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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 29 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 Wednesday 29 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 29 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 29 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 29 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 29 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much funding his Department provided for Smarta in each of the last three years.
(231953)
2
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects Smarta to go live.
(231954)
3
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate his Department has made of the user numbers for Smarta in each of its first three years.
(231955)
4
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much funding his Government provided to the Business Link network in each year since 1997.
(231956)
5
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses that (a) sought advice, (b) received intensive assistance and (c) received other assistance from the Business Link network in each year since 1997.
(231957)
6
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the total cost of the Business Link network in each year since 1997 and (b) the additional value-added per annum generated by Business Link assistance in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(232034)
7
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what helplines and websites his Department and its predecessors have funded to support businesses since 1997; and what the cost was to the public purse of operating them in each year since 1997.
(232035)
8
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what surveys of business confidence his Department and its predecessors have conducted or commissioned since 1997; and if he will place in the Library copies of each.
(232036)
9
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices and sub-post offices were closed in Hemel Hempstead constituency in the periods between (a) 1987 and 1996 and (b) 1997 and 2008.
(231943)
10
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps the Government is taking to promote trade between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the United Kingdom.
(231758)
11
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the value of trade between the UK and Canada was in each of the last five years.
(231767)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
12
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what transparency regulations govern the operations of (a) bank holding companies and (b) investment banks in the UK.
(231757)
13
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy that regulatory standards on transparency of reporting by investment banks and banking entities are no lower in the UK than in other jurisdictions.
(231797)
14
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Reporting Council over reporting standards for banks; and if he will bring forward proposals to strengthen the financial reporting regime for (a) investment banks, (b) hedge funds and (c) other financial institutions.
(231798)
15
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of UK taxpayers whose personal details are held on HM Revenue and Customs' Taxpayer Business System.
(231704)
16
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of complaints received by HM Revenue and Customs on inaccurate personal data held on its Taxpayer Business System in each of the last four years.
(231705)
17
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK taxpayers' personal detail entries on HM Revenue and Customs' Taxpayer Business System that contained inaccurate information in each of the last four years.
(231706)
18
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what procedure governs the (a) alteration and (b) disclosure by HM Revenue and Customs staff of taxpayers' personal details held on its Taxpayer Business System.
(231707)
19
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of correcting inaccurate personal information held on HM Revenue and Customs' Taxpayer Business System in each of the last four years.
(231708)
20
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on the Public Value Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(231780)
21
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what policies have been (a) considered and (b) implemented by his Department's Financial Inclusion Team since its establishment.
(231799)
22
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings have been held between his Department's Financial Inclusion Team and financial service providers since the inception of the team; what matters were discussed; and if he will make a statement.
(231800)
23
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what objectives have been set by his Department for the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt.
(231805)
24
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the calculations underlying the tax neutrality of the proposed exemption from landfill tax for contaminated soils and extensions of the land remediation relief to derelict land.
(231696)
25
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he made of the level of (a) public sector net debt and (b) the current deficit; what assessment his Department has undertaken of performance in other countries on these indicators for benchmarking purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(231950)
26
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the levels of Government (a) borrowing and (b) debt were in each of the last three months.
(231641)
27
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) the UK which will be affected by the decision to increase the lower rate of corporation tax from April 2009.
(231618)
28
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on which occasions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met senior executives of (i) Lloyds TSB, (ii) HBOS and (iii) Bradford and Bingley in each of the last 12 months.
(231781)
29
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what payments are owed or outstanding to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme from (a) Bradford and Bingley and (b) Northern Rock.
(231782)
30
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of UK bank shares held by (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Treasury Solicitor.
(231784)
31
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fees were paid to (a) Morgan Stanley and (b) other third parties in relation to the sale of Bradford and Bingley's UK and Isle of Man retail deposit and branch network.
(231785)
32
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people earned over (a) £100,000 and (b) £250,000 respectively a year on the latest date for which figures are available; what percentage of the workforce each represents; and what estimate he has made of the additional revenue which would accrue to the Exchequer if (i) those earning £100,000 or more were taxed at (A) 50 per cent. and (B) 60 per cent. and (ii) if those earning £250,000 or more were taxed at (C) 60 per cent. and (D) 70 per cent.
(229986)
33
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) persons and (b) households with assets, excluding dwellings, over (i) £1 million, (ii) £5 million, (iii) £10 million and (iv) £20 million; and if he will estimate the revenue which would accrue to the Exchequer of an annual levy of (A) 1 per cent. of the wealth of those with assets over £1 million, (B) 1.5 per cent. of the wealth of those with assets over £5 million, (C) 2 per cent. of the wealth of those with assets over £10 million and (D) 3 per cent. of the wealth of those with assets over £20 million.
(229988)
34
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, column 594W, on non-domestic rates: ports, which ports have been affected by the decision to backdate the higher rateable values.
(231870)
35
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, column 594W, on non-domestic rates: ports, which Minister authorised the decision to impose backdated business rates on ports and shipping companies.
(231871)
36
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, column 594W, on non-domestic rates: ports, whether (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation is required to reverse the backdating of business rates on ports and shipping companies.
(231872)
37
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, column 594W, on non-domestic rates: ports, if he will make it his policy to reverse the backdating of taxation on ports and shipping companies.
(231873)
38
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the recent analysis of consultants' NHS and private incomes funded by the Department of Health, on what occasions in the last five years access to (a) anonymised, (b) pseudo-anonymised and (c) non-anonymised data from tax returns has been granted to (i) non-HM Revenue and Customs personnel and (ii) non-Civil Service personnel; and how many tax returns have been used in this way.
(231976)
39
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) monetary value of research and development tax credits that were eligible to be claimed, but were not claimed (i) under the small and medium-sized enterprises research and development tax credits scheme, (ii) under the large companies research and development tax credits scheme and (iii) under the vaccine research relief scheme in each year since 2000.
(231981)
40
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of eligible research and development tax credits and (b) the monetary value of eligible research and development tax credits which will not have been claimed as a result of the time limit for making research and development claims being reduced from six to two years from 31st March 2006; and what estimate he has made of the number of companies adversely affected as a result.
(231982)
41
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations his Department has received on the operation of the research and development tax credits system; and if he will make a statement.
(231983)
42
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of companies which have used Business Link's interactive tool to calculate whether they are eligible to claim research and development tax credits.
(231984)
43
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the annual cost of raising the rate of enhanced deduction from the tax bills of large companies under the research and development tax credits system from 125 per cent. to 130 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.
(231985)
44
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the value of research and development tax credits that were (a) expected to be claimed and (b) claimed in each year since 2000.
(231986)
45
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of the administration of the research and development tax credits scheme in each year since 2000; and how much was spent on (a) start-up costs, (b) publicity and marketing, (c) staff costs, (d) staff training, (e) evaluation and monitoring, (f) systems costs, (g) appeals and (h) other costs.
(231987)
46
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the qualifying research and development expenditure threshold for the research and development tax credits system was in each year since 2000.
(231988)
47
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the qualifying research and development expenditure threshold for the research and development tax credits system was lowered from £25,000 to £10,000; and if he will make a statement.
(231989)
48
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies' research and development tax credits claims were reviewed by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2000.
