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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 27 October 2008

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 27 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 27 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 27 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 27 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 27 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on how many occasions (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department have had discussions on business enterprises with (i) Oleg Deripaska and (ii) Nathaniel Rothschild since 1st January 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(229956)
2
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many prosecutions there have been of employers for (a) failing to pay the national minimum wage and (b) offences, associated with the national minimum wage, relating to charges levied on employees for accommodation or transport.
(230988)
3
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he will be in a position to publish the review of the Icelandic Trawlermen Compensation Scheme as promised in March 2007 in line with the findings of the Parliamentary Ombudsman's report.
(231013)
4
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices and sub-post offices were closed in the Chelmsford local authority area in the periods between (a) 1987 and 1996 and (b) 1997 and 2008.
(229874)
5
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230499)
6
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many documents produced by his Department and its predecessor were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231108)
7
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the directors appointed by the Government to the boards of (a) Northern Rock and (b) Bradford and Bingley are subject to the duties on directors set out in sections 170 to 177 of the Companies Act 2006.
(230780)
8
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post office boxes have been closed in the last 12 months; how many are expected to be closed in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(230364)
9
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department provides a separate diary secretary to (a) each Minister of State and (b) each Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
(230927)
10
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which recruitment agencies (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of these recruitment agencies in each year.
(230939)
11
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230961)
12
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many staff from his Department are to be redeployed to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
(230623)
13
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what change there has been to his Department's budget to reflect the movement of responsibilities to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
(230624)
14
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what information his Department gathers on the number of accidents caused by fireworks operated by the public.
(230769)
15
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he will respond to the letter to the Secretary of State dated 8th September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms H. Mooney.
(231192)
16
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when a decision on the future of the Conniburrow and Fishermead post office branches in Milton Keynes will be made.
(230809)
17
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.
(230739)
18
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230615)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
19
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what regulations he has introduced to govern bank liquidity over the last five years.
(230469)
20
N
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on guaranteeing investments in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedland held in the Isle of Man by individuals who are treated as corporate clients.
(230980)
21
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints from customers in West Chelmsford constituency he received on tax credits in each year for which figures are available.
(230517)
22
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of corporation tax receipts, excluding North Sea revenues, in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.
(231240)
23
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Seventeenth Report of the Treasury Committee on Banking Reform, HC 1008, what subjects were discussed during the regular contact between the Icelandic regulator and the Financial Services Authority.
(230529)
24
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Bank of England's executive will be accountable to the Financial Stability Committee.
(231014)
25
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to improve consumer awareness of the extent of deposit coverage.
(231015)
26
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to prevent future instances of home state deposit guarantee schemes being unable to cover the savings of UK depositors.
(231016)
27
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what protection the Government is giving to depositors with savings in multiple deposit-taking institutions under a single Financial Services Authority registration.
(231017)
28
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230504)
29
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231110)
30
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what modelling has been undertaken in assessing the likely impact on the economic viability of the aviation industry following the introduction of aviation duty.
(231205)
31
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): 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 aviation duty.
(231206)
32
N
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to protect the funds of registered charities held by Icelandic banks.
(230114)
33
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on television advertising in each of the last five years.
(230932)
34
N
Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households have been required to repay received tax credits following a failure to finalise their award in each of the last three years; how many of these were required to repay the full amount of the award; and what the (a) average and (b) maximum amount required in repayment was in each of those years.
(230266)
35
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of (a) index linked and (b) conventional gilts auctioned by the Debt Management Office in each of the last 12 months.
(230782)
36
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of (a) index linked and (b) conventional gilts planned to be auctioned by the Debt Management Office in each of the next 12 months.
(230783)
37
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) date and (b) location was of the last meeting of the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt.
(230918)
38
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff (a) on a full-time equivalent basis, (b) on a headcount basis and (c) as a proportion of total HM Revenue and Customs staff in HM Revenue and Customs are employed in an enforcement role.
(230923)
39
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to what publications his Department's Financial Inclusion Team contributed in each of the last 10 years.
(230924)
40
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials were employed in his Department's Financial Inclusion Team (a) on a full-time equivalent basis and (b) on a headcount basis (i) in each of the last 10 years and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(230925)
41
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were in receipt of tax credits at the end of each of the last 10 fiscal years.
(230926)
42
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department provides a separate diary secretary to (a) the Economic Secretary, (b) the Financial Secretary, (c) the Exchequer Secretary and (d) the Minister of State.
(230928)
43
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of outstanding loans made by the Public Works Loan Board.
(230936)
44
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of loans to be made by the Public Works Loan Board in each of the next 12 months.
(230937)
45
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what value of new loans was made by the Public Works Loan Board in each of the last 12 months.
(230938)
46
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which recruitment agencies (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of these recruitment agencies in each year.
(230941)
47
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230963)
48
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice he received from the Financial Services Authority on the position of Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Limited prior to the decision to bring the Landsbanki Freezing Order 2008 into force.
(230731)
49
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration he gave to the partial or complete taking into public ownership of the UK operations of Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander.
(230732)
50
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the operations of Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Limited of the operation of the Landsbanki Freezing Order 2008.
(230733)
51
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reports he has received on developments in Icelandic public opinion on the UK following the entry into force of the Landsbanki Freezing Order 2008.
(230734)
52
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.
(230745)
53
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints related to tax credits his Department has received from customers in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hemel Hempstead in each year since their inception.
(231105)
54
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of gross revenue from council tax, including domestic rates where applicable, in England in each of the next three years.
(230675)
55
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the gross revenue from landfill tax in each of the next three years.
(230678)
56
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether banks participating in the Government's recapitalisation scheme will be required not to issue dividends in the next 12 months.
(230103)
57
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration he has given to the remutualisation of (a) Northern Rock and (b) Bradford and Bingley.
(230107)
58
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the number of flights using UK airports of the introduction of the proposed aviation duty.
(230759)
59
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what modelling of likely effects on the economic viability of the aviation industry of the introduction of the proposed aviation duty he has undertaken.
(230760)
60
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230613)
61
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the loss to the Exchequer caused by late tax returns in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(227540)
62
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income was received from (a) penalty charges and (b) interest charged to people who did not meet tax return deadlines in each of the last five years.
(227556)
63
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on his policy of advertising deadlines for tax returns to be made.
(227557)
64
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on advertising the need for people to make timely tax returns in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(227558)
65
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individual cases of tax credit overpayments his Department has taken to court to seek recovery in (a) each month of 2008-09 to date and (b) each year from 2003-04 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(230441)
66
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has recovered in tax credits overpayments in each (a) month of 2008-09 to date and (b) year from 2003-04 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(230442)
67
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was recovered by his Department in overpaid tax credits following court cases in each (a) month of 2008-09 to date and (b) year from 2003-04 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(230485)
68
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much, on average, his Department clawed back per case of tax credits overpayment taken to court in each (a) month of 2008-09 and (b) of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement.
(231026)
69
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much, on average, his Department clawed back per case of tax credit overpayment in each (a) month of 2008-09 and (b) of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement.
(231027)
70
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what modelling his Department has undertaken to assess the likely effect of the proposed introduction of aviation duty on the economic viability of the aviation industry.
(230122)
71
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect of the introduction of the proposed aviation duty on the number of flights using UK airports.
(230124)
72
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which department has ministerial responsibility for the Financial Services Authority.
(230844)
73
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether financial services regulation is an exclusive competence of the European Union.
(230845)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
74
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he plans to issue revised health and safety guidance on learning outside the classroom to schools; and if he will make a statement.
(230263)
75
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the changes being made to the operation of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal on parental confidence in the special educational needs system.
(229000)
76
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230505)
77
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many documents produced by his Department and its predecessor were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231111)
78
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Lancashire do not speak English as a first language.
(230267)
79
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools there are in Lancashire where (a) more than 10 per cent. and (b) more than 20 per cent. of pupils do not speak English as a first language.
(230268)
80
N
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discussions he has had with the General Teaching Council about its recent loss of confidential data; and what steps are being taken to (a) retrieve the data and (b) ensure that such circumstances are not able to recur.
(230365)
81
N
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the reasons are for the delays in making education maintenance allowance payments; and if he will make a statement.
(230366)
82
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which officials from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority signed the contract with ETS for the administration and marking of the Key Stage 2 and 3 SAT tests.
(230367)
83
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1502-3W, on schools: assessments, what the estimated cost is of supplying the information which was not provided in the Answer.
(231165)
84
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 21st October 2008, Official Report, columns 326-7W, on departmental publications, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of his Department's fortnightly emails sent to schools in September and October.
(231166)
85
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) biology, (e) English and (f) IT teacher trainees have failed one or more times the (i) literacy, (ii) numeracy and (iii) IT tests in initial teacher training in each of the last 10 years.
(230270)
86
N
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of trainee teachers failed one or more times the basic (a) literacy, (b) numeracy and (c) IT tests during their initial teacher training in each of the last 10 years.
(230271)
87
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the total amount the staff of each (a) agency and (b) non-departmental public body within his responsibility were paid in bonuses in 2007-08.
(230982)
88
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many newly qualified teachers who had a grade (a) A or A*, (b) B and (c) C GCSE in (i) English and (ii) mathematics took up a post in each of the last five years.
(230990)
89
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which recruitment agencies (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of these recruitment agencies in each year.
(230942)
90
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230964)
91
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Kent local authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Ashford, (b) Canterbury, (c) Dartford, (d) Dover, (e) Faversham and mid Kent, (f) Folkestone and Hythe, (g) Gravesham, (h) Maidstone and the Weald, (i) Sittingbourne and Sheppey, (j) South Thanet, (k) Tonbridge and Malling and (l) Tunbridge Wells.
(231168)
92
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Stoke on Trent South, (b) The Wrekin and (c) Wolverhampton South West.
(231169)
93
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Wirral Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Wirral South and (b) Wirral West.
(231170)
94
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in Warwickshire Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Rugby and Kenilworth and (b) Stratford upon Avon.
(231171)
95
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Trafford Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Altrincham and Sale West, (b) Stretford and Urmston and (c) Wythenshawe and Sale East.
(231172)
96
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in Torbay Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Torbay and (b) Totnes.
(231173)
97
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Sutton Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Carshalton and Wallington, (b) Epsom and Ewell and (c) Sutton and Cheam.
(231174)
98
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Redbridge Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Chingford and Woodford Green and (b) Ilford North.
(231175)
99
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Bournemouth East, (b) East Devon, (c) Plymouth, Sutton, (d) Mid Dorset and North Poole, (e) Reading East and (f) Salisbury.
(231176)
100
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Halifax, (b) Penrith and the Border, (c) Dewsbury, (d) Liverpool, Wavertree and (e) Skipton and Ripon.
(231177)
101
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Medway Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Chatham and Aylesford, (b) Gillingham and (c) Medway.
(231178)
102
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Lincolnshire Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Boston and Skegness, (b) Gainsborough, (c) Grantham and Stamford, (d) Louth and Horncastle, (e) Sleaford and North Hykeham and (f) South Holland and The Deepings.
(231179)
103
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Lancashire Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Lancaster and Wyre, (b) Ribble Valley and (c) Rossendale and Darwen.
(231180)
104
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Kingston upon Thames Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Kingston and Surbiton and (b) Richmond Park.
(231181)
105
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Gloucestershire Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Cheltenham, (b) Gloucester and (c) Stroud.
(231182)
106
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Essex Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Colchester and (b) West Chelmsford.
(231183)
107
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Buckinghamshire Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Aylesbury, (b) Beaconsfield, (c) Buckingham, (d) Chesham and Amersham and (e) Wycombe.
(231184)
108
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Edmonton, (b) Orpington and (c) Slough.
(231185)
109
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Birmingham Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Edgbaston, (b) Ladywood, (c) Selly Oak and (d) Sutton Coldfield.
(231186)
110
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Barnet Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Chipping Barnet and (b) Finchley and Golders Green.
(231187)
111
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future programme in the Walsall Local Authority in the next three years in the constituencies of (a) Aldridge-Brownhills and (b) Walsall South.
(231188)
112
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers there were per 100 pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Chesterfield, (ii) Derbyshire and (iii) England in each year since 1997.
(230592)
113
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will bring forward proposals to extend the periods during which schoolchildren can use their bus passes, in order to facilitate participation in after-school activities.
(230426)
114
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will issue guidance to Ofsted on reducing the number of inspections carried out at schools which it consistently rates highly.
(230761)
115
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children at pupil referral units had special educational needs according to the most recent school census for which data are available, broken down by type of need.
(230534)
116
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will place in the Library copies of letters sent by his Department's ContactPoint team to practitioners about Conservative Party policy on ContactPoint; to whom these letters were sent; and who authorised them being sent.
(230558)
117
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.
(230738)
118
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers will have received a payment from the Teachers' Pension Scheme in 2008 by the end of the year.
(231125)
119
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230612)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
120
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people living in West Chelmsford constituency received no more than the national minimum wage at the latest date for which figures are available.
(230516)
121
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much the Prime Minister's Office spent on external training courses for staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230493)
122
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230507)
123
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many documents produced by the Cabinet Office were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231113)
124
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the median income per capita was in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) the North West and (c) the United Kingdom in the latest period for which figures are available.
(230933)
125
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what percentage of the economy of Ribble Valley constituency was derived from agriculture (a) at the most recent date for which figures are available, (b) in 2008, (c) in 1998 and (d) in 1988.
(230934)
126
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the number of 16 to 25 year olds living in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley Borough and (c) the non-metropolitan county of Hampshire.
