how many will work on a (a) full-time and (b) part-time basis; how many will be on (i) fixed term and (ii) permanent contracts; in which offices they will work; and from what regions they have been recruited.
(230098)
536
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of those receiving the mobility component of disability living allowance and declaring (a) Parkinson's disease, (b) renal disorders, (c) skin diseases, (d) stroke-related conditions and (e) other debilitating conditions have had their awards reassessed in the last 12 months.
(230176)
537
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how often recipients of the mobility component of disability living allowance who list as a disability (a) AIDS, (b) arthritis, (c) back problems, (d) blindness, (e) chest disease, (f) deafness, (g) diabetes, (h) epilepsy, (i) frailty, (j) heart disease, (k) learning difficulties, (l) malignant disease, (m) mental health causes, (n) multiple sclerosis and (o) muscle, joint or bone problems have their awards reassessed.
(230232)
538
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, columns 145-6W, on income support: lone parents, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the letter sent to all lone parents that will be affected by the changes to the eligibility rules for income support coming into effect in November 2008, (b) a copy of the fact sheet for lone parents outlining the changes and (c) the leaflet and posters setting out the steps each lone parent should take; and if he will make a statement.
(230234)
539
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire of 8th October 2008, Official Report, columns 612-3W, on maternity benefits, what (a) advice and (b) advance notification the Government received on the increased demand for maternity allowance in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(230235)
540
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, columns 145-6W, on income support: lone parents, how many and what proportion of the lone parents who will be affected by the changes to the eligibility rules for income support coming into effect in November 2008 have been sent a letter outlining the effects that the changes may have on them, broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(230236)
541
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has issued to those staff taking decisions on awarding disability allowance on the duration of the award.
(230278)
542
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of lone parents affected by the changes to the eligibility rules for income support coming into effect in November 2008 who have children (a) living in (i) relative poverty and (ii) absolute poverty before the changes came into effect and (b) who will be living in each such state immediately after the changes came into effect; and if he will make a statement.
(230279)
543
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's estimate is of the average benefit income of lone parents affected by the changes to the eligibility rules for income support coming into effect in November 2008 (a) before and (b) immediately after these changes come into effect (i) in the UK and (ii) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(230280)
544
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate was for lone parents in each of the last 24 months (i) in the UK and (ii) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(230281)
545
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the number and proportion of lone parents affected by the changes to the eligibility rules for income support coming into effect in November 2008; who will have moved into (a) full-time and (b) part-time work within (i) three, (ii) six, (iii) nine, (iv) 12, (v) 18 and (vi) 24 months of the changes coming into effect (A) in the UK and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(230282)
546
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) total and (b) average amount paid to households receiving local housing allowance above the five bed rate was in the most recent month for which figures are available, broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(230283)
547
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households are in receipt of local housing allowance above the five bed rate (a) nationally and (b) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(230284)
548
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on training Jobcentre Plus employees in each year since 1st April 2002, broken down by region.
(230285)
549
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average salary of personal advisers in Jobcentre Plus has been in each year since the role was created, broken down by (a) region and (b) sex.
(230286)
550
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average salary was for Jobcentre Plus employees in each year since 1st April 2002, broken down by (a) region and (b) sex.
(230287)
551
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been employed by Jobcentre Plus in each year since 1st April 2002, broken down by (a) region and (b) pay grade.
(230288)
552
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total monetary value was of unprocessed maternity allowance claims at the end of each quarter in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(230289)
553
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many maternity allowance claims remained unprocessed at the end of each quarter in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(230290)
554
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of maternity allowance claims were processed within (a) seven, (b) 14, (c) 21, (d) 28, (e) 35, (f) 49 and (g) 63 days in each quarter of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(230291)
555
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff have been working directly on the processing of maternity allowance claims in each quarter of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(230292)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
556
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects Ofcom to publish its analysis of responses to its consultation Applying Spectrum Pricing to the Maritime and Aeronautical Sectors; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (230021)
557
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much has been spent to date from the public purse on the nuclear decommissioning and radioactive remediation programme; what proportion of this expenditure has been on (a) civilian nuclear sites, (b) military nuclear sites and (c) mixed civilian and military nuclear sites; and what his estimate is of the total cost of the programme expressed in 2008 prices.
[Transferred] (229841)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
558
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many full-time equivalent civil servants were employed in the City of York by each Government department and executive agency in each year since 1996-97.
[Transferred] (230251)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
559
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the statement of 20th October 2008, Official Report, column 34, on the European Council, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of securing a constantly rising supply of oil; what assessment he has made of the implications of such supply and consumption for initiatives to tackle climate change; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (229871)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
560
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library copies of those papers produced for the Waste 2008 conference held in Stratford upon Avon during 16th and 17th September 2008 held by his Department, the Waste and Resources Action Programme and the Environment Agency.
[Transferred] (230197)
561
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable for creation of regional waste strategy boards is; what their budgets are; what their powers are; how their membership will be comprised; and how many have been established to date.
[Transferred] (230331)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
562
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty tickets for motoring offences were issued to non-UK residents in the last 12 months; and how many of those remain unpaid.
[Transferred] (229951)

 
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