(231990)
49
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the average compliance cost per business for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) claiming research and development tax credits in each year since 2000, (b) the total compliance costs for SMEs claiming research and development tax credits in each year since 2000, (c) the average compliance cost per business for large companies claiming research and development tax credits in each years since 2002 and (d) the total compliance costs for large companies claiming research and development tax credits in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(231991)
50
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) likely change in the number of companies that will apply for research and development tax credits under the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) scheme following the extension of the scheme to cover companies with fewer than 500 employees, (b) likely change in the number of research and development tax credits that will be claimed under the SME scheme and (c) likely change in the monetary value of research and development tax credits that will be claimed under the SME scheme over the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(231992)
51
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was overpaid in research and development tax credits in each year since 2000; how many companies were overpaid research and development tax credits in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
(231993)
52
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was underpaid in research and development tax credits in each year since 2000; how many companies were underpaid research and development tax credits in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
(231994)
53
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many appeals there have been against the (a) underpayment and (b) overpayment of research and development tax credits in each year since 2000; and how many appeals were successful in each year.
(231995)
54
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the annual cost of raising the rate of enhanced deduction from the tax bills of small and medium sized enterprises from 150 per cent. to 175 per cent. under the research and development tax credits system; and if he will make a statement.
(231996)
55
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies claimed tax credits under the (a) small and medium-sized research and development tax credits scheme, (b) large companies research and development tax credits scheme and (c) vaccine research relief scheme in each year since 2000.
(231997)
56
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) received cash payments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under the research and development tax credits scheme in return for losses incurred through research and development in each year since 2000; what the monetary value of cash payments made to SMEs by HMRC under the research and development tax credits scheme in return for losses incurred through research and development was in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(231998)
57
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many research and development tax credits were claimed in each year since 2000; what the monetary value was of expenditure against which research and development tax credits were claimed in each year since 2000; and what the monetary value was of research and development tax credits claimed in each year.
(231999)
58
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many research and development tax credits were claimed under the small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) scheme in each year since 2000; what the monetary value of expenditure against which research and development tax credits were claimed was under the SME scheme in each year since 2000 was; and what the monetary value of research and development tax credits which were claimed under the SME scheme was in each such year.
(232000)
59
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many research and development tax credits were claimed under the large company scheme in each year since 2002; what the monetary value was of expenditure against which research and development tax credits were claimed under the large company scheme in each such year; and what the value of research and development tax credits which were claimed under the large company scheme was in each such year.
(232001)
60
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many research and development tax credits were claimed under the Vaccine Research Relief scheme in each year since 2003; what the monetary value of expenditure against which research and development tax credits were claimed under the Vaccine Research Relief scheme was in each such year; and what the monetary value of research and development tax credits which were claimed under the Vaccine Research Relief scheme was in each year since 2003.
(232002)
61
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance is issued by his Department on the application of inheritance tax to individuals who were married outside the UK.
(231856)
62
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forward projections he has made of the price of a barrel of oil in the next 12 months.
(231894)
63
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the minutes of board meetings of banks (a) in temporary public ownership and (b) recapitalised with public funds will be published.
(231700)
64
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of those purchasing a residential property since the zero-rate of stamp duty land tax for zero-carbon homes came into effect have been liable for stamp duty land tax.
(231786)
65
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new homes have qualified for zero-rate stamp duty for zero-carbon homes since the zero-rate was introduced.
(231788)
66
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library copies of information on each EU member state's progress towards the economic benchmarks of the Lisbon agenda.
(231725)
67
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the global financial turbulence on progress towards the economic benchmarks of the Lisbon agenda by 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(231726)
68
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was generated by the application of basic rate tax on personal or occupational pensions in each year since 1997.
(231850)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
69
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 488W, on faith schools: health services, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the questionnaire that was issued to teenage pregnancy co-ordinators in each top-tier local authority in England and (b) the response received from each; and if he will make a statement.
(232003)
70
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, who the head of the Review of Sex and Relationship Education is; what relevant specialist qualifications he or she holds; where the post was advertised; how many persons applied for the post; how many were short-listed for interview; and if he will make a statement.
(232004)
71
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, who the members of the body conducting the Review of Sex and Relationship Education are; what relevant specialist qualifications each holds; when each was appointed and by whom; where each vacancy was advertised; how many persons applied for each post; how many were short-listed for interview; where the Review of Sex and Relationship Education is located; how much he expects to be spent by it during the next 12 months on (a) office accommodation, (b) staff costs, (c) travel and subsistence and (d) staff bonuses; and if he will make a statement.
(232005)
72
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils had a statement of special educational needs in (a) England and (b) Stoke-on-Trent, broken down by age group at the latest date for which figures are available.
(231602)
73
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average time taken to issue a statement of special educational needs was in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231603)
74
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent on entertainment by his Department in 2007-08; and how much of that sum is accounted for by expenditure on (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation.
(231688)
75
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many external consultants supply services to his Department under contract.
(231689)
76
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) work and (b) provide assistance for his Department.
(231690)
77
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the cost to his Department of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers (i) was in the last 12 months and (ii) has been since 1997-98.
(231691)
78
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many page hits from how many visitors his Department's website received in 2007-08.
(231692)
79
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the cost of maintaining his Department's website was in 2007-08; and what the forecast costs for maintaining websites within his responsibility are in 2008-09.
(231693)
80
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will ensure that the formula for distributing education funding will incorporate a factor for sparsity in respect of (a) Early Years and (b) secondary education in future years.
(231866)
81
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to extend the National Challenge to primary schools; and if he will make a statement.
(230642)
82
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average age was of children at adoption in each of the last 10 years, broken down by ethnicity.
(231650)
83
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for how many children of each (a) ethnicity and (b) age was it decided that adoption was in their best interest in each of the last 10 years.
(231651)
84
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will publish the results of the research commissioned by his Department's Sex and Relationship Education Steering Group.
(231410)
85
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what evidence was considered by the Sex and Relationship Education Steering Group on the effectiveness of delivering sex and relationship education before the onset of sexual activity.
(231411)
86
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children there are on the at risk register in Hampshire, broken down by reason for such registration.
(231551)
87
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools do not have a sex and relationship education policy.
(231576)
88
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools do not provide sex and relationship education in accordance with the personal, social and health education guidelines.
(231579)
89
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): 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) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997.
(231923)
90
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which people and organisations will have access to the National Child Database.
(231716)
91
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what security measures will be put in place to protect the data stored on the National Child Database; and if he will make a statement.
(231717)
92
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what procedures will be put in place to ensure that information stored on the National Child Database is accurate; and if he will make a statement.
(231718)
93
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether details of a child kept on the National Child Database will be destroyed once that child reaches the age of 18 years.
(231719)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
94
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 7th October 2008, Official Report, column 562W, on taxis, how taxi costs are recorded on the Cabinet Office accounting system; and if he will make a statement.
(231695)
95
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many staff are employed by the Parliamentary Counsel Office on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis; and how many such staff were employed on 1st January (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008.
(231783)
96
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) subject was of each (i) presentation given and (ii) seminar held by the Strategy Unit since 1st January 2008.