(231307)
127
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the liability for income tax for households in each income decile group in England and Wales was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and what it will be for 2008-09.
(230825)
128
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which recruitment agencies (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of these recruitment agencies in each year.
(230944)
129
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230966)
130
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what percentage of all breast cancer diagnoses in England in each of the last five years were diagnoses to men.
(231060)
131
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the 2011 Census; and how much has been spent to date on trials prior to that census.
(230808)
132
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many civil servants will receive payments from the Civil Service Pension Scheme in 2008-09.
(231289)
133
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many vacant posts in the Prime Minister's Office were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.
(230600)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
134
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of the prevalence of theft of lead from church roofs; and what estimate has been made of the value of lead stolen in the last 12 months.
(230723)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
135
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requirements there are on individual local authorities to make provision for sites for (a) permanent and (b) transient Travellers.
(230264)
136
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's policy is on small groups of local authorities working together to produce a joint strategy to make provision for travellers on (a) a temporary and (b) a permanent basis; what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the matter; and if she will make a statement.
(230427)
137
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many documents produced by her Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230506)
138
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many documents produced by her Department and its predecessors were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231112)
139
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she plans to have with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on implications for climate change of the provisions contained within the Planning Bill
(230983)
140
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will introduce proposals for third party rights of appeal in the forthcoming legislation on community enhancement.
(230984)
141
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will provide a greater level of accommodation for those in the 18 to 21 age group.
(230989)
142
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what grants from her Department are available to local authorities in 2008-09.
(229885)
143
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) council tax or community charge and (b) non-domestic rate revenue was written off in England in each year since 1985.
(229886)
144
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the collection rates of (a) council tax or community charge and (b) non-domestic rates were in England in each year since 1985.
(229887)
145
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much local authority income in (a) England and (b) each local authority in England came from (i) revenue support grant, (ii) specific and special grants, (iii) capital receipts, (iv) fees, rents and charges, (v) council tax, (vi) external interest receipts, (vii) housing revenue accounts and (viii) redistributed non-domestic rates in each year since 1997.
(229888)
146
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which recruitment agencies (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of these recruitment agencies in each year.
(230943)
147
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what personal training courses at public expense she has undertaken since her appointment.
(230965)
148
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will amend the planning application process for wind farms so as to require assessments of (a) the suitability of topography, (b) meteorological viability and (c) economic viability.
(231298)
149
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what procedures are in place to ensure that local planning authorities take appropriate action to enforce planning control decisions.
(231050)
150
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she Department has taken in relation to those local authorities which fail to take enforcement action against developers who flout planning controls.
(231051)
151
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she plans to take to enforce planning regulations applicable to the Quinn Glass plant in Elton and Ince.
(231052)
152
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to require Chester City Council to enforce planning regulations relating to the Quinn Glass plant in Elton and Ince.
(231053)
153
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department takes to ensure that (a) large-scale developments obtain appropriate planning consent prior to construction and (b) that enforcement action is taken to prevent any potential unfair competitive advantage being gained as a result of progressing development without proper permission.
(231081)
154
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on the legality of the continued operation of the Quinn Glass plant at Elton and Ince and the status of planning permission in relation to the plant.
(231082)
155
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she intends to take to enforce the decision of her predecessor that Quinn Glass should not gain any advantage from the fact that their plant had already been built and commenced operation.
(231209)
156
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for the Fire Brigade's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal; what the criteria are; whether staff in the new Regional Fire Control centres are eligible for the medal; and if she will make a statement.
(229706)
157
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Fire and Rescue Service Long Service and Good Conduct medals were awarded in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(229707)
158
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the pilot projects to tackle housing over-crowding.
(231056)
159
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to bring forward new standards for statutory housing over-crowding; and if she will make a statement.
(231057)
160
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many firefighters there were per 100,000 residents in each fire and rescue authority in England in each year since 1997.
[R] (229891)
161
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities are buying unsold housing stock.
(231203)
162
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which organisations assist local authorities with (a) efficiency measures and (b) value for money delivery.
(230406)
163
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of changes in the level of local authority revenue from land searches in each of the last 12 months.
(230407)
164
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in (a) the availability of mortgages for first-time buyers and (b) trends in house prices on the rate of take-up of the Government's (i) shared equity and (ii) shared ownership products.
(230408)
165
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the planned budget for her Department's eco-towns programme is for each of the next three years.
(230409)
166
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether 2008-09 output targets for the latest round of housing market renewal pathfinders have now been agreed.
(230410)
167
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) rights and (b) powers councillors have to access information held by the local authority to which they have been elected.
(230411)
168
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Valuation Office Agency's local authority liaison meeting of 23rd July 2008, what assessment (a) her Department and (b) the Audit Commission has made of the effect on local authority costs of council tax backdating.
(230413)
169
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a full copy of the recent Planning Inspectorate ruling in relation to the retrospective planning application for a traveller site in Minety, Wiltshire.
(230414)
170
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the National Policy Statement on eco-towns will be location-specific.
(230415)
171
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance she gives to planning authorities on the application of planning policy guidance or planning policy statements to planning applications in circumstances where a submitted application is subject to appeal and a relevant item of guidance or statement has undergone substantive revision between the date of the initial application and the appeal hearing.
(230416)
172
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to amend (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation on the manner in which the Secretary of State may specify circumstances for the intervention on and determination of planning applications.
(230417)
173
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the earliest date is on which national policy statements can come into force following Royal Assent to the Planning Bill.
(230418)
174
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on departmental procurement, for what purposes the Deputy Prime Minister's Office used (a) MC Chauffeurs and (b) Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
(230512)
175
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on departmental procurement, what the cost of goods and services purchased from Supplier No. (a) 405303, (b) 411763 and (c) 402446 was during the period that the Deputy Prime Minister's Office existed as a Government department.
(230513)
176
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on departmental procurement, how much was spent by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office on the Mandarin Oriental Prague; and on what dates the expenditure was incurred.
(230514)
177
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on departmental procurement, what the cost of goods and services purchased from Company Barclaycard was during the period that the Deputy Prime Minister's Office existed as a Government department.
(230519)
178
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 24th July 2007, Official Report, column 966W, on local authorities: newspaper press, what steps have been taken since that Answer was given to allow local authorities more discretion on how to best publicise matters in their area.
(230554)
179
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what criteria the members of the Youth Advisors Panel will be chosen; whether they will be paid; and whether they will be required to complete a declaration of political activity.
(230555)
180
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will bring forward legislation to repeal the Planning Gain Supplement (Preparations) Act 2007.
(230556)
181
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether new additional student accommodation in university towns counts towards the building targets in regional spatial strategies.
(230656)
182
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on investing funds in Irish-owned banks operating in the Republic of Ireland.
(230657)
183
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what account was taken of British Standard BS 5906:2005 on waste management in buildings in the development of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
(230658)
184
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost of the Local Government Pension Scheme to local authority employers is in 2008-09.
(230659)
185
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much each local authority has invested in Icelandic financial institutions.
(230660)
186
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Lifting the Burdens Task Force will conclude its work; and what the timetable is for implementation of its recommendations.
(230661)
187
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what evidential basis her Department decided to allow an energy performance certificate to have a maximum duration of three years.
(230662)
188
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons a domestic dwelling would be allocated a property details activity code of (a) 30, (b) 60 and (c) 70 by the Valuation Office Agency as part of its council tax valuation work.
(230663)
189
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on the levels of local authority chief executive pay.
(230664)
190
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of introducing a community infrastructure levy in the current state of the property market.
(230665)
191
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding (a) her Department and (b) the Government Offices for the Regions have given to regional loans partnerships; and how many such partnerships exist.
(230666)
192
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many individuals have been prosecuted for failure to comply with home information pack requirements.
(230667)
193
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is her Department's policy that the new burdens principle applies to the funding of town and parish councils.
(230668)
194
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in what circumstances additional income from fines, assuming constant staff costs, results in a cash-releasing value for money gain for the purposes of local authority efficiency reports.
(230669)
195
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether parish councils which are liable for higher business rates levied on parish council-owned property in areas where the higher tier council has levied a supplementary business rate will receive funding to compensate from (a) the higher tier council and (b) the Government.
(230670)
196
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether district councils which are liable for higher business rates levied on district council-owned property in areas where the county council has levied a supplementary business rate will receive funding to compensate from (a) the higher tier council and (b) the Government.
(230671)
197
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether London boroughs will receive additional funding from the Government to compensate for higher business rates levied from the London supplementary business rate for Crossrail; and whether an estimate has been made of the likely additional cost to London boroughs from such higher rates.
(230672)
198
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, under what circumstances individuals may submit objections to planning applications without their names and addresses being made available to the public.
(230674)
199
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what change there has been in the funds each regional development agency received for contributions to the Homeowner Support Package in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.
(230758)
200
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the effect of the community infrastructure levy on (a) house building rates and (b) the viability of brownfield regeneration projects.
(230797)
201
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which indicators in the national indicator set have associated (a) targets and (b) aspirations for local authorities to meet.
(230798)
202
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated gross cost to local authorities of landfill tax was in the last year for which figures are available.
(230799)
203
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library the report on the draft West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy commissioned from Nathaniel Litchfield and Partners by the Government Office for the West Midlands; what recommendations the report made in respect of building on green belt land; and what the cost to the public purse of the report was.
(230816)
204
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to clause 5 of the draft Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Elections in 2009) Order 2008, for what reason it is proposed that the provisions on elections to fill casual vacancies should commence seven rather than six months before the June 2009 elections.
(231024)
205
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in respect of which of her Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.
(230744)
206
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been allocated to (a) the Housing and Planning Delivery Group and (b) Growth Point funding for each of the next three years.
(230428)
207
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, and with reference to the Answer of 29th October 2007, Official Report, column 665W, on housing: low incomes, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the change in the number of housing associations offering Social Homebuy to their tenants between the dates of the Answers.
(230447)
208
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the criteria are for the allocation of housing and planning delivery grant.
(230451)
209
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of her Department's use of (a) a mix-adjusted house price measure and (b) other types of measure on estimates of house price inflation or deflation in a falling market.
(230452)
210
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the financial irregularities were that resulted in fines from the European Commission in relation to regeneration schemes.
(230453)
211
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the terms of reference are of the Redress Review; and what forms of redress will be reviewed.
(230454)
212
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what role Firebuy Ltd will play in FiReControl (a) projects and (b) procurement.
(230455)
213
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of social housing dwellings are currently recorded on the National Register of Social Housing; and what the targets are in relation to data held.
(230456)
214
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average number is of data items held for each property on the National Register of Social Housing.
(230457)
215
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many invitations to tender Ordnance Survey has issued in the last 12 months; and for what project in each case.
(230458)
216
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what forecast she has made of the (a) costs and (b) business-generated income of Firebuy Ltd in 2008-09.
(230459)
217
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the coming into full operation of each new unitary council.
(230460)
218
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her policy is on differential charging depending on payment method in relation to council tax; and what guidance has been issued to local authorities on the matter.
(230462)
219
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent planning guidance has been provided on light pollution.
(230464)
220
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will withdraw proposals for new unitary councils in Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk.
(230466)
221
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether an impact assessment has been produced to accompany her Department's proposals on local government bylaws and greater use of fixed penalty notices.
(230520)
222
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria are used by the Public Works Loan Board to decide whether to lend to a local authority.
(230521)
223
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the maximum amount of funding lent to local authorities via the Public Works Loan Board each year is fixed, or varies according to the demand from local authorities.
(230522)
224
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the differences are between a sustainability certificate and an energy performance certificate.
(230523)
225
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations her Department has received from local authorities on whether the plans for free swimming for over-60s will impose a net financial cost on local authorities.
(230527)
226
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the likely maximum percentage rise in council tax in 2009-10 for a local authority to avoid capping.
(230537)
227
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the publication of the Community Empowerment White Paper, what estimate she has made of the possible additional costs to local authorities of allowing audio or video-based (a) remote voting and (b) participation in the meetings referred to.
(230538)
228
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated aggregate monetary value is of unclaimed small business rate relief in England in the last year for which figures are available.
(230539)
229
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of prices for town centre parking on town centre regeneration and town centre economies.
(230540)
230
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timescale is for the introduction of regional fire control rooms; and which control rooms will be operational before June 2010.
(230541)
231
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the latest Part 1 business case for FiReControl, what the (a) current control room costs and (b) forecast regional control centre running costs are in each government office region in estimated cash prices during the periods in which the control rooms will go live.
(230542)
232
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Audit Commission has (a) prepared and (b) consulted on a code of practice on data matching exercises, further to Schedule 7 of the Serious Crimes Act 2007.
(230543)
233
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate has been made by (a) her Department and (b) the Audit Commission of the level and number of fraudulent claims of council tax (i) second homes discount, (ii) single person discount and (iii) empty homes discount.
(230544)
234
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities have powers to buy their insurance from mutual local authority companies set up to provide insurance to local authorities without having to put such contracts of insurance out to tender through the public procurement process.
(230545)
235
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what records her Department holds of the licensing fees charged by local authorities for registration of houses of multiple occupation; and what estimate she has made of the variance in the level of fees between local authorities.
(230546)
236
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the implementation of the conclusions of the Householder Development Consents Review.
(230547)
237
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the mandatory roll-out of the Code for Sustainable Homes across each level in new build (a) social housing and (b) private sector housing.
(230548)
238
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level is that housing in eco-towns must meet.
(230549)
239
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department has taken to promote the take-up of small business rate relief; and if she will take further measures in light of the current economic climate.
(230550)
240
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what grounds her Department issued the Article 14 notice to stop Hammersmith and Fulham Council granting planning approval for the White City Collaborative Care Centre.
(230551)
241
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will bring forward proposals to make decisions of the Local Government Ombudsman binding on local authorities.
(230552)
242
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19th October 2007, Official Report, column 1343W, on the Standards Board for England: finance, whether a decision has been taken on the total grant to be allocated to the Standards Board and Adjudication Panel for 2008-09.
(230568)
243
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many invitations to tender her Department has issued in the last 12 months; and for what projects.
(230655)
244
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has provided on the procurement process by which local authorities should employ opinion research companies to undertake the new place surveys.
(230676)
245
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the implications of the July 2008 Court of Appeal ruling on equal pay in local government.
(230677)
246
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated annual budget of the Infrastructure Planning Commission will be in each of the next three years.
(230681)
247
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated annual budget of the Standards Board and Adjudication Panel will be in each of the next three years.
(230682)
248
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, further to page 162 of her Department's Annual Report 2008, what the reason is for the increase in the unallocated provision in her Department's budget from £0 to £104.4 million by 2010-11.
(230683)
249
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether electromagnetic interference can be classified as a form of pollution for the purposes of Planning Policy Statement 23.
(230684)
250
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many councils have made a net improvement in their comprehensive performance assessment (CPA) scores since CPA was introduced.
(230685)
251
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether anonymous complaints, which do not amount to an allegation of criminality, will be considered under the revised standards board regime.
(230686)
252
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's Information Asset Register.
(230687)
253
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 Planning Inspectorate's inspectors' handbook.
(230688)
254
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether small business rate relief applies to business rate liability for an empty property.
(230689)
255
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the effect of the increase in empty property business rates on small self-administered pension schemes which own office space.
(230690)
256
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated yearly cost to the public purse of small business rate relief was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(230691)
257
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the latest estimate is of the expected yearly increase in net revenue arising from the changes to empty property business rates.
(230692)
258
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the introduction of property information questionnaires in home information packs.
(230693)
259
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the reliability and accuracy of energy performance certificates for domestic dwellings.
(230694)
260
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the terms of reference are of the review by Land Data cic of local authorities; what the cost is to the public purse for the work; and when it will report.
(230698)
261
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's target is for the number of new local authority social dwellings to be constructed in the next 12 months.
(230699)
262
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households are expected to be supported by the HomeBuy Direct scheme in each of the next three years; and at what cost to the public purse.
(230700)
263
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the value of small business rate relief that was unclaimed in the latest year for which figures are available.
(230701)
264
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers housing associations have to borrow against their assets; and what restrictions apply.
(230702)
265
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans her Department has to obtain information from local authorities on the effect of the new levels of empty property business rates.
(230706)
266
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requirements there will be on local planning authorities to produce environmental impact assessments; and to what types of planning application such requirements will apply.
(230708)
267
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which councils are trialling planning performance agreements; and what funding has been provided by her Department to such trials.
(230709)
268
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to promote community land trusts; and what plans she has for further legislation on the matter.
(230710)
269
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to her Department's 2007-08 resource accounts, HC 791, what the nature of the financial irregularities in the Business Links projects funded under the Interreg programme is.
(230711)
270
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications relating to development on green belt land have been called in by her or her predecessors since 1st October 2000; and how many such applications were ultimately (a) approved and (b) rejected.
(230712)
271
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of her call-in policy for planning applications.
(230713)
272
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the National Register of Social Housing will include property attributes from non-social affordable housing.
(230714)
273
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) organisations and (b) individuals responded to the consultation on the date of the 2009 local elections; and what the name is of each which did not request confidentiality.
(230715)
274
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance (a) her Department and its predecessor and (b) the Audit Commission has produced for local authorities on (i) council tax collection and (ii) council tax fraud.
(230716)
275
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost is of local authorities producing and compiling place surveys over the next three years.
(230717)
276
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the research by the Roger Tym Partnership/ Three Dragons on council tax and empty properties; and whether an interim or final report has been submitted to her Department.
(230718)
277
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the Government to publish its assessment of whether to introduce a competition test to the planning system for retail development.
(230719)
278
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Housing Corporation has made of the aggregate financial value of the reserves of housing associations that it regulates.
(230720)
279
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities will be required to carry out place surveys.
(230721)
280
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, further to the Community Empowerment White Paper, what the minimum percentage of local residents required to sign a petition will be to require (a) a referendum on an elected mayor and (b) a full council debate to take place.
(230722)
281
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Valuation Office Agency will have access to the National Register of Social Housing.
(230728)
282
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what questions are (a) optional and (b) mandatory in a Place Survey.
(230729)
283
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many completed transactions there were under each HomeBuy scheme in each month since April 2006, broken down by local authority area.
(230730)
284
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether councils which have a smaller number of households claiming single person's council tax discount (a) receive greater net revenue from council tax receipts and (b) have their formula grant adjusted downwards relative to councils which have a larger number of households claiming single person's discount.
(230784)
285
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance has been produced on vetting the eligibility of (a) second home, (b) empty home and (c) single person council tax discounts.
(230785)
286
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in what circumstances (a) discretionary and (b) mandatory licensing of houses of multiple occupation may be imposed on private properties.
(230794)
287
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether regional firecontrol room limited companies are public authorities for the purposes of freedom of information legislation.
(230795)
288
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether municipal rubbish and recycling facilities are liable for business rates; and what the criteria are under which the liability of such a facility is determined.
(230796)
289
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the whole-programme timetable for the consultations in relation to eco-towns planning and development plans is.
(230800)
290
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made by (a) her Department and (b) the Housing Corporation of the effect of the state of the housing market on low cost home ownership sales by social landlords.
(230801)
291
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the minimum eco-standards for new homes built in the Thames Gateway area are; and what plans she has to change such standards over time.
(230802)
292
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what datasets Ordnance Survey has purchased from the company MapInfo.
(230803)
293
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the maximum period of residency is for a second adult in a household before that dwelling ceases to qualify for a single person's council tax discount; and what the process is for assessing residency in such cases.
(230804)
294
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated annual budget is of the Homes and Communities Agency in each of the next three years.
(230807)
295
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the maximum period is for which a search report included in a home information pack is valid.
(230871)
296
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding her Department has paid to external organisations to produce promotional materials over the last 12 months.
(230872)
297
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reason the NUTS2 territorial groupings are being used to distribute the new round of funding from Local Authority Business Growth Incentive scheme; and why district councils are being treated differently from previous rounds.
(230873)
298
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, further to her Department's plans for enabling electronic communication of building control documents, which public bodies other than local authorities (a) may and (b) will have access to this building control data, in whole or in part.
(230874)
299
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated gross yearly revenue is from the extra business rates multiplier on medium-sized and large firms to fund small business rate relief.
(230875)
300
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the Redress Review; who is conducting the review; and what evidence is being considered as part of the review.
(230876)
301
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Empowerment White Paper's proposals for local government byelaws will give greater scope for waste collection authorities to issue fixed penalty notices for waste offences.
(230877)
302
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated take-up rate is of small business rate relief.
(230878)
303
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Valuation Office Agency continues to use property information from Rightmove.co.uk plc for council tax valuations and revaluations.
(230879)
304
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which county councils will receive the lowest possible increase in grant from her Department in 2008-09.
(230880)
305
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what arrangements are in place for (a) examination and (b) searches for information on (i) home condition report and (ii) energy performance certificate registers; and which (A) individuals and (B) organisations are entitled to access to such information.
(230881)
306
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what types of residential property have required an energy performance certificate (EPC) in order to be (a) sold and (b) rented since 1st October; what guidance she has issued to the housing industry on the matter; and at what stage of the transaction an EPC is required.
(230882)
307
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the annual net change in revenue to accrue from community infrastructure levy, compared with the revenue accruing from existing section 106 regime.
(230883)
308
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the budget is for the eco-town programme; and how much has been spent, broken down by type of category of expenditure.
(230884)
309
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of hectares of the proposed Curborough eco-town will be on greenfield land.
(230885)
310
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether joint waste authorities will be subject to oversight by (a) the Standards Board of England and (b) the Local Government Ombudsman.
(230889)
311
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 the collection of council tax payments by direct debit from bank accounts.
(230890)
312
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate she has made of the net number of new build dwellings which will be (a) completed and (b) started in (i) the calendar year 2008 and (ii) the financial year 2008-09.
(230891)
313
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 (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports in respect of each property occupied by her Department.
(230892)
314
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether display energy certificates are to be compulsory for large buildings in the private sector.
(230893)
315
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many meetings Ministers in her Department have had with the Mayor of London since his election.
(230894)
316
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department and its predecessors have taken to reduce the incidence of (a) gazumping and (b) gazundering.
(230895)
317
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requirement there is for an energy performance certificate to be (a) produced and (b) commissioned before a private dwelling may be offered for (i) sale and (ii) rental.
(230896)
318
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what timetable has been established for the extension of the Public Services Forum's Access to Skills, Trade Unions and Advice in Government Contracting agreement to local authorities; and whether the agreement will extend to local authorities in Wales.
(230897)
319
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information is required to be covered in a Place Survey questionnaire.
(230912)
320
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what timetable she has set for the publication of the latest version of the national business case for the FiReControl project.
(230913)
321
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the effect of recent falls in stock market values on levels of local authority investment income.
(230915)
322
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her most recent estimate is of the cost of delivery of the FiReControl project.
(230916)
323
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Ordnance Survey has spent on overseas travel for its staff in the last 12 months; and which (a) cities and (b) countries have been visited.
(230917)
324
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether empty properties will be liable for (a) supplementary business rates and (b) business improvement districts' levy.
(231018)
325
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on promoting and raising awareness of the business rates rate relief scheme in the last financial year.
(231019)
326
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she intends to take following the comments of Mr Justice Collins in his ruling relating to the Bard Campaign v. the Secretary of State, that the Secretary of State may have disqualified herself from considering any planning applications for eco-towns because of perceived bias.
(231086)
327
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will consider removing business rate charges from empty properties; and if she will make a statement.
(230981)
328
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will consider the merits of introducing cost-capping and cost-sharing agreements in relation to the recently introduced Local Government Pension Scheme analogous to those in place in schemes in the NHS and the Civil Service.
(230352)
329
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the projected savings are of the new Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006 as compared to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme 1992 for new entrants.
(230356)
330
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many members of the fire service will have received payments from the Fire Service Pension Scheme in 2008.
(231147)
331
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local government employees will have received payments from the Local Government Pension Scheme in 2008.
(231148)
332
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether companies who are registered in tax havens may sell planning permissions awarded in this country; and if she will make a statement.
(231193)
333
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether companies registered in other countries may sell planning permissions awarded in this country; and if she will make a statement.
(231194)
334
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the budget of the Government Office for London is in 2008-09; and how many people it employs.
(230480)
335
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's policy is on whether licensed premises which remain open late should be liable for additional sites rates payments.
(229430)
336
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1411W, on regeneration: Canvey Island, what assessment she has made of the effect of absence of an additional access road for Canvey Island on the area's regeneration.
(230822)
337
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1411W, on regional planning and development, whether she has received notification from Castle Point Borough Council that it has set a target for submission to her of the Local Development Plan of March 2009; and if she will make a statement.
(230848)
338
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2008, Official Report, column 1322W, on housing: sustainable development, if she will break down the number of homes assessed against the Code for Sustainable Homes at each code level by (a) local authority and (b) housing association; and how many of the assessed homes were privately developed properties.
(231246)
339
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many properties have been granted a zero star rating under the Code for Sustainable Homes in each month since the code's inception.
(231247)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
340
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households have a free television licence.
(230886)
341
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households have a television licence.
(230887)
342
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what total balance was held by each of the lottery distributors on the latest date for which figures are available.
(230888)
343
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps the Government has taken to modernise public libraries.
(229341)
344
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps the Government has taken to increase use of public libraries.
(229342)
345
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230654)
346
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231115)
347
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many unique users visited Sport England's Active Places website in each year since its introduction in 2004.
(231204)
348
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which recruitment agencies (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of these recruitment agencies in each year.
(230946)
349
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230959)
350
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to fund elite athletes with a learning disability who are ineligible to receive funding from the National Lottery Sports Fund from other sources; and if he will make a statement.
(230111)
351
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) other Government Departments and (b) non-Governmental organisations on the provision of funding to elite athletes with learning disabilities to facilitate their participation in the London 2012 Olympics following the announcement by the International Paralympics Committee that such athletes will be eligible to compete.
(230112)
352
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department provided for elite athletes with a learning disability in each year between 1997 and 2001.
(230113)
353
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was received by each of the National Lottery good causes in each year since 1995-96, expressed in 2008-09 prices.
(230486)
354
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2008, Official Report, column 1206W, on Sport England: public appointments, what the reason is for the most recent delay in appointing a new chairman of Sport England; and if he will make a statement.
(230767)
355
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2008, Official Report, column 1206W, on Sport England: public appointments, how much he expects the re-advertisement of the position of chairman to cost.
(230768)
356
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the percentage of visitor accommodation in England which was accredited by tourist authorities in each year since 1997.
(230774)
357
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.
(230742)
358
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) Exchequer and (b) Lottery money was given to the Street Athletics initiative in each year since its inception.