(232040)
97
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many immigrants to the UK from (a) other EU member states, (b) Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, (c) African countries, (d) the Caribbean countries and (e) other countries there were in each year since 1979.
(229985)
98
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the level of (a) public and (b) private debt was in each year since 1979 expressed (i) in pounds sterling and (ii) as a percentage of gross domestic product.
(229987)
99
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many excess deaths from cold weather there were in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency in each year since 1996-97.
(231806)
100
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people in Essex are employed in agriculture.
(231921)
101
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the number of people in work who will retire before 6th April 2010.
(231832)
102
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the workforce which will be over age 65 in (a) 2012, (b) 2015 and (c) 2020.
(231840)
103
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what percentage of the workforce is aged over (a) 50, (b) 65 and (c) 70.
(231952)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
104
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what means the process for an area to move from two-tier to unitary local authorities can be initiated.
(231562)
105
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what correspondence she has had with Gloucestershire County Council on unitary authority status; and if she will publish it.
(231563)
106
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the procedure is for a council in a village that forms part of a borough council area to apply for parish council status.
(231614)
107
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to her Department's consultation on the review of sub-national economic development and regeneration, what the role of district councils in the regional planning process is; and if she will make a statement.
(231581)
108
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on entertainment by her Department in 2007-08; and how much of that sum is accounted for by expenditure on (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation.
(231682)
109
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many external consultants supplying services to her Department under contract.
(231683)
110
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) work and (b) provide assistance for her Department.
(231684)
111
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to her Department of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers (i) was in the last 12 months and (ii) has been since 1997-98.
(231685)
112
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many page hits from how many visitors her Department's website received in 2007-08.
(231686)
113
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost of maintaining the Departmental website was in 2007-08; and what the forecast cost is for maintaining websites within her responsibility in 2008-09.
(231687)
114
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to bring forward an amendment to the General Permitted Development Order in relation to micro wind turbines.
(231616)
115
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of guidance issued by her Department on investments and deposits made by local authorities.
(232042)
116
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the responsibilities are of the Government Minister for the South East; and if she will make a statement.
(231552)
117
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations she has received on bringing the Cornish under the terms of the Framework Convention on National Minorities.
(231597)
118
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice she has issued to (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations on promoting the use of (i) credit and (ii) debit cards to their tenants for the payment of (A) monthly rent payments and (B) rent arrears.
(231655)
119
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Empty Property Management Orders were issued in each local authority in each year since they were introduced.
(231892)
120
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to mark the National Week of Action on Empty Homes.
(231893)
121
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes were built in Eastbourne constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(231849)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
122
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice the Gambling Commission has issued on the use of gambling terminals; and if he will make a statement.
(231975)
123
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the availability of Freeview in Hemel Hempstead; and if he will make a statement.
(231895)
124
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people aged over 75 and (b) disabled people who have received assistance from the digital switchover help scheme in Islwyn.
(231605)
125
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with broadcasters on introducing talking menus as part of the digital switchover.
(231653)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
126
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the relative costs of a Gurkha infantry battalion and an English line infantry battalion in light of current policy and recent legal judgements.
(231763)
127
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instances of burglary and trespassing there have been at bases occupied and controlled by the United States Visiting Forces in the latest period for which figures are available; and at which bases.
(231790)
128
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department paid to North Yorkshire Police to cover the cost of the policing of the area around RAF Menwith Hill by armed response teams and the Counter Terrorist Unit in each year from 2001 to 2007.
(231796)
129
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many private prosecutions have been brought against members of the United States Visiting Forces in each year since 2000; and how many were successful in each year.
(231890)
130
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been of operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in the last 12 months.
(231756)
131
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the responses of those listed as consulted in Appendix 2 of the Report of Inquiry into the National Recognition of the Armed Forces by the hon. Member for Grantham and Stamford are published.
(231946)
132
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the list of people consulted in Appendix 2 of the Report of Inquiry into the National Recognition of the Armed Forces by the hon. Member for Grantham and Stamford is complete.
(231947)
133
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Minister in his Department has responsibility for animal welfare on the defence estate.
(232039)
134
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the short examination of the equipment programme, announced by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 19th June 2008, to be completed; whether he plans to publish the findings; and if he will make a statement.
(231768)
135
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the start up dates were of the six pilot schemes for specialised advice to armed forces veterans.
(230968)
136
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ex-armed services personnel have received specialist advice at each of the six pilot schemes offering such advice in the community.
(230969)
137
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the locations are of the six pilot schemes offering specialist advice to armed forces veterans.
(230970)
138
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will undertake research into the merits of a United Kingdom conventional intercontinental ballistic missile programme (a) unilaterally and (b) jointly with the US.
(231702)
139
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to enable the design and build for the new Astute class submarines to allow for the retro-fitting of conventional intercontinental ballistic missiles.
(231703)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
140
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the timetable is for the development and implementation of the first climate change risk assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(231680)
141
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the timetable for the development and implementation of the cost-benefit analysis of climate change adaptation is; and if he will make a statement.
(231681)
142
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what work is expected to be carried out by the Special Representative of the Prime Minister on International Energy Issues; and if he will make a statement.
(231592)
143
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent meetings Ministers and officials from his Department have held with the government of Sweden to discuss the energy and climate change priorities of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union.
(231593)
144
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent meetings Ministers and officials from his Department have had with the government of the Czech Republic to discuss the energy and climate change priorities of the Czech Presidency of the European Union.
(231594)
145
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many individuals are on secondment to his Department; what position each holds; and from which organisation or company each is seconded.
(231595)
146
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what work is expected to be carried out by the Special Representative of the Prime Minister on Carbon Trading; and if he will make a statement.
(231600)
147
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what provision he has made for the costs of (a) decommissioning and (b) future nuclear power stations; and if he will make a statement.
(231791)
148
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much (a) carbon dioxide and (b) greenhouse gasses were emitted by (i) by Government departments and agencies and (b) the UK (A) with allowance made for trading and (B) with no allowance made for trading in each of the last 15 years.
(231793)
149
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on which occasions Ministers in his Department have met senior executives of (a) British Energy and (b) EDF since its establishment.
(231795)
150
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate he has made of the value of the Government's holdings in British Energy.
(232043)
151
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions from the UK in each year since 1990, (a) broken down by sector and (b) in respect of (i) aviation and (ii) shipping.
(229984)
152
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many pensioner households in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency finding received grants or other assistance to improve their home insulation in each year since 1996-97; and how much public funding was spent on this in each such year.
(231723)
153
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions he has had with the Canadian government on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
(231765)
154
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assistance his Department provides to care homes with meeting energy costs.
(231604)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
155
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding has been provided to waste reduction schemes under the Landfill Communities Fund and its predecessor in each year since 1997.
(231664)
156
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the volume of (a) total and (b) recyclable waste produced in England, broken down by (i) source and (ii) type of waste, in each of the last 10 years.
(231665)
157
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the volume and proportion of (a) municipal, (b) industrial and (c) total waste that was (i) sent to landfill, (ii) incinerated, (iii) domestically recycled or composted and (iv) exported in each of the last 10 years.
(231666)
158
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the volume of waste exported from the UK, broken down by (a) type of waste and (b) destination country in each of the last 10 years.