(230850)
359
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many recommendations Lord Burns' review into the Football Association made; and how many of his recommendations have been implemented in the areas of (a) corporate governance and (b) transparency.
(230851)
360
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230610)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
361
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data, where applicable.
(230463)
362
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the NATO-supported centres of excellence in (a) joint air power competence, (b) defence against terrorism, (c) naval mine warfare, (d) combined joint operations from the sea, (e) civil military operations, (f) cold weather operations, (g) joint chemical biological radiation and nuclear defence, (h) air operations analysis and simulation and (i) command and control.
(230576)
363
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the proposal to establish a Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence under the auspices of NATO; and what the terms of reference are for this Centre of Excellence.
(230577)
364
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has made to NATO with respect to cyber defence.
(230578)
365
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) reports and (b) statutory instruments which relate to cyber terrorism have been produced by his Department in the last three years.
(230579)
366
N
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what definition his Department uses of (a) cyber terrorism and (b) cyber warfare; and what assessment he has made of the cyber threats posed to the UK.
(230580)
367
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the NATO (a) cyber threat assessment and (b) cyber defence concept.
(230581)
368
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution his Department has made to the development of (a) the NATO Cyber Defence legal framework and (b) the cyber security doctrine and strategy.
(230582)
369
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which international organisations the UK has discussed cyber warfare or terrorism in the last three years.
(230583)
370
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding was allocated by his Department to (a) the analysis of cyber threats or warfare and (b) the development of strategies to mitigate the impact of such threats in each of the last three years.
(230584)
371
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230653)
372
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231116)
373
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21st October 2008, Official Report, column 191W, on departmental sick leave, what management areas would need to be surveyed to determine the number of staff on gardening leave.
(231167)
374
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons foam suppressant was not fitted to the wing-tanks of Hercules XL 179 which was shot down by enemy fire over Baghdad in 2005.
(230524)
375
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice Ministers had received prior to 2005 on fitting of foam suppressant on the Hercules wing-tanks.
(230525)
376
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the concluding comments of Wiltshire Coroner Daniel Masters into the loss of Hercules XL179; and if he will make a statement.
(230526)
377
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230958)
378
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy vessels were stationed in or around the coast of Turkey during the month of August 2008.
(231090)
379
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what roles Royal Navy vessels were performing in the Mediterranean during (a) July, (b) August and (c) September 2008.
(231091)
380
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British-built cars his Department (a) owns and (b) operates.
(230423)
381
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what policies his Department has in place to support British motor manufacturers.
(230424)
382
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what circumstances his officials may decide the conclusions of a Board of Inquiry into a fatal incident are unsafe; what steps he is required to take to inform the coroner before or after an inquest has been held; by what procedures he may instruct the president of a board of inquiry to consider new evidence; and by what procedures a bereaved family may challenge the findings or recommendations of a board of inquiry.
(230788)
383
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instructors have enrolled in and completed training at the Staff Leadership School at Pirbright; how many and what proportion of instructors have completed the Train the Trainer courses; and what target date he has set for the completion of mandatory training for all instructors on the training estate.
(230789)
384
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Criminal Records Bureau checks have been conducted in connection with the appointment of instructors in each of the armed services; and how many and what proportion of appointments have been blocked as a result of vetting procedures.
(230790)
385
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information is available to recruits to the armed services on the function of the Service Complaints Commissioner and how to make complaints in confidence.
(230791)
386
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of the behavioural standards identified in the Defence Instructor Handbook; if he will introduce a code of practice throughout the training estate to ensure that breach of such standards is admissible in evidence in a charge of ill-treatment of subordinates; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the Defence Instructor Handbook.
(230820)
387
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps have been taken by the army to establish and maintain central records of written policy changes within the training estate.
(230821)
388
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures are in place in the armed forces to consider and act upon recommendations following Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations; what HSE reports were received in 2007; and what steps were taken as a result of each.
(230829)
389
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures are in place to monitor delays in Phase 2 training in the army; how many individuals were subject to delays in (a) 2005 and (b) 2007; what record is kept of individual training plans; and how statistical information is collected on training.
(230830)
390
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the minimum supervisory ratio is for each establishment on the defence training estate to exercise its function in accordance with duty of care obligations; what progress has been made in meeting these requirements; and what the mechanism is for reviewing levels of supervision.
(230831)
391
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many calls have been logged on the armed forces anti-bullying confidential support line in the last 12 months; what procedures are in place to ensure that steps are taken to address (a) allegations of bullying and (b) identify patterns of abuse and bullying blackspots; and by what means the Service Complaints Commissioner is kept informed.
(230898)
392
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) 16 year olds and (b) 17 year olds were recruited into each of the armed services in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2007; and how many recruits aged under 18 years of age were allocated to units for military duties.
(230899)
393
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruits enrolled in the Army Junior Entry Phase 1 training at (a) Army Foundation College Harrogate, (b) Army Training Regiment Winchester and (c) other establishments in 2007; and what progress has been made extending the duration of Phase 1 training at Army Training Regiment, Bassingbourn.
(230900)
394
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the conclusions were of the evaluation in 2007 of the use and effectiveness of procedures for seeking confirmation of self-declared medical and social histories to determine the suitability of an applicant for employment in the army; and what progress has been made in extending these procedures throughout HM armed services.
(230901)
395
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes have been made to the standard pre-recruitment information pack for the armed forces following the review conducted in 2007; what information is available to parents of recruits on access to the Service Complaints Commissioner; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the information pack.
(230910)
396
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure that parents or responsible adults are consulted before the recruitment of minors to the armed services; and what procedures are in place to ensure such consultation takes place in circumstances where the parents of the minor have separated.
(230986)
397
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of homeless veterans in the UK; and what steps he is taking to protect vulnerable servicemen and women who have left the armed forces.
(230762)
398
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many enemy combatants have been captured by UK forces during operations in Afghanistan in each month of the last two years.
(230814)
399
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a representative of his Department will attend the 65th D-Day Anniversary Parade in Normandy.
(230487)
400
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 17th September 2007, Official Report, column 2174W, on Kenley airfield, where the fence is stored; what condition it is in; and whether it is compatible with the proposed new planning application.
(231029)
401
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how (a) his Department's current alcohol strategy and (b) the forthcoming Joint Service Publication incorporating his Department's alcohol strategy is implemented or to be implemented by the (i) Army, (ii) Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force; and what distinction is made of the implementation in each of the armed forces.
(231094)
402
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated to inform his Department's forthcoming Joint Service Publication incorporating his Department's alcohol strategy.
(231095)
403
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the current levels of alcohol consumption by serving members of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force; and what assessment he has made of the need to reduce alcohol consumption in the armed forces.
(231245)
404
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what methods he has considered for reducing public sector pension liabilities in relation to the armed forces pension scheme.
(230353)
405
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected savings are of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005 changes in relation to public sector pensions for members of the armed forces.
(230354)
406
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel will have received payments from the armed forces pension fund in 2008 by the end of the year.
(231142)
407
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230609)
408
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, column 130W, on China: armed forces, whether the interruption of military co-operation with China by EU member states, as agreed in the Madrid Declaration 1989, remains in place.
(229958)
409
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is routine procedure for approval of overseas military personnel attending military courses at Sandhurst to be required from Ministers in his Department; when the procedures for considering applications for such training were last reviewed; and whether any changes were made.
(230787)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
410
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the number of households in West Chelmsford constituency that are in fuel poverty.
(230515)
411
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data, where applicable.
(230468)
412
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the monetary value of the contract between the Government and UBS Limited for advice provided in regard of the sale of British Energy to EDF was.
(231241)
413
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the monetary value of the contract between the Nuclear Liabilities Fund and Lazard and Co for advice provided in regard of the sale of British Energy to EDF was.
(231242)
414
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Government has elected to receive the (a) cash offer and (b) partial CVR alternative following the sale of British Energy to EDF.
(231243)
415
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what electrical output of each nuclear power station has been in each of the last 24 months.
(231244)
416
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he plans to publish the next Energy Markets Outlook.
(231252)
417
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what domestic carbon dioxide emissions on the environmental accounts basis have been in each year since 1990.
(231253)
418
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for which (a) regulators, (b) inspectorates, (c) executive agencies, (d) non-departmental public bodies and (e) public corporations his Department (i) has responsibility and (ii) will become responsible in the next 12 months.
(231254)
419
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff work in his Department's strategy team on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis; and what the annual average salary of such staff is.
(231255)
420
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what databases are (a) held and (b) maintained by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies.
(231256)
421
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) its agencies is undertaking; what his most recent estimate of the total cost of each project is; and what the projected completion date of each is.
(231257)
422
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department has spent on external training courses for departmental staff since its inception; and which external organisations have been paid to provide such courses.
(230497)
423
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he expects to be able to publish the findings of the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study.
(231153)
424
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he expects to publish a short-list of options for a Severn tidal power scheme; how many options he expects to shortlist; and what factors he will take into account in drawing up that short-list.
(231154)
425
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations he has received from local businesses and employers in (a) the South West and (b) South Wales on the impact of a Severn Barrage on the local economy.
(231155)
426
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations he has received on the effects of a Severn Barrage on biodiversity on and near the Severn.
(231156)
427
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who the members are of (a) the Project Board overseeing the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study and (b) the Ministerial Group to which the Project Board reports.
(231157)
428
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the remit is of the Technical and Engineering Expert Panel appointed to provide advice to the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study team; how its members were selected; and when the panel's advice and reports will be published.
(231158)
429
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley Borough and (c) the ceremonial county of Hampshire received Warm Front grants in each of the last five years.
(231306)
430
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will place in the Library copies of the letters of appointment from the Prime Minister to (a) him and (b) Ministers in his Department.
(230902)
431
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the staffing level is of his Department in its first year.
(230618)
432
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the budget is for the first operational year of his Department.
(230619)
433
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many of his Department's staff have been (a) redeployed to his Department and (b) newly recruited.
(230620)
434
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether he plans to recruit staff from the private energy sector.
(230621)
435
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of whether the UK will meet the Renewables Obligation to deliver 15 per cent. of all its energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2020; and if he will make a statement.
(230622)
436
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will change the planning application process for wind farms to include an assessment of economic viability as part of the application process.
(231020)
437
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will change the planning application process for wind farms to include consideration of (a) the suitability of the topography and (b) meteorological viability in the application process.
(231021)
438
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what evidence his Department has (a) received and (b) evaluated on the science of non-carbon dioxide climate change impacts from aviation, including radiactive forcing and the effect of emissions at altitude; and whether his Department is funding any research on total climate impacts of aviation due to radiactive forcing.
(231299)
439
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether wind power subsidies resulting from the Renewables Obligation may be awarded to companies registered in tax havens; and if he will make a statement.
(231195)
440
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether wind power subsidies resulting from the Renewables Obligation may be awarded to companies who are registered in other countries; and if he will make a statement.
(231196)
441
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many jobs have been created in the renewable energy sector in the South West region in each of the last five years.
(230832)
442
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assistance and funding was available to support the development of the renewable energy industry in the South West region at the latest date for which figures are available.
(230833)
443
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much funding was provided to support renewable energy technology development in the South West region in each of the last five years.
(230834)
444
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the South West region attains its target of generating 15 to 20 per cent. of its energy needs through renewable sources by 2020.
(230835)
445
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans the Government has to promote the commercial development of wave and tidal stream technology.
(230836)
446
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what funding framework is in place to support the development of geothermal technology.
(230837)
447
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many vacant posts for which he is responsible were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.
(230591)
448
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people aged (a) under and (b) over 60 years were required to pay a top-up to the Warm Front grant in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(230419)
449
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what consideration he has given to raising the maximum level of Warm Front grant.
(230420)
450
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the financial turnover of the domestic insulation market.
(231297)
451
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment his Department has made of the relative cost-effectiveness of alternative strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and if he will make a statement.
(230351)
452
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will list in date order the generating companies which have secured places in the queue for National Grid connections; how much grid capacity is reserved for each; what the source is of electricity generation in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(230679)
453
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what periods of outage occurred in each of the principal power stations in Great Britain because of (a) planned maintenance and (b) unplanned reasons in the last 12 months; what the lost generating capacity was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(230680)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
454
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many schools have registered exempt low risk waste operations; and if he will make a statement.
(230904)
455
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which IT projects sponsored by his Department have been abandoned prior to completion in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on each project.
(230905)
456
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to combat the illegal trade in wildlife over the internet.
(231134)
457
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data, where applicable.
(230461)
458
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people are employed in the New Forest National Park Environmental Design Department; and how many of them are (a) architects, (b) have another professional design qualification and (c) are unqualified in environmental design.
(230856)
459
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it the policy of the New Forest Park Authority that they should employ an architects' panel or a design review panel to enhance the quality of decision-making by their environmental design department.
(230857)
460
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230652)
461
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231117)
462
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many residential moorings are registered by the Environment Agency; what their locations are; and how many boats can be moored at each location.
(231163)
463
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230956)
464
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff from his Department will be redeployed to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
(230626)
465
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department's budget has changed following the movement of responsibilities to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
(230627)
466
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department and its predecessor has spent on investigations of solutions to water shortages in (a) the South East and (b) Hertfordshire in the last 10 years.
(231129)
467
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reports his Department and its predecessor commissioned on the rivers in (a) the South East and (b) Hertfordshire in the last 10 years.
(231136)
468
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which counties will be prioritised in the roll-out of the bluetongue vaccination strategy from May 2009.