(231667)
159
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the economic downturn on the domestic and international markets for waste; and if he will make a statement.
(231668)
160
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the capacity of England's recycling facilities, broken down by type of facility.
(231669)
161
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve recycling capacity.
(231670)
162
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the current economic situation on national and international food transportation and distribution systems.
(231671)
163
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of crops has been used for biofuel production in the last three years.
(231672)
164
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the effect of trends in biofuel production on food prices.
(231673)
165
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the potential impact of climate change on crop yields.
(231675)
166
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the current economic situation on demand for (a) organic, (b) free range and (c) fair trade food.
(231676)
167
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken in partnership with retailers and food suppliers to increase the resilience of the food chain.
(231677)
168
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what systems are in place to monitor and assess the resilience of the UK food chain.
(231678)
169
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of food imports were from (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries in each of the last 10 years.
(231679)
170
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations Gloucestershire County Council have made to his Department on applying for private finance initiative credits for its waste strategy.
(231557)
171
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Gloucestershire County Council on its waste strategy, with particular reference to its landfill capacity and landfill allowance trading scheme costs.
(231558)
172
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has discussed with Gloucestershire County Council the use of the Javelin Park site for waste purposes.
(231559)
173
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the changes in mean surface temperature on the number of flystrike cases reported this (a) summer and (b) autumn.
(231412)
174
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department took to encourage uptake for the bluetongue vaccination.
(231413)
175
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pieces of redundant electrical and electronic equipment was (a) recycled, (b) destroyed and (c) disposed by other means by his Department in each of the last five years.
(231414)
176
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the additional funding made available to the National Bee Health Unit has been allocated for research into alternative treatments for the varroa mite.
(231415)
177
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will direct the Environment Agency to amend The Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice to remove the requirement for safe soils to be passed through licensed treatment if they need to be moved to another site.
(231697)
178
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department will publish further guidance to local authorities on brownfield sites contaminated as indicated in Improvements to Contaminated Land Guidance: Outcome of the Way Forward Exercise on Soil Guidelines Values.
(231698)
179
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there are plans for his Department to begin keeping records of equine semen imports to the UK.
(231643)
180
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to assist horse breeders in verifying the provenance of imported equine semen.
(231644)
181
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on which occasions Ministers in his Department have met senior executives of (a) British Energy and (b) EDF in each of the last 12 months.
(231792)
182
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations cover the minimum space requirements for (a) poultry, (b) sheep, (c) pigs, (d) cows and (e) other livestock during transportation by (i) rail, (ii) road and (iii) water; and what the minimum requirement is in each case.
(232037)
183
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much waste was recycled by each London borough in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231722)
184
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent in maintaining, cleaning and managing the River Rom in Essex in each of the last five years.
(231910)
185
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent in managing the Thames Estuary in each of the last five years.
(231911)
186
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the long-term survival of red squirrels in England.
(231912)
187
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on veterinary services by his Department in each of the last five years.
(231913)
188
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many bluetongue vaccines have been administered in the last 12 months.
(231914)
189
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to offset his Department's carbon emissions in the last 12 months.
(231915)
190
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the rat population in each London borough.
(231916)
191
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the condition of the water table in London; and if he will make a statement.
(231917)
192
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on bottled water in the last 12 months.
(231918)
193
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of homes have water meters; and what steps his Department is taking to increase that percentage.
(231919)
194
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many miles of drinking water pipes have been replaced in each of the last 10 years.
(231920)
195
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many litres of milk were (a) produced and (b) consumed daily in England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231922)
196
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps have been taken to maintain or improve the River Rom in Essex.
(231924)
197
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many new waste incinerators have been installed in each of the last 10 years.
(231938)
198
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many miles of new sewers were built in each of the last 10 years.
(231939)
199
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many unique visitors there were to his Departmental website in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231940)
200
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on maintaining his Departmental website in the latest year for which figures are available.
(231941)
201
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tons of batteries were recycled in each of the last 10 years.
(231942)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
202
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to mitigate the impact of recent exchange rate changes on the overseas activities of (a) his Department and (b) the British Council.
(231549)
203
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to promote a peaceful resolution in Sudan.
(230998)
204
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to monitor recent events in Sudan.
(230999)
205
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 other countries to provide aid and assistance to the people of Sudan.
(231000)
206
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st October 2008, Official Report, columns 213-4W, on Georgia: South Ossetia, from which Human Rights Watch report his estimate of the number of Ossetians killed in the conflict was drawn; and what consideration he gave to providing figures compiled by Human Rights Watch estimating the number of Georgians killed.
(231652)
207
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the United States' recent military action in Syria on the Middle East peace process.
(231646)
208
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when Saudi Arabia's Shura Council will next be invited to visit the United Kingdom.
(231648)
209
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of relations between Georgia and Russia; and if he will make a statement.
(231649)
210
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a Government representative last visited the displaced persons Roma sites in Kosovo; and what the result of their investigations was.
(231958)
211
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens visited the Hong Kong special administrative region in (a) 2007 and (b) 2006.
(231759)
212
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) British citizens and (b) British overseas citizens are registered as living in Hong Kong.
(231760)
213
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on elections in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
(231761)
214
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government is taking steps to promote tourism between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the United Kingdom.
(231762)
215
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals took up residence in Canada in each of the last 10 years.
(231766)
216
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has given advice on the award of an honour to Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel; and if he will make a statement.
(231550)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
217
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the partial regulatory impact assessment on the Prohibition of Abortion (England and Wales) Bill of Session 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(231787)
218
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on abnormalities, other than vaginal cancer, which have occurred amongst daughters of women prescribed the drug diethylstilboestrol.
(231654)
219
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are being considered to provide elderly patients with limited mobility who live in remote rural areas with access to dispensing facilities where GP dispensaries are closed.
(231694)
220
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1172-76W, on maternity services, what the value is of the combined total damages of (a) all settled claims and (b) settled claims that arose from maternity care, awarded under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts.
(231948)
221
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2008, Official Report, column 1176W, on maternity services, how many of the midwife-led units were (a) situated alongside consultant-led units and (b) stand-alone units.
(231949)
222
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of GP practices in each primary care trust area are allowed to dispense medicines.
(231560)
223
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) minimum, (b) maximum and (c) average payment made to GPs in each primary care trust area for the purpose of dispensing medicines was in the most recent period for which information is available.
(231561)
224
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a primary care trust has full discretion to decide whether a GP-led health centre should be opened in the area for which they are responsible in light of the commitment to local decision-making given in paragraph 5, page 23 of his Department's recent document, High Quality Care For All - NHS Next Stage Review Final Report.
(231642)
225
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of exchange differences on the availabilty and dispensing of parallel import medicines.
(231863)
226
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the use of the Liverpool Pathway for Terminal Care.
(231589)
227
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amendments there have been to the Liverpool Care Pathway since its introduction in the NHS.
(231590)
228
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) hospitals and (b) hospices use the Liverpool Pathway for terminal care of patients.
(231591)
229
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent school nurses there are; and how many full-time equivalent school nurses there have been in each of the last 10 years for which data is available.
(231451)
230
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the public health responsibilities of school nurses are.