(231092)
469
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evaluation he has made of the effectiveness of local schemes for improving air quality.
(231093)
470
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of each member on the Exmoor National Park Authority in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on (a) travelling and (b) other expenses for each member in each year.
(230987)
471
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to increase separation, collection, recycling and recovery of household decorative paints and garden chamicals.
(231006)
472
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what deadline the Government has set on the consultation for imposing legal restrictions on the types of waste that can be sent to landfill.
(231007)
473
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions have been made for fly tipping and illegal dumping of waste abroad in each of the last three years.
(231008)
474
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals he has to develop the energy market for wood waste.
(231009)
475
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Local Communities on measures to encourage local authorities to take on a wider role in partnerships to help small local businesses to reduce and recycle their waste.
(231010)
476
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made to meeting the target to complete the process of closing all landfills by 2009 that will not meet the Landfill Directive requirements.
(231011)
477
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how he has implemented the EU Directive target's of 60 per cent. recovery and 55 per cent. recycling of packaging waste in 2008.
(231012)
478
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment the Environment Agency has made of flooding risk in St Albans constituency.
(230641)
479
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which groups have been consulted as part of the Strategic Review of Packaging Policy.
(230776)
480
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the status is of the Strategic Review of Packaging Policy; and whether there is a date set for the implementation of the policy review.
(230778)
481
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has issued as part of its value for money agenda to local authorities on the treatment of waste arisings in the form of (a) variable charging and (b) alternate weekly collections.
(230412)
482
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been paid to regional development agencies for implementation of the Rural Development Programme for England.
(230695)
483
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what projects have been approved for the Rural Development Programme for England; on what date each was approved; and by which regional development agency in each case.
(230696)
484
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which projects approved for Rural Development Programme for England funding have yet to receive their funding; and on what date they are likely to receive funding.
(230697)
485
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many holdings claimed payments under the single payment scheme in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by holdings of (a) less than one hectare, (b) between one and five hectares, (c) between five and 20 hectares, (d) between 20 and 50 hectares, (e) between 50 and 100 hectares and (f) more than 100 hectares.
(230703)
486
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many holdings claimed payments under the single payment scheme not exceeding 250 euros or equivalent in the last year for which figures are available.
(230704)
487
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what value of payments were made under the single payment scheme in each of the last three years, broken down by claims (a) not exceeding £1, (b) between £1 and £100, (c) between £100 and £1,000, (d) between £1,000 and £10,000, (e) between £10,000 and £50,000, (f) between £50,000 and £100,000, (g) between £100,000 and £250,000, (h) between £250,000 and £500,000, (i) between £500,000 and £1,000,000, (j) between £1,000,000 and £2,000,000 and (k) more than £2,000,000.
(230705)
488
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.
(230746)
489
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on (a) crop yields and (b) food prices of proposed revisions to Directive 91/414/EEC on plant protection products, broken down by crop.
(230771)
490
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of sheep in England which will be required to comply with Council Regulation 21/2004 on electronic identification.
(230772)
491
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) implementing and (b) running per annum the measures required under Council Regulation 21/2004 on electronic identification (i) for a flock of sheep of average size and (ii) per sheep.
(230773)
492
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated (a) average agricultural tariff and (b) average intervention price was under the Common Agricultural Policy in each of the last five years, broken down by commodity; and if he will make a statement.
(230841)
493
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of spending under the Common Agricultural Policy on (a) intervention buying and (b) export subsidies in each of the last 10 years; what he expects it to be in each year to 2013; and if he will make a statement.
(230842)
494
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of administering payments under the single payment scheme in each of the last three years, broken down by claims of less than (a) £1, (b) £1-£100, (c) £100-£1,000, (d) £1,000-£10,000, (e) £10,000-£50,000, (f) £50,000-£100,000, (g) £100,000-£250,000, (h) £250,000-£500,000, (i) £500,000-£1,000,000, (j) £1,000,000-£2,000,000 and (k) over £2,000,000.
(230868)
495
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated value was of direct aid under the Common Agricultural Policy in each of the last five years, broken down by product; and by what date this support will be phased out in each case, where applicable.
(230869)
496
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers local authorities have to require owners of private property to remove graffiti on their property at their own expense; and what changes have been made to legislation governing the matter since 1997.
(230707)
497
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether domestic properties with a (a) Class M and (b) Class N council tax exemption will be liable to pay the new taxes for the collection of household rubbish.
(230724)
498
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether domestic properties with a Class V council tax exemption will be liable to pay the new taxes for the collection of household rubbish.
(230725)
499
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230608)
500
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the area of (a) England and (b) Wales has been mapped by the Environment Agency using light detection and ranging technology.
(231308)
501
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Environment Agency spent on using light detection and ranging technology to prepare flood maps in (a) each region of England and (b) Wales in each of the last three years.
(231309)
502
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria the Environment Agency uses to prioritise areas for preparing flooding maps with light detection and ranging technology.
(231310)
503
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Environment Agency receives from commercial work undertaken by EA Geomatics.
(231311)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
504
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received of the Uzbekistan Government allegedly contravening (a) the International Labour Organisation Convention on Minimal Age of Employment and (b) the Convention on Prohibition and Immediate Action for Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour; what steps his Department is taking in response; and if he will make a statement.
(230446)
505
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to make representations to the Belarus authorities to allow the resumption of exchange programmes of Belarus children from the Chernobyl area.
(230855)
506
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on (a) the appointment by President Mugabe of members of his Zanu-PF party to key cabinet positions and (b) assessments of his constitutional mandate for doing so.
(230359)
507
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the position of Thabo Mbeki as official mediator between Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change; and if he will make a statement.
(230360)
508
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the Sudanese government's decision to detain Ali Kushayb; and if he will make a statement.
(230361)
509
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the decision to have Ali Kushayb tried by the Sudanese courts instead of the International Criminal Court; and if he will make a statement.
(230362)
510
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to encourage a peaceful resolution of the situation on the Thailand-Cambodia border.
(229343)
511
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to promote a peaceful transition to an elected government through the 2008 elections in Bangladesh.
(229344)
512
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken in the run up to elections in Bangladesh to promote free and fair elections.
(229345)
513
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230651)
514
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231118)
515
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effects of his Department's travel advice for Sudan on organisations which rely on overseas volunteers to work in that country.
(230985)
516
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Government supports the presumption of the exchange programmes of Belarus children from the area north of Chernobyl; and if he will make a statement.
(231287)
517
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will take steps to facilitate arrangements for children from Chernobyl to be able to travel to the UK in accordance with the motion passed at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 13th October 2008.
(231290)
518
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will hold discussions on the resumption of the exchange programme of Belarus children from the Chernobyl area with the Ambassador of Belarus.
(231291)
519
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230957)
520
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he plans to make to the Russian Government on their refusal to allow the EU ceasefire monitors into South Ossetia and Abkhazia; and if he will make a statement.
(230633)
521
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the caretaker government of Bangladesh about lifting the state of emergency before the commencement of the campaign period for the elections in December.
(231049)
522
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department first received a copy of the report dated 10th February 2004 from the International Committee of the Red Cross on alleged abuses by coalition forces in Abu Ghraib and elsewhere in Iraq; and from what source.
(229001)
523
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of the financial controls on the British Council; and if he will make a statement.
(230859)
524
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what training in finance and fraud detection the Country Directors of the British Council have had.
(230860)
525
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the current security situation for Christians in the state of Orissa, India.
(230861)
526
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Indian government and the Indian Ambassador to the Court of St James on reports of extreme violence towards Christians in India in recent months.
(230863)
527
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost has been to the British Council of fraud over the last three years, in relation to its operations in Africa; and if he will make a statement.
(230864)
528
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the security situation for Christians in the state of Karnataka, India.
(230865)
529
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote the safety of Christians in India from violence, and fear of violence.
(230866)
530
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the security situation for Christians in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India.
(230867)
531
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received from HM Ambassador in Kosovo on Roma refugee camps in Kosovo.
(231202)
532
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 10th September 2008, Official Report, column 1805W, on Admiralty House, what catering services have been provided to Lord Malloch Brown's residence on a re-charge basis since he took up occupation.
(230474)
533
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230607)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
534
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent per head on health services in (a) the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area, (b) the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust area and (c) England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(229884)
535
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to evaluate the effect of the £26 million allocated to primary care trusts for programmes to reduce teenage pregnancies.
(230448)
536
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on changes to its working practices following judgements in recent judicial review cases.
(230450)
537
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration he gave to setting the quality and outcomes framework measure for cholesterol management in accordance with guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and if he will make a statement.
(230735)
538
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to evaluate the (a) implementation and (b) outcomes of the national service framework for long-term medical conditions.
(230736)
539
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2008, Official Report, column 1348W, on dementia: drugs, if he will set out details of (a) the work programme and (b) the consultation and stakeholder engagement that is currently being undertaken.
(231022)
540
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on the use of cyber knife robotic radio surgery for cancer patients.
(230854)
541
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to London local authorities on the provision of move-on accommodation for residents of specialist mental health hostels in London.
(230023)
542
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents of the London Borough of Islington have received assistance for mental illness in each year since 1998; how many in each year received (a) GP counselling, (b) specialist counselling, (c) residence in specialist hostels and (d) hospital accommodation; and what estimate he has made of the level of support required in 2008-09.
(230026)
543
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to (a) primary care trusts and (b) local authorities in London on (i) the assessment of mental health needs in their catchment areas and (ii) the allocation of appropriate levels of funding.
(230027)
544
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many strategic health authorities in England provide no more than one cycle of IVF treatment per patient.
(230425)
545
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the quality of care provided to patients with learning disabilities.
(229878)
546
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government plans to take to train NHS medical staff to improve services for patients with learning disabilities.
(229879)
547
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230511)
548
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231119)
549
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what length and type of training trainee and junior doctors undertake at each medical school on the dispensing of medicines; and if he will make a statement.
(231159)
550
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many responses (a) in total and (b) which deal with proposals for dispensing GPs he received to the Pharmacy White Paper.
(231160)
551
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations the British Medical Association has made to his Department on dispensing GPs, with particular reference to the proposals in the Pharmacy White Paper.
(231161)
552
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is being spent on Government commissioned and funded medical research on (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) other forms of dementia in 2008-09.
(231162)
553
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people with (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) other forms of dementia in Stroud constituency.
(231164)
554
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will increase the additional dispensing fee under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for single line items; and if he will make a statement.
(231313)
555
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients receive intermittent catheters through a home delivery service; and if he will make a statement.
(231314)
556
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent per head on health services in (a) Bexley Care Trust and (b) Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust areas in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231144)
557
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on advertising campaigns on (a) smoking, (b) binge drinking and (c) drug awareness in each of the last five years.
(231221)
558
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been referred to each of the new upper-gastro-intestinal cancer centres; and how many of those people have been (a) diagnosed with upper-gastro-intestinal cancer, (b) given treatment which does not include surgery and (c) given surgical treatment.
(231149)
559
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of post-operative upper-gastro-intestinal cancer patients in each hospital or other treatment centre died (a) in hospital and (b) within (i) 30 days, (ii) 90 days and (iii) one year of their operation in each of the last three years.
(231150)
560
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many upper-gastro-intestinal cancer centres there are; what population is served by each; where they are located; and when each commenced admitting patients.
(231151)
561
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer networks have (a) agreed, (b) commenced and (c) completed reconfiguration to comply with upper-gastro-intestinal improving outcomes guidance.
(231152)
562
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer networks have been established with NHS support; where each such network is based; and what the size of population covered by each network is.
(231225)
563
N
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the use of suboxone instead of methadone or subutex in prisons.
(229880)
564
N
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether suboxone has advantages in terms of reduced potential for diversion and reduced chance of overdose compared with other anti-opiate therapies.
(229881)
565
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women aged (a) 16 to 24, (b) 25 to 34, (c) 35 to 45 and (d) 46 or more years were taken off combined levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol preparations and prescribed an alternative contraceptive in each of the last five years, broken down by alternative contraception prescribed.
(231296)
566
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of 16 to 25 year olds who have been screened for sexually transmitted infections in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley Borough and (c) non-metropolitan county of Hampshire in the last period for which figures are available.
(231302)
567
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley Borough and (c) the non-metropolitan county of Hampshire have been required to make a payment additional their Warm Front grant in order to complete the work assessed to be necessary.
(231305)
568
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reform care provided by the NHS for the elderly.
(231226)
569
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made on the adequacy of the current level of access to NHS dentistry.
(231227)
570
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to improve (a) the rate of infection control and (b) patient safety in the NHS.
(231228)
571
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwifery training places there were in each English region in each academic year since 1997-98.
(231286)
572
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on NHS maternity services in each region of England in each financial year from 1997-98 to 2001-02.
(231292)
573
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230955)
574
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(230593)
575
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(230634)
576
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(230635)
577
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of the NHS Choose and Book service against its objectives; where and when the service has been implemented; what measures are in place to monitor its performance against objectives; and what plans he has for modification of the service.
(230737)
578
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many copies of his Department's guidance for GPs, other clinicians and health professionals on the treatment of gender variant people and related leaflets have been printed; what the budget for distribution of the documents is; what criteria were used for the dissemination of the documents to (a) commissioners of services, (b) general practitioners and (c) other clinicians and health professionals; and if he will make a statement.
(231300)
579
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the rights to choose both treatment and providers outlined in the draft NHS Constitution extend to mental health.
(231301)
580
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors were employed by each strategic health authority in (a) 1997, (b) 2002 and (c) 2007.
(231054)
581
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community midwives were employed in each strategic health authority region in (a) 1997, (b) 2002 and (c) 2007.
(231055)
582
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, column 64W, on health centres, what arrangements his Department has made for primary care trusts to fulfill thier obligations under the GP-led health centres programme in cases where a trust has already put out to tender for a GP-led health centre and does not have a valid requirement for a further centre.
(231061)
583
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, column 64W, on health centres, for what reason primary care trusts were not able to submit in their contribution to the GP-led health centre programme any proposed centre where the call for tender had already been issued.
(231062)
584
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, column 64W, on health centres, what purpose his Department expects the minimum income guarantee permitted for each new GP-led health centre to serve.
(231063)
585
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, column 64W, on health centres, what the postcode of each planned new GP-led health centre is; what the expected service commencement date of each is; and in which primary care trust each is to be located, according to the most recent monthly update information provided by primary care trusts.
(231064)
586
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, column 64W, on health centres, against which core criteria of his Department's GP-led health centres programme he requires primary care trusts to provide monthly updates.
(231065)
587
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates Ministers in his Department met representatives of HM Treasury to discuss NHS surpluses in the past two years.
(231066)
588
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the NHS surplus generated in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 has been (i) held and (ii) allocated.
(231067)
589
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has received from HM Treasury on the (a) generation and (b) use of surpluses in the NHS.
(231068)
590
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his announcement of 21st October 2008 on patient self-referrals, what estimate he has made of the likely take-up of self-referrals, broken down by socio-economic class.
(231069)
591
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his announcement of 21st October 2008 on patient self-referrals, what steps he plans to take to ensure that patients do not self-refer inappropriately.
(231070)
592
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his announcement of 21st October 2008 on patient self-referrals, what estimate he has made of the cost of this policy in each of the next five financial years; and how many additional health professionals he expects will be needed in each year to deliver the policy, broken down by specialty.
(231071)
593
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his announcement of 21st October 2008 on patient self-referrals, by what date heexpects this policy to be implemented countrywide.
(231072)
594
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his announcement of 21st October 2008 on patient self-referrals, what estimate he has made of the change in demand for appointments that will result from this policy being implemented, broken down down by therapy or specialty; and what assessment he has made of the likely effect of such changes on waiting times.
(231073)
595
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th January 2008, Official Report, column 1034W, on tomography, if he will break down the figures for the provision of (a) computerised tomography scanners, (b) magnetic resonance imaging scanners and (c) linear accelerators by NHS trusts in each year since 2000.
(231074)
596
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st October 2008, Official Report, column 321W, on social services, how the personal expenses allowance is calculated; and what the average weekly allowance for care home residents was in the last period for which figures are available.
(231075)
597
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS trusts which generate a surplus in (a) the latest and (b) the present financial year are to be permitted to carry over the surplus into the next financial year.
(231087)
598
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what benchmarking data his Department collects on the use of cancer treatments in comparable health economies; and what estimate his Department has made of the cost of bringing the UK's use of cancer treatments into line with those benchmarks.
(231088)
599
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) tuberculosis and (b) drug-resistant tuberculosis there were in England in each year since 2001, broken down by primary care trust.
(231089)
600
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated annual cost of private finance initiative contracts associated with the construction and maintenance of the Swindon Great Western Hospital is for each year of the remaining duration of these contracts from 2008-09.
(230805)
601
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual cost of private finance initiative contracts associated with the construction and maintenance of the Swindon Great Western Hospital has been in each year since inception to the end of 2007-08.
(230806)
602
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) current and (b) capital spending took place per capita in relation to cancer treatment and services for (i) England and (ii) each primary care trust within the South West Strategic Health Authority in each financial year from 1997 to 2007.
(230975)
603
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer patients there were for (a) England and (b) each primary care trust within the South West Strategic Health Authority, broken down by form of the disease in each financial year from 1997 to 2007.
(230976)
604
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of dental patients were treated (a) by the NHS and (b) privately in (i) England and (ii) each primary care trust within the South West Strategic Health Authority in each financial year from 1997 to 2007.
(230977)
605
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the overall measurable NHS spending is per local resident in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust within the South West Strategic Health Authority in each financial year from 1997 to 2007.
(230978)
606
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of breast cancer among the general public.
(231058)
607
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness among the general public that breast cancer can affect men as well as women.
(231059)
608
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of (a) women and (b) men diagnosed with breast cancer recovered fully in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231208)
609
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospitals use the Appointments Line service of Choose and Book; and what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the Appointments Line.
(230535)
610
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) the application of the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio used by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in its assessment of treatments for very rare conditions assessed as costing between £50,000 and £300,000 per quality-assisted life year and (b) the effect of this practice on the level of uptake of medicines for rare conditions.
(231126)
611
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the application by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence of its incremental cost-effectiveness ratio to its assessment of treatments for very rare conditions assessed as costing between £50,000 and £300,000 per quality-assisted life year.
(231128)
612
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation his Department undertook with (a) the public and (b) sexual health professionals before deciding to award the human papillomavirus contract to Cervavix.
(231222)
613
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned on medical interventions to prevent genital warts.
(231223)
614
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his current estimate is of (a) the average cost of treating a patient for genital warts in England and (b) the cost of providing treatment for patients with genital warts in the last 12 months.
(231224)
615
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) healthcare professionals, (b) primary care trust representatives, (c) strategic health authority representatives, (d) patients and (e) others responded to the June 2008 consultation on changes to Part IX of the Drug Tariff; and if he will make a statement.
(230528)
616
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.
(230740)
617
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1469W, on trauma: children, what proportion of (a) psychological trauma cases and (b) medical trauma cases classified by serious or critical bodily (i) injury, (ii) wound and (iii) shock involved children in the latest period for which figures are available.
(230557)
618
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust in each of the last 10 years.
(231096)
619
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received treatment for prostate cancer in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust in each of the last 10 years.
(231097)
620
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were prescribed methadone in (a) Hemel Hempstead, (b) West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust and (c) Hertfordshire in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage was aged (i) under 18, (ii) between 18 and 25, (iii) between 26 and 40 and (iv) over 40 years at the date of the first prescription.
(231098)
621
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing homes have ben inspected in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 2000.
(231099)
622
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS midwives in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust have received redundancy notices in the last two years.
(231104)
623
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) inspections and (b) audits the Food Standards Agency undertakes of local authority premises; and what plans there are to incorporate such inspections into comprehensive area assessments.
(230914)
624
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with medical qualifications later discovered to be fake have been employed in a clinical capacity by the NHS since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(230566)
625
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-UK registered doctors in further training in the NHS have been the subject of (a) disciplinary and (b) criminal proceedings for the examination on a patient for which they had no authority.
(231230)
626
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1180-3W, on primary care trusts: finance, what definition his Department uses of top-slicing; and how much was top-sliced from primary care trusts to strategic health authorities at the end of the (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 financial years.
(230470)
627
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many National Health Service staff will have received a payment from the National Health Service Pension Fund in 2008 by the end of the year.
(231137)
628
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of introducing 0344 numbers for GP surgeries.
(231143)
629
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals on income support for regularly caring for individuals on disability living allowance had their support withdrawn as a result of hospitalisation in 2007-08.
(231145)
630
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals over the age of 65 applied for attendance allowance but did not satisfy the six month qualifying period in 2007-08.
(231146)
631
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230606)
632
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacant posts in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.
(230625)
633
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on (a) the number of senior managers who left the NHS with redundancy payments and who have subsequently returned to direct or indirect employment by the NHS and (b) the value of redundancy payments paid in such cases.
(230991)
634
N
Sir Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much compensation was paid to patients of the Portsmouth Hospitals Trust in each of the last three years; and what legal costs were incurred in each case.
(230775)
635
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals of each healthcare profession there have been in the Newly Qualified Healthcare Professionals Pool in each month since its creation; and if he will make a statement.
(230906)
636
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 3rd April 2008, Official Report, columns 1288-90W, on departmental advertising, if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the cost to his Department of public health awareness campaign advertising in the 2007-08 financial year.
(230907)
637
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were employed in the National Health Service in 2007, expresed on (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent basis.
(230908)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
638
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether information held by the US authorities on Oleg Deripaska was available to the UK authorities before a visa was issued to him; and if she will make a statement.
(229955)
639
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to determine the asylum application of Phindintombi Ndlovu, Ref No N1062839.
(230786)
640
Ms Celia Barlow (Hove): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reports she has received from (a) Sussex Police and (b) other sources on the disappearance of two minors from a social services hostel in Hove on 28th September 2006 before the outcome of their asylum hearing had been determined; what investigation there has been of the disappearance; and if she will make a statement.
(230770)
641
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Airwave handsets have been lost in each year since introduced, broken down by organisation.
(230972)
642
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what organisations within her responsibilities (a) already are and (b) are planned to start using Airwave handsets.
(230973)
643
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) lost, (b) broken and (c) other airwave handsets have been disabled by Airwave Solutions Ltd in each year since the airwave handsets were introduced, broken down by police force.
(231023)
644
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question (a) 203249 on pilot schemes tabled on 28th April 2008 and (b) 194334 on Ministerial taskforces and action groups tabled on 11th March 2008.
(230572)
645
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken by her Department has been to answer ordinary Parliamentary written questions in the Parliamentary session to date.
(230573)
646
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many ordinary Parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department in (a) March 2008 and (b) April 2008; and how many such questions remain unanswered.
(230574)
647
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of staff are employed by her Department to support Ministers in answering Parliamentary written questions.
(230575)
648
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors were considered by the Migrant Advisory Committee when making its recommendation that NVQ Level three qualified staff from outside the European Union in care homes should be paid a minimum of £8.50 per hour.
(230852)
649
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the recommendation of the Migrant Advisory Committee that NVQ Level 3 qualified staff from outside the European Union in care homes should be paid a minimum of £8.50 per hour; and if she will make a statement.
(230870)
650
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the police, local authorities and other interested agencies work together to address anti-social behaviour.
(229875)
651
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the use of the powers available to address anti-social behaviour.
(229876)
652
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what future steps the Government plans to take to prevent anti-social behaviour.
(229877)
653
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many documents produced by her Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230498)
654
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many documents produced by her Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231109)
655
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) her international counterparts on combating human trafficking into the UK.
(230108)
656
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for crimes relating to human trafficking in Lancashire in each of the last five years.
(230265)
657
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much police forces spent on interpretation and translation in (a) Lancashire and (b) England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(230269)
658
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on television advertising in each of the last five years.
(230781)
659
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) assaults, (b) robberies and (c) other crimes were committed at petrol stations in (i) Lancashire and (ii) nationally in each of the last three years.
(230935)
660
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recorded incidents of violent crime there were in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley Borough and (c) the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years.
(231303)
661
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contracts have been awarded in relation to the Critical Workers' Identity Card scheme; what companies have bid for contracts under the scheme; at what cost those bidders proposed to run the scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(229873)
662
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many street pedlar licences were issued by the police in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(230779)
663
N
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department takes to check members of foreign aircrew landing in the UK for (a) immigration status and (b) criminal offences.
(228673)
664
N
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of invoices (a) the UK Border Agency and its predecessor organisations and (b) the Identity and Passport Service paid (i) within 10 days, (ii) within 30 days and (c) more than 30 days from the date of receipt, broken down by invoice size.
(228674)
665
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which states the UK has signed memorandums of understanding intended to facilitate the deportation from the UK of individuals who are nationals of those states; how many persons have been deported to each country under the provisions of such memorandums; and with which states the Government is seeking to agree such memorandums.
(230911)
666
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which recruitment agencies (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of these recruitment agencies in each year.
(230940)
667
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what personal training courses at public expense she has undertaken since her appointment.
(230962)
668
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of (a) the annual cost of administering vouchers for asylum seekers on Section 4 support and (b) the annual administrative cost of providing support to asylum seekers on Section 4 support in cash using the post office network.
(230823)
669
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons luncheon vouchers are used to support asylum seekers on Section 4 support; and if she will make a statement.
(230824)
670
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers on Section 4 support were being provided with luncheon vouchers (a) in 2007 and (b) on the most recent date for which such data is available.
(230826)
671
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which supermarkets are contracted to accept vouchers used by asylum seekers on Section 4 support in each region of the UK.
(230827)
672
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the face value of vouchers exchanged by an asylum seeker on Section 4 support is paid to supermarkets.
(230828)
673
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the charge will be for registering a change of (a) name, (b) marital status and (c) address under the proposed national identity card scheme.
(230594)
674
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters of (a) support and (b) opposition she has received on the subject of the identity card scheme in the last 12 months.
(230595)
675
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many comments were received from the mylifemyid.org consultation website; how many were (a) positive and (b) negative; and if she will make a statement.
(230596)
676
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department expects to spend on the national identity card scheme in its (a) first and (b) second year of operation.
(230628)
677
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals have (a) been interviewed for the national identity card scheme and (b) received a biometric residence permit.
(230629)
678
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her most recent estimate is of the number of unsuccessful asylum seekers who are in the United Kingdom without leave to remain.
(229903)
679
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to respond to the letter to her dated 8th September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Linda James.
(231190)
680
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for trafficking for labour exploitation have been made under the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004.
(230536)
681
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the individuals at or awaiting trial for terrorism-related offences referred to in the Report on the Operation in 2007 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and Part 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006 by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC have been tried; and what the outcome was in each case where legal proceedings have been completed.