(231452)
231
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the proportion of (a) girls and (b) boys reporting having (i) their first sexual experience and (ii) sexual intercourse for the first time at (A) 11 years of age or under, (B) 12 years of age, (C) 13 years of age, (D) 14 years of age, (E) 15 years of age and (F) 16 years of age and older.
(231577)
232
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) areas of responsibility and (b) Government-funded budget are of the Nurses and Other Professions Review Body.
(232044)
233
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times items on Part IX of the Drug Tariff have been prescribed in the last 12 months; what proportion of such prescriptions have been filled; and if he will make a statement.
(231737)
234
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of (a) abuse and (b) neglect of patients by health and social care staff have been recorded in each region in each of the last five years.
(231738)
235
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, columns 447-8W, on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), for what reasons final NICE guidance on MabThera (rituximab) for untreated stage III or IV follicular lymphoma was issued before the date on which NICE started its appraisal; and for what reasons the appraisal of Tarceva (erlotinib) in lung cancer (non-small cell) will begin four years after its referral to NICE.
(231929)
236
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when officials in the NHS Cancer Screening Programme plans to respond to the emails from Mr John Neate, of the Prostate Cancer Charity, to the Director of NHS Cancer Screening Programmes of (a) 29th July 2008, (b) 17th September 2008, (c) 24th September 2008 and (d) 29th September 2008 relating to the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme.
(231930)
237
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the minutes of the 15th October meeting of the National Child Health Immunisation Board.
(231931)
238
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) hospitals and (b) other NHS bodies have been visited by him and his Ministerial team since February 2008; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) duration of each visit was.
(231932)
239
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) the Healthcare Commission and (b) the healthcare industry of regulation of class 3B and 4 lasers and intense pulsed light equipment in (i) medical and surgical procedures and (ii) cosmetic procedures.
(231933)
240
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people receive continuing care funding in each primary care trust area; and of those how many have been diagnosed with some form of dementia.
(231959)
241
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the original budget was for the provision of Airwave radios to the Ambulance Service, broken down by ambulance service trust; how much has been spent by each trust; and what the projected final spend is in each trust.
(231960)
242
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the original timetable for the provision of Airwave radios to the Ambulance Service was, broken down by ambulance service trust; what the latest performance is against that timetable, broken down by trust; and when he expects full implementation to be achieved.
(231961)
243
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Airwave radios will be provided to (a) all ambulances, (b) all ambulance personnel and (c) all community first responders.
(231962)
244
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2008, Official Report, columns 366-7W, on nutrition, when he plans to publish the interim progress report of the Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board.
(231963)
245
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings his Department has had with (a) patient groups, (b) professional groups and (c) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the Quality and Outcomes Framework following the publication of NHS Next Stage Review: Our vision for primary and community care.
(231964)
246
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will carry out the consultation on the proposed new process for developing and reviewing indicators in the Quality and Outcomes Framework, as stated in his Department's NHS Next Stage Review: Our vision for primary and community care newsletter of September 2008.
(231965)
247
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, columns 424-5W, on hepatitis, how many drugs were dispensed for the treatment of hepatitis B in each strategic health authority area in each year since 1997, broken down by type of drug.
(231966)
248
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th October 2008, Official Report, column 422W, on hepatitis, how many notifications of hepatitis B were made to the Health Protection Agency and its predecessor bodies in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority area.
(231967)
249
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the home oxygen patient satisfaction survey, what the results were for answers to questions 5, 8, 16, 27 and 36, broken down by (a) supplier and (b) primary care trust area.
(231977)
250
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients received home oxygen in each (a) supplier and (b) primary care trust area in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231978)
251
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what accidents with home oxygen have been reported to his Department in the last 12 months.
(231979)
252
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire of 30th June 2008, Official Report, column 615W, on community care, how much the NHS spent on NHS-funded nursing care in each year; and what projections he has made of (a) number receiving such care and (b) cost of the care in each of the next 20 years.
(231980)
253
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the analysis of consultants' NHS and private incomes funded by his Department, what permission was sought from consultants to use this data; in what ways the data was anonymised; and how much the study cost.
(232029)
254
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the analysis of consultants' NHS and private incomes funded by his Department, what the (a) total income, (b) private income and (c) NHS income was of NHS consultants in the period analysed, broken down by (i) place of work and (ii) place of NHS employment.
(232030)
255
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements there are upon local authorities to (a) hold and (b) maintain adult learning disability registers; and if he will make a statement.
(231546)
256
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authorities have an up-to-date adult learning disability register.
(231547)
257
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there were on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis in England in each of the last five years.
(231553)
258
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st October 2008, Official Report, column 317W, which companies are providing communications services for the NHS Next Stage Review; what value of contract has been awarded to each company; and what services are being provided by each such company in assisting the review.
(231659)
259
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adult learning disability registers capture whether the person has a profound learning disability.
(231660)
260
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to local councils on how to use school data on young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in order to plan for their needs as they move into adult services; and if he will make a statement.
(231661)
261
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) total annual expenditure on support packages for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (b) the maximum care package awarded for someone with a profound and multiple learning disability was in each local authority in each of the last five years.
(231662)
262
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities are living in out-of-borough placements.
(231663)
263
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS paediatric units have closed since 1997.
(231864)
264
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS mental health units in England have closed since 1997.
(231865)
265
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS high dependence units have closed since 1997.
(231875)
266
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS intensive care units have closed since 1997.
(231876)
267
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS midwife-led birthing units have closed since 1997.
(231877)
268
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) total value, (b) revenue payments made to date and (c) estimated revenue payments for the life of each private finance initiative contract was of all private finance initiative projects granted approval by his Department in each year since 1997.
(231878)
269
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision (a) South West Herts Acute Hospital Trust and (b) South West Herts Primary Care Trust have made for chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis services; what specific funding they receive to deliver these services; and if he will make a statement.
(231879)
270
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which accident and emergency departments have closed since 1997.
(231880)
271
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which stroke units in England have closed since 1997.
(231881)
272
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which cardiac units have closed since 1997.
(231891)
273
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average occupancy rate for neonatal units in England was in each year since 1997.
(231896)
274
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS neonatal units have closed since 1997.
(231897)
275
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS consultant-led maternity units have closed in England since 1997.
(231898)
276
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in Hemel Hempstead have received NHS assistance for mental illness in each year since 1998; how many of those received (a) general practitioner counselling, (b) specialist counselling, (c) residence in specialist hostels and (d) hospital accommodation in each year; and what estimate he has made of the volume of such assistance which will be required in 2008-09.
(231907)
277
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997.
(231926)
278
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997.
(231927)
279
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer patients West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust cared for in each financial year from 1997 to 2007, broken down by type of cancer.
(231928)
280
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of dental patients in the West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust area were treated (a) by the NHS and (b) privately in each year from 1997 to 2007.
(231934)
281
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many care episodes related to speech and language therapy there were in each year since 1996-97 for which figures are available.
(231714)
282
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing homes inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency received a (i) 0, (ii) 1, (iii) 2 and (iv) 3 star rating in each year since 2000.
(231715)
283
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing homes were inspected in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency in each year since 2000.
(231721)
284
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received local authority-funded long-term care services in (a) their own homes and (b) care homes in Eastbourne constituency in each year since the Fair Access to Care Services criteria were introduced.
(231848)
285
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to begin the national pilot programme on primary care trusts making direct payments for people eligible for fully funded continuing care; and if he will make a statement.
(231588)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
286
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many legacy asylum cases she expects to have been determined by 31st December 2008.
(231580)
287
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the additional cost to local authorities of decisions made under the Case Resolution Programme for asylum legacy cases which have resulted in the granting of leave to remain.
(231582)
288
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost to her Department of an interview at a passport interview centre is.
(231583)
289
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants have been refused a passport as a result of decisions consequent on an interview carried out at a passport interview centre.
(231584)
290
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were interviewed in each of the operational passport interview centres between the establishment of each centre and 1st October 2008.
(231585)
291
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many on-the-spot fines have been imposed on employers using illegal immigrant labour since February 2008; and how many illegal immigrants have been removed from the UK as a result of operations leading to such fines.
(231586)
292
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of students at universities required to pay full fees because of changes to the immigration status of their parents as a result of amendments to the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme.
(231587)
293
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to include people under the age of 16 years of age in the British Crime Survey; and if she will make a statement.
(231709)
294
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd October 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on drugs: crime prevention, when data on crackhouse closure orders in 2007-08 will be available.
(231373)
295
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the scale was of fees for processing applications for (a) indefinite leave to remain and (b) further leave to remain in each of the last three years.
(231506)
296
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of UK Border Agency staff have been allocated to the processing of leave to remain applications in each of the last five years.
(231507)
297
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people contested details held on record by the Criminal Records Bureau in each of the last five years; and how many of these disputes were upheld.
(231777)
298
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people on the national DNA database were aged (a) under 16 and (b) under 18 years at the time their profile was loaded, broken down by police force.
(231778)
299
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to carry out a privacy impact assessment on the provisions of the Communications Data Bill; and if she will make a statement.
(231779)
300
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer the letter to her dated 25th September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton in regard to Mrs Mohsin.
(231854)
301
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many charges brought against 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 since been dropped.
(231612)
302
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many charges brought for offences under anti-terrorism legislation committed in the United Kingdom, excluding Northern Ireland, (a) between 11th September 2001 and 31st March 2007 and (b) since 31st March 2007 have been dropped.
(231613)
303
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals married under Sharia law outside the UK (a) were granted residence and (b) took up residence in the UK during each of the last five years.
(231861)
304
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration is made of the status of a marriage of a foreign national to a British national under Sharia law completed outside the UK in dealing with an application for residency.
(231862)
305
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what effect the divorce of a foreign national from a British national under Sharia law would have on an individual's residency status.
(231899)
306
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many residents of Hertfordshire were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for crimes relating to human trafficking in each of the last five years.
(231908)
307
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much police forces spent on interpretation and translation in Hertfordshire in each of the last five years.
(231909)
308
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) cautions and (b) arrests were imposed for alcohol-related offences in (i) Hertfordshire and (ii) Hemel Hempstead in the last eight quarters for which records are available.
(231935)
309
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of violent crime were recorded in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hemel Hempstead in each of the last five years.
(231936)
310
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables there were in the Metropolitan Police Authority area in each year since 2004, broken down by police division; and how many special constables there were in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency in each year.
(231712)
311
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours on average were spent on patrol by police officers in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231713)
312
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were based in Uxbridge constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(231807)
313
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crack house closures have taken place in each county in Wales in the last three years.
(231607)
314
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were prosecuted for supplying alcohol to people under the age of 18 years in Islwyn constituency in each of the last five years.
(231608)
315
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispersal orders have been issued in Islwyn constituency in the last 12 months.
(231609)
316
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicles were confiscated as a result of anti-social behaviour in Islwyn constituency in each of the last five years.
(231610)
317
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made for underage drinking in Islwyn constituency in each of the last five years.
(231611)
318
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged under 18 who (a) have not been convicted of any crime and (b) have been convicted of a minor crime have their details stored on the national DNA database.
(231720)
319
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the French government on camps for illegal immigrants.
(231727)
320
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants were stopped trying to enter the UK through the Channel tunnel in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997.
(231728)
321
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) immigrant camps in operation on the French coast for people seeking to enter the UK, (b) people in such camps and (c) children in such camps.
(231729)
322
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance the Government provides to France on the policing of the French border of the Channel tunnel.
(231730)
323
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the UK's responsibilities are under the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum agreed at the recent meeting of the European Council.
(231731)
324
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions exist in the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum to help share the burden of immigration more fairly amongst member states.
(231732)
325
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for developing a common asylum and immigration policy as a result of the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum; and if she will make a statement.
(231733)
326
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions have taken place with other EU member states on the proposed blue card immigration system and its potential effect on the UK.
(231734)
327
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the proposed Europe-wide blue card immigration system would supersede existing immigration controls, with particular reference to the points-based immigration system; and if she will make a statement.
(231735)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
328
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he is taking in conjunction with other Government departments to increase awareness of the Science and Innovation Network among (a) hon. Members and (b) others.
(231548)
329
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of the working age population is educated to NVQ level (a) 2 and (b) 4; and which 20 local auths of people so qualified in their working age population.
(231508)
330
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new apprenticeships that will need to be created in each of the next five years in order to reach the target of ensuring that an apprenticeship place is available for all young people by 2013; and if he will make a statement.
(232016)
331
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people were undertaking an apprenticeship in each year since 1997; and what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will be undertaking an apprenticeship in each of the next five years.
(232017)
332
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress he is making towards meeting the target of having 500,000 high quality apprenticeships in the UK by 2020; and if he will make a statement.
(232018)
333
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department and each of its predecessors spent on apprenticeship schemes in each year since 1997.
(232019)
334
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department and each of its predecessors spent on advertising and marketing apprenticeship schemes in each year since 1997.
(232020)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
335
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on international agricultural research in each of the last five years.
(231674)
336
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to increase access to AIDS medication in developing countries.
(231001)
337
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to assist developing countries to meet the costs of AIDS medication.
(231002)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
338
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prisoner on prisoner, (b) prisoner on staff and (c) staff on prisoner (i) rapes and (ii) sexual assaults were reported in (A) male and (B) female prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.
(231564)
339
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost was of overtime payments to staff in (a) his Department, (b) HM Prison Service and (c) other agencies for which he is responsible in each of the last 10 years.
(231775)
340
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of sentence was for young offenders aged (a) 10 to 15, (b) 16 to 17 and (c) 18 to 20 years for offences (i) involving violence against a person, (ii) of a sexual nature, (iii) of burglary, (iv) of robbery and (v) involving drugs where a custodial sentence was handed down in each year since 1997.
(231776)
341
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to reply to the letter dated 19th September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr Abdoul Karim Barry.
(231855)
342
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the use of deferred commencement dates for custodial sentences; and if he will make a statement.
(231617)
343
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce restorative justice in relation to shoplifting offences.
(231640)
344
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure the rights of women are protected in the approval by English courts of (a) marriages and (b) divorces completed under Sharia law.
(231857)
345
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that English courts have the (a) resources and (b) expertise to exercise proper scrutiny of marriages and divorces completed under Sharia law which come before them.