(230471)
682
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the charges brought for terrorism-related offences in the United Kingdom, excluding Northern Ireland, between 11th September 2001 and 31st March 2007 proceeded to trial; and what the outcome was in each case where legal proceedings have been completed.
(230472)
683
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many charges have been brought for offences under anti-terrorism legislation committed in the United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland since 31st March 2007; how many such charges proceeded to trial; and what the outcome was in each case where legal proceedings have been completed.
(230473)
684
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she takes to track the identities of individuals (a) entering and (b) leaving the UK.
(229346)
685
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): 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 Hemel Hempstead constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(231101)
686
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for driving without a licence or insurance in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire in each of the last five years.
(231102)
687
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available.
(231103)
688
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breaches of anti-social behaviour orders have been recorded in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire since their inception.
(231106)
689
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of offences related to domestic violence were reported in each police division of Hertfordshire constabulary in the latest year for which figures are available.
(231107)
690
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the projected savings are of the 2006 Police Pension Scheme changes in relation to public sector pensions for the police.
(230355)
691
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers will have received payment from the Police Force Pension Fund in 2008 by the end of the year.
(231138)
692
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recorded offences of credit card fraud there were in each year since 1997; what the estimated cost was of these offences; and what percentage of these offences resulted in a conviction.
(230589)
693
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has carried out on the number of police hours saved through the introduction of personal digital assistants for police officers.
(230590)
694
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted for possessing or distributing prohibited weapons or ammunition in England and Wales in each police force area in each year since 1997.
(230637)
695
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) gun crimes and (b) arrests relating to gun crime there were (i) in England and Wales and (ii) in each police force area in each of the last five years.
(230638)
696
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers have been (a) stopped by police, (b) charged, (c) convicted, (d) fined and (e) cautioned for driving while using a mobile phone in each police force area in each year since the ban came into force.
(230639)
697
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder in relation to the sale of alcohol to a person under 18 years of age were issued in (a) England and Wales and (b) each police force area in each year since 2004; how many of these resulted in an unpaid fine in each area; and what the average fine levied was.
(230640)
698
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) gun crimes and (b) arrests relating to gun crime there were (i) in England and Wales and (ii) in each police force area in each of the last five years.
(230815)
699
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent by her Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230614)
700
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on licensed premises which open late being required to make a contribution to costs of policing those premises; and if she will make a statement.
(229429)
701
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) cautions and (b) arrests were recorded for alcohol-related offences in (i) the St Austell and Truro district, (ii) Cornwall and (iii) England in the last eight quarters for which records are available.
(231207)
702
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of (a) the proportion of addresses held on the National Identity Register which will require amendment in each year and (b) proportion of card holders likely to fail to notify a change of address in one year is; what proportion of addresses held on the National Identity Register are estimated to be inaccurate at any one time; what the average annual cost of maintaining the address element of the register is; and if she will make a statement.
(230974)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
703
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230510)
704
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many documents produced by his Department have been submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status since his Department's creation; in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231120)
705
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230954)
706
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of English universities against international benchmarks; and if he will make a statement.
(229983)
707
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent by his Department on English for Speakers of Other Languages lessons in each year between 2001 and 2007.
(230369)
708
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies.
(230763)
709
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much public funding has been provided to the Cityware project through the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; and for what purpose.
(230793)
710
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230605)
711
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September 2008, Official Report, column 1504W, on GCSE A-Level, if he will place in the Library the same data for (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06 and (e) 2007-08.
(230632)
712
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of people on programme-led apprenticeships proceeded to employed-status apprenticeships in each year since programme-led apprenticeships began.
(230747)
713
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many programme-led apprenticeships there have been in each year since their inception.
(230748)
714
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many apprentices were made redundant (a) during an apprenticeship and (b) shortly after finishing an apprenticeship in each of the last two years.
(230749)
715
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what qualifying criteria he has established for skills health checks.
(230750)
716
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much has been spent on personal and community development learning in each year since 2002-03.
(230751)
717
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) adult safeguarded learning places and (b) personal and community development learning places (i) were funded by the Learning and Skills Council in each of the last five years and (ii) will be funded by the Learning and Skills Council in each of the next three years.
(230752)
718
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many learner places classified as adult learner responsive (a) were funded by the Learning and Skills Council in each of the last five years and (b) will be funded by the Learning and Skills Council in each of the next three years.
(230753)
719
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many learner places funded by the Learning and Skills Council which would now be classified as development learning were available in each of the five years before 2008-09, broken down by whether the places are (a) at or below level 2 or outside the national qualifications framework and (b) at or above level 3 of the framework.
(230754)
720
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many learner places funded by the Learning and Skills Council and classified as development learning will be available in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11, broken down by whether the places are (a) at or below level 2 or outside the national qualifications framework and (b) at or above level 3 of the framework.
(230755)
721
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much the Learning and Skills Council spent in each of the last five years before 2008-09 on learning that would now be classified as development learning, broken down by whether the learning was (a) at or below level 2 or outside the national qualifications framework and (b) at or above level 3 of the framework.
(230756)
722
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much the Learning and Skills Council plans to spend on developmental learning in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11, broken down by whether the learning is (a) at or below level 2 or outside the national qualifications framework and (b) at or above level 3 of the framework.
(230757)
723
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many midwifery educationalists there were in higher education institutions in England in each year since 1997.
(230909)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
724
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, column 2W, on Burma: international assistance, what progress has been made since his letter of 9th July to like-minded development Ministers on support to the UN appeal for Burma.
(230636)
725
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data where applicable.
(230449)
726
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many poor people there were in sub-Saharan Africa in 1990; and what estimate he has made of the projected number in 2015.
(230569)
727
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the UK's total net official development assistance contribution was as a percentage of gross national income in each year since 2005.
(230570)
728
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the progress being made towards meeting the fourth Millennium Development Goal on infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.
(230571)
729
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by his Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230509)
730
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231121)
731
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230953)
732
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK Government development aid and assistance was given to (a) India and (b) China in the latest year for which figures are available.
(230971)
733
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he will respond to the letter to him dated 10th September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Dr J. Sherwin.
(231191)
734
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will offer Pakistan advice and assistance to enable it to widen its tax base and minimise the scope for evasion; and if he will make development assistance from the UK conditional on Pakistani government action to increase the proportion of those liable for taxes who pay them.
(230405)
735
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230604)
736
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of potential coal, gas and oil reserves in Afghanistan.
(230846)
737
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans there are for the construction of small-scale coal or gas-fired power stations in Afghanistan fuelled by that country's own resources.
(230847)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
738
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his objectives are as Government anti-corruption champion over the next 12 months.
(230838)
739
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7th July, how many of the fines levied in the period between 2002 and 2006 have been paid (a) in part and (b) in whole; and in respect of how many cases enforcement action for non-payment has been taken.
(230853)
740
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7th July, what the (a) average fine imposed and (b) average period of imprisonment served was in each year between 2002 and 2006.
(230858)
741
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many proceedings for television licence evasion were brought in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many cases resulted in (a) a fine and (b) imprisonment in each year.
(230862)
742
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many documents produced by his Department have been submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230508)
743
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many documents produced by his Department and its predecessor were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231114)
744
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information he holds on the amount of funds held in law firms' client accounts nationally.
(230929)
745
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average duration of an inquest at a Coroner's Court in England is; and in which Coroners' Courts jurisdictions inquests lasted more than a year in the last 10 years.
(231229)
746
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which recruitment agencies (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of these recruitment agencies in each year.
(230945)
747
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230967)
748
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young people arrived at Ashfield Young Offenders Institution for admission after 9pm between July 2005 and March 2008; what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of young people arriving at the institution for admission after 9pm; and if he will make a statement.
(231248)
749
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects the independent review of prisoner escort and custody services-commissioned escorts for young people, commissioned by the Youth Justice Board to be published.
(231249)
750
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure that expectation 19 of the HM Inspectorate of Prisons criteria for assessing the conditions for and treatment of children and young people in custody, on the arrival of children and young people at an institution no later than 7pm is met in practice; and if he will make a statement.
(231250)
751
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times young people arrived at a young offenders institution after 7pm in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008, broken down by institution.
(231251)
752
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what strategies have been developed in order to identify and combat radicalisation within the UK prison population.
(230840)
753
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many attempted murders there were at HMP Whitemoor which did not result in a prisoner being charged by the police in each of the last three years.
(230777)
754
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to remove the prohibition on Catholics or their spouses from succeeding to the throne.
(230104)
755
N
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what procedures are in place to prevent second home owners voting in more than one constituency at general elections.
(229957)
756
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many judges will have received payments from the Judicial Pension Fund in 2008 by the end of the year.
(231139)
757
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent by his Department on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230611)
758
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average processing time for legal aid applications was (a) in total and (b) in each of the smallest geographical areas for which information is available in each quarter of each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(230437)
Questions to the Leader of the House
759
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Leader of the House, how much her Office spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by her Office to provide such courses in each year.
(230488)
760
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Leader of the House, how many documents produced by her Office were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231122)
761
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Leader of the House, what personal training courses at public expense she has undertaken since her appointment.
(230952)
762
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Leader of the House, how many press and communications officers her Office employs.
(230764)
763
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Leader of the House, how much her Office spent on salaries for press and communications officers in each of the last three years.
(230765)
764
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Leader of the House, how many hon. Members will have received payments from the Parliamentary Pension Scheme this year by the end of the year.
(231141)
765
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Leader of the House, how much has been spent by her Office on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.
(230603)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
766
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many convictions there were in Northern Ireland in relation to assaults on (a) police officers, (b) ambulance personnel and (c) fire service officers in each of the last three years.
(230363)
767
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230491)
768
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since 2005.
(231234)
769
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230949)
770
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to allow the Office of the Surveillance Commissioner to inspect local authorities in Northern Ireland.
(230792)
771
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vacant posts in his Department were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.
(230601)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
772
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many documents produced by the Government Office for the Olympics have been submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230500)
773
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how much her Office has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since its establishment.
(231231)
Questions to the Prime Minister
774
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with Prime Minister Olmert on the release of Palestinian parliamentarians held in Israeli prisons.
(230024)
775
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with Prime Minister Olmert on (a) the accession of Israel to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and (b) proposals for a Middle East nuclear-free zone; and if he will make a statement.
(230025)
776
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library copies of replies to his letters of appointment to (a) the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and (b) Ministers in that Department.
(230903)
777
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Prime Minister, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230960)
778
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost of his Office between 27th June 2007 and 27th June 2008 was.
(231135)
779
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Prime Minister, who the members are of the (a) Regional Economic Council and (b) Regional Council; and whether multiple regional councils will be put in place for each Government office region.
(230727)
780
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Prime Minister, how many (a) Ministers, (b) opposition politicians and (c) members of the (i) London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, (ii) Olympic Delivery Authority and (iii) British Olympic Authority boards were invited to the reception for Team GB at 10 Downing Street following the Beijing Olympics.
(230849)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
781
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230495)
782
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230501)
783
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since 2005.
(231238)
784
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230948)
785
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many vacant posts in his Department were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.
(230598)
Questions to the Solicitor General
786
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Solicitor General, how much the Attorney General's Office spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230494)
787
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Solicitor General, how many documents produced by the Attorney General's Office were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230503)
788
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Solicitor General, how much the Attorney General's Office spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since 2005.
(231237)
789
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Solicitor General, what the respective responsibilities are of the (a) Serious Fraud Office and (b) Fraud Prosecution Service; and what arrangements are in place to ensure effective liaison between the two organisations.
(230930)
790
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Solicitor General, what support and services the Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Richard Alderman, has provided to the Fraud Prosecution Service (FPS) in his role as an external consultant since the FPS was established; and if she will make a statement.
(230931)
791
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Solicitor General, what hospitality and other non-cash gifts were given to the Law Officers in each of the last 12 months.
(230919)
792
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Solicitor General, what makes and models of Ministerial cars are available to the Law Officers.
(230920)
793
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Solicitor General, what total value of (a) alcoholic and (b) non-alcoholic drink was purchased by the Attorney-General's Office in each of the last 12 months.
(230921)
794
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Solicitor General, what gateway reviews were conducted in the Attorney General's Office in each of the last 12 months.
(230922)
795
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Solicitor General, what the target response time is for answering calls to CPS Direct; what the average response time was for calls in each of the last five years; and how many calls were made in each year.
(230585)
796
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Solicitor General, what the annual running costs of CPS Direct are; how many staff CPS Direct employs, including duty prosecutors; and what the annual expenditure on staff was in each of the last five years.
(230586)
797
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Solicitor General, in how many Crown Prosecution Service areas Crown Prosecution Direct is fully operational.
(230587)
798
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Solicitor General, in how many and what percentage of cases (a) a guilty plea was registered and (b) a conviction resulted in (i) Crown Courts and (ii) magistrates' courts in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(230588)
799
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Solicitor General, how many vacant posts in (a) the Attorney-General's Office and (b) its agencies were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.
(230599)
800
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Solicitor General, what recent representations she has received on the performance of the Crown Prosecution Service; and if she will make a statement.
(230368)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
801
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will place in the Library a full copy of the research that the Electoral Commission commissioned into the socio-demographic breakdown of the turnout in the 2008 local elections in England.
(230726)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
802
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department relied upon when the decision was made to redefine to 10 people standing for every 100 seats what constitutes overcrowding on the railways.
(229953)
803
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will gather information on overcrowding levels on trains outside London and the South East.