(231858)
346
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many consent order forms were issued by his Department for approval by English courts of (a) marriages and (b) divorces completed under Sharia law in each of the last five years; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the necessary form.
(231859)
347
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many divorces completed under Sharia law and granted consent orders by English courts involved individuals under the age of 18 years in the last 10 years.
(231860)
348
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many marriages completed under Sharia law were referred to English courts for a consent order in each of the last five years.
(231900)
349
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of marriages completed under Sharia law which were not referred to English courts for a consent order in each of the last five years.
(231901)
350
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many marriages completed under Sharia law were (a) granted and (b) denied consent orders by English courts in each of the last five years.
(231902)
351
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many marriages completed under Sharia law and granted a consent order by English courts involved individuals under the age of 18 years in the last 10 years.
(231903)
352
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of divorces completed under Sharia law which were not referred to English courts for a consent order in each of the last five years.
(231904)
353
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many divorces completed under Sharia law were (a) granted and (b) denied consent orders by English courts in each of the last five years.
(231905)
354
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many divorces completed under Sharia law and granted consent orders by English courts were initiated by (a) women and (b) men in each of the last five years.
(231906)
355
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the budget for civil legal aid was in each year since 2004.
(231789)
Questions to the Prime Minister
356
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Prime Minister, on what occasions he has met senior executives of (a) Lloyds TSB, (b) HBOS and (c) Bradford and Bingley in each of the last 12 months.
(231769)
357
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to publish the costs associated with the recent Cabinet meeting in Birmingham; and if he will make a statement.
(231596)
358
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will attend the remembrance event at the Canadian High Commission on 4th November.
(231764)
Questions to the Solicitor General
359
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment she has made of the implications of the OECD's recent report on corporate corruption for the work of the Serious Fraud Office on such cases.
(231598)
360
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall): To ask the Solicitor General, whether any Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations, apart from that into BAe, have been discontinued by the Head of the SFO following receipt of advice from the Attorney General in the last five years.
(231599)
361
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Solicitor General, how many charges brought by the police were downgraded to a lesser charge by the Crown Prosecution Service in the last 12 months.
(231606)
362
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions sought by the police were not proceeded with by the Crown Prosecution Service in the last 12 months.
(231615)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
363
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on airline companies' obligations with regard to allowing people with a lung condition to (a) access oxygen provided, (b) take their own (i) portable oxygen cylinders and (ii) portable oxygen concentrator on board flights; and what guidance he has issued on this matter.
(231699)
364
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what payments his Department has made to local authorities in Tyne and Wear for a pilot study under the Transport Innovation Fund; and what plans he has for the future funding of People in Motion.
(231944)
365
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many hackney carriage licences have been issued by local authorities in the last five years.
(231505)
366
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he has issued to National Air Traffic Services on the use of continuous descent approach (CDA) for aircraft landing at (a) Heathrow and (b) all designated UK airports, with regard to (i) the distance from the airport at which CDA begins and (b) the altitude at which CDA begins.
(231710)
367
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of aircraft using the continuous descent approach at (a) Heathrow and (b) all designated UK airports in each of the last four years.
(231711)
368
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the use of the continuous descent approach (CDA) at (a) Heathrow and (b) all designated UK airports, with particular reference to (i) the distance from the airport at which CDA begins and (ii) the altitude at which CDA begins.
(231755)
369
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral Answer to the hon. Member for Chelmsford on 21st October 2008, Official Report, column 155, on traffic congestion, which (a) causes of and (b) locations prone to road accidents and collisions on the A12 in Essex will be prioritised for road safety improvement funding; and what funding he plans to make available for such improvements in the next three years.
(232041)
370
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) public investment, (b) private capital investment and (c) public resource expenditure was spent on (i) rail, (ii) strategic roads, (iii) London transport, (iv) local transport and (v) other transport in each year since 2000, in (A) nominal and (B) real terms.
(232006)
371
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made towards increasing rail use by 50 per cent. by 2010 as referred to in his Department's Transport Ten Year Plan of 2000; what the baseline year is against which this target is being measured; and how many passenger kilometres were travelled in each year since 2000.
(232007)
372
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made towards the target of increasing rail freight by 80 per cent. by 2010 as stated in his Department's Transport Ten Year Plan of 2000; what the baseline year is against which this target is being measured; and how much rail freight there was in each year since 2000.
(232008)
373
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in achieving the target of reducing road congestion below 2000 levels as stated in his Department's Transport Ten Year Plan of 2000; against what baseline this target is being measured; and how much road congestion there was in each year since 2000, broken down by region.
(232009)
374
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in achieving the target of undertaking 80 major trunk road schemes to improve safety and traffic flows at junctions by 2010 as stated in his Department's Transport Ten Year Plan of 2000; and what major trunk road schemes were (a) started and (b) completed in each year since 2000.
(232010)
375
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made towards achieving the target of creating 100 new bypasses on trunk and local roads by 2010, as stated in his Department's 2000 Transport 10 Year Plan; and which bypass road schemes were (a) started and (b) completed in each year since 2000.
(232011)
376
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made towards the target of creating 25 new rapid transit lines in major cities and conurbations by 2010 as stated in his Department's Transport 10 Year Plan of 2000; how many new rapid transit lines were created in each year since 2000; and by what percentage light rail passenger journeys have increased since 2000.
(232012)
377
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made towards achieving the target of increasing bus passenger journeys by 2010 by 10 per cent., as stated in his Department's Transport 10 Year Plan of 2000; and against what benchmark progress towards achieving this target is being measured.
(232013)
378
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made towards achieving the target of widening five per cent. of the strategic road network by 2010, as stated in the Transport 10 Year Plan of 2000 issued by his Department's predecessor; against what baseline this target is measured; and what percentage of the strategic road network was widened in each year since 2000.
(232014)
379
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the necessary capacity increases which will be needed on the rail network in each of the next eight years in order to reach the goal of doubling the level of demand rail can accommodate by 2016, as stated in his Department's White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway.
(232015)
380
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the capital value of each private finance inititiative scheme overseen by his Department which has reached financial close is; over what period repayment will take place; and what the total cost of repayment for each scheme will be.
(232021)
381
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the 1,300 new railway carriages, that the Government committed itself to making available in the High Level Output Specification, have been ordered by train operating companies.
(232022)
382
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the minimum statutory space requirement for each rail passenger is; and what estimate his Department has made of how often these space requirements are met.
(232023)
383
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the percentage change in active rolling stock has been since 1997.
(232024)
384
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail passengers there were in each year since 1997.
(232025)
385
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average change in rail fares was in each year since 1997.
(232026)
386
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average change in air fares was in each year since 1997.
(232027)
387
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average price of a peak rail fare from London to (a) Birmingham, (b) Manchester, (c) Newcastle, (d) Cardiff and (e) Glasgow was in each year since 1997.
(232028)
388
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for establishing road pricing pilots; and if he will make a statement.
(232031)
389
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what projections his Department has made of the level of (a) private investment in and (b) public spending on (i) the railways, (ii) roads and (iii) other forms of transport infrastucture between 2009 and 2014.
(232032)
390
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library copies of all regulatory impact assessments for (a) road projects and (b) other major transport infrastructure projects conducted since 1997.