(229954)
804
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 16th October 2008, Official Report, columns 52-4WS, on the EU Transport Council, what proposals on the greening of transport were included in the draft conclusions tabled by the French presidency; and what his policy is on each.
(230123)
805
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role his Department has in the co-ordination of volunteer (a) sea and (b) mountain search and rescue operations; how many such organisations are affected by his Department's co-ordination; and if he will make a statement.
(230022)
806
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department records the number of (a) sea and (b) mountain search and rescue operations undertaken by volunteer organisations across the UK.
(230443)
807
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data, where applicable.
(230465)
808
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230489)
809
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231123)
810
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since 2005.
(231233)
811
N
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what procedures are in place to ensure that personal details made available to parking enforcement companies may not be accessed by terrorist organisations.
(229789)
812
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230951)
813
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether an impact assessment has been conducted for those proposals in the Blue Badge Reform Strategy relating to local authorities' ability to charge Badge application fees; and if he will make a statement.
(230109)
814
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable he has set for bringing forward legislative proposals to enact the commitments made in the Blue Badge Reform Strategy to extend the scheme to certain groups hitherto excluded; and if he will make a statement.
(230110)
815
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all departments use British-built cars.
(230421)
816
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars the Government (a) owns and (b) operates, broken down by department; and how many of them are British-built.
(230422)
817
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what process his Department will follow following the Government's announcement on the capacity of Heathrow Airport in the event that BAA seek permission to (a) introduce mixed-mode within the 480,000 cap and (b) introduce mixed-mode and exceed the existing 480,000 cap.
(230839)
818
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.
(230741)
819
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to accept First Great Western's proposed bid for 11 new four carriage trains on the Cardiff to Portsmouth route.
(231197)
820
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of congestion in the Greater Bristol area; what steps the Government is taking to reduce it; and if he will make a statement.
(231198)
821
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the change in train passenger numbers has been in the South West since 2002-03; what change was predicted in the Strategic Rail Authorities' Route Utilisation Strategy prediction of 2005; and what steps his Department is taking in response to the change.
(231199)
822
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what improvements are being made to the South West's transport infrastructure to support the number of homes to be built in the region by 2026 as referred to in the South West Regional Spatial Strategy.
(231200)
823
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) new carriages and (b) additional trains there will be in the South West under the Government's proposed rolling stock strategy.
(231201)
824
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received from local authorities in Lancashire on the adequacy of grant funding for the free off-peak local bus travel scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(230567)
825
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vacant posts in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.
(230602)
826
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) other outcomes there were in road accidents in (i) Cornwall and (ii) England in the months of (A) June, (B) July and (C) August in the last five years.
(231288)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
827
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230496)
828
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(230502)
829
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since 2005.
(231239)
830
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230947)
831
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent on salaries for press and communication officers in his Department in each of the last three years.
(230819)
832
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the Government's policy is on the inclusion of clauses limiting the scope of the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales within draft Orders in Council; and if he will make a statement.
(230105)
833
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, column 1385W, on referendums, what his policy is on the application of section 104 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 to requests received from the Welsh Assembly Government during the present term for a referendum under Part IV of the Government of Wales Act 2006.
(230106)
834
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many vacant posts in his Department were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.
(230597)
835
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he next plans to meet the Auditor General for Wales.
(231312)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
836
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much the Government Equalities Office spent on external training courses for departmental staff in each year since its inception; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230492)
837
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses since its establishment.
(231235)
838
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) nature and (b) extent of violence against women; and if she will make a statement.
(229882)
839
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent progress has been made in the Government's work to reduce levels of violence against women; and if she will make a statement.
(229883)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
840
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency receive the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance.
(229890)
841
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of (a) the lower rate and (b) the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance in (i) each constituency in Scotland and (ii) Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(230445)
842
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the number of pensioners living in poverty in West Chelmsford constituency.
(230518)
843
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year.
(230490)
844
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year.
(231124)
845
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since 2005.
(231232)
846
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households were in receipt of council tax benefit in each year since 1985; and how much was spent on council tax benefit in each of those years.
(229889)
847
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much council tax benefit was paid in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 in (i) England and (ii) Wales; and how much is expected to be paid in 2008-09.
(230817)
848
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.
(230950)
849
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what capacity his Department has to react quickly in the event of a rapid increase in unemployment in a particular economic sub-region.
(230616)
850
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to monitor rapid fluctuations in unemployment levels on a (a) national and (b) regional level.
(230617)
851
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the likely level of unemployment on 1st January 2009.
(230630)
852
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to increase staff numbers in Jobcentres to cope with increased unemployment.
(230631)
853
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the administrative costs have been of managing the pension credit system since its introduction; how much was paid in pension credit in each year; and what the percentage take-up of pension credit by (a) men and (b) women was in each year since its introduction.
(230843)
854
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to decide whether the higher rate of mobility allowance should be awarded to those who are visually impaired.
(230766)
855
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of employment training funding provided to training providers in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) Rotherham and (c) Barnsley was (i) spent on training and (ii) retained as cash, profits of charges by the training provider over the last five years.
(231293)
856
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been allocated, and to which organisations, by the Government on employment training in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) Rotherham and (c) Barnsley in each of the last five years.
(231294)
857
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which training providers have provided services paid for by employment training funding in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) Rotherham and (c) Barnsley in each of the last five years.
(231295)
858
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received Government funded employment training in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) Rotherham and (c) Barnsley over the last five years.
(231315)
859
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which training providers received employment training funding in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) Rotherham and (c) Barnsley in the last five years.
(231316)
860
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much per capita (a) trainee and (b) working age population Government training funding was allocated in each region in each of the last five years.
(231317)
861
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which industries have been allocated employment training funding in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) Rotherham and (c) Barnsley in each of the last five years.
(231318)
862
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to respond to the letter to him dated 12th September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr P. Meakin.
(231189)
863
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.
(230743)
864
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received late payment of their state pension in the last 12 months in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire.
(231100)
865
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll and Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20th October 2008, Official Report, columns 19-20, on job centres, what his definition is of front line staff; and how many (a) full-time equivalent staff and (b) front line full-time equivalent staff were employed in each job centre in Argyll and Bute in each year since 2004.
(229892)
866
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of Child Support Agency cases with a current liability received 100 per cent. of the child maintenance owed in the 12 months to June 2008.
(230115)
867
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of annual funding for the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and the Child Support Agency required in each year until 2014 to implement the child maintenance reforms of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008.
(230140)
868
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of the child maintenance liable for the year to June 2008 the £1,010 million maintenance collected represents.
(230141)
869
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on allowing its staff to attend meetings that they are not required to attend as part of their departmental duties, during the working day and outside his Department's premises; and whether attempts are made to minimise the number of staff attending such meetings.
(230467)
870
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what records Jobcentre Plus has of the number of items of mail it has sent through the Royal Mail signed for services which have been (a) lost and (b) misplaced in the last 12 months.
(231140)
871
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of pensioners potentially entitled to lump sum payments of backdated retirement pension through payment of Class 3 National Insurance contributions his Department has identified to date in the special exercise that is underway; how much has been paid out in such lump sums to date; to how many people; when he expects to complete this exercise; and if he will make a statement.
(230358)
872
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) Jobcentre Plus staff and (b) customer-facing Jobcentre Plus staff there were (i) in total, (ii) in each region and (iii) in each Jobcentre Plus district in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(230432)
873
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) Jobcentre Plus staff and (b) customer-facing Jobcentre Plus staff there are (i) in total, (ii) in each region and (iii) in each Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(230433)
874
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which Jobcentre Plus offices in which regions are planned to be closed in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(230434)
875
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) Jobcentre Plus staff and (b) customer-facing Jobcentre Plus staff there are planned to be (i) in total, (ii) in each region and (iii) in each Jobcentre Plus district in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(230435)
876
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many posts will be discontinued in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to achieve the planned 12,000 headcount reduction; and if he will make a statement.
(230436)
877
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unprocessed (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) pension credit and (c) incapacity benefit applications there were in (i) each of the smallest geographical areas for which information is available and (ii) in the UK at the end of each quarter in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(230438)
878
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseekers allowance claimants there were per customer-facing Jobcentre Plus staff member in each region in each quarter of each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(230439)
879
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time for (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) housing benefit, (c) crisis loan, (d) community care grant and (e) budgeting loan applications was in (i) each of the smallest geographical areas for which information is available and (ii) the UK in each quarter of each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(230440)
880
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of pensioner housing benefit recipients in each region who will be affected by the change in the limit on backdating claims for council tax benefit from 12 months to three months; and if he will make a statement.
(230475)
881
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of pensioner council tax benefit recipients in each region who will be affected by the change in the limit on backdating claims for council tax benefit from 12 months to three months; and if he will make a statement.
(230476)
882
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of working age council tax benefit recipients in each region who will be affected by the change in the time limit on backdating claims for council tax benefit from 12 months to six months; and if he will make a statement.
(230477)
883
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of working age housing benefit recipients in each region who will be affected by the change in the time limit on backdating claims for housing benefit from 12 months to six months; and if he will make a statement.
(230478)
884
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unprocessed income support applications there were (a) in each of the smallest geographical areas for which information is available and (b) in total at the end of each quarter of each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(230479)
885
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time for (a) disability living allowance and (b) pension credit applications was (i) in each of the smallest geographical areas for which information is available and (ii) in total in each quarter of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(230481)
886
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of individuals with each type of incapacity who have been through the Pathways to Work programme and subsequently gained employment were still employed after six months in each month since the programme began; and if he will make a statement.
(230482)
887
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of pension credit overpayment his Department has taken to court to seek recovery of payments in each (a) month of 2008-09 to date and (b) year from 2003-04 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(230483)
888
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much in overpaid pension credits was recovered by his Department in each (a) month of 2008-09 to date and (b) year from 2003-04 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(230484)
889
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the savings it will make from changing the backdating period for (a) pension credit, (b) council tax benefit and (c) housing benefit; and if he will make a statement.
(230530)
890
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of leavers from the New Deal for Partners Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment, in each month since May 2007, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(230531)
891
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the annual cost was of the New Deal for Musicians Programme in each year since its inception, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(230532)
892
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of leavers from the New Deal for Disabled People Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment in each month since March 2006, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(230533)
893
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of the New Deal Lone Parents Programme has been in each year since its inception, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(230559)
894
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of leavers from the New Deal for Lone Parents Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(230560)
895
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on the New Deal 50 Plus Programme, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement.
(230561)
896
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of the New Deal for Young People Programme has been, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement.
(230562)
897
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants on the New Deal for Young People Programme entered sustainable employment immediately (a) in each month since May 2007 and (b) in each of the last 12 months (i) in total and (ii) in each (A) region and (B) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(230563)
898
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's and (b) its agencies' staff were registered disabled in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(230564)
899
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's and (b) its agencies' staff are registered disabled; and if he will make a statement.
(230565)
900
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average amount per case of overpaid pension credits was clawed back by his Department in (a) each month of 2008-09 and (b) each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement.
(231028)
901
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average amount per case of overpaid pension credits was clawed back by his Department per case taken to court over repayment in (a) each month of 2008-09 and (b) each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement.
(231030)
902
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time was for council tax benefit applications in each quarter of each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) in each of the smallest geographical areas for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(231031)
903
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time was for incapacity benefit applications in each quarter of each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) in each of the smallest geographical areas for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(231032)
904
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time was for income support applications in each quarter of each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) in each of the smallest geographical areas for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(231033)
905
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unprocessed council tax benefit applications there were at the end of each quarter in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by the lowest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(231076)
906
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants on the New Deal 25 Plus Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment in each month since May 2007, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(231077)
907
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the annual cost was of the New Deal for Disabled People Programme in each year since establishment, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(231078)
908
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants on New Deal for Musicians Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment in each month since establishment, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(231079)
909
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants on New Deal for Partners Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment in each month since May 2007, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(231080)
910
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the annual cost of the New Deal for Partners Programme was in each year since establishment, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(231083)
911
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unprocessed housing benefit applications there were at the end of each quarter in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by the lowest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(231084)
912
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time was for severe disablement allowance applications in each quarter of each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by the lowest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(231085)
913
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants on the New Deal for Disabled People Programme entered sustainable employment immediately in each month since March 2006, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(231130)
914
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants on the New Deal 50 Plus entered sustainable employment immediately in each month since May 2007, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(231131)
915
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the annual cost of the New Deal 25 Plus programme was in each year since its inception, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement.
(231132)
916
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unprocessed applications for (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans, (c) community care grants, (d) disability living allowance and (e) severe disability living allowance there were at the end of each quarter of the last five years (i) in total and (ii) broken down by the lowest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(231133)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
917
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much the Cabinet Office has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since 2005.
[Transferred] (231236)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
918
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to deal with those who persist in anti-social behaviour.
[Question Unstarred] (229784)
919
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what ground local authorities will have access to the new 12 month database of communications data; what approval process to access such data will be; and with regard to what types of offences local authorities will be able to access the data.
[Transferred] (231025)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
920
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community orders were issued in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley Borough and (c) the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (231304)
921
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what additional funding has been given to local authorities to assist them with processing the new burdens associated with the ongoing implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
[Transferred] (230553)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
922
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of potential eligibility for Home Responsibilities Protection (HRP) he has so far identified in his scan of the National Insurance Recording System; how many of those have resulted in the successful award of HRP; what the value has been to date of such awards; when he expects to complete this project; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (230357)

 
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