(232033)
391
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will gather information on levels of overcrowding on trains in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) England.
(231925)
392
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(231374)
393
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will arrange for the meeting between the hon. Member for Totnes, the Hope Cove lifeboat crew and the Minister responsible for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as requested by letter on 26th September; and what the reasons for the time taken in responding to that letter are.
(231284)
394
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Hope Cove lifeboat is to be taken out of service on 2nd November; for what reasons there was no local consultation with Marlborough Parish Council and others prior to the Coastguard and Maritime Agency's decision to take the boats out of service; and if he will instruct the Agency to defer decommissioning the boat until such local consultation has taken place.
(231285)
395
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has conducted research on the average journey time to and from work in the last 10 years.
(231554)
396
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of Metronet going into administration upon the delivery of its commitment under its public private partnership contract.
(231555)
397
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research on foreign commercial activity using algal biofuel was commissioned or evaluated by the Carbon Trust before the announcement of its Algae Biofuel Challenge.
(231601)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
398
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Aylesbury of 15th July 2008, Official Report, column 325W, on Jobcentre Plus: breastfeeding, if he will direct Jobcentre Plus offices to adopt policies of welcoming breastfeeding mothers.
(231951)
399
Mike Gapes (Ilford South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children under the age of 16 years in the London Borough of Redbridge have received the (a) (i) higher and (ii) lower level mobility component of disability living allowance and (b) (A) highest, (B) middle and (C) lowest level personal care component of disability living allowance in the last 12 months.
(231869)
400
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people made redundant in each of the last 12 months were women, broken down by (a) profession, (b) region and (c) age.
(231656)
401
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who started to claim jobseeker's allowance in each of the last 12 months were women, broken down by (a) profession, (b) region and (c) age.
(231657)
402
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency will ensure that the hon. Member for Hyndburn's constituent, Mrs Joan Knott, receives the child maintenance which she has been assured she will receive.
(231578)
403
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received late payment of their state pension in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency in the last 12 months.
(231724)
404
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people he estimates were (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of council tax benefits in (i) London, (ii) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (iii) Uxbridge constituency in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(231801)
405
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much he expects to pay to pensioner households in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency in winter fuel payments in 2008-09.
(231802)
406
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency which will receive the (i) £250 and (ii) £400 winter fuel payment in 2008-09.
(231803)
407
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) households and (b) pensioner households he estimates are in fuel poverty in (i) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (ii) Uxbridge constituency; how many there were in (A) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (B) Uxbridge constituency in 1996-97; and if he will make a statement.
(231804)
408
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that databases of those in receipt of benefit are kept up to date; and if he will make a statement.
(230979)
409
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average take-up rate of pension credit was by those over 70 years old in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231823)
410
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average take-up rate of pension credit was by those between the ages of 65 and 70 years in the latest period for which figures are available.
(231824)
411
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals deferred their state pensions in each of the last 10 years.
(231825)
412
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals deferred their state pension to the age of 70 years in each of the last 10 years.
(231826)
413
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new jobs were filled by individuals aged 65 years or older in each year since 1997.
(231827)
414
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals were enrolled in the New Deal 50 plus programme in each month since its launch.
(231828)
415
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals are enrolled in the New Deal 50 plus programme.
(231829)
416
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of people who would be affected by an increase in the state pension age to 70 by 2020.
(231830)
417
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on retraining programmes for new employees in each of the last 10 years.
(231833)
418
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals over the ages of (a) 50, (b) 55 and (c) 60 years were recruited by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of total new employees each figure represents.
(231834)
419
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many temporary workers (a) are employed by his Department and (b) were employed by his Department in each year since 1997.
(231835)
420
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on temporary workers in each of the last 10 years.
(231836)
421
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of pensioners eligible for means tested benefit support did not claim their full entitlement in each of the last 10 years.
(231837)
422
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new jobs were filled by workers aged over (a) 55, (b) 60, (c) 65 and (d) 70 years in each year since 1997.
(231838)
423
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the New Deal 50 Plus programme cost to maintain in 2006-07.
(231839)
424
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many state pension recipients live outside the UK.
(231841)
425
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department distributed in pension credit to pensioners over the age of (a) 65, (b) 75 and (c) 80 years in each of the last 10 years.
(231842)
426
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department distributed in the form of pension credit in each year since 1997.
(231843)
427
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average response time was for new pensions credit applications in (a) Eastbourne constituency, (b) East Sussex and (c) the UK in each of the last 12 months.
(231844)
428
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of pension credit applications received by the Pension Service in the last 12 months have been repeat applications.
(231845)
429
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on the payment of backdated interest for late payment of deferred state pensions; and if he will make a statement.
(231846)
430
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension credit applications the Pension Service received in each of the last 12 months.
(231847)
431
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received deferred state pensions in each of the last 12 months.
(231851)
432
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received a late payment of their deferred state pension in each of the last 12 months.
(231852)
433
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of pensioners over the age of (a) 60, (b) 65 and (c) 70 years were subject to means testing in each year since 1997.
(231968)
434
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library the tender documentation setting out the criteria by which the contract to replace the Post Office Card Account was awarded including (a) specifications, (b) invitation to tender or negotiate and (c) descriptive documentation; and if he will make a statement.
(231510)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
435
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent progress has been made at the (a) national and (b) European level towards the goals of the Lisbon Agenda for 2010; what discussions on the Lisbon Agenda took place at the most recent European Council meeting; what plans the European Council has to discuss the Lisbon Agenda at its December meeting; and on what dates further meetings of the Council will take place.
[Transferred] (231736)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
436
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students have enrolled for the new diploma courses in 2008, broken down by (a) subject and (b) level.
[Transferred] (231868)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
437
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her estimate is of the number of over-80s households in (a) Eastbourne, (b) East Sussex and (c) the UK in the 2008-09 fiscal year.
[Transferred] (231831)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
438
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on which occasions Ministers in his Department have met senior executives of (a) British Energy and (b) EDF in each of the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (231794)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
439
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on the number of people aged 18 years or under who died as a direct or indirect result of abusing (a) cannabis, (b) cocaine, (c) ecstasy, (d) alcohol, (e) crystal methadone and (f) prescription drugs in (i) 2007 and (ii) 1997.
[Transferred] (231945)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
440
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) extradited from the UK under European arrest warrant, (b) extradited to the UK under European arrest warrant, (c) extradited to the US under the UK/US extradition treaty and (d) extradited to the UK under the UK/US extradition treaty; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (231874)
441
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal cautions were issued between September 2007 and September 2008.
[Transferred] (231701)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
442
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are internally displaced in Sri Lanka as a result of the recent upsurge in violence; what aid the Government is giving as a result; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (231867)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
443
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) immediate and (b) suspended orders for possession have been made in mortgage repossession proceedings in each region in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (231556)
444
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community orders were issued to residents of (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hemel Hempstead in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (231937)
445
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of persistent offenders there were in (a) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (b) Uxbridge constituency in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (231808)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
446
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21st October 2008, Official Report, column 144W, on ports, if he will place in the Library a copy of the assessments that have been made of the financial impact on ports of the retrospective increases in business rates.
[Transferred] (231853)

 